The time has finally come to start feeding Garrett solid foods. I’ve been excited to start because it’s a fun new experience for him and for us, but I’ve been hesitant about starting for a number of reasons.
First of all, there’s the obvious reason to delay starting solids. Because you’re supposed to. (The AAP recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months.) I’ve been shocked how many people were confused as to why my less than six month old child was not yet eating solid food. Even my OBGYN at my yearly exam earlier this month mentioned how much fun I must be having feeding him baby food, and acted rather oddly when I said no, we were waiting. She laughed and tried to cover herself saying everyone does it their own way and it’d only be weird if he was like, 5 years old and hadn’t eaten food yet. Nice try, doctor lady, I know you think I’m a weirdo. It’s fine. I’m okay with it.
Honestly though, I don’t know any mamas (in real life) that waited until 6 months to feed their babies. Everyone buys into that “feed them rice cereal, it’ll make them sleep” myth. Have fun with that. Solids has made my son sleep WORSE. But we’ll get into why in a bit. To be fair though, I don’t know very many mamas in real life who have nursed their babies as long as I have either. (Come on friends, nurse your babies! It’s the thing to do!! )
Then, there’s the crazy pants mama reason. I’m having trouble letting go. For my son’s ENTIRE life, I have been his sole source of sustenance and if you haven’t figure it out yet, I’m really proud of that. Honestly, aside from conceiving, carrying, and giving birth to my son, it’s one of my greatest accomplishments. So giving a little bit of that up to a jar of strained peas is a little hard for me. I know it’s insanely silly. He’s a person and people eat food. It’s what we DO. It’s just been one of the harder parts of him growing up and getting older for me. Everyone has their things that they get sentimental about, right? For me, it’s not the outgrown baby clothes being packed away. It’s the eating. (You probably all think I’m the craziest of the crazy now, don’t you?)
Anyways, we started feeding solids about two weeks ago. (Garrett turned 6 months old this past Saturday. Yay, half birthday!) We only started solids a bit early because he started refusing bottles at school and like the craziest of the crazy mamas that I am, I was worried he would starve or something. He started having a bit of rice cereal or oatmeal, and I’ve slowly but steadily introduced some fruits and vegetables to him. So far he has tried sweet potatoes, green beans, applesauce, bananas, and prunes.
Yes, I said prunes. They have been necessary. Since starting foods, Garrett has stopped pooping. Last week, he went 6 days without a bowel movement, and when he finally went…. he went. Luckily (for me and Daddy, anyways) it happened at school so they were able to tag team it, give him a bath, and immediately wash his clothes for me. Then, he didn’t poop again until today. Both times, I busted out the prunes at Day 5. They were sure effective today. He ate right before my lunch break at work, and by the time I came back from pumping, they’d done their job. I went to pick him up from where he was playing in his crib, and the smell hit me. I guess I have been spoiled with sweet, mild smelling breastfed baby food, because this was heinous. It smelled like rotten death. Thank the good sweet lord that I had both of his teachers to help me clean up that mess, because I have never seen anything like it in my entire life. I’m ready to go back to just nursing him!!
I mentioned that he doesn’t sleep well since starting solids. I believe that is thanks to him not pooping. He wakes up squirming and uncomfortable every so often, mostly right after he’s gone to sleep. Poor bud.
Watching him experience foods has been fun though. He LOVES bananas. Especially real, fresh bananas, which he will literally steal out of my hands when I eat them around him. He HATES green beans. A lot. He’s eating such a small amount at a time right now though, and I don’t want to waste a jar that doesn’t get finished, so I’ve already started sneaky mama tricks. He gobbled them right up when I mixed them with sweet potatoes! I’m eager to start making some of my own baby foods as well, so he can taste a bigger variety of foods. I’m thinking of doing avocado this weekend. If anyone has any suggestions for great baby foods, I’m definitely open to any and all ideas.
What was your baby’s favorite food? Let me know in the comments or on our facebook page.