The struggle with solid food and other miscellaneous topics

imageI started my son on solid food not long ago, and in the beginning he was trying porridge and fruits but eventually he stopped eating with ease. He has become more fussy than usual, and sometimes will refuse to eat entirely. At 5+ months-old I’m in no rush to give him solid food. Even when I started him on solid food, it was extremely small portions for reasons I explained here. However, I noticed in Kurdistan, babies are given solid food at 3 months old, some are even given sugar-water from birth.

Instead of going into a lengthy rant about the struggles of childcare in Kurdistan and the safety measures that are often disregarded at ease – I just want to give soon-to-be-parents some perspective on what life could potentially be like after you welcome a newborn. There were so many things that I could do before that I simply can’t, and will probably not be able to do for a long time to come. At the same time, there are so many things that I can do now that I could not before. There’s a pleasant warmth to the balance that a baby bring into your world. However, as a postgraduate student that balance can often become tilted towards one direction.

For instance, going out is extremely tiring and sometimes I prefer not to go out simply because the energy it takes to get my son ready, and his endless list of necessities is just not worth the cup of coffee at Costa. Although, when I was pregnant going to Costa was worth the distance because of their delicious goat cheese panini (which I consumed with no guilt at the time – hello baby fat bliss!). The reality is, things are going to change in so many ways but depending on the couple, it can change for the better.

Some parents make it out as though their children are a burden which they can’t look after, and some even look as though they regret it (although surprisingly, significant number of parents that fall into this category tend to have more than one child). It is crucial to try for a baby when the time is right, especially in Kurdistan where there is a huge pressure on newlyweds to have a child – often believed to cement fragile relationships (sadly, patriarchal ideals are still widely believed and perpetuated).

And I digress! I haven’t written much for over a week because I have a huge workload (which seems to be increasing) and I don’t mind it to be honest, although it is tiring. Going back to solid food – how do you introduce solid food?

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