Will has been joining us at the table for meals by sitting in his high chair for over a month. He has been watching the food go from plate to mouth with great interest that entire time. Also, I was having trouble moving him to eating every four hours, and of course, he was having trouble getting through the night without a couple of feeds.
He is able to sit (supported with a receiving blanket), keep his head up on his own, and has breastfeeding down pat. We also don't have a history of family food allergies, so after talking it over with our pediatrician, we got the green light to start him on solids at 20 weeks.
The first time was pretty priceless, as the initial bites were met with a squirmy face. But once he realized that it was food we were putting in his mouth. . . well, he was good to go! We are getting to the stage where more food ends up in the belly than on the bib. After using rice cereal mixed with breast milk alone for two weeks, I am now mixing in peas at lunch and dinner, which he LOVES. I have found that he is most interested in eating at lunch time, and that it works best to try the feed about an hour after he has been breastfed. I am not counting these as meals yet and so the breast feeding is still every four hours.
All in all, I'd say that Will is enjoying the food. . . and I am enjoying more laundry!