Monday, June 13, 2011

Dr. Google

I'm a researcher and a general collector of knowledge. I enjoy learning about almost everything. I went on a reading binge during pregnancy on books about natural childbirth, midwifery, and the modern health-care system. I knew all sorts of ways to get that baby positioned correctly; I could have probably done an emergency c-section on myself. Just kidding!!

But everything changed once Selah was born, and I didn't want to spend my time reading or researching. I want to spend my time actually being with her. Here's the thing (this phrase is a bad habit of mine, and it drives Daniel NUTS). Generally, I just trust my gut instincts. If I have a question,of course I seek out the wisdom of those who have mothered before me, but I try not to belabor the simple choices.

I WAS MADE TO DO THIS. That's what I told myself in labor and that's how I feel about mothering.
Do you see those two little teeth in there? Cuteness.
Since Selah has started lunging for food, and acting generally more hungry, I've decided to start introducing some big-people food in addition to her nursing. She is 6 months old. It feels right now. It did not feel right when the doctor suggested cereal at her 4 month check-up. Holy moly, what a bundle of controversy there can be about this!

I fed her cereal twice last week; it felt wrong to be feeding her unidentifiable flakes from a plastic-wrapped box. So, we've moved on to veggies and egg yolk. Sometimes it's smashed, sometimes it's whole. Sometimes I feed her with a spoon, sometimes she attempts to feed herself.  

I don't care if you call it a fancy name, baby-led weaning, natural parenting, or otherwise. I just call it feeding my child.


  1. You crack me up! I just started giving Bayley "real" food too- she loves it! I wasn't into the rice cereal either and neither was she- but the sweet potatoes and bananas we have tried (Gerber stuff) she loves! How fun is it to see them grow and learn to eat :)

  2. Thanks Karley! It is so fun watching them eat 'real' food. Bayley is adorable!! I gave Selah some mushed up banana, but she HATED it. .