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5 months old - January 21, 2015

5 months old – January 21, 2015

Hello, all!  My #minivegan is now almost 11 months old…already!  Which means– he’s been eating solid food for about 5 months.

As you well know, I’m the write-everything-down type of mom.  Every food that crossed Todd’s lips was recorded!  Every meal was logged…until last week.

Starting July 6th, I decided it was time to stop the madness and start just writing down the new foods that are introduced to Todd.

But– in this post, I thought it would be fun to go back and compile the full list of every FOOD that Todd’s eaten so far.  (Just where does this vegan baby get his protein?  Ha ha ha!)

PUREES AND SPOON FEEDING

First of all, Todd is practically made out of green smoothies.  Pretty much every day that I was pregnant, my breakfast was a green smoothie.  Still now– the green smoothie is our family’s #1 breakfast of choice.  Naturally, the green smoothie is a BIG part of Todd’s solid food diet.

Green smoothie face - 6 months old - February 23, 2015

Green smoothie face – 6 months old – February 23, 2015

Our daily GREEN SMOOTHIE contains:  ORANGE, frozen BANANA, dark leafy greens (KALE, COLLARD, or SPINACH usually), AVOCADO, frozen CELERY, frozen BLUEBERRIES, PINEAPPLE, PEA POWDER, and HEMP POWDER.  Occasionally some frozen STRAWBERRIES, MANGO, PEACH, or APPLE gets in there.

In our kitchen, we found that our silicone Le Creuset pinch cups (1/4 cup size) are perfect for serving purees to Todd.  He slurps while I hold and pinch the cup.  Or, I can simply spoon feed.

Eric feeds Todd with the Le Creuset pinch cup - February 13, 2015

Eric feeds Todd with the Le Creuset pinch cup – February 13, 2015

Todd’s first food was several spoonfuls of guacamole (i.e. AVOCADO + LIME)!  It was actually a spontaneous feeding, not planned.  It went well…until he gagged and regurgitated!  (Picture of the gagging in process here.)

First solid food - guacamole - 5 months old - January 25, 2015

First solid food – guacamole – 5 months old – January 25, 2015

I don’t buy much jarred baby food, but Todd has sampled several of the Earth’s Best Organic flavors.  He liked all of them except the green peas.  I must admit I like buying the carrot and sweet potato flavors, for convenience.

  • PEAR MANGO, PEACH MANGO
  • APPLE BLUEBERRY
  • PEACH OATMEAL BANANA
  • PRUNES
  • CARROT
  • SWEET POTATO
  • WINTER SQUASH
  • GREEN PEA
Earth's Best organic carrots - 7.5 months old - April 4, 2015

Earth’s Best organic carrots – 7.5 months old – April 4, 2015

Another fruit in pureed form that Todd loves is organic unsweetened APPLESAUCE.  I freeze portions in an ice cube tray.

Once or twice, Todd sampled a little bit of CHOCOLATE BANANA SHAKE (made with frozen bananas, cocoa powder, and SOY MILK, RICE/CASHEW MILK and COCONUT MILK).

And– when we were visiting family in Bend, Oregon, Todd had a few licks of a non-dairy (coconut milk-based) GELATO.

Here are the bean/legume purees that Todd eats.  Todd doesn’t at all mind the stronger flavors of the lemon-y/garlic-y hummus or smoky paprika-y Romesco:

  • HUMMUS (with CHICKPEAS, TAHINI, LEMON, and GARLIC; sometimes mixed with cooked QUINOA)
  • refried beans (PINTO)
  • canned BAKED BEANS (mashed)
  • RED LENTIL dal (Picture here.)
  • SPLIT PEA SOUP
  • Romesco KIDNEY BEAN puree (with roasted red pepper, olive oil, unsalted ground PISTACHIOS, smoked paprika, and more)
Spoon feeding red lentil dal - almost 9 months old - May 18, 2015

Spoon feeding red lentil dal – almost 9 months old – May 18, 2015

Here are some soups and thick/chunky entrees that Todd’s had via spoon feeding:

