Over the past 3 months, Jillian has been growing and changing so fast. She has reached some major milestones, and it is exciting to see how quickly she is developing. I have a lot to update, so I’ll add a few separate posts.
First up… Jillian is eating solid foods!!
At our 4 month pediatrician visit in June, Jillian’s doctor said that before her next visit at 6 months, Jillian should start eating cereal and/or pureed food. I was very nervous about it. I mean, Jillian’s only source of nutrition was breastmilk. Now that was all changing, and I’m not so good with change… Thankfully, it was easier than I expected.
We started with cream of wheat (which probably wasn’t the best choice, since wheat is a common allergen), then we switched to iron-fortified rice cereal. Since then, we’ve expanded her menu to include: sweet potato, carrot, acorn squash, banana, avocado, apple, pear, and oatmeal cereal. The great part is seeing how she reacts to new flavors. She frowns at first, trying to figure out what she’s eating. And if we’re successful (and we have been on all the food, except squash), then she will open her mouth wide for more.
The cool thing is that I make ALL of Jillian’s food! My great friends gave me a Beaba Babycook (thanks M, E, and M!!), which makes it super easy to steam and puree food, and I’ve used it to make the different purees. I found a great website that has simple baby food recipes. I spend 1-2 hours on Sunday afternoons making a batch of purees, then, I store them in ice cube trays and freeze them. The ice cube trays make it easy to have a consistent serving size. When I get Jillian ready for daycare each morning, I just pop out 2 cubes of food and send it along with her milk. Easy peasy! I like knowing exactly what’s in her food, and buying fresh fruits and veggies is cheaper than buying canned food. I’ve also added some spice to Jillian’s life… with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla flavor. I’m becoming her very own gourmet food chef!
At the 6 month appointment, the doctor was very pleased with Jillian’s growth. She gave us some new homework: to introduce a sippy cup and offer her water, and add protein to her menu, such as yogurt, cheese, and meats. I’m so excited to see how Jillian likes the new flavors. Hopefully, she’ll be eating turkey on Thanksgiving 🙂
Here’s a peek at the results of my hard work – sweet potato puree.