It's official...Baby m is big. He was 6 months old yesterday. How is it possible that I have been out of work for half a year? How is it possible that I am expected to return in August? I don't even know how to do my job anymore...but that's beside the point. My baby is big.
He had his doctor's appointment today, and he's 17 pounds 4 ounces and 27.5 inches long. Doctor C said, "Actually, for his height, he could gain a pound or two." Hmm. I guess lately he HAS been looking a little less like a brick. I told the doc about his nightly feeding, where he wakes up STARVING between 1am and 3am every night. E used to wake up for comfort, this boy wakes up hungry. We started feeding him solid food at 4 months, and he has been eating 3 meals a day for about a month: oatmeal for breakfast, fruit for lunch, vegetable for dinner. Doctor C suggested that I double, that's right double, his intake. Two containers for lunch and dinner. Um, this is going to get expensive.
So on the way home I stopped at Kroger and picked up a pile of sweet potatoes and a pile of pears. I figure I can save some money and lots of plastic (hate those Gerber containers) by cooking and pureeing some fraction of what the big boy eats. I did this a few times with E's food, but this boy's eating habits make me realize how little she actually ate. She rarely finished a container at one sitting, let alone two! A bonus to grinding up the sweet potatoes is that I can throw some of them into E's food, a la Jerry Seinfeld's wife's cookbook. Sweet potato brownies, anyone??? :)