- banana (right off the whole, or in chunks)
- pear (finger-sized slices)
- dried seaweed (whole sheet, which is about 2x3", or torn in chunks which is tidier)
- sandwiches stuffed with soft cheese or cream cheese (sadly, not hummus), cut into small squares without the crust (soft whole wheat bread)
- chicken and beef (small chunks)
- cheese (shredded or small pieces)
- blueberries (frozen, thawed - they're softer than fresh)
- baby crackers
- o-shaped cereal
- meatballs! (I don't know why, but this is exciting to me)
What's missing from this list? Vegetables, with the exception of seaweed and carrot. Not only have my few attempts not been successful, I have a hard time buying them and then keeping them fresh long enough to steam the living daylights out of them before giving them to my son. I have thrown away my share of veggies. Sigh. I know, I must try harder. But at least I can blend pureed veggies with yogurt - he'll eat that all day long. He will eat the fruit/veggie blended baby food in pouches, though (even straight from the pouch, which is fun in itself). So it's not a total loss.
On another note, I thought I'd share a tender moment of gratitude:
This morning I held my son while he took his morning bottle. I stroked his soft forehead and touched his tiny feet. I smiled at him, and he at me, fully embracing the moment of peace, knowing how short this time is while he's still a baby and I can hold him while he takes a bottle. Beauty is in the everyday.