Argh. My DS is one week shy of 4 mo, and I'm getting soooooooo much pressure to introduce solids. He's a big boy, 17 lbs, and healthy and happy as can be. He wakes up two to three times a night, every two to three hours, and I nurse him. He was sleeping up to six hours straight here and there. I think he's teething, and I'm his pacifier for now! But my husband, DS's pediatrician, my mother and anybody who cares to offer an opinion says I should start "real food" now because he's "obviously not getting enough" from me. DOUBLE ARGH! He weighs 17 lbs, he's "obviously" getting something from me!!!!!
While I don't really enjoy waking up all the time, I don't mind it. I did it for 14 months with my eldest son, and then, one day, BAM, he's down for the count as soon as his head hits the pillow! My baby is completely joyful nearly all the time (he IS a baby, afterall, prone to being cranky now and then), and I don't think he's ready for solids yet. This is causing a rift between husband and me, especially since the pediatrician reinforces his opinion. I see no reason for cereal at this point. DS is definitely NOT starving, and he's not suffering by any means. He, unfortunately, seems to nurse better at night. It is completely quiet in the house, and he has no distractions. During the day, he doesn't seem as interested.
I could give my husband everything in the world to read to help him see my point of view, but he would disregard it. He knows he's right as much as I know I'm right. I think my husband just wants his wife back, but we moms know things are going to be out of whack for a few months with a new baby in the house. It's not like I whine and complain about being tired or overwhelmed, etc. because I don't complain and I don't feel that way! From my point of view, he should be somewhat happy because he has little responsibility for DS . . . I tend to his needs 99.9% of the time. My husband is no slouch; we have two older children, and my husband entertains them and bathes them when he comes home from work so I can have a break.
Basically, I don't think this is about our baby. I think this is about regaining some normalcy in our routine. I'm sure some of you have come up against the same thing. I would appreciate your suggestions in smoothing it out until DS is REALLY ready for solids in a few months . . .