We started Haru on solid…more like semi-solid food last Sunday. Along with her milk, she now gets a few tablespoons of okayu, which is basically really watered down rice. Apparently it makes for really good baby food, because its practically tasteless and odorless, and has very little allergens. Also, since its tasteless and odorless, there is little chance that Haru will become addicted to it and refuse to eat anything else but. With cereals and some baby foods which sometimes contain sugar and salt, babies tend to start developing likes and dislikes too early.
I remember when I was a kid, my grandfather use have okayu for breakfast every morning. We use to call it Jijan gohan, or grandpa’s rice. I was never too keen on it, it tasted like…well …hot water and rice. But for adults, its usually topped with other foods or spices. Sometimes its even spiked with a dose of Japanese Sake (which is also made from rice) and used as a cold remedy.
Haru took to the okayu well. At first she kind of grimaced and gave a what’s this?? kind of look at first, but after a few spoonfuls, she seemed to like the new food. The rice does have a slightly sweet (but nt sugary sweet) taste to it, which she might be attracted to. At times she would even grab the spoon and shove it in her mouth as if she wanted more. And other times, she would just hold her mouth open and wait for the next spoonful to be fed to her. Next weekend, we’re looking to experiment with carrots. I personally can’t eat carrots. The odor makes me physically sick, so it’d be interesting to see how she will react to it.
We finally got Haru to sleep throughout the night again. Basically what I’ve done was to take her blanket and tuck it underneath her when she sleeps. This way, it makes it a bit more difficult to roll over onto her face (which is what I believe makes her wake up too early.) For the last 3 nights, its been working well. She’d sleep a good 8 or 9 hours non-stop, and wake up between 5:30 and 6:30AM. Its still a bit too ealy for my wife’s tastes, but it beats 2 or 3 AM.
A random picture from the weekend
Her first taste of solids. Enjoying her okayu so much that she wants to hold the spoon
Another random picture.