Finally, Eric likes to offer Todd tastes of various condiments and homemade salad dressings:

  • KETCHUP
  • homemade BBQ sauce
  • salad dressings (made with JUST MAYO, olive oil, vinegars/lemon, seasonings and more)

FINGER FOODS

When Todd was “younger” and first exploring foods (rather than truly eating them), I’d present him with various raw vegetable sticks.  He liked to rub them on his gums, and he was able to taste the different flavors.  I gave him:

  • CARROT
  • CELERY
  • CUCUMBER
  • RED/GREEN PEPPER
Gumming a cucumber stick - 6.5 months old - March 4, 2015

Gumming a cucumber stick – 6.5 months old – March 4, 2015

I also gave him ROMAINE lettuce leaves several times, but repeatedly it made me nervous when he’d get a large piece in his mouth and have trouble managing to spit it out.  I finally decided the leaves are too much of a choking hazard.  For now, Todd gets his dark leafy greens in his smoothies.

Another thing that I gave Todd a few times early on was APPLE sticks.  But– they, too, started making me nervous.  It seemed that no matter how small a cylinder or how thin a strip I sliced, Todd still managed to bite off pieces with just his gums.  I know someone whose toddler died from choking on an apple piece, so I’m particularly wary about that food.  For now, we stick to applesauce!

Sucking on a red pepper -5 months old - January 28, 2015

Sucking on a red pepper -5 months old – January 28, 2015

The following fruits Todd has done very well with in “stick form.”  These fruits dissolve/mash up quickly, and therefore don’t pose a choking risk.  Todd can really strip the mango flesh off its peel!  (Picture here.)

  • BANANA (quartered)
  • MANGO strips (peel left on)
  • PEAR slices
  • CANTALOUPE (rind left on)
  • WATERMELON (and other melons) (Picture here.)
  • AVOCADO strips (peel left on)
Avocado is easier to hold with the peel on - Almost 8 months old - April 18, 2015

Avocado is easier to hold with the peel on – Almost 8 months old – April 18, 2015

Todd doesn’t seem too thrilled about potatoes, but he has eaten these roasted vegetables in wedge-shaped pieces:

  • RUSSET POTATO
  • SWEET POTATO
  • YAM
Eating roasted potato and bean burger - 8.5 months old - May 8, 2015

Eating roasted potato and bean burger – 8.5 months old – May 8, 2015

Dried MISSION FIG was an early favorite.  At first, I let Todd suck on the biggest figs I could find in the bag (too large to present a choking risk), and he absolutely loved it.  He could really extract the juice and pulpy bits from it with his gums.  However– as Todd got older (it seems odd to say that), the fig in the whole form was no longer safe.  Now, I only give figs to Todd within my Fig Banana Corny Oatcakes.

Sucking on a mission fig - 6.5 months old - March 13, 2015

Sucking on a mission fig – 6.5 months old – March 13, 2015

Speaking of pancakes…

Breakfast is the one meal that doesn’t vary.  Todd always has a green smoothie and a pancake/muffin.  I make the pancakes/muffins without added sugar.  They’re simply sweetened with fruit (typically banana).  Pancake flavors have been blueberry, fig banana, cherry, and PUMPKIN.  (Picture here.)

Who wouldn't smile for a blueberry pancake? - 9.5 months old - June 2, 2015

Who wouldn’t smile for a blueberry pancake? – 9.5 months old – June 2, 2015

In March, we went out to eat with family at Jimmy’s Pizza & Pasta.  Todd had a lot of fun tearing apart and tasting some large, raw TOMATO slices.  Juicy!  (Picture here.)

Speaking of pizza…

Who doesn’t love pizza?  Todd sure loves it.  He’s had PIZZA CRUST with PIZZA SAUCE.  Similarly, he’s been able to slurp ANGEL HAIR noodles with SPAGHETTI SAUCE. (Picture here.)

