This is very different from how we introduced solids to Little Guy. With him, we started rice cereal on the day he turned six months, and then proceeded through the jarred fruit and veggie purees, with a few days' spacing between each. He did GREAT with baby food. But when we tried to move him from baby food to table food, we hit a bit of a brick wall. He hated the chunkier textures and rejected foods (especially vegetables) that he had enjoyed in baby food form. I found it quite stressful and frustrating, and was beyond tired of spooning green goop. I feel like we're just now fully getting back on track with his diet (a success I'd like to share about in another post soon!) and would prefer to avoid that challenge (there are so many...why invite another?) if possible.
So, we're going to try something different this time. It may work for Buddy Boy. It may not. His brother's preferences will not necessarily be his. And we may throw the towel in on this whole deal and find ourselves piling the grocery cart high with all those tiny little jars. But in the meantime, we're going to give it a shot, and since Buddy Boy is still fully nourished through nursing, we can approach it with relaxed minds.
Buddy Boy sits unassisted now (one sign of readiness), picks up items and puts them in his mouth (a second sign of readiness), and pays attention when we eat (a third sign of readiness), so I've known we were getting close to the time to introduce solids. A couple days ago, I was enjoying a banana with Buddy Boy on my hip and noticed that each time I brought the banana close to my mouth, he was jumping for a bite. He clearly wanted a taste. I'd already decided that banana would be the first food we'd offer, so it was a perfect opportunity, really. I gave him a tiny bit and he smooshed it around in his mouth and opened wide for another bite. Soon, if I just put a bit on his lip, he would push it in with his fingers. He probably had a teaspoon or two of banana and seemed delighted. And, y'all, there was no mess! Score one more for this method!
All that to say, these pictures are from the next day, when we tried some more banana, this time in the highchair.
But, as things would have it, the poor boy had caught a little cold and may be teething (I never know for sure 'til the tooth pops through) and really just hasn't felt up to solids since the first, smashing success. As soon as I saw this pitiful face, I pulled him right back out of the highchair and put him down for an impromptu, much-needed nap. Since then, we've been nursing 'round the clock, he's spent a lot of time on my hip, he's slept a little in my arms and he's visited some in our bed.
That's just how motherhood is, isn't it? You can ascribe to a theory or practice a method or set a schedule, and you may find that most of the time that makes most things go better. But you're not caring for a machine. You're caring for a very human little creature. And when life calls for it, all your well-researched intentions are best thrown out the window. So you can just mother.
That's what I'm doing today.