It's been a very exciting two days here - Charlie and Lily seem to finally have gotten the hang of eating solids! We first attempted solids as per the pediatrician when the babies were about 3 months adjusted and they had no idea what to do with them. We tried for about a week with rice cereal, and then stopped. We tried once a month or so after that, but they couldn't really get the hang of swallowing. The other day I decided to give them a try with something other than the cereal since it certainly didn't look very appetizing. We tried sweet potatoes on Thursday, but neither baby got the hang of it.
Yesterday I saw the open jar of sweet potatoes in the fridge and decided to try them one more time rather than just throw out the jar. Nana was visiting and I thought she'd enjoy seeing the babies make a mess with them. I started with Lily, and much to my surprise she ate them!!! She started by sticking her sweet potato-covered tongue out then sucking it back in and swallowing the food. But after just a few minutes she was swallowing like a champ and even opening her mouth for the spoon! When I tried Charlie he swallowed a bit, but wasn't quite as into them as Lily. This morning Joe and I gave the babies more sweet potatoes and they both did fantastic! Lily got right into them, opening her mouth and swallowing them all down. Then Charlie seemed to catch on - he swallowed many mouthfuls and even opened his mouth a time or two. Both babies ate about 1 tablespoon, which is great! Joe and I are so proud of them - they are growing up so fast!
Contrary to the look on her face in this picture, Lily really enjoys her sweet potatoes.
Charlie is just happy to have everyone looking at him for a change!