First time Feeding

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another bittersweet milestone reached today...Miss Priss had her first non-breastfeeding meal! It was my goal to breastfeed exclusively for six months before introducing anything else into Caroline's diet and today was her six month birthday! I wanted to put a candle in her oatmeal, but Juston thought it was overkill. 

Juston was video taping with one hand and snapping pictures on his phone with the other while I fed her and took breaks to snap some photo ops with our good camera. I'm sure Caroline thought we were nuts. I decided to go with Gerber brand single grain oatmeal mixed with breastmilk as the first thing to introduce. I did about a tablespoon of oatmeal and probably 2-3 tablespoons of milk mixed in. Maybe 1/4 of that actually stayed in her mouth.

It was pretty comical to watch this process unfold. At first, she really didn't know what to do and just chewed on the spoon. Then she decided it would be fun to blow as soon as the spoon was in her mouth and finally, she'd take the oatmeal from the spoon, but then open her mouth and let it all run out onto her bib. And as you can see, our dog Dixie is extremely excited for Caroline to be starting foods that could potentially find their way onto the floor.

I'm just starting with about that tablespoon of oatmeal for about a week for her nighttime feeding, and then plan to introduce avocados next. Momtastic is a great website for some general guidelines and suggestions on what to feed your baby and when. 

This high chair was mine when I was a little babe :) I do love my family heirlooms!

This next phase of baby is bound to be a fun one...just this week, she's starting reaching (for my dad first and now me!!), we're starting new foods (though I do still plan to breastfeed for a few more months) and I'm thinking teeth and talking will be happening before we know it. 
I hemmed and hawed around debating over what to feed her first and ultimately, I went with the oatmeal because the rice just doesn't offer much nutritionally. The oatmeal seemed to me the best option as far as something that would be easily digestible, not a choking hazard and easily diluted at first. I didn't even try doing it out of the bottle because I have a hard enough time getting her to take bottles when I leave her with other people so I just spoon-fed her. I don't really have any clue what I'm doing, but we'll figure it out as we go. I am excited to see how she'll react to trying fruits and veggies since they'll be so drastically different for her. 

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