From rice and oat cereal to apples and bananas to eggs and chicken to squash and peas and carrots to avocado and yogurt...it can't be argued that Silas likes food!
Except black beans. Those were gross.
We started Silas on solid foods last week and because it's so damn fun to watch him try new things, I've just been having a ball with it.
After a few days of plain organic brown rice cereal and breast milk (once I was convinced he knew how to swallow things), we moved on to slightly more interesting stuff. He's had egg yolk mixed with banana (yeah that was weird for everyone), pureed organic butternut squash, guacamole, a small amount of porchetta (unsure of that!), mashed black beans (big fat nope), homemade unsweetened applesauce, hardboiled egg, and a few mouthfuls of my smoothie here and there (mango, banana, spinach ). So far he's liked the rice cereal, applesauce, banana, and butternut squash the best. The hardboiled egg went down a little easier mixed with applesauce so I think I just have to perfect my textures with the proteins a little more. At this point I think he needs his foods to be on the smoother side or they just come right back out, so we'll work on that. Either way, my little man is growing up!
Sidenote: my plan was to do baby led weaning but it's way too nerve-wracking for me! I'm going to have to work up to that for both of us I think.
And, as excited as I was for him to try new things, it's meant that we have officially moved on to real poops and smelly protein farts. Like, whoa. Just....wow. The circle of life.
In other news, he also finally REALLY learned to roll this week. As in, he has done it so many times now that I am now convinced it wasn't just some figment of my imagination or an freak accident. I realized that I was rushing to his aid as soon as he got frustrated on his tummy (because mommy hates the sound of whining OKAY), but that if I just dried my hair or something while he was getting frustrated, he would eventually roll over on his own. And I didn't have to listen to it. Just watch it. And it is amazing. YOU GUYS SILAS IS AMAZING HE IS THE FIRST BABY TO ROLL OVER IN THE HISTORY OF BABIES.
So today I'm making some oatmeal and he rolls over and the next thing you know he has a fistful of cords and all of a sudden it's time to baby proof. F#@k!
But I'm a proud mommy. He can roll, shimmy and shake his way around a carpet like nobodies business. And he is SO giggly during playtime. Real giggles for mommy when I pretend to eat his hands or blow on his tummy. Real giggles for dad for just being dad (and also having facial hair). It's so wonderful to hear his little laugh!
All of this development has meant a sudden change in his otherwise pretty good night time sleeping habits. About a month ago I started putting him to bed around 7 30, and he would wake up around 1 and 4 and the up for the day around 7. That was pretty good, though I was looking forward to ditching one of those night feeds eventually. But we were on the right track.
For the past 3 nights he has been up every 2.5 - 3 hrs. On a good night, he's up at 11:30, 2:30, and 5:30. On a bad night he wakes up at 10, 11:30, 1:30, 3:45, 5 am....you get the picture. I get that this is a major developmental time in his life so it's normal but.....I'd like to go back to him sleeping 5 or 6 hours and then 3 or 4.
I bring him into bed at 530 or 6 with me and we have a good cuddle. He is into touching my face a lot (touching = soft caresses and also punching) before he eventually falls asleep next to me. I love it. I love my baby morning cuddles even though it means less sleep for me. One day I'll sleep again. Probably.
|Getting my hairs did.|
|A little shorter, healthier and less blond.|
|Swimming with dad at Oak Bay Rec!|
|Looking a little concerned about this turn of events.|
|First time in his high chair!|
|EEEEEEK! SO CUTE!|
|SILAS AND THEO FOREVER!|
At 21 weeks Silas can.....
* sit up unassisted for 15-20 seconds
* reach for his toys and bring them to his mouth or throw them (or maybe just drop them but hey)
* make a whiny noise that gets on his mom's nerves juuuuuust a little bit
* looks very serious when trying to tell us a story with all his vowels and consonants
* reach for his knees and toes while on his back and roll about (but not really over quite yet)
* showing interest in what mom and dad are eating and enjoys sucking on cool cucumber and carrots (assisted of course). Mom maaaaay start feeding him some rice cereal soon (!!!)
* laughs when I pretend to eat his feet or his neck * play with his toys while on his tummy while kicking his legs to move himself forward
* hates the car seat if the ride lasts longer than 10 or 15 minutes
* loves people and will smile and his grandparents and mom and dad's friends
* reaches out to pet Pico and likes when she licks his hand or nose
* likes to stand on his strong little legs and will hang out in the jolly jumper for 15 or so mins
* likes to sleep in the woven wrap snuggled close to mom or going on adventures in the ergo with dad
* makes angry noises when over tired and then passes out for a naps that last between 30 minutes to 2.5 hrs.
* loves baths and the water in general
* can finally go longer than 2 hrs between nursing sometimes.....we're 3ish hrs now and 4-6 hrs at night :)
* is the light in our life!
I'm thankful for being able to share Thanksgiving with my baby and my family. We had a lovely weekend that included lots of eating (lunch at Pag's, dinner at Marion and Aren's, Tapas Bar and the real feast at my parents house...I think I made a food baby this weekend 😕). James got some surfing in, I got to relax at the mineral pools at the Oak Bay Beach with my mom, and we hiked Mount Doug . It was an excellent long weekend.
Silas is starting to notice what I'm eating. I'm excited at the prospect of giving him food at Christmas . It will be fun to watch him try new things. And maybe a bit terrifying for me.
Silas is still super into his hands - they are the tastiest! He is also into chewing on my hands aaaaaaand sometimes my face. This would maybe be gross if it wasn't my baby but I love it.
The wee man still has a case of the sniffs but seems to be okay otherwise. I try to get him down for naps during the day...these can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours. No rhyme or reason. So naps are a work in progress, but nights are still going pretty well. He usually wakes up around 3 and again at 7 (give or take), so it's nice to get those 5 or 6 hour stretches followed by a 3. Ahhhhh sweet sweet sleep.
No more rolling since the two rolls a few weeks back but lots of kicking and the ability to move around a bit. He is getting stronger and stronger. He loves to stand on his legs....I'm borrowing a jolly jumper soon that I hope he will enjoy.
What can I say? Life is busy and fun with the little apple of our eye. He's 18 weeks today!
We went to a lovely wedding up in Ucluelet this past weekend. We were more than happy to celebrate the marriage of Marion and Aren, two friends who have become quite close with us in the past couple of years. They are a stellar couple, fun and easy to be around and we wish them all the happiness in the world.
Silas was, as usual, an amazing wedding guest. He slept through the ceremony and remained entirely chill, with small naps, until midnight, when we could finally convince dad to leave the party.
I explored Ucluelet on foot with Silas the next day while James surfed o lb his new board. We enjoyed breakfast at The Blue Room and a great shopping experience at Pena (where I treated myself to some new duds).
Our baby is rad.