How’s it going out there in your neck of the woods? Because I’ve gotta say, things have been pretty dicey in ours. And by that I mean I’ve felt for the past three weeks like I’ve been drowning. Drowning in sick babies, piles of laundry, sleepless nights, and basically chaos.
Audrey got her ears pierces three weeks ago. The day after she got them done, she began running a fever. The fever just would not go away and eventually a pesky cough and major congestion jumped on board. She was miserable. She wasn’t able to sleep unless Andrew or I were holding her, and even then she was waking up every 45 minutes or so. And in the middle of that, Bonnie came down with a nasty, nasty sinus infection, for which she took a round of Amoxicillin. And long story short, we learned that Amoxicillin does NOT agree with Bonnie. We will never give it to her again. Ever.
A week or so ago I noticed Audrey digging at one of her ears. It didn’t look like it was healing properly, so I began paying extra attention to it, and treating it often throughout the day. Every time I came near it my docile, quiet, sweet girl lost her ever-loving mind. So we ditched the earrings. And she almost immediately began to take a turn for the better.
Talk about mom guilt.
I had a hard time getting Audrey to even nurse, so actual finger foods or purees were just NOT happening. Now that she’s finally on the upswing I’ve introduced a handful of foods to her. While I do not know that she’s actually ingested any, she’s at least gotten tastes here and there.
To be perfectly honest, it feels really bittersweet to have her experimenting with actual food. Because in the back of my mind I know the more real food she begins to eat, the less she will need to nurse. And that just makes me so sad! When Bonnie was Audrey’s age I did not feel this way. I just assumed that, somehow, we would have other children, so I did not cling to every stage the way I have done with Audrey. But I think she will likely be our last, and knowing that makes me cling so tightly to every moment and every experience!
When we started baby-led weaning with Bonnie two years ago, I got a lot of questions about what she was eating and when, was I worried about choking, how did I know which foods were safe, etc. I shared a few BLW posts back then, which you can find here, here, here, and here.
Audrey is not as into the whole baby-led weaning process as Bonnie was, so we are taking things slowly. I thought Bonnie loved to nurse, but Audrey LOVES. TO. NURSE. She’s far more interested in that than in finger foods or purees. We will get there though. With her I truly feel that there is no rush.
Here are a few snapshots of the foods she’s tried. Truth be told she probably has not actually tasted all of these. But here are our attempts: