Hi loves! It’s been a little while since I’ve done a update on Molly and how she’s doing (I can’t believe she’s a 5 month old baby!) so I thought today would be a good day to do that. Well really it’s an update on mommy and Molly because let’s face it, however Molly is feeling that’s pretty much how I’m feeling – and vice versa.
Let’s start with her latest milestone. She’s eating food! Well not really whole food but rice cereal. So many of you told me to start her on rice cereal because it would help her sleep longer and I definitely think it’s helping. We started giving her food on her 5 month birthday which was on December 6. Our original plan was to wait until Christmas Day and let her try her first food then; however, things don’t always go as planned. On her 5 month birthday it was two days after we returned home from a trip to the East Coast and she was extra fussy. We tried to make her less fussy by doing all the usual things we do to make her happy like singing to her, distracting her with toys, and trying to make her laugh. But nothing was working. So we decided to deviate from our plan and give her food on her 5 month birthday instead of waiting till Christmas.
Since this was a spur of the moment decision we didn’t really have anything planned. So the only baby friendly food we had in the house was bananas. So bananas it was! We mushed up a little bit of banana real well and geared up to give Molly her first bite of food. How id it go? Well, it was not successful to say the least. She hated it! She spit it everywhere and things got VERY messy. Thank goodness for her adorable bibs. I honestly didn’t mind the mess. It was cute. But I was a bit bummed that she didn’t like to bananas honestly. I had this vision in my mind of Molly having her first bite of food and loving every second of it. I don’t know, maybe it’s dumb to be disappointed about but I was really hoping she would love food at first bite. Ha! I mean her mama REALLY loves food and like mother like daughter right? I even thought her first food might be pasta (mushed up) just because I’m obsessed with it – almost to an unhealthy point. Ha! I’m weird, I know this.
We didn’t give up though. We decided to try again the next day, but this time with avocado! I thought who doesn’t like avocado? Any daughter mine has to love guacamole. But after we mushed up avocado, put a little bit on her spoon, and “airplaned” it into Molly’s little mouth we had the same reaction. She absolutely hated it!
I realized the that these strong tasting foods might be a little bit too much for little Molly to stomach. So that’s when we decided we should start with rice cereal. The funny thing is that we already had some baby oatmeal cereal in the house because Kevin puts in his smoothies. I’m not even kidding. But I read that it’s better to start with the rice cereal before moving onto oatmeal cereal. So even though we had some oatmeal cereal in the house, Kevin went out to the store to buy some rice cereal to start her on. With tons of anticipation and a little bit of anxiety, we gave Molly her first bite of rice cereal (mixed with breast milk). And it was a success! She absolutely loved it! We’ve only been giving her rice cereal for about 10 days now and I think it’s helping her sleep better! We started mixing it with prunes now too and she gobbles it all up! Feeding her at night is now my absolutely favorite thing to do!
But now that she’s eating real food, her diaper changes are, ummmmm, challenging to say the least. I don’t want to embarrass her, but man, it’s STIIIIIIINKY!!!!! Ha!
So many of you ask about Molly’s bow’s. Click HERE to get the one she’s wearing.
What else is new? Well, Molly went on her first trip to the East Coast to visit her Grammy and meet her cousins for the first time. She also traveled to Indiana to see her Grammy and Grandpa there. Read all about our travel experiences HERE (hopefully it will be helpful to read if you’re gearing up to travel with a baby for the Holidays!). I’m actually writing a follow up to that blog post that I am posting tomorrow since we learned SO much more about traveling with an infant after the second leg of our trip. Tune back in tomorrow for that!
Now that Molly is 5 months old she is rolling over both from her tummy to back and from her back to tummy. It’s funny because when we do tummy time now she knows exactly how to roll out of it and will do it right away. Which basically means tummy time is nonexistent at this point. I want to help teach her how to crawl but I can’t keep her on her tummy for more than five seconds before she rolls over to her back. Any tips on how to encourage her to stay on her tummy to work on crawling? Tell me in the comments below!
And what should be feed her next? Help us decide! We just got THIS to help us make all her meals moving forward 🙂 It came highly recommended from a friend.
Well that’s it for now. I have much more to share but I am a busy mom these days and don’t have a ton of time to write! So I’ll do another update later next week!
P.S. Sorry for any typos! I am sure there are many. I wrote this using talk-to-text on my phone. The only way I have time to write anything these days! And I don’t have time to proof read at the moment because Molly needs to eat right now!