Thursday, January 31, 2013

bye bye

my sweet little baby is growing up to be a big boy. 

i know, it's no news flash - but it's still shocking to me every time i think about it.

now we're saying bye bye to baby food.  lately dax has been working on saying "bye bye" and he loves to add it to "all gone" when you tell him the yogurt is finished etc.  he's definitely right about one thing - the baby food is "bye bye all gone"!

recently daxton has taken to his sippy cup during meal times and learned that water or water with a "splash" of juice helps you wash down your broccoli.  yes, that's right dax also loves broccoli.  the other night i fixed roasted broccoli with just a splash of olive oil and a sprinkle of lemon juice, roasted at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, and he loved it!  i was shocked that he'd eat something that sounded so grown up, but he loved every bite and ate his entire serving.  it's his first full solid week of no baby food.  it was hard for us to get him off the baby food since it was just too easy to cave when he did not want to eat what we were giving him.  we've learned he really just does not care for the first bite of anything, regardless of what it is, and if you just keep trying you'll get him to eat about 90% of the things he tries.  the battle is a lot easier knowing that the first bite of everything is going to come back out, get tossed across the room, and made a disgusting face at.  he still does not really care for peas and eggs, but that is just about it.  (thankfully the dogs are always faithfully standing by to eat anything he tosses.)  likewise, if you dip anything in marinara he might just devour it.  he tends to love things in sauce - definitely daddy's boy.

he's a good eater and mostly a vegetarian.  he does not really care for beef or chicken, and we have not tried seafood with him yet since his bio dad listed that as a food allergy.

he really loves:
  • yogurt
  • banana
  • mango
  • blueberries
  • broccoli
  • sweet potato
  • noodles
  • marinara
  • pears
  • apple sauce with cinnamon
  • carrots
  • cheddar bunny crackers
  • hummus
  • tabouli
  • rice
  • o's cereal
  • cheese
we're hoping to ween him off the bottle and get him to drink his milk from his cup, but so far he'll only drink water/juice from the cup.  if you give him a cup of milk he'll just chuck it across the room.  luckily (thank you cathy w.) we have straps for his cups so they don't go flying too far, but it still doesn't get the milk into his mouth.  we're working on that part.

thankfully we still get to feed him about 75% of what he eats, since it's coming to him on a spoon.  it's a cherished time in our house to give our boy his nourishment to help him grow big and strong.  will and i both love feeding dax and are still amazed watching those little chompers work.  seeing him crunch fruit, veggies, and crackers is just so hilarious.  when he slurps up a noodle its just surreal.  however, i think it will be a sad day when he's totally self sufficient in the feeding department and no longer needs us to blow on his food, cut it up into tiny pieces, and airplane it to his lips.  hopefully we've got a while before we have to kiss all of that bye bye.

so right now it's just bye bye baby food - bye bye!

which foods does your toddler love to eat?


BumbersBumblings said...

Have you tried the nuk sippy cups? Those are what helped us make the transition!

beth said...

As you well know, James loved salad, broccoli, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggs, cheese, yogurt, pudding, oatmeal, grits. The meat is probably a combination of texture and not having molars, and lets face it, baby food meat is disgusting.

will + adri said...

Nuk is one brand we haven't tried! We'll have to get one!

Cat's Litterbox said...

I'm so glad the sippy saver is working like it should!! :-)

Gus doesn't like beef. He loves pork (he loves hotdogs/kilbasa/ham) and some chicken (nugget form only). I think it's pretty typical of most kiddos to not eat a lot of meat until they're around three or so.

For what it's worth, Gus still gets some of his food cut into pieces for him, so you've got a while to still enjoy that part of feeding time. Believe me, there will come a time when you'll wish you could go back to just feeding a bottle!!! It's "fun" when they start getting super picky about what they want to eat!!

Gus has always loved fruit. I don't think he's met a fruit that he didn't like. Veggies, well, they're another story. He only likes cooked (steamed) carrots, corn (technically not a veggie) and peas.

It's so fun when they go from the bottle and formula to drinking milk and eating solids.

With Gus, we found the best way to transition from the bottle to a sippy was to just get rid of all the bottles (put them away) and only offer drinks from a sippy. He adapted really quickly and we had successfully removed bottles before he was a year (we started the week before his 1st birthday).

Enjoy each special moment with Dax. As you know, time goes much too fast!! Before you know it, he'll be climbing counters, scaling shelves in the pantry and able to pour his own milk. Complete with opening the fridge, opening his sippy, and pouring milk straight from the jug!!!

Miss you guys!! XOXOXO

J.L. said...

Wow, our little gal's list of food loves is exactly the same. Exactly! Plus pickles. Your site redesign looks lovely.