Other grain-based foods:

  •  strips of WHEAT BREAD
  • CORN TORTILLA, FLOUR TORTILLA
  • CORN BREAD, CORN MUFFIN
Munching on a corn tortilla - 6.5 months old - March 7, 2015

Munching on a corn tortilla – 6.5 months old – March 7, 2015

As a vegan, I think it’s very important to include beans/legumes in most meals.  In addition to the bean/legume purees mentioned previously, I feed Todd these homemade foods:

  • CARROT SUNFLOWER BEAN BURGERS (made with kidney beans, ground OATS, ground SUNFLOWER SEEDS/ground CASHEW and more)
  • CURRY PATTIES (made with WHITE BEANS, ground QUINOA, ground CASHEWS, red curry paste, tahini and more)
  • CHICKPEA FRITTERS (made with garbanzo beans, garbanzo bean flour, and more)
  • TAMALE (my parents made them)
Curry patty - almost 9 months old - May 12, 2015

Curry patty – almost 9 months old – May 12, 2015

And speaking of the wonderful, miraculous (and not feared here!) SOYBEAN…

Todd drinks Earth’s Best Organic Soy Formula, but he’s also had tofu and tempeh.  He loves Allison Rivers Samson’s Tempeh Reubens.  (You need to try this recipe if you haven’t already!!)

Tempeh bacon - almost 7 months old - March 14, 2015

Tempeh bacon – almost 7 months old – March 14, 2015

Now, for the veggie meats and sausages.  Yes, our family does enjoy a little Gardein, Field Roast and/or Tofurky each week.  Here are the ones that Todd’s had.  (Note– the sausages I cut up into little bits so it should be included in the next section instead of here.)

  • GARDEIN BEEFLESS TIPS
  • GARDEIN FISHLESS FILETS  (Video clip below.)
  • GARDEIN CRISPY TENDERS
  • FIELD ROAST SAUSAGE (APPLE SAGE, ITALIAN)
  • TOFURKY SAUSAGE (KIELBASA)

Finally, the only cracker-type foods that Todd’s had are BABY MUM RICE CRACKERS and (once) some VEGGIE STICKS.  Typically, we save the Baby Mums for when we’re at a restaurant, waiting for our food to come.  It keeps him occupied.

FOOD IN SMALL BITS

Todd seems to appreciate when I help him with the things he can’t manage quite yet, in terms of his fine motor coordination.  I simply finger feed him small pieces of these foods:

Fruits–

  • RED GRAPE (each cut into 8 pieces)
  • CHERRY (each cut into 8 pieces)
  • KIWI FRUIT
  • RASPBERRY (broken up into several pieces)
  • RAISINS (whole)
Little piece of cherry - 9.5 months old - June 8, 2015

Little piece of cherry – 9.5 months old – June 8, 2015

Vegetables/Legumes–

  • GREEN BEAN (very soft and cut into pieces)
  • PEAS (whole)
  • GARBANZO BEANS (whole)  (Picture here.)
  • MUNG BEAN THREADS
  • CAULIFLOWER (steamed)
  • BROCCOLI (steamed)  (Picture here.)
  • PICKLED BEET (cut into pieces)
  • SAUERKRAUT (small threads)
  • BLACK OLIVE (thin slices)

I mentioned (and posted a picture) in Todd’s ninth month update that Todd eats olives quite effectively by sticking his index finger in the hole.  It’s super cute to watch.

Sometimes Todd can pick up something as a small as a pea, and sometimes not.  He hasn’t quite mastered the pincer grasp pattern yet (i.e. index finger and thumb tips opposing each other).  Frequently, he can get a pea (or a bean) onto his finger or thumb by smashing it first.

Regarding nut/seed butters…

As you know from my previous post (Oh No- Peanut Allergy!), Todd has had PEANUT BUTTER, but after May 1st (when he had an allergic reaction) we didn’t give it to him anymore.

