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Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Lovely Land of Solids (Week 25, Day 2)

Big Milestone this weekend! We started Madeline on solids this weekend. She’s been eyeing our food for a while, and is now sitting up mostly on her own - she’ll still topple over after a while, but for the most part she’s able to hold herself up. So although we are a week ahead of the doctor recommended 6 month mark for starting solids, we thought we’d go ahead and go for it. Saturday morning I left Phil to take care of Maddy, and I marched off to the fancy supermarket to get some organic rice cereal - the specially made for baby kind.
Saturday afternoon, we decided it was time to tackle this next chapter in Maddy’s life. She seemed just as excited as us - we got her all strapped in to the brand new highchair, and she looked at us as if we were about to take a roller coaster ride - her eyes couldn't have gotten wider. With a spoon full of breast milk and rice cereal, we went in for the first bite. Maddy dutifully opened her mouth wide, and let us pour the barely solid mixture in. And then she just looked at us. I don’t think she really knew what to think about the whole situation. We continued in this way, one spoonful at a time, and Maddy became more and more intrigued with the spoon as we continued. By the end, she was trying to grab everything in sight - the spoon, the bowl, her bib, everything. Unfortunately I think the introduction of something new to her system didn't agree with her - she was pretty fussy for the rest of the night, and didn't sleep well through the evening. Of course it’s hard to tell if it from her first solids, teething, or a myriad of other things that she can’t communicate right now.
Sunday, after a lovely morning getting to know the church we are joining as part of Madeline’s Baptism, and a stroll through a wonderful fall festival on a perfect September afternoon, we decide to make Solid Foods Attempt #2. This time, Maddy know’s what’s coming, and she is excited. She seems as excited about the actual food she’s eating this time as the spoon that’s it’s on. And she eats a good portion of the minuscule serving. AND most of it seems to land squarely in her mouth, and stay there.

As with everything else, Phil and I are having a blast with this new stage in her life, and can’t see what the future has to hold now that the options for feeding Maddy have infinitely expanded.