Rocket is six and a half months old. She watches us eat with great interest. She likes to mimic the chewing motion. In short, I know she’s probably ready for solid foods.
With my first babe I did all homemade baby foods. It just sort of happened. I started by making some sweet potato mash, found out just how easy it was, and just kept going. I always meant to go out and buy some “real” baby food, but never got around to it. That’s me; mothering by procrastination.
So with Rocket, I figure I’ll go the same route. All homemade baby food, but by conscious decision this time.
With Rainbow we didn’t even use a real highchair. I fed her in her Bumbo, or sitting on the wooden floor in the front room. She had this wee chair that could attach to a dining room chair to turn into a highchair, but other then occasionally traveling with us to a restaurant or Bubbi’s house, it didn’t see a lot of use.
My husband and I talked about it and decided we wanted to make everyone eating together at the dining room table a priority, so for baby number two I went out and got a “real” highchair (used off Kijiji).
So here we are, I have a highchair, spoons, bowls, piles of bibs, and a babe that is ready to eat. I even went out and picked up a sweet potato. I just need to pump some milk and steam that sweet potato and we’re good to go… but I’ve been putting it off.
No good reason. No logical, conscious reason. I guess I’m just reluctant to move on to the next stage with her. So I’ve been dragging my heels.
Then in comes the sneaky avocado.
Rainbow and I were prepping avocados to make guacamole and Rocket was sitting in the highchair watching us. My big girl asked if Rocket could have some avocado. My gut reaction was to say, “Absolutely not!” but then I paused for a moment, I could think of no truly good reason not to let her have some… and so… Tiny bits of avocado. Feed by hand. On the spur of the moment. There we are, babe’s first food. No bib, no spoon, no pictures taken. Another milestone quietly sneaks by.
Maybe next week I’ll get around to steaming that sweet potato.