Peanut butter banana face (the day of the allergic reaction) - 8.5 months old - May 1, 2015

Peanut butter banana face (the day of the allergic reaction) – 8.5 months old – May 1, 2015

He’s had some ALMOND BUTTER within some pancakes and TAHINI (SESAME BUTTER) within hummus and burger patties.

I’ve saved dessert for last (except for the mention of gelato above)…

Todd once took several licks off my square of unsweetened dark chocolate while I held it for him.  Although bitter, he really seemed to like it!

The only really sweet thing that Todd’s been exposed to was just a few little pieces of a gluten free ALMOND SUGAR COOKIE.  That was just last weekend.

 A SAMPLE DAY

As I mentioned before, breakfast doesn’t vary.  At lunch and dinner, I try to offer a balance of fruits, vegetables, beans/legumes, a source of fat, and some grains.  I offer a mix of purees and finger foods.  I sit with him to help him with anything he can’t get into his mouth successfully.  I use a spoon or feed him with my fingers.  Todd eats heartily and there aren’t any foods that he seems to dislike.

Breakfast–

  • green smoothie (about 1/2 cup)
  • small pancake

Lunch–

  • pureed fruit such as applesauce OR leftover green smoothie from breakfast
  • fruit pieces such as mango, watermelon, kiwi, etc
  • curry patty OR hummus puree mixed with quinoa OR mushroom cauliflower lentil soup…etc

Dinner–

  • fruit pieces such as cantaloupe, banana, etc (different from lunch)
  • avocado slice OR black olive slices
  • vegetable such as steamed broccoli, green peas, beet, potato, etc
  • chickpea fritter with Romesco sauce OR baked beans OR Gardein OR spaghetti with Field Roast OR bean burger …etc

So I’ll leave you with this sad face picture.  But– he wasn’t sad about the meal!  I think he bonked himself on something right before.  But to be clear, he does hate being cleaned up after eating, and he will cry or put up a fuss then!

Almost 10 months old - June 14, 2015

Almost 10 months old – June 14, 2015

Todd at 5 months + 1 week old (23 weeks) - January 30, 2015

Todd at 5 months + 1 week old (23 weeks) – January 30, 2015

SIXTH MONTH
(JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 21)

I’ve been thinking this every month– but it seems like each month there’s more going on than the last!  Baby development fascinates and entertains me!  Let’s dive in…

WEEK 23

There’s lots new to mention this week about sleep and food!  (Two of my favorite things, you too?)

Todd grabbing at his loose bedding - January 22, 2015

Todd grabbing at his loose bedding – January 22, 2015

Sleep–

  1. Todd started out his 6th month with 2 more record-length night time sleeps (10.75 hours on January 21-22 and 11 hours on January 23-24).  In general, 10+ hour night time sleeps are now a regular occurrence and not just outliers.
  2. Now– when I put Todd in his crib for the night, he’s generally wide awake and no longer practically asleep.  He shows that he’s tired by arching back and waving his head from side to side during his before-bed feeding.  In bed, he makes little moaning/squeaking noises and then usually falls asleep without crying.
  3. Check this out!  Todd took some day time naps in his crib instead of the swing.  I tested it out on January 23rd, not out of necessity, but because I’ve been feeling increasingly nervous knowing that Todd will soon grow too big for the swing.  I didn’t know how he’d react to the crib for naps…

That morning, I dressed Todd in his usual (warm) nap clothing, I put on a lullaby music CD, I turned on his Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother, and I gave him a blanket friend to play with.  He didn’t cry.  He chatted and played for a few minutes, then went to sleep!!  Unfortunately, I had to wake him up after 1.5 hours because we had to leave the house for my doctor appointment.

In the afternoon of that same day, he took a 45 minute crib nap.  On January 24th, he crib-napped 30 minutes.  On January 25th, he crib-napped 45 minutes.  On January 26th, he crib-napped 30 minutes, but it was broken up by some crying.  But…

On January 27th, he protested his crib nap…so I put him in the swing.  And the little turkey fell asleep almost instantly and slept for 2.75 hrs…which is a very typical swing nap length.

