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January 2013 Chit Chat - Page 13post #241 of 5241/19/13 at 5:06amSonja, Shay eats what we eat. When he gets hungry between meals I usually just give him leftovers or fruit to snack on. He asks for some foods, bananas and cereal the most because he can say nana and bring me boxes of cereal out of the pantry. If he could reach the baby food pouches (Sara keeps them for the diaper bag) he would ask for those, too. He drinks green smoothies or any smoothie. I drilled a hole in the lid of a baby food jar and stuck a straw in it. He brings me the jar when he wants smoothie and he can find the jar. I don't eat wheat or dairy, so I'm a lot less snacky than I was before. We used to keep a small container of frozen mixed veggies accessible and I should probably start that up again.post #242 of 5241/19/13 at 8:27am
We are pretty limited in snack options. We do mostly fruits- blueberries, watermelon chunks, tons of bananas, raisins, dried cranberries, and crackers. B loves those little Superfood pouches (they are like baby food in a pouch).
I cant get the kid to eat most vegetables, but she loves cooked kale. Which is just strange.post #243 of 5241/19/13 at 8:37am
I just discovered today that Sora LOVES raw apple slices! I didn't think she'd care for them raw since they're so difficult to chew and she's teething so badly. (I always used to steam her apples.) Instead, I guess the pressure on her gums must feel good. She was obsessed. It kept her occupied for a good half hour at least! It was so funny how she was trying to suck the juice out of the slices and then was just shaving off little layers of the apple meat with her teeth. She coughed and spit out several bits when she'd try to swallow too big of pieces with the skin on them, but I saw that as a good thing to teach her to chew more thoroughly. Green apple slices are going to be my go-to helper when she's teething now. She could care less about teething rings and the like.post #244 of 5241/19/13 at 9:10amI used to use carrots for teething since they were always cold and he loved it. Eli used to also shave little bits off with his teeth. I can't get Eli to eat apples - he gets over excited and shoves too many pieces in his mouth and chokes/splutters... I tried giving him a wedge of apple or a little strip of bread,but because he has so few teeth the chewing thing isn't going so well. I will have to wait until He can chew better before we start raw apples again. He is great with softer foods. Sara, he eats what we eat too. He just seems to be hungry a lot lol, says 'ea ea' and goes to his high hair. We are doing a lot of bananas right now because they are super cheap at my local market that sells all local/organic things. Because of his lack of teeth we can't do crackers/hard cereal. Eli is not a picky eater, eats EVERYTHING .. We tried kale, he didn't care for the texture. It is the first thing he didn't likepost #245 of 5241/19/13 at 9:25am
R's not a very picky eater, either. Last night we had salmon and lentils with sun dried tomatoes and he gobbled it up! He LOVES fish.
For snacks we usually do fruit, also. We don't eat a whole lot of fruit, and the GAPS book says to keep fruit eating to between meals, so it works out. R loves bananas and apples. And ALL berries. When I was making cranberry sauce over the holidays he would eat the raw cranberries I dropped. Haha.post #246 of 5241/19/13 at 9:55ampost #247 of 5241/19/13 at 10:00am
Fruit is also our go-to snack. She adores bananas and oranges right now. We've tried raw apples a couple of times and she just chews it up and spits it out. She does have both molars on one side now though, so maybe she'd take to them now. I'm having a harder time now, since I personally prefer summertime fruits and have a hard time eating fruit in the winter. Cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese... all also favorite snacks for her. It's harder when we're out and about. Like when we go to church, I usually bring some sort of snack for her to keep her quiet. That's usually a grain of some kind since it's not as messy and she can feed herself. Dry cereal or graham crackers usually. Oh, her absolute favorite is applesauce from a squeeze pouch. I like it too because it's not very messy. We take that one to church pretty frequently.post #248 of 5241/19/13 at 10:08amJasper loves berries, too. Especially blueberries. He goes crazy for them. Sometimes we have to hide them. If he can see them, he cries and fusses until he can eat the entire pint.
For snacks, I usually give him anything I can put in his snack cup. The lidded cup thingy where he can grab things but not spill it. We call it his cuppy. So berries, cut up apple, cut up cheese cubes, those organic kale puffs, yogurt drops, raisins, dried cranberries, peas, Cheerios (or the natural ones). Non-cuppy snacks are bananas, strawberries, other fruit we have at the time, baby food pouches, and smoothies. We are really into green smoothies right now.
