Monday, January 26, 2009

Good Eats: Veggies and Fruits, Oh My!

BG is 6 months, 2 weeks and 5 days old.
BG has enjoyed eating solids for the most part. She has had avocado and sweet potato. A little word on sweet potato, it passes right through my daughter. It has caused DH to exclaim, “Maybe she should continue breastfeeding until she’s 7.”
She still loves breastfeeding. In fact, I think she drinks more nowadays. Just today, when I came home, I hugged her and held her in my arms. She smiled and then placed her mouth on my bare shoulder and tried to nurse. After a few sucks, she pulled away, looked at my shoulder, touched it and made a frustrated exclamation. I chuckled and freed my left breast for her but before I could reposition her, she curled in began drinking sitting up on my arms.
This whole eating thing is still a big challenge for me, psychologically but we are moving along and for the most part I believe our approach is best for both of us.
Every evening, BG sits with us at the table, whether she eats or not. DH and I eat our meal while DH periodically feeds her. Essentially, I’m trying to instill in her the importance of eating as a family and sitting at our family table, even if she’s not eating. I think this helps her with increasing her desire to eat. She’s emulating us and hold her spoon often. She likes to hold her cup and put her hand in her bowl. DH and I keep her food outside of the bowl for now as she pries it off of the suctions and throws it here and there.
We’re also giving her sips of breastmilk from her cup (a non-sippy cup) with our help. She seems to be learning how to drink.
Next on our list to try are apples, string beans, pears and bananas.
I’m actually having fun and enjoying making BG’s food. Being able to make my child’s food not only eases my mind but also makes the whole meal that much more special to me. I make the meal, DH feeds her the meal and as a family we enjoy the meal.