The Baby is Supposed to Eat What Now?

So, we’ve hit the next stumbling block on the road to holy-crap-just-be-10-already. Last week, I wrote a post about taking your baby on a Disney vacation and which baby food options were the best idea, since we’ll be heading out to Disneyland for a little family fun in April. I noted that she’d only be 13 (almost 14) months old at that point and we’d need to take baby food to cover the trip.

Following that post, I got 6 or 7 very friendly and ever-so-slightly-concerned e-mails. I love that I’ve been blogging long enough to have readers who don’t mind stepping in to give me a bit of advice every now and then. For example: “Our son didn’t eat much baby food after ten months,” and “I think the parks have a lot of options that Eva can eat,” and “If you don’t stop giving her all that baby food, she’ll be the only Kindergartner that doesn’t know how to chew.” (That last one might have been my interpretation…)

Anyway, I got the message and did a little research. Oh, it turns out that we were supposed to be feeding Eva some people food. Things like chicken and fruit and bread and other things that don’t come in jars. Oops. Apparently the baby-food-only stage only lasts for a couple of months.

Fast forward – I went to Whole Foods this week and started to get a little hungry. I had a pouch of baby food in my purse for Eva, but (feeling inspired toward mommy greatness) I decided to buy her some real people food to go with my real people food. So I shopped. And shopped. And shopped. And thought things like this:

“I think she can eat quinoa, but I don’t think she can eat the onions and pomegranate seeds in it. Plus, I didn’t bring a baby spoon.”

“I don’t think she should eat all of the mayo in that chicken salad. Plus, I don’t have a spoon.”

“I bet she could eat some yogurt. Really should have brought that damn spoon.
They have lobster bisque…when they say “no shellfish”, do they mean all shellfish or just cheap shellfish?”

“I know she can eat bread…should I get her a roll? Is it still lunch if I just feed her tons of white bread?”

“Maybe I could shred some rotisserie chicken? Or would I have to chew it first?..because…ew….”

This went on for 30 minutes and, ultimately, I bought sushi. Raw salmon sushi. In my head, she’d be able to easily swallow it. I sort of forgot about the part about it being raw…and fish…until I got to the table and re-evaluated. I gave her some kernels of rice and then gave up and fed her the entire pile of pickled ginger. Yes. True story. My first attempt to nourish the kid without instruction led to a lunch of pickled ginger.

Kiddo ate all of it. I don’t know if that means she’s adventurous or just resigned to my crazy…

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  • Reply Traci B

    This is the funniest thing I have read in a long time. I can COMPLETELY RELATE to the challenges of being a Mom. I get you, girl! I get you!!!! HANG IN THERE!!!!!

    January 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    Eva is definitely more adventurous at less than a year than I am at over 20! I tried raw Ginger once – blegh!!! I can't imagine it pickled! What a trooper!

    I think you should start her off with a Turkey Leg at Disneyland! 🙂 If nothing else, I think it would make for a funny shot – especially since they're probably around the same size! 😉

    January 31, 2012 at 3:10 am
  • Reply Jones Family

    Oh, I remember this stage well!

    Stuff my kids liked: cubed avocados, cubed chicken, cheerios + cereal of all sorts, peas, corn, soft cooked baby carrots, pears, halved grapes, all kind of melon, soft cubed sweet potato, cooked broccoli. Pretty much whatever we ate- they ate. And now my girls even love salads!

    I also found this great thing for trying out first foods: the Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder. My girls loved it- especially for teething!

    Eva is darling and you are awesome…keep it up!

    January 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    LOL! I guess now wouldn't be the best time to mention you could've grabbed a spoon from the food court? 😉

    For what it's worth, my little guy has been eating sushi with us since Eva's age. He loves smoked salmon, octopus, shrimp, crab, ginger, and cut up cucumber rolls (basically all cooked fish. Oh, edamame is a huge hit too! So you can do sushi, just not the raw stuff.

    I would second everything Jones Family listed, those foods were all well received here as well and a majority are still staples in our house. Pretty soon she'll be eating solids and pickig off your plate like a pro!

    January 31, 2012 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply samantha

    You had me cracking up! And eva is too cute!!

    February 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm
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