No bells or sirens went off, but it just felt like it was time. The Mommy decided to pull the trigger. This morning, we gave the baby rice cereal for the first time. It was his first non-breast milk meal ever. However, we mixed the rice cereal with breast milk, so technically it was his first non entirely breast milk meal ever. We over came our first hurdle when The Mommy told me to shut up, since we were video taping for posterity, and she felt I was adding unnecessary DVD commentary. In my own defense not much was happening in terms of exciting movie making, but The Mommy gently reminded me that it “wasn’t about me.”
We had LTD on top of the table sitting in his bumbo chair with a big bib on his chest like Superman’s S. Then we basically just jumped right in, The Mommy spooned some cereal into LTD’s mouth and we waited to see what would happen. No surprises, what seems like the normal chain of events followed. He swallowed some but more oozed out on to his chin thanks to his tongue thrust reflex. The Mommy read that feeding the baby solids at this age wasn’t about extra nutrition but to get them used to eating. And based on what I have seen, he needs all the practice he can get and we need more paper towels.