Monday, October 10, 2011

table manners {or the lack of}


Preston is officially on table food, and let me tell you I've never seen this boy so happy. {cue the I told you so from my Dad}

We'd given him only a few bites of our food here and there, but after he shunned his baby food last Wednesday evening and, with convulsing hands, kept reaching onto my plate, I sought clearance to start table food from our pediatrician on Friday.  I believe his exact words were, "Let him get after it."

So this weekend, while his mommy and daddy enjoyed Italian food and vino, Preston enjoyed a breadstick, marinara, cheese, and shredded chicken.  We topped it off with a six ounce bottle on the way home, and (do I dare say it?) he slept from 8 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.  Holy full belly, batman! (or just still knocked out from the flu shot he received earlier that morning... only time will tell)

Enjoying his pancake on Sunday morning. 

I'll be honest I get a little nervous now that I'm responsible for preparing and providing food for someone other than myself or my hubby.  I came across this cute printable from Lovely Little Snippets to hang on the inside of the pantry and to carry with me when grocery shopping at least until I get the hang of this.  

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What about you?  What foods did you start your little one(s) out on and does your little one have any favorite foods that I should be sure to try with Preston?






20 comments:

Daphne Hope said...

One of Elijah's favorites for a long time was Avocado.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Jessica said...

Yay for P! He's growing up post by post!

No children of my own, but I'm an Aunt to 9. My sister has four children. She was so cautious with the first & but the fourth, Emily Grace was allowed to eat table food at an earlier age than the others. Kim {my sister} swore by this and told me it was the key to a "full belly baby". Of course, it can be scary with allergies and such but... she alway swears its worth the try because Em was so much happier! To this day, Emily eats everything & growing like a champ!

Good Luck!!! I love posts like this!

elizabeth said...

Yay Preston! My advice would be to get him to try veggies early! H wont eat anything green that is on his plate to this day, only the squeeze veggies!

Ashley Paige said...

Breadsticks are a FAVORITE in this house. The child loves carbs, just like his Mama! Thanks so much for sharing that printable. It's SO easy to get into Toddler Meal Rut when trying to think of new and creative things to feed the monster! :) Carter loves organic spinach nuggets- They're in the organic aisle at the grocer- I forget who makes them. But it's great to sneak a little spinach into his diet that way! We also SWEAR by those steamfresh veggie pouches- corn and peas are his FAVORITES!! We also eat a lot of sweet potato fries (drizzled with EVOO and baked- sometimes with added cinnamon!) Deli meats.. (just turkey and american cheese make GREAT quick lunches.. shredded on the high chair..).. ziti noodles with a little butter chopped up.. and for breakfast? we LOVE the mini frozen aunt Jemmima pancakes! I actually spread a little greek yogurt on them and C goes to town! :) Happy Table Foods, Preston!! Yay!!! Love his personalized plate, Mama!

elizabeth said...

Nutragrain bars are a life saver for me! My 3 year old loves them as well as my 1 year old! I keep them in my purse even (in a little plastic container so they won't smushed...although I'm sure they would still eat them) LOL That list is awesome!

The Fields Family said...

Hi! I have been wanting to write you for a long time, since I have a Preston born in January too! Also named after my great grandfather. We have just started finger foods as well, and P LOVES cheese! I shred it up, or I cut up string cheese really tiny and he devours it. He also loves banana, although it's pretty sticky and messy. The other night, we made crockpot mac and cheese, and I cut up a few pieces of it and P loved it! I want him to eat healthy, but I feel like right now it's all about textures, variety, and what's fun for him to try. :) Pancakes are a great idea!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

love me some P pics...

as for foods...don't laugh. but i honestly can't remember when i start....how stupid is that? i've got 5 kids and can't remember.

r is still on pureed foods...i did give him some food that we're eating the other day...can't remember what it was...a muffin i think...then i freaked out....i'm a dork

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

ohhh ps...love the list...gonna print it too

Alice said...

Avacodo, Sweet Potatoes, etc. My son (he is 20 months now) LOVES spinach ravioli. He also loves spinach artichoke dip. He has been on "people" food since he was about 8 months old. I just cut things into smaller bites or smashed it up. But he is a really good eater. I still avoid grapes, hot dogs, and popcorn. I'm sure I could do those things now but I just don't.

Libby's Life said...

Wow... he is to freaking cute! Oh and table food is amazing with getting them to sleep through the night! Zane loves everything we give him which is fabulous and he can put it away... I swear I don't know how he eats so much food but he can eat like I've never seen anyone eat. He'll eat all the time if he could. :) So beware you have a boy he's going to be eating you out of house and home soon! :)

Breann said...

I am afwul and have only given Logan goldfish, cheerios, natural cheetos, and puffs as finger foods. Looks like I need to branch out and let him fly that food flag!
Then what do I do with the huge drawer of baby food? Send it to school I guess..

Lisa Johnson said...

Love the printable! Thanks for sharing. Field likes raison cinnamon bread with butter and cream cheese for breakfast. He loves the Sara Lee dinner rolls with turkey and american cheese for lunch. I usually put butter on the bread with the turkey and cheese (to fatten the boy up) and then dice the sandwich up and put it in a bowl. He loves it. I still struggle with good snack ideas. I get bored with what we have so I am always looking for better snacks. Mac and cheese, diced chicken, breadsticks, and any other kind of pasta are Field's favorite dinners.

Virginia said...

Love today's topic...I have been struggling for the past several weeks with the introduction of table foods (my husband stands by the high chair with the most horrified look ready to jump in with the Heimlich Maneuver at the mere hint of a cough). I am so confused on how mushy or small the pieces of food should be!!! I'm so glad to hear how well Mr. Preston took to table food:)Great ideas from all the ladies above. I am definitely going to keep experimenting.

kristyo15 said...

Emery LOVED {still loves} avocado. I'd just slice one open and spoon feed it to her. {Cuts down on the green gooey mess} :)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

BG loves fruit so we always cut them up real small for her. She also has always love avacados and green beans. Any veggie really can be cut up small enough. After no time at all, she started eating smaller portions of what we eat. We've never made her a different meal from us. That has made meal time so much easier. Keep at it. In no time, you'll be loving this so much since you'll no longer have to carry around baby food!

Alice said...

I forgot to also mention yogurt. Colton loves the yogurt with the little chunks of fruit in it. And he will rarely eat fruit (besides bananas and apples).

Kristin said...

I have found this to be so tricky. I am still trying to give "healthy" options but all my kid wants is grilled cheese and yogurt. I buy snack bars from Earth's best (like Nutragrain bars and Kay loves them for a snack). I make this easy broccoli pasta from skinnytaste.com and I can make it for me and hubby and the baby too! Sometimes I use carrot and squash pasta for the added veggies! LOVE THIS LIST!

Natalie said...

Glad to see this post! Our daughter Gianna 11 mos.just quit eating baby food and is on all table foods now. She has a milk allergy which makes snacks hard but we have been buying rotisserie chk and shredding the meat, also butternut squash roasted in the oven,avacado,uncle ben's whole grain rice is wonderful for little fingers. Good luck, this is always a fun time but stressful b/c like you said you are responsible for someone other than yourself!

Maria said...

Great post and great comments/suggestions, thank you ladies! I will retry "real" foods with my son now that he's 9 mo. and will definitely be printing that list. Thanks!

Stefenie said...

Love the pic of him with the giant pancake. Ha!!! Glad that he is enjoying all of the yummy food now available to him!!