Friday, September 19, 2008

Leah is becoming a good eater!

And it may also be positively affecting how long she sleeps at night!

Two nights ago she slept from 7 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., had a 6 ounce bottle, and went back to sleep until 9 a.m. Then yesterday she had a good breakfast - multigrain cereal (2 tablespoons of the dry stuff mixed with formula) and a whole jar of applesauce (2.5 ounces). We followed that with a few Gerber banana puffs, which she is getting good at eating, although she still sort of plays with them and often spits them out for fun. She isn't so interested in putting them in her mouth herself. She picks them up in her fist and drops them. But when I hold one she opens her mouth for it. And then she actually chews (well...gums anyway) it.

So then she napped from 11 to 1 and then had lunch. She ate half of a YoBaby Yogurt (2 ounces) with a half tablespoon of multigrean cereal mixed in. Then we went to the park, where she ate some more Gerber puffs. She wouldn't take an afternoon nap, but she was pretty happy, so we stayed at the park until 5.

She had dinner about 6 - 2 tablespoons of the multigrain cereal and a whole jar of squash. Yep - last time I tried she wouldn't eat the squash, but this time she ate it all up and seemed to like it. Same with the multigrain cereal. A couple days ago I was having trouble getting her to eat it and was having to mix it with the fruit, but yesterday and today she just gobbled it up.

Last night she slept from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Then she had a bottle and went back to sleep until almost 7 a.m. and had another bottle and went back to sleep until 9:30 a.m. Not sure why she woke up at 4 a.m. She has been refusing the bottle she used to have before bed. I just figured that meant she was full after her dinner, but when she cried this morning Shafi thought she must be hungry since she only had 3 bottles yesterday and wouldn't take any before bed. Hopefully it won't be a pattern...although I might be willing to keep that up if she keeps sleeping until 9:30!

She had a good breakfast of cereal and pears this morning and a bottle before her nap and a good lunch of yogurt with cereal. So maybe if she'll take another bottle this afternoon and eat a good dinner then she'll get back on track and sleep until 6 a.m. or so again.

We also tried Cheerios after lunch today. First I broke them in half for her since they don't dissolve as easily as the puffs. She seemed to be holding them in her mouth for awhile - taking more half Cheerios while others were still sitting on her tongue. But eventually she "chewed" them all up and swalled them - well, some she spit out - but not because she doesn't like them - she seems to think it's fun to spit while eating and spray puffs or Cheerios all over the highchair tray. So then I tried giving her some whole Cheerios and she took them just fine.

Now I just have to figure out how to get her interested in picking them up herself - they are supposed to be finger food - which should mean her fingers, not mine!

And she sure is awful darn cute:
She enjoyed our playdate with her friend Tyler - he has fun toys:
I think this is a "hmph, I can't quite get this big toy in my mouth" face:
Us hot babes at the park:
And she danced with her friend James at the can see she was singing to him too:

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