With shout-outs to Pop Pop, Tu Tu and Mer Mer.
Yogurt remains on Harper Sue’s favorite food list for the 6th month in a row.
Her swim lessons with Dada and Pop Pop introduced the notion of underwater bubble face. She is a dedicated student and practices her assignments as often as possible.
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!
We explored beets this morning.
We transferred them from one bowl to another and back. We attempted to pull them apart. We tested their relationship with gravity. We tested their flavor.
Harper liked the beet greens and the little rat-like tails too! While she spent more time inspecting the red beets, her eating preference was for white.
The entire inspection was done sitting like a big-girl in her chair at her little table (thank you Grammy Tutu and Grandpa Pete).
New midday snack to add to the list: rice cakes with seaweed. This girl has not found a food she doesn’t like!
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.
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.
Harper was staring at me intently this afternoon as I munched away on an apple. Finally her wanting glances where too much and I passed her the half eaten fruit. She LOVED gnawing away on it with her one little baby tooth, holding it with both hands, retrieving it when it dropped on the floor, and sucking the yummy apple juice straight from the source. She was completely focused on apple consumption for at least 10 minutes. Amazing little monkey!
Harper ate her first Cheerio this weekend.
It’s amazing how intuitive chewing is for her. She’s surprisingly capable of turning a cheerio to mush with just half a tooth and gums.
I’d forgotten how much I like a little cheerio snack myself (of course not as much as Lucky Charms). Nice to have the big yellow box around again.
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.