At only ten days before her six month birthday, Mae has declared herself ready for le foods. The other day when we went to picnic in the park, she stole my apple core (with plenty of apple still on it) and with two hands put it in her mouth. Perfectly normal thing to do with what she has in her hands, don’t get me wrong, but once she began to gum on the white flesh she made what I can only conclude as a yummy discovery noise, then pushed it further in her mouth and closed her eyes. I let her do her thing. I told Adam about it the next day, and he wanted to be a part of her first foods, so we got out the Bumbo, took some of the leftovers from the dinner we had just eaten (pork and black beans) and let her explore them. She was loving all over the pork. We took video. Well, that was it: we needed a high chair. I kind of have been putting this off because I wanted the perfect high chair and had yet to see one.
I started with IKEA. I had read numerous good reviews for this little number below, Blames highchair, red in color even, to hopefully match my dining room set:
Cute, huh? Simple, wood, red. Right up my cup of tea. Oh, how wrong you are, Internet-land. My best friend and I were there looking at the floor models, and the tray was broken on every one. The red color wasn’t what this photo shows; a dark, cranberry red, instead it was a bright, crayon red. When I put Mae in it that bar that runs in the back hits her right on the back of the head and every time she leaned around to look up at me, she would whack her head on it. It was quite low too. I was hoping it’d be at least tall enough to be sufficient when I had her in the kitchen with me as I cook, but it looked uncomfortable, industrial, and a colossal waste of $60+. So instead, I just impulse bought this cute dish set for her:
And this super cute basket of vegetables (the two mushrooms are married, if you are wondering). Mae loves the green onion:
I was really quite sad that I didn’t get a high chair after all that driving (IKEA is like 1.5 hour car ride away). We went home, I fed her, she napped, and it was evening time. I couldn’t shake this desire to have her eat dinner with us, so I decided I would go to Babies R Us and get one of those tray attachments for the Bumbo. Mae and I found the trays and they were $11. It still seemed like a waste of money. So, without hope we walked over to the high chairs. I really wanted something beautiful with a little whimsy, and those things are hardly found at a store like that. But there, amongst the monkeys and butterflies, the plaids and paisleys, was the one. I saw it, saw that it was $99 and just knew it’d be worth my time. I took a photo, sent it to my husband for final approvals, then got an employee to help (since I was wearing a bebe).
It’s the Babies R Us RightHeight High Chair, and I love it. I love that adorable black pattern. It was super easy to assemble. It is just what I wanted but didn’t know it. And with a 20% discount, it was only a $20 difference from the sh*tty IKEA one. I am so glad that I didn’t settle.
Mae loved her spoils of the day’s excursions:
So that night, we got all ready. I made super flavorful mashed potatoes that omitted the salt and dairy and just had herbs and spices, and by the time it was all ready to go: she fell asleep for the night. It was a long day, and it was her bed time by the time I got to dinner. But don’t be dismayed! The whole family had breakfast this morning! I made waffles, chicken sausage with spinach, and a hard-boiled eggs. She made the absolute best expressions.
I didn’t think she actually ate anything, which was what I wanted, for her to just play with her food and explore the texture and flavor. However, when it was all said and done, she burped, it was startling. Apparently she was swallowing, because she did swallow air. And then for her to burp without the patting on the back and coaxing was really great to see. She is growing up so fast. I love it.
Let the fooducation continue!
BTW, for some of my friends who don’t know, I had decided not to give her rice cereal and jarred baby food and instead go right into eating meals with the family. She still has her breast milk so she isn’t going hungry or lacking in nutrients, we are simply beginning the weaning process with flavors, spices, herbs, and the love for food, rather than filling the belly. It doesn’t mean we won’t also give her mush from spoons, but for right now, this is what we are doing and it is wonderful.