Sunday, April 11, 2010

Finger Foodie

While I exposed Cecelia to an extraordinary variety of foods early on, she seems to love one thing at a time.  Egg yolks seem to still be a winner, and the puree pancakes are always a hit.  Cheerios are usually good and the recently experienced grapes are something she seems to want with every meal.  This afternoon, she was grabbing for peas, which were out of vogue as recently as yesterday.  As we approach the 9 month mark, she's eaten...

Vegetables: carrots, rutabaga, potato, butternut squash, zucchini, broccoli, peas, sweet potato, avocado, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans, spaghetti squash, and acorn squash
Fruit: apples, bananas, peaches, pears, apricots, prunes, plums, mango, papaya, and grapes
Protein: tofu, egg yolk, fish, yogurt
Grain: waffle, bread, english muffin, cereal, pasta, pancakes

I try to serve a vegetable, fruit, protein, and grain with each meal.  Grains are always a win...our little carb queen.  Early on, when Cecelia was breastfeeding and would get seemingly annoyed with me that things weren't coming fast enough, I had a glimpse of the future with her trying to shovel food in her face faster than it was coming.  Well, talk about self-fulfilling prophecies!  Grapes, which she LOVES, need to be peeled and quartered and if there aren't enough prepared, I'm sitting right there peeling and quartering grapes and tossing them on her tray.  Her fine motor skills are phenomenal!  She's able to pluck out the food she wants and leave the rest without a second glance.  I sometimes try to put two foods right next to each other in hopes that she'll pick up both to put in her mouth, but she's too smart for those shenanigans.  She still won't take food from a spoon, our little independent thinker.  Once she's able to grasp a spoon though, look out.  I'm confident food will be flinging and flying soon enough.

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