I’m a food-wuss. Not when it comes to me, I like a lot of different types of food, but when it comes to Liam. Major food-wuss.
We started him on solids when he was around seven months old… he loved food immediately and ate pretty much everything. Being the food-wuss that I am, I pureed EVERYTHING before giving it to him: carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, avocado – you name it, I threw it in the blender before he got it.
I was finally pushed out of my comfort zone with Liam-feeding when my awesome daycare provider pointed out that Liam really liked picking food up and feeding himself. So we “graduated” to small pieces of food. Like minuscule. Teeny-tiny-ity-bity. With this level of precaution, one would assume I had witnessed my child choking before. Nope – never choked, never even gagged. I’m just a major food-wuss.
So we are finally to the point where Liam can eat pretty much anything we can eat. Obviously we are staying away from things like peanuts until he is a little older, but everything else is game-on. Our awesome daycare provider tells me about what Liam eats for lunch and snack and I’m so proud of him! He destroys things like salsa, veggie pizza, and chicken pot pie. He hates carrots and grapes, but he’ll eat his weight in sauerkraut. What a weirdo.
So he eats an awesome variety of healthy food at daycare, but at home, I’ve been a major wuss. Liam goes to bed at 7pm and I’ve found it’s just easier for Brady and I to wait and eat after he goes to bed. That way I can actually sit down and enjoy my meal without feeling like I have to eat really, really fast while policing the amount of Liam’s food that goes in his mouth, on his head, or on the floor. It’s just easier.
And that’s where I ran into trouble and did something really stupid.
Because it was easier, and because I hate cooking (so spoiled to have a culinary King for a partner)I started buying Liam these little pre-made baby meals. They had a bit more sodium in them than I liked, but overall, I didn’t think it would hurt him to eat one a day. They came in varieties like chicken & stars with veggies, mac & cheese with peas, and these cute little raviolis.
Sign number one should have been when my awesome daycare provider texted me “these baby meals smell like cat food. lol.”
My response? “Baaahahaha LOL!” Stupid. Just stupid.
I continued to feed these things to Liam at least once a day for a month. It wasn’t until today when my idle little mind started doing a bunch of research on Autism because I’m a freak and of course worry constantly about Autism rates and my little bugger even though Liam shows no signs or warnings of the disorder – AHHH! Take a breadth – that I stumbled upon information about how processed foods like this are not the best for babies and small kids. *Note – I do not think processed foods cause Autism. I just happen to stumble upon the article about how processed foods are not the best for babies while searching for Autism info. 🙂 Moving on –
I have no excuse. Zero. Absolutely no excuse. My husband used to be the manager and lead health & wellness/fitness instructor at a kickboxing gym. We’ve both followed “clean eating” and an exercise regime for over five years. WE don’t eat processed food. So why the heck was I feeding it to Liam!?
Because it was easier. And because I was terrified of the transition to normal human food – not just that Liam would choke, but stupid fears such as:
- Can babies eat onions?
- Will the wrong combination of cooking spices kill him?
- If Liam eats spicy food, will he fart fire and burn his poor little ass?
Well, time to suck it up and move on. I’ve basically been feeding my kid cat food for a month. EFF! So tonight, chili it is! For one, for all, for Liam!