Life is different for baby number two; it really really is. I have a three year old on my hands, and that is a time consuming, full attention effort. So the second child just has to roll with life a bit more. Bath time is still only happening every few days, and Finn is lucky if he gets one good solid nap where he isn't woken up for one of various reasons. Luckily, Finn is relaxed and happy to just join along on the ride that our family is on.
When Liam started approaching the six month mark, I stocked up on all the foods I wanted to introduce him too. I picked the exact day that he would finally get his first taste. I had my camera ready. Conor & I watched with bated breath. It was a big deal. A huge milestone. And I was also a big hot mess about the whole thing, nervous that introducing foods to Liam would somehow change our breastfeeding relationship. Let's just say, Finn got none of this hoopla for his first food encounter or any thereafter....
I'm a strong believer in the virgin gut, so holding off on foods until 6 months is pretty important to me. I won't go into all the details here, but essentially a baby's gut is near sterile at birth and remains "open" until about 6 months of age. So you do not want to be introducing bacteria until then. Anyways, while I was hiking with the boys the other day, we made a quick stop for a snack. Liam was happily eating & playing while I was chatting with some other moms. A few minutes go by, and I all of sudden notice that Finn is gumming a big piece of fruit leather!!! Apparently Liam had decided his didn't want his, so after discarding it Finn picked it right up and went to town. So Finn's first food: an apple fruit leather. With Liam, I would have freaked out. With number 2, I gave a little sigh. Then decided I should offer him some beef jerky to gum as well since he seemed to be into it, ha!
Finn is only a couple weeks shy of 6 months, so it really wasn't a big deal. But it also wasn't some big special moment either. We're taking the baby led weaning approach again, so only offering whole foods to Finn. No pureed baby food for us! If you haven't heard of BLW, I highly recommend looking in to. We used this method with Liam and loved not having to bring food with us everywhere; he simply ate what we ate. So far Finn isn't really ingesting anything, pretty much just munching on various foods. The only thing he hasn't liked is avocado, with strawberries, cucumber, & any kind of meat being favorites!
I'm much more relaxed this time. A certain amount of confidence definitely comes the second time around. And now I know that the introduction of foods will not in any way affect our nursing relationship. It is about much more than simply nourishment. And so is BLW. It's about mess making. Its about joining the family for meals and being independent from the beginning. It's about the experience. This is a fun milestone that will only add an extra element of chaos to our kitchen table. Cheers to that!