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I No Like It!

April 20, 2013 — Leave a comment

Isn’t it amazing the silly things you do once you are a parent?

Let me take you into my world during last night’s dinner. I promise this is 100% a true story!

As I am cooking dinner Chase and Eli were in the living room playing. I was pretty sure that it was not going to be an easy dinner as the two vegetables on our plates were Brussels sprouts and butternut squash. We have been trying to incorporate new vegetables into our diets. Usually I am very intentional about cooking only one “odd” veggie and throwing in the comfort of green beans, mashed potatoes or corn as the complementary side in hopes to make it a little less scary to a toddler. Speaking of that.. why is trying new foods such a big deal anyway?

Well this time I knew that with family coming in town this weekend there was a good chance we would not cook either veggies before they went bad. And I was NOT going to waste our money by letting that happen!

Needless to say we had two new veggies on our plates last night.

Eli was less than impressed! 

I remember when he was a baby he LOVED butternut squash! It was on his top list of favorites, right next to avocado! Well I don’t know if his taste buds have changed or just the stubborn two-year old thing has kicked in, but he does not care for it now!

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We decided to make a house rule: You don’t have to like the food, but you do have to try it first before you decide. 

My hope is that if he tries it enough maybe one day he will like it. I mean it worked with Chase, now he enjoys a lot of veggies he hated growing up. I just want to make sure that my children try new things and appreciate what is given to them. You simply can’t say that you don’t like food until you have tasted it. You might be missing out on something awesome! Yes, I am well aware that my child is only a toddler, but we are setting the tone for the years to come!

So we sat down to dinner. Chase and I were enjoying our dinner, Eli wouldn’t touch his food. And then it happened…

“I know it’s new, and you’ve never tasted it.
You’ll just have to trust in me.
Just give it a try.

Try it. You’ll like it.
Try it. You’ll like it.
Try it. You’ll like it.
Try it. You’re gonna like it.”

That’s right people, Chase and I started singing Yo Gabba Gabba in hopes that Eli would try his new veggies. Oh, that was probably a sight to see! The toddler refusing to eat his veggies and two adults singing at the table. Yes, this did happen! Unfortunately it didn’t really work, he still decided after licking each one that “I no like it But you know what, that’s okay. It’s one meal, one new veggie at a time!

Top 10: Favorite Food

February 13, 2012 — Leave a comment
I heard so many stories of children who were either picky eaters or never wanted to eat their vegetables. I am so thankful that my little one not only loves his veggies but he actually enjoys them more than fruit! Parenting has no road map and every child is different so you never know what kind of eater you will get. Here is my top 10 list of foods that I never thought my child would love but does!
  1. Avocado 
  2. Squash
  3. Mushrooms
  4. Almond milk
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Kale
  7. Prune juice
  8. Peas
  9. Broccoli
  10. Bell pepper

What food does your child love that you never thought they would?

Photo Credit: Naotake Murayama

Lately Eli has really started to like Yo Gabba Gabba. It’s the one show that he will actually watch. We don’t turn it on very often, but when we do he loves it. I don’t mind when we turn it on either because he is usually cuddled up next to me watching it, I love those precious moments!

Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with a song from Yo Gabba Gabba stuck in my head. Yesterday the episode that we watch they sang the song “Don’t say mean things to your friends.” And what did I wake up singing? That very song, yup I’m telling the truth. Any time that I tried to stop singing it I would only stop for a few seconds before the song would start back up again. Other parents will hopefully be able to appreciate this because I am sure that they have gotten songs from their kids favorite shows stuck in their heads. One of the fun things about parenting no one tells you, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I actually ended up smiling last night the longer the songs was stuck in my head. All it did was just make me think of sitting next to my sweet little boy watching a show that he loves. Again precious moments that I love! It will be fun to see what other kinds of kid songs will get stuck in my head through the years. What songs do you find yourself singing?

Photo Credit: Jeff Meyer

Crawl To Joy

July 18, 2011 — Leave a comment

 “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3 (NIV)

“May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!” Proverbs 23:25 (NIV)

Well as you know from a post not long ago, Crawl To Patience, I have been waiting for the day Eli crawls. There is no need for me to wait any longer… He has figured it out! He does more of the army crawl, but… it is forward! Hurray!!! I actually got it on film to, can you believe it? It was a moment of pure joy watching him figure it out and move forward. Now of course there is no stopping him, he has a goal in mind and he crawls for it. It truly is the simple things in life that bring joy. I am so glad that God has blessed us with these moments. It doesn’t take much for me. His laugh, watching him crawl, watching him learn something new, watching him get excited when I come into a room, being with my wonderful husband… The list truly could go on and on. In a busy world that is on the constant go these moments of joy are reminders. They are reminding us to enjoy every moment we have and to thank God for the blessings He has given us. Now that Eli knows how to crawl there will be many more moments of joy as he explores the world moving forward!