After that, I decided that I wanted my “über-napper” back, so from that day onward it was back to swing naps.  So…we’ll face the day Todd gets too big for the swing when that day comes.  For now we won’t fix what isn’t broken!

1st Crib Nap - January 23, 2015

1st Crib Nap – January 23, 2015

Food–

I know, I know– Todd isn’t 6 months old yet!  But this week we started experimenting with solid food.  I started reading a book about Baby Led Weaning (BLW).

On January 25th, Eric made some guacamole (we use just avocado and lime, nothing else).  I was going to just put a dot on Todd’s lips for him to taste.  Well, Eric got a little excited and grabbed Todd’s spoon to feed him a bite…and another…and another.  Todd seemed excited to eat it up.  After several bites, though, something triggered his gag reflex, and out it all came.  I was taking pics so I caught him mid-gag, haha!  The Great Guacamole Feed was over!

Right before the guacamole came up! - January 25, 2015

Right before the guacamole came up! – January 25, 2015

On January 26th, I went shopping at Babies R Us.  We needed some new nipples for our Philips Avent Natural Bottles.  Avent’s been our preferred bottle ever since I tried the one I got for free from Target for starting up a baby registry.

If you can believe it, Todd was still using the #1 Newborn Flow nipples well into his 4th month and he only started using the #2 Slow Flow nipples (recommended for ages 1 mo +) well into his 5th month.  (We didn’t start the #2s sooner because the formula would run out of his mouth too fast.)

After the shopping trip, we retired the #2s and started using the new #3 Medium Flow nipples (recommended for ages 3 mo +).  I bought some Fast Flow (#4) nipples (recommended for ages 6 mo +) for future use.

Todd was ready.  After that, he started guzzling 8 ounces in a feeding, without excessive leakage.  He purposefully grabbed at his bottle with both hands, pulled it to his mouth, and, for the most part, held it on his own when reclined.

Also on January 26th, we started offering Todd finger foods.  At this point, the goal is “food play.”  He was definitely interested in all the new textures, smells and tastes.  He liked rubbing the firm fruits/veggies against his toothless gums, and he can “bite” off small pieces.  His gag reflex worked well when small pieces found their way to the back of his tongue.  Yes, I’m being very careful about choking prevention!

Sucking on an apple slice - January 26, 2015

Sucking on an apple slice – January 26, 2015

Highlights:

  • 1st 10.75 hour & 11 hour night time sleeps (1/21 to 1/22 and 1/23 to 1/24)
  • 1st crib nap (1/23)
  • 1st rollerblade using the 3-wheel stroller (Centennial Trail, 1/25)
  • 1st trial spoon-feeding solid food (guacamole, 1/25)
  • grabbing his loose bedding and pulling it over him (1/22)
  • funny tongue protruding (see video)
  • falling asleep at night without crying despite being wide awake
  • started using medium flow nipples
  • holding own bottle if reclined
  • kicking at mattress in his crib (can hear him through the wall)
  • new finger foods this week:  apple, avocado, steamed broccoli, romaine leaves, spinach leaves, raw red pepper, raw celery.
Walk at Langus Riverfront Park & Spencer Island Regional Park - January 24, 2015

Walk at Langus Riverfront Park & Spencer Island Regional Park – January 24, 2015

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail - January 25, 2015

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail – January 25, 2015

WEEK 24

On February 3rd, I heard some new scratching sounds coming from the baby monitor in the morning.  My suspicion was correct:  Todd had rolled himself onto his belly and was scratching at his sheets.  When I walked in, he was also fingering the monitor (sitting in the corner).  Time to move the monitor!

