Wow! I'm so thankful for all of your helpful comments about baby food. It is so helpful to hear other's experiences, perspectives, etc...plus, who doesn't love getting comments! Affirmation that someone actually reads my ramblings.
We made it through the trial of rice cereal and she had no reactions as far as I could tell. She wasn't totally convinced it was great, but she tolerated it. For the second food, we tried avocado. Major FAIL. She basically acted like it was the most disgusting food she had ever tried and spit it out almost every time. We were really sad about this because we are both major avocado lovers. Don't worry. I'm not giving up on avocado yet and I plan to go back to it soon. I tried mixing it with water and breast milk, didn't seem to make a difference.
Random side note. I mixed it yesterday with some breast milk I had in the fridge, and decided to taste it before I gave her a bite. It was DISGUSTING...almost made me gag. I tried a bite of the avocado and it tasted okay, then I smelled the milk and it just smelled bad. What the heck? It had only been in the fridge for about 5 days and I thought it would stay good for 8. Needless to say, I disposed of the milk and remade it with water. Anybody else had any experience with milk going bad quickly? All I can say is I'm glad I tried it before I gave it to her!
I'm still up in the air on what to give her next. I made some butternut squash last weekend so I'm contemplating giving her that. It was SO easy to make and it was delicious even without seasoning!! I thought, even if she doesn't like this, we can eat it!! Yummy! I also made apple sauce and I have organic pears that I was letting soften a little longer that I plan on making tomorrow. So much fun!
The squash was a beautiful orange color and super smooth. This picture doesn't do it justice.
The finished product after being frozen in ice cube trays.
Kev also got a chance to feed her over the weekend. He did an awesome job. You can see the ever present Truman in the background...always hoping he might get a bite.
"What the heck are you guys feeding me?"
I read somewhere that you don't want to push the baby into eating too much because it can override their satiety signals (that's why you're supposed to wait to start foods until they can show you that they don't want anymore). Sometimes this is hard to tell because she doesn't really act like she loves eating anything, so how can I tell if she's full or just hasn't tried it enough? Basically we've been getting maybe 2 or 3 bites in where she'll open her mouth then we're done. Any thoughts on this?
She also has been really loving grabbing our cups lately so I'll usually drink all the water and then let her "drink" a little drop. She seems to like this but we haven't started on her sippy cup yet. Any thoughts on the normal sippy cup vs the one with the straw? So many silly questions circulate my mind CONSTANTLY! It's amazing the things that now are so consuming. And you don't have to tell me...I know I majorly over-think things! Guess that's just me.