Little Man has been super-duper hungry lately. All the books, most of the Health Workers tell me “babies will signal when they have had enough by pulling away, refusing, not swallowing, bla bla bla. It’s basically a bunch of crap. Since we have started weaning, if I let him, Elliot would eat until he explodes. This has caused me to have constantly in the back of my mind one of the very first things I was told by a Doctor about him after we got him home… to be careful not to overfeed him because he is a big baby and we do not want him shooting off the top of the chart with weight gain.
Elliot is doing a good job lately of trying to teach me just to chill out and not worry about him – that he is doing just fine and will continue to do so! I have battled most of my life with weight so I wanted to do what was best for him and I have been very good about taking him in to get weighed to make sure we are on track. And every single time I start to think “Man, this kid is a piggo he eats so much, gosh I hope is he isn’t getting TOO big” When I then take him in to be weighed, his weight plots DIRECTLY on his centile line which he has hardly wavered from since birth and the health worker is super excited and impressed that he is doing so well. And every time I tell myself “stop worrying about him and just keep doing what you are doing” Then another few weeks go by and he has again increased what he is eating by a significant amount and I again start to worry a little. Well, not this time! I am not going to think about his weight for the next month, that is my promise.
I think I have started to get a handle on how much to feed him to keep him happy but not to the point of bursting. And he just started having chicken with lunch and WOW it has helped a lot with going the distance between 11:00 / 11:30 lunch and 2:30 bottle. Before the chicken he started telling me he was hungry by 1:30, which was way too early for a bottle because then there would be no way he would make it until 6 for dinner! I had been getting him by with water and a few bits of rusk to munch on and dancing aroud the house like a fool to distract him, but the protein is totally helping him so we will start giving him fish and other meats soon 🙂
Another thing – while on the topic of weaning and baby portions. I really DO NOT know where we would be right now if Debbie (my sister-in-law) had not thrown into a bag of books for John’s Mom a copy of “The Contented Little Baby” by Gina Ford. I had previously really agreed with everything baby lead and that routines were nice for the parents but not always best for the baby. Again – load of crap. Well, for Elliot anyway. I still think that every baby is different and you have to adapt any lifestyle / routine to what that baby needs, but Elliot was a super hungry baby right from the beginning and we would have been trying to feed him nonstop if it was not for the suggested feeding/sleeping times and guidelines for amounts to feed. I stuck to them for the most part and was obviously flexible if he truly was more hungry one day or needed more/less sleep, a baby should never just be left to be hungry if they truly are hungry just because “it’s not time yet”. But that book also introduced me to her weaning book which has been another God-send for helping to make sure he was getting enough to eat without letting him pig out. So if you are reading this Deb – Thanks. You are part of the reason Elliot is a happy and contented baby!