In one month Emma will be 1 year old, which is such a strange feeling. It has made me reminisce over the different phases of our almost year together. One of the trickiest ones for us was weaning.
Emma is a baby who loves milk – she actually seems to have a competitive nature where she must finish the bottle/plate of food – so weaning her was not easy. I went into it completely unprepared for what was going to arise; the worry inside of me that I’m not cracking it, that she doesn’t eat enough even with the milk.
I’d go to baby groups and hear stories of other babies eating massive chunks of broccoli and cheese and basically anything you find in your fridge. We’d got to the stage where everything had calmed down a bit from the chaos of the first few months and I think I felt like I’d been thrown into a new phase that I wasn’t ready for. But slowly I got my head round it and thanks to Annabel Karmel, who frankly is a baby recipe goddess, we found a few things that Emma liked and she seemed to get the hang of it quicker than ever.
So now I look back on the past 5 months, with a baby who loves mealtimes, I realise it all happens in its own time. It’s a slow and steady race and every baby is so different, though it’s always hard not to worry as a first time mum. Butthere’ll be other phases to come when she decides she doesn’t love her favourite meals anymore, so I’ve decided to enjoy the good times while they are here.