Our oldest child is now 15. Well, 15 and a half, as she likes to remind us. Old enough for her learner’s permit, as she likes to remind us. Our youngest child is 11 months, and will not be driving anytime soon. Our “middle” child is 13, though I think traditionally the middle child status is not conferred upon him by the birth order book due to the very large gap between #2 and #3.
As you can imagine, we are doing things a little differently with our little surprise. We had started on the path to primal living when I found out I was pregnant, and spent some time looking for people who were raising their kids on something other than Gerber. I fed the eldest Gerber baby food for the first 1.5 years – it was fruit and vegetables! It had to be healthy! And it was easier than cooking a bunch of baby food myself! Weaning her onto real table food was quite a task – for awhile she was in the pasta and chicken nuggets rut most kids reside in, but eventually we got her to eat the better stuff. It was a similar situation with #2 – only I was smart (?) and started the table foods at a slightly younger age.
With Cavebaby, we decided to go a different route – skipping cereals and grains altogether and feeding him healthy, whole food from the beginning. Without turning it all in to mush. I found a great blog where people shared their baby led weaning experiences – http://www.babyledweaningblog.com/ and started from there. I saw a video on YouTube of a baby eating at a Montessori table – in a most civilized fashion – at a mere 9 months and decided that a combination of these methods were how we would start weaning Cavebaby off his 100% breastmilk diet. It was slow going at first – to ensure he didn’t get too constipated – but now he is eating real, regular food and loves it! His dinner the last two nights has been the same thing – grassfed beef (nicely seasoned and stuffed into peppers for us, served in a small dish for him), sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil with some pumpkin pie spice, and some green beans. He loves his green beans! I could never get the older kids to eat those – perhaps the texture was a turnoff after eating all that baby food!
Here is a picture of Cavebaby’s dinner tonight: