To be serious for a minute, obviously you don't have to leap in with huge lumps if you don't feel comfortable. I suppose what I'm saying is there's no need for him to be on runny consistency anything at all, so feel free to make it thicker/lumpier or if you're feeling daring, throw away your blender altogether!
MadameCheese, gowan, do it, at 9 MO, DS is just eating everything that I am whereas friends' babies who had puree are still on puree and won't eat lumps! It's fun and very messy Use savoury purees for soups, and fruit purees for adding to things like porridge pancakes.
He was hilarious with pureed apple this afternoon, I think he might have a sweet tooth . Thanks everyone for your words of encouragement (I did make some butternut squash puree though when you weren't looking)