Hello from the weekend! I’ve been having a wonderful weekend with Jamisen and friends. We are so lucky that a new cafe in Bellingham just opened up. It’s called ‘Time in Play‘ and it’s a cafe + play area for kiddos. The play area is huge (2200 square feet!). It’s less than 2 miles from our house so perfect to pop Jamisen into the stroller and go hang out. We have played there 3 times this week already! Plus, they have Hemp Milk. It’s delicious if you want a non-dairy alternative (that’s right, you read that correctly … salted caramel. It’s amazing).
I use this awesome animal hat to keep him warm in the stroller with our amazing PNW crisp Fall weather.
That’s my Jamisen rockin’ the sweater vest. Bramble Berry’s COO, Norman, has the largest collection of sweater vests in the world (or at least in Bellingham) and Jamisen recently saw one and immediately had to try it out. I’d say it suits him. A little businessman in the making?
Jamisen is eating solid foods. I’m making them all from scratch thanks to this amazing present (Babycook Beaba) from Lela Barker, Kayla Fiorvanti and Donna Maria Coles Johnson. He vastly prefers his fruits and veggies to milk now so it’s a struggle to get in enough liquids during the day. If you have any tips or tricks to get him to drink more water during the day, I’d love to hear them!
He is a big fan of everything we’ve given him. It took him three tries to like Mango and two tries for Avocado but he eats everything, even his parsnips!
It’s hard to believe it, but Jamisen is 6 1/2 months old now. He’s 15 pounds, 13 ounces and 27 inches. That’s the 64th percentile for height and 16th percentile for weight. Every day with him is a new surprise and both Chris and I are so thankful for every moment with him. Thank YOU for hanging out with me for the journey. Everyone’s advice and support along the way has been invaluable.
Hard to believe that Jamisen could get cuter and cuter every day because he already started out gorgeous, but he is definitely getting even cuter! 🙂 Mine would have been the fruit suggestion too for getting more fluids in him. Hope that works for you!
Each baby is different, and you will have to go with his ques. Our daughter showed interest in drinking out of a paper cup at the beginning of 5 months. She never drank from a bottle, and at 6 months went right to the nuby sippy cup. I had to take a sharp knife and make the holes a little easier to suck from as I noticed she wouldn’t drink much with meals. After that she would typically drink half to all of it, at breakfast lunch and dinner. Also at 6 months she decided she wanted our food, so puree went bye bye and now she eats everything we do (except spicy stuff, or hard stuff). Every time we would eat she watched us and made chewing gestures. So we tried soft stuff first as she had no teeth until 9 months, but she ate everything we did and after every couple of bites we taught her to take a sip of water. Thus making sure she got what she needed and didn’t have too much in her mouth. Her doctor thought it was good for her. You could also try doing half water and half juice, or juice only once a day. Trust me overdoing the juice is a bad idea for the diapers and dependence on it. lol.
My grandson loves water in his sippy cup. We started him when he was 6 months old on the Nuby cup we gave him water with every meal and now he drinks quite a bit of water at each meal.
Nuby! We just switched to that after trying the OXO cup and he’s doing much better with it. Still not drinking much but it’s much much better than the OXO cup. I think it’s because of the flexible spout? It’s much more bottle-like than the OXO one. Good to know that yours is doing great with water now. I’ll keep trying.
What a wonderful baby.
Donna Maria Coles Johnson says
So glad you are enjoying the gift. The sweater vest is so cute. His eyes are positively dreamy!
He got those eyes from his Dad – not me – I’m muddy green hazel! =)
So cute! Anne-Marie, my children would not drink anything out of a bottle except milk. Then, when they were weaned from the bottle and started drinking from a cup, they wouldn’t drink milk out of the cup! I was sort of panicky about that one but the pediatrician said as long as they were getting calcium elsewhere (mostly yogurt) it was not a big deal. They are now 29 and 26 and are just fine – they still don’t drink a lot of milk but love yogurt and cheese.
Regarding drinking more, remember “solids before one are just for fun.” anything he eats should just be to get him used to different flavors, textures, etc., and for him to enjoy eating with you. His nutrition and liquids should be coming from breastmilk, not from solids and water. Don’t worry about how much he’s eating and drinking now. Let him enjoy trying different foods and keep nursing on-demand and he’ll be fine. Enjoy him. He’s adorable.
Oooooooooh, interesting! He’s been refusing milk so I’ve been indulging him but perhaps that was not the best idea. Love that phrase – easy to remember and so true!
I agree Tami! I did the same thing with my twins, they loved their fruit (and still do)so I used to use the water left from stewing the fruit mixed with fresh water, and they would gobble it up. I slowly reduced the amount of juice each week until they became used to having plain water – the last thing I wanted was to have them not used to drinking plain water, as we live in Western Australia and it is mighty hot in summer! Now they are 21 months and usually ask for water in their cups over juice or milk.
Just want to say thank-you for sharing Jamisen and all the up and downs you have with him, with us. Its always nice to see the advice that everyone puts up! Looks like your a great mum with a lovely family!
Love the idea of reducing the water. I gave him ‘pear water’ and he loved loved it but then I got worried about him getting addicted to juice and sugar so I only gave it to him the one time. But, the idea of reducing the water each time makes total sense. I am going to try that. Thanks for the hint!
I am extremely lucky and so so so thankful for my family and my extended Soap Queen family for advice. It’s great having a bunch of Moms to share their experience to make parenting a more smooth transition.
Thank goodness I’m so in love with Jamisen too. That definitely helps! =)
Puree some melon and then add some water to it so its liek apple sauce, take one nipple and make the hole bigger or try a juice nipple but they are all kind of small.. this way he can get the water in and still love his fruits too. I had to do that with Heather bottle for her to get in water during chemo when she was 2 years old.. It works!!!1 She was an eater too not a drinker but we all know they need water everyday and this was the best way for us. The doc at Mayo gave us this tip.
It may only be 1/2 cup of water each time but by 1/2 at a time many times a day adds up..
Melon! He hasn’t had melon. I bet he’s going to flip for the sweetness of melons =) I’ll try that – thanks for the tip. =)