oh, i hadn't checked this thread for a little while! came back and found all these wonderful replies. still so helpful because we are still at the same stage.
everything that all of you wrote put me at ease, thank you. i gave her a little bit of smashed potato the other day... not quite as bold as some other choices, but definitely more dense and drier than the purees she'd been eating. i am trying to make the purees chunkier bit by bit. she liked the potato! i'll keep trying.
thanks for all the great advice!