I really want to make kale chips more often. I'm sure he will love those. For meals, he eats what we eat. I have to tone down the spice, though. I love spicy. I also think lots of cumin, turmeric, cayenne and the like are good for your health. J doesn't like them, though. Luckily, he doesn't mind garlic. His favorite meals are hearty stews. Like something with a good broth, tomatoes, beans, and veggies. I made a lentil tomato veggie stew with a little pasta in it This week. I made the broth for it earlier in the day. It was vegan for me, but I grated some Parmesan cheese on it for him. He loved it!!
He also loves chili and stews with sweet potato. He loved the quinoa sweet potato chili this week.
He usually has leftovers for lunch.post #249 of 5241/19/13 at 10:13ampost #250 of 5241/19/13 at 10:43amSuper helpful to see what everyone else's kiddos are eating. I take freeze dried yogurt drops with me everywhere I go since we are reliant on the bus and it is a convenient way To keep him happy. I also totally forgot about raisins, so I might have to get some. Just so that I can offer something different to snack on. Dh loves spice, but I do less for Eli... I love flavourful foodpost #251 of 5241/19/13 at 11:29amSonja, I bite into the apple and then hand it over. Soren only has 2 teeth and he steals crackers from Shay and devours them before I can get them from him. I don't withhold crunchy foods despite lack of teeth. If they don't like them, they won't eat them. Shay nurses all day but he's still hungry all the time, too. I had been trying to avoid giving him super spicy, but he doesn't seem to complain about stuff I like.post #252 of 5241/19/13 at 11:43ampost #253 of 5241/19/13 at 12:34pm
KJ nurses and eats all day, too. Well she mostly eats in the morning. She wakes up and nurses a LOT, then we have a big green smoothie (apple, frozen banana, and any combo of kale, romaine, celery, chard, and cilantro - sometimes all of those). I always share that smoothie with her and she tends to have a lot of it, though some days she only takes a couple sips. Lately I've been making a breakfast quinoa: I soak quinoa overnight with a dash of lemon juice or ACV (the acid helps break it down, I've read...) then I rinse WELL and cook it with coconut milk or homemade almond/hazelnut milk, cinnamon, vanilla. Sweeten with stevia. Anyway this isn't a recipe thread but this stuff is sooooo good you've got to try it!
Lunch and dinner are less predictable/organized... she loves avocado/veggie sushi rolls, cooked carrots/yams, miso soup (I add a ton of veggies and I don't know how much she gets but she loves the broth - I feed that to her myself), brown rice pasta, etc.
Christina - It seems everything I read says to have fruit alone/on an empty stomach, or as part of a green smoothie with no added fat, etc (just fruit and greens). I'm sad but I'm trying to follow that rule currently, too!post #254 of 5241/19/13 at 12:37pmpost #255 of 5241/19/13 at 2:05pmGreta has weaned. We stuck it out as long as she would let me, but she was just not interested anymore. I could always rely on a good session right after work, but she even started fighting that. I never even felt engorged once I stopped offering, so I am curious if my milk supply had just tanked which led to her fighting our nursing sessions. Had I realized, I might have fought harder to up my supply, but it's already done. There's no more milk (I tried pumping and hand expressing to see if I could give her some in a cup, nothing there). We made it about as long as I did with DD1. I really gotta wonder what is up with my milk supply at around this age because weaning went exactly the same with DD1, even the lack of engorgement. I'm not too sad about it. I'm glad we hit the year mark considering the struggles we had the first 6 months. I just went and bought myself a new fancy bra and got to put away the nursing bras!post #256 of 5241/19/13 at 2:54pmConner recently learned where eyes are. It's socute. I'll ask him where daddy's eyes are and he'll walk right over to DH and poke his eye balls. He'll do the same thing to me and my MIL. Now we're working on the nose and mouth. He usually gets distracted by the holes the nose and mouth has, haha. He likes to stick his finger in them, laughs, then loses focus.post #257 of 5241/19/13 at 4:49pmpost #258 of 5241/19/13 at 7:17pmpost #259 of 5241/20/13 at 6:31am
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