Tags: food, weaning.
Georgie turned 6 months on the 1st of November, and so we started weaning her towards the end of October. Food is a BIG hit! She seems to view mealtimes as a new type of playtime that happens to involve food, which is adorable.
At the moment we are trying to give her two or three meals a day depending on her mood and the day’s schedule – either breakfast or lunch and then a small portion of whatever we eat in the evening for dinner, up to table in her highchair while we eat. James is having fun helping her eat her dinner – now he knows what it’s like to eat your own dinner one handedly whilst feeding the baby – the story of my life for the last 6 months!
So far her evening meals have ranged from finger foods like sticks of carrot, boiled egg, or the chip she stole off my plate, to mashed up potato, chunks of meatball, and some spiral pasta which she managed to unspiral in her mouth and spit out in strips – she is having a lovely varied diet! Happily, she hasn’t really refused anything and is even showing a bit of favouritism – mushrooms are a big hit… now that’s a child with good taste!
Of course, most of the food goes down her front, on her head, on us, or on the floor where a couple of grateful Norwich Terriers (we have Homily’s niece Blossom staying with us for a few weeks) circle like sharks around the highchair. In the space of three weeks, Homily has gone from mostly ignoring the baby’s presence in the household to bestowing her with loving looks and hopeful stares as she waves a handful of toast in the air at breakfast time.
I must say, having a dog who will eat almost everything is helpful with the clean up! No drop cloth required in this house… although if Georgie drops her food there are no second chances; once it’s dropped it’s gone!
It’s lovely to see her so enthusiastic about food – I get the highchair out and strap her in, and immediately an impatient expression appears on her face as she awaits the offerings we present to her that day. She is determined to feed herself – the spoon gets pulled from our hands if we try to spoon feed her (although the food doesn’t always manage to stay on the food during the journey into her mouth!), and she has mastered drinking her water from her sippy cup in just a few weeks.
So far, I’d say weaning is a success… although I’m not quite so pleased with the resulting nappies!