Family of N

What Savannah Eats at 51 Weeks Old

Posted in Food, Parenting by Laura on October 1, 2009

    Savannah’s birthday is one week away, and we’ve been working hard preparing for the festivities. By introducing the ingredients in cake and ice cream to Savannah’s diet. 🙂

    Well, actually, that hasn’t been the sole focus of the foods we’ve added to her diet, but it has been on our minds. But with her first birthday approaching, I thought it would be fun to make a list of the foods she has tried so far. So here goes:

    • My milk  (she drinks about 10 ounces on days when I’m in the office from 9-5)
    • A version of Super Porridge containing brown rice, millet, oats, and green lentils.  This is the bulk of the solid food she consumes.  We still call it “rice cereal” even though we’ve stopped making it with only rice.
    • Sweet potato (occasionally with cinnamon and/or vanilla)
    • Green peas
    • Egg yolk
    • Cheerio’s
    • Puffed millet
    • Banana
    • Broccoli
    • Carrots
    • Yellow Squash
    • Apple (she doesn’t like them, though)
    • Pear (not too impressed with these either)
    • Yogurt (she tolerated this mixed with sweet potato but not with pear)
    • Ground beef (torn off bits of my hamburger)
    • Potato
    • Butter beans (fresh from Harmony’s garden!)
    • Mild cheddar cheese
    • Buttermilk biscuits (they were too good not to share)
    • Grapes (peeled, of course)

    Compared to what I hoped to have introduced at this age, I’m pretty happy with this list. I had wanted to get to spinach, green beans, beets, tofu, zucchini, peaches (well, we tried, but she was very insistent that we Never Do That Again), beans, and chicken. And I do wish that we had found more fruits that she likes. (Maybe this is what comes from introducing them late… we went after vegetables first because supposedly babies who have bananas, peaches, or pears first are forever destined to be Picky Eaters who don’t eat their vegetables. Hmm. Now we have a Picky Eater who won’t eat fruit. Perhaps a balanced approach is better?)

    But yes, overall, I’m happy. She’s getting lots of good nutrients, exposure to lots of flavors and textures, and practice picking things up. (Puffed millet is probably smaller than necessary… poor Savannah often gets lazy and leans her head down to pick up a few with her tongue. You can hardly blame her… it’s much more efficient than struggling to pick up one at a time!)

    She drinks water out of her straw cup, but it’s hit or miss whether she ends up with most of it spilling back out of her mouth.

    Except for finger foods, she hasn’t made much progress towards independent eating or drinking yet. (In other words, she’s not interested in holding the spoon… she’ll hold the handles of her sippy cup, but won’t tilt it up when the straw isn’t in.)

    So, where do we go from here? Well, tomorrow we’re having breakfast for dinner and plan to give her some scrambled egg, which will be her first time eating egg white. For her birthday we want to make chocolate cake with pink frosting, and ice cream. (Her first serious dose of sugars… oh, my.) But other than that, I guess I just rambled off the next list of foods to try… spinach, green beans, beets, tofu, zucchini, beans, and chicken. Do you think she’ll like them?

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    1. Alan said, on October 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      I need to see some video of bobbing for puffed millet 😉

    2. Harmony said, on October 3, 2009 at 8:14 pm

      One can only hope she’ll like them all. Based on her reception to fruits, I’m thinking she might not like beets much? Other than that she’s doing well.

      Pearl has had milk. … And a teeny tiny bit of apple juice off my fingers three days ago, because I couldn’t think of anything else to keep her happy in the car. It worked, btw. But I feel like such a bad mom. 😉

    3. Laura said, on October 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm

      Harmony, I don’t think beets are tart like apples or peaches, so I am actually expecting her to like them. Maybe not spinach if it’s got any bitterness to it.

      I assume you’re exaggerating the Mommy Guilt you feel, but I guess it’s worth mentioning that letting a 4-month-old taste apple juice is not bad mothering. 🙂

    4. Sharon said, on October 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm

      Wow, what a good eater you have there! That’s awesome. My son didn’t like pears the first time he ate them, but I tried again last week and he loved them. Go figure. Makes me wonder about how taste buds develop!


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