It was raining really hard today, so I took Caspian out on our little porch to watch the water cascade from the overhang. He was mesmerized. Then I went out with him under an umbrella so he could hear the rain better. He was pretty interested -- and really surprised when I moved the umbrella a little so we got rained on! He ducked his head down and scrunched up his neck like he does when I scrabble my fingers over his neck and head.
When we came back inside, we went for a spin in my Mary Kay office chair. I held him as he stood on my legs, facing in. First I spun one way, all the way around, then spun the other way. I said, "Wheeee!" as we spun, and after a couple of cycles he started giggling.
I pinched my finger when I clicked the seatbelt buckle on his shopping cart cover a few days ago, and it didn't break the skin, but it did have blood underneath. Now it looks like a blister or infected something-or-other, and it really freakin' hurts! I'm not sure what to do with it. I've tried neosporin, band-aids, finger cots, gauze...it still hurts and it's still gross.
And now, the story you've all been waiting for...his first solid feeding! At 6:30pm EST, Caspian took 10 minutes to eat half a container (about an ounce) of organic sweet potatoes! We chose sweet potatoes because the La Leche League says breastmilk is sweet, and the transition is easier to a sweet food. Needless to say, everything was covered in orange stickiness! We put him in the Bumbo on our bed and put a huge bib on him (the plastic kind with a pocket at the bottom that snaps apart for easy cleaning). He liked the spoon more than anything and chewed on it incessantly. I held the spoon, but I let him feed himself. He leaned forward when he was ready for more, and even started turning the spoon over in his mouth so he could get in its bowl. Caspian got food all over his face (and up his nose), but not in his hair or ears, surprisingly! I jumped in the tub with him and scrubbed him down, and he was so over-stimulated by it all, he was asleep 10 minutes later! It took him 30 minutes to sleep off the experience.
Unfortunately, Charlie waited until after I wiped Caspian's face to tell me he wanted to take some "after" pictures.
However, this is not an invitation for everyone to pop things in his mouth left and right. His non-breastmilk intake will remain very controlled as we introduce new foods and potential allergens, so nobody get any ideas...