Yesterday was one of those days we all know too well; a day filled with "mommy guilt".
David had his four month check up with the pediatrician. Unfortunately, he is not gaining weight well at all. He has only gained about 7 ounces since the end of August. When he was born (at 9 lbs, 1 oz), he was in the 90th percentile. Now, at 12 lbs, 8 oz he is only in the 10th percentile. Of course, this realization was followed by tons of questions for me. How often is he eating? How long is he eating? How many wet diapers does he have? Ect, ect, ect... The appointment ended with the pediatrician actually watching me nurse him-- ugh! When you have been solely responsible for the food your child has been eating for 4 months, you feel extreme guilt when he is not gaining weight properly.
Anyway, she will check his weight again in two weeks, but, until then she insisted that I start him on cereal. (I had been toying with the idea of waiting a couple more months.) David has been very interested in watching us eat for at least the past month. As much as I hate to admit it, he was really ready to start cereal. Here he is in various stages of eating his first batch of cereal. Note: His sister chose the pink bib for his first ever feeding-- poor guy!
Hopefully, the cereal will make the difference the pediatrician is looking for in his weight. If not, I think he is going to have a lot of fun eating anyway!