Our day starts off with a nursing session - usually lasts anywhere from 8-20 minutes - just depends on how awake/curious he is and how much that outweighs wanting to be close to his Mama. Today it was definitely closer to the 20 minute mark. About 15 minutes after nursing, he asked for a cracker. This is odd, because usually he asks for a banana or just says "eat, eat" and tries to scale his highchair. I put him in his high chair and gave him a cracker and got this:
|Waffle and Banana|
For some reason, growing up, I always assumed this jelly was strictly for old people. Not parents, but grandparents and above. BUT, as I learned more and more about reading labels, etc. I discovered that this is actually the healthiest option on my grocery store shelf! Check out this ingredient list:
Other than Malodextrin - I know what all of the ingredients are! Plus no added sugar! And it's surprisingly delicious! I put a teeny tiny bit on each piece of waffle - total amount of jelly was just enough to fill a baby sized spoon. Did the trick and he gobbled up more of the waffle and banana but definitely didn't finish as much as he normally would.
|Sweet boy was rubbing the baby bump while he fell asleep :-)|
Lunch was a piece of cauliflower crust pizza with peppers and onions (loosely based on Brittany's recipe), 2 zucchini carrot mini muffins, and sauteed kale.
Several hours later we had a snack - an apple! He is recently obsessed with apples and I thought it would be a good way to get some food in him. I peeled an apple for him and set him up in his high chair once again.
This one just makes me laugh :-)
About 2 hours later, we jumped into dinner.
About an hour later, we nurse again and go to bed. This nursing schedule is "typical" for a day that I stay home with him. It's pretty much anywhere from 3-5 nursing sessions and I do offer him either hemp or almond milk other times throughout the day, but he usually doesn't drink more that just a few sips if he knows the real source is nearby. On a daycare day he has dropped down to 2 feedings most days, occasionally he will ask for milk when we first get home and I'm still fine with that - just kind of letting him lead the way on that one.
I'm not sure if we have entered into "picky eater" territory, or if today was more of a "sick" day and he just didn't feel like eating. I've heard of babies not eating on days when they are teething, but he has 16 teeth for crying out loud! I really hope for his sake he's not getting the 2 year molars anytime soon! I'm not really worried about him not eating that much today though. He definitely makes up for it on other days, plus he's still getting all kinds of good stuff from whatever milk he's getting from me at this point. My biggest thing is not wanting to keep trying to please him by offering more different things after he refuses to eat what I give him. I know he is still a bit young to really be manipulating meals like that, but I don't want him to think that he can cry and refuse what we give him and get something that he likes more. Oh well, hopefully he'll be more interested in food tomorrow!
Do you have a "picky" eater? A different plan of attack for refused food? Please share!