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Food Chronicle: Angelika ~ Week 5

Bradley baby gnawing on an apple
This is the fifth installment in my Introduction to Solids series.  I am journaling about our experience with baby feeding since we have the unique opportunity to share this with our students and readers as we start the process of weaning our youngest child.  This is not medical advice, nor is it a schedule to be followed.  It is simply our choice for our baby and the first time we have done what is gaining popularity as “baby-led weaning”.

Click on these links for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.

What’s new since last week:
Pictured above is Angelika sitting up and gnawing on an apple "teether".  It's half of an apple that I have peeled and cored.  This week she started taking bites out of it!  I used to eat them when she was done sucking and gnawing on them - not much left anymore!

Just when I think Angelika’s body is adjusting to eating solids (see our journal below), we had another day without a bowel movement yesterday.  I am probably obsessing too much about this.  I think it’s time for a visit with our chiropractor.

We have had a couple of instances last week where she was thrashing around and being fussy.  Out of curiosity: instead of nursing her, I offered her a veggie straw to gnaw on and the fussiness went away.  I am not sure if she is hungry or teething – another thing to ask our chiropractor about.  I suspect maybe a little bit of both since she has started gumming my breast again…except this time it hurts because her two lower teeth are new and sharp!

One of our new foods this week was a plum.  She loved it!  I was eating one while Angelika was sitting on my lap.  I let her suck on some of it.  Her first reaction was to make a face – it looked like she had eaten something really sour.  Despite that, she reached for it again, and I let her try it again.  This time, she took it out of my hands – and would not give it back!  I struggled to get it back so I could at least remove the pit.  I watched her like a hawk – she took it out of my hands with the peel still on.  (Thinking I was going to be eating the plum, it hadn’t been peeled.)  She did a great job of sucking off all the flesh and leaving the peel behind.  Smart eater!  Phew!  I still have residual fears about choking from our previous experiences with our older children.  Angelika continues to reinforce that our decision to do things differently this time was the right one for our family. 

Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson  The second food I offered was a gluten-free graham cracker.  Not a big hit, but not a no, either.  We may try this one again to see what happens.  I am not to concerned about the grains since I eat plenty of them and I feel confident she is getting her Vitamin B through my breastmilk ("What's In Breastmilk?" Poster).

We revisited the zucchini bread and the avocado.  Both were eaten with no fuss – they are definitely into the rotation!  The zucchini bread did have eggs in it.  We replaced one of the eggs with flax seed.  When we make the recipe again this week, I am going to try replacing two eggs with flax and use only one of the three that is called for to see what happens.  I am a little concerned to be introducing eggs before her first birthday since two of her siblings react to eggs. 

Here are the sources I reference for food introductions since we have a history of food allergies in our family
I also had a couple of meals where I got to eat last week!  If you are a mom to a larger household, you may have experienced this: once you finish serving everyone else, your food is cold, or everyone is finishing up when you are getting started.  We had one meal at home that was perfectly timed so that food was ready all at once and baby was ready to eat…and we all sat around the dinner table together, at the same time – and I ate a meal at the correct temperature, without having to get up from the table. My second “real meal” was a night we went out to dinner with some friends, leaving the older kiddos at home.  Angelika sat in her high chair the whole time, looking like a little doll and behaving like one.  She enjoyed her veggie straws, her peas and her yams; drank a little bit of water – it was amazing!  We dined – and I didn’t nurse her once.  As I write this I am having a pang of bittersweet.  While it is amazing and she is learning and growing, it means that my last nursling is on her way to complete independence and someday in the nearer future than I care to think about, my breastfeeding days will be over. We are still continuing to breastfeed after meals although I am no longer feeding before meals.  Depending on how bowel movements go this week, I may revisit nursing before meals again.  Maybe Angelika needs the laxative effects of breastmilk before and after solids to help get things moving along her intestinal tract. It doesn’t feel like I am nursing as much anymore.  This past week I also logged a few days of breastfeeding just to see how often I was breastfeeding. As it turns out, I am still nursing every 3-4 hours.  What did bear out is that although the frequency was about the same, the time at the breast is definitely much shorter.  Angelika nurses efficiently and then gets back to hanging out with her siblings. Tuesday, June 19 

 BM (bowel movement) in the afternoon 
 Breakfast 
 Lunch 
 Dinner: Sweet potatoes, crackers (2) 
 Did all breastmilk until we saw a BM…this was going on day 5 without any significant output   

Wednesday, June 20 
 Nursed @ 6:15 am; 
 breakfast @ 6:45 Breakfast: ½ banana – A is squishing it first and then she puts it into her mouth – messy! 
 Lunch: Snack: 2 tortilla chips, 4 veggie straws 
 Dinner: Peas, Yams   

Thursday June 21 
 Breakfast: banana – almost a whole one 
 Lunch: slept through 
 Snack: 4 veggie straws 
 Dinner: Yams, peas, veggie straws   

Friday, June 22 
 2 bm’s 
 Breakfast: apples, GF graham crackers 
 Lunch: slept through 
 Snack: 
 Dinner: Peas, Yams   

Saturday, June 23 
 3 bm’s 
 Breakfast: Apple pieces, zucchini bread 
 Lunch: slept thru 
 Snack: Veggie straws, plum 
 Dinner: Peas, Yams   

Sunday, June 24 
 3 bm’s 
 Breakfast: Apple slices 
 Lunch: Banana, carrot teether, veggie straws
 Snack: Tortilla chips (2)
 Dinner: Yams, potatoes, peas, avocado   

Monday, June 25 
 Breakfast: Glutino cracker 
 Lunch: Potato, Sweet potato, yam 
 Dinner: Peas, Yams   

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