And we’re back on month 5 of our Baby solid food adventures, and we’ve really gone crazy. Tiny A is now 10 1/2 months and has been trying all different types of textures, flavors and cuisines. It is becoming more difficult to actually record everything he’s been eating, as he has expanded considerably his menu. Last week he finally sprouted his first two teeth in tandem, so he’s been giving them a try by biting down and gnawing on things (unfortunately, that includes my nipple too… ouch!).
Of the new things we introduced this month, the most important to me was fish — as I was not quite sure how he was going to do with that. When he was a newborn it seemed that he was reacting to whenever I ate fish, so I waited until he was 10 months to try it. He had pasta with tuna, and he did incredibly well. He loved it and ate it all! And no crazy aftermaths. He’s also had spinach, both on its own and also cooked Indian style in Saag paneer (with Indian cheese). He tried two different types of pozole (red and green) and loved them both. He’s also had different types of meat, pork and lamb. So far it seems that he likes it all, and he’s not had a bad reaction to anything. I’m still waiting 3 days every time I introduce something new, just to make sure — specially with things such as proteins. He tried pasta with meatballs, chicken tikka, chicken paprikash, Hungarian noodles, Brazilian style grilled tri tip, Spanish tortilla (egg and potatoes), Korean marinated ribs, sweet potato glass noodles, sweet potato fries (which he loves). He also tried apricots and peaches, which are in season now, and which he loves. As well as strawberries and lemon. He’s starting to eat really large portions, and sometimes he ends up eating more than Little Miss I! However, I suspect he has his daddy’s metabolism, as he still breastfeeds 6-7 times daily, one of those waking up in the middle of the night (and yes, I’m severely sleep deprived… still).
What I do when it is time to eat is I always sit down with him to eat together. I serve him his own plate with all the food cut up very small, in pea-sized pieces. I don’t fill his plate up, so he can pace himself… and also because he has a very annoying trait of starting to send his food flying when he’s decided he’s done! So little by little I give him more as he finishes what he has on his plate, then look for the cues of when he’s had enough to take his plate away.
I’m very glad he seems to have a wonderful attitude and curiosity for food, which I intend to keep nurturing in him. We will be going to Mexico soon and I want to make sure he grows up loving my traditional cuisine too. I’m afraid I’ll have to wait out giving him mole for a few more months because of the nuts and the chocolate, but we’ll definitely try tamales, rajas and chilaquiles! Next month’s update shall be fun!