Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Hand that Feeds

OH my gosh- has it REALLY been 6 months already????? Today, Riley was born exactly 6 months ago!! It's funny how agonizingly slow the pregnancy seemed to lumber by as I was expecting and anticipating Riley's birth.... Then once he got here, time has flown by quicker than the F16's screaming by the house!!

What's new? Riley cut his first tooth! I was certain that two months ago he was getting ready to show off his teethy grin since I felt a little nub and saw a spec of white but it was a false alarm and the real thing stayed buried a little longer. These past few weeks, he really hasn't been overly fussy (teething symptom) and I guess the fussiness he has displayed, I chalked it up to our constant motion and dragging Riley everywhere with us... After all, the busyness exhausts me and I'm a fully capable "grown up." So who knows, maybe it was our restless life or the tooth may have been the culprit. I've been holding out to start Riley on solids till now. I guess I figured that he was doing just fine on breast milk and wasn't showing signs of needing anything more, so why? I just started a few days ago and it's really neat just watching his progression day by day. Day 1: clueless, obviously. And today (Day 4) he gets excited when he is in his high chair and starts banging his hands impatiently on the tray. When I bring the food over, not only does his expression scream of eager anticipation but when he sees that spoon fully loaded and headed his way, he perches like a baby bird, mouth WIDE open and awaiting the yummy goodness of home-made rice cereal!

It's kinda funny... I'll admit I was very eager to begin the solid foods- especially after I got to see Brenden (Riley's cousin) going to town on some bananas. But now that I've started, I'm realizing the time commitment and the added inconvenience of trying to feed Riley somewhere other than home. Now I've got to
  • Pack the food
  • Pack a spoon
  • Pack a bib (+ another change of clothes in case it doesn't go well)
  • Pack a wash cloth to wipe him down with afterward
  • Figure out how I'm going to heat it
  • Figure out where to put him - cuz I'm NOT bringing the high chair
And the list continues... I guess for now I've just got to get used to it at home and then later maybe I can manage elsewhere. It makes me kinda glad I've waited till now to start solids.. It's fun to watch him practice his new skill but it's a time consuming task on my end!


BrassWillow said...

I love messy baby pictures. :)

Can't believe it's been 6 months!

Mom said...

I was always amazed how much time things take. You always feel like what you're doing now takes a lot of your time, then the next stage comes and it takes up even more of your time (nursing - now plus food prep). Guess what? Whatever is next (probably crawling) will demand yet more 'mommy time'!! I kept thinking 'when this stage is past, things will be easier' -- but that never happened. Things were just different, not less!! :)

Teresa, Brandon and Xander said...

welcome to motherhood and the packing of diaper bags....and then it's like they hit 18 months and you just stuff some diapers and wipes in the glove box and feed them whatever, whereever you are. It's great! I am dreading the diaper bag drag that I will be re-introduced to here in a few months...