For the past couple of months, Mabel has been eating solid (which, those of us just learning the baby lexicon discover, turns out to mean barely-solid) food. She loves all manner of mushy cereals--rice cereal and baby oatmeal and a multigrain cereal we call porridge--as well as pureed fruits like apples and pears and prunes and strawberries, and yellow/oranges vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash. The green vegetables--peas, broccoli, green beans, spinach--seem to be growing on her gradually as her pallet matures. She'll even put up with some protein like ground meat, egg yolks, or beans, if she gets to alternate bites with some more preferred food. Sometimes she is very prim and tidy about the whole eating process, but more often, as was clearly the case at breakfast on April 9th, above, it is a gloriously messy affair.