Life with a six month-old is in full swing. We are three weeks into his tenure as such and he's proving be quite the handful. He has hit all the typical six month milestones. He rolls. He chitters. He grabs. (He is especially grabby when breastfeeding--OUCH!) He is learning cause and effect, i.e. he loves picking up his toys and dropping them. But he still has the occasional GERD flare-up.
A few weeks ago, frustrated that he was still insisting on using the Supplemental Nursing System from time to time, I scheduled an appointment with our lactation consultant to see if there was anything else we could do to encourage weaning from the SNS. I had started weaning him, but was beginning to notice a decrease in diaper output (polite way of saying he wasn't peeing as much). This concerned me, so I was continuing to supplement him.
The lactation professional told us that, because of the decrease in diaper output, we would have to continue the SNS. I was disappointed, to be sure, to be in a situation where we needed to continue the one thing that causes his GERD flare-ups. But Declan's health comes before my comfort--so continue it we have. (The good news is that Declan will likely need the SNS for only a month or so more while his need for solid foods increases.)
About a month ago, Declan's interest in solid food was at an all-time high. He had even gotten to the point where he was pulling food off of our plates if we happened to be holding him while eating. Because of his delicate system, I wasn't too keen on introducing him to food right at six months, but he was obviously very keen on eating. We decided to wait a little while, but that wait only ended up lasting about another week. He was obviously ready, so we started him on food by introducing him to avocado. (Try as I might, I could not find our video of that first experience, so here is one of his third time eating banana.)
Since that first avocado, Declan has experienced banana, carrots--a favorite, sweet potato, and teething biscuits. We also picked up one of those net/popsicle things and offered it to him with mango in it. He is still unsure how he feels about frozen/cold food.
|Lunch at Zephyr|
All in all, he is a good eater and still breastfeeds quite a bit. Though I confess to being so proud of him yesterday as he sat with us at one of our favorite restaurants and happily ate fresh banana.
Oh, for anyone keeping count--still no teeth. Copious amounts of drool. Lots of chewing. Just no teeth yet. Frankly, I'm somewhat relieved. I am not at all looking forward to him biting me while he breastfeeds.