1st time on his belly in the crib - February 3, 2015

1st time on his belly in the crib – February 3, 2015

Highlights:

  • 1st time rolling back-to-belly in his crib (2/3)
  • I nicknamed him “thumper” because of his mattress kicking.
  • Visit from Eric’s parents and our friend, Ellen (2/4)
  • new finger foods this week:  rotini pasta noodle, pancake, banana, pizza crust, yam
  • spoon-fed pureed food:  yam, banana, green smoothie
Munchin' on a pancake - January 31, 2015

Munchin’ on a pancake – January 31, 2015

WEEK 25

We had a sad start to this week because our ~15 year old cat, Millie, died on Friday, February 6th.  You can read about her in the previous post, Missing Millie.

Millie and Todd - February 6, 2015

Millie and Todd – February 6, 2015

Todd was getting noticeably way more active!  He’s a high-energy guy, especially in the evenings.  Here’s some new things in the “motor function” department this week:

  • On his back, he started doing a “hip-wiggle-wiggle” marching thing, and one time he spun himself around in almost a complete circle while on his back.  Imagine a clock hand going around!
  • From his back, he very quickly rolls to his belly.  From there, he can now spin ~90 degrees on his belly to reach for toys.  He started doing a “pseudo-crawl” to propel forward.
  • At the end of the week, he did more rolling from belly-to-back than he’s done in previous weeks.  Now it’s more smooth and coordinated.

Food–

On February 5th, I gave Todd a sip of my green smoothie, and he wanted more, so I gave him a couple tablespoons from his own “cup” (a mini silicone pinch bowl).  That started a regular habit of giving him green smoothie most mornings.  He slurps while I pinch the sides.  He loves it, and he tries to pull the bowl into his mouth with his hands.  Our green smoothies contain kale or collard greens, banana, orange, avocado, celery, berries, tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) and pea protein powder.

Todd watches me closely from his ExerSaucer when I’m in the kitchen.  He knows when I’m preparing his “formula milk” and gets visibly excited when he’s ready for some (he bounces up and down).

Slurping up green smoothie - February 7, 2015

Slurping up green smoothie – February 7, 2015

Sleep–  AKA…Transition to Tummy Sleeping!

  • February 9…I put Todd to bed at 7:30 PM and he was wide awake.  He quickly rolled to his tummy in his crib.  “Oh, no,” I thought!  When he fell asleep that way I was shocked!  Two hours later, I heard him crying and I knew why.  I turned him back over and he slept on his back for the rest of the night.
  • February 10th…I put Todd to bed at 8 PM and he immediately rolled to his tummy.  I put him on his back again, then he fell asleep.  He woke up at 2:45 AM and he was on his tummy again.  I fed him and he returned to sleep on his back.
  • February 11th…I put Todd to bed at 7:30 PM and he was actually asleep for a change.  He woke up crying at 2:30 AM.  This time, he was on his tummy with his head in the corner.  There were some red abrasions on his head from the crib rails.  After I fed him, I put him on his back.  Within just a couple minutes, he turned onto his tummy AND got himself facing the opposite direction!  He was picking at the loose edge of his sheet where his feet normally would be.  I put him on the floor so I could fix his sheets.  Within minutes on the floor he rolled from back-to-belly and then belly-to-back.  It took until 4 AM to get us both back in our beds.
  • February 12th…I padded Todd’s crib so that he wouldn’t create more abrasions on his head.  (Previously, the rails were lined with just a thin mesh crib liner).  I did a pretty good DYI job, using some old folded bath towels.
Todd's Padded Room - February 12, 2015

Todd’s Padded Room – February 12, 2015

That evening, we went to our condo in Wenatchee and I lowered the “mattress” in the Pack ‘N Play travel bed.  Todd went right to sleep at 10:30 PM, but he woke up crying an hour later.  Sure enough, he’d wiggled himself into the corner.  I fed him and he fell asleep on his tummy.  At 3:45 AM, he wasn’t crying but it sounded like he was struggling.  Head in the corner again!  I moved him to the center and he fell asleep.

