A bit of a drinking problem…Posted: September 6, 2011
I’ve been feeling a bit guilty lately because all of my readers (like, all four of you) have been walking around thinking I’m the parent of this awesome little eater who will try just about anything I put in front of him. And I swear to you he was, he REALLY WAS!!!! For like…two weeks. And then he learned how to drink from a straw and the shit hit the fan.
For a while now the only way I could get him to drink water was by holding a straw, dropper style, and letting him drink from it as the water flowed down into his mouth.He really hated any sippy cup I tried, I just don’t think he likes the feel of it in his mouth. Some time about a week ago it finally dawned on him that if I just put the straw in his mouth and he sucked on it, wonderful water would flow UP the straw and into his mouth.
And BAM, the drinking problem began. He started refusing ALL solid food that I offered him with the exception of Goldfish and Cheerios. The only sustenance I could get him to eat is in the form of smoothies. And booooy will this kid down a smoothie! So I decided to just act naturally about this. Whatevs. No big deal. I am not disturbed by this. Inner peace. I continued to offer to him everything I ate…and he continued to refuse. I figured he’d come back around eventually. He’s been getting about two smoothies a day and I’ve been getting REALLY creative with the ingredients in order to get all sorts of nutrition into him.
Wheat germ, chia seeds, and Ground flax seed. I buy the flax whole and grind it in the MB every few days.
….GASP, I know, peanut butter before the age of 1….but I took the plunge and he’s not allergic people, chill out…*
Soft tofu…be careful to not add too much, it makes it taste funny.
Did you know that a handful of spinach is undetectable in a smoothie?
Roasted beets…gotta be careful not to use too much or else the flavor gets too strong, but they’re super nutritious.
Carrot juice and OJ.
Thankfully this week he has STARTED to come back around on the solid thing. So I’m cutting the smoothies out slowly and reintroducing everything. He eats grilled cheese without a fuss, and has been eating pancakes and french toast regularly for breakfast, which is good, because I’m going to start weaning him at a year so he’s going to have to learn to get sustenance from elsewhere. He’s still refusing most things that I give him, but patience is key and he’s only 11 months old and most certainly isn’t going to let himself starve! I made vegetable soup today, which was the bomb, by the way, and super easy. AND HE ACTUALLY ATE IT!!! HUZZAH!!! BEST MOMMY EVER!! I might make it again and blog about it.
ALSO…putting pineapple in his smoothies gave him really nasty diaper rash. Too acidic. So take note, oh ye fellow mothers.
*Always consult your doctor before introducing new foods…yadda yadda…don’t sue me.