A snippet of a message I sent to my dear pediatrician friends, Kurt and Andy, in the hopes that they can console me and calm my frantic thoughts as I sat nursing Clara who seems to simply be hungry all the time but never eats.
"...here I am a desperate, new mother afraid that we are about to start solids. Seriously? Solids? I thought for sure we'd wait until 6 months but I'm pretty sure she's hungry and showing physical signs that she can handle it. But I don't know if I can handle this milestone. We meet with her pediatrician on Monday for her 4m checkup. Clara is 18w3d today. How do I know she ready really? And that we won't end up with food allergies by introducing too early?"
So as I close this post, I move to the world of internet research as I prepare for our meeting with the pediatrician armed with as much information as possible and in hopes of accurately describing Clara's latest mannerisms and behavior as we decide if she is or is not ready to begin solid foods!