Donald has a state Audubon Council meeting today. I could have gone to part of it with the baby, but I opted to stay home this morning. It’s been fun having Forest all to myself for the first time in a long while. I’ve enjoyed changing diapers, playing with him, and seeing how different he is from when I used to be home with him all the time before returning to work.
One difference is that I was able to quickly clean the kitchen up while he played with toys and later was resting (but not napping) in his crib with his rainforest mobile going. He was making some sounds part of the time, but it mostly sounded like talking with not too much fussing. When he started to fuss, I changed a diaper then moved him to the crib. I was truly amazed that I was able to finish my modest kitchen cleaning plans while Forest cooed and relaxed in his crib before he cried and wanted to nurse to sleep for a nap.
This afternoon, I’m headed to Midwest City for lunch with my Ladies’ Night Out friends, three girls I’ve known since junior high school. Forest is coming with me, and I am eager for them to see how much he has grown since we last got together.
Tonight, we are tentatively planning to introduce a small amount of rice cereal as Forest’s first solid food. I think it may be time since Forest has been showing interest in his parents’ food for the last few weeks. He has been exclusively breastfed and fed with expressed breast milk for these first five months, and I’m a little reluctant to let go of his lovely milky breath and non-smelly stools that exclusively breastfed babies have. We could put it off a few more weeks until he is 6 months old, since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, but I think that if we supplement with just a small amount of solids for the next month that would be fine. The pediatrician gave us the okay to start solids at 4 months.