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Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 14


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


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


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


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


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 5


Day 5

WARNING: If you are bothered by fecal matters, shall we say, please skip over today’s post (and stop being such a prude).

I have heard that diaper habits change pretty dramatically once a baby starts solids. So I was worried that Georgia, not being one to soil her tiny hiney daily, might fall prey to further intestinal strike. The doctor said it was nothing to worry about, but the doctor doesn’t breathe the same air as I do.

Sugarpie, despite her delicate girliness and sunshine breath, can torture us for days with nuclear farts if she doesn’t, um, evacuate herself. I shudder to think what might happen to the paint in our house should she extend her intervals.

(She is SO gonna hate me for this. But to live in this household, she’s gotta learn to talk about her poopin.’ It’s kind of a Parzen family favorite topic.)

To get to the point without further a-poo, I fed her prunes. I made home made oatmeal cereal which is by far tastier than the rice cereal. All I did was grind up oats in a coffee grinder and cook them with water for about 10 minutes. I added a little breast milk and stirred in the prunes.

She likes to bite the spoon more than she likes to swallow the food.

True BLW would probably have me letting her chew on a whole prune. That would great, but I’m not sure where to go about finding prunes that are fit for babies. I’ll look into it, unless anyone out there already knows!

I loaded the spoon and she seemed to really enjoy it! When I held the spoon close to her to get her to grab it, she instead opened her mouth and wanted me to put it there. I did a few times, but I encouraged her to do it herself.

Not sure how much was swallowed but time will tell…let’s just hope it’s not too much time.

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 4


Day 4

Sweet potato coated finger is AWESOME.

I had read that the sweet potato sticks would hold together better if they were cold, so I made them last night and kept them in the fridge. For some reason, it wasn’t orange. She didn’t care.

So I gave them to her mid-morning and she LOVED them! It was a sweet potato massacre. She picked up the sticks and ate with confidence. Most of it ended up in the chair and on the floor, but she sure had fun. I guess we’ll see tomorrow how much made it into her belly!

She had her 6 month check-up with accompanying shots, so I decided to forgo solid dinner and stick with the familiar. She has been nursing like a fiend so we must be going through a growth spurt.

Up next–homemade oatmeal cereal with prunes: breakfast for the intestinally challenged.

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 3


Day 3

Again with the mush?

I had loads of rice cereal left over, so I decided to give it to her again with a little avocado and breast milk mid-morning. Man this stuff is messy. Those tiny bits of kernel get EVERYWHERE and they dry like spackal. I decided that it would be easier for me to wash a long sleeve onesie than to wash her arms. I also used an ungodly amount of paper towel. I am not proud.

R.I.P., baby spoon. You were loved. 6/12/12-6/13/12

I did feed her one spoonful, just to see that she got a taste. After that I pre-loaded and let her bang away. She was really into the teething aspect of the spoon, I think the fact that there was food on there was just a side-effect.

Hubs is out-of-town tonight, so I’m not sure if I want to feed her dinner alone. I’d like to give her a sweet potato “fry” for dinner. (We have quotation marks because they are oven-baked.) We’ll see, I just want back-up in case we get another freaky gaggy moment. Someone’s gotta pour the wine!

Didn’t get a pic with the peach, but there’s the tell-tale sheen of peach juice on her happy little face.

*Hours later*…I decided to give her a little bit of peach. It was too slippery for her to pick up, so I held it and she chomped down. She kind of gnawed it and sucked at it. Whenever she got a bit with her tiny teeth, she chewed it and spit it back out, every time. She loved it though! I know that I am not exactly jumping in head first, but I am in. I love the idea behind this method and we’ll do our best.

Anyone else out there doing BLW and have some feedback/advice? I would love to hear it!

I made some sweet potato “fries” for tomorrow (400 degree oven, cut into big sticks, tossed with olive oil, cumin, baked for 15-20 min). Stay tuned!

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 2


Day 2

I can hold it better, Mommy!

For late breakfast I made homemade rice cereal. While it was cooking I gave her a banana half with the skin, and just about an inch exposed for her to chew. I thought this would be easier for her to grip. She loved it and only gagged a little bit. She also sucked on another avocado slice. I have to confess that I did keep her from biting off a chunk of avocado, but I’ll back off in a few days.

When the rice was ready, I mashed up more banana and avocado, mixed it in, and hand-expressed a little breast milk right into the bowl. Sorry for the visual, but I don’t have any milk stored!!

We didn’t have any scary moments, but we decided to just try eating once. The rice mostly landed on the floor and in my hair due to her expected lack of coordination with the spoon, but she’s learning. And so am I.

Adventures in Baby Led Weaning, Day 1


First of all, if you’re not sure what Baby Lead Weaning is, please click here. It’s a great summary of the basics. It’s how I’ve chosen to introduce solids. By waiting until she is 6 months old, she should be ready to skip purees and spoon feeding. Day 1

Nom nom…*gag*

I offered a slice of avocado and a stick of banana. She took the avocado and seemed to enjoy it. Also she grabbed the banana and put it to her mouth and made a yucky face. Major gagging session ensued and scared the crap out of me. Not sure if there was choking too, but it was pretty intense. She looked panicked, and tried to work it out. She gasped in and then spit it up. Whew. My heart was racing.

Oh yeah.

After that, I smooshed up the food and loaded a spoon for her (and poured a small wine glass for me…*trying to calm down*) so she could still feed herself. She got the spoon into her mouth a few times and acted a tiny bit gaggy. Overall, she seemed to have fun. Overall, mommy wants to nurse exclusively forever now. I think I’ll try the loaded spoon a little bit longer until she I feel more confident.