So last night, after I nursed her and cuddled with her, I introduced just a tablespoon of rice cereal in a bottle of formula. It was relatively anticlimactic as far as Z was concerned. She took the bottle with ease, with little reaction to the new, 6-month-plus nipples we were trying out and the mixture that was flowing through it. Oh, and I need to jump back a thought and write about how she cuddled with me after I nursed her, a rarity these days. There we were in the dark of the living room with only the light from outdoors and the kitchen offering us a peek at each other's faces. She laid on my left shoulder so still, so sweet and my heart melted a little. I think she knew that I needed her close in that moment. She made the occasional quiet coo, wiggled from time to time, but really just settled in and started to drift off to sleep. I was able to make it to our bedroom to continue the cuddling until Blinn joined us to read her a bedtime story. Papa, Papa was the pick of the night and she nuzzled in between he and I as we were propped up on our bed together.
After lots of research and some input from fellow moms, Earth's Best Organic Whole Grain Rice Cereal is what I chose and I feel good about my decision. As has become the case with this mothering thing, I sort of obsessed over the perfect first foods for my girl. And I mean, why shouldn't I and all other parents obsess over such a thing? It is, after all, my child's introduction to something other than a liquid and something that will have new nutritional value for her life. On the box it says "All babies begin life 100% pure... feed them accordingly." I don't think I could've worded it better myself. Tonight we'll start on Z's first whole food: avocados! Pictures to come, I'm sure.