I am trying lots of new foods everyday. I am playing a lot with the food, but more and more I can gum and suck pieces off. I spit a bunch out, but I actually swallow some as well. It's messy fun! I tried a boiled fingerling potato the other night. My parents had some vinegary dressing on theirs, but they wiped it off for me so I could explore the potato plain and simple. It was odd, and I have to say I didn't like it so much. I make distressed noises when I don't like something. I don't think it was the flavor--more the texture. I didn't know what to make of that mushiness. Maybe they overcooked it.
I also tried a piece of chicken. That was fun and sort of tasty. My parents got it at their neighborhood farmer's market where they get most of their produce too. I go there with them a lot--every Saturday.
Here I am eating watermelon for the first time. Wow! Flavor galore. But super mushy. Papa sat me on the floor and gave me a sweet bib/shirt and put me on a cloth, as he predicted this would be messy. He said the other approach might be to let me eat in my birthday suit so I wouldn't mess up my clothes. He heard my friend Uma does this a lot.
Some of my favorites are raw string beans, red pepper and cucumber. Or maybe those are my parents' favorites to give me because they're so easy... No preparation! Cucumber is one of my favorites for sure. I am getting good at actually eating them. I love a cool cucumber right out of the fridge. Feels good for a teether. And it's tasty.
I also tried apple for the first time the other day (Nota Bene from mama - not the first time). Papa gave me two slices with the skin. I kept dropping them. For some reason they were hard to handle. Maybe it was just the shape of papa's cut. But he let me hold and try the rest of the apple. He had eaten a bunch of it already and it was closer to the core, so it was easier for me to hold.
This afternoon Mama and Papa gave me some noodles. They call it 'spaghetti'. These two noodles gave me so much pleasure. I didn't actually eat any of them, but I definitely got a feel.