I am a first time mommy. I research things. A lot. I had five different books about getting your baby to sleep. (I only last week decided that it was safe to post 3 of the five on Paperback Swap) I drove the Irishman crazy researching major purchases...the crib...the mattress...the stroller. My current research obsessions are baby gates and convertible car seats.
I knew solid food was coming up. I knew my plans for the first meal. I hadn't thought past that.
Saturday was great, but then I panicked. How much now? How often? What comes after rice cereal? I like the 4 day-rule for introducing new foods, but if we start mid-day then she will be trying new things at day care...and I don't like that either. Carrots are next on the list, but what was it I read about nitrates...
Breastfeeding is so much easier...not that I don't own three or four different books about that, too!
I've spent the week reading Save Our Sleep and Super Baby Food every chance I get. At school I announced that we would all spend the 15 minutes before lunch reading...no exceptions. The reading research suggests that students should view their teacher as a reader...even if it is frantically reading about baby food!
Saturday the Irishman and I made homemade organic apple puree during Caitlin's morning nap. He peeled the apples (I am beyond hopeless at that...) and we steamed and pureed them. We stored them in ice cube trays in the freezer so we would have single portions of apple for the week. At noon we were so pleased to share the meal with Caitlin.
She was less than impressed.
In fact the Irishman finished the apple puree himself. It was really tasty!
At dinner we decided to try mixing the apple with the rice cereal. I had forgotten to leave out a serving of our homemade apple puree, so I used a jar I'd bought to have on hand in case we needed it.
She wouldn't even let me have the spoon. She LOVED it. That is her FOOT kicking away my hand. I'm hoping it was the rice cereal that made the difference and not the fact that it came from a jar...
Let the fun begin!
Let the fun begin!