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Food is for fun

My baby girl will be six months old next week. I look at her and find it hard to believe that she’s the same little baby I brought home from hospital weighing under 7lbs. A couple of weeks ago, I had to box up all her 3-6 month clothes and put her in the 6-9 month clothes instead. She is thriving, as they say, and I’m so happy to have gotten this far exclusively breastfeeding. I wasn’t sure if it would be possible in those early weeks. But now those difficulties seem a million years ago and all I really remember about our breastfeeding journey is how easy it has been, the time it has saved me, and the freedom it has given us. I wish it was like this for everyone. In fact, I wish it had been like this for me last time.

But why am I waxing lyrical like this? Well it’s because it’s become quite obvious that this baby girl is hungry for something with a bit more bite! Remembering that it took a week or two before her big brother learned to get food to his mouth, chew and swallow it, Charlie and I thought we might as well let her start playing with food because she’ll be six months next week. So last night she mushed up a couple of carrots in her hands and threw them on the floor. To my surprise she didn’t make any attempt to put them in her mouth (weird because normally she shoves everything in her mouth).

She was far more interested in her sippy cup. I had expressed about an ounce and a half into it, and she happily drank some. Fantastic! She may not drink from a bottle for us but apparently she’s a big fan of the cup.

Today I gave her a few baby rice cakes and another cup of milk. She demolished the rice cakes – literally! There were pieces everywhere and one or two even made it to her mouth. She looked delighted with herself.

Looks like we’re going to be doing quite a bit of baby-led weaning this time around as well.

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6 Responses to “Food is for fun”

  1. office mum says:

    Awww always so cute to see them eating food for the first time.
    I definitely found it a lot more fun with BLW than spoonfeeding – we only discovered BLW on baby number 3 but wish I’d known sooner.
    Enjoy this lovely time and good luck with the mess ;)
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  2. Emily says:

    Omg, that picture is beyond cute!!!!! This is such a funny time: funny ha ha, and funny: oh nooooo, not the mess kind of funny. Retrieving bits of carrot from up a nose or finding it in their bellybutton is always amusing :-) gorgeous baby x
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  3. Julie says:

    That is such a beautiful picture :) Yay, food time so exciting, if she’s anything like her cousin the mess just seems to get bigger by the day ;)

  4. Joanna says:

    6 months! That photo is fab, she is a poster child for BLW.

  5. Jeff says:

    She looks really cute and calm and quite smart too. I really love the attitude. Thanks for sharing such a sweet photo and the story, God bless her.
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