Monday, October 31, 2005


Sunday, October 30, 2005


Cereal seemed to be going ok - he doesn't eat huge amounts, but seems interested in the whole solid food process - so I thought we'd move on. I've always believed bananas to be an ideal food - self-contained, tasty, and nutritious.

Turns out the little guy doesn't agree.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

First Book

This is the first book that SA has shown an interest in, as opposed to just enduring his silly parents reading to him again. Of course, he's more interested in eating it than reading it, but progress is progress.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Rice cereal

Well, I'm not sure that the rice cereal/milk combo that SA tried this evening counts as solid exactly, but it was all pretty new regardless. All things considered, he took to the new food delivery system pretty well - he waited with an enthusiastic open mouth between bites, though I can't swear it all didn't dribble back out and down his chin.

White Sox 5, Astros 3

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Solid foods?

When SA was about 3 months old, he slept through the night for the first time. We were thrilled - he continued to sleep 9-12 hours every night through a road trip to visit R's family and my sister's wedding, which made for a great little vacationer.

But a month later, he started waking up to eat in the middle of the night - one night in three for a while, then every other night, and now he wakes up every night. I assume this is because he's grown to need more food than he did (though I went back to work around the same time, so I suppose that could be related).

At his 4-month appointment, the doctor recommended waiting until he was close to 6 months old before starting solids. But after a solid week of being awake from 3-4, and often not getting back to sleep until it's time to get up, I'm considering advancing the schedule. He's a big eater - he goes through 16 ounces of milk while I'm away for the day, then eats at least 3 times while I'm home (90th percentile for height and weight - not a child who misses meals. Yes, he's related to his parents.) And solids might help him sleep at night, plus reduce the pressure on me to pump my breasts umpteen times a day, which is getting a bit cumbersome.

Of course, the books suggest that solids don't help babies sleep through the night. But anecdotal evidence seems pretty uniform to me - and it seems logical. If he wakes up in the middle of the night and he's hungry, he won't be able to get back to sleep - and breast milk digests so quickly that he'll likely be hungry. In any case, no one suggests that a little rice cereal will be harmful to a 5-month-old.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Jumpin' and swingin'

SA loves his "Jumperoo" - he loves to be vertical and rest weight on his feet. He rests most of his weight on his right foot, which is sort of strange, but I assume it will even out eventually.

He's almost too big for his swing now! When he was first born, he looked so tiny in it that I was scared to leave him there, but eventually it became clear that the "neglect-o-matic" was a place he felt happy and comfortable and (yay!) sleepy, which often allowed his mother half an hour at a time for luxuries like eating, using the bathroom, and the like.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

5 Months Old!

Kids grow like accordians, or so goes the theory. Certainly it seemed like SA chubbed up nicely in August, then sprouted in September. Since he's getting chubby again, we're expecting he'll be another inch or two by his six-month appointment.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Go Sox!!!

Back in August, when the little guy was 2 1/2 months old, he saw his first game. Jon Garland pitched, and Paul Konerko hit a 2-run homer, but to no avail - they eventually lost 7-3 to the Blue Jays.

After the Cubs collapsed a few years back, I swore I wouldn't get emotionally involved in another one of these, and yet here I am. St Louis or Houston, bring 'em on!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Park

I hope this wasn't the last nice weekend weather in Chicago - but just in case, we spent part of the afternoon at the park.

SA is rich in hand-knit sweaters - this one was made by his Grandmother. He's wearing another right now, and I don't even remember who knit it.

One more

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Introducing SA

So, I let this lapse a bit. But R points out that this is a reasonable way to pass photos to various people who might be interested. These are my favorites of recent photos; he's around 4 1/2 months old in them. The basset sweater, incidentally, was made for us by a friend - details on its construction at