Posted by: expectingamiracle | October 22, 2009

Mixed feelings

It was my goal to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months.  I didn’t make it.  I could have.  I just chose not to.

Matthew has been going through a spell where he wakes up at night…often.  I don’t really know why.  He keeps rolling onto his back, then crying.  Then I have to nurse him back to sleep.  Developmental (though he’s been able to roll for a while)?  Hunger?  Teething?  Who knows.

So I had already been feeling like he was ready for solids.  Finally I just said screw it, I am giving him some rice cereal and seeing if it helps.  He was about 6 days shy of being 6 months old when I started.  The first night he only woke once and I was all “Hurrah!  Rice cereal!”  Night two and he was back to waking several times. 

I do think he was ready.  I just feel bad in some ways that I didn’t meet my goal.  I just have to keep telling myself it was only a week.  And I don’t think 6 days “early” really matters.  I certainly don’t always do everything the way I thought I would anyway.  Case in point, the other night I was desperate for sleep so when he woke the first time, I took him downstairs with me, and we co-slept.  I don’t intend to do that every night, but on the nights when he keeps waking and waking?  Yeah.  It still wasn’t great sleep for me because I woke every time he’d even think about moving or anytime he made the slightest of noises.  But still, I was not trudging up and down the stairs.  Co-sleeping is actually do-able now that he isn’t spitting up volumes of milk all the time. 

Anyway, my boy now eats his rice cereal.  I thought I’d be sad about it and I guess I am, just a little.  But ah well, he needs his iron.  And it’s kind of fun to feed it to him.  He’s still my little baby.  And he still loves his booby.

Pictures!

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Responses

  1. cute pics!!!! 6 days short…whats the saying “thats close enough for government work!” lol I would say you made your goal pretty much! CONGRATS!

  2. 6 days is nothing! Starting solids is so exciting. Go Matthew!


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