Kaiya's almost at the 6-month mark. For the past few weeks, she has been showing increased interest in the food Jeff and I eat. So we thought it was about time to start her on solids. According the the latest recommendations (which are constantly changing) baby's first "solid" should be rice cereal, served with a spoon in a very runny consistency. At first Kaiya seemed game:
But after one taste, this was the response:
It soon became obvious that Kaiya was NOT interested. Every time the spoon came her way, she turned her head. And when I managed to trick her into opening her mouth, its contents were soon spit right back out. All over me and her.
I called the "Parent Talk Line" today, a free service offered in Niagara. You can call and ask a nurse any question you may have related to parenting. (I can give you the number later, Maria ;) ) When I told the nurse my daughter was rejecting solids, she asked, "Did you try mixing the cereal with breast milk?" (Yes.) "Did you try altering the consistency of the cereal?" (Yes.) She then went on to suggest that we let Kaiya have the spoon and "play" with her food to make the experience enjoyable and get her used to it. Ha. Right.
Unfortunately, we did not take pictures of this event. Because it was quite the event. It's not like babies come equipped with the knowledge of how to hold a spoon. Apart from flinging the cereal into my face or across the room, she alternated dribbling it all over her big Buddha belly and gagging herself on the wrong end of the spoon. Luckily, we had the foresight to strip her down to her diaper first. Did she enjoy it? Yes, she did. She smiled and giggled and talked her way through the whole mess. Did she actually ingest any of the food? Probably not. Did we have to clean the entire area surrounding our sweet child? Absolutely. Ultimately, we enjoyed the experience too. I'm just not sure it's something I'd want to do every day. Unless of course we're going to make a habit of taking our daughter out back and hosing her down after every bit of cereal. At one point she started blowing bubbles with rice cereal in her mouth. Bubble, smile, bubble, smile. Drip. Drip. Drip. Not a pretty picture, sweet delicate flower of mine.
One thing Kaiya really loves is drinking water from a glass. I think it makes her feel like a big girl. Every time she sees us drinking, she stares intently at the glass and starts flapping her arms around like a penguin. So after our severe lack of success with the cereal, I decided to end on a positive note: