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Monday, March 30, 2009

I've been doing it all wrong...(updated)

For some reason, I have a really difficult time figuring out the whole "feeding my kids" thing! I don't know why, but I always end up doing the "wrong" thing. I guess it can't be all wrong b/c they are still alive and they're growing like crazy, but somehow I missed something.

We started solids pretty early according to industry standards, but they were into it. We started rice cereal around 4.5 months and solids around 5 months. They love to eat their solids and have pretty much liked everything that we've thrown at them (except the green beans...they could do without those). It's been amazing to watch them change from tentative eaters with the spoon to voracious omnivores who just can't get enough.

Recently, I started to get concerned about Hailey. She was turning away from every bottle and getting constipated. I'm not happy about this, so I start to research this, post something on my twins forum, and basically figure out my options. Apparently, I've been doing it all backwards. I thought that when they started solids, their formula intake would decrease. My kids ate so well that I just thought it was normal. However, from everything that I've read and heard, formula is still supposed to be their number one form of nutrition and baby food should be secondary. I've been doing it the other way around! So, now I'm kicking myself and totally worried about their development as well as their digestive issues that could kick in down the road (apparently). I feel like I just can't get it right.

Anyway, here are the new things that I'm going to try. I'm going to start off the day with a bottle rather than stick them in their highchairs for breakfast (solids). Then I'll wait for a little while and give them breakfast. I will try to give them a bottle before their meals rather than after and hopefully the formula intake will increase. Any thoughts on this? Have I permanently damaged my kids? Again??? Just kidding about that...I don't really think this has had an impact, but it's all so confusing!

I'm 35 years old today...I'm happy for where I am at 35. I have a great husband, beautiful kids, supportive family, trusted friends, and I'm in pretty good shape for having twins 7 months ago! It's been a little weird to think that I'm in my mid-thirties, but I'm working with it! Oh, and I'm soooo excited about my birthday present...Bill got me a Kindle. I can't wait to read more! I also got my first "Mom" birthday cute! Have a good day...I know I will!

Update: I called the pediatrician's office and they said that Hailey should be getting 16-24 ounces per day. I feel better now. That I can work with! So, she'll get that plus 3 meals of solids...we'll keep doing the bottles first and add one before bedtime...we had already dropped that! I hope they can keep all of this down!