A few new food adventures over the past couple of days.
Avocado for tea last night: M.E.S.S.Y. But fun! The ‘loaded spoons’ approach resulted in mashed avocado in the hair and all over the face, and very little in the mouth since it had all fallen off the spoon en route. Wedges with the peel on was a bit more effective in terms of getting it to the mouth, but I was worried when a bit of peel disappeared – it’s very tough and I was worried it was going to get stuck in his throat, or scratch on the way down. We never found it, but Daniel seemed okay. I also spread some mashed avocado onto a halved ricecake and D seemed to quite enjoy that. It’s difficult to see how much ricecake gets eaten though, due to the way they disintegrate.
Breakfast today was melon slices (under-ripe, very little headway made), peach wedges (good to hold with the skin on, nice and soft, but quite a severe gagging incident when he half-swallowed the strip of skin that he’d sucked the flesh off) and a couple of fingers of my toast (seriously gummed, not sure much was swallowed).
Tonight was sticks of roasted carrot and parsnip. The carrot didn’t actually get very soft, even with over an hour in the oven, so it was pretty challenging for Daniel to make any inroads into it. However, the parsnip was just perfect – the roasted outside meant it kept its shape, but it was just right for biting and sucking the inside out of. Daniel went at it with gusto.
Jon and I were having hummus with our meal and I dipped a couple of D’s veg sticks into the hummus for him to taste, but he picked up the veg by the hummus-dipped end both times and it smeared all over his hands rather than going into his mouth, so if he did get any of it, it was literally just a taste.
Continuing in the theme of my inability to rein myself in, we also offered Daniel some yoghurt for pudding. Well, had he been born on his due date, he would have been six months today! We used the loaded spoons method again. The first couple of attempts weren’t very accurate, with most of the yoghurt falling off his spoons before reaching his mouth. However, he soon got the hang of it and by the end of the meal he really was eating spoonfuls of yoghurt and was even (and I confess to a little bit of maternal pride here) ‘swapping’ his empty spoon for the freshly loaded one when I held it out to him.
I had minor and short-lived reservations about offering Daniel hummus and yoghurt on the same day, as they both contain things that could be potential intolerances (sesame in the former, dairy the latter). But we decided to go ahead anyway. We did play it slightly safe by going for rhubarb rather than strawberry yoghurt, since I’ve heard strawberries can cause reactions too. The yoghurt was the most sugary thing he’s had so far too – first taste of ‘refined sugar’. But of the two options we had in the fridge, we decided the all-natural Longley Farm was probably better than the Muller Light full of weird low-fat, low-sugar substitutes.
Messy results again, as you can see. But we are all having great fun.
It’s brilliant seeing Daniel enjoying himself exploring new textures and tastes. He does make a rather strange humming/grumbling noise while he eats, but I’m assuming it’s a noise of appreciation or curiosity, not distaste!