It was last Tuesday night. Well, technically it was Wednesday morning. It was five o’clock on Wednesday morning. Nate had just been fed a bottle around 2:30. I didn’t think he could possibly be hungry again already. I had tried to comfort him in his crib, and managed to settle him for a few minutes. Until I got back into bed, of course, at which time he began to wail again.

“Did you just come from his room?” Graham asked groggily.

“Yes,” I answered. “There’s nothing wrong with him, he’s just going to have to cry for a few minutes,” I went on. I was tired.

Ten minutes went by and Nate still hadn’t gone back to sleep. My patience was wearing thin.

“I’m never going to sleep longer than two hours at a time EVER AGAIN!” I stormed angrily down the stairs to the kitchen to make a bottle.

The next morning I decided it was time. It was time for Nate to try some solid food. I had been keeping track of how much he’d eaten over the last few days and he was averaging about 38 oz. of formula over a 24-hour period.

Wednesday when we got up, I asked some friends for advice about starting to add some solid foods to Nate’s cereal, and I had a few different jars on hand that a friend had passed along to us. I started with sweet potatoes. I mixed them into Nate’s oat cereal about half-and-half.

I expected him to make a face when he tried his new food, and although he definitely noticed something was different, he didn’t skip a beat. He ate it right up. He had some more that night before bed with his bottle.


That night, he slept from 11:30 until 5:30 STRAIGHT, the longest stretch of continuous sleep he’d ever had. Since then he’s been doing pretty well. Most nights he still wants to eat every three to four hours up until 1:30 or 2:00, and then he’ll sleep until 7:30 or 8:00.

He had sweet potatoes every day for four days, and then I tried green beans yesterday, which he also ate up.

Mmmm, beans.

I think he’s going to be a great little eater!

8 thoughts on “Solid.

  1. I've yet to give Arielle any solids, but I can already tell she'll be a great eater by the way she stares at my food when I'm eating! Ha! I hope he starts to sleep longer stretches for you soon. She is hit or miss. Some nights she wakes up once and others it's a 2 or 3 times thing. Soon enough they'll be sleeping from 7-7. Ahhh I can't wait for that!

    1. Nate was beginning to watch us with interest while we ate, too, reaching for our plates, even! He is still hit or miss with the sleeping, too. And I'm going to hold you to that 7-7 deal!

  2. That's great news! Sweet potatoes were a bit hit around here too when we first started 🙂 And now that they're big (5 and 3) the love their sweet potato fries.

    Good for you for listening to your mother's intuition….and enjoy your sleep!

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