Thursday, February 25, 2010

We've Made It!

I’ve managed to breastfeed Kaden exclusively for 6 whole months! To some, this might sound like a small feat but after the low initial milk supply, the toe-curling latch-on pain during the first 3 weeks, then trying to get back into the swing of teaching/exercising again & the planning that involves (hello 3 bras!), I feel like we’ve made it through our first HUGE milestone.

Last night I decided to give solid food a try, and I have to admit that I had been looking forward to this day for a long time.  I was literally giddy as I unfolded the brand new high chair and strapped him in.  I’m not sure what Kaden was thinking, but he seemed to be enjoying watching us- all smiles.
We only managed to get a few bites of rice cereal down before taking a break.
Kaden seems to be more of a morning person, so when he woke up in good spirits I decided to try again. In addition to some rice cereal, I offered some mashed up avocado. Although he gave several puzzled looks, he swallowed and opened his mouth for more.
According to the book, Baby 411, I believe that Kaden's feeding behavior falls into the category of "The Eager Ineffective". Since birth, his tendency is to get so excited about eating that he that he jerks & thrashes his body, grabbing onto objects instead of being patient (this is where he might take after his momma).
The most challenging part for me is trying to get food IN the mouth while avoiding his flailing hands & death grip on the spoon. For such a little person, I am truly amazed at his ability to clench his tiny fist onto objects and hang on!
I think he was a little confused at the notion of water and I'm not sure how much he actually drank.  Nonetheless, he sure enjoyed gumming the rubber tip and playing with his new "toy".  I'm chalking this feeding up as a success.

Although I plan on continuing to breastfeed until he turns one/he decides to wean himself, I cannot help but feel immense satisfaction of making it to this 6-month milestone. 
Ahhhh... (sweet sigh of relief!)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Waking Up Happy

I would like to say that I spring out of bed every morning, ready to take on the day.  More often than not, I groan, wish I had a few more hours of uninterrupted sleep in my warm bed, then stumble to the kitchen to greet Mr. Coffee. 
Ben is much worse...
As cliché as it sounds, walking into Kaden's room first thing in the morning makes life so much better. Whenever Ben or I go to retrieve him from his crib, he almost always has a wide, open-mouthed smile.
To wake up happy!


I thought it was funny when Kaden discovered his hands around Christmas... little did I know how much joy feet could bring.
Every time I try to change his diaper or strip off his clothes, the feet suddenly come up & sometimes make their way into the mouth.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bath Time... with Ducks

Bath time has always been a fun time at the Dow house, but it's become even more so ever since I found these yellow, rubber ducks in the dresser drawer.  I remember tucking them away after my baby shower because I knew he wouldn't be able to use them for a while.  I'm so glad I found them because they kept him entertained for at LEAST 20 minutes during his last bath.  He might have played longer, but his hands and feet were becoming more pruny & the water was beginning to turn cold...
Do you like the strategically placed duck?
and foot?

Good Sport

Within the past month, Kaden has taken much more of an interest in our dog, Schatzi.  He watches her as she moves across the room, he lights up & belly laughs when she gets close, and he tries to reach out and touch her.  The only thing we really have to watch is her trying to lick his face.
What a good sport; doesn't she look thrilled?