People food, not possum food

Evelyn is now four months old, and wanting to explore the world with all her senses. That includes, apparently, chewing (or rather, gumming) on my hand and arm. Oh my god, so much drool.

Anyway, we’ve also started her on solid foods. At this stage, solids are really just learning and experimenting, finding out about new tastes and textures. So far she’s tried rice cereal, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, pear, apple, and mango. They all seem reasonably tolerable to her, except carrot! I may not have mashed it up enough. However, for now, all her nutritional needs are still being met by milk. As time goes by, the amount of solid food will gradually increase.

I want to put something on record here, and I want any/all of my readers to slap my wrist firmly should I ever go against this:

I am going to prepare as much as possible of Evelyn’s food myself. Obviously there may be times, such as during extended travel, when a store-bought jar will be much more convenient, and then I may┬ábreak my rule. But for the most part, I want Evelyn to have the tastes and textures that I make for her myself.

One of my big regrets now, looking back on how I raised Elspeth, was that I fed her primarily jars of baby/toddler food. This severely limited the variety of foods she was exposed to, and accustomed her to certain textures that I couldn’t replicate at home. Even now, at two and a half, she’s a fussy eater and a pain to feed. I blame myself. I won’t do the same to Evelyn.

To be fair to myself, I did have a reason to do what I did. At the time, I really had no idea what to feed a baby. Which foods, prepared how? I was clueless. So I took the easy way out. But not this time! This time I am Super-Mum. Or something.

And so it is with some slight trepidation that I embark upon the adventure that is solid foods – for the second time!

Where they’re at

Being the beginning of a new year, I thought it appropriate to do a post about my children and their current states of development. This is something I hope they will look back on in years to come!

Elspeth, two and a half years old

  • Loves to wear purple dresses
  • Still obsessed with Winnie the Pooh
  • Cheeky and playful, tries to play tricks on people
  • Very good vocabulary and sentence structure
  • Starting to make up words for fun
  • Recognises a few written words like ‘Ellie’ and ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’
  • Loves books and stories
  • Excellent imagination, which comes through in her games
  • Going through a bit of a boundary-testing, tantrum-throwing stage
  • Fussy with food, won’t eat a lot of things
  • Favourite food is vegemite sandwiches
  • Still not potty trained
  • Runs around singing songs, including making up songs; some tunes are recognisable even when she uses different words
  • In the new year (very soon) I want to get Elspeth toilet trained, eating real foods, and sleeping without a dummy

Evelyn, three months old

  • Capable of rolling over (but forgets how sometimes)
  • Lots of smiles and laughs, especially first thing in the morning
  • Sleeps well, but not all night yet
  • Babbles, very chatty
  • Can’t quite sit up, but is making the effort
  • When she wants something, her shriek is ear-piercing
  • In the new year (very soon) I’d like Evelyn to be rolling over regularly and beginning to eat some solids