Monday, November 3, 2008

Little Guy, Big Impact

Birdseed Bread: whole wheat bread with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flax seed.

Isaac now eats food. Real food. This morning he had pureed apples for breakfast. Last night it was pureed squash. Whatever fruits or vegetables I'm serving up for the others, get cut up, cooked and pureed for the little guy. Sometimes he'll gnaw on a crust of homemade bread or bagel. It's the real deal. His diet, although still mostly milk, now has real food. And there's no turning back.

I dreaded this stage. I wanted him to be milk-only for as long as possible. I waited longer to give him solids than I did with Andrew, and mostly for selfish reasons. I'm not the biggest fan of sitting and spoon-feeding babies. It's messy. It can be frustrating. And it just seems to take forever. But since Issac has been dining with us there have been unexpected benefits.

When we all sit around the table, eating food I've made, I feel overwhelmed with feelings of Family and Mother. We really are a family and I really am a mother. This isn't pretend anymore. It feels big and responsible and warm and I love it.

Also, this is embarrassing, but here goes: Andrew and I used to pull up our chairs to the computer so I could read blogs while we ate breakfast. Well, my friends, no more. Now that Isaac is in on breakfast, we eat at the table so I can spoon feed him apples while eating my oatmeal and chatting with Andrew. And, turns out, that's really nice.

Sometimes dinner is louder. Sometimes Dave and I can't hear each other from Isaac and Andrew laughing so loudly. Sometimes I eat really quickly so I can feed Isaac and move him through the bedtime routines before he gets fussy. But, it's much, much better than I was expecting. I'd say, downright enjoyable.

Thanks for all of your comments and encouragement on Friday! It was really helpful and I've felt much better ever since. Thanks!


Melissa said...

I read recently that kids who ate nuts and/or seeds everyday in this study performed twice as high on IQ tests as those that didn't. So you made some smart bread there!

Wait- so where was Isaac before when you ate? Do you mean he just didn't eat with you or he wasn't with you at all?

He's such a cutie!

Robyn said...

He was in the bouncy chair on the floor next to us. Not the same at all! ;)

Seeking La Loba said...

You'll give him a bird brain. :)

I just heard on the radio that birds have very large brains in proportion to their body weight, which makes them more intelligent. Even though they have historically gotten a bad reputation.

Melissa said...

Do you have a baby safe feeder? Love those things.

Mama V said...

Isaac eating a bagel inspired me this morning to share my election day celebration/Lucas's birthday bagel with Jesse. He loved it!