Sunday, September 12, 2010

This weekend was BANANAS! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

And we're on to baby food! Sutton has been one hungry hippo lately, nursing for very long periods of time, eating more and more cereal more and more often and is STILL hungry. Last week, our pedi, Dr Jones, suggested to start him on fruits when he hits 20 weeks. Meh, what's a week and a half? Especially since Sutton hasn't been sleeping more than about 4-5 hours at a time without wanting to nurse or take a bottle. We have been VERY sleepy parents for about two weeks!
Sutton got his first taste of baby food ('naners! YUM!) on Saturday afternoon. From what I've heard and seen, most babys have SOME kind of reaction to trying 'real' food for the first time. Shock. Disgust. Excitement. SOMETHING. Sutton? Nothing. No reaction. You wouldn't even know we were feeding him anything different! I mean, he liked it, I guess, since he didn't spit it out or make an awful face, but he didn't go crazy over it either. Just ate. And ate. And then ate some more.
Blank face on his first bite!
What do you mean I've never had this food before?
So now, we're nursing/taking a bottle 5-6 times a day, eating cereal twice a day and bananas twice a day. We can only introduce one new fruit a week, I'm assuming to make sure he handles it ok or maybe to make sure there aren't any allergic reactions. Next week, I think we're going to try pears.
Saturday, we had some people over to hang out, bbq and watch the Tech game. Kolby and Marli hadn't seen Sutton in  a while and were so suprised how big he was! My very good friend, Kaela, came over as well for some snuggles.
Sutton is still chewing on everything and slobbering everywhere. No teeth have made an appearance, but we check daily to see when those pearly white chompers will show up!
Chewing on his exersaucer toys.
I can't get over how much Sutton is growing up. He constantly amazes us with new things. It seems like every weekend, I discover something new about him. I know that makes it sound like I only see him on the weekends, but it's the only time we can spend all day, every day together and I notice all his new tricks! This weekend, I noticed three big things:
  1. Sutton will now reach his arms out to you when he wants to be picked up. It's an amazing thing to have a child reach for you for comfort. When you've tried every toy and gadget you have and the only thing that will soothe them is your arms, you know love.
  2. He is picking up on things that indicate it's time to eat. I'm trying to use the same words for different types of food so he will make the association. Nummies for nursing, bottle for bottle feeding, cereal for cereal. He understands 'hungry' and knows he's about to eat when we put his bib on him. While he's eating , he actually will grab the hand that's holding his spoon and direct it towards his mouth! That blows my mind! And you can't feed him fast enough. Meal times go something like this: Put bib on Sutton, "SQUEAL!" pop a bite in his mouth, swallow. Then he'll scream because there isn't more food in his mouth so we'll use that opportunity to shove another bite in, swallow. You get the picture!
  3. He likes to make out. If you put your face close to his, he'll grab your head on either side of your face and pull you towards him so he can slobber all over you. I think they're pretty sweet kisses. Love them!
We have a wedding coming up in two weeks that Rusty and I are both in the wedding party. We'll be traveling to Granbury to see two very close friends of ours tie the knot and recite their vows in front of God, family and friends. Sutton will be there for part of the celebration, but will spend most of the time with Rusty's mom. We're so excited to take him on yet another roadtrip!

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