He gets it from me.

Jack is a good eater.  I worried about this because his dad is definitely not a good eater (fruits and vegetables aren’t part of his diet at all).  I needn’t have worried, though!  I think between daycare and a few others in his life who will sit down and eat yummy foods with him, he has a fairly adventurous palate.

Jacks food repertoire includes:

  • soy beans
  • Baby Bel cheese rounds
  • carrots
  • little trees (aka broccoli) – steamed
  • salami
  • yogurt (right now he is on a Gogurt kick)
  • pasta
  • baked chicken strips
  • pretzels with peanut butter
  • PB&J sandwiches
  • tea
  • apples
  • bananas
  • rice & beans
  • cucumbers
  • bell pepper
  • peanuts, almonds
  • fruit & grain bars
  • peas
  • corn
  • tofu
  • bread & goat cheese
  • clementines
  • oatmeal
  • scrambled eggs
  • waffles, french toast

He likes his share of junk, too, especially chocolate, but he doesn’t get a lot of it.  Recently he discovered “real chocolate milk” (as opposed to “chocolate milk” which is what we called his milk for a long time) and has been asking me to make his milk brown.  We limit this to once or twice a week.  His favorite cookies seem to be David’s snickerdoodles (I can’t blame him – those things are gooood!).

It’s funny to me to look at this list now because even at a year it would take him a whole week to finish off a jar of baby food.  He was so not into solids for a long, long time.  Now he’s all about them and doesn’t even seem to remember nursing.  I guess he’s a fan of whatever he is doing at the moment.

I'm sure this is some kind of milestone

Last night, for the first time ever, Jack favored solid food over nursing!  He had only been nursing for about 5 minutes after I got home from work when Joe pulled out the Pirate’s Booty…Jack yanked my shirt down, said bye-bye, and ran to beg for some snacks.  I was shocked!  Cheese puffs favored over breastmilk?  He got a few while I prepared a more wholesome dinner.

Then, this morning, I was running late to catch my bus and Jack woke up before I got out the door.  He decided he wanted to take his sweet time at my breast (even taking the second side!).  “Joe, get the yogurt raisins,” I requested.  As soon as Jack saw the package, he flew off my lap, nursing forgotten.

Not only that, but he drank a significant amount of cow’s milk at daycare yesterday.  This is the first time he has taken milk of any type while away from me in months.  Could an end to breastfeeding be in sight?

Food Update

Since my post last week after his pediatric appointment, Jack has decided that food is the best thing in the world.  Suddenly he is ravenous.  He’ll finish a whole box of raisins in a sitting, eat the corners off all the slices of pizza, and finished off a package of cherry tomatoes in a mere 3 days.  Can we say growth spurt?

He still isn’t drinking much during the day but luckily many of the foods we give him keep him hydrated and he still nurses like a champ when we’re together.  I have no idea what to do to encourage him to drink during the day, as no vessel seems to tempt him.

I like the fact that Jack can now tell us when he’s hungry.  Last night he gestured upward with his hand toward a box of Cheerios and opened and closed his fist while he chanted, “Moremoremore…”  It’s adorable.

Gosh, sometimes it seems these kids like to freak out their parents on purpose.

Toddler Feeding Breakthrough

One of the coolest developments over the last week has been Jack’s consumption of real food.  Not only have we stepped up our effort to offer him well-rounded meals, but I noticed he had taken a liking to utensils.  I gave him a real spoon but he kept trying to stab the food and dropped most things on the way to his mouth.  I then handed him a fork, shoving aside my nerves at the prospect of giving him something with pokey tines, and he went to town!

Since introduction of the fork, Jack has been consuming three square meals a day with no problems whatsoever!  Even the foods that he didn’t seem to like (such as eggs) have gained favor.  It’s amazing how such a simple thing can make such a huge difference!