Category Archives: Baby Lead Weaning

Tomato Revelation (Day 21)

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We just cut it into thin mini-strips. It’s very manageable.

Today we had more steak with avocado and tomato. Our tomato supply is out of control right now. We keep getting Sungolds, regulars, and golden cherry tomatoes from our CSA. It’s all organic, local, and delicious. Sugarpie agrees.

Georgia played with the steak a little bit and threw the avocado overboard, but she was really digging the tomato. She had a hard time with the skin making it stick to the roof of her mouth (it’s kind of a common problem with her), but she kept going back.

You say tomato…

Before long, Sugarpie was doing the I’m-going-to-try-to-straighten-out-my-body-in-protest-to-staying-in-this-highchair-one-more-minute thing, so I took her out and cleaned her up. We sat down at the table and the plate that I was feeding her from was right in front of her. I offered her a small piece of steak with my fingers and she happily munched away at it. All went down, even though it was about 2 sq cm worth.

She grabbed for the tomato so I helped her with that. She ate it out of my hands with gusto. She scraped the pulpy bits off with her tiny bottom teeth eagerly. Who knew?! She loved it.

A girl’s gotta have options.

Sugarpie will try EVERYTHING that we put in front of her. It’s is probably pretty normal at this age, but I’m glad we can exploit her adventurous side. Her rejections come in the form of things she used to love (mango, for example). She’ll just scrinch up her little nose and turn her face. She loved it once, though. We’ll come back to it!

Eat Your Broccoli? No Problem (Days 19 and 20)

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This has been, by far, her favorite vegetable. Go figure!

Day 19

If yesterday was the day of refusal, rejection, and baby-led flotsam/jetsam, today was the day of I LOVE ME SOME BROCCOLI.

We had A/C inspectors in the house today during her mid-morning meal time, so we skipped. I steamed some broccoli and roasted some. I love roasted broccoli (not a fan of really anything steamed), it has so much more flavor. But the steamed, in the end, had a more consistent texture. I grated the tiniest bit of Parmigiano Reggiano for a little seasoning. That’s how we eat it, she bes’ get used to it. I just wanted to be mindful of salt so I used it judiciously.

I also gave her a strip of Colby Jack cheese. She was into it too, but I tasted it and took it away because it was too salty. After shopping around, I’ve learned that Swiss cheese has a fraction of the sodium of almost every other kind. It contains about 40 mg/oz whereas most other common types have 160-180mg.

She is really enjoying that cheese.

She relished every fuzzy bit of broccoli floret — picked it clean and it looked like a tree without its branches. Then she tried to put the whole trunk in her mouth, but realized her mistake and spit it out. She really chewed and swallowed every bit that went into her mouth.

She didn’t stop here. That stump went down the hatch too.

I can tell that she’s chewing and swallowing more competently after 19 days. Makes Mommy feel better! It’s also nice to know that even if she had a day of refusal, she’ll come back when she’s ready. Learning to trust is her is the hardest lesson in this whole thing, but it’s becoming more clear every day that she knows best

Day 20

Just to make sure that it wasn’t a fluke, Sugarpie got broccoli leftovers today. She ate almost a whole one and played with the other. I’ll take it.

I Guess She’s a Meat-Eater (Days 17 and 18)

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She would definitely bite your hand off if you tried to take that slice of steak away from her. That’s her don’t-mess-with-me face.

Day 17

We kinda skipped over a day or two because Sugarpie’s tummy wasn’t great. I think it’s because she’s teething. She sure had been bitin’ the boob that feeds her…ouch.

But we’re back and we decided that it was time for her to have steak! The doctor wants me to get some meat into her for iron since I’m not wanting to supplement. She’s not anemic or anything, Dr just says that babies this age need it from their diet since the placental stores are used up. I really don’t want to supplement her, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.

We already know that this baby loves chicken, now she is a confirmed carnivore. We gave the steak to her with a side of roasted sweet potatoes. She gnawed and sucked on the little slice and generally had a lot of fun with it.

She bit off a piece, but worked it up from the back of her mouth with her usual heart-attack-inducing gag routine. It wasn’t bad though! We just cut thin slices that she could pick up with enough sticking out of her tiny fist to chew.

She either loved her dinner or she’s auditioning to conduct the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. We will be happy with either.

Hubs was thrilled, he loves steak and can’t wait until she’s big enough to ask for his famous steak and baked potato.

Day 18

No interest in food today, whatsoever. I tried to feed her yogurt — she winced and just for good measure, added a complete body shake of disgust. For dinner I thought we would revert to the trusty ol’ avocado slice, but she couldn’t have cared less.

I can almost hear her inner 13 year-old rolling her eyes and sighing.

I then pulled out all of the stops — the mango slice. *Crickets.* When I tried to put it toward her mouth she just turned her head!

I can take a hint.

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Days 15 and 16

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She makes that look every time she tries something new. Despite that look, she loved the beef patty.

Day 15

Sugarpie is having some intestinal difficulty so we’ve been going light on the solids the last few days. She’s doing better now and I couldn’t resist giving her delicious morsels of the wagyu beef patty in my slider at Vino Vino. She was ALL about it. She didn’t spit out one piece!

BLW doesn’t promote mommy-feeding, but this was the only way to get it to her mouth since I wasn’t willing to give up my whole slider, only to watch it longingly as it sailed to the floor.

Day 16

Well doesn’t she look like the cat who ate the canary.

