Every time I see the pediatrician, it seems a rule about child-rearing has changed.
Infants are supposed to ride rear-facing in the car until age two. Exclusively-breastfed babies are supposed to take iron and vitamin supplements. Four-month-olds are supposed to eat rice cereal twice a day. Who knew? I have to say, I thought I'd know what I was doing by the time my fourth kid arrived!
I haven't been giving Lexi iron and other vitamins. I honestly can't remember to do it, so I hang my head in shame (OK, not really) at every check-up when the doctor asks me about the vitamins. My other babies thrived without vitamins; I think Lexi will be fine, too. However, putting off introducing rice cereal has been a conscious move. I've been lazy and non-committal.
Garry made a bold move and came home with rice cereal and oatmeal for Lexi the other day. It sat on the counter daring me to use it, so I put it in the pantry. From behind closed doors it called to me: "You know you want to follow the rules! Give Lexi cereal! Force the gruel down her throat!"
Thursday was the day. And it looked like this:
Overall success on Day One: 5 out of 10. Overall cuteness of the baby in question, even with cereal on her face: 10+.
A new phase of life has begun.