My LO is 10.5 months and has been eating solids since 6 months. We started with cereal, then veggie/fruit purees, then meat at 9 months. Up to this point, he's done well with eating and is up to 3 meals a day. Generally he likes his food, but often seems distracted and just wants to play or otherwise be a busybody. Most of the time he will happily eat while playing with a toy, watching the dog or other people, or playing with the blinds from the window next to his highchair.
However, the past week and a half he has been downright fussy at meal time. He might take a few bites, but then he presses his lips together and goes "mmmm" as if saying "no, I don't want any." Sometimes I can persuade him to eat his food, but many other times he leaves the table without eating much. He fussed at his food for a few days, then I noticed he was getting 2 new teeth on the bottom (next to the 2 front ones), so I thought maybe it had something to do with that. The next couple of days after the discovery (and a bad night of fussing and no sleep for mama or baby), he started eating really well. Three nights ago he wolfed down his food in less than 5 minutes when we all sat down at the table for dinner. But the past 2 days he has flat out refused to eat his purees. He will, however, happily drink BM from a cup or feed himself some rice cups we had to teach him how to feed himself. Today for lunch, after refusing to eat his lunch and breakfast earlier, I sliced up some banana and he gladly ate it all, mostly, except what fell on the floor or in his bib. He also ate some rice cups, some puffs, and a few pieces of turkey deli meat.
Is this normal to have a baby suddenly refuse baby food? Is he fussing because of the teeth, or could this be his way of wanting to feed himself? Not sure what to do here. He's not that into nursing (about 7 times per day) and had previously eaten 3 meals really well each day, so I'm worried that he may not be able to feed himself the same kind of nutricious meals (rice cups really aren't nutricious at all, just for experimenting). He is about 23.5 lbs, at 90 % of growth, so I'm not that concerned just yet. Any ideas would be great. Thanks!