All my hair just started falling out this week too!
I'm here at my parents' house with both boys now...it's weird not having a million chores to do - just diaper laundry. I can't figure out if I feel rested or not. At least the drive went reasonably well. It's the farthest we've gone with the baby, until Wednesday, when we head for Texas for my cousin's wedding.
I gave DS1 rice cereal for a first food (organic!), and he enjoyed splashing it around, but he never really ate much.
It did feel wasteful to have a mostly-full box of it sitting there getting old, but I certainly wasn't going to eat the stuff.
We started at 6.5 months. We put it off the extra half month from the standard because we were going on a big trip, but we couldn't make DS1 wait any longer than that, he's been grabbing at our food since 4 months. Now at 3 months DS2 is already eager, but since he's just as eager to eat soap (did I say that already?) I don't think we're ignoring his signals too badly. I can hardly take him in the saltwater pool here because he keeps trying to drink the water. He dips his fist in and puts it in his mouth over and over.
This time I think we'll do a vegetable first. I'm afraid that if I start with a fruit he won't want anything that's less sweet. I remember reading a really good article on first foods, and I think it was in Mothering, but I haven't dug it up yet.