At least once a month I find myself with some sort of problem or issue that I just can't resolve on my own. Actually, I find myself with these issues much more frequently than once a month, but it seems that I always choose at least one to bring to all of you. There was nap time, then formula questions, table food, time schedules, milk issues and sippy cups. Once again it's sippy cups. And I guess a little bit of milk too.
I hope I explain this right. It all makes sense in my head, but maybe not so much in writing. Here goes...
We are really, really trying to move over to the cup. We are using the honey bear cup, the recessed lid cup and just the plain ole' sippy cup. Prior to this week we would give MK a bottle (7 ounces) as soon as she woke up and then give her food a little while later. While giving her the food we would attempt to give her some sort of liquid through the cup and usually she would refuse. It was almost as if she was full. After her well visit last week we decided to begin the day with food and then give the bottle a little while later. Two reasons for this - one, we were hoping she would eat more food and two, we were hoping she would be more motivated to drink from the cup. Luckily, both things have happened. A little. She is definitely eating more food and taking some from the cup. I really think that if we stick with this we may just have some luck with the cup. Now for my question or questions. While she is eating breakfast, how much milk should I offer her in the cup? And if I give her milk then, like two ounces, do I still offer her five ounces a little later? And at the point should I continue to use the cup or go back to the bottle? OR do I offer her the entire 7 ounces while eating breakfast and not worry about what she doesn't drink? OR do I give her a little at breakfast, then some later on, then start over at lunch? How am I going to keep up with how much milk she drinks through the day or should I not stress about that?
Wow. I had a lot more questions that I realized. And I am probably making this much more difficult than it has to be. And you all are probably laughing hysterically or shaking your heads and wondering what's wrong with me.
I guess it all boils down to the fact that I am still worried about how much she eats and how many calories she consumes. I want to make sure that she is getting as much as possible. And it just seems so much easier to give her the bottle.
By the way, I HATE this cup thing. It's way confusing!