I think one of the biggest lessons I'm learning as a mom is that nobody knows what the hell they're doing - which is either frustrating or comforting, depending on how much coffee I've had that day. Now that we've introduced solids, I have no idea when or how much Will is supposed to be eating. My pediatrician was maddeningly vague ("Follow your instincts!" Uh, I have no instincts. That's why I'm writing you) so a few days ago I decided to troll the internet for advice. What I should've done is picked up the remote and watched a few minutes of The Office and let Jim's cuteness distract me. Instead I Googled. And we all know what happens when you Google. Babycenter.com says that babies should eat 1 Tbsp of food per sitting - along with 40 oz. of milk. filetofspam claims that 6 month olds should be eating 2-3 full jars of baby food at a time, while lil'tiger10 skipped the feeding question completely, insisting that "if you go like a doctors office they can give you a sheet 6month olders usually sleep like 11 hours during the night like 7 hours during the day", which is good to know because that was my next question. Right now Will is eating four times a day and napping three. I tried to read "Healthy Sleep Habits" to find out when he should transition from 3 naps to 2 but man, those sleep books make me tense. According to "HSH", Will is supposed to be sleeping 11-12 hours straight. My son sleeps 10. Period. And I AM GRATEFUL FOR THAT TEN. What I am not grateful for is the admonishment that comes from so-called "experts" when your child doesn't adhere to their idea of what "normal" should be. And with that I'll go eat an apple because it's clear that I'm getting a little crotchety.
But before I do, I'm going to take a few seconds to morn the loss of the Things That Will Once Loved: 5 month edition.
- watching me rub my hands together. Joy unparalleled has been replaced with a wan grin. (Once you can rub your own hands together the magic is gone I guess.)
- "Goodnight Moon" (which is actually kind of fine. There's only so long one can spend in the great green room without losing their great green mind.)
- Cooing (those dulcet tones have been replaced by consonants. A-da. A-DA!)
- Staying put.