We had tacos for Seis de Mayo--that's Cinco de Mayo for people who are running late--and since I was making guac anyway, I decided to mash up a few bites of avocado for Little Miss.
She was neither impressed, nor unimpressed. Just kinda, "Oh hey, this is new. Hmm."
A few days later I tried to roast some carrots and sweet potato, and I quickly remembered that roasting veggies for baby food doesn't work.
The sweet potato died an irreversible death in the oven, but I was able to save the carrots by steaming them back to life.
I think that's the hard thing, for me, about making baby food at home. When boiling/steaming veggies for myself, if they've been much more than dipped in hot water they're overdone. So to get them to mash-able baby consistency it feels like I'm cooking them forever and ever. And then it feels so silly, because I'm running the stove for, like, 45 minutes to cook seven baby carrots.
But, especially as she's just starting out, it also feels silly to buy the jars. I have no objection to their contents--they're good, organic veggies with very little, if anything, added--it's just that it seems ridiculous to buy something that should (theoretically) be so easy to whip up at home.
But, homemade or jarred, playing with new food is honestly one of my favorite parts of the baby year, so it's very little stress however we end up doing it.
It's so much fun to show her all the wonderful things she can taste! Today, for example, we learned that, while she's "meh" re: avocado, she loves carrots. And that's such a fun thing to know.
I imagine she'll go wild for apples, too, but I think I want to get a few more veggies under her belt before we go whole-hog on the sweets. Maybe some beets next week? Or another try at sweet potato?
Do you know what your first food was? Do you still like it now? How about your kiddos?