I thought I had at least a couple more weeks... nope.
Yesterday she was really fussy, slept more than usual, and wanted to nurse at least every two hours.
She didn't have a fever, so I thought it was either cutting a tooth or the 6 month growth spurt. I called our clinic and spoke with a nurse. She thought it was the growth spurt and that we should give her some cereal. She said she'd also have our pediatrician call back.
I got a lot of feedback from other parents on FB. My mom called me with guidance, too (thanks mom and other parents!). I decided it wouldn't hurt to grind up some brown rice to be ready. So I got out our trusty Kitchenaide attachment mill and ground a couple cups of rice flour.
Then our pediatrician called back and told us it was a good idea to start solids.
Mat texted when he was on his way home so that's when I started making rice cereal with this wholesome baby food recipe if you can call it a recipe... basically just boil rice flour and water. But then I mixed about a tablespoon of the rice cereal with 2 tablespoons of pumped milk. Mat got home and together we decided that we would try it.
Here's a video...