Anna Banana and the Likes

Big things are happening over here in the Jones household! 

But before I jump into that I want to let you all know that Travis arrived home safely on Thursday!!! I never exited a car so fast when I saw him walking out of the airport doors. I jumped into his arms and didn't want to leave them. While he was delayed a whole day(!!!), he is now back on American soil and cannot believe how much Anna has grown in only the 2 weeks he was gone. She's talking and screeching like a banshee, laughing (not a fully belly laugh though), and moving things from one hand to the other and then to her mouth. He's just in awe of his little girl--makes a Mama's heart melt! He had an amazing time in SE Asia, fell in love with the people, and has so many stories to share he hasn't even gotten through half of them with me. We were able to get away on a little date on Friday night. But let me tell you, these southern folk really get in a tizzy when a little freezing rain comes to town! Everything was closed, even the mall! So we had to nix our original plans and find one of the only open restaurants around--a little Italian restaurant called Mezzanote, which if you know anything about my love for Italian food, I was totes fine with that! All in all, I'm just really glad to have my man home and all to myself for a while--well at least until soccer season starts. ;)

So like I said, big things are happening over here in the Jones household! At Anna's four month check up her pediatrician gave us the go ahead to start on solids. I really wanted to wait until 6 months because I heard it was better for digestion and because I really didn't want to deal with the clean up or new poop adventures. But alas, after reading the signs of readiness our baby girl definitely seems ready for something more than just my milk. 

-At least 4 months old...check
-Weighs twice as much as her birth weight...pretty darn close
-Weighs at least 13-15 pounds...13 lbs 9 oz to be exact
-Can sit with support and has control over head and neck muscles...just recently
-yada, yada, yada...check, check, check
And the big one:
-Shows interest in others eating around her...YUP!

Over the past few days I've really been thinking about what her first food was going to be. A lot of moms begin with rice cereal, but we didn't have any on hand and I didn't want to buy a box if Anna wasn't quite ready for solids just yet. I read that bananas are a good food to start 4 month olds on and we had one more left. Plus we call her our little Anna Banana so it worked out perfectly! After I fed her some milk I mushed up a teaspoon of banana, we donned her bib, put her in her seat, and got started!

Despite appearances, Anna seemed really excited about me putting the spoon in her mouth. She wanted to help!

For the most part, I think she enjoyed her first solid food experience. She made funny faces, which made me wonder if she liked the banana, but she definitely didn't want to stop. I guess we'll just see what happens tomorrow. Our baby girl is growing up way too fast! Slow down, Anna Banana!


  1. Aewww solids. The big adventure. Just remember to take it veeeeeeeeery slow, especially at 4 monts. Give her plenty of time, don't rush, make the experience fun, feed her one food at a time for few days and observe, usually bad reaction can come out on 3rd day. And keep a food log. That will help with finding 'guilty' food in case of allergies. If she doesn't like it, don't give up. Come back with that particular food in few days/ weeks. They say babies need to try something 15 times to decide if they like it or not. It could be the taste or simply the texture that's putting them off.

    When we introduced solids I started a blog with all the recipes. It's in Polish so probably not of much use for you ( www.kuchniatygryska.blogspot.com ) but I'm working on English version right now www.tiggerkitchen.blogspot.com you may find some ideas there. I try to keep it simple, quick, tasty and fun.

    Good luck

    1. Thanks so much for your advice! Your English blog sounds great! I checked it out and I'm sure I'll be visiting it quite often :)