I cannot believe that we’ve been at this for 3 months now!
We’ve finally reached a place where A will enthusiastically feed herself (or try her hardest). As you can imagine this is quite a bit messier than ever before. While A is working at developing her pincer grip, it is not there yet. So I feed her puree mixes with herbs and spices added in for flavor and maybe some Farro added for texture. We also give her bits of what we’re eating and other things mashed up if we’re eating late, as I mentioned last week. With all of this mess, Macie is one happy gal. She’s starting to see the real perks of being a big sister as A drops a good amount of food in her efforts to feed herself.
On Tuesday night, J was sick, so I gave A an Avocado and she went crazy for it. I also gave her bits of the ribs I was eating. On Wednesday, A happily destroyed almost a whole sweet potato (and not a small one!). I also gave her a bit of shredded cheddar. This gal has quite the appetite. Even when I mixed a bit more onion powder than intended into her puree, she ate all of it enthusiastically. I had gotten a papaya and plums but the papaya went bad and the plums were horribly tart (out of season) so I scrapped both.
It’s interesting how this all coincides with teething. A has certainly had her finicky moments this week in general. I find that she’s been putting her fingers in her mouth even more when I feed her as well as when she feeds herself. I’d assume that part of this is teething and part of this is wanted to get every last bit of whatever she’s eating into her mouth. We are always amused when she manages to get a whole fist in. Last night, she even licked the table to get more avocado. We’ll have to work on her table manners once she begins to understand English.
This week I hope to finally introduce that cod that I bought fresh and froze. life has just been getting in the way this week (as I type this, it’s Sunday morning and I have a house full of people coming over in a few hours). I know that soon I need to begin waking earlier to feed her solids before daycare, as I want to start giving her 3 solids meals a day in the next few months in addition to her formula. This is difficult because I’m spoiled by an amazing husband who wakes each morning at 6am with A so that I can get an extra bit of sleep. I recognize how completely lucky I am to have this man. Giving Mommy a bit of extra sleep is probably the most romantic thing I can think of.
Outside of the bits of shredded cheese I’ve given A, I’d really like to start adding dairy into the mix soon. Maybe Greek yogurt? I’v heard of making yogurt. I’m not sure investing in a yogurt maker would be a great option for us since I’m not a huge fan of it (I’d rather mix greek yogurt in with my tuna than eat it with fruit- I try to like it, but I just don’t).
It’s hard to continue to document everything that A eats because she’s getting so many bits of things added into the mix. I will still add major additions into the list. To try and make things easier, I’ll let you know that our meal plan for the week is Balsamic Roast Chicken, Enchiladas and Tater Tot Casserole followed by left overs (we always fly by the seat of our pants on Fridays). I intend to give A portions of all of this that are cut or mashed in a way that would be safe to eat.
Vegetables that A likes:
- Green beans
- Butternut squash
- Sweet potato
- Brussels Sprouts
- Swiss Chard
- Red Bell Pepper
- Baked Beans
Fruits the A likes:
Grains that A likes:
Dairy that A likes:
- Cheddar cheese
Meats that A likes:
Herbs and Spices that A Likes:
- Garlic Powder
- Chili Powder
- Onion Powder
Food that we’re still working on:
For more on A’s introduction to solid foods, check out this index.
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