Photo by starburst1680Meet first-time mom starburst1680. She's sharing the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all the emotion and exhaustion -- right up until Kathryn Grace's first birthday.
For the past two weeks or so, I've been offering Kathryn some puffs (cereal-like snacks that melt in your mouth) just to see how she would do with them. The first week I gave her maybe a dozen pieces total. The first few pieces I put in her mouth for her and she made a funny face at them. I guess she wasn't used to having something solid yet edible in her mouth. A few days later, once I knew she would chew them up a bit and could swallow them without choking, I decided to let her try picking them up and feeding herself.
She could pretty much either pick them up or put them in her mouth if I put them in her hand, in the right spot, for her. If she would pick it up, it would be in the middle of her palm and she can't get it into her mouth by holding it that way. There have been a few times though where she got it right all by herself! I got so excited every time she picked it up and put it in her mouth without any help from me. Now she has still only done it a handful of times but she is getting better. I'm not depending on the puffs for any nutritional value; they're just for practice right now, so I don't offer them every day.
Kathryn is getting pretty good at handling her sippy cup, too. We started offering that a few weeks ago, just once a day two to three times a week, so she could get used to it. The first brand we tried was frustrating for her, so we switched brands and now she does really well. I mix about half water and half juice and fill it up. I think they hold maybe 10 ounces and Kathryn will drink half of the cup. The kind we use now has two handles, but eventually we'll probably switch to something without handles so that they'll fit in cup holders.
This week Kathryn has figured out how to make a clicking noise with her tongue and the roof of her mouth. It is a noise we will make sometimes when we want to get her attention, and she has been trying for a few weeks to figure out how to do it. First she was just opening and closing her mouth. Then she figured out that she had to do something with her tongue at the same time but only made a very quiet ‘tick' sound. Just this week she finally figured out how to make the clicking noise we make. She is so proud of herself that she figured it out that she keeps doing it over and over. It's pretty cute.
I also think we have found a new favorite food. One even better than bananas! I didn't think it was possible, but Kathryn ate a whole second foods container of Pear, Strawberry, Granola in record time. It smelled pretty good to me, too. And, yes, we got the okay from the pediatrician before offering her strawberries.
Has your baby started solids yet? What foods are her favorite?
(We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself!)