When I knew I was pregnant, it felt so surreal. It still feels the same. This private blog is going to be a journey we (hubby and I) would be taking through my term as well as when our baby is here.
This will also be a good medium for our babies Grand Parents, Attai's and Maama's, Aunties and Uncles and all our Cousins to know our baby better.
I am so lucky when it comes to food. Neither Tanush nor Megha gave me any problem when it comes to eating baby food. Tanush prefers fruits over his veggies but if I tweak something and add flavors, he loves it.
Like any other food, I introduced squash and chicken separately first.
He had this yesterday at 7 months:
Butternut squash: 1 cup chopped.
Cooked chicken bits: 1/8 cup.
Megha loves pizza. I am yet to meet a kid who doesnt! Every Wednesday we used to get Pizza from Metro (because its the special on Wednesday's). Its an extra large pizza and it means, we tend to indulge in it no matter what. Keeping health in mind, these days I am making it at home. I am yet to figure out how to make gluten free pizza dough but for now I bought the store bought fresh dough.
I dont know from health perspective is its an improvement over store bought pizza but at least the portion is in our control.
Here I added a layer of sauce, cheese, pepperoni and a bit more cheese. Thats it. She loved it.
Megha is a bit afraid of Tanush, in the sense that she is afraid she would hurt him. So, doesnt play with him much. When she does, its only after making sure one of the adults are around. She is slowly getting around that though. Especially when i take them both outside.
She is super proud of her baby brother and everyone she meets would be introduced to him by her. She is protective of him too. If I am in the washroom and he starts to cry, she would rush to him and start singing "Itsy bitsy spider" (his favorite song). Last weekend she was napping along me and Tanush in baby's room. She was fast asleep and Tanush suddenly started to cry. She instantly woke up and started singing :)
Its been about 10 days since we started sleep training Tanush and I must say he is doing remarkable well. March 14th was when I started and by march 16th, he figured out how to fall asleep on his own.
Nap: Cried+whined for 7 mins
Afternoon: whined for 3 mins
Night: No crying/whining, just moved around the crib for 2 mins before falling asleep.
Nap: moved for 3 mins before falling asleep
Afternoon: Moved for 5 mins, cried for 1 min
Night: No crying/moving/whining
Since last even now once in a while he cries but not longer than 2 mins. His night time feedings came down to 2-3 times a night (in a 11 hour night) vs 5-6 times.
A lot of people are against this method. I myself had mixed feelings about letting him cry even for a minute but it is for his good to be able to soothe himself back to sleep. He is getting much better rest by long stretches of sleep vs the umber of times he needed comfort from REM.
Baby is a terrible sleeper. At 6 months he still wakes up every hour or so. Exhausted beyond words I started sleep training him.
Put him down for nap when awake: 9:15
Whined for 5 mins, cried for 3, whines for another 5 and sleeps for 45 mins
Afternoon nap: put him down when awake at 12:45.
Whines+ cries for 8 min and sleeps for 2 hours straight (this is the first time he went this long without waking for afternoon nap)
Nighttime. Went to bed at 6:50. Whines for 5 mins, cries for 1 min and sleeps. Wakes up after 45 mins. Cried for a long time, 35 mins. I went in once to check on him. Didn't want him to get confused with me constantly going in. Eventually he gave up on me and went to sleep. I hope I am doing the right thing and that it will help him to sleep better at nights. Heart broken, hearing him cry.