It’s amazing how quickly six months can pass in the life of a child. Seriously, how did my baby get halfway to a year already?
I’m not gonna lie. The past two months have been a little rough. Nobody in our house is getting adequate sleep despite my valiant efforts. But there was a time when things were much better and I’m hopeful we can get there again.
Besides his first Christmas, this month also ushered in a very exciting milestone–solid foods!
I was totally planning on doing baby led weaning–basically just letting him feed himself finger foods from the get-go–but he’s not yet sitting up unassisted (a crucial safety requirement for feeding himself) and I wasn’t willing to wait any longer, so into the bumbo chair he went for some smashed up carrots. I think he liked it! He would lean forward for a bite, then move it around in his mouth for a bit before letting it fall back out, sometimes making quite a face. Nick was laughing uproariously, exclaiming that Jack feels the same way about vegetables as he does (read: he hates them), but the fact that he kept leaning forward and opening his mouth for more tells me it was likely confusion more than displeasure influencing his behavior. And despite the royal mess he made he did, in fact, swallow a few bites. Since we don’t have any history of food allergies in our family we’re pretty relaxed about waiting to introduce new foods, and in just a few days he’s had carrots, sweet potatoes, and avocado. So far, so good.
And because I am quickly becoming the cheapest person I know, you can add baby food companies to the list of people who won’t be getting my money. My plan is to just cook whatever I want to give him until it’s very very soft and then mush it up. I have a food processor, but really, who has time for all that? So far I’ve been just mashing it up with a fork. I’m all about keeping it simple.
So I guess it’s time to start planning his first birthday party, right? Only six months to go! Pinterest, prepare yourself.