Friday, November 14, 2008

Jacob's 1st "Solid" Meal

Today was a big day! Jacob had his first "solid" food - rice cereal flakes mixed with expressed milk. I keep putting "solid" in quotes because it's such a misnomer. Baby's first table food is runny and dribbly. You don't call the ocean "solid" because there's a little sand mixed in.

I digress.

Here is a video of the little man in action:

He didn't seem too into it. Poor little guy gagged a lot, didn't really realize he should be opening his mouth, had a strong extrusion reflex - a lot of the food got automatically pushed right back out by his tongue - and he didn't even seem all that comfortable sitting upright in the chair. He will be doing great with a little practice in no time, and I'm looking forward to watching his mad skilz develop.

It's funny how different his experience was from our other little person's first meal at the same age:

Lily was SO ready for solids. But then again, she was also SO wanting to be done with breastfeeding.

Jacob? He could go on and on and on and on. And on. I bet he would nurse all day if I let him...content just to lay there in his Mama's arms, smiling up at me every chance he got.

It's so awesome how God gives us what we need when we need it and we don't even realize it until we're looking back. As a first-time-mom, I loved Lily's Independence. I had no desire to hold a baby all day. But the 2nd time around, I know all too well how quickly babies grow up; how quickly they want to go off exploring the world instead of relaxing contentedly on Mama's lap (did Lily EVER relax in a lap?). This time, God gave me my cuddly little buddy because He knew that was just what I needed. And if it takes him a little longer to have an interest in solid foods because he'd rather take an interest in me? That's just fine in my book.

For anyone out there about to start solids with babies nearing or at six months of age, get thee to to order Ruth Yaron's "Super Baby Food" book! It is indispensable when it comes to baby's first (and second and third) food, making your own baby food, knowing how to feed baby, knowing WHEN to feed baby what (great chart in the back), and everything in between. I just broke out my well-worn copy to refresh my brain as I re-enter this exciting baby phase.

And lest you leave thinking little Dee-dob's first foray into the world of solids lacked excitement, just look how excited our little rocker was after he got all cleaned up:


Anonymous said...

I just love these videos!! I'm smiling from ear to ear. Love you all, Aunt Ilse

*carrie* said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. Yes, I cut slits into each of the clothes closet dividers. So much cheaper to make those things yourself, and they are nice for keeping things separate.

I really liked that baby food book, too!

Amanda said...

I want to pinch those cheeks. So cool to see that video of Lily too, and how much she has grown up since then!