As it turns out, hilarity ensued and she is not pleased.
My first attempt was right after her 4 month check up. I figured rice cereal was pretty bland and we'd just mix it until it was watery with her formula.
Fast forward three weeks. This time I've let her play with the spoon a few times so she knows it's not this weird, scary thing. I decided to say screw it with the rice cereal, what if I did a pear/pea mix.
If you let her lick the spoon clean, she's totally happy and will willingly eat. Put the spoon in her mouth and it's mutiny.
So... I was going to try again this afternoon at lunch time, just to see. I'm not really rushing the solids yet because I don't need to. She's clearly on track for height and weight. I have another small jar of pear and pea left so maybe I'll try that again, but add a little cereal to it. One of my favorite memories of when Olivia was a baby (and truthfully, I don't have many because I was pretty deep in post partum depression for her entire first year) was feeding her at lunch time. Saturdays were the only day of the week I was alone with her for the entire day and it always stressed me out the entire week. I was truly worried I wouldn't keep it together and something awful would happen. I'd stress out over how to take care of her by myself and meal times were the worst. But I do remember sitting in our tiny kitchen, with her in her high chair, carefully exploring foods. Nothing more than that, just a memory I've got from a really foggy year.
So we'll see. I'll keep trying with Penelope, she's got to come around some time, right? :)