August 29, 2013

Learning to eat


It's been hard for me to post this week and last because we're doing full-time childcare for our little grandson until his daycare center space opens up next week. Even though he's a happy baby most of the time, it's still exhausting and time-consuming to look after him. (Have you ever noticed how a lot of people stop blogging after the birth of a baby?) He's been coming at 7:45 a.m. and leaving sometime between 3 and 4 p.m. and by the time we've had dinner, I'm too tired to move a finger other than the one that controls the TV remote. It's all I can do to catch an episode of HGTV.

The little munchkin's favorite time of the day is when he's eating lunch. In the photo above, you can see him sampling lettuce and kale from my garden.


He'll eat most anything, but his favorite food seems to be peaches, and he will eat an entire large peach, leaving behind just the skin. He also loves the blueberry muffins I baked for him. At seven months old, he's not being spoon fed, but rather, is allowed to experience all the food first hand, so to speak. If you have a little one, what approach are you taking to feeding? Do you use a spoon? Self-feeding?


Here's what happens post-lunch. He's so disgusting that it seems only fitting that he goes into the sink. Of course, he loves this, too.


Last weekend I was treated to a barbecue at the little guy's house, and it was fantastic. All the vegetables came from his parents' garden. I love fresh food cooked on the grill so much. We also had quinoa salad, tofu, and a chocolate cream pie made by me, that I'll blog about during MOFO.

MOFO starts next week. Are you joining in? As a blogger? As a reader?

Got to go feed the baby!

31 comments:

  1. What a sweetheart! How lovely to be able to spend so much time with him, despite the exhaustion. Whenever I see people with homegrown veggies, I get garden envy!

    Yes, I'm joining in MoFo again this year - something else that's fun and exhausting!

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    1. He is a sweetheart, but I'm so tired!!! As soon as the little guy leaves, company comes for four days, so I've somehow got to clean the house and write several posts tomorrow. Sigh.

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  2. I was just thinking that your adorable grandson looks so similar to your equally adorable granddaughter and then I read "He's so disgusting...;" HA! I imagine Callie is pretty full from what heads her way during the "first hand" eating.

    Rest up; we're gonna need it for September.

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    1. Yes, they are partners in adorableness, when clean and fed and rested. Callie is strangely unhelpful when it comes to cleaning up food dirt. Seriously, isn't that one of the benefits of having a dog?

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    2. It's obvious that Callie doesn't share in 89's willingness to help. Although I will say that since going through a training class, 89 waits to be told, "Yes, please eat those blueberries that just rolled off the counter onto the floor so I don't have to use my muscles to bend down and get them." It's eerie, really. She used to gobble them up and tiptoe out of the room before chewing.

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    1. Thank you! You're an expert in cuteness with Cooper as your guide. :)

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  4. oh my gosh he is just PRECIOUS!! those beautiful eyes!

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  5. Sounds like fun but I know how exhausting it can be to spend all day with such a wee one!

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    1. I love him to pieces but my eyes don't want to stay open, and it's not even 5 p.m.

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  6. What a cutie! I don't know how anyone can do it. Yr dinner looks wonderful - looking forward to what you've got coming for moFo. I'll be trying my hardest to participate again this year too.

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    1. I'm wondering how I did it — except I was a lot younger. MOfo is a real challenge for me, and every year I think I should just read the other blogs and not do mine, then I change my mind. I wish I had some clever plan up my sleeve but I don't. How about eat all my meals out and take photos of them. (just kidding, I think)

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    2. That would actually be an excellent joint idea if we were rich and lived in the same state.

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    3. How about eat all our meals at food trucks.

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  7. Adorable! The BBQ looks delicious too. I'm a MOFO virgin. Wonder whether I'll keep to the challenge. :)

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    1. I love barbecue more now than before I was vegan!

      Wish I had some sage advice to offer about mofo, but all I can think of is when you think you can't write anymore, just write something. You'll be glad you did, and the next day will seem easier. Try to remember that it's fun! :D

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  8. What a cutie pie your grandson is! I love that he likes kale :-)

    Are you going MoFo this year? I know it is time consuming, but I hope you do!

    Courtney

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    1. Thanks! I'm planning to mofo, but the thought is always alarming to me. :)

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  9. What a cute little guy! We are spoon feeding right now. Darrol is just under 6 months, but I am excited to transition him to finger foods when he seems ready for them!

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    1. Thanks! I think when my boys were babies I used a combination of spoon-and self-feeding. Little E feeds himself eats with gusto, but oh my, what a mess!

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  10. I just had my daughter on June 30 and it's true I've had a rough time finding a moment to blog. Even though she's only two months old I plan to do baby led feeding. Your grandson looks so cute!

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    1. Congratulations on your new baby! Enjoy every minute with her and don't worry about blogging — you'll have more time soon enough. :)

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  11. How cute is he? And isn't it amazing how babies gravitate toward fresh foods?

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    1. Thanks. I think he's pretty cute — and pretty smart to eat all the good stuff. :)

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  12. Love that baby eating kale!

    I'm doing Mofo. Another GF mofo'er here.

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    1. Today he ate chickpea burgers and roasted cauliflower!

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  13. oh gosh he is such a cutie.. love the peach skin all over him.

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    1. Thanks! The peach skin cracks me up. He's so funny. :)

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  14. I'm glad to hear someone understands how much I want to blog...but just can't very often. It's hard to explain how my mind and fingers can't function properly after a certain time. I've went to bed a few times lately at 7! I love seeing him nibble on lettuce - I read this post the other day, and it inspired to me give it to my son. I give him every other vegetable; I don't know why I never give him fresh greens.

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    1. I gave the little guy tender fresh kale from my garden and he gummed it up with glee. I don't think I gave fresh greens to my sons when they were babies — or whole peaches either. This little one LOVES to eat, and he's game for just about anything. I gave him chickpea burgers and he loved them.

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