Happy Halfsies Little Monkey

July 21st, 2008 by: cheyenne

[Ro likes to pull up grass, examine it closely, then put it in her mouth (I pull it out because grass is a Stage II food).]

Well, I meant to post this a week ago but it didn’t happen. The big news today is Ronin is sick. First cold. POOR BABY. (And these past few days I’ve been sick.) She seems confused mostly, and is coughing all over the place. There doesn’t seem to be all that much we can do except watch her and keep her comfortable, encourage her to sleep. I brought her in the bathroom when Joshua took a shower to breathe in the steam. We planned to go on a hike to a waterfall today and are still going to go; we figure she will be happiest outside in the woods anyway if she is of the cranky disposition today (and it is definitely looking like today is brought to you by CRANKY). I’m packing the infant tylenol and a nose bulb in case things get dicey on the trail.

Ronin is six months old, give or take a week; my excuse for not posting this promptly on the 13th is because we were actually in a place where there was NO internet. At all. Not even a weak wifi signal from the neighbors. (Also, I’m a slacker.) This past six months, unlike most other six-month periods of my life, has been both very long and yet incredibly short. Pregnancy was like that too. I felt like the time flew by but when I thought specifically of a certain week, it was, GOD, AGES ago. I watched some early videos of her from the first weeks and watched her wiggle like an uncoordinated amoeba. In six more months I’ll have a (um) vocal walking (or close to it) mini-Godzilla on my hands.

Regarding the solids thing, I think I have to admit to myself that Ronin hates food. And by association, all spoons. We have been trying at least once per day to try to get her used to it but as soon as she sees the spoon or suspects something is amiss, she arches her back and starts whining. Or rather, humming in a whiny way because she will not open her mouth at this point. Of course, initially I gave her the spoon to play with but she regards it with suspicion; on occasion she will chew on the handle part. She puts it in her mouth, pulls it out, then makes a sour face like there was food on it and slowly rolls her gums around. It’s pretty hilarious.

Lately, I have used a folded up piece of Mojo bar wrapper to feed her (with marginal success). Naturally, all age-inappropriate foods are of high interest to Ronin and in particular, bars of any type. So I got the idea to scrape a bit of rice up on the edge of the bar wrapper and she ate it like no problem (although she did seem surprised that something stayed in her mouth after the crinkly thing went out). She ate with the wrapper twice more and then I ran out of Mojo bars.

In other news, she went on a six-day poop strike last week. We were a bundle of frayed nerve endings by the end of it but it ended far less spectacularly than I had imagined. Now I’m less alarmed when she misses a few days.


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6 Comments on “Happy Halfsies Little Monkey”

  1. Jan Leonard says:

    I love the videos!! Ronin is a special little girl just oozing personality.

  2. Ginger says:

    She has so much hair and so much personality!!! Adorable blue-eyed knock out and the raspberries are very juicy. Looks like breastmilk will suffice for awhile seeing the size of her tummy. I have a friend who didn’t even consider solids until 8 months.

  3. Keely says:

    OMG I love her and she is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo funny I can not wait till i see again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Meg says:

    Although Rosalind always loved to eat, several of her friend babies were just like Ronin when they first tried food. Both of them suddenly started eating like mad around 8 months. You could try different foods (applesauce was an early hit for us) but don’t be afraid to take a break for a week if it’s just not happening.

    I’m typing with one hand while pumping right now and it’s hard work. See you guys soon I hope!

  5. Peg Bowden says:

    Well, Ms Ronin has the makings of a great trumpet player. She has the mouth for it. And the razzberries are exactly what brass teachers look for in their fledgling students. I crack up each time I watch this video.
    As for the feedings and solids and spoons and all that….fuhgeddaboudit for awhile. The babe looks plump and happy and is more interested in making razzberry music. –Gramma Peg

  6. Silas Murphy says:

    Dude. Ronin is SUCH a babe.

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