A little rice cereal is no match for Charlie. We started him on "solids" (actually, just some organic brown rice cereal :) on Sunday and Charlie is LOVING it. His first experience with real food was just too funny. He was slightly confused about the first bite or two, but after he got the hang of it, he was on fire. He was grabbing at the bowl and lunging at the spoon, trying desperately to get the cereal in his little mouth. At one point, he lunged forward so quickly that the rice cereal went right in his eye. That didn't stop Charlie--he did NOT want me to stop feeding him to clean the rice cereal out of his eyelashes--he much preferred to keep on eating! Clint was videotaping the whole debacle and we laughed the entire time. We've been doing rice cereal for a few nights now, and it really is so fun feeding dinner to Charlie. I had been holding off on solids because I had read that there are health advantages to exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, and, honestly, because I was nervous about introducing another step in our already crowded days, but I am so glad that I did. As with everything else, Charlie makes every little task so much fun!
Here's the little eater sitting in his high chair before the "meal." He was so excited--he was banging on his tray and seemed to sense something great was coming. I cannot believe how big he looks when he's sitting in his chair!!