This seems to be a common theme with babies and toddlers. Here are a few things I’ve learned in the past couple of months.
- Your food will never again be yours. You will share everything you have only because your baby wants it simply because you have it.
- First you can’t eat because your baby is screaming for your attention. Then you can’t eat because your baby is screaming for her own. Finally, it gets to the point that you can’t eat because your baby is screaming for your food.
- Eat the same thing as your baby. Unless you like sharing most of your meal or you don’t want to eat it.
Why would you give your child something that you wouldn’t even eat?
Now don’t get me wrong, I prefer not to eat brussel-sprouts, however, I wouldn’t stop Mila from eating them – or anything that was good for her. However, when it comes to processed foods, I’m not a fan. I prefer to give my child foods that I prepare fresh whenever possible.
I was given a few containers of toddler prepared meals* and thought, oh what the heck, let’s try it. Mila wouldn’t touch it. She turned her head and yelled, “no-no-no!” So, I gave it a shot. Wow. It’s gross!
*Really, how can this food be any good when it’s sitting on a shelf for who-knows-how-long AND doesn’t need refrigeration?!
June 17, 2012
11 months, 3 days
By this point there’s no surprise that my daughter likes fruit. Mila took a bite out of a nectarine before I could get it from her at the supermarket, she munched on apples, pears and peaches when we went picking, she went silly for strawberries and now she’s bananas for bananas.
She loves walking around with a peeled banana and her cheeks puffed out with a mouth full. Try to take her banana away and she screams. She loves them so much, she starts to eat the peel if you can’t get to her soon enough.
November 5, 2012
Almost 16 months
But what you may not know is that Mila also likes lemons. Yup, lemons. She’ll make faces, but she’ll keep going back for more. If Mila sees you have a lemon in your drink, she’ll point and ask for it, “peeeass”.
This is just one of the many times she’s encountered a lemon, (September 23, 2012 / 14 months, 9 days).
I’m thankful that I have such a diverse family. Next to the German we have Korean and Puerto Rican influence that makes life exciting – especially for the taste buds!
Some lessons never go out of style.
Remember how I “tricked” Mila? Yep. Apparently, you can do that with solid food, too.
I have been having a hard time getting Mila to eat vegetables. She loved ’em then didn’t. So, today when I already failed with broccoli for lunch, I took what she didn’t eat and tossed it into her scrambled eggs.
Oh yeah, Mila ate her broccoli today.
Update: Attempted the same thing with the zucchini she didn’t eat at dinner last night. As long as it didn’t fall out of the egg (or she didn’t spit it out), this worked, too. Not as well as the broccoli, though.
October 18, 2012
One year, 3 months, 4 days.
#124: It’s difficult to eat when your child is screaming. “mo, mo, mo!” for her own food.
#125: No matter how much you are enjoying your dinner or dessert, you will give your last bite to your grunting, open-mouthed child.
#126: You’ll give up things you love for your child.
I gave up beer while I was pregnant. And I give up all my chopped pork in my pork-fried rice (my favorite part), because Mila absolutely loves it.
I wrote this back in July 2011, not long after Mila was born. I can say that more than a year later, not much has changed.
My eating habits progressed from little to nothing (no time to eat) to actually getting to eat, only it was a cold meal. I’ve learned to even juggle: my right hand with a spoon in Mila’s mouth and my left hand with a fork in my mouth.
The other day Mila and I had breakfast with my brother, who so astutely noted that he hadn’t seen me eat or finish a full meal in over a year. It was actually nice to have done so.
Mila likes, no LOVES, strawberries. In August, we had a family get together for several birthdays and Mila went nuts when I brought out my cake topped with strawberries.
And after she got it, she gobbled it up and asked for more.
August 18, 2012
13 months, 4 days
I’ve been working on this list that would eventually become a post for a long time. I have a lot of items I’ve found useful and others I found to be a waste.* I’ve found common items that aren’t even baby items to use that cost half the price of what’s advertised specifically for baby. It’s amazing the amount of items we are inundated with on a daily basis, all claiming to be NEEDED for a new baby. It’s not true. Take this all in stride and think about what you actually need before you purchase it. There’s been a lot of wasted money in my household and a lot of grateful advice along the way.
- Once Mila began drinking bottles, I purchased a small plastic basket that I keep near the kitchen sink. You can find this in the storage, laundry, or kitchen section of just about any store and it costs about $3. I use this to toss in all the pieces of Mila’s bottles, her pacifiers, bowls, spoons, etc. that need to be washed. Everything gets rinsed before going into the basket and this has been the best at keeping everything together and away from slipping down the drain.
- I received flannel blankets at my baby shower that I used as receiving blankets, swaddles, blankets for Mila when she was real little. When she outgrew this, (really even before because I had so many), I cut them in half with a pair of pinking shears, and used them as burp clothes. I was shocked at how much stores charge for burp cloths and most of them don’t absorb real well. I found that the thin flannel of these blankets worked great for cleaning up spills and spit-up, too.
- I learned quickly that different style bibs were important for different things. When your baby drools like crazy, you either change her clothes three times a day or you purchase a cloth bib with a plastic back. This way, the drool doesn’t seep through the bib and soak your baby’s clothes, too. When Mila began eating more foods and feeding herself, her bibs would become stained. Make sure you have a stash of (cheap) bibs that you don’t mind having ruined or tossed in the trash.
- Aquaphor has become a staple at Mila’s changing table. We’ve used this to heal baby acne, random bumps and rashes, scraps and small cuts, (after they’ve been cleaned, of course). It really is a miracle ointment. Even today we use this to help heal her mosquito bites.
April 27, 2012: 9 months, 13 days
- Desitin is another ointment we keep handy and not for diaper rash. When Mila was first teething she drooled so much (“[more than] the kitchen sink”, as once pointed out) that she developed a rash under her chin and on her neck. She was so little she really didn’t have a neck, which meant that the skin in that area couldn’t air out and a rash developed. A small amount of Desitin rubbed on her neck took the rash right away. I’m sure this isn’t strictly a Desitin thing and that other diaper rash ointments could be used, it’s just what we had available.
- Mesh fruit/veggie bag: This worked great for bananas especially, when I wanted to keep the mess to a minimum and not worry about Mila choking on large pieces of food.
*I’ve posted about other items, too.
September 15, 2011: Screaming and having someone run to your attention only works for babies. It’d be a great life to scream and *poof* have food or be held.
July 28, 2011: As soon as you sit down to eat, the baby will inevitably want you. Ever hear that once you are a mother, you will never have a hot meal again? So as soon as I sit down with my PB&J Mila gets fussy. I checked her and she pooped a TON! Needless to say, I’m now really not in the mood for peanut butter.