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News, news, news, news…

Wow, didn’t realise how long its been since the last post!!  So much has been going on.  The short version:

1. Callum did end up getting his first two teeth, one just before and one just after Christmas.  All things considered, it was pretty smooth sailing.

2. We are now up to three solids meals a day and Callum is loving it.  He’s eating all sorts now.  Chicken, broccoli, pear, carrots, fish, sweet potato, mushrooms, zucchini, pancakes, weetbix, beef, apple, strawberries, spinach, almond butter, peaches, watermelon, toast fingers, tomatos, cheese…. And so on.

3. We had a lovely first Xmas together down in Albany with family.  A very relaxing two week break.  We also had James’ Dad and his wife visiting in Perth just before Christmas and spent some quality family time together.

4. Callum has been going through an ‘interesting’ bedtime phase recently due to separation anxiety (a natural development in babies) as he realises we can walk away and leave him. . We had a week and a half of struggling to settle him before putting in place a revised bedtime routine.  This seems to be working well and things have improved no end.

5. Callum had his first ‘dip’ (I think we got his feet in and not much else) in the ocean down in Albany.  He wasn’t super keen given he’s used to swimming in a heated pool, but he did enjoy just hanging out at the beach in the sea air.  He also had his first fishing experience (well, Callum and I hung out on the riverbank while James and my brother helped my niece and nephew to fish).

6. James and I managed to have a couple of date nights during the festive season while various grandparents baby sat 🙂

All in all its been a lovely (but busy) few months.  How did you celebrate the festive season?

Mushy, mushy…

Callum is now over five months old!  The time has flown by (although some days have seemed endless, something I’m sure many parents will relate to).  Our little heart breaker is looking more and more like a little boy and not so baby-ish every day.  Its amazing.

I recently attended a talk on solids at my local Community Health Centre.  Not long after this Callum started showing much more of an interest in food, so we tried him on solids a few days ago.  Fun!  So far Callum has had rice cereal, spinach, zucchini and carrot.  And loved it.

Prior to attending the solids talk, I was considering going down the baby led weaning track (for more information on this, check out this website: http://www.babyledweaning.com/).  The basic premise behind baby led weaning is that you skip the puree and give baby soft foods (e.g. steamed carrot pieces) that still look like ‘real food’ which they can grasp and attempt to self feed.  This concept is fairly well followed in the UK, however the Community Health Nurse noted it is not generally recommended in Australia due to some speech pathologists advising babies need to learn to develop their mouth and tongue muscles starting with pureed food, then mashed and gradually moving to actual pieces of soft food…  I’m still interested in the baby led weaning concept but decided to go down the more traditional feeding route with Callum.

Callum with a spinach goatee.

Callum with a spinach goatee.

Yum I'll have some more please.

Yum I’ll have some more please.