The month of July has kind of wiped me out with social commitments but it is so energizing to hear you guys request this fun look at our everyday. When it comes to Jolene, who is almost 9 months old(!!!), the girl can eat with a passion that is contagious. Her favorite food and products we love are something I could write about for hours, but it is late so I will keep it short.
Jolene loves Broccoli and has since the first day she tried it. I try earnestly to have broccoli available at one of her three to four meals during the day. Jolene was six months old when she tried broccoli originally and I have to cook it daily to keep up. Jolene not only has a taste for the green things in life but also a keen sense of ripeness. Jolene loves a good Nectarine, her 2nd favorite food, but will refuse to eat it until it is ripe. When the nectarine is ‘just right’ she gobbles it up without a crumb left for the drooling dog on the side. This is such a beautiful sight. Jo’s third favorite food is truly whatever is on YOUR plate. This makes it easy to travel and eat with ease.
At first when we started food I was extremely nervous. Milk is easy, there is no fear besides the “I hope they are getting enough” worry which fades after they have a schedule. Food, solid food, is VERY scary at first and I felt complete dread as we approached this phase. There was also an unexpected emotional factor for me as she had only ever had my breastmilk up until six months old. I felt in a small way as if I was being replaced. All of this I tackled the only way I knew how, which was with education.
I sought understanding on something that scared me and I found peace in the book by Gill Rapley and Tracy Murkett. The two steps to our successful eater began with a baby that knew how to breastfeed and therefore regulate her own intake and ended with the incredibly informative book, Baby Led Weaning .This fantastic book gave me the insight I was craving and the strength I was seeking to make this change with confident intention. I highly recommend the book to anyone feeding a child in the first year, even babysitters.
Jolene eats anything with excitement and curiosity. I invest much more time into our eating habits which has made me a happier and healthy person all around. I have never liked my habit of eating on the go and Jolene has taught me to savor a meal while stationary. Each day is our own personal picnic either at the table or along the grass. These picnic products are used frequently in our agenda picnic tote, Sippy Cup , and blanket.
If you guys are interested in hearing about our daily schedule, how many meals Jolene eats, or anything other information please comment below and let me know! Thank you for stopping by!
Photography by Shelley Foster