Highlights:

  • 1st tummy sleeping (2/9)
  • Visit at Eric’s parents house (2/10)
  • gets more distracted by his feet/socks (or other items) while sitting on the toilet
  • new mouth/tongue sucking thing he kept doing
  • “hip wiggle wiggle” on back (see video below)
  • pseudo crawling to propel forward
  • more rolling belly-to-back, more smoothly and coordinated
  • tries to do a sit-up when on his back
  • new finger foods this week:  pancake (made with wheat flour, cornmeal, pumpkin), Baby Mum Mum cracker
  • new spoon-fed pureed food this week:  taste of lentil/tomato soup broth, baked beans

WEEK 26 (AND PART OF 27)

It IS still ski season, although there isn’t much snow…

Todd & Eric at Mission Ridge - February 13, 2015

Todd & Eric at Mission Ridge – February 13, 2015

This week Todd settled into his tummy sleeping routine.  Now, I don’t have to “rescue” him, for the most part.  He’s often seen sleeping with knees drawn up underneath him…so cute!

Sleeping in the Pack 'n Play travel bed - February 15, 2015

Sleeping in the Pack ‘n Play travel bed – February 15, 2015

Sitting in his FIsher Price chair - February 15, 2015

Sitting in his FIsher Price chair – February 15, 2015

At our condo, the papasan chair is a favorite!  He loves being assisted to stand up against the side “wall,” then tries to let go, and falls backward.  It’s been a great chair to have because he can also sit and play in it while we fix meals and such.

More “firsts” in motor function this week:

  • Todd got up on hands-and-knees from his belly for the first time.
  • From sitting, Todd can now reach way out in front for things, and he did his first transition (in control) from sitting-to-belly when reaching for a toy.
  • Todd stood for a full 4 seconds completely balanced and without any support.  He likes to practice standing using the “rails” of his play mat.  He needs help to get “placed” but then we let go.  Then, he lets go with one hand and then the other.
  • From hands-and-knees, Todd pulled his left knee and foot way under him for the first time (February 20th).
  • Briefly presses up into a “plank,” from belly.
Hands & Knees - February 19, 2015

Hands & Knees – February 19, 2015

On February 18th, Todd had his 6 month pediatrician check-up, including receiving his 6 month vaccines.  Todd was 15 pounds, 6.5 ounces (14th percentile), 26″ long (25th percentile), and head circumference 42.5 cm (27th percentile).  Growth in all areas picked up since the last visit!

The doctor said to start feeding solids twice a day and that no food is off limits (from an allergy standpoint), if properly prepared.  (Honey is the exception but we don’t eat honey!)

Closing out the 6th month in style–> Todd has been on a roll with pooping in the toilet.  There were ZERO poopy diapers for the entire month!  As I complete this post (on February 23rd), it’s been 39 days in a row and we’re still counting.  The last poopy diaper was January 15th!  The little bit of solid food that Todd’s been eating hasn’t changed the consistency, although the color (of the digested green smoothie) is noticeably darker.

Highlights:

  • 1st time getting up on hands and knees (2/15)
  • 1st time going from sitting-to-belly (2/16)
  • 1st “crawl” from one end of the couch to the other (2/16)
  • 1st standing without any support and completely balanced (for 4-seconds, 2/16)
  • Record sleep, 11.25 hrs (2/18 to 2/19)
  • got startled when he tooted on the toilet…haha! (2/20)
  • pooping in the toilet for the whole month
  • examines fingertips of both hands and touches them together, etc
  • making sounds:  “bom,” ba” and “ma ma”
  • lots of smiles and giggles
  • wearing 6 and 9 month clothes
  • very driven/motivated to challenge himself; likes to show off
  • now prefers to be on his tummy rather than his back, because he’s more mobile that way
  • new finger foods this week:  pancake (made with wheat and oat flours, applesauce, almond butter), vegan burger patty (from Costco)
  • new spoon-fed pureed food this week:  sweet potato, peas
  • 1st time using the Fisher Price Healthy Care™ Booster Seat (2/13)
6 Months Old - February 21, 2015

6 Months Old – February 21, 2015

"There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence." Lujene Clark

“Every time you purchase animal products you pay assassins to murder sentient beings for you.”

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