Babies are funny. The minute you think you have them figured out, they go and switch things up. If you start feeling too comfortable in your routine, they decide it is high-time to throw that routine out the window and start down a whole new road.
At this very moment, we are finding great humor in little Vijay’s ever changing mealtime antics. He has been enthusiastic about food since day one…never, ever missing a meal. When we started him on solid foods, he pretty much loved every single food that we gave him. And now, we are moving out of “baby food world” into “real food world,” which means that most of the time, he can eat what we are eating…with a little modification.
Last week, we went out for Indian food, and he gobbled down tandoori chicken, curried spinach and dal (a lentil dish). This week, we attended the annual Local Food Fest in Newport, and he snacked on smoked haddock potato salad, farm fresh nectarines and peaches, blueberry scones, creamed corn soup, and duck sausage.
I tried to feed him his apple sauce and mashed sweet potato and he gave me this look like, “Get real mom- I am so done with baby food.” To which I wanted to reply, “Really…because you are only nine months old and you have one and a half teeth. I am not sure duck sausage is all that appropriate.”
But if we don’t offer him a taste of what we are eating, he puts on this little angry face, and starts slapping the table. He can be very convincing.
I guess this is all part of the growing up process, and I am thrilled that he is an adventurous eater, but I still get nervous that I am breaking all kinds of baby food rules.
I still have some scruples left…I have managed to say no to coffee, cupcakes and ice cream 🙂 But he senses that I am holding out on him…and tends to give me this look, just to let me know that he is not fooled.
However, when it comes to sugars, food dyes, and artificial flavoring…I am holding my ground. I want to encourage his adventurous eating, while keeping a close eye on the quality of food that nourished his little body. It is a delicate balance…and a humorous journey, but we are finding out way, one food festival, one farmers market, one chaotic meal at a time.
**by the way…don’t you love Vijay’s little striped outfit. tea collection was sweet enough to send us a few outfits…I can’t wait to share more. thanks to them, we are looking pretty cool and comfortable this summer.