This is about Hailey’s eating habits, but first, TOOT TOOT. Yes, that’s me tooting my own horn.
For our anniversary (thank you for the happy anniversary wishes, too, by the way!), I whipped up David’s favorite dessert, key lime pie, for the first time. It looked pretty, it tasted perfect and was in no way shape or form healthy. Luckily dinner was grilled chicken and veggies, so it all evened out
On to Hailey!
In the past month, as the temperatures have risen (it’s supposed to hit 90 degrees today!), I’ve started giving her water.
I bought two cup options, a sippy and a straw (the straw is soft and flexible), for her to try.
She definitely prefers the straw. She sips water quite well, unless I let her play with it for too long and she just keeps sucking and drooling until it’s all down her front. She loves it though! I offer her water a couple times a day, or more often if we’re out in the heat.
We’re doing two meals a day. We’re in the middle of a schedule shifting right now, so it varies when we have those meals, but usually it’s late morning, about an hour after her nap, and late afternoon, also about an hour after her nap.
Lately she’s been eating a lot of veggies: broccoli, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes and green beans. She eats grapes, blueberries, apples and small bites or oranges, as well as black beans, lentils and brown rice. She’s also beginning to enjoy cheese and avocado more. Bananas tend to stop her up, so I always give her peas if she’s eating bananas.
Since Hailey is still toothless, I make sure the foods we give her are soft enough that they can be gummed. Sometimes I’ll tear off little pieces for her to move around her mouth and swallow whole. I can’t remember the last time she’s gagged, so baby led weaning is working out well for us.
I headed to The Meat Center in Mooresville. Here, I know I can find local beef from Mills Family Farm. I’ve met and spoken with Dr. Bradley Mills and trust and respect the way the raise their cattle.
I cooked some up and put it on Hailey’s tray with peas.
She ate a few peas then decided to explore the beef.
A few pieces made it to her mouth and she chewed on it with a blank face. She ate a few more pieces, seemingly liking it ok, but not going wild. So for fun, I dipped a piece in a tiny amount of ketchup…
And got that reaction! Clearly she likes sweet things and clearly she still doesn’t have any teeth. Love that gummy smile.
I’m a worry-wart and didn’t want her to get hooked on ketchup, so I let her eat a few more pieces plain and some peas, which she enjoyed just fine.
For now, I prefer her to eat most of her meats at home because I’m a bit cautious about hormones in meat. This brings up a questions someone asked me,
Does Hailey only eat organic?
At home, yes, the food I feed her is mostly organic. The squeeze pouches of puree I buy to have in her diaper bag are also organic. However, if we’re out, I know it isn’t organic and I’m OK with that. For me, it’s unrealistic to have her eat organic all the time.
In addition to food, I am nursing 4-5 times a day. 4 times a day is becoming more common, but I never limit it and if she wants to eat more often, I’m fine with it.
That’s a lot of words for one post, so I’ll wrap things up. Feel free to leave me any questions in the comments section or email me (Brittany@ahealthysliceoflife.com)
What is your favorite food?
Mine is goat cheese. Hailey loved it, too. She’s totally my child.