Happy 7 Months, K-Dub

Happy 7 month birthday to my little boy!!!

As you know from my post the other night, feeding my children stresses me out. I had huge problems getting J-Man to eat solid food, and I’m more than a little bit anxious about going through it all again with K-Dub. But guess what? I have no choice. “They” say to start solid foods between 4 and 6 months. Most mommas jump for joy when their baby hits 4 months and immediately start spooning rice cereal into their babies open mouths.

Me? I watched the sixth month slip by, anxiously counting each day until it came to an end, knowing I could delay solid food for only so long.

When K was about 6.5 months old, his daycare provider told us she really wanted to feed him cereal. Why, I have no idea, but I felt compelled to comply. So I reluctantly purchased a box of rice cereal, mixed a tablespoon with some formula, cleaned off a baby spoon that had been sitting in the basement for the past four years, and got to work.

Shockingly, the experience was actually quite pleasant. Oh gosh, I may as well admit, it was downright joyful. K lapped up the cereal like a starving kitty. Woo hoo!!! I packaged up some rice cereal and sent it off with K to daycare. Every day they sent home a progress report telling me how happily he devoured his cereal. My baby was eating solid food (well… technically… even if it was just rice cereal) and I could not have been more thrilled. Maybe my second kid would not cause me as many sleepless nights as the first. Oh please, God, please please please.

Last week, the daycare provider started dropping hints that they wanted me to bring in more solid foods for K — sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, etc. Oh no. I wasn’t ready. I’m not ready. I can’t do this. I can’t go through it again. (btw: What ever happened to “breast milk or formula is all your baby needs for the first twelve months of life”????)

This week, the subtle hints turned to demands. Bring in food. Your baby is starving. He cries because he’s so hungry. Formula isn’t enough. He needs vegetables and fruits.  So, being the obliging mother that I am, I figured I’d give it a go. A quick consultation with Teh Googs, and I learned that carrots were a good first veggie because they had a sweet taste. So, I grabbed the baby carrots out of the produce drawer in the fridge and pureed them up.

(Side note: J-Man flipped out when I steamed and pureed all the carrots. Suddenly, the only thing he wanted to eat was carrots, simply because we no longer had any.)

I cannot describe to you in words using the English language how vehemently these carrots were rejected, so I will tell you in K-Dub’s own words:

#(&*$!(*&!@(#*&!@$(*&#@(%*&(!@*#&(!@#*&

Not only that, but he gagged so wretchedly that he puked a little. Oh crap. Suddenly all my hopes and dreams of a baby that devours food like it’s the last time he’ll ever eat went flying out the window. I tried carrots a few more times and was met with the same enthusiastically unhappy reaction.

Maybe he just doesn’t like carrots. Let’s try peas. Oh, and it’s entirely possible that presentation matters to him, so I’ll serve it up in a pretty ramekin.

Guess what?!?!

#(&*$!(*&!@(#*&!@$(*&#@(%*&(!@*#&(!@#*&

I was feeling pretty bummed out at this point. I mean, for real, look at those gorgeous peas. I’m pretty sure he didn’t swallow a single speck of them.

Why does my mommy use holiday stuff all year?

But hey, at least he didn’t gag this time.

So inyhoo, yesterday I picked him up from daycare and got a guilt trip about how he was STARVING and desperately needed to eat solid fruits and veggies in the afternoons. Since he was not interested in the bright and beautiful food I was preparing for him, I stopped into the Giant and bought him some commercial baby food.

I bought him bananas, sweet potato, carrots, and sweet peas and brought them all into daycare today.

When I picked him up, the teacher said he ate the sweet potatoes and the bananas, and that he really enjoyed both.

 

Seriously, I couldn’t be happier. Does Gerber baby food fit into my goal of feeding my family wholesome, real, fresh food? Err, not entirely. It’s certainly not fresh!  But honestly… he ate it. And enjoyed it. And it’s a start.

I want to finish by sharing a little conversation I had with J-Man last night. I had pureed these peas for K-Dub, which meant there were peas leftover, and that was what the rest of us would be having for our vegetable. J-Man was not excited about having peas with dinner, and he started trying every trick in the book to get out of eating them. I said “You know what I love about eating peas? They are like little balls, little pellets, it’s so neat!” and he retorted “You know what I like about eating peas? I don’t like them.” Well, how can you argue with that?

A few minutes later, I was washing some dishes while he ate and he said from behind me, “Mommy? Is the store that sells the asparagus open late?”He was hoping I could go out and get asparagus so that he could have that instead.

If only I could take back all those sleepless nights…

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9 Responses to Happy 7 Months, K-Dub

  1. lindsay says:

    i still can’t get over the aspargus. Too funny. But sweet potatoes are a nice runner up. thank GOD is right!

  2. I LOVE that he asked for asparagus. That day has finally happened in our household too and it makes me so happy! Sweet potatoes! You could try avocado too!

  3. This post made me laugh! Love the irony and that everything has come to a good end, finally! The asparagus story is outstanding! I think I didn’t like asparagus at all until I was a teenager.

  4. awww don’t give up! I’m not a mom yet but have been watching and helping my sis with her lil baby boy–well now he’s 1 year old! but It was realllly hard for her!! I noticed that he really loved banana, sweet potato, and the mixed veggies kind! Sometimes, she would mix pureed yam or s.potato into other lighter foods so that at least he’ll get the heartier quality in the food. And as time progressed, we fed him the korean style of porridge(jook) with rice, water, and littttle tiny veggies and a bit of sesame oil in the mix, with egg in it. We’d cook it till it became really runny and he’d enjoy it! at least for a period of time. hang in there Christine 🙂

  5. Aw, happy 7 months to your little man!

    I don’t have kids, but I worked a home daycare for a while and when one of the babies was 6 months, we started trying to feed him solids. It did NOT go well at first, but I guess he got used to it because he devours anything you put in front of him now!

    I’ve heard a lot about babies being breastfed for the first year, but my friend just sent me an article where it talks about an 11 month old baby who was breastfed by her mom, who was a vegan, and died of malnutrition. So crazy! I don’t know what happened?!

  6. Allison says:

    Hahahhaha that comment about peas is totally something I would have said! My parents made me sit at the table once until I finished the broccoli my mom made. I ended up sitting at the table all night…. They never made me eat it again.

  7. Priyanka says:

    happy 7th month b’day to the little boy! I cannot imagine the thrill, craziness and the happiness kids bring to your life (not to forget the frustration 🙂 ) Loved this post.

  8. Missy says:

    Ah…that J-man.
    Alway chasing after the unavailable type… guess it’s just in the Male genotype. (0:

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