Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Don't Think You're Doing It Right

Paci/Binky/Momo -- call it what you will.  Miles, however, calls it a chew toy.


For a long time he would just get mad every time I gave him his paci.  Lately he doesn't mind at all... he has quite a good time chewing on actually. 

Not really what I had in mind, kid... but I guess since you're not crying I'm calling it a success!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pooping

So... all my delicious homemade food was making my poor baby constipated.  SO constipated.  He had several days of struggling to poop out these hard pellet poops.

Yum.  Beef steak nuggets anyone?

They seriously make these? VOMIT!
Sorry... I digress.

Anyway, we went off the potatoes and carrots for a while and switched to apples every other night.  That seems to have worked (runny poop -- a bittersweet victory).  And I'm going to try pears tonight and maybe some butternut squash later this week because I read that those won't hurt his tummy as much as the carrots and potatoes will.

But my question is -- why does everyone recommend carrots and sweet potatoes first if they know that's what will happen?  All the books I read said to try carrots and sweet potatoes and then apples and bananas.  But online everything said that those constipate your baby and apples and the squash will be better.  Sheesh, thanks a lot recipe books.  Thanks for nothing!

In the mean time, a not constipated baby = a happy baby!!

Smiling Baby

We went to Austin this weekend to visit with Tony's family.  His cousins were having their annual Wine and Tapas party and we thought it'd be a great time to get together and see everyone!  And there's quite a lot of family to see.

Such a great family!

After arriving two hours late because of a flat tire (changing a flat tire in the cold with a crying baby is just no fun) we finally got to relax and have some fun!  The two baby cousins got to meet for the first time!
Keila, our beautiful hostess, holding Corbin and Dana holding Miles
It's weird how much they look alike and yet so different.  They were instant friends, of course, and started their friendship off with Corbin chewing on Miles' arm! 

Give me that arm back... it's so delicious!
Much relaxing and drinking of the wine ensued.

Beth and Izzy hugging while I tried to put a tired baby to sleep
I even got to party it up a bit when Keila, our beautiful hostess (seriously, did you see her picture, she's so gorgeous) took Miles from me and put him to sleep!  There are no pictures of this, however, because I was too busy drinking wine and relaxing to worry about pictures!

Sunday we got to brunch and spend some more time with Tony's brother and his family and their cousin David.  It was such a nice time, we didn't ever want to leave.  The weather was beautiful so we played outside in their yard until Miles finally crashed!  He napped while we all got to play outside some more.

Miles LOVED this swing!  I can't believe he's such a big boy!
But we finally did break ourselves away because we had plans to stop in Waco and visit with some of my most dear friends Lyndsay and Brandon and their two sweet boys!  

Dylan and Miles becoming fast friends!
I just love having friends who you might not get the chance to see often, but every time you do see each other it's like no time has passed at all and you can just laugh and chat all night!  The kids played together while Lyndsay held Miles all evening and told me repeatedly how perfect his head shape is.... lol.  I must say... I completely agree!  I can't believe how big and adorable her boys are getting!  I just wanted to squeeze little Dylan's belly all night long, but alas, he told me no when I tried to hug him.  Maybe next time Dylan.  :) 

This was by far one of my favorite weekends of the year!  We had such a great time with all our family and friends.  But the one thing I realized is just how important family (and friends who are as good as family) are for Miles to be around.  I have not seen him smile so much since we were in New Mexico with my family.  Miles will smile (I didn't think about that rhyme when I named him) for me all day long, but when we go out he doesn't really smile at strangers.  I want him to be friendly and sweet to everyone, but he looks at strangers with his brows furrowed.   Well, the second we got around family that all changed.  He was so full of huge gummy grins for everyone I didn't even know what to think.  He refused to sleep on the way to Austin, so I was sure he would be a grump.  But no, he smiled for everyone!  And when we got to Waco, same thing.  He gave Lyndsay and her family the biggest smiles I've seen.  It was just so sweet to see him so happy and comfortable with his family!  I cannot wait for us to go back to New Mexico again so he can smile for everyone there!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

4.5 months

Obviously I have no real consistency with this update of my favorite things of Miles.  Much like his sleep schedule, I'm just not very good at that sort of thing -- consistency, schedules, etc.  Apparently, though, I had myself the perfect baby to fit into our hectic lives -- because he seems to be doing just fine with the way things are.


So, without further ado -- here are a few of my favorite things about Miles as he is right now.
  • I love the way you stare at your hands as you hold them out in front of you, amazed at how well you can control them these days and still surprised when you actually grab that toy you're reaching for.
  • I love that you are still nursing and that now you reach out to touch my face while you nurse.  I kiss your little hands and you love it.  It's become a regular thing and I hope it lasts. 
  • I absolutely adore the smile you get on your face when either your dad or I start singing.  No matter what the song you almost burst with excitement - you love singing!
  • I love that when you are over tired and upset you only want your momma.  It means more work for me, but I cannot explain the way it feels to be the most important person in the world to someone. 
  • I love that you've started to notice me typing on the keyboard or playing on my phone so now you reach for them because they are obviously interesting to me.  You are just so smart and observant. 
  • I love the shape of the back of your head.  It's so oval and perfect.
  • I love the color of your skin, everyone else does too.
  • I love that you can fit your toes in your mouth and scream at me when I pull them out to put your diaper on, every time.
  • I love that sometimes you wake up in the mornings and just lay there, quietly talking until I come get you. 
  • I love how you scrunch up your face right before you give me the biggest smile.  You are so scrumptious!
  • I love how funny you think it is when we try to get you to say Momma or Dadda.
  • I love that your favorite song is Patty Cake and you love when we make you clap your hands.
  • I love bouncing you on the bed.  Izzy loves it too.  It's one of the surefire ways we can make you laugh.
  • I love your tiny little laugh.  You don't do it often, but that makes it that much more special.
  • I love that you just started noticing the cats. And how you watch them with such interest as they mosey on by.
  • I love that you have straight eyelashes just like me. 
  • I love your ticklish little belly. 

    Friday, December 10, 2010

    Beaba

    I just want to mention how much I LOVE making baby food for Miles.  When a friend recommended the Beaba baby food maker I thought it sounded really cool so I registered for it.  I loved the idea of Miles having fresh food that I made for him.  Plus, making your own food is supposed to be a lot less expensive and I love saving money!  But, I didn't really think I'd get it (thanks again SFD group, are any of you even reading this?) so I didn't worry too much about all the work I'd have to do.

    Let me just set the record straight though -- making baby food sounds like a ton more work than it actually is.  I had no idea it would be this easy.  Granted, so far I've only made a few simple things with one ingredient, but it takes all of 5 minutes to chop up carrots or two apples or a sweet potato.  Then the Beaba thing does the steaming.

    Then it's 2 minutes of blending and 2 minutes to divide it in the handy baby food cups the SFD team also bought for me.  And wha-la!  Miles has fresh food for a week!



    I'm not sure if it's the Beaba food processor that makes it super easy.  Or if it's just pretty easy to puree some veggies.  But either way I know one baby who's appreciative!

    So Far So Good

    So my new plan is working out okay so far.  The plan is -- no plan at all.  Basically Miles does not like going to sleep before he's ready.  And by ready I mean so tired that he can no longer keep his eyes open.  And since he's sweet and happy and good until he's exhausted (if we're holding him) there's really no problem with letting him stay up.  So far.  Everything will change as soon as I type this, so I don't even know why I bother, but I digress.

    When he is good and exhausted putting him to bed is cake!  And since I love cake -- we have ourselves a little night owl!  We stayed up late to watch a movie last night and Miles finally got grumpy around 11:30 so I walked him around for a minute, layed him down, and he was out!  He woke up at 7:45 this morning to eat and then went straight back to sleep and is still sleeping at 10.  It's not ideal (I'd love for him to sleep from 8 to 8.  Or even 9 to 9.  And we will try to get there.  But for now, this is working and there's much less crying and fighting going on.  So I'll take it. 

    In other news -- Miles LOVES food.  Both his mommy and daddy are food lovers, so it's really no surprise.  But it's beyond cute to watch him try new foods for the first time.  His face is so confused for a second and then his legs and arms start swinging around in excitement!  I just love it.  He's already grabbing the spoon and shoving it in his mouth himself (apparently we are not fast enough for him) and growling whenever the spoon is out of reach. 


    Yesterday I had to give him two servings of apples because he was just so upset when the first one was done.  (Plus I'm hoping the apples help move things along... if you know what I mean.)

    Here's Miles enjoying his sweet potatoes for the first time.  I got distracted while talking so I don't even know what I was saying... but the video is pretty cute!


    And just as a side note -- this is what happens in his bouncy if he's left to his own devices...

