Eating

Breakfast with Harper Sue

We’ve recently shifted from managing Harper’s food chain from a bite-to-bite distribution model where we would manage the flow of veggies, fruits, and protein rich items one bite at a time to a feed-thyself strategy whereby we put the whole meal in front of her and let her decide in what order she consumes them.

To my delight she typically consumes all food categories by the end of the meal. Yes, the fruit is usually the focus early on and eventually she ends up with a meal casserole or meal shake (she’s really into putting things in her cup and drinking them. Pasta OJ anyone?) but it’s great to see it all go in her belly by the end.

This change of strategy requires more after meal cleanup but it’s a big step toward becoming an independent eater and I’m not too concerned with the blackberry stains on her onesies ;)

Yogurt from a Cup?

Whole Foods has at least 4 different brands of yogurt smoothies for toddlers. This was not any of them. This was regular yogurt that I was attempting to use in my lunch lesson “How to use a spoon”. Instead, Harper applied her learnings from a previous lesson “How to use a glass”.

The end result was good, full container of yogurt consumed!

  1. nanci corzine: ... and I noticed experimenting with the solidness of the glass... she's so inquisitive... love that girl. We're off to…

Local Diner

I’ve admittedly been a bit lackadaisical¬†about taking Harper Sue out to a restaurant. I actually think it has more to do with how lovely our mealtimes are at home rather than any strong apprehension about public spaces. Whatever the reason we finally crossed the bridge (twice) last weekend at our favorite local diner, Boogaloo’s.

Our first breakfast on Saturday was outside seating with Ira and went pretty well. The small table’s outside where a bit challenging to keep the “grab zone” free and I ended up with yogurt on my pants as testament. Harper had a great time and woofed down a Kiddy Kake and a bunch of fruit while attempting to keep tabs on the bustling waitstaff.

Our second breakfast we left Ira at home and grabbed a nice large table. Rob fed the baby while I ate (one thing that didn’t happen on the maiden trip) and then we switched so Rob could eat too. It was a good system and Harper Sue was thrilled to be back where all the breakfast action is.

We are lucky to have three kid-friendly breakfast spots within walking distance from our house and it was pretty nice to have no breakfast cleanup awaiting us when we get home :)

  1. nanci corzine: Can't wait to share this experience with all of you (even Ira with Memere' along).

Tamarind + Seaweed? YUM!

New midday snack to add to the list: rice cakes with seaweed. This girl has not found a food she doesn’t like!

  1. Aunt Sandi: I love her cheeky monkey grin!!!

  2. nanci corzine: ... and if this was a video you'd see her eating with gusto. I love it! I too love her…

  3. Grammie Tutu: Looks like she's gearing up for eating mangoes from the tree :)

Drinking Sounds Fun

We had a little entertainment with dinner tonight- Harper Sue is learning to play the cup and is getting quite good, imho. See for yourself:

  1. nanci corzine: OMG, she is the happiest little one I've ever seen (and I'm not just saying that because she's my granddaughter).…

  2. Laura: Happiness. <3 this.

Corn!!

Harper Sue recently experienced a true love of corn on the cob. She loves using her teeth and corn is the perfect level of sweet for her pallet. To date she’s enjoyed a little butter and salt on the cob. I’m planning on adding a bit of heat (paprika possibly) to the next batch.

  1. Grammie Tutu: Looks like she's practicing for July 4th BBQ :)

  2. nanci corzine: I am always amazed at the intensity of her focus (first picture)... she's taking everything in, figuring it out. I'm…

Picture of the Day

I like carrot juice!

  1. nanci corzine: My first laugh of the morning... indeed she does. I'm so glad it's NOT a big deal that she gets…

Learning Tower

We just recently invested in a Learning Tower for Harper Sue to get a better vantage of “the action” in the kitchen, from her nursery window, and all the other places she’ll want to be two feet taller to see.

So far we’ve been picking her up and putting her onto the stand but I don’t think it will take her more than a few days to master her independent access.

She can now “help” me with lunch and dinner prep by tasting everything in advance¬†and make sure the portions fit into a colander (very important!). She really loves her new higher vantage and it’s great fun to talk to her about all the food prep and menu items.

  1. nanci corzine: What a wonderful idea... safer than her little chair and movable. She's definitely growing up into feeling like her own…

Big Girl Cup

yeah, she’s got that.

  1. Aunt Sandi: Dang Sang! Quick learner! Must be for the coconut milks. Nice new big girl cup, Mom!

  2. nanci corzine: Perusing past blog postings and came across this one I hadn't seen. Besides the cup dexterity the video shows her…

Momma’s Helper

Harper Sue has found a love of our kitchen lately- probably because I’ve been cooking more and mostly for her. We are amazed at how much a baby can eat!

Needless to say, there’s been a lot more steaming, chopping, and blender activity as she gets bigger. She’s happy to help with encouraging squeals, colander banging, and kitchen utensil inspection.

  1. nanci corzine: How does Ira feel about her taking over what used to be his territory? I'll bet your "mop" never dries.

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