When a simple act of nature suddenly feels unnatural what’s a mom to make of so many rules, opinions, worries, and concerns of others regarding what to feed her child? With a multitude of thoughts and emotions flooding through me, I was in fact nervous and second guessing myself about the idea of feeding my baby. From the initial concern and hopes that breast-feeding works out, to the thought of what will my precious babes first solid food be? Is he getting enough to eat and when is breast milk just not enough for a bigger than average baby? Let’s not even get into the paranoia and severity of allergies! Oy vey I can now see how feeding a little one can get complicated fast, especially after digesting too much information. At least that’s my take on it!
You see, since before Nova was born I read a total of two books. I began to realize that it was easy to get information overload and an overwhelming sense of worry that was just not necessary nor conducive for me to have a healthy pregnancy. So I decided that I will take life with baby day-by-day in an effort to not become too paranoid nor overwhelmed. So far this has worked wonders for me, as I can trust on my intuition wholeheartedly, especially now as a mother. I do believe it’s still necessary to receive information, wisdom and guidance from trusted sources, but ultimately I know that once all of the information is swallowed it will be my intuition calling the shots on what will be fed and done to my baby.
So with a tad of worry, excitement and sorrow it was two months ago that Nova had his first food. We were bathing Nova in our outdoor tub, it was the perfect Summer evening. Alex and Nova jumped in the tub first as I was cracking open coconuts for us to enjoy. I grabbed two straws, inserted them into our ripe and refreshing coconuts and headed outside to join my loves in the tub. The simple pleasure of bathing together as a family and sipping on fresh coconuts while in the comforting warm water nested under a pomegranate tree has probably become my new favorite pastime.
While bathing I was reminded that the coconut looks like a breast and then I got to thinking that this might just make the perfect food for Nova to try. My intuition gave me the green light and before we knew it Nova was slurping coconut water and cooing for more. I then decided to feed him the coconut meat, not having any other utensils in the tub I relied on my teeth and tounge to mash up the flesh and then proceeded to feed him birdie style…yup, mouth to mouth! What a funny, wonderful, delicious and natural moment for us all ,as Nova loved the taste and texture of the coconut!
Liberation came over me after this day realizing that Nova’s first food came to me naturally, without having to think or worry to much about what to do. You see it’s easy for the passionate foodie in me to interfere with marvelous simplicity. I mean with all of Natures bounty how does one choose just one very first food. What a gargantuan decision the first time something other than breast milk gets ingested. The choice and the moment couldn’t have been more perfect. So it is with ease I move forward into solid foods with Nova.
I can say now that I have removed fear from the process and trust that all will continue to unfold magically like it did that day in our tub. Fast forward to today Nova is over six months and has eaten coconut, avocado, banana, pear, spinach, mango, ginger, turmeric, watermelon, peach, celery,green apple and cucumber. I like to add probiotics to his food as I figure it is only doing good in that brand new digestive system. It is my intention to start him off on a path towards great health.
With the intention of simplicity, nutrition and deliciousness in mind I share with you a recipe I created for Nova this morning with a perfectly ripend Packham pear as my muse.
1/2 cup of liquid (I used green juice: Spinach, celery, cucumber, green apple, ginger, turmeric and fennel)
1 handful spinach
Using my vitamix I blended this on the soup setting until smooth and lightly warmed. You can blend this in any blender until smooth. I poured some into our boon spoon for Nova to eat immediately and then reserved the rest in my favorite, easy to use baby food storage solution little green pouches.
It is my hope that when it comes time to feed your baby that you do so with ease, trust and love!
Bon Appétit Sweet Friends~