Monday, November 5, 2012

Four Months and Cereal

Kylie turned four months old on Saturday! 

At 4 months, Kylie is a very happy girl and does really well in social settings involving large groups, as she is completely facinated by everyone and everything.  I take her to my Friday morning meeting at work once in a while (she's a big deal around the office) and she always just chills out, watching everyone.  She gets lots of compliments about how good she is.

Robert and I noticed last week that Kylie is eating a lot more frequently than she has been.  On Saturday we were feeding her 4-5 ounces about every two hours!  So, we started talking about "cereal", as we had heard that cereal will help her feel full longer.

I have a confession to make.  In the midst of our conversation about how hungry our girl seems, I turned to Robert and said, "You know, I have absolutely no idea what "cereal" means as far as a baby is concerned.  I know I like chocolate Cherrios, but I don't have a clue what baby cereal is."  Robert started laughing and said, "I'm so glad you said that, because I was thinking the same thing!"

I started Googling it and that was really zero help.  Our next door neighbor explained it to us, so last night I went to Harps and got a box of Gerber Rice Cereal.  It's more like flakes, and I don't mean Frosted Flakes.  Though I'm sure most people reading this know exactly what the heck baby cereal is.  Good for you guys, ok?

From what I read online, baby cereal is meant to be spoon-fed.  So, I mixed some with formula, set Kylie in her bumbo, Robert grabbed the video camera and we gave it a whirl.

It did NOT go as planned.  Kylie wore more cereal than she got into her mouth.  Yes, part of that is my fault because I was giggling and spilling it, but she was also pushing the cereal out with her tongue.  Something I read online said that if they are doing that, then they aren't ready for the spoon.

Cereal fail!

Since the cereal was completely liquid anyway, we just poured it into her bottle and gave it to her that way.  She loved it!  KK gobbled down 9 ounces of formula/cereal like it was nothing, then passed out cold.

She still woke up hungry around 3:30 this morning, but she did go to bed early at 7pm.  With the time change, that would have been 8pm.  We just have to get her schedule straightened out. 

I hope the cereal will help Robert and I get a few nights of uninterrrupted sleep.  As she grows, those nights are fewer and farther between because she is so hungry in the middle of the night.

I actually had someone ask me if I feed her during the night when she wakes up hungry.  What?  Is that a real question?  Of course I feed her!  I like to sleep and unless I want to be up the rest of the night with a pissed off redheaded baby with a serious set of pipes, then YES, she must be fed.

Do some parents really deny their infants food because of their sleep schedule?  I don't see how that is a good idea.  I know I can't sleep when I'm hungry...

Anyway, our sweet girl is growing fast.  She's such a fun baby and we are so glad that God chose us to be her mommy and daddy.

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