But yes, according to her pediatrician, she's officially able to eat solid foods now. Yahoo. She went for her four month check-up on Monday, and her doctor said she seems to be doing really well. She is 15 pounds on the dot, putting her in the 75th percentile for weight, and 23 1/2 inches long, putting her in the 86th percentile for height. In other words, she is kicking major ass in her age group. Go Audrey. That's my girl.
The whole solid food thing is pretty intense, and you've got to be really careful. After you introduce a new food you're supposed to wait a few days before introducing any other new foods just to make sure she doesn't have any type of reaction. Plus, there are only certain foods she can have. On top of that, you start it out with only one "meal" a day, and it's best to do that meal in the morning so that you know if it's not agreeing with her before, say, 3 AM when you'd rather be snoozing than cleaning up barf. It all begins with cereal, which is actually more like oatmeal than like Lucky Charms or anything. Since she's gaining weight just fine (way to go breastmilk!), the doctor said that right now, this is more for practice than anything else. Babies start having solid food (which is oddly named, because it's actually quite liquid-y right now) anywhere from 4 to 6 months, so it is still a bit early. He said that I'll know when she's developmentally set to move forward with the whole process. Fun fun fun. A woman I work with gave me this cool book called Super Baby Food that basically has everything you could ever want to know about feeding a child in it plus much, much more. It's a bit health-nutty, but it's really very informative. Not only does it include instructions about making your own baby food, but it also has all kinds of healthy recipes for picky eaters, economical homemade baby supplies, and crafty ways to entertain kids. Very cool.
Back to the rice cereal thing. Spencer and I could not stop laughing at Audrey while she was attempting to eat. Her facial expression kind of seemed to say What the hell is going on right now? What is this thing in my mouth? Where are the boooooobs? Then it ended up looking a little something like this:
A.K.A. adorable :)