Today is somber in the house for tomorrow marks the six month anniversary of bringing my baby girl into the world. What does this mean? Well, the ban on solid food will be lifted! She has been reaching for our plates and watching eating with intense interest for nearly two months now. It is her turn. I am excited for this new venture for her... but at the same time I am having some sadness about it. She is most likely my last baby, and today is the last full day I will be the sole source of food for her. With all luck she will not be done nursing anytime soon, but she will now have nutrients coming from other sources.
Tomorrow Rooster will get to feed her a tiny bit of oatmeal with breastmilk... and so it begins. We're still on the fence about how we are doing this whole solid food bit. For Chicken Little we did the standard puree gambit. He was stuck on purees until he was 15 months old. And even then we had to force the change to real food. Not sure if this was because of his tongue-tiedness or if he was just being picky, but either way it was embarrassing and hard for me. We'd be at playdates and I'd be spoon feeding him mush when baby's 6 months younger than him were eating sandwiches. Ugh! And then forcing him to eat real food was heartbreaking. We did it over X-mas break 2009 so my husband was home all day to help. Chicken Little ate very little (other than boob) for about 3 days. Then he figured it out. Whew!
I was curious about Baby Led Weaning for Chicklett, but I'm having a hard time getting Rooster on board... and quite frankly don't know enough about it myself to present a good case for it. I've brought it up a few times, and he just thinks there was nothing wrong with how our son did things. I'm okay with that too, for now anyway! If we're still eating purees 9 months from now you can point and make fun of me.
I'm sure we'll end up doing purees again, only this time no tongue tied baby and maybe we'll work our way through the stages faster to get into that chunky stuff. We'll see. Not like she's going to be eating a ton right away no matter what. I am secretly hoping that my girlfriend ends up disliking the Baby Beaba that was given to her and then she gives it to me. Ha!