Signal seems to be getting more and more frustrated with the fact that I am spoon-feeding him every day. And while I know that really, the best thing for babies is just to self-feed, Signal seems to not be too keen on that idea. He loves his rice puffs, but if I put them on his tray, he'll pick them up and specifically not put them in his mouth. That seems to be a task reserved for me.
Why do I care, you ask? Well, if I was a nursing mama, I wouldn't care. I'd just give him little bits of soft foods to self-feed, and he could eat as much or as little as he wanted to. But being on formula, when Signal doesn't eat at least some solids every day (I'm talking 3-4 oz of solids or so,) he makes up for it by drinking. A LOT. Yesterday he has more than 40 oz of formula. The day before it was even more than that. Which gets pricey, really. Not to mention the fact that a lot of that milk is consumed overnight, making for a less than restful sleep.
So today I broke down and bought him some sugar-laden Mum-Mum rusks to see if he'd eat them. He took a few tentative bites, but didn't seem overly impressed. However, just holding on to a Mum-Mum while I spoon-fed him some sweet potatoes took at least some of the frustration out of the situation for him. Which was good for all involved.