Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What we're eating

Just recently, Isla June has started to eat, like really really eat.  We are still practicing Baby- Led Weaning  and it's going great.  According to the book, in the beginning, food and meal times are more for exploration, which is exactly what she was doing.  Now, she would eat a bit of it and always tried everything, but by no means was she eating to fill herself up, which was fine with me and fine with her.  But then, all of a sudden, she started really eating everything we were giving her (just like the book said would happen).  I would look in her lap for food scrapes, and there wouldn't be any.  And she started to yell for more food (humorous for now, but really hoping that she picks up on this sign language to ask for "more").  So, here's a typical day in the life of Isla June at meal times.... 
B/W 5:30am and 6:30am       Nurse
7:00 am    Breakfast   3/4 banana or 1/2 of Pear  1/4-1/2 cup Oatmeal  2-4 oz. BMilk,
9:30 am                       4-6 oz. BMilk
12:30pm   Lunch   1/2 cup Oatmeal and Blueberries mixed with Probiotics and Vitamins
1:00 pm                       4-6 oz. BMilk
3:00 pm    Snack     1/4 cup Hummus and Puffs 2-4 oz. BMilk
5:30 pm    Dinner    1/2 Turkey and Veggie Patty or Chicken 4-8 Greenbeans 2-3 Broccoli, 2-3 spoon-fulls Sweet Potatoes
7:00 pm                        4-6 oz. BMilk

Organic Puffs are given freely throughout the day during play times.  As well, we've started to introduce water at meal times, especially during dinner, which Isla June loves.  She drinks it right out of my cup (maybe we can skip the whole sippy cup thing....).

Organic Oatmeal and Molasses-not a chocolate bar...
All of the spoon-needed items are given by us, not Isla June as she has taken to flinging the spoon around.  She will now let you spoon feed her, as long as she has something in front of her that she can feed herself too.  I have to say that I am so grateful that we found this method of weaning/introducing solids.  It has worked out great.  
For those of you wondering.... no, Isla June has never choked and or needed our interventions.  I see now why the book recommended starting solids at 6 months.  This is the time that children are heavily into the oral-motor stage and everything goes into their mouths.  Developmentally, it makes sense to introduce feeding yourself at this time.   We have loved it and really enjoyed watching her learn and grow.  I'll try to get a video of it.  She's such a big girl!

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