Tonight Kayla rejected yet another new pureed vegetable. I guess I can't blame her - asparagus is a bit strong. When she gagged on the second bite, I decided to switch it up and pulled some broccoli out of the fridge. I bit off the stems and gave her the "leafy" tops of the florets, which she grabbed by the handful. I'd venture a guess that about a third of what I gave her made it into her mouth. The rest collected on the high chair and on the floor. Even so, she seemed happy as a little clam nomming away on bits of broccoli with a few puffs thrown in here and there. She's getting better with getting the sippy cup into her mouth and sucking a little water out of it, and she doesn't seem to mind me still spoon feeding her fruits to her. Meal times are so much fun now. Messy, but fun.
For the moms out there... how did you work moving from purees to real food with your little one? And how in the world did you contain the mess? I need to start looking for a splat mat... stat. OK - that was awful. But I really do need to figure out the best way to keep food off the wood floors. Is it worth buying a real mat or should I just go to the dollar store and stock up on vinyl table cloths and/or shower curtain liners?