Last weekend, LM got baby food for the first time--squash. He didn't really like the oatmeal and we were looking to try and see if some purees would help settle his stomach and keep some of the formula down. He's been eyeing our food at the table for a couple of weeks now.
He has one of those high-chairs that sits on top of a regular chair and reclines/sits up to all sorts of angles so he's been sitting at the table with us at dinner for awhile and he loves being up there. So, last Sunday we decided to give him some. We went with squash because I'd heard that a lot of babies really love it (we also went organic which is another post for another day). And boy did he love it. He cracked himself smushing it around in his mouth. At first he made an awful face, but quickly realized he enjoyed it. He's so darn cute opening his mouth...when he tries to open it wide, he really just lifts his eyebrows up instead! He ate half the little jar in no time.
The plan is to do some puree at dinnertime so now that we're both at work again, we have a little special family time. When timed right, eating it immediately after he had a bottle really helped him not spit up!! Eventually, he can have something at daycare but for now, I'm keeping it as a special thing with us.
So anyway, we were rocking the squash and I was feeling good about it. So, we introduced a fruit. We figured he would love it--being that it was sweet and he had breastmilk for so long. But, LM looked at us like we were giving him something so nasty he couldn't comprehend why we would do such a thing! He warmed to tolerating it eventually---but he does not appear to be a fruit baby! Yet--I plan to try pears as soon as TH stops whining about how he doesn't like pears and no son of his..blah blah blah. Men are silly.
Surprisingly though (and maybe not to you all), the fruit did not help him keep his formula down any better--it just came up thicker and slightly different colored. Drat!
So we're on the baby food train now...I don't think we'll make our own because we're both okay with buying organic while he still is strictly on purees. I'm not 100% into/comfortable with baby-led weaning but I know that we'll probably not stay on purees for a huge stretch of time--especially once he gets teeth--and we'll do some sort of compromise/modified kind of eating. At least that's the plan...if I've learned anything..it's that LM likes to make his own plan!