    Can't turn my back for a second with this one!

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

    Yum

    And speaking of eating, were we speaking of eating?  Kind of, I guess.  Well, anyway -- look who tried carrots for the first time and LOVED them.  

    He was pretty tired the first time we gave him some so he ate them but seemed a little under impressed with it. 

    Well, that all changed last night when he didn't want to eat his cereal and growled at me until I gave him his carrots.  Once I did his little arms and legs went crazy with excitement!!  But then he growled at me every time I took a little too long to get the spoon to his mouth.  It was the cutest thing I've ever seen/heard.  He polished of his bowl of carrots and wanted more!  Could he be any cuter?!

    Tonight -- sweet potatoes!!

    And in an effort to make up for all his sleeping woes - I've been making his food fresh with the Beaba food maker.  It steams, it defrosts, it purees, it mashes, it does everything but eat the food for you and I LOVE it.  A special thanks to all my Bank of America SFD training buddies who pitched in a bought it for me.  I plan on using the crap out of that thing!  Miss you guys!

    Toes Two

     Speaking of toes -- this is Miles' new favorite thing to do when I'm changing his diaper.  Making it impossible to actually get the diaper on him. 


    I love his little expression in that last picture -- 'Are you impressed with this?  Would you like a nibble?'

    Too cute! 

    Toes

    This baby boy has me on my toes.  I had a long blog about his sleeping habits and our attempts at trying to get him on a schedule, but I'm trashing it.  I'm also trashing any pretense I have about his sleeping habits or patterns or a schedule.

    My new plan is that when he's fussy I'll try to put him to sleep and if it doesn't work, I'm not forcing it.  He can come back out here and we'll play or walk or watch TV.  I just can't force it anymore - he is more stubborn than I am and does NOT like being forced to go to sleep (nor lulled, rocked, swayed, walked, shhhhed, etc).  And there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to his sleeping habits.  One day he needs 16 hours of sleep in 24 hours, the next day he needs 12, some days 10.  And all I'm doing by trying to keep him on a schedule is drive everyone crazy.  Mostly myself.  So, done.  Hands brushed.  Done.

    This weekend was pretty insane with the kids and Miles trying to sleep in the same room, so I'm not sure what we're going to do about that yet.  Friday night consisted of Tony carrying the crib from Miles' room to the living room by himself at 2 AM (the kids coughing woke him up, he's such a light sleeper).  That was a sight!  And boy was I impressed and grateful.  Saturday night was more from our insomniac baby.  He refused to go to sleep, cried for about 2 hours and then was up again from 1 AM to 3 AM.

    Obviously I'm doing something wrong, but I just can't figure out what it is.  My plan is a ton of internet research and book buying.  But in the meantime - he's the boss and I'm just not forcing it anymore.

    For anyone with advice (and I'm open to any help I can get) - Miles is a great sleeper once he wants to sleep.  Last night he slept from 10:30 to 7:30 this morning.  But that was after an hour of crying because we put him to bed before he was ready.  No amount of rocking, nursing, walking, singing, swaying, bouncing -- nothing -- will soothe him if we are trying to put him to sleep before he's ready.  Crying it out doesn't work, we've tried for a little over two hours before, but we may not be doing it right.  Nursing him puts him STRAIGHT to sleep, but he is the lightest sleeper in the world, so the second he's done -- he's awake.

    The absolute only way I can get him to sleep is if he is exhausted and finally can't keep his eyes open any more.  And when he is exhausted all we have to do is lay him down in his crib and he goes right to sleep no fuss, just like a dream baby.  We've tried to put him down when he's kinda sleepy, when he's not sleepy but should be and neither work.  He refuses to miss out on the world with this pesky thing called sleep!

    So, wish us luck as we try to figure this all out.  We definitely need it.

    On the upside - last night was the first night in a long time without a 3 am feeding and I forgot how awesome it is to sleep through the night!  I feel like I could run a marathon! 

    Why can't he do more of this!

    Monday, December 6, 2010

    How Prayer and Beer Go Together

    So this is a quick post about something that amazed me this week.  On Wednesday and Thursday I began to notice that every time I fed Miles he wasn't nursing for as long as normal and seemed to be pretty frustrated after eating.  Since I don't pump often, if I can help it, I didn't know if there was a problem with my "production." Well, after pumping on Thursday evening (4 hours after Miles ate) and only getting 2 ounces I knew there was a big problem.

