This past Saturday, I gave Solomon his first bite of solid food. He had soft boiled egg yolk with a tiny bit of Himalayan salt on it. He gobbled it down. Actually it felt like he was attacking me and the spoon! I've never had a child react that way so it rather threw me off.
He also learned to drink from a special water bottle that I had gotten Lilly. I don't think he cared it was pink!
With Tabby I followed much of the book Super Baby Food and had great results. I tried it with Hunter it did not go so well with him. He remains a picky eater with some food textural issues. Then with Lilly and her special needs everything regarding feeding a baby changed. So much of her life was about giving her things to boost her immunity. Once she got her g-tube, and I began her blenderized diet of real food, I used tSuper Baby Food for some for it's guidelines of what foods to introduce first. But by then I had been reading books like Nourishing Traditions and starting to make more "real foods" for us. So Lilly got things like homemade chicken broth, made from organic chicken bones and feet. (To see what all she was eating, via g-tube, click here.) I've continued to learn more and implement better/healthier food changes for us since Lilly passed away.
So for Solomon, things are different from the beginning. Last week I gave him a taste of cod liver oil. Unlike the rest of us, he hardly flinched! (We take fermented cod liver oil by Green Pastures. I like the peppermint flavor the best - that way we don't taste fish oil all day.)
Next Solomon will try chicken broth. Then - and I can't believe this - grated raw liver. (YUCK!!!!) I'll add 1/2 teaspoon to his egg yolk. Then we'll move to more normal things like avocado and banana.
So where am I getting these weird ideas? A book called Super Nutrition for Babies by Katherine Erlich, M.D. and Kelly Genzlinger, CNC, CMTA. I've read most of the book and it is excellent. And really inline with the way I think about food these days. (Weston Price anyone?) So I'm going to follow the book with Solomon pretty closely and see how it goes. (Even though I despise things like liver and sauerkraut ...)
I've given Solomon the egg several day in a row now. I think he and I have worked out his aggressive eating style. First - he has to have a bib on completely unlike the other kids:
Then I get two spoons. I put egg on one, and he helps me put it in his mouth. Then he continues to hold that one while I take the other spoon and scoop egg on it and hold it up. He puts down the spoon that was in his mouth and helps me guide in the new spoonfull. I pick up the spoon on the tray and start all over. I tell you, I just wasn't expecting this. Tabby and Hunter were both such neat eaters and perfectly content for me to spoonfeed them. Solomon gets VERY upset if he doesn't get to help. He is definitely a very unique little boy!