After three months of drooling, gnawing, and general malaise Libby finally has something to show for it! Not one, but TWO little pearly whites poking through her front, lower gums! I felt the first one, on the left, on Sunday. And today, the second one popped through! Ah, my baby is growing up!
And tonight, she said "mama!" Loud and clear. We've suspected we've heard it a time or two in the past (in fact J and my mom SWEAR Libby entered this word saying "mom"), but tonight, during dinner, she reached for me from her high chair and said, "mama." Clear as day. And then said it again and again! I started to tear up...my baby! Saying "mama." Just the first of a million, trillion times to come, no doubt. I mean, I am nearly 36 and still call my mom "mommy" most days. Well, usually in private. In public, she's mom. But still. It was sweet to hear Libby's "mmmm" roll into a long "ahh" and then a fast set of "mmm...aaahhh" blurt out right after it. Of course, I tried to capture it on my dying 4.0 pixel digital camera (that'll capture 60 seconds of grainy video) and "ERR" kept flashing on the display. I think it's finally died. So what did I do? Used my cell phone, on speaker, to call my house phone and capture Libby's first "mamas" on our voicemail. Yeah, I am a dork. And obviously in desperate need of a Flip Camera. Like yesterday.
Speaking of dinner and the highchair, it's been about four weeks since we started baby-led weaning (or child-led solids, which is more descriptive of what it actually is...). Libby is doing great! She's getting into it more now that we have a little routine down. She's still pretty much in the touching and tasting (and squishing and flinging) stage but actually has consumed bits here and there (as there are tell tale signs in her potty)! She's tried quite a few things (all have been organic, unless noted with a [*]). We usually slice them into 2-3" stick shape or wedges and most things are baked, roasted, grilled or steamed:
apple sauce (no sugar added)
Happy Baby Puffs
whole grain bread, toasted
grilled pork chop*
grilled chicken thighs*
scrambled egg yolk
She loves to dine at the table with us and even though we can only do it as a family four times a week (brunch on the weekends and dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays), it's so worth it. Otherwise, she eats with me or with her daddy. I am so glad we've decided to do BLW, especially since I am certain Libby would not have use spoon feeding her mush anyway. She's way too independent for that!