Other than sleepless nights, there’s nothing I don’t love about being a mom. I’ll take the poopy diapers and fussy dinner time hours, or quitting a job I love…because it means more time with my little one. But lately, I most look forward to her dinner time.
We were given the green light at Shea’s 4 months check-up to start cereal around 5 months. So, we did. The first time or two, there was most definitely more food coming back out than there was staying in and by the third attempt, I was pretty sure she wasn’t enjoying the taste and/or texture of the oat cereal. Right, wrong, or indifferent, we graduated her to vegetables.
Shea’s first vegetable (fruit?) was avocado. I wanted to incorporate avocado because it is a fairly neutral taste, smooth texture, and packed with all those good-for-you mono and polyunsaturated fats that are so good for baby’s brain. Breast milk is high in fat, so it makes sense to incorporate fat into her first foods.
But, we didn’t stop there. I quickly graduated her to a combination medley of oat cereal (1 tablespoon dry), breast milk (or formula – 1.25 ounces), avocado (1 tablespoon, mashed), and a veggie (1 tablespoon, pureed) – peas or carrots seem to be preferred. I mix that all together and serve at about room temperature. She…loves it. We’re about a week in to our first foods adventure and the bountiful stained clothing more than makes up for the sheer JOY I get out of feeding Shea dinner. Coupled with that the fact that she’s been sleeping 10 hour stretches again at night and…ahhhh. This phase is fun and can last forever as far as I’m concerned 😉
So fun 🙂
Weekly Menu: March 15th – 19th
- Sunday: Salmon Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw
- Monday: Italian Chopped Salad with Marinated Chickpeas
- Tuesday: leftovers
- Wednesday: Linguine with Meyer Lemon Cream and Chives
- Thursday: Sausage Potato Pie