Contrary to what these photos might imply, we haven’t started solids with David yet.
Instead, we’ve just been putting him in his high chair while WE eat solids. He likes it so far; being on the same level with us is his version of a Caribbean cruise.
When we went to Franklin County for my mom’s birthday, we decided to give David a taste of mashed potatoes.
Before we started, Abby looked David in the eyes and said, “I just want you to know, if you try these mashed potatoes you will forever be ruined for any other mashed potatoes, because these are the best mashed potatoes in the world.”
Even with that disclaimer David wasn’t interested at first.
When he finally got a mouthful, I think he mostly just enjoyed chewing on my finger.
Not to mention all the attention on him. An ENTIRE TABLE of people were watching his every move and a CAMERA was there to document it all. This photo is when David stopped what he was doing to thank the Academy.
I’ve heard that when you introduce solids babies sleep better. That didn’t happen, but I did enjoy this little side benefit…extra tastes of mashed potatoes for mommy.
When we went to the doctor for David’s 4-month check-up, I didn’t feel ready to start solids at all. I know some people start rice cereal at four months or even before, but that little “start feeding your baby food” alarm hadn’t gone off for me yet. The doctor supported my feelings and sent me on my way. I happened to forget that I wouldn’t see him again for two months, so I didn’t ask any follow-up questions.
Little did I know, I have SO MANY follow-up questions!
Solids seem foreign for some reason. Everything else (besides sleep) has been relatively straight-forward. Feeding, diapering, and keeping him away from open flames has sort of come naturally.
But SOLIDS!? There are so many theories out there and I have so many questions. What should I give him? And how much? And when? And how will this change breastfeeding? And using different sleep philosophies seems like no big deal compared to my kid’s NUTRITION. If only I put this much thought into what I eat every day…
I’ve asked lots of moms what they do, and I could probably call the doctor before our 6-month check-up, but to be honest, I still don’t feel a strong urge to get started. It’s more like I feel like I SHOULD feel an urge to start.
I’m probably making too big of a deal about it, but I’m a first-time mom. It’s what we do.
When David was only a few weeks old I frantically e-mailed my sister-in-law with some questions about sleep. She must have sensed my desperation, because she wrote back a great, informational e-mail full of helpful advice. She was very clear about one thing, she said she wished she hadn’t wasted so much time comparing herself to others or second-guessing herself.
I’ve tried to remember that advice as I make decisions for my son. I haven’t been at this very long, but I can already tell that this parenting thing is a series of making decisions as best you can, hoping for the best and trusting God with the results.
Solids are just the beginning. Later we’ll deal with bigger decisions, like when to potty train, what he’s allowed to watch on TV, or when to tell him the truth: daddy once considered going to UVa.