No more mush

Salmon cakes, turkey burger, and cantaloupe.

Salmon cakes, turkey burger, and cantaloupe.

As a parent of young kids, I get all excited about their “firsts”.  The first time they sit up, the first solid food, the first step, the first owie, the first plane ride, etc.  But when it comes to “lasts”, it’s usually not till much later that you realize your child had her “last” of something–the last time they wore an outfit, the last diaper, the last night of waking up to feed.

This past week, Savanna had her last meal of baby food on Monday morning.  While I was mindlessly shoving pureed yam into her mouth, she clammed up and refused to eat.  I tried baby cereal, and she refused that as well.  I was a little miffed.  I put a handful of Cheerios on her tray, and she happily picked them up and ate them.  I gave her a few pieces of scrambled eggs, and she picked them up and ate that too.  Huh!  The little bugger wants to feed herself!

So for lunch, I gave her little pieces of cantaloupe, salmon cakes, cubes of cheese, and some Cheerios, and she fed herself the entire meal.  I felt happy and sad at the same time.  I was happy that I didn’t have to spoon-feed her anymore, but I was sad that she needs me a little less.  From that meal on, for the rest of the week, I stopped pureeing her food and just cut them up into little pieces, and she fed herself.

The funny girl always eats up all the fruit first, starches next, and meats last.  She’s totally crazy about blueberries, and she also really likes plums and watermelon.

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Solid food

Savanna started eating solid food 2 or 3 weeks ago.  So far she has had butternut squash, yam, sweet potato, carrots, broccoli, avocado, peas, chickpeas, and applesauce.  I buy her organic produce, steam and puree them.  She would generally eat anywhere between 3 to 6 tablespoons of food at each meal.

At most meals, I also put some cheerios on her tray for her to play with.  She enjoys swiping them around, and sometimes actually manages to put one in her mouth.  Although every time she gets one in her mouth, she would spit it back out.

Savanna took to solid food pretty quickly.  She seems to enjoy it.  I love seeing her face smeared with food.  Somehow that look is so much cuter on a baby than an adult.

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Almost 6 months old

Six months seems to be a significant turning point in the young life of a baby. It’s the time when the baby can start eating solid food, it’s the time to begin sleep training, it’s the time to get another vaccination, it’s the time to be weaned off breastfeeding for some babies, etc.

Joshua will be six months old in 2 days. All I could think about is that he is growing up so much faster than I would like!

When I look at him now, he is no longer the little baby in my arms being rocked to sleep. He is rolling over, sitting up on his own, eating solid food, sleeping through the night, and one day too soon he will be off to college leaving old mommy behind.

It’s all very emotional for me seeing him grow so fast. It means my maternity leave is half way over, and I feel like my days of being needed are already numbered. Now that we’re in the process of weaning him, I already feel less needed than before. What’s going to happen when he’s completely on formula and solids!

Today is the second day of feeding Joshua solid food. He had some rice cereal and butternut squash. It was only yesterday that he didn’t quite know what to do with the food. But today he ate and swallowed like he’s been doing this for a long time. He is so quick to figure out how things work!

A byproduct of the solid food feeding is the stinky poop that came out today. Oh boy, it was smelly! I can’t wait to smell what it’ll be like when he starts to eat meat in a couple of days!

First solid food

In a few days, Joshua will be six months old. We decided that today is a good day to start him on solid food.

In the morning, we made some rice cereal for him. He wasn’t all that excited about the rice cereal. It didn’t seem like he enjoyed it, but he didn’t hate it. Most of it got on his face, hair, hands, and clothes. In the afternoon, I made some pureed organic butternut squash. When he tasted it, he frowned. I’m not sure if that meant he didn’t like it. I made enough to fill two ice cube trays, so I’ll just keep trying to give him that until he decides if he likes it or not.

There are going to be so many “firsts” in his little young life. I am always so excited when he tries something or do something for the first time. It’s so much fun for me to be a part of it.