Q. How’s Lila?
A. Stupendous. She’s absolutely and 100% loving eating solids; specifically sweet potatoes. (I highly recommend sweet potatoes as a first food. They’re not a fruit, yet they’re still sweet. Lila’s totally down with them.) She’s nursing less, and well, as awesome as it is to not be feeding her every 3-4 hours during the day, I can already tell I’m going to be sad (yes, sad) when she slowly stops breastfeeding. I mean, I’m sad enough that she can pretty much hold her own bottle…
Q. So what IS a yam? And is there ANY difference between sweet potatoes and yams?
A. I researched this and no. “In the United States, yams and sweet potatoes are one and the same and the terms are used interchangeably for the same vegetable.” Learn more here.
She opens her mouth, takes in a bite, then laughs and inadvertently spits it all out.
It’s a bit of a time-consuming cycle.
And, no matter how hard we try to keep her clean,
her hands always end up in her mouth.
We can’t get mad.
Look at that face.
Q. So really? Are you ACTUALLY making Lila’s baby food?
A. Heavy sigh… well… yes I am. SO FAR… I mean, how easy is it to moosh up a sweet potoato? It’s incredibly easy. AND, the idea of keeping preservatives away from my Cupcake for as long as possible is appealing. Will I continue this pureeing of veggies and stuff? I don’t know.
I look at it in the same way that I viewed breastfeeding… I’ll give it a whirl. If it works, suh-weet. If not, I’m no less of a Mommy if I don’t steam, puree and freeze my kid’s meals.
That said, I HIGHLY suggest silicone ice cube trays for freezing food. They work like a charm – it’s SO easy to get the cube-o-food out of them. And, when you put the puree IN the cubes, don’t try to use a spoon. It’s ridiculously messy. Put all of the puree in a ziplock bag, cut off the corner, and squeeze into each square a la cake-decorating style.
Q. So, developmentally – what’s going on with Lila?
A. She’s fun. She’s sitting up. (Very seldom does she face plant anymore.) She’s laughing often. (All the time.) Her personality is coming out more and more each day and it’s who-larious to see. She’s a pleasure.
That’s my daughter wearing a reindeer hat, a Santa bib and her Halloween outfit complete with pumpkin-butt pants after Christmas.
I hate it.
(As does, Lila.)
I’m so conflicted – do I give her motrin steadily? Do I give her tylenol just when she “needs” it? Personally, I don’t take non-natural medications lightly. The idea of giving my daughter a constant drip of acetaminophen makes me so uncomfortable. And then, the whole oralgel argument… it’s good for the gums, bad for the gums, use it!, don’t use it!, blah, blah, blah.
THEN, you read all of the homeopathic websites written by the moms who are already better than me because they do the whole cloth-diapering thing (which I already cannot even FATHOM doing here in Mexico). They write about how they would NEVER, EVER give their child any sort of mainstream medication for teething solely to show The Man that their hippy baby only needs to suck on frozen washcloths and organic wooden teething rings to alleviate their throbbing gums from teething pain.
I suppose this is another one of those situations: I need to do what I think it right as a parent.
Still, the crying and screaming? Shoot me.
I may become an alcoholic.
Ok, on to this week’s pics.
For Christmas, Santa brought Lila her very own Cupcake doll from blogger Wendy’s etsy store! (See here.) It’s fabric and CUTE and Lila LOVED it. (Here are more pics of various dolls she’s created.) Here’s Lila just moments after she opened it.
P.S. One new video this week: Lila mastering her sippy cup – one handed.