As planned, we introduced Austin to solid foods. Was it a success? Is it a complete and utter mess after he’s done eating? Is he upset when it’s gone?
The answer to all of those questions is a resounding YES!
We’ve introduced his taste buds to a number of pureed and/or mashed meals. Pumpkin. Sweet potato. Pears. Peas and spinach. Apple, pumpkin and granola. Blueberry and purple carrot teething biscuits. Prunes (he’s only pooping once every 7-10 days, though they’re not working as anticipated—just a lot of farting).
Initially we tried feeing him at the table, but he just went reaching for our dinners. So we’ve since moved him to a standalone highchair. He goes in for a spoonful of food with reckless abandon. He cries when it’s all gone even though he knows he’ll get the boob in just under an hour. But he’s getting it. Giving him a smaller spoonful reduces some of the mess, until you go to give him the next one and half leaks out of his mouth. He’s very impatient when it comes to eating. He wants it all … NOW!
He’s still getting five boob milk feedings a day in addition to his introduction to regular food–something Graham can sometimes use some help with. I’ve never seen a kid make more of a mess with a dry bowl of Cheerios as he shoves handfuls in his mouth like someone else might eat them. (It’s only him, me, the dog and Austin.)
Besides the new foods and tastes that Austin has been super-eager to try, he seems to be close to crawling. He’ll get up and rock back and forth on all fours, reverse crawls (pushes himself backwards), and spins around until he reaches his destination. Almost time to replace the baby gates. Once he’s completely mobile, that’s when the real fun starts. And by fun I mean insanity. No longer will I be able to put him in the middle of the living room and walk away knowing he won’t move outside of a 5-foot radius. Once they start crawling, you find them under the couch or next to you in the kitchen. If you need to do something like shower, the ExerSaucer must be used.
His culinary palate will continue to expand, messes will always be made, and I’ll continue to step on toys, but that’s everyday life with three boys. And it’s awesome.