November 03, 2011

Squish

That's what Owen did when he tried his first food on Monday. 
He squished it. 
And smeared it.
And put a tiny bit in his mouth.
And then spit it out and continued the squishing.
   
He was not a fan. 

I'll be making Owen's baby food and we're excited that he's ready to start solids in fall with so many good foods in season.  For his first try we started with acorn squash.
 
We chopped it in 1/2, threw it on the stone with some water in the pan and baked it for about 45 minutes.  Then it scooped out and we mashed it up a little bit for him.  Viola!  Our pediatrician recommended something called Baby Led Weaning (I don't know why they call it that, they should call it baby led feeding).  So I looked it up and I really like the concept.  (You can read about it here) Basically the baby starts off by feeding himself - rather than using a spoon.  That way the baby eats it if he likes it/wants it and stops if he doesn't want any more.  We will probably not use this exclusively but we are definitely starting with it.  The ped. said that all the babies she knows that have done this method are really good eaters, and tend to be less picky.  We'll see how it goes :)  He really dislikes the acorn squash.  He didn't fuss too much on Monday, but on Tuesday when we tried round two he was not havin' it.  He cried and did his mad face at me.  I giggled a little (hey, it was cute) and then gave him some of his bottle and he was a happy camper.  I think I'm going to try butternut squash next and see how that goes.  In the meantime I'm still nursing him (and plan to for quite some time) so he's getting all the nutrients he needs.  
His stats for his 6 month check-up: 18lbs 8oz, 28" long. (That puts him in the 75% for weight and the 97% for length!)  That explains why he has to wear 9-12 month clothes these days!  Any smaller size pants look like capri's on him and smaller shirts look like 3/4 sleeves instead of long sleeves. He'll be a big hockey player some day! :)