28 June 2012

Food glorious food

So I thought I would jump on a bandwagon, I don't do it very often, but this post by Sarah inspired me to!


I love seeing what other children Theo's age are eating, and it inspires me to make yummy meals for Theo, or more yummy meals for us that we can share with him! Theo's weaning journey hasn't exactly been the easiest, we followed baby led weaning principles, and even though he spent the first few months of trying food puking it all up, we kept on with it. I'm so glad we did. Shortly after Theo turned one he just seemed to suddenly 'get' how to eat, how to chew and swallow! Hallelujah! He was quite adventurous and tried most things put in front of him, even if they did end up on the floor, at least he tried them. He definitely has favourites which include most fruit, pasta, yoghurt, carrots (cooked), ice cream, avocado, baked beans, corn on the cob, quesadillas and vegetable fingers...

But then every time illness or teething hits he goes right off food, and refuses to touch anything (maybe bar a yoghurt or two) and definitely refuses to try anything new. We also seem to hit a wall sometimes, like other people have described, and we have definitely been through the 'beige faze'. It's pretty frustrating when he point blank refuses to try something you've cooked from scratch, or when he finds great delight in throwing it on the floor! Luckily Theo tends to eat mostly what we eat, so we either just end up eating his food too, or back in the pot it goes! But I do worry that sometimes we get stuck in a food rut, not just for him, but for me too! So I thought I would try and document some of Theo's meals, and like Sarah, photograph the end result too. (But stupidly I forgot to take the end result picture this time! But will start documenting once Theo gets over this teething episode and is back on food properly)

Another good development though is that Theo has recently perfected the art of using a fork. He's been poking around with it for a while now, but recently has become pretty good at actually spiking food on it and putting it straight in his mouth! I usually have to blow on every forkful of food before it goes in his mouth, even if it isn't hot and he also tells us he's "all done" and puts his plate on the table away from him (but sometimes with a lot of food left, which we can usually coax him into eating some more of)

These pictures were taken at breakfast where we had a fancy meal of scrambled eggs on toast, a bit of a change from his usual porridge! 


Next stop perfecting the spoon on runny foods! 

8 comments :

  1. I'm kind of looking forward to and slightly dreading when Amelie starts eating. Seems like it can be kind of stressful. Although I am looking forward to being all Martha Stewart in the kitchen.

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    1. Yeh it's a funny one really, on one hand it's so exciting seeing them try and discover food, and makes you feel really proud when they properly eat things! But yeh on the other hand if can be quite frustrating at times! It's a journey, quite a long one with plenty ups and downs that's for sure!

      But it is fun, and that's what's important to remember I think (for me at least!) just to not get too stressed about it and let them explore, experiment and have fun with food!

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  2. Hi abbi, i'm glad you have jumped on! I'd LOVE to see what else Theo eats....especially as we approached the beginning bit of weaning very differently. Stanley really won't feed himself, unless it's small dry bits of food....i feel i've made a rod for my own back there....
    I'm liking the giant fork though, I might see if he's interested in more grown up cutlery! Thanks for sharing - look forward to seeing more! x

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    1. Haha yeh all his sized forms were in the dishwasher so I gave him our smallest adult fork which he seemed to get on with fine, perhaps it's becuase there was lots to hold onto?

      Yeh am excited to try and document, as theo definitely goes up and down! I like that theo likes to feed himself, but wish he was a bit more consistent in eating meals! Some days he only eats two meals, somedays three, I think I worry quite a lot about how much he's eating!

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  3. I was very nervous about how much my boy was eating (he's 10 months now) but stuck with BLW anyway and he seems to be getting the hang of it - love to see what other babies are eating!

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  4. I'm going to jump on board next week i think :) Prepare yourself for a weeks worth of snaps of turkey bolognaise a la floor!
    Ok, ok, so it's not that bad (some of the time) but I don't honestly know how India keeps gaining weight, she's a bruiser & eats v. little!!

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  5. awwwwww I wrote a bloody long reply here and lost it argh! will try again when Wilf lets me, love these posts xx

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  6. was going to say, I allways loved seeing what you fed Theo whenever I came round both when I was pregnant and when Wilf wasnt on solids yet as it made me excited about trying things with Wilf. I was also grateful of the advise not to get stressed if they didnt eat 'well' from the start. I'm lucky (so far) that Wilf is wolfing things down and seems to thrive on baby led weaning which makes life very easy for us! We have made a bunch of meals from the River Cottage baby book which we have all eaten together which i love but sometimes when I've not planned ahead well and what Tom and I are having isnt suitable he is happy with avacado and such like. But I may jump on board too soon and share what we are eating. At the age of 26 I only just learnt how to make humous from scratch! lol x

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