|The Paleo Baby is digging her lunch!|
This weekend, she'll be eating a genuine sweet potato. Along with carrots and beef.
I'm having a ball introducing her to solid food. It is so messy, yet so entertaining. As soon as I set her in her high chair she squeals with delight, and when she sees the spoon she sticks out her tongue and starts craning her neck. Adorable.
I was somewhat nervous about the whole food introduction thing, mainly because breastfeeding is so convenient! I wondered how I was going to find time to make baby food when I can't even seem to find time to make decent meals for Carl and myself these days. But, in my very limited experience, I am finding that the food-making process is enjoyable. When I am chopping and blending, I feel very much at peace. Something about the act of preparing food for my baby and providing her with nourishment in this way feels very satisfying and, in a strange way, similar to the the warm feeling that comes with breastfeeding.
I'm not following a specific method of food introduction. I have books that provide sample menus and feeding plans, but they don't really appeal to me. I feed on demand and that works well for our family and right now I see no reason to start giving her breakfast, lunch and dinner on a schedule (with that said, she does seem to get hungry within fairly consistent time frames). I'm just winging it, and as long as she is content and thriving I'll continue to do so. My feeling is that feeding a baby doesn't need to be complex or rigid, and for the sake of my own sanity I'm going to keep it casual.