This post is really just a message of encouragement to anyone who’s starting out on BLW and happens to be reading this blog (so probably only a handful of people, but anyway…!)
We’re about three months in now and in the past few weeks Jon and I have been seeing real developments in the way Daniel manages his food. The skills must have been coming on gradually, but suddenly we’re noticing that he can pick up things like pasta spirals and blueberries and pop them into his mouth with so much more accuracy and a much higher success rate! I was amazed at how unfazed he was by spaghetti too – fistfuls into the mouth without hesitation 🙂
He also seems to be developing a more effective chewing mechanism, and bits of meat, harder fruits, eggs and toast are all disappearing in greater quantities than before. A few more teeth would be useful though, to really get him going! So far, he’s still only got the two that came through eight weeks ago…
I may be reading too much into some random arm gestures, but it also seems that he may be starting to hand his spoon back for ‘more’ when I’m loading up yoghurt. The spoons do seem to be spending a bit less time on the floor these days.
There are still occasional mealtimes when he doesn’t seem interested in what’s on offer. Interestingly, this seems to most often be breakfast time at the moment, when I would have expected him to be hungry. On the other hand, we’ve been surprised at how often we presume he’s going to be too tired to manage much tea, but he gets a second wind when he sits up in the highchair and has a real good go at his evening meal.
So I just wanted to say to anyone who’s feeling a bit disheartened or that they’re wasting their time (and their food!) to stick with it because the learning will come all in good time and all of a sudden you’ll see your little one demonstrate a new skill they’ve been working towards and it’s really exciting!