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Joy In The Journey-Transition

Joy In The Journey-Transition

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By Jonathan Oliver

Tran•si•tion: noun

The process of growth that joins one phase of development with the next.

A passage of time; more qualitative and quantitative change.

Later on this week Journey will be six months old and we are in a major transition phase of development. Up until this point Journey has lived off of her mother’s breast milk but now we are starting to introduce her to solid foods. This is an exciting milestone that can be done in a few different ways. Some people start immediately with pureed fruits or vegetables. We started out with rice cereal. We mixed 2 tablespoons of rice cereal with 1 ounce of breastmilk and right now we are feeding this to Journey 3 times a day. Making sure that Journey doesn’t have rice cereal during her last bottle feeding of the evening because we don’t want her to choke while she is sleeping from any fine-grained cereal that she doesn’t swallow completely. We plan on moving on to pureed carrots and peas soon.

My spouse and I were beaming with excitement when we began to feed her rice cereal during our family breakfast this past weekend. For the past several weeks Journey has been moving her mouth whenever she sees us eating. Her sweet little face had a moment of confusion as her baby spoon began to approach her mouth. Her mother held the baby spoon smiling from ear to ear as I moved my mouth back-and-forth mimicking eating something. All the attention was focused on Journey as the first few spoonfuls were filled with smiles and coos as the rice cereal dribbled down her cute little chin and onto her baby bib. Slowly she began to get the hang of it. A few things have changed since she has been eating rice cereal the past few days. She seems to be sleeping better as a couple of times she has gone to bed at 8:30pm and slept until 7:00 am (which allowed my wife and I to sleep like champions). A few of her naps have been longer as well.  She is also beginning to learn slowly but surely that by fussing or crying that she is able to influence how we as parents respond to her. For example if she wants to be held then she will began to a fuss and make sounds as if she trying to cough and laugh at the same time. But probably the most surprising change all that her poop is beginning to have a scent of its own. Like I said things are really transitioning.  

The other day our friend and babysitter came over for dinner. Over the course of our conversations, our babysitter mentioned a couple named Gary & Anne Marie Ezzo. They specialize in childhood development. From their website Growingfamilies.com, we purchased material to help us understand the different stages of development that Journey will be going through. We bought a book and DVD entitled, The Babyhood Transitions: Parenting Your 5 to 12 Month Old. Journey has also started to become a little more mobile and is desperately trying to crawl. She just happens to spend more time pushing herself backwards than actually crawling forward.  I imagine that in no time at all she will be running around the living room.  

We have many more milestones and transitions to come with Journey and we are trying to be the best parents we can be.  We are blessed to have her in our lives and we look forward to continuing to watch her grow and flourish.

Jonathan Oliver is an experienced motivational speaker, life coach, and author.  He is the CEO of his company Higher Enlightenment which strives to create a world of truth, love, and faith.  He was born and raised in Texas and now lives with his wife and their first child Journey in Owasso, OK. He is a first time stay at home dad. His contact information is on www.higherenlightenment.com and follow him on facebook at www.facebook.com/joyofjojo.

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