Its been 752 days of breastfeeding. My Child’s pediatrician thinks I’m a real Hail Mary and while the pats on the back and fist raised in the air by other breastfeeding moms makes me feel good, I really feel defeated and used. I’ve been here before, 3 years ago with Emery. This time it’s different (isn’t it always?). With Emery if you recall or read before – she was 1 1/2 and after many failed attempts we both decided it was time to stop. She’s always been that kind of person, when she wants to do or not to something she does it. Breastfeeding Emery I was really sick and tired literally. She would barely drink and then she would fall asleep. It was a comfort thing for her. I think it’s a comfort thing for most babies, It’s all they know their whole lives! And that’s what I struggle with, how can I take the only thing they know how to fall asleep and be comforted with away? They scream and cry and beg or milk.
Carlos’ case is different – He drinks milk and he wont let me unlatch. I don’t realize until I wake up mad from my back aching that I’ve been in the same side position for hours (did I mention he’s a co sleeper?). Now that I’m typing this all out loud for the world to read I’m starting to think I’m letting him be too attached. How can I stop this? I don’t want it to be this way!
I tried the cup of warm milk, he drank one drink to humor me and cried. I’ve tried watching a movie to fall asleep with minimal success. I’ve gotten the advice of not offering anything so he doesn’t get attached to a cup for bed or do I just give water?
Do I let him scream it out at 12 am when I have a 11-year-old who needs to go to school and a 4-year-old in the next room who is trying to sleep?
Help! I need mom advice!
A mom who is lost.
Somewhere in my parent reading I came across an article that said, having snacks for kids in the car could be a bad thing. Every time the child gets in the car they’ll expect food, not necessarily fast food but even just a cup of goldfish or something. This is personally true for me, as a child I knew if I went on a car ride I was guaranteed a fast food meal. I don’t want my daughter to grow up with a bad habit like that. Which brings me to this Friday’s blog, Good eats!
Sometimes I find it hard to have a healthy snack for my daughter, I run out of ideas on what to serve her. Really I have a heard time feeding myself! Let alone another person everyday. During the holidays & every changing season, magazines come out with creative little snacks for kids to eat. Now with other sites like Pinterest looking up new cool food ideas is helpful! I’m not a creative person when it comes to cooking, the only holiday snacking I participate in is Halloween. I like to make “mummy hot dog wraps” and whatever else I find that’s easy to whip up. A friend of mine recently posted a picture on her Facebook with a cute little “Octopus'” she made for her niece and nephews. This is definitely something my daughter would love! She loves pasta and hotdogs! Just cut the hotdogs to size, stick uncooked spaghetti in the hotdog and boil together! If you don’t give your child hotdogs but love the idea, a tufu dog would work just as good! I know I didn’t want Emery eating hotdogs until she was two but when summer came around that idea went right out the window.
My favorite snack to give Emery is cucumber slices. She loves cucumber, its something I know she will eat for sure, even when she’s going through a stage where she’s not eating at all. Usually I’ll cut off the skin or cut it so every other space is cucumber and skin so she wont choke, and I don’t add salt or anything else to it. This is good everyday snack food for us. Black olives is another little finger food she loves. She puts them on her fingers and eats them off. I don’t give her those often because they are salty but its a nice little treat when she does get them.
During summer theres berries & melons added to the mix. My grandma laughs at me because I always take off Emery’s shirt before she eats a messy food like strawberries. Shes young enough where I don’t think its weird for her to have her shirt off and it saves it from stains. It may be crazy but I have thrown away lots of clothes due to stains. Her and I can’t keep a shirt clean for anything!
Last year, right before her first birthday we found out she was a little anemic, possibly from the breast milk or just not enough iron in her diet. The Dr. suggested onions. I thought what baby is going to want an onion? It’s kinda pungent in taste, this coming from a person who loves onions. But I did it, I gave her an onion and she ate it! Shes been an onion lover ever since! Luckily for me Emery will at least try everything once. Her anemia went away and I still give her onions with her food and as a snack. Shes little and doesn’t know any better, and how people often don’t like onions. I don’t want someone elses influence on not liking onions to affect her thoughts on it. It’s bound to happen because kids and adults often give a sour face when they see her chowing down on it like an apple. Anything that comes from the ground, tree or vine is healthy for the body and has some kind of power in them. Raisens is another food high in iron, along with other minerals and vitamins.
It may take up to 10 times befor a child likes a food so keep trying and get a positive environment around them! Praise them for trying new foods and even if its something you don’t like let your child try it out. Just don’t give them a new food before bed incase there’s some sort of allergic reaction. Good luck with your picky eaters and Good eats!