Tuesday, April 22, 2008

More peas, please.


You might have heard the rule about introducing babies to new foods. Given the heightened fear about food allergies, it's recommended you start new foods one at a time and continue with the same food for a few days before adding another. That way, if baby has a reaction, you'll immediately know what the offending food is.

On Friday night, we introduced homemade pureed peas. And there was a clear reaction. B couldn't get enough of them. She grunted and made "mmmm" sounds and bounced up and down in her highchair. It was the first time she finished a whole serving of veggies.

What's more, that night she slept 6 hours. In a row.

...Now, I took a lot of science courses in college, and I understand the difference between correlation and causation. But for those who have been following the blog, you also know that B hasn't slept all that well since she was 2 months old. After taunting us with 9-hour stretches of sleep at 8 weeks, she went on a slumber strike that has only just recently improved. As sleep-deprived parents often will do, Kris and I have been grasping at straws, trying to figure out the magic solution to get her to sleep longer. Naturally, we jumped on this pea correlation.

Saturday night, we offered peas again. Again, B laughed, grabbed for the spoon, and smiled as the bright green mush dripped from her chin. She cleaned her plate, again. And that night, she logged a 7-hour sleep stretch.

Tonight marks 5 nights since we introduced the peas, and according to the feeding rule, we could introduce another new food. Heck, we could have tried something new last night. But we're afraid. I've felt more rested the past few days than I have in months, and I'm not ready to give that up.

So there you go. Our daughter will be eating peas every night for the rest of her life. Or at least until she goes off to college.

3 comments :

  1. Ahh, but you are assuming that children never change ... i.e. that peas will always be the thing that does the trick ... GOOD LUCK!!!
    Ronnie

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  2. I am so jealous. We had the same teaser sleep at 2 months and lost it at 3 months. We are still sleepless at 9.5 months and looking for the magic cure. I'm pretty sure it's not peas.

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  3. Two steps forward, I would say. You should probably not allow her to see the food fight scene from "Animal House" though...mashed peas anyone?

    Dad

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