Butternut squash puree
Robby's first solid was rice cereal. He hated it, wouldn't touch it, we quit trying. It turns out this was a good thing, as he's still unable to digest rice, and we don't feed it to him. His second food was butternut squash puree. Also? Allergic. It's a contact allergy, though, so according to the pediatrician, we could feed it to him and just slather him with Vaseline...but we do not.
At this point? Typical methods of feeding a child were not going so well. I started following my gut, and while I went crazy before he even started solids with puree-making, I started adding chunks. He ate hunks of avocado, banana, and chewed on whole apples. He was MUCH more interested in food if there was texture. He did still continue to be fed purees, though, with mixed success.
Since I had a huge stock of purees, and it was easier for the daycare, Robby continued to eat purees while at school. This is NOT recommended. When following Baby Led Weaning, typically you avoid purees so that they don't get confused with safe swallowing until their habits are well established. We never had any trouble, though, probably because this transition was not made until 7.5 months or so. Around 8.5 months we did have one choking issue with a piece of apple, but I was able to scoop it out of his mouth. Otherwise, he has no difficulties eating "real" food. I was so proud that at a recent party, he chowed down on everything, as I watched a much older child still eat a jar of puree. It just opens up a lot more options for us, and he's actually a joy to eat at restaurants with!
Asparagus, Steak, Potatoes
Today? There is less and less cutting of food taking place at our house. Meat still needs to be for the most part, but otherwise? He's a champ and eats the same foods that we do. He did just have his 7th! tooth cut through, so he has plenty of chompers, but I still am amazed at what a little man he is. He continues to breastfeed and get pumped bottles at daycare, and I intend to continue this until he is 1, when we will start the transition to whole milk.
Fish sticks, french fries, cucumber ... yeah, not the healthiest day