I had always planned with Sophie to give baby-led weaning a try. We didn't do it with Harry. Not sure why, but we went down the whole puree route from when he was around 5 months. This suited us at the time, although we didn't know any different!
Having breastfed Sophie now for 6 months really comfortably, I did find it a little more challenging with Harry. He didn't have any issues breastfeeding, but I think I didn't fully understand that feeding would be so irregular and life had to fit around that. I thought every time he hit a growth spurt that I just couldn't keep up. I have been much more relaxed this time and have been prepared to feed Sophie as and when she requires it. Everything else comes second and we push through those growth spurts really well!
Now she is 6 months, we have started to wean her. I have introduced her to some foods, just as and when I feel like she is in the right mood to try them. She has tried some baby porridge where I have put a little on a spoon for her to put in her mouth. She didn't seem phased by it really and I was pleased the 'first meal' was successful!
Sophie also sits down with us dinner and has had a little try of baby corn, cheese, breadsticks, tender chicken, rice and yoghurt so far.
The rice was interesting but she loved it! The yoghurt has definitely been the messiest so far!
I'm not as apprehensive as I thought I'd be about the mess that baby-led weaning causes. I've made sure a tablecloth has been laid out on the floor, or we've been on the kitchen tiles, had cloth ready to wipe down her chair, and I've just been prepared to get her changed afterwards!
Ultimately, I can see that she is loving it! I've noticed a decline in the amount of breast milk she's requiring already (mainly by the size of my boobs at the moment!). I'm also hoping, no, I need her to be weaned off breastfeeding within the next 8 weeks as I'm going away for my hen weekend! Whoop!
I will really miss breastfeeding her. I am trying to not take the easy option at the moment and breastfeed her when she's hungry. I have bought a selection of sippy cups for her to try and am finding that she prefers the ones with a straw. She also likes the ones with handles either side so she can hold it. She is only taking up to a couple of ounces though at the moment before she gives up and asks me to carry on. I am hoping that with perseverance she will eventually take a full feed from a cup.
Harry has been fantastic with helping with Sophie at dinner times. He finds it really funny when she's trying to get something in her mouth and she finds it hilarious when he laughs at her! He's been offering her food from his plate and telling me that Sophie wants to try it. He's so sweet! When she drops it on the floor, he says that's because she didn't like it!
My boy is growing up so fast! He turned 3 in August and went up to Pre-School in September. Here he is in his "smarty pants uniform"!
He was a little worried initially about going up to Pre-School. Following his taster sessions in there over the Summer he told us regularly that he didn't like it as it was "so busy". I think it was all a bit over-whelming for him, plus there were lots of older children in there at the time, who have now gone on to School.
Now though, he loves it! We've noticed that his communication has really progressed and just his general understanding of things around him is amazing. They also feed him a lot more in Pre-School which means he's not been getting home still hungry, begging for food!
He is currently learning about 'Autumn'. He tells us all about the brown leaves, the conkers, the wind and colder weather. They have also just learnt about Harvest Festival and along with his friends he took part in a production with the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from the main school. The Pre-Schoolers had to sing a song and hold up their picture of a vegetable, which they painted earlier in the week. I have no idea what Harry's vegetable was, nor did he murmur one word of the song, but me and Paul were grinning with pride the whole way through!