    I know pumping can produce less milk then when Miles actually eats, but I had never pumped so little before.  And since Miles is exclusively breastfeed I immediately started to panic.  He's only 4 months and I really want to breastfeed as long as possible.  Plus, I know that if Miles wasn't getting much food the last few days, he must be going to bed hungry and that just broke my heart.

    I wracked my brain and got pretty upset.  Then I prayed about it and went to bed.  Friday morning I drank about 10 packets of the Mothers Milk tea and then rushed to the store for some IPA beer.  I had been drinking a beer a day or every other day since Miles was born, but we'd run out and the store didn't have the brand I like the last time I went so I didn't bother to get the other kind.  But yesterday I got the first IPA beer I could find and drank two right away.

    And sure enough - by Friday evening Miles was eating to his hearts content!  He even spit up because there was just so much milk.  Prayer and beer, my new fix all!

    So, for all breastfeeding moms out there -- I swear by that IPA beer!  If I could find hops in a tincture anywhere, I would prefer that (IPA is SO bitter), but since I can't find it I'll be drinking my way to more milk! 

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010

    Slapsgiving

    Tony had a glorious week off of work for Thanksgiving and we spent it lounging, playing video games, walking around downtown, cooking, eating, and loving on the most scrumptious, cuddly, huggable, kissable ball of cuteness we could find!  Why did this week have to end?! 

    So, in the theme of Thanksgiving -- I'm thankful for all the normal big things - definitely our home over our head, Tony's good job (and the fact that he goes to work every day to take care of us), our health (which I think we take for granted far to often), this wonderful family which I love more and more each day.

    But here are a few of the little things I'm thankful for this year -

    Scrumptious baby thighs that I just want to nibble on every second of every day.
    A cuddly baby who refuses to sleep anywhere but in bed with us.  (That'll teach me to set rules about kids sleeping in bed with us.)
    Iced coffee, and my husband who will run out to McDonalds to get it for me.
    The maternity jeans that I kept and wore on Thanksgiving day so I could stuff myself and still be comfortable.
    The toppling pile of magazines that I never read, because that's where I found the yummiest recipe for a turkey roll (which turned into a layered turkey, but was still good anyway).
    iPhones -- so that I can record videos of Miles and send them to his brother and sister and post them to Facebook.
    Facebook -- so that my family all over the country can watch my baby grow up even though we can't all live in the same city.
    Getting to watch this baby explore and figure things out and learn new things every day.  He's recently found his hands and loves just staring at them while he wiggles his fingers.
    Baby giggles.
    Baby screams.
    Bouncy seats.

    And now a few pictures that sum up our week!

     
    Livin the good life
    Me using our new egg-cracker to make a delicious pumpkin cream cheese roll

    Excited for our walk in the (finally) chilly weather  

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    30 Is the New 20

    My father called me on Saturday to "talk to an old lady" while my mother was standing behind him yelling THIRTY THIRTY THIRTY THIRTY over and over again as loudly as she could.  All I can say is -- they must never want to see their grandson again!

    I've been in denial with my age for a while now.  My poor step kids have no clue how old I really am because every time they ask "how old are you? 27? 28? 26?" I just answer "yes" and change the subject.  If age really is 'all in how you feel' why do people even bother to keep track?  So, I'm not going to bother any more.  It's all downhill from 30 anyway.  :)

    Despite my rather negative feelings towards the age, my birthday weekend really could not have been more awesome!  Harry Potter 7, Part 1 had been promising to release on my bday weekend and the whole family was just peeing ourselves with anticipation!  We even took the kids out of school on Friday to see it first thing in the morning (can you say - coolest parents ever!?).  And let me just note that we are doing that again for any movie we can -- the matinee prices are ridiculously cheap compared to seeing it in the evening!

    And the movie did not disappoint!  It was AWESOME!  My only complaint is waiting another 6 months to see the end. 
    Not as many people at the early bird showing as we thought
    Even Miles came with and he did pretty amazing.  We got a couple of evil eyes from our fellow movie goers, but I prepared quite well and they never heard so much as a peep from him.  By the time the movie started Miles was completely exhausted, well fed and snug as a bug in a rug (aka Maya Wrap)!  I had planned every last detail perfectly!  But of course all the planning in the world only gets you so far -- my perfect baby, who by the way NEVER poops (breastfed babies poop less than formula fed because the breast milk is so easily digestible) pooped not once, but TWICE during the movie.  But after the diaper changes he slept the entire time!  Oh the irony.  :)  I couldn't help but laugh that all my planning and preparing was for naught. 

