Thursday, February 3, 2011

I need a theo manual

It should be no surprise that people blog a lot about their babies. Their perfect, sleep through the night babies that are somehow cuter than all other babies and are doing what no other baby can do (like blink and make noise). At least that is how I feel sometimes. I'll read a blog about some 5 month old who was offered food for the first time and "they absolutely loved it! They are in heaven! Look at my advanced baby eater!" (Just know I am exaggerating basically all points so far, I'm sure all the blogs I've read are perfectly normal.) Theo is over seven months old and refuses basically all solids.  He sat independently so well and acted like he wanted food, but after trying avocado, sweet potato, bananas, applesauce, and going remedial with brown rice cereal (which he ate briefly for a period of two days and then stopped), he he mistrusts any spoon headed his way. The other day he kind of ate a little so I got excited and tried a few other things, and was rewarded by giving Theo a case of junkitis and Jon a shirt full of straight up vomit. So sad. Believe me, I know that babies eat solids in their own time and I'm totally fine with him not being ready if that is what he needs, but it is tiring to try again and again. Can't he just tell me on that magical day when he is ready for all the delicious food I am prepared to hand make him? He has no idea what he is missing.

At the same time, watching his reactions when we feed him are pretty funny. He has this certain type of whine/coo that only comes when he is attempting to eat--his "I'm not sure about this" sound. He also tends to wink his left eye when tasting something strange. See if you can catch it below. (This was taken at a 6.5 months, trying Grandma's homemade applesauce.)

But, he is scooting and half crawling all over the place now, which is fun and gives me proof that he is learning new skills. At least I can tell my pediatrician that--I don't know how to tell her that he's not eating baby meat now, or anything really.


kenzie said...

I saw the wink! He probably just has too sophisticated of a palette to eat bland baby food.

Tiffany said...

i think he is trying to tell you he wants ice cream not baby food. cant blame him.

im so bummed i missed your call last night. i went running for once in my life. ill call you after work today!! cant wait!

Grace said...

You could try what is called Baby Led Weaning (BLW). I don't know too much about it, except that they don't feed babies purees, they just go ahead and give babies cooked solid foods and let them pick-up and taste on their own. You should look into it. Maybe Theo would like that better.

v a n e s s a said...

oh man this never get's old! he is so funny. and what exactly is "baby meat"? AND no baby (or person) is perfect but theo has got to be close.

also, we have internet!!! though i must admit i was getting lots more done without it.

Lorrie said...

I take it that was a "no" for the applesauce--a little too tart for you, Theo?

Katie Apker said...

He's just practicing some common baby model anorexia tactics. No worries, if you invest his modeling salary wisely now you'll be able to pay off those medical bills later.

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