A couple of weeks ago we started to notice Alexandria watching us eat. At the time she was 6 months and exclusively breast fed so I thought it was nothing more than curiosity. But then one day when I was wearing her in the Bjorn, she grabbed my toast, gnawed off a piece and swallowed it whole. I started to give her teething biscuits but still didn't think of starting solids since Max was 8 months before he had any interest, and 12 months before he was really eating them. During the same week I noticed she was clawing at my breast during feedings and her pedi visit later that week confirmed what I'd started to suspect: my baby is starving! Her height is off the charts (98th percentile) but only 20th percentile for weight. Let me just go on record now as saying I feel like an idiot.
Ironically I didn't have to do any shopping. I had all of the ingredients for perfect first solids sitting at home: oats, quinoa, apples, strawberries, blueberries, butternut squash, black strap molasses, lentils, and Happy Bellies infant grain cereals. It was all waiting at home begging to be fed to baby.
No sooner than we'd arrived at home, I had a spoon in her mouth and discovered that unlike Max at that age she loves to eat. It makes her smile rather than frown. And she can finish a whole bowl or two before she starts blowing raspberries, a baby's polite way of saying "nuff's nuff mama". She even likes to grab the spoon and feed herself (for that I love these because they are gentle on the gums and plastic-free). Now when we are eating she actually gets mad if we don't offer her something to eat too.
Now, I usually don't talk about poop on this here blog, even though as a mom it's a huge part of my life, but I must break from that rule for a moment. The day A had her first solids, I realized that the day before I'd unknowingly said goodbye to her last breast milk poop ever and I actually cried. My babies are growing up so fast! I will not get to change another yogurt-scented mustard yellow diaper again until I have grandbabies in, like, 2042!
So here is a baby food recipe I made up that she is currently enjoying. Chop & bake one apple or pear, 3 strawberries, 3/4 cup of cooked quinoa with a quarter cup of water and a dash of cinimmon. Bake until soft, then puree, adding more water to get the consistency your baby likes. A liquidy texture is best for new eaters. For all of our favorite bibs and feeding accessories have a look at the feeding section in my shop.
For storage I use Weck jars. Totally portable, made form glass and rubber. They can also double as toddler cups.
So for now I'm watching to see how she gains, making sure to nurse frequently since a drop in supply would defeat the purpose! I'm beginning to research ways to get my supply up even more without depleating my own calcium stores, as I did with Max. Hopefully we are on our way back to fat baby zone, or at least the 50th percentile!
P.S. I was adding agave to her foods until reading this. Ack! Another processed "health food" bites the dust. For now I'm using black strap molasses which is rich in iron, calcium, and potassium. Edit: Please read this too before eliminating Agave. Sayward passed this along pointing out that Weston-Price is not the most reliable source on such matters...