Feeding my baby. November 2012.
Thanks for all the kind words about my funk last week. It still seems to be lingering a tiny bit but it's nice to know that others have gone through things similar to what I am experiencing. Like I said on Friday, I just didn't expect that, with weaning from breastfeeding, I'd feel such an overwhelming sense of Alice not needing me anymore! It was like, all of a sudden, I wasn't her food-source and she just seemed so independent of me. So indifferent to me. It was a pretty terrible feeling.
Today, though, my Alice-still-needs-me confidence was boosted. I went for coffee with a friend who is having her TWINS on Saturday. We ordered our food and drinks, found a table and then my friend held Alice while I fixed up my coffee. When I got back, she said...
"Alice looked for and then watched you that entire time you were gone. So cute!"
As she said that I felt tears spring to my eyes and I told my friend about those terrible feelings I'd been having the last few days. As she handed Alice back to me she said...
"It's obvious that she adores you!"
I really needed to hear those words. I needed to understand how an outsider observes Alice's relationship with me. Her mom. The person who is more than just her food-source.
Back to the part about Alice seeming more independent since weaning from breastfeeding. She really does! It seems like she now understands that she has a choice with what she eats. That she doesn't have to eat what her mom is feeding her. And, oh boy. Is she letting it be known what she likes and dislikes! This whole fussy and independent eater thing is also coinciding with her two top teeth coming in so all of this I-ate-bananas-yesterday-but-I-hate-them-today could be her annoyance with her mouth hurting.
Or it could be her fiery and opinionated personality shining through already. It's a wonder where she gets those traits from!
Any favorite baby finger foods? Now that Alice is using the pincer grasp to pick up her food, that's the only way she wants to eat! No big deal. No more baby mush. But I'm drawing a blank on veggie finger foods!