At first G seemed really into the foods we were making for him (bananas, avocado, peaches, etc.) And then we offered him homemade peas...his nose scrunched up, he pushed away the spoon and spat out every last pea that went in his mouth. So then I thought maybe I could disguise the peas in his all time fav--bananas...but he couldn't be fooled...he spat out the combination...and hasn't looked at a banana the same way since. Now whenever we prepare him food he maybe chokes down 4-5 spoonfuls before the spitting battle begins. I try not to get discouraged but I feel like we are wasting a lot of money on fresh foods that he won't eat and we've now tainted with breast milk...and thus made it inedible for us grown-peoples.
So I have given into commercially prepared foods. And G loves them. I stick to organic brands...that contain no additives, sugars or preservatives. Yesterday Gunnar finished a package of plum organics spinach, peas and pears and still seemed hungry so we whipped him up some homemade avocado/breast milk and suddenly the nose scrunching spit monster showed up again. As John put it "the baby food companies know what they're doing...it's been scientifically proven to appease babies appetites" so it is...hard to compete.
I feel a little over my head in this whole "food" category. As a nanny the babies I had were natural eaters...expert chewers. Gunnar doesn't seem to understand the chewing concept at all. When offered a dissolving cracker like Mum-mums G won't even keep it in his mouth long enough to dissolve...just long enough to get mushy and then he spends the rest of the time trying to get the gooey cracker off his hands. I even offered him a very ripe and soft banana (while watching him very closely) to see if he might gnaw on it...but the results were the same. It seems if it isn't pureed to the extreme...he doesn't want it. I'm sure it just takes time...but after nearly 2 months of eating solids I really thought he'd be more advanced in his ability to chew by now.
Help? Advice? Tips? Thanks...
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