Swallowing


So we started rice cereal with Wyatt last Saturday (July 23rd).

We've tried giving it to him once or twice for the next few days, but he'd only eat two or three bites at a time. And it's questionable how much of those bites actually ended up in his stomach.

For the first two days he got pretty fussy afterward, and spit up most of what he managed to swallow.

I just kept telling him that the sooner he got the rice cereal down, the sooner he could have something good. Like sweet potatoes.

I fed him on Tuesday (the 26th) and it started out the same way. I'd scoop some of the mush into his mouth, he'd spit it back out. I'd scoop it back in. Repeat.

But then he started gumming the spoon. He had done this before (the poor boy is teething), but he really went at it this time, and I think he inadvertently swallowed some of the cereal in the process.

It was like a switch flipped. With the next bite he gummed the spoon again and swallowed again. And then with the next bite, he actually opened his mouth for more!

I just couldn't help but giggle as his little mouth opened like a baby bird waiting for food, and I chuckled as he'd grab the spoon and chew on it like there was no tomorrow. He got such a cute look on his face while he was eating, like he was concentrating. Eating is serious business, you know.

But he did give me a happy smile when I pulled out the camera a minute later! My boy has a killer smile, no?



We've had a breakthrough! Granted, as of writing this I haven't changed the resulting diaper yet, but it was so adorable watching him figure out how this whole eating thing works for the first time.

I think it's worth it (*ahem*), just to watch him learn something new.


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Ashley said...

Aww how cute! It's fun to feed them new foods and find out what they love (or don't love!)

Lauren said...

What a precious photo of your boy!

Meghan said...

Aw, that smile!!! It's so fun watching them learn every little thing for the first time isn't it?

chloƫ. said...

what a smile! so precious -- I can't believe how big he is already!

Ashley said...

Yay Wyatt! Oh, that is such a cute picture of him! :D Glad that he's made this milestone, he looks like he's happy to have learned it!

Jessica and Stephan said...

That smile just steals hearts :) be careful when he's older!

Dove of Snow said...

What a cutie pie! You have an adorable baby! Sounds like a fun feeding adventure for you both. LOL

Julie S. said...

His smile melts me!

Jet's Journey said...

That's great he figured it out eventually!

What's nice about starting children with solids is that it's not for nutrition but for experimentation (as breastmilk/formula provides all the nutrition at this point).

I'm glad he eventually liked the experience! Now on to sweet potatoes!

Jessica said...

Aww, how exciting! He does have the cutest smile :-)

Lauren said...

Glad he figured it ut! Olive the bib that he has on. Hope those teeth come in soon.

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