Thank you all so much for all your great input. You seriously all rock. (Did I really just use the term "you rock"?) Yes, yes I did and you do. There isn't a better way to put it. All you bloggy friends are so awesome.
So after much consideration, and reading your comments, we decided to start B on rice cereal. I went to the store and bought some veggies but I think I'm going to hold off for a week or two on those. Because B has only ever had breast milk in his little belly, I thought the rice cereal would be the best next step for us. And it was.
He loves it. He totally loves it and took to the spoon better than I thought. He also got more to the back of his mouth to swallow than I thought. It was so cute and fun to watch him reach for it. I am definitely glad we started. He was ready. Also I think it is helping his sleep considering I was only up with him once last night in a 12 hour stretch.
Poop situation: We started Sunday night. Monday morning he had 2 big poops. (Probably not the cereal yet.) Today, no poops as of yet. So it's technically been over a day without a poop. I will keep you all filled in on the poop situation. I'm sure the next poop will be nice and new smelling. I'm just hoping it doesn't take 4 days to get here.
The next hurdle: Sleep training WITHOUT being swaddled. I guess when they stop making swaddle blankets big enough for your kid, it's time for him to start sleeping spread eagle. THIS SUCKS. But it needs to be learned. Could you imagine me unswaddling my 10 year old every morning so he can get ready for school?
Yesterday we started sleep training just for naps. He doesn't get it. He thinks if his arms are out, it's time to play. 90 minutes of crying, trying to roll over, getting his legs stuck outside the crib, rolling back over, trying to paci, crying and crying some more, he slept for 15 minutes. The next nap he took in the car seat because we were out and about and his third nap I caved and swaddled.
So today we try again. 30 minutes of crying, rolling over, getting both legs stuck outside the crib while an arm is stuck under him he spits up and lays his face in it, strip the bed, new sheets, paci, rolling over some more (did not learn his lesson) crying and rolling over some more, me rolling him back, paci, and more crying he slept for 20 minutes. He is down again unswaddled and we are going on a half hour here. I'm impressed.
Oh yeah and just to jazz things up a bit, our video monitor BROKE last night. Yup, at 2am. Perfect. Beautiful. Luckily it still has audio, but the video is kaput. While waiting on a replacement, (Yes, Summer is sending us a replacement asap therefore so far I like this company) I am flying blind here folks.
Wish us luck.