Here's where we are with solids.
She's 9 months old. We've taken kind of a hybrid approach of some BLS and some purees. I might run her veggies through a blender enough to chop them into manageable pieces, but I don't puree them so that they're soupy. Generally, we eat in the morning (since I'm home with her right now, I have time to make everything fresh for her), and we've started giving her foods with us at dinner, too.
Right now, we're mostly doing veggies and meats with some fruits. Her favorites are carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash, and avocado. She also has eaten chicken and steak, shredded up and loved it. I've tried her on peas and she wasn't crazy about them. I just gave her the regular steamed peas that she could pick up herself, but she was kind of unimpressed either way. Oddly, when we were at a restaurant a few weeks ago, she attacked the hummus that was on my plate. I thought she wouldn't like it, but she actually loved it. Later, I began to wonder if the tahini in the hummus would be a problem in terms of allergies. She hasn't shown any signs of allergies, but I haven't given her hummus again.
Usually in the morning, she eats fruits and veggies, and then at dinner we'll try to modify what we're eating for her needs. It's kind of hard, though, because we eat a lot of things that aren't really baby friendly. Some people have a sweet tooth, but I have a spice tooth. It's not a meal unless my tongue's on fire at some point.
I guess I'm not sure where to go from here. I know that breastmilk should be her main source of nutrition, but should she be eating more formalized meals?
Also, she really doesn't care for spoon feeding. She might grab the spoon, but she tosses it aside and shovels food in her mouth with her hands. Which is fine, but is there a point at which I should be teaching her to eat with a spoon? Is it a bad sign that she doesn't want to use the spoon? I read about someone else giving their baby soup, for example, but I don't see how I could do that if she won't use a spoon or allow us to feed her with a spoon.