Saturday, November 26, 2011

Smurfaciousness

Smurf is 5 months old.

We've started daycare a few hours a day. Smurf enjoys it, but I am not as thrilled with their care as I was with my middle son. The baby room is a bit cold and all the kids are constantly crawling/toddling around with green boogers. Smurf is consequently suffering through a cold right now, with oodles of snot to make the Thanksgiving extra festive.

Smurf weighs a little over 20 lbs. He can roll from his back to his tummy like a champ and happily stays on the tummy for a while, playing with toys.

But then he gets really mad because he can't roll the other way, onto his back (at least not every time). He can also sit very well with support, and can even sit unsupported for a few seconds (then topples over on one side). As you can see, he has a bib perpetually attached to him since he drools and slobbers and spits incessantly.


As evidenced by orange stains on the bib, we have started feeding him solids. He eats dinner with us and is very excited about it. We've given him the "usual suspect" vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, green beans) and some baby cereal. It's interesting how the recommended wisdom changes, and with each recommendation the pediatricians swear that it's the only way to go. With my first two kids, they said fortified cereal at 4-6 months (primarily to learn how to swallow and for iron and zinc, which the breastmilk is low on), other baby food after 6 months. Now they recommend vegetables and meat at 4 months, because meat has more iron and zinc (duh!) and cereal much later, if at all. When I was a first-time mom, I was too terrified to even consider deviating from the prescribed wisdom. Now I simply give Smurf whatever I see fit, which happens to be jar baby food (bad busy mommy) as well as cereal.

The older brothers adore Smurf beyond expectations -- they are constantly trying to engage him and get him to smile. My oldest handles (holds, carries) the baby pretty well and even watches him for short periods of time. The middle boy is loving but occasionally a bit rough with the little guy, who valiantly endures it all until he can't, so their "playtime" typically ends with some crying of both parties.

Smurf is a people person and very cuddly. He gives wonderful, slobbery, open-mouth kisses that melt my heart. He's made everything better.

11 comments:

Alyssa said...

So cute! Happy 5 months, Smurf!

Clarissa said...

What a beautiful child!

"When I was a first-time mom, I was too terrified to even consider deviating from the prescribed wisdom. Now I simply give Smurf whatever I see fit, which happens to be jar baby food (bad busy mommy) as well as cereal"

-My sister tried following all the prescribed feeding routines with her baby but that got so confusing and overwhelming that she decided to forget all about them. Now, she just feeds her daughter whatever makes sense to her at any moment, and the kid is super healthy and happy.

GMP said...

Thanks, Alyssa and Clarissa!

inBetween said...

what a totally cute one smurf is! so good to hear you are all doing well, save for the cold room full of booger-y babies... the mental image for that one is gonna stick with me for a while...

DRo said...

He is very handsome!

Dr. Sneetch said...

Smurf is so deliciously snugly and cute. Glad to hear older boys adore Smurf. My older boys are like that too. I thought it was routine till I met a kid whose older brother is rough on him. So I'm thankful for it now.

Hermitage said...

Adorbs! It's amazing how babies can be total droolbuckets at that age and you still want to snuggle then.

Cherish said...

What a cutie! Definitely filled my need for a cute fix. :-D

gc said...

He's very cute! Hopefully the veggie-eating habit continues into adulthood!

GMP said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

MeAndBaby said...

What a cutie!! And THANK YOU so much for the comment on my blog. Just knowing others have the same fears I do, and are farther down the allergy road with words of wisdom helps immensely.