This is all we were able to watch her eat when we were there. It is yogurt mixed with pureed fruit.
Ben survived his first month home on yogurt, oatmeal, pureed soup, applesauce, carnation instant breakfast and cottage cheese. I ground up graham crackers into his yogurt or crackers to thicken soups. I am planning meals and preparing for much the same kind of diet for Esther until we get a handle on things. Thankfully now there are fruit and veggie pouches that will offer more variety in taste and convenience at the same time. I don't know if she is able to drink out of a straw (Ben couldn't) but hopefully being able to squeeze it will allow her to eat on the go and she will learn quickly that there is food available whenever she is hungry.
For the trip, I am bringing food pouches, oatmeal packets and Carnation instant breakfast packets, most of which I will need for baby Ruth as well. I know the hotel restaurant offered yogurt and scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes and a variety of soups so she will not starve! I'm bringing baby food puffs but she wouldn't touch them on trip 1 so we will see if she is willing to try them. I imagine we will be using Ruth as our guinea pig for all new experiences so Esther will be more willing to copy her. I'm debating bringing a small travel blender but I think we won't have any problems with finding appropriate food for her so it most likely isn't necessary. On the airplane, I learned that soaking a muffin in a cup of milk will work in a pinch.
I'm working on gathering soup and stew recipes that are hearty and tasty but without strong flavors. I can make them ahead in December and freeze in serving sizes to pull out for easy meals once home.
Next up, clothing preparations!