Sunday, February 22, 2009


Eli has never been a good eater, but lately he has been surprising us. Even when he was a little baby he wouldn't nurse until he had a good cry and was half asleep. When he started eating he would take a couple of bites until he wasn't starving anymore and demanded down. His side of the table was covered with toys and books to keep him distracted long enough to get a few more bites in him. The past couple of weeks things have changed and I couldn't be happier.

I'm always pleased when he wants a spoonful of fattening peanut butter, but his willingness to eat so many different vegetables is most exciting. Just this week he's had asparagus, zucchini, bell peppers, peas, carrots, pureed broccoli, and many more thanks to some vegetable soup. Some tactics have helped, like serving his meals one part at a time, he used to pick his favorite thing on his plate and only eat that. Now I can give him a variety of food and he'll eat it all (with some coaxing). Also, if he's timid about being served something new I get silly and take a ferocious bite. He gets caught up in the excitement and joins in.

I hope this healthy habit continues, but if he gets picky later on I'll have proof that he used to eat loads of produce. Take this artichoke last night:

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