Confessions of a second-time weaner… (snigger)
It’s that time again as Little P is coming up to 6 months. I’ve found it a completely different kettle of fish this time round, and thought it interesting to compare how I remember it with my eldest.
My weaning experience with number one child:
- How exciting! I can’t wait! So much fun! Maybe he’ll sleep through!
- Peeling/steaming/mashing/freezing… I’m such an earth Mum providing fresh, nutritious veggies to my mini person. I feel virtuous and good!
- Hmm. This is quite a lot of work and washing up. But it’s so worth it for the good of my child. I want him to eat everything and not be a fussy eater when he grows up. I’m going to nail this eating lark early doors. *mini fist pump*
- Feeding time. Haha look at the mess! Nawww so cute. I’ll take photos and send the classic ‘orange everywhere, even in my hair’ shot to Daddy at work.
- Did any go in? Ah never mind. I sing songs, here comes the train, laugh and giggle – I’ve got all the time in the world.
- Continue in above fashion, cooking mini meals from scratch thanks to various Annabel Karmel books until he starts eating pretty much what we eat.
My weaning experience with number two child:
- Oh gawd. Is she 5 months already? Should I be thinking about food? Oh well, the NHS guidelines are 6 months so…
- Peeling/steaming/mashing/freezing… This is taking forever. And now I’ve burnt the toddler’s tea. And burnt the steamer dry because I’m doing 17 things at once with a baby screaming on my hip. And, seriously – is 6 ice cube holes’ worth all the purée you get from peeling and steaming 4 carrots?! FFS.
- The washing up is Mount Everest next to the sink and I have orange in my hair and on my clothes and only a dozen cubes of purée that will last approx 3 days to show for it.
- Feeding time. Was the mess seriously this bad the first time? No anti-bac wipe is going to get it out of there. Or there. Is it too early for a G & T?
- IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH HOW AM I GOING TO GET IT IN?! I don’t have time for this! Maybe you’re not ready. What’s wrong with just milk anyway?
- Buy Ella’s Kitchen pouches.
- Buy Annabel Karmel toddler ready meals ( I can only predict this of course, but I already know it to be true).