I couldn’t wait for our pediatrician to give us the green light to feed Sammy “real” food! I was so disappointed at his 4-month appointment when the Doc said “well, there’s really no need for it at this point”. I held on to my excitement, knowing that time passes so quickly and the 6-month appointment would be here before we knew it! And it was…a couple of weeks ago…he gave us the GO sign and I went for it! I propped the little dude up in his newly-put-together high chair and spooned a wee bit of rice cereal into his open little bird mouth. He took it!!! He took it!!! And he even seemed to dig it a little bit. Wow!!! Let the games begin!!!
I whipped out the “Beaba” steamer/blender/heater/thingy and stared at it, wondering what food to start with. I had big dreams and intentions of feeding him nothing but farm-fresh veggies and homemade things that were nothing but superman-level healthy. I’ll admit, I haven’t gotten everything at the farmer’s market, but it’s all been organic and it’s all been fresh (except frozen peas). A trip to the FM (farmer’s market) this week will add to the bounty of goodness that Sammy gets to grub on.
So, we started with peas…yes, frozen peas, steamed then pureed and shuffled into ice cube trays for freezing and storing. We loaded him up in the high chair, bibbed him and went for it! He LOVED the peas!!! Couldn’t get enough of them! We fed, watched, laughed and enjoyed every minute of seeing our little dude take in some green goodness!
I can’t tell you the sense of satisfaction that I get from giving him real food. It makes me feel so empowered and genuinely joyful to feed him a little bowl full of something like peas and know that his little body is taking in all those nutrients and processing them! I’m helping his cells and brain and muscles and bones grow by feeding him things that are really healthy for him. Forget the processed, chemically treated crap! I’m all about the REAL food!!!
So, in the 2 weeks since his 6-month appointment, he’s had peas, green beans (didn’t like those so much on the first try, but now they’re all good), avocado, butternut squash and next on the list is carrots! He’s done really well and taken to this whole spoon-fed thing like a pro! He has; however, taken to spitting the food all over the place once he gets in his mouth…it’s more of an excited thing than a rude thing, but it makes for a challenging wardrobe protection issue for whoever is feeding him….little flying chunks of peas are cute, until you find them 2 hours later in the hip crease of your pants or your hair. Yeah, cute! But way better than finding spit-up in your hair 2 hours later (this actually happened…).
Any suggestions of what else to put into Sammy’s repertoire of deliciousness?