Is it just me or does every new stage Nora enters seem more difficult than the one before? I used to think babies were hard. But now I look back and think, wow, she just laid there in the swing! I could do dishes, laundry, you name it! Yes, at that stage I was attached to my pump, but still. It was easier than this morning!
Nora woke around 7:45am, which is fine, I can’t really complain I guess, as I hear some kids wake at 6am. I changed her and warmed a bottle, she drank maybe 5 oz of formula before pushing the bottle away. I brought her out into the living room where all her toys are, closed the baby gate to the downstairs, and tried to focus on cleaning up the kitchen from dinner last night. Well people, Nora cries if I’m not holding her lately. She will crawl after me, stand up, tug on my pants, basically making it impossible for me to do anything. I attempted to fold some laundry that had been in the dryer for days and she kind of played around me, pulling some clothing out of the basket, but we got to the point where she wanted to play with the clothing I had already folded. Not cool.
By that point I was hungry so I poured myself a bowl of cereal. It was perhaps 9:30am. Of course she whined and reached for me to pick her up. So I put her in her high chair and sat down next to her to eat, giving her a few pieces of my cereal. She threw most of them on the floor before trying to get out of her chair.
By 10:10am she was super fussy so I figured maybe it was time for a nap, even though she hadn’t been up that long. I warmed a bottle, she took around 3.5 oz and was out by 10:20am.
I took advantage of the downtime to shower and start dishes…
Nora woke around 11:40am, changed diaper, dressed her for the day and figured maybe she needed some ‘real’ food. I put her in her high chair, again she tried to get out before I could even offer her anything. I warmed some baby food, squash and sweet peas. I know, it doesn’t sound good, but she usually loves almost anything containing squash. She took the first bite, swallowed. I gave her another, out it came onto her bib as she struggled to free herself from the restraints of the high chair. Normally my go-to at that point is yogurt. She actually seems to like yogurt. So I opened a tart cherry noosa, which she has eaten many times. She ate the first couple bites, but then spit the next out. By that time, noonish, the sitter for the day had arrived. We chatted a bit, and I left as Nora was crying for me 🙁
I basically suck at this stay-at-home mom thing. I mean, I was only with her this morning and didn’t know how to entertain her. If I had her all day I guess we would have gone for a walk this afternoon, as it’s finally a little warmer. But what else? Tried to get her to eat more ‘real’ food? Which I assume would have ended with me frustrated again…
I’m so sick of opening containers of baby food and then promptly throwing them away! Why won’t she eat anything real?? Why does she hate being in her high chair?? She can’t exist on formula forever… Am I doing something wrong? I’m to the point of thinking maybe I need to make my own baby food for her. I guess I need to do some research and find some recipes… Feel free to pass along your tips and tricks for making your own!