"We need to get some rice cereal," I mentioned, which is a far better first food. Not that I'm opposed to giving my child food straight from the table. I'm not. But...our dinner on Wednesday (the 6th) wasn't very baby friendly. Miriam had made bowtie pasta with tomatoes, and mozzarella all tossed in pesto, which seemed far too flabourful and acidic of an inauguration meal for a baby. So, Cheerios it was, followed up with a request for rice cereal, so we can do things a little more slowly and blandly.
Alexander has been trying to give Phoebe food ever since.
On Thursday morning he asked me if he could give her some Rice Krispies for breakfast.
"Oh, she's still happy having just milk in the mornings," I told him.
"But, Mom. Rice Krispies," he insisted.
"Yeah, no thanks, buddy. She's happy with milk."
"But you said we need to get the baby Rice Krispies."
"I said we need to get the baby some rice cereal," I said.
On that note, Alexander swept his hand toward the boxes of cereal that were out for breakfast to indicate quod erat demonstrandum.
On Friday he wanted to give her a pretzel, but I told him that since she had no teeth, pretzels would be difficult for her. Plus she wasn't too great at swallowing yet. We needed to train her how to swallow better before we could just hand her foods to chomp on (solid vegetables like celery aside since all she can do is suck on those things).
"But Mom, we threw out that training little toilet, so training her is going to be hard!"
"You're right," I said. "I guess we'll just have to cross that bridge when we get there."
"What bridge?!" he wanted to know.
Why bring up potty training? I wanted to know (it was because I said "train," I know, but still...swallowing and pottying are two very different ends of the eating spectrum).
During dinner on Friday, Phoebe got her first spoonful of our newly procured rice cereal. She was not disappointed.
I can't believe she feels ready for this! I had no intention of feeding her solids until around 6 months, but she had other ideas and here we are giving her food before she's even reached 5 months (though it feels disingenuous to say 4 months since she's only days away from 5 months).