Up until a few weeks ago, I was actually feeling like I had things under control. Until your baby turns 6 months old and you only have to give him or her breastmilk or formula, you can actually start getting into a routine. It was pretty simple, really: wake up, milk, lunchtime, milk before nap, milk before dinner, milk before bed… easy enough.
I was super excited when Austin turned 6 months old and we could introduce solids. It seemed like such a huge milestone, and I thought that I wouldn’t be feeding him as often.
I now feed Austin about 127 times a day. (Slight exaggeration.) I swear, our routine is now more like: wake up, milk, cereal and fruit before nap, more milk after nap, veggies and fruit before afternoon nap, milk again after nap, maybe milk before dinnertime, veggie, and milk before bed. Seriously?! How can he possibly be hungry at any point during the day?
Don’t get me wrong; I love feeding Austin solids. It’s fun and there’s nothing better than seeing him laugh and smile. Amazing stuff! But, I guess I just didn’t realize how often he would actually be eating! And I know the whole solids thing is supposed to be stress-free and enjoyable, but I find it very stressful. I stress if he doesn’t eat enough vegetables, fruits or cereal, and then, when he does eat all of them, I worry that he is eating too many solids and not enough milk.
I am an anxiety-filled person and I often make very large mountains out of teeny, tiny molehills. Overall, my son is packing on the pounds quickly, and I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing.
All in all, 6 months brings a whole lot of fun. Austin can sit and interact, he can smile, he has one tooth… It’s a great month! And in between his 127 feedings, we have a really great time!