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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Tuesday, November 25

Solids, Baby!

As mentioned in the previous post, we were cleared to start solid foods with Mac. Jim has been looking forward to this since Mac is breastfed and Jim can't really participate in feeding him at all. So after the doctor appointment, we picked up some rice cereal and spoons. I didn't really know what to expect other than Baby took to the nipple immediately the first time he had a bottle, so I thought he might figure it out fairly quickly.

Is "snarf" a word? If so, he surpassed my expectations and snarfed down a whole bowl! He LOVED it and was not happy when the bowl was gone. I was then able to nurse him and he ate a full feeding there, too. Little piggy!

Jim started out with it pretty watery and it was a mess. He then thickened it up a bit and that was the trick. Baby swallowed it right down, almost as if he knew he didn't want to waste any! Korri loved the whole process and of course, wanted to participate and feed him herself. Finn couldn't have cared less, other than he wanted us to be done so he could have a snack.

We asked how to proceed and what to avoid...and I'm glad we did. In the three-ish years since Korri started solids, the "rules" have changed! Basically, you can start with any solid foods (you used to "have" to start with rice cereal) even meats, eggs, fish and peanuts! The only thing you have to avoid is honey and pure maple syrup because of the spores they can carry. I can remember that. The sheet recommended one feeding per day to start with and doing that at dinner time so baby starts to understand "meal time" ritual. I don't know how much he'll understand about that, but I know he'll like to have something to do during dinner instead of just sitting in the high chair, looking at us.

She basically said to have at it and said that by his 6 month well child, we can have introduced any and all solid foods (finger foods wait until closer to 9 months). I better find the steamer and get the food processor ready for baby food! I haven't made it in a while.

Here are some pictures from the event:
Let's get started.

This "eating" thing is weird, but I sure like it!

Daddy is going for the quick way.

Spitting a little out, but it went right back in.

Big sister giving it a try.

What? Gone? You've got to be kidding me.

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