So, Little Man is eating solids. And he has definite preferences, but, like mother, like son, he's also somewhat of a pig about it.
The intro into solids proves what a lax mommy I am. We started with rice cereal, mostly as formula thickener in the bottle. Later, I read that one should NEVER give cereal in a bottle. Apparently it should always be done by spoon, even if the ratio of cereal to formula is 1:5. Why, though? Never found an explanation for that.
Then I was a careless mommy because I fed him more than one type of a food every day. Meaning I didn't wait for the allergy period to pass and I introduced more than one food per week. COME ON. Baby does not thrive by rice cereal (known as glop) alone.
Then I was bad mommy because I fed him mashed up food that was prepared for adults. Mashed potatoes? A problem because, GASP!, they had milk and butter. Dude, Little Man is on formula. Made from cow's milk already. And it has fat in it, just like butter.
And what made me stupid mommy is that I started with fruits and not vegetables. My day care provider, who I otherwise love, told me if I did that he will only want sweet and he will hate vegetables. Frankly, though, who wouldn't rather have apples than peas?
Even though I broke all of these rules, Little Man is thriving and eating the solids like a champ. Sure, we started early if you look at adjusted age (4 months) or late if you look at chronological age (7 months). I'm thinking it was just right because he has been having food in his gut since about a week after birth. And he seemed pretty into watching us to figure out how WE eat.
So, what have learned that he likes? He's a fan of sweet potatoes of all kinds. He's down with squash. Apples are good. Prunes (given to him by the day care provider, because honestly, I launder his diapers at home and I don't want to deal with that mess if I can avoid it) are fine. Bananas are yummy, but they aren't sweet potatoes. He'll take peas, though they aren't his favorite at all.
In terms of cereal, he thinks barley rocks (as does his Bad Mommy... my dinner last night was a bowl of barley cereal with warm apples... again, like baby like mommy). Rice cereal is meh. And Oatmeal? Untrustworthy.
To assauge my Bad Mommy guilt, I have been getting him the expensive, small batch made Homemade Baby Food from the refrigerated section at Whole Foods. It's like the baby food version of a microbrew. It also makes me feel less guilty for not being there all day, like if I give him the best, most organic food available he'll grow up healthy and hearty and fulfill his baby genius potential, in spite of being in day care 5 days a week and getting formula instead of breast milk. It's dumb, I know.
But it does make me feel better to give him food that is younger than he, that is more freshly made. Even though sometimes I throw it in the freezer myself. If I were a better mom, I'd be making it myself. But this is good enough.
And, frankly, I like the way the Homemade Baby Apples taste. One day, I'll have to take Little Man to the Baby Food Tasting Room.