Smoosh is enjoying lunch these days. I think she’s turned a corner and is going through an “eat things and eat them now!” phase.
Yesterday we had rice cakes again. I decided to be a bit more adventurous (as, let’s face it, the things taste like cardboard) and gave the girls this:
Rice cakes with cream cheese, ham, cottage cheese, lemon zest and black pepper
It went down surprisingly well! Amy had a little trouble with the cream cheese as, every time she gripped the rice cake she sloughed off the cheese and was left with a fistful of gunk. It was tasty gunk but not quite what she was aiming for, I think. Her pincer grip is undeveloped as yet but she still managed to get a hold of smallish chunks of rice cake and manoeuvre them up to her mouth without much drama.
No pincer grip yet but she's thinking laterally!
Get it in there, woman!
She also had a good go at the pear, sucking and chewing away on it. It’s quite a hard pear so she managed a decent grip on it. The soft pears, while great fun for lucking and sucking, are just too squishy to eat effectively for a 6 month old…
Today for lunch we had wraps. I am very much a scavenger when it comes to lunch – I’ll have a look in the fridge/cupboard and see what I can make from what we have. Often it’s cheese and ham toasties but today I hit the mother-load and my foraging paid off:
Cream cheese, ham, avocado, cottage cheese, lemon juice and black pepper in a flour tortilla.
I wondered how Amy would cope with a strip of wrap (as I often have trouble eating it without the contents ending up in my lap). At first she ended up with an empty piece of tortilla…
It's a tricky one...
…but she soon discovered that the best method was just to grab great chunks of it and shove it in there! Dignified? No. Effective? Damn skippy!
Cram it all in, girl!
Today was the first time she had avocado and she really enjoyed it! This was quite a firm one as well so easy to get a grip on. She chewed on a big old chunk of it, gagging a little but recovering well. It’s been a while since she last gagged so it caught me off guard but it lasted maybe 5 seconds. It’s always worrying when she does it but I have to remind myself that she’s fine and my jumping in and ‘helping’ will likely annoy or upset her.
Avocados are fascinating creatures...
All in all, lunches have been a huge success. We had roast chicken tonight for dinner and she definitely proved that she has an appetite! She had a piece of chicken, a piece of roast potato and a whole floret of broccoli. She seemed to absolutely love the broccoli and spent a good 5 minutes just sucking on it, much to our amusement.
Appetite is a funny thing. I think I’m a bit of a feeder as I am always tempted to persuade the girls to have ‘just one more bite’ and really have to sit on my hands some nights. Claudia goes through phases of eating next to nothing. In fact I honestly don’t know how she gets by on so little but she does and will always get her appetite back after a week or two so I try not to worry. Amy, while clearly enjoying the weaning process, doesn’t actually need the food yet, nutritionally speaking, as my milk is far richer in nutrients than any solid food I could give her. I have to keep reminding myself that, especially when she doesn’t even touch her food but I suppose babies have moods too. Some nights I’m not all that hungry or don’t feel like eating a certain thing; why should she be any different?
They both seem to be turning out ok…