Well, after a positive first taste of solid food, so far, weaning Isla hasn’t been the straightforward process it was with her sister.
She certainly has a healthy appetitie, just like Lilly did, she is on (maximum) three hourly milk feeds and has been since not long after she was born. I assumed that when we introduced solids she would be very enthuiastic!
But after a few days of eating a few spoonfulls of banana, carrot, parsnip or baby porridge once a day, there were a few setbacks. First of all, we all had a gastroentiritis type bug, which passed from Lilly to Isla to Me to Tony. But Isla had it twice – just less than a week apart. And, somewhat understandably, that seemed to really knock her enthusiasm for solid food, even once she was better. We got disgusted faces pulled at carrot, which she previously had eaten and tolerated. And the other thing was the loud gagging… I had made pureed parsnip, which was as smooth as I could humanly make it, although there was the occasional teeny tiny ‘lump’, not really lumps at all as they were so soft, but when faced with one, Isla would go totally red and make awful, loud retching noises that frightened the life out of me. It became that every puree I tried would either result in the horrible scary gagging, or just a look of disgust at the taste! Porridge was the only thing she would eat and seem to almost (but not quite) enjoy.
So, Tony and I were starting to think that weaning Isla might not be as straightforward as our previous experience. My twitter friends were helpful, and some suggested going straight to finger foods. I was / am a little bit nervous about this, because of the gagging we were already getting from purees – I couldn’t imagine what would happen if I handed her something semi solid to chew on?!? In the end, we didn’t offer her any solids for a couple of days and then reintroduced porridge.
Absence seems to have made the heart grow fonder and since then she has been a little bit more adventurous. I made her some sweet potato mash a couple of days ago and that got a pretty good reception. But she does like to do things herself – she grabs the spoon off me and wants to put in in her mouth herself – which I let her do (under close supervision). I’ve also been brave and given her a few finger food type items – some broccoli, a rusk (just made her frustrated and then she dropped it on the floor!), some toast to suck on, and some Organix carrot stick crisps, which went down an absolute storm!
And, we were reminded of the early days of weaning with Lilly when Isla was frustrated and crying between spoonfulls of porridge the other day – something Lilly used to do all the time as she loved eating so much she just couldn’t cope with the interuption to the supply created by us having to reload the spoon each time!
Bolstered by the successes of recent days I have now officially opened Mummy’s Baby Food Factory and my food processor knows there are some busy months ahead. We have our Annabel Karmel food cubes in the freezer as we speak, with more ideas buzzing round my head for purees for the coming weeks.
Hopefully the concept of food has finally made sense to Isla, and our weaning adventures will be a little bit more fun from now on…