I tried to focus on meals that included most of Matty’s favorites right now. It’s amazing the difference a month makes! He’s added quite a few new foods to his “approved list”, however, we’re far from being a great eater. Oh, and we’re definitely in the “broken food” stage, i.e. broken crackers are unacceptable and bananas that break in two cause meltdowns. I don’t think I can handle this stage…18 months is too early for this crapt, right?
- fried egg with spinach
- nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, roasted sunflower seed kernels) LOVES THESE!
- apples (diced AND sliced…because, you know, you never know how he’ll want them today…)
- peanut butter for dipping (we’re really working on liking dips around here…)
Breakfast stays about the same. Occasionally we’ll have eggs on toast or a waffle. Lately we’ve been having egg sandwiches because he’s really into eating sandwiches “like daddy”. If I’m really tired, we might just have Raisin Bran (Post brand has no HFCS) with almond milk. Sometimes he just eats a banana. He’s really, really random as to what time he wants to eat in the morning and how much he wants to eat. This depends on if he nursed in the morning or not (he’s experimenting with cutting out various nursing sessions…) He’ll usually have a very small glass of orange juice with breakfast (I’m talking a few ounces), then water the rest of the day.
One random trick I’ve found to get him to eat more is to really talk about the food on his plate. I’ll point everything out, talk about it a bit, and then ask him to show me the eggs, or toast, or chocolate cake (kidding!).
(including afternoon snack)
- chicken noodle soup
- baby carrots and celery
- peanut butter for dipping
- graham crackers
- Cheez It letter crackers
- dried apricots
This was a meal I packed for the sitter’s house. He’s usually hungry for lunch at a different time each day (surprise!), and it’s sometimes very difficult to figure out what he wants to eat. I’m always worried about sending enough food, or the right food, or the food that Matty might possibly maybe kinda sorta be in the mood for that day. Thankfully, he seems to be a lot less picky there; maybe because there’s another kid to show off for, or maybe because I’m not there for him to appeal to.
Absolute hands-down favorite meal: brown rice & black beans from Chipotle. He’s always eaten this, and probably would eat it for every meal if we’d serve it. I’ve started adding a little cheese, and he also usually eats a piece or two of chicken and tortilla off of Hubs’ burrito. I tried adding some tomato salsa a few times, but he’s not a fan…yet. I think his favorite part is dumping the rice and beans out of the little cups. Recently, he started using his chips to scoop with.
This month has been racked with sickness, so we’ve eaten a lot of Chipotle. Since it’s a half hour drive both ways, we usually treat him to an apple juice for being a trooper in the car. They use pretty much all organic ingredients, so it’s one fast-food I’m on board with. He now asks for beans by name, and a few weeks ago we drove by Chipotle without stopping and he freaked out yelling “my beans, my beans”. And we miiiiight have taught him the infamous “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart” song…we’re awesome parents.
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