We are only one week into the ninth month of Bonnie’s life, but so far, this month has been the toughest, most frustrating one yet (for her and for me!) Teething, a virus she somehow picked up, not being able to crawl when she really, really wants to, and not being able to walk when she really, really wants to. She’s gone from being happy and content 90% of the time to being aggravated and whiny 90% of the time (unless I’m within arm’s length of her, for her to pull up on, or use me as a walker.) Not only has Bonnie been frustrated with her lack of mobility, she’s also been frustrated with food. In her defense, this virus has her pretty sick, and the doctor said her throat is really irritated and inflamed, so I’m wondering if maybe swallowing is just uncomfortable for her?
Anyway, I honestly feel kind of silly posting an update on what Bonnie was eating at this time last month, because not a lot has changed. Actually, it seems like we’ve taken several steps backward after the rough couple of weeks we’ve had. Two weeks ago, Bonnie’s top four front teeth began to pop through, which caused her major discomfort (more than when her bottom two came in.) She pushed away almost any food I’d try to give her, even some of her favorites. Since Bonnie won’t take a bottle, I ended up nursing her a lot, for about three days.
And immediately after her teeth popped through, she began having some serious cold symptoms that really seemed to get the best of her. At first, I thought it was just more teething, but after a day or two (and a night or two) of non-stop fussing, needing to be held 24/7, and not sleeping, I realized something else had to be going on. Again, she had no appetite, and rejected anything we put in front of her; hence, she nursed a lot more than normal. This lasted for a solid five days before I finally took her to the doctor, hoping she had something that was treatