The weird transitions are one of those things about parenting that I didn't really expect. I sort of thought there would be concrete mile markers. She doesn't eat solid food, then she does. She doesn't drink from a sippy cup and then she does. I knew I would have to wean her from a bottle, but I didn't appreciate the full spectrum of she eats purees and I eat feed her, she eats soft things that I feed her, she eats soft things she feeds herself, she refuses to let me feed her and eats more or less independently. There is way more gray here than black and white.
Evidently this is a thing for lots of moms because the baby food aisle at Walmart is chock full of foods in different levels of independence. We are somewhere between the regular baby food that I would feed her, (Heaven forbid that I should feed her instead of her doing it herself) and the squeezeable pouches. So basically every meal is a combination of these
Part of the issue is, let's be really honest, me. I am first time mom-ing this up. Seriously. You should see the size of the bites I put on her tray. They're infinitesimal. You know the cups of fruit that you might pack in kid's lunch boxes for school? I cut those pieces in half. Yesterday, for the first time ever, I gave her a roll to take bites off of instead of picking it apart for her. Well, not a WHOLE roll of course. Half a roll. Half a tiny crescent roll.
The thing is, I KNOW this is ridiculous! I know that with baby #2 I'll be tossing them a chicken leg at 8 months and being like "go to it kid!" And yet I still do it. I try to comfort myself by watching Dad who breaks Cheez-its in half. I'm not alone in this realm of craziness!
The "best" part about all of this is the sleep regression. Cordie isn't getting full enough in the evening to sleep all night, so she's waking up for a nighttime feeding. Oh goody. I'm caught between how sweet it is to snuggle her and promising myself that the next day I am going to feed her until she has chipmunk cheeks and can't possibly hold one more bite of anything. One day this week Cordie ate in her high chair for an hour and half! I did not sit and stare at her the entire while making "helpful" comments like "take a sip of juice, not that much juice, nom-nom-nom". She slept the whole night that night and it was glorious. Blissful sleep!
We're growing together. Eventually she will drink milk (our pediatrician is suggesting going cold turkey on the formula to "encourage" her to drink milk, yikes). One day she make take smaller bites off of a bigger piece of food! Until then, I just continue to eat the other half of the roll
she can't handle that my insanity says she can't handle.