Friday, May 29, 2015

How I ruin the best part of my day.

The truth about feeding my baby solid food?

It's really fun. 

I honestly have no idea whether this is a typical experience for moms, but it's a total party around here.

My baby is generally pretty cheerful and smiley, but something about eating baby food gets her downright animated. She stares at a bite of food with the cutest little cross-eyed expression. She makes faces when she tries a new food. She's fascinated by the spoon and she even tries to feed herself with it.

There's really only one thing that can ruin this whole experience...


I guess it's pretty obvious that a mother should always strive to be patient with her offspring, but sometimes the challenge of getting a bite of food into my daughter's mouth during the split-second she parts her lips two centimeters just does not feel productive. Sometimes I look wistfully at my to-do list and think about all the things I could be doing in the forty-five minutes it takes my baby to eat half a teaspoon of peas.

Having a go-go-go nature might be helpful with older kids, but it's no fun with a baby. She treats my attempts to rush her with a blank expression that seems to say, "What? Schedule? Time? What is this madness?"

And let's be honest. She's kind of right. All the stuff I want to "get done" is nothing in comparison to seeing my baby's little carrot-stained grin.

(By the way, before I had a baby, I never thought it was cute for babies to be covered in food. And I still don't think it's all that cute on other kids. But there's something about my own baby being splattered in peas and carrots that is just squeal-worthy. I can't explain it.)

Since I feel like I always need to be doing something (and nourishing my child doesn't count as "something"? Yeah, I don't understand it), I'll often put on a podcast while I'm feeding her. It gives me something to focus my attention on so I don't mind as much if my baby insists on holding the spoon with her little death grip.

If I actually remind myself to relax and breathe and ignore my to-do list for five minutes (or an hour, as the case may be), feeding my baby solid food is actually the best part of my day.


  1. This is my favorite post so far! Those photos of Rhonda from above are SO CUTE!!!!!

  2. Summer and I love the pictures, too!

  3. The best part is when they fall asleep in their food! It is the cutest thing EVER!

  4. Oh gosh, I can't wait for my turn at parenting! :D