Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Love at First Bite

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!

11 comments:

Mel said...

So cute! Gosh, I love food so much, I can only imagine how amazing real stuff can be for the first time. Babies have all the fun. ;)

Jen said...

He looks like he is enjoying it!

Laura said...

He is just so freakin' cute!

Adriane said...

Hi Katie - I am so behind on checking on my blogger friends. Your Will is just gorgeous. Those cheeks!! Is he still having night waking issues? One of my girls is doing the EXACT same thing and has been for weeks. It's frustrating and I hope it will be over soon. :-) Maybe I'll try the 2-3-4 thing...Hope you are well!

Amy said...

Katie,

He is such the little man!!!! Adorable. It is so hard to believe that they grow so fast. He is truly a reflection of the love his mom and dad have for him.

Amy M.

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

What a cutie! And he's eating food already, huh? Lemy is a bit more stubborn when it comes to solids, but I'm hoping one day she will eat them. :)

Fertilized said...

Good Lord is he cuteness! Go WIll.. Super eater

Joy said...

Gosh he's so cute!

I loved your last line... about having more laundry! Ha ha! Ain't it the truth?!

Geohde said...

One of my twins is developmentally ready for food, and tucks in with gusto. The other is CONVINCED it's a nasty trick :)

J

Tracy said...

Adorable!!! We've had our twosome in highchairs for a couple weeks, too. I'm looking forward to starting solid foods in the next week or so, so was glad to hear how it's going for you and Will.

~Hollie said...

I don't think there is a cuter picture in the world!!