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First Cold, first food

Sweets (aka Dougal, bubba goose, and “Noo Noi khong khun Yai”/Granny’s little mouse) is now almost 5 months old and is still doing well. She is currently in the throws of her first cold (a jumped up sniffle, no fever or cough), but continues cheerfully with the aid of saline drops and karvol sprinkled cloths. We’ve been mostly housebound as I want her to recover asap so that we can continue to attend our various activities (playcentre, antenatal “coffee” group, plunket “coffee” group). She’d be fine if we went, but I don’t want the other mothers to blame me if their baby gets a cold. Should be less of an issue in a few more months when they’ve all come down with their first illnesses.

Sweets continues to get her nutritional requirements met via breastmilk, but she has recently become a bit of a pain at meal times, trying to swipe my food (cracker with pate is a baby no!) and getting upset that she can’t join in. She’s very good and sitting up (many seconds unsupported) and has been grabbing and gumming her toys like a fiend, so we decided to let her grab and gum food-type stuff. Her first was a bit of raw carrot that Beau and I grew ourselves! It survived her attentions unscathed although well covered in drool. I’m sure there will be another first food when Sweets actually swallows something!

In case you were wondering why we didn’t start with a puree. It’s because I’ve decided that we’ll predominantly be going the Baby-led Weaning route, which pretty much means the baby feeds themselves. I imagine there will be some Sweets feeding, if only because the whanau will want to have a go, but I’m leaving that until at least 6 months! Food for fun until they’re one! Etc 😉

{ 7 } Comments

  1. Sass | May 26 2010 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    Aw man, am mıssıng easy access to all our frıendıes gorgeous bebes! I know I,ve only been away just over a week but ıt feels lıke ages, wıth ages more to come!!

  2. Debbie | May 26 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Yay! A Giffy and Sweets update. I like all of Sweets AKAs.

    Aw, baby swiping your food. I remember that fondly. Dom also got into the habit of feeding me any food he didn’t like or got sick of. Nothing like be force-fed by a small, insistent hand.

    Also I weirdly really like the smell of Karvol.

  3. Giffy | May 26 2010 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    She’s got even more pet names that riff on her actual name. What I find funny is the way babies are all, I like nomming on your hand so you should nom on mine!

  4. Giffy | May 26 2010 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    <3 How long are you even away for?

  5. Karen | May 26 2010 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I used to feed James when I got in from work, while I ate myself… he developed an insatiable appetite for chillibeans when he was about 7 months old… but hasn’t re-developed a taste for hot food since the toddler funnel

    Yes we have nappies on our heads 🙂

  6. Karen | May 26 2010 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh… and yay for no fever or cough… may you be safe from the end-to-end illness that has plagued my last 5 winters (perhaps my kids have used the cought and high temp quota for all my friends too?)

  7. Giffy | June 21 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I think the insulation, heatpump and dehumidifier and helping to keep our home warm, dry and hopefully helping us to deal with colds faster. I’ve got one right now, just a cough really, but it’s probably the mildest cough I’ve ever had! (Now that I’ve said that, you know it’s going to get worse).

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