Yes, people irritate me quite a bit lately. I'm not sure why. Maybe I'm having pseudo-PMS? Hard to tell since I got the Mirena - I don't have periods or typical female mood swings anymore. I'm just steady as a rock.
Though one person I know apparently lost her Mirena and ended up pregnant! Turned into a big sort-of joke last week and strings were checked by many. Yeah, I checked mine too. Well, hubby checked mine. My fingers are too short to find them. Damn Italian midget hands...
Anyway, I'm fed up with sharing something and then having everyone remark on it with opinions or as if I don't know what I'm talking about. Yesterday, all I said on Facebook was that my husband wants Rowan on solid foods, so her poo will start to solidify. Suddenly, everyone wants to tell me about food allergies and waiting until they're ready. Or then there's the advice about making sure to go as organic as possible, because people get their ass hairs in a bunch over GMO's.
Um, yes, I know these things. I have a 10-year-old son. I know how to handle the introduction of solid foods. Yeesh! Some people were cool though. :)
Rowan does want them. You can see her watching me when I eat, her eyes following the food from plate to mouth, and her little jaw moves up and down as she imitates chewing. But not yet. Not yet. Today I thought she was going to try to grab for some, but she stopped and stared some more.
She's only 4 months old. I'm not in a hurry to introduce solids. I know to just sit back and wait patiently for her to start grabbing at things. To be honest, I don't even give a second thought to all that "food allergy" crap. I really don't. I just let them eat when they're ready, and if I need to facilitate it a bit by mushing up food a bit or cutting it a specific way, that's fine.
We're not going the baby food route at all. When she wants solids, I'll let her mooch from my plate. If things need to be processed down a bit for her to manage them, I don't mind doing that. But there's no sense in me spending extra money on baby cereal or special baby foods.
I'm also fed up with situations like this:
A person asked for advice about supplementation due to the fact that their baby is losing weight, so I asked questions to try to understand the situation better, erring on the side of suggesting they focus more on breastfeeding. Someone else said something blowing off what I and another person had said. Umm, OK. I was looking for more information before answering a question, and another person pointed out that breastmilk has more calories than formula.
I feel if this mother is looking to supplement because a doctor told her to, she ought to get a second opinion and speak to a lactation consultant first. If her child is losing weight, she should check latch and position first, and then make sure baby is eating enough - emptying the breast to get all the hindmilk.
Jumping to formula and a bottle is not always the answer. This often results in early weaning and then moms feel bad about it. They feel like they failed somehow (which they didn't! But many moms feel that way), when what really happened was doctors facilitated this self-sabotage by suggesting supplementation in the first place.
Oy vey, I sound bitchy today. I'll blame my impatience with the world in general and the moving back home. Just wish it would all hurry, so I could say "This is where we are".
Well, the Rowan-beast just woke up, so I'll cuddle and play with her, and enjoy her smiles.
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