A Week of Weaning – A Spring Bucket List Update

In terms of “real food” I spent the last month or so watching Amy and thinking “She’s just not ready, she’s not showing any of the signs” – she hadn’t been watching us eating, she hadn’t been grabbing for food, she can’t sit up very well in the highchair (though that could well be the fault of her highchair and I need to look at getting something else), her sleeping was no better or worse than it had been, she had been perfectly satisfied by her feeds and not feeding any more than usual (point proven by going all day without anything when I was at Blog On MOSI) . . . so I had been putting it off. Waiting till she reached six months, waiting till she showed me she was ready.
So the day after she turned six months, after much thought and discussion I decided I would just give her a try, give her the chance to taste it, refuse it and then try again a bit later if necessary. I sat down on the Wednesday lunch time with her on my knee full expecting her to refuse the mashed up banana I was offering her.
Weaning - mashed banana
First tastes – mashed banana
She was really unsure at first but soon got into the swing of it and actually ate about a third of a banana in the end! I was really surprised.
The following day I offered her HiPP Peaches & Baby Rice which she ate about half of, finishing most of the rest of the pouch on Friday lunch time.
HiPP Peaces and Baby Rice

On Saturday we decided to try something a bit different and went for a fromage frais – she ate quite a bit and really seemed to enjoy it.  A couple of hours after her lunch though she was really very sick. Not just a bit of baby sick but properly vomiting (much like she had Easter weekend when I’d taken her to hospital).  Her body was clearly trying to get rid of something as she continued to be sick until her poor little tummy was empty.  I am now wondering if she has some sort of problem with dairy as last time she was so sick was after she’d had a few oz of Aptamil.  I am very conscious of making sure that next time I give her fromage frais that its on a day where I know we’re not going anywhere in case it does make her poorly.  It has made me wary of giving her new things and doesn’t feel like it sits very well with the relaxed approach I wrote about for What The Redhead Said.  I am of course hoping that it was just a coincidence and that actually she will be absolutely fine!

Since she was poorly on Saturday she has had HiPP Apples and Baby Rice which lasted two lunch times and then Ella’s Kitchen ‘pears, pears, pears’ which has also lasted two lunches. Ben helped me to feed her on Sunday which was very cute (I did try to take pictures but it was a bit tricky to get them both in the frame while she was sat on my knee!)

Today I’ve bought her some Organix rice cakes to have a chomp on – these were firm favourites with Ben and Chloe so I’m hoping Amy will like them too!

So one week in and we’re on one meal a day which so far has mainly consisted of pre packaged pouches. Not ideal but it’s a start. I’m going to add some sweet potatoes to the shopping list and see what she thinks about warmer foods I think!

PS here’s the updated Spring Bucket List . . .

  1. Take Ben and Chloe to pop their Roller Derby cherry and watch Aunty Custard play her first bout 01.01.14
  2. Launch my fabulous new blog design – totally excited about this! 06.03.14
  3. Get all my hair cut off (this has been a LONG time coming – 2 year or so in fact!) 22.03.14
  4. Celebrate my birthday (another one? Already?) 24.03.14
  5. Celebrate Dave’s birthday too! 17.04.14
  6. The lovely Lyndsey’s Hen Do! 27.03.14 and 28.03.14
  7. Finally meet up with a lovely friend of mine in REAL LIFE!
  8. Celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary – it’s cotton right? Babysitters booked! Whoop 05.04.14
  9. Easter – When you’ve got an Aunty Nic who works in the chocolate business Easter is good! 18.04.14
  10. Mothers’ Day (looks pointedly at Dave) 29.03.14
  11. Make the house A LOT bigger!
  12. Get outside more! This has been a very “inside” Winter!  We’ve made a start but this is season long effort! 
  13. Wean Amy (Do I really have to do this?) 07.05.14
  14. Get some sort of focus on the whole “Wedding Weight” mission!
  15. Go to a farm and see some baby animals 08.04.14
  16. Attend my first blog conference! 04.05.2014
  17. Take a trip to Whitby – time to introduce Daddy to Magpie fish and chips
  18. Make the most of being able to have fresh tulips in the house – Another one that’s been started but will be continued throughout the season!

10 Comments

  1. May 14, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    Awww she so cute! Exploring babies are always a nice read =) #SSAmazingAchievement

  2. May 14, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    She is such a cutie! It looks like she is really starting to enjoy food too. I think pouches are quite handy for this early stage – there's nothing worse than spending ages preparing them something only for them to turn their nose up!

    • May 15, 2014 / 12:47 pm

      It can be so wasteful can't it. I don't want to rely on pouches by any stretch of the imagination but just now it makes life a lot easier!

  3. May 14, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    Aww brings it all back to me when I was weaning my daughter a year ago x

  4. Pam Francis Gregory
    May 14, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    What a beaut! Looks like she's enjoying her food.

  5. May 14, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    Thanks for the link back 🙂 It sounds like she's started off great – definitely a coincidence sicky 🙂 Little Man has just learnt to suck pouches himself rather than me putting them on a spoon and handing them to him – Amazing milestone! Zero mess! x

    • May 15, 2014 / 12:48 pm

      No worries! 🙂 I really, really hope so. I'm planning to try her with yogurt again on Sunday when I know I don't have to go out anywhere!

  6. May 14, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    Hello there, I was really nervous about weaning but it was a bit easier than I thought! Glad to hear it's going well. We found the pouches were really useful, especially when we were out and about. And she is adorable! Looking forward to reading more xxx

  7. Jane Roberts
    May 20, 2014 / 9:04 am

    I hope the weaning is still going well. I followed the Gina Ford plan for the first two months, I needed instructions lol. Your very good to wait until she is showing signs of being ready, I just stated the journey at four months as Ethan needed more than milk in his tummy. Good luck, I think weaning can be quite a stressful process.

    :0)
    x

  8. June 2, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    I love the weaning stage, I'm currently doing it with my 6 month son (3rd child) he's proving a tad more difficult than the other two lol x x

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