I meant to post this yesterday but I was out of energy after waking up at 4:45 AM. And no, it wasn’t Hawk, it was the dog wanting to go out. Of course I couldn’t go back to sleep afterwards, so I got up and enjoyed lots of alone time with my book and coffee. But then I hit a wall at 5 PM yesterday.
Anyway, I sat down an hour ago to write this post during his afternoon nap and have spent all that time looking up resources on weaning Hawk off formula since his birthday is coming up soon. Honestly, I can’t wait to stop feeding him formula, and he’s a great eater otherwise (he gets three solid meals a day now), but I’m nervous about his getting the nutrition he needs during the transition. Yes, I know this is something I should consult his doctor about, and I really wish I had a pediatrician I like and could ask about things like this, but I don’t. I was looking for a new one back in March when the pandemic hit so just decided to try and stick it out with the one he has now until things get better. Things aren’t getting better, but I’m going to try and find a new one anyway after his one-year old appointment. She’s not bad, but she really doesn’t listen to me at all; she mostly likes to hear herself talk, and make sure she gets out all the “talking points,” many of which I feel are outdated.
I told her I wanted to do baby led weaning (not purees) and her main concern was the mess it would make. I didn’t get the impression she has a lot of experience with it at all, so didn’t ask for more input, and I’ve been doing fine on my own with some great instagram resources. I’d also like to find a doctor with some experience with vegan children, although I’ll probably also consult an RD for additional information on nutrition since doctors don’t have a lot of education on that either. Ugh.
Hawk is quite an agreeable baby, so I don’t think he’ll have a problem giving up the bottle. He didn’t miss a beat as far as sleep is concerned when we went to Arkansas; he kept his general nap and bedtime schedule like a champ. I couldn’t believe it.
it’s just so hard not having a mom-community to discuss these things with, and I really try to avoid Facebook, but that seems to be where all the online forums live. The two other moms I met at the JCC earlier this year were also doing baby led weaning, and I loved talking to them, but since the pandemic, we’ve lost touch, and obviously don’t see each other anymore.
I’d love any input anyone has on eating/weaning off formula. And if you happen to be vegan, bonus 🙂
(I wish I didn’t have to note this here, but I’m not interested in why we shouldn’t be raising a vegan child, or in hearing anyone’s criticism of our decision. Please don’t tell me how to raise my son and I won’t tell you how to raise your children)
Also, I’m looking for shoes for him. I’m conflicted though, because I think he’s better off walking barefoot as much as possible, which he does now. I would just like him to walk outside on the sidewalk sometimes and the pavement is quite hot now. What did you do about first shoes for your babies?
And now, I don’t have time to talk about what I’m wearing. Well, maybe a second. There are some Cliff dresses on sale now at Ace & Jig, and while I do love this dress, it’s not my favorite shape on me. The banjo textile is super lightweight, but also rather delicate; it has a few pulls and snags in it.
I hope you are well!! See you again tomorrow 🙂