Saturday, July 10, 2010

First food

People have been asking me for a month or so whether I’ve started Lyra on solid foods. I’ve told them I was waiting until six months, as I thought pretty much everyone waited that long. I did discover at a moms group that several of the women were trying their babies--who are slightly younger than Lyra--on some foods, but I decided that was because they were first-time moms and it was a novelty for them. I, on the other hand, learned the last time around that feeding babies is messy and you have to think about what to give them and if they like it you have to keep doing it and if they don’t like it (which was the issue with Adriana) then you have to keep wondering what you should try and when, and . . . no. No, thank you. I am very open about being a slacker, and exclusively breastfeeding fits quite well with my slackerness: I keep the baby with me, and when she gets hungry I feed her, and I don’t have to think about it.

And then Lyra turned six months old, and Brian started asking about it. So I bought a box of rice cereal this week and we tried it out on her this evening.

It seems funny to me to call this “solid” food. A little bit of brown rice ground into powder and mixed with breastmilk? That's solid? That’s food? Seriously?

But she seemed to like it.


Christina said...

I feel you! I just missed the baby food stage with E and with M I was excited to get started and then spent a lot of money for a long time on gerber products. With V, I think I skipped baby food, opting instead to feed her what everyone else was eating and that was definitely past 6 months old. They grow up so fast anyway with each next step being HARDER than the last. Why rush?

Elizabeth said...

Yeah, with Adriana I was so excited to make my own baby food (why yes, I am a big dork--how could you tell?), and she wouldn't have anything to do with it. She finally started eating when I let her feed herself finger food and what we were eating, but even still, she just wasn't truly interested in food for a long time.

Jewel Hyland said...

Awwwww, what a little cutie! Lyra looks like she'll be good at letting you know whatever kind of food she wants.You go, little girl. And hello, Adriana, big sister helper.