Iain started eating solid foods on Thanksgiving morning. It didn't go exactly as planned, but it still worked out. The plan was that I would feed him some rice cereal that afternoon at some point. The reality was that I passed Iain off to Grandma DD around six in the morning and she fed him rice cereal thinking he was hungry and not knowing that he hadn't ever had solids before.
When we got back home from the holiday weekend, Ada finally started to think Iain was okay and wanted to help feed him. She's pretty good when you remind her not to shove the spoon all the way down his throat.
All of a sudden, being a big sister might not be so bad.
And to make things even more exciting around here, I've decided to try making my own baby food this time around--in all of my free time. So far Iain is a fan of acorn and butternut squash, and sweet potatoes. He's not so fond of lima beans (I don't blame him) and seems to be okay with split peas. By Christmas, we might get to add in some bananas, apples and pears. So far, so good.
Moral of the story: Starting solids can be fun once you get everyone involved. And making baby food is a lot easier, faster, and less expensive than you think.