Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I think I have created a monster.

A red faced, screaming, beet eating monster.

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This was the only pictures the monster would let me take.  

Let me back up.  

I had previously mentioned that Dan and I have been giving Ina small tastes of our food while we are eating.  It started with a piece of rice here, a bit of egg yolk there.

That was a slippery slope, and over the weekend we hit the bottom.

Now, if I am putting something in my mouth, I better be putting something in Ina's mouth or else we are going to have a problem.

A serious problem.

Like whining and kicking and arms flailing as soon as she realizes that I don't have another bite ready and waiting.  I don't even want to go into what happens when I give myself a bite.  

It isn't pretty.  The only way to quiet her is to give her another bite, which starts the process all over again.

When we ate dinner at my grandma's house she convinced everyone there I was starving Ina. 

You would think she was strarving if you saw her last night too, but she nursed at 5, ate 3 oz of sweet potatoes at 6:30, and by 7 she wanted every bite of food on my plate.

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She had a taste of everything (except the goat cheese) and loved it - quinoa, beets, grilled chicken, zucchini, squash, onions, and peppers.

I swear I must have fed her two whole beets.  I finally gave her an onion to suck on so she would let me eat.

An onion.  My daughter wanted food so much that she sucked on an onion.  

Poor girl. 

I have two thoughts on this: 

#1 - I really don't want to encourage Ina to make that yelling / whining / screaming sound that when heard feels very similar to someone poking my eyeballs out.  However, I know she is a little young to "use her words."  Maybe I should try to encourage her to sign or give us a signal?  We tried putting the food in front of her but she doesn't have the coordination to feed herself yet.  Any advice?

#2 - This really encourages us to eat healthy.  Dan and I are pretty strong on the only-giving-Ina-healthy-food-front, so I suppose there won't be any Pop-Tarts or potato chips in our grocery cart for a while.  

Have a good day!


  1. Yes! Although it can be trying, this is probably a good thing. I'm not a mom, so I can't dispense advice. But generally speaking, in France, kids don't grow up eating chicken nuggets and "kid" food. From the get-go, they eat all the foods that the grown-ups are. They get used to those flavors right away. That way, they end up less picky, too! From that perspective, I think this is a good thing that you have already introduced her into your food! ;-)

    1. YES! Dan and I are determined to keep chicken nuggets away from Ina as long as possible, until she develops a taste for everything that we eat. For some reason, Ina being a non-picky eater is very important to us, so you are right, I suppose her wanting everything on our plate is a good thing. Another added benefit is that I eat less...haha. Thanks for the support and mom or not, I always appreciate your wisdom! :)

  2. let her try to eat cheerios or baby puffs and that should keep her busy with them so you can eat!

    1. Good point - but we have tried that and she just gets more mad that she can see the food right in front of her, but she can't get it to her mouth! She is so close, so I suppose we will continue to try to get her to feed herself, and help her out a little in the meantime?

  3. Have you heard of baby led weening? I have an almost 5 month old and we planning on doing that with some purred food as well when she is 6 months. http://www.babyledweaning.com/

    It's a little messing but would keep her ocuppied while you are eating. And it sounds like she is ready for it!

    Silent Reader/Stalker,


    1. Hi Christina!

      First of all the "silent reader / stalker" thing cracks me up! I am so that person with so many blogs! Ha!

      Second of all, your daughter is absolutely adorable! I can't wait to follow your blog and see her grow up / get even cuter.

      Third - yes, I have heard of baby led weaning, but didn't put two and two together. You are right, it does sound like she is ready for it. Many, many thanks for taking the time to comment with such an awesome suggestion!


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