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The Taste List

3 September 2010

Back when M was only about 3 months old, I ripped a page out of Parents magazine (November 2009, page 40). It was part of an article about Dr. Alan Greene’s then-new book Feeding Baby Green. I can’t find hide nor hair of it on the Parents website. Some of what was in that article is also in this article in the NYT.

The part I wanted was actually a sidebar to the main article: The Taste List. I don’t know if this information is in the book as I haven’t actually checked it out of the library to see (APL didn’t own a copy when I looked way back then).

The Taste List is a list of the 21 plant families that Dr. Greene recommends that you have your baby try before age 1.

Here are the 21 plant families from the list along with the examples given:

  • Mushrooms: shiitake, crimini, oyster, portobello
  • Bromeliads: pineapple
  • Woody trees: bananas
  • Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower
  • Myrtles: guava, cloves, allspice
  • Umbrellifers: carrot, celery, cilantro, dill
  • Heath plants: blueberry, cranberry
  • Legumes: black beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas
  • Gourds: cucumber, pumpkin/winter squashes, watermelon, zucchini
  • Composites: Artichoke, lettuces, sunflower seeds
  • Sesame: sesame seeds
  • Lilies: asparagus, chive, garlic, onion
  • Rosy plants: apple, apricot, blackberry, cherry, peach, pear, plum, raspberry, strawberry
  • Grapes
  • Citrus plants: grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime
  • Nightshades: eggplant, peppers, white potatoes
  • Laurels: avocado, cinnamon, bay leaves
  • Amaranths: spinach, Swiss chard, beet, quinoa
  • Loosestrifes: pomegranate
  • True grasses: barley, oats, brown rice
  • Bindweeds: sweet potato

Before M turned one, I managed to have her try 18 of the plant families. Since her birthday, she’s tried and liked freeze-dried pomegranates. I still need to try her on citrus and remember to give her some sesame seeds.

The main difference in Dr. Greene’s beginning feeding advice that what is currently commonly seen is not to worry about allergies unless you have a family history of them. He says that feeding your baby the same food over and over again just makes them bored at the time they are mostly open to trying new tastes. If they react to something, he says that it is relatively easy to track it down at this stage and to not worry about it until it happens.

Given that I feel like some of K’s picky eating is/was exacerbated by how we introduced food to him, I had already decided to make sure that M transitioned to table food much more quickly than he did. Reading that article, and especially that list, made me feel like I had a more concrete plan. Thankfully I found the dang piece of paper around a month after we started M on solid foods! We eat a varied enough diet that I had no trouble coming up with the foods for her to try from what we were eating already.

I don’t know how picky M will be about her food in 2 or 3 years, but I feel like I’ve done something that will at least help lessen it.

4-year-old IM conversation

6 August 2010

K wanted to “type” to his Papa today, which means to instant message him. We have it set up so that he can do IM himself from the “kid computer,” but I didn’t feel like turning it on. So I just let him use mine while I went and did some laundry and started to fix lunch.

Here’s what I came back to with K typing as Mama:

(11:58:11 AM) Mama: Papaiwutotgodeplaygrandlove LOVEK**** ANDM***
(11:58:40 AM) Papa: hi K****
(11:58:59 AM) Papa: Is it lunchtime yet?
(11:59:20 AM) Mama: no
(12:02:07 PM) Mama: in te morgi LOVEK****ANDM***
(12:05:12 PM) Mama: PAPAlex acs MAMAifwe wii LOVEK****ANDM***
(12:10:08 PM) Mama: PapaduwuttoplywiinoworlatrloveK****andM***
(12:11:04 PM) Papa: We should play Wii later.
(12:11:08 PM) Papa: Now it is time for lunch.
(12:12:26 PM) Mama: okloveK****andM***
(12:16:00 PM) Mama: PAPAMAMAsez islunchK****andM***
(12:19:05 PM) Mama: PAPAit is lunch tim LOVEK****andM***

I LOVE how every line must be ended with “love K**** and M***.” (M was having her morning nap at the time.)

Basically, he’s trying to convince his father to stop working in his office and go play Wii with him (“noworlatr”). He even suggests to ask me (“lex acs MAMA”) if it’s okay.

