Solid Eater

It's official. There's a little less liquid and a little more solid goin on at our house.{Okay, not really less of anything.} It's evident that my baby loves to eat. Observe the instant reach. He didn't know what was coming...

This is him getting his first taste of beets. Could his looks be anymore descriptive?? He was flat out asking me with his face "What are you feeding me?" At least it wasn't so bad that he couldn't give me a smile through his beet beard. I've been doing an experiment. It's called "Making my own Project home made baby food." Supposedly it's a lot healthier, and a heck of a lot cheaper. {About 50% } See a few articles here. I've been using a mixture of canned and fresh produce since I don't have access to a garden, and it's the middle of winter.

Trav was raised on canned corn and canned green beans. {I personally don't consider corn a valid vegetable. It's what they feed cows to make them fat.}  Travis is not a vegetable eater. In fact he might even be considered the opposite of a vegetarian. I believe that's a carnivore...I on the other hand was raised on a lot of fresh produce and a variety of vegetables. I'm probably one of the few people that love my veggies. From broccoli to squash I pretty much like it all. I've had high hopes that baby E would also gain a pallet pleased by vegetables. That way he could be a healthy boy and I would no longer be alone in my vegetable love affair. So I started with the green ones first. I just blend them in bulk with a little bit of purified water and then freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays.

Exhibit A:

It does take a little bit of time. I usually just cook something on the stove or put it in the oven while I'm entertaining E, and then blend it up later. It also takes some basic vegetable preperation knowledge. I'm embarrased but willing to admit that I had to google "how to cook an acorn squash." I found a very handy website with all sorts of vegetable "how tos". Wonder much traffic they get?

Exhibit B:

A mini food processor my gram gave me makes it easy to mix up small portions of some of the things we might be eating for dinner.

So far E's favorites are green beans and sweet potatoes.

I just can't get enough of this mama thing.

Disclaimer: When I refer to Travis as a carnivore and discount the vegetable credibility of corn, I am in no way trying to create the image that I am better or was raised better because I like vegetables. I do feel strongly about the importance of vegetables. {It's like I tell Trav-"Who's to argue with the pyramid?"} That doesn't mean that I have any room to act like I'm a balanced eater. I've spent most of my life as a borderline vegetarian, and have been known to consume dangerously low levels of protein.


Lundell said...

What a cute little bird! I made my own baby food too. Your pictures look really good. I hear it takes at least 10-14 tries for a baby to develop a taste for some foods...it's just that waiting part that stinks. You are such a good mommy!

Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity said...

Stopping by from SITS. Your little one is certainly a cutie, and your hubby sounds like my hubs brother. He won't eat his veggies either. :)

Christian Mommy Writer said...

The pictures are so cute! I've never tried the food thing in the ice trays before. That's something to think about for the next baby.

Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day! :-)

John + Eliza McKeon said...

Could Baby E get any cuter?! My goodness! I think homemade baby food is a great idea and I plan on doing it when I have babies. AND, you have had super short hair and look perfect with it. You look lovely with long hair as well. I haven't ever seen your hair long (except for in a pic you showed me of when you were in high school i think), but I'm seriously loving it!

Free Pretty Things For You said...

pmg he is SO Adorable!!

Veronica Lee said...

Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

Mari-Ann said...

Your babe is ADORABLE!!

And I love finding other moms that love making homemade baby food! Best way to go, imo. :)


Elizabeth said...

Seriously, those pictures just melt my heart. He is such a cute little guy! Good for you for making your own baby food. I definitely want to try that, we will have to see. I have never been a big vegetable person, but I am really trying :)