CarniVivi-The Baby Likes Meat (and Everything Else)Casey Mullins
I roasted some chicken for dinner last week and as we were all gathered around the table I let Vivi try a little piece. She liked it! So I gave her another, and another. I thought she had eaten her fill of vegetables and fruit before dinner but NO. Baby saved room for protein. One of the biggest differences when it comes to Addie and Vivi trying foods is texture is no big deal to Vivi. Addie on the other hand could sense a lump in her carrots and refuse the whole batch. I have to believe a lot of this comes from the fact that I’ve made 90% of Vivi’s food so lumps and bumps are part of the process. All of Addie’s first foods were store bought and therefore perfectly smooth. Vivi hasn’t balked once at anything she’s tried, chicken, pasta, cereal, lumpy concoctions of various vegetables, oatmeal or cottage cheese.
To this day at seven years old Addie still won’t eat oatmeal.
Vivi was apparently so in love with protein that she grew two new teeth to accommodate her new omnivorous habits.
There were several promises I made to myself when I was pregnant with Vivi. Not that I made mistakes with Addie, but there were some things I wish I would have done differently to make later on easier on all of us. One of them was the texture thing. I wish I would have given Addie a grander variety of textures from the beginning so she would have been open to a much broader variety of foods in her babyhood. Another was snacking. I was so guilty of giving Addie snacks to appease her in the car, at home or out and about. There came a point when she was about two that she’d get in the car and instantly demand a snack, not because she was hungry, but because she was bored and it was habit. I’m going to do my best not to do that one again.
Other things I wanted to do differently, such as give breastfeeding a truly legit try, make my own baby food, try cloth diapers, baby wear more and not use binkies worked out pretty well. I’m much more confident in my second try at this parenting gig. Whenever I start to get a little bummed that I was so novice and (let’s be honest) clueless when it came to being Addie’s mom, she taught me so much, she made me into the mom I am and she had over six years of my complete undivided attention.
I’m not sure what exactly made the biggest difference in the way I approach this baby stage, especially in regards to feeding, whether it’s a second child thing, that I’m older, that I’m in a different life stage or the fact that I have such a large gap between the two of them but I feel as though I’ve hit a good groove with both of my girls. Foods that Addie was resistant to try before are now favorites because she sees Vivi trying and loving them without complaint. Avocados, plums, green beans and now chicken don’t last long in this house with these little girls around.