Sunday, January 9, 2011

{New Introductions}

It was finally time...
Grady turned 5 months old today and we decided it was time to introduce him to his first meal of Rice Cereal!

"Mommy, what is that thing coming towards my face? Is that for ME?"
"I'm not too sure about this...are you sure babies eat this stuff??"
"Hmmm, it's kinda good, but I can't figure out how to keep it in my mouth??"
"The texture is quite different...not like mommy's milk at all!"
"Wait, I might be getting the hang of this..."
"Yes, mommy...I think I can do it!"
"Yummy!!! I will take some more, please!"
It was pretty funny getting to watch the progression of discovery Grady went through bite by bite! As you can tell by the photos he was not a fan at first. But he didn't give up! He seemed quite curious what we were trying to get him to eat, even though it wasn't love at first bite. It only took a handful of bites for him to figure out how to keep it in his mouth instead of spitting it out. Once he figured that out, he took a few more bites to decide if this was something he would like to continue to try. After that he seemed to like it as he started grabbing for the spoon and lunging towards the incoming bite. He even started "talking" to daddy in what I could only interpret as happy and excited feedback. :)
I can't help but think ahead to Grady's future and wonder how other  introductions to new things will go. Will they go as smoothly as this? Will he trust that even though what we are "feeding" him does not seem too appealing at first that we still have his best interests in mind? Will he stick it out and give it a chance? Will he end up liking it as much as we hope and pray he does?
I know there will be ups and downs as Grady grows and learns and becomes a little man. Greg and I will try to "feed" him only the best we know. We hope to instill in him morals and values but most importantly a love for Jesus, others and a heart to serve the world. I just pray that he will trust that we will always have his best interests in mind and that he will grow up to become and do all the special things God has planned for him.


Nikki Longwell said...

I wish we lived closer to each other.