Sunday, May 20, 2012


A few days after Piper's official half-birthday, we embarked on a major milestone event: eating solid food!

For the last six months Piper has had nothing but plain old milk, so we were excited to see how she would take to real live food. And that weekend happened to be Cinco de Mayo, so we thought what better way to celebrate than by letting baby girl try an avocado?! There are about a million different ways to introduce solids, so I won't get into all that crazy decision making here...but we are tentatively giving Baby Led Weaning a shot, which basically means instead of mashing up food and feeding it via a spoon, we are letting Piper take the lead, and try whole foods at her own speed.

So we stripped her down (she does still have a diaper on, despite appearing deliciously naked in photos), plopped her outside in the Bumbo, and busted out the cameras to record the first food magic. Warning: Prepare yourself for unreasonable cuteness.

At first she wasn't sure what to expect:

We put a big old slice on her tray, and encouraged her to try it. I figured she'd be a natural, as pretty much anything that gets within a foot of her ends up in her mouth, but she was a little slow to embrace this new slimey treat. She cautiously and thoroughly inspected it:  

Then when she was brave enough to actually pick it up, she took to banging it around, and offering it up to me instead:

She experimented with mashing it, and dropping it....

...But utterly refused to put it anywhere near her mouth. She was having a ball playing around and rubbing green goodness all over her body, but her hands never even accidentally approached her face. We were totally shocked, as lately her hands have been in her mouth almost constantly. But we resisted the urge to take charge, and let her continue to play and explore.

And eventually....she finally got it in her mouth: 

As you can see- she didn't exactly love it. 

Her faces were classic. She kept looking at us like we had all made some terrible mistake. Surely this wasn't for eating, and could we please help her get this horrible stuff off of her tongue?! But the horror was brief, and after ridding her mouth of the offending fruit (yep- it's a fruit) she went back to happily smearing her treat on anything she could reach (except her mouth. lesson apparently learned.)

So the amount of food actually consumed may have been negligible, but it was a fun first foray into the world of food. She enjoyed the experience, even if she doesn't onehundred percent grasp the "eating" part.


Something tells me she'll be eating us out of house and home before we know it.


  1. That is hilarious! I laughed out loud. I feel similarly about plain avocados. They must be mixed up in something for me to like them.

  2. I suggest throwing in some pico de gallo, cilantro, and lime next time. She'll be all over it. ;)

    She does look ridiculously cute playing around in it, though!