I’m not sure how much spelling help he asked for, but one of the main words he spells correctly (lunch) does show up in Papa’s text. I do remember hearing him ask how to spell “now.”

Cool, huh? I love my boy!

Is Walking a Father’s Day Present?

20 June 2010

Guess what little person started walking today after lunch?

We started with the classic: walk to Mama, turn around, walk to Papa, repeat, repeat, repeat. 4 or 5 steps each time. Tons of encouragement and clapping.

Then later, M stood up from the step by the front door and just took off for her father and walked 6 or 7 steps with no prompting from anybody.

Congrats little one!

For father’s day presents, we made the grandfathers wind chimes similar to these. We added in some jingle bells too.

For Papa, I had K color and cut out a King for a Day crown from Family Fun while someone was still sleeping. (Lucky guy!) Then we had pancakes for breakfast once he woke up. Then during M’s morning nap, K and I made chocolate chip cookies for his Papa as his present. The best kind of present is one you can share, right?

Parental Abuse?

28 May 2010

Sleep deprivation is considered a form of torture.

So when my teething baby daughter keeps me from sleeping, would that count as parental abuse?

Lots of interrupted sleep at night, short naps, and early waking at our house at the moment. Thankfully mama got to go back to bed this morning otherwise I would not have wanted to be operating heavy machinery–like a car. I also would have been the dreaded “Grumpy Mama.”

I hope that tooth pokes through soon (top upper left next to front), but I know that there will just be more. I hope I don’t run out of baby ibuprofen soon! I’d better put it on the grocery list and hope I find it. With all the recalls, it’s hard to find anything in the store.

In other news, M is trying to stand on her own. She was also trying to walk off away from me in the water in the baby pool today. So we got out the push cart, and she loved it. So I guess it won’t be long until we have a toddler instead of a baby. Sigh.

Teacher Gift

26 May 2010

I felt it necessary to have an end of year gift for K’s main preschool teacher, Ms. Tracie.

During the summer they focus on more day camp style activities rather than academic ones. So his main teacher will be done soon.

I saw this at Make and Takes and thought the crayon letters were cute. I’m sure a bunch of preschool and early elementary teachers are getting something similar.

I looked at the original post and it didn’t have much in the way of details. Thankfully after looking at comments, I visited here at Rainy Tuesday Mornings. She gives some good tips. I don’t like hot glue, so I was happy to see that tacky glue worked. I tried it and should have been less liberal in my application: my paper buckled some. After already planning on her 8″ x 8″ size, I ended up only finding a 10″ x 10″ shadowbox frame. I still cut my paper to 8″ x 8″ and it appears that it’s floating in the black. Now I’m crossing my fingers that the glue I used to adhere the cardstock to the background will hold adequately.

I’m okay happy with the result but not thrilled. And glad that I don’t need to come up with something else tomorrow morning. Now I just need to see if I can get K to write out something for her before he goes to school. Just a “Thank you.” Probably with a princess stuck in there somewhere.

To Do List

24 May 2010

I’ve been having a bit of a mental list bumping around my head, and it finally has enough items on it that I need to write it down. (This is roughly in order of importance to me.)

I’m sure more things will occur to me, but right now this is sounding like plenty!

Things I Want to Do This Summer

Moving Up

15 May 2010

I did have a post from earlier this week that I deleted in draft form. It was very whiny, pathetic, even bathetic, and every other adjective like that you can think of. I’ll just sum it up by saying that all I really wanted for Mother’s Day was some time not being a mother. Did I get it? No.

That said, Baby M is really moving around well. Not only is she crawling; she is putting on spurts of speed to try to get away from you. Not only is she pulling up on the furniture; she is full on cruising, including using the walls. Not only can she climb up the step from the living room to the front door; she can get herself back down. It is appallingly cute. She sits up and turns around, then scooches over to the edge of the step. Once her feet are hanging over, she bounces until she has scooted forward sufficiently that they hit the ground. Then she bounces some more in happiness. Then she leans forward until she’s back in a crawling position.

And then, the cherry on top . . . she crawled up the stairs four times in a row today. She only needed help to keep from falling on two of the trips.

Wow! She just turned 9 months. At this age, K could gracefully cruise the furniture but had only just started crawling.

Thank you sweet baby, for making my life more fun . . . and complicated.


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