I gave her sweet potatoes, they all went to the ground. Then I tore off a piece of thigh from Lucy’s Fried Chicken. (I went for a piece from the inside, away from the fried crusty goodness.) She chewed at that for a while, then got pretty excited. That whet her appetite and she went back for more sweet potato, but only briefly before banishing it again from her highchair kingdom.

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 14

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That little bite of Pure Luck goat cheese was pure torture, apparently. Oh well, more for me.

Mid-morning, I gave her a banana and a tiny bite of goat cheese, which she did NOT appreciate. She wasn’t very interested in the banana either, so I gave her some big shreds of Monterey Jack Cheese.

Now that’s a cheesy grin.

This was a winner. She couldn’t pick up the shreds without breaking them since her pincer grip hasn’t developed, so I gave her the pieces and she munched away at them.

She still wasn’t so interested in eating, but I read that this can happen for a few days alternating with times of enthusiastic gorging.

Bring it on!

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 13

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Mmm. She has a death grip on that slice of melon.

For lunch we had a beautiful melon and roasted Lebanese Squash from our Tecolote Farm CSA basket.

Roasted Lebanese squash

There was the ever-present avocado and I even pulled a mango stick out of the freezer. Guess what she ate most of…? That’s right, the catnip of babies, the mango.

Grrrr. Grrr. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

She ate a little, and soon she started fussing. Pretty sure it’s because she was hungry…I cleaned her up and gave her a milk feeding.

We ventured out into the infernal heat in the late-afternoon. I know, VERY stupid. Sugarpie got a little hot so we came home, bathed her, and skipped a solids feeding for a liquid one.

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 12

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Most of that there slice went right down the hatch. She was into it.

We had some cheese, avocado slice, and blueberries for mid-morning meal. She ate half of the avocado slice. I cut the blueberries in half and kind of squeezed out the insides into her mouth. I wasn’t sure how she would do with the peel, so I wanted to be on the safe side. She winced a little at the blueberry, but she definitely wanted more. I confirmed 2 days later that she swallowed them, I’ll spare you the details.

Her pincer grip isn’t quite developed yet, so these shreds are far from ideal.

The cheese, again, went mostly ignored. She’ll be able to pick it up before long, she’s showing signs of “the pince.” Such concentration showing in that furrowed brow!

I was eating an apple and I let her suck on my piece–she got pretty excited! Maybe there will be a soft pear in her near future.

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 11

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Day 11

That’s Sugarpie and her Pawpaw.

Went out to lunch with Mom and Dad (my Mom and Dad). Sugarpie had her first green bean (not too excited, but she ate it all), first mac and cheese (loved it, of course) and her first bite of mashed potatoes.

She’s already working on her food comedy routine…mashed potato beaver teeth!

Since I’m too inexperienced at this to remember to bring a bib, I just gave her tiny bites, though she took the green bean in hand and ate most of it. I also didn’t want to give her a full feeding because I imagine the salt content is on the high side. At this point, I was more concerned with making her feel included!

For dinner, I put a banana half, an avocado, and some peach slices on her tray. She was a happy girl! LOVED the peach. I let it ripen a few days on the counter so it was nice and mushy, She ate the pulp right off of the skin.

Yum. Those two tiny teeth are working their magic.

I can tell that her skills are improving. She’s learning how to move the food around so that she doesn’t gag on it and she’s getting more down!

It was a day of firsts!

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 10

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Day 10

This was shot with my BlackBerry, hubs has the good camera. You might think she didn’t like them judging by the spit-out clump in front of her, but she had fun.

 

Mid morning meal: roasted sweet potatoes, carrots (new food), strings of Monterey Jack cheese, and avocado. Didn’t I already tell you that she loves sweet potatoes? I bought the other organic kind which was some type of Japanese sweet potato and it was white-fleshed too. It was also a little gummier, probably not best for baby. I kept sticking to the roof of her mouth. We had a scary gagging moment, but she was breathing and making noise so I knew she was ok.

We got home too late to give her dinner (well, she had a milk dinner!). She was sleepy and fussy. I’m sure she would’ve tucked into a slice of mango, but I don’t want her to expect sweet all of the time.

The best news is that I have confirmed through evidence witnessed in one very smelly diaper that she is indeed swallowing something!

What a poo-roud Mommy moment 🙂

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 9

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Day 9

Mango, meet your maker.

My mom and dad are visiting and she is SO stoked about that. (So am I.) Mom came in at 7:30 this morning and swept her away so I could go back to sleep. Thanks mom!!

Mid-morning, we all sat down to eat. I put her in her high chair and I cut a banana for her–didn’t want her to feel left out. She knew what to do! It’s so hard to be hands-off with her. I worry that she’ll bite too big a piece in her excitement. She did, but she spit it right out. Gil Rapley, can you hear me? 🙂

Early evening, I cut a piece of mango for her. I kept the skin on because I’ve found that it makes it easier for her to pick things up. It is pure torture for this child when she really wants something and it keeps sliding out of her little hands!

And the mango. Oh the mango. Mango heaven. She has never been so thrilled before. She was very focused on biting/chewing/sucking every last bit of paradise out of that slice. She gagged when she ambitiously tried to get the whole piece in, but she figured it out. That’s what BLW is about, I think.

There was a piece of chicken on her tray too. She was unphased.

The mango was so sweet, I hope it was ok for Sugarpie! If you disagree, don’t let her hear you say it. She might slap you upside the head with a sticky hand.