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So there’s big news in the Gouveia household: Will is eating rice cereal.
OK, so I’m not really sure why everyone was so excited about this yesterday. But apparently it’s a major milestone. Truthfully I wouldn’t have noticed a difference except for the fact that it was in a bowl and we were feeding him with a spoon. The consistency was just ever so slightly thicker than milk, yet our whole family acted as if Will had just cured cancer.
MJ said it’s unusual because most babies start on rice cereal after they are about 4 months old. Will is just less than 2 months. But you should see this kid eat. MJ broke down and gave him the cereal because he had taken more than 30 oz of breast milk and formula by 6 p.m. yesterday. He simply needs more breastmilk than any woman can possibly produce in a timely manner, so now we’re supplementing the breastfeeding and formula with this new rice cereal.
I’m happy for his progress, but I’m a little bummed because now we have to incorporate bibs into feeding. Because spoon feeding liquid to an infant is juuuuuuuust a little messy. But he seems to love it as he was all smiles when I was feeding him today. The only weird thing was MJ begged me not to tell the doctor he’s already on rice cereal when we take him to his 2-month appointment later this week. Apparently it’s frowned upon to introduce this stuff so early. I was slightly taken aback because I’m not in the habit of lying to the doctor who is taking care of my infant son. But when I asked MJ, my mother-in-law and my cousin why doctors advise against this, they said something along the lines of “They’re mostly male doctors who think they know everything, but don’t worry it’s fine.”
Yeah…that answer doesn’t suffice. So even though it might get me in trouble, I’m definitely telling our doctor about this new development to see what he says. Moms are great and they make the world go round, but I’ve never met a bigger bunch of know-it-alls in my whole life. As soon as a woman becomes a mother they think they know EVERYTHING! And if we dads suggest anything to the contrary, we are met with snide looks and remarks politely telling us we have no idea what we’re talking about, because they know what’s best for their baby.
Call me crazy, but I’m going to listen to the doctor as well. What with all those years of medical training and all…