Currently, Joey would much rather feed himself than allow anyone to spoon-feed him. Because of this, his food choices are rather limited at times. He isn’t yet able to feed himself from a spoon, so choices like purees, yogurt, and cooked grains like oatmeal are out. He does a great job picking up foods, but anything sticky, slimmy, or mushy seems to end up on his body rather than in his mouth.
He loves soft bread, mostly because of its texture, and how easy it is for him to pick it up and feed it to himself. However, as a dietitian, I get concerned that he may want to fill up on bread, and only bread, and miss out on vital nutrients such as antioxidants and protein. So what better solution than a muffin that’s packed full of protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and even vegetables? And a muffin that both Joey and my husband love?! It’s a win-win!
I love Daisy Brand cottage cheese (full disclosure- I am also a member of the Daisy brand Health Network) and Joey loves it too. But again, it’s one of those foods he has to be spoon-fed, so some days he will eat a full bowl, and other days he refuses because he can’t feed it to himself. Daisy, however, has this great recipe for Cheesy Cottage Cheese and Flax Muffins with Chives.
With just a few tiny adjustments, it makes the perfect finger food for Joey and gives him a great source of protein, whole grains, and veggies J He even loves to help make them!
I don’t know about you, but before I had a baby, there were certain things I thought were ridiculous and swore I would never do. One of which was to listen to “baby” music, especially in the car. I would tell everyone that we would just play the music we liked and I was sure my future baby would enjoy that music as well. And that would be that.
Fast forward to the first car ride with my son. Even on the ride home from the hospital it was evident Joey was not a fan of the car seat or the car. Every time we hit a red light and had to stop, he’d scream. From that day on, no matter what we tried, he screams in the car. He could be in the best mood, but put him in the car and start driving, and he starts screaming. And it’s not intermittent- he screams the entire duration of the ride, non-stop. It’s not just a little bit of crying either –it’s full fledged hysteria. Bright red face, tears flowing, hyperventilating- you name it. Let’s just say driving with Joey is an experience unlike any other 😉
Before having a baby, feeding a baby seemed like a pretty simple task. Give him milk until 4-6 months, and then start solids. No big deal, right? Except that from the moment your baby is born, your life revolves around food, his eating schedule, if he ate enough, and the list goes on. I never expected the anxiety I felt that comes along with making sure your baby is fed correctly. And again, I do this for a living. Although I typically work with older children, I do have experience with infant feeding, so I should know this stuff. Many times I embarrassed to even ask my son’s pediatrician some basic nutrition questions, because I should (and probably do) know the answers. But when it’s your kid, it’s different. Your mind goes blank (or I’ve just lost too many brain cells from lack of sleep), but you need that reassurance that you’re doing it right.
Welcome to “Mommyhood Bites” and thank you for joining me. I am thrilled to make this first post on what I like to call my “hybrid blog”- one part mommy blog, one part food and nutrition, and some random thoughts thrown in. If you are confused by the name, I don’t think mommyhood actually bites in a bad sense (well sometimes, but not really), but instead I hope to share “bites” of wisdom, mistakes, funny stories, and any anything else I think you would enjoy and relate to. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy putting it together and I look forward to your comments, advice, and words of wisdom.