Sunday, April 15, 2012

Baby's First Solids

Yesterday Harry had his first taste of real food! Traditionally babies have eaten cereal as their first food, but those foods don't offer much nutrition and are basically empty calories. Also, Ant's family has a history of Celiac's Disease and from what I've read, introducing wheat (gluten) too early can increase a baby's chance of developing an allergy.

Per the recommendation at Wholesome Baby Food we chose avocados as Harry's first food. The fruit is considered one of nature's "super foods" and has so many of the vitamins and good fats that baby's need in their diets.

Avocados are one of the easiest foods to prepare for baby, there's no need to cook it, just mash it up! I cut the fruit up in slices and put them in the freezer. As I need them I'll defrost and prepare them for Harry.

Appetizing, no? We ended up having to mash the avocado up a bit more after I snapped the above photo. Harry ate avocado twice yesterday, but I'd be surprised if more than a dime-sized portion actually made it in to his tummy.

I honestly don't know what he thought about the whole experience. He definitely didn't love it, but tolerated it for about 15 minutes each time. At one point during the second feeding he started fussing when some avocado got caught in between his gums and cheek, as soon as I removed it for him he was fine again.

One thing he didn't do was push the avocado out with his tongue, which is a reflux babies have and an indicator they're not quite ready for solids yet. So, that's promising! We'll be doing one or two "meals" a day from now on I think, but if we skip a day here or there it's no big deal. As they say, food under one is just for fun!

Everything I've read says to wait at least four days between introducing new foods to easily pinpoint any food allergies baby might have. Our next new food will be on Tuesday, when I'm going to whip up some sweet potatoes. After that, I'm not sure what we'll try. Green beans, maybe? I was originally going to make applesauce his first food, but after researching I found that babies that are given fruit as one of their first foods can be more resistant to vegetables because they're not as sweet (yes, his first food was a fruit, but not one that's overtly sweet). So we'll be holding off on the ay-ples and ba-nay-nays for at least a few weeks, if not longer.

Girl Night In
Last night Ant had a night out with a bunch of his buddies. He hadn't done something like that for a long time, so he deserved it. With his crazy schedule I do spend a lot of time alone, but it was odd being home with just Harry on a Saturday night. Fortunately I managed to get him to bed around 9 o'clock without much incident.

After he was asleep I had a nice lazy evening watching TV. I also did not feel like cooking dinner for one, so I ordered some Jet's Pizza.

I love Jet's! I got the 8 corner pizza with extra mushrooms and garlic crust. Yummy yummy yummy!

We don't have any real plans for today, just they typical Sunday cleaning and getting ready for the week ahead.

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