Indeed. Avocado! The past couple of weeks, we’ve been sitting Miles at the table with us, as he always appears quite interested in what we’re eating. Also, he didn’t like being left alone on his bouncing chair or mat on the floor while we ate, so it seemed like a natural progression for us to install his table chair and include him in supper time. April has been doing all kinds of readings regarding when to introduce solids into his diet, and while I’m not 100% sure of where we’re going (or remember all that she’s told me!), I trust her 100%. As much as I can remember (or understand), we’re not starting with mushy cereals. As April explained it to me, if kids start learning how to chew while sitting at the table with their parents, there’s a strong possibility they’ll just adapt to whatever is being fed to them and have less issues accepting/rejecting what to eat later. Honestly, I’m way behind in my “how to be the best dad ever” readings, but this approach sounds good to me, and I’m very willing to give it a shot.
The first time we had Miles eat with us we gave him some avocado. Aside from the general slippery nature of this fruit (yes, it is a fruit!), Miles had a fun time playing with it and even eating a small piece of it. Last night we gave him a piece of boiled carrot and a piece of boiled zucchini, and he had a blast playing with his food and even swallowed some carrot. The zucchini’s fate was more that of being smashed all over the place. So far so good! Now we’re just waiting for his teeth to come, which we suspect are well on their way.
Miles has also developed a bit of a Batman voice (if you’ve seen the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman’s movies you’ll know what I’m talking about) and he now growls at us on a regular basis. It’s pretty hilarious to hear him growl for a while just lying there in his mat playing with his toys. Overall, this past week before school starts again in earnest has been a lot of fun and relaxing.