    HP7 was the perfect way to start my birthday weekend and it all got better from there.  We had an awesome stolen day with the kids on Friday.  Miles let me sleep in until 10 AM on Saturday morning (truly amazing as he went to bed at 9 PM and slept a full 13 hours!). Saturday -- Tony and I cleaned and rearranged furniture in the loft for the party that night.   And we successfully hid every last baby item!!  That was one of our main goals when purchasing any baby necessity - will it fold away and disappear when we need it too?   I love that in the morning the loft can look like baby central with every surface covered in baby toys and junk and by that very evening every last item can be folded up and put away and our loft can be reclaimed by the grownups... at least for a couple of hours.

    Before the party we got to attend the lighting ceremony at the Main Street Gardens park and then Neimans downtown.  I had never been before, but we will definitely be going every year from now on!  They shut down Main St and it was packed full of people.  The tree lighting at the park was fun (even though I still hate that pathetic wire excuse for a tree), but the lighting at Neiman Marcus was amazing!  They had Santa on the roof with the Superman theme music playing.  Then he propelled down the 9 story building with the grand finale being the lighting of the building and it was truly spectacular!
    Before the lights were turned on

    The actual party was super fun and mostly uneventful... until I opened my presents!  I received some great gifts, but the highlight was definitely the egg cracker!  


    Although, I do appear to be enjoying them all!
      
    This has to be the softest robe I've ever felt!
    Sunday was also full of fun festivities - more sleeping in thanks to my wonderful husband who took the kids on a walk when they woke up way too early for my wine-soaked self!  And then an awesome bbq with friends, where Miles picked up a new trick!

    Thanks Debbie for this fun new toy!

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Monster

    Yes, yes, you all told me so!  I knew it would happen too.  But it's just SO HARD not to do.  We let Miles sleep in our bed yesterday morning because he was up from 5:30 to 8 AM and I was just so exhausted that my only option was to sleep in with him in our bed or DIE.  And I'm not even exaggerating.  Not even a little.  It's just that Miles has thrush. Which has not been bad for him at all, but for me it's been just awful!  I either have thrush or mastitis in my boobs and either way it has totally knocked me on my butt.  My boobs are killing me and I'm just exhausted and achy and miserable.  So when I say it was either let him sleep with us or DIE, I'm just not exaggerating.  So I cuddled with him all morning yesterday and it was so nice!

    But of course I knew I was creating a monster.  Last night I put him in his crib for bed and he was so tired that he fell asleep in minutes, which hardly ever happens.  But then he was up crying within 10 minutes.  So I comforted him and rocked him to sleep again and layed him down.  But again he was up crying in 5 minutes.  We did this two more times.  And each time he was deeply asleep but woke up just a few minutes later so upset. 

    So I did what any exhausted sick, parent does.  I put him in bed with us and finally got some sleep.  And it was GLORIOUS!!  Miles slept for 8 straight hours in bed with us!  He just sleeps so well when we're right there with him.  If he starts stirring I can just put my hand on him and he's fast asleep again within seconds.  I woke up to feed him at 7:30 this morning and he was out again from 8 - 11 AM and I FINALLY got to catch up on some much needed sleep.  (I did, however, wake up with a sore throat and now both Miles and I are coughing so I'm praying that we haven't caught something else.)

    But now my dilemma is - do I let him sleep with us so that we can sleep through the night so peacefully and like one big happy family?  Or do I nip this in the bud and put him in his crib - knowing that I'll be up at least twice per night?? 

    Look at that happy face!!  I think Miles already knows the answer! 

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    Suburbs vrs Urban Living

    One of the things I planned on focusing on with this blog is the challenges and benefits from living in a one room loft in downtown with a baby and two (part time) kids.  I've mentioned before that bedtime is more than challenging with no doors to keep the noise out of the baby's room while he's sleeping.  I've almost killed Tony just because he sneezed on more occasions than I'd like to admit.  And then there's the challenge of bedtime when Nick and Izzy are here -- we don't want Miles to wake them up several times a night.

    But I've also mentioned some of the benefits.  Miles LOVES walking around downtown daily to see the sights, listen to the noises of the city, and meet up with his friends.
    Seriously, could he be any happier?!

    Or fall asleep.
    If he's sleepy there's nothing like a walk to knock him right out

    I can't tell you how many people in Dallas are in love with this baby.  Everywhere we go people know him by name.  Any time I walk into Starbucks all the workers there stop to say hi to Miles and comment on how big he's getting.  Miles loves going to Einstein Bagels to see his friends there who love to hold him while I finish my lunch.

    However, there is another benefit that I didn't even realize until reading this article.  Moving to the suburbs for your kids? Think again

    Basically this article explains how living in the suburbs actually uses more of our natural resources and why living in a 'dense community' is better for the environment as a whole.  It states that "smaller spaces require less energy to heat and cool. Smaller spaces take up less land, leaving room for more homes -- and maybe even some forests and farmland. Smaller spaces also require us to limit the amount of "stuff" we accumulate, which in turn limits the amount of waste we produce."

    That last one is definitely true for our living situation.  We have to be so picky about what we buy for the kids and for ourselves.  Everything has to either fold away nicely or store well.  Otherwise we can't purchase it, there's just no room.

    But I think my favorite benefit that's listed in this article is the "exposure to a variety of people, sensory stimulation, and self-reliance" and the fact that dense communities "provide innumerable cultural and social opportunities, those which suburban parents usually drive their children to cities to enjoy."  Not that you can't find these benefits in the suburbs, but the opportunities are much greater in urban living.  And Tony and I have definitely talked about this before -- there's so much more diversity when we walk around downtown and we love being able to expose the kids to that diversity and teach them how acceptable it is to just be yourself.




    I don't know how long we will stay in our loft downtown, but we all hope that it will be for a long time.  There are many things we both miss about living in a large house, sneezing freely and a back yard are on the top of that list.  But for now muffled sneezes and the water fountain at the downtown park will just have to do!




    Monday, November 15, 2010

    A Post with Entirely Too Many Pictures, If There Can be Such a Thing

    You may recall my shock and trepidation when Miles rolled over for the first time at 3 months and 3 days old.  That's pretty early to start rolling over and I just knew it was all downhill for me from there.

    Well, this little baby is just unstoppable.  He went from rolling from his back to his tummy one day.  To rolling back and forth from tummy to back over and over again barely a week later.





    He prefers tummy time to any thing else.  And look at how strong he is holding his head up!



    This baby is full on scooting all around his playmat.  He can go around in circles AND backwards.  And he's not even 4 months yet!

    I left him here while I went to check facebook.

    Came back and found him here (these next pictures are from a different angle, FYI), listening to the music player.  So I left him again to go blowdry my hair.
    I checked on him and found him here.  Then went back to the bathroom.
    And when I came back he was here!
    I took liberties and tried to put on my makeup but that was just way to much alone time for this little boy!
    PS - Thank you to Beverly and Kevin for the BEST play mat in the world!  Miles LOVES it and plays on it several times a day!

    PPS - Thanks to Nana for the soft blankets that she made.  Miles lays on those daily also!!

    Never A Dull Moment

    It is just beyond cute to watch this little man learn and grow and accomplish new things every day!  This weekend he found his toes!!  Now any time we put him down, whether it's in his crib, the bouncy, or on his blankie on the floor, his feet shoot straight up and towards his hands!  Now that he's found them, he doesn't want to let them go.  It's so adorable, but it does make changing his diaper that much more difficult.  

    Miles' other new trick is eating cereal out of a spoon.  Well, it's kinda a spoon.  We tried the cereal for the first time last Wednesday.  I know, I know... we're supposed to wait until at least 4 months and he's only 3 and a half.   But since he was two weeks late being born I'm convinced he's ready!  

    So, he LOVED the cereal so much that the only problem we had was getting it from the bowl to his mouth fast enough.  He got so frustrated at how long we were taking that we gave up and put it in a bottle.  Well, apparently that's a big no-no according to my pediatrician.  And it makes sense to me - if he can't eat it out of a spoon, he shouldn't be eating it.  Plus, I guess it's easier to choke on cereal from a bottle.  

    Well, Babies R Us had the answer.  The 'Bowbotspoon'.  Is it a bowl?  Is it a bottle?  Is it a spoon?  It's all three!  And no, it's not actually called the Bowbotspoon, I totally just made that up. 


    Miles could not have been a happier baby!  We put the food in the tube, attach the spoon part and there's a hole that dispenses the cereal when you squeeze the tube.  It's BRILLIANT!  Miles gobbled the cereal right up and almost threw his body to the floor when he was done.  It was just too cute for words!