So, the monster is back to refusing solids. He's not gagging on them, but he's not keen on eating them either.
The good news is, I saw Dr. Illegible yesterday for something unrelated and asked him about it, and he says it's totally fine. We should, it seems, take the lead from him and let him eat what he wants and not worry about it. So yay.
Also, we did finally get a pool for the monster, which he LOVES. It's just one of the little inflatable ones, but he loves to splash around in it. It's a whole event for him. It has a little sunshade, and we put water that's a bit warm in it, so it's not like icy hose water, but not warm like bathwater either. Of course, after one swim, the weather turned gross, but I think it's going to be a long summer. In the winter, we might deflate it, or I might buy a bunch of ball pit balls and bring it into the living room. I guess we'll see.
I'm in a pretty decent mood, so the post about how my mom decided to Skype me and then invite my cut-off cousin, who'd never seen my LO, to come upstairs and say hi to me - will have to wait for another day.