This Beautiful Inheritance: Maybe a spoon full of sugar would help the green beans go down...?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Maybe a spoon full of sugar would help the green beans go down...?

I've been a good girl. I've followed the doctor's orders to a T. He said "no cereal til she's four months," and I stood strong, despite the constant urging from everyone under the sun to "put some cereal in her bottle; she'll sleep great!" Nope. Not this girl. I've been determined to do what the doctor says and produce a healthy, non-obese, will-eat-her-vegetables little girl.

But when the four-month mark rolled around, I knew it was time to move into that next stage and feed her from a spoon. (The doctor said so!) He said there's about a two-month gap where babies need to learn to eat from a spoon. If they don't, they may never want to. So on the way home from Eden's four-month checkup, I prepped for the big event. I stopped at Kroger and picked up some baby cereal and juice, which he said to mix it with. At home, I made a big ordeal about my baby growing up and got out the camera for this remarkable milestone-- my baby was going to eat solid food! I pictured her swallowing nice-size bites of the applesauce-looking mixture, getting full and being happy. But of course, it didn't go so smoothly.

Her tongue spent more time on the outside of her mouth than it did inside. And obviously, more food was on her chin and bib than inside. I'm told that is to be expected the first couple of times. But here we are, almost a month later, and she's STILL not swallowing anything. She just sticks out that tongue and the food runs everywhere. I'm not sure now if she just can't figure out how to swallow or if she genuinely hates cereal and green beans. (We've tried moving on to a veggie to see if things would get any better, but it hasn't helped). She doesn't swallow a thing, stays hungry and just wants a bottle.

The doc said to keep feeding her veggies until she acquires a taste for them before moving on to fruits. So I'm trying my hardest to continue heeding his advice. But I'm starting to think I'm going to have a child who goes to kindergarten drinking a bottle.





She may not get any down, but it's pretty cute watching her try, huh?


  1. She is too cute, even if some of the food lands on her cheeks!
    Mark J. Friedman

  2. try putting a very small amount of salt pepper and butter to the green beans carrots it helps alot did it with all three kids and 4 grandchildren.


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