Miss P had been "eating" (really just making a huge mess and maybe swallowing a morsel here and there) her rice cereal and oatmeal for a couple weeks when Pat and I decided that it was time for her to move on to bigger, better, and tastier foods on November 10th. We had consulted with a few other moms and our pediatrician and decided to start with avocado. I didn't have high expectations to be honest but, as usual, our little miss suprised both of us and ate almost the whole bowl full. She seemed to LOVE it and I think she might have swallowed more of it than she wore....although these pic's don't really show that to be true, ha! I hear the oils in avocado are good for the skin so she must know that as she gave herself an avocado face mask the second time she tried it. She was tired, rubbing her eyes, and smeared the food all over her face right before bed. What a good girl - already trying to maintain that beauty!
Lastnight we decided to make a switch from rice cereal to oatmeal. We haven't moved on to 'real' solids yet because she still has the tongue-thrusting thing going on and is wearing more of the cereal than she is eating. In fact, I am pretty sure she isn't swallowing any of it! But munching at this age is simply about practicing for a lifetime of eating so we just keep getting messy twice a day in the hopes that one day soon she will open up wide, take a bite, and actually swallow. I think she liked the oatmeal more than the baby rice though and really wanted to dive right into it with her hands. She is too funny - she wants to hold the spoon on her own and manages to get it to her mouth but by the time it's made it's way there, the food is no longer on it! She insists on keeping her thumb in her mouth during meals as well - as you can see - which makes getting that spoon into her mouth quite a challenge. We make a little progess every day but it's a good thing that a majority of her food is coming from milk or else she would be one hungry bunny!
On Saturday we packed up the car to head to Maine for Auntie VV's 30th birthday party. Drew planned a fantastic suprise for Nessie at Roller World where all the guests put on their favorite 80's attire and a pair of skates. I'll tell ya, I don't think they have changed a single thing about that place since the 80's (last time any of us were there, ha!). Everyone had a blast....everyone that is EXCEPT our little one. Miss P was not impressed. The tears started when her mom came downstairs from getting ready with crimpped hair, a leotard, and leg warmers - the hair definitely freaked her out the most! The crying continued when we got to the party - not sure if it was the 80's music, the scary outfits, or the sheer kahos of the event in general. Luckily, her daddy, nana, and gran were there to help so I could bust a move in the skating rink. She managed to cry most of the time we were there...the DJ felt so bad for her that he gave her one of the light up, spinny toys (I am sure that is the official name) which appeased her for a bit. Auntie Jess would say she is a bit of an introvert and this just confirms it. The party was totally radical man, Happy Birthday Anntie VV!