On Easter, I made a special breakfast for my husband and me, which we enjoyed when we returned home from Mass, which is also about the time my son is gearing up for lunch. I was struggling with the desire to make him something special for Easter, while also experimenting with new finger foods, and exhausted from all the Easter preparations I'd done over the previous couple of days.
I'd done some research on eggs, and decided to give it a whirl. Every time I worried, I reminded myself that my mom gave my brothers and me eggs at an early age and we are perfectly fine. Worst case scenario was that my son would have an allergic reaction and likely throw up. I checked and double checked my favorite website, Momtastic, which assured me that the American Academy of Pediatrics had changed the rules (sound familiar?!) and that babies could safely eat the entire egg, rather than just the yolks:
"A 2008 study, and many studies done after, indicated that waiting to introduce eggs to your baby may not prevent any atopic diseases. Many are now suggesting that babies may be introduced to whole eggs from the start."
Reassured, I also reminded myself that egg yolks were previously deemed ok for babies from eight months, and whites beginning at one year. At ten months, my son was right in the middle of both those ages, so I took the gamble. Don't judge me; we all know that every mother takes a gamble at some point in her child's life, making the decision she thinks is best for her situation. If I needed another push in the direction to give my son his first taste of eggs, it was simply the reminder of all the yummy goodness one little egg contains!
And so, I scrambled. This way I mixed the yolk and white together, so he wouldn't get a big mouthful of one or another, which in my peabrain lends to the idea that any reaction might be less than if he just ate an egg yolk. That might just be me being naive though.
Anyway, I heated a bit of olive oil over medium heat. I beat one egg. I added it to the heat and stirred, just like I do with my own scrambled eggs (except that I didn't add salt and pepper). Once cooked through and fluffy, I served it to my son with one piece of turkey sausage.
He loved it all!
And he didn't throw up, develop a rash, or have funny poop.