Today was Fighter’s third set of immunization jabs.
Are you ready for the heart wrenching pictures?
Yea neither am I. Every time it gets worse and worse. It’s as if he’s older and smarter so the betrayal gets bigger each time. T_______T
Thankfully this is the last of his jabs for a while. Next one is at 15 months so yay 8 months of reprieve!
Fatty wasn’t supposed to come with us this time but changed his mind at the last minute. He said he didn’t want us to suffer alone hehehe.
Excuse me Fighter the needle hasn’t even touched you yet. Dr Ananda was just listening to his heartbeat and squeezing his limbs to check the muscles I guess, and already he cry like this wtf.
Here comes the needle.
At this point I notice I’m usually hopping up and down next to the doctor and not daring to look at the needle myself wtf waiting for the moment I can get past the doctor and pick him up. T__________T
Then the doctor sat him up to check his back strength. Quite funny la cos he’s still crying at this point but still obligingly let doctor sit him up and keep crying hahahaha.
He cried all the time we stayed in the doctor’s office. Then when we went out to the waiting area, he stopped instantly WTF. But then he’d be all calm but occasionally burst into tears again, as if he suddenly remembered his horrible fate wtf.
For record’s sake, Fighter is now 5 months adjusted age, 7 months actual age. He’s 61 cm, 6.6 kg and his head is 43 cm in circumference wtf. Apparently his weight gain slowed a bit but doctor said it’s completely normal cos he’s more active now and probably lost some energy that way. Also more distracted, so he may not focus so much on drinking now. Which is true! Now he damn annoying if I’m feeding him and Fatty talks to me, he stops, pulls away from the nipple and stares at Fatty. Hahahaha. It’s like there must be TOTAL silence when he drinks. Dictator wtf.
His length grew quite a bit though! End of January he was 55 cm and now he’s 61! Thank Buddha for Fatty’s genes wtf. I’m so relieved hahahaha.
Anyway the biggest news of all! Doctor said he’s ready for semi-solids now!
If you read my Dayre, lately I’ve been fretting over getting him started on solids. I never considered it actually (*shamefaced wtf) only I wrote about Fighter waking up at all times of the night now to feed when he used to sleep through 5-6 hours at night before this.
I thought it was a growth spurt he was going through but it’s been going on a month or more. Wiser and more experienced mommies said he could be ready for solids and they were right!
So I’ve been reading up on all sorts of baby solids literature – websites and blogs and even weaning sites for preemies. All say quite contrasting things at times leh! So I wrote down all my questions and cornered Dr Ananda with my checklist wtf.
To cut it short, Dr Ananda told me that usually pediatricians recommend starting solids from 4 months onwards but the WHO set the minimum at 6 months to ensure that parents would continue to give babies breast milk for longer. Therefore at this point, solids should not be a replacement for milk (which is still their key nutritional source) but rather an introduction to adult food.
He told me Fighter was all ready but I strongly suggest you ask your own doctors hor if you’re not sure.
In terms of menu, he said:
Start with rice cereal for a week, once a day, earlier in the day
He said rice cereal tastes the most similar to milk so it would be less of a surprise to baby. At this point Fighter’s swallow reflex is automatic after he sucks so he needs to learn how to actively swallow first. So the rice cereal is to get him accustomed to maneuvering his tongue then swallowing. Then try to feed earlier in the day in case he got allergy, can fasterly go get help (as opposed to allergy in the middle of the night and all clinics are closed)
After a week, move to fruits and vegetables
Try only one type of food at a time, and for three days. This is so he doesn’t get confused, and I’ll know if he’s allergic to anything. Soft fruits like papaya and banana just mash up and feed, harder ones like apples and pears, stew and mash up. Vegetables go for soft ones like potato, sweet potato, squash, pumpkin etc. I asked how about spinach wtf cos I hate all of the above except potato. He said uhh maybe later wtf.
I wasn’t really looking forward to solids cos uhhh it sounds like a lot of work wtf. But I’m quite excited now! So many things to buy and try!
Starting with this booster seat. There, happy photo of Fighter to make up for the above.
I was wondering if I should get a high chair but then I remembered my aunt got us this when Fighter was born. Can’t believe we can put it to use already. This one’s from Fisher-Price.
Actually doctor said he cannot support himself yet so don’t put him in an upright seat like this. >_> These pictures were taken before we saw the doctor la aih.
“What? Time to start solids already?” *suspicious*
“Well no time like the present!”
*gnaw gnaw* “Hmm… kind of bland. Can’t say I like solids much.”
Okay the truth is I was super impatient so an hour before we went to the doctor I already tried to give Fighter rice cereal!
No pictures cos I was holding the bowl wtf. But I think it was quite decent for a first attempt! I slowly fed him two teaspoons and he’d stick out his tongue and lick at the spoon a bit. That way I think he managed to swallow about a third of everything!
If anyone has any recommendations of good storebought baby food please share!
Also does anyone know where to get the Little Bean food processor wtf.
That’s about it. Can’t wait to bring on the food experiments. 😀