I’m a stressful feeder. I’m a stressful feeder because I don’t like messes, I hate rushing, and when I feel like I don’t have a handle on the meal coming together at the perfect moment (ugh, I forgot to warm the spaghetti sauce AGAIN!), it sends a slight panic into my heart. Perhaps it’s my inner perfectionist reaching forth, but I get all nervous when a baby makes a mess in their highchair, too. I’m following behind them with an army of wipes, crumb catchers, and enough bibs to outfit every cousin our family has ever had… at the same time. When Scarlett starts to grunt in my direction at breakfast, I saddle her into our family’s green highchair, buckle the webbed belt, and velcro an enormous bib under her chin. Now that Scarlett is settling into her mealtimes with finger foods, textures, and flavors, exploration takes hold and it’s often quite a mess!
Despite all the cleaning up, I love mealtime with my kids. I remember some of my favorite moments with Red and Scarlett in the highchair. When Red used to splash his applesauce and then try to feed me, it was really endearing, and when Scarlett pulls the spoon away from her face to double check the colors and textures, I see her personality take hold. It’s the small things and special moments during breakfast, lunch, and dinner that enhance our mama-baby bonding, and that’s what I hold dear. These last nine months have been filled with those moments of bottle feeding, baby weaning, textures, and silly laughs; our mealtimes run the gamut of emotions! See for yourself in this video that truly captures our months introducing Scarlett to solid foods:
What are some of your favorite feeding moments with your kids?
I am very pleased to announce that I will be working with Beech-Nut during 2016 as a sponsored ambassador, sharing Scarlett’s journey to solid foods and shedding some light on the #BabysFirstFoods process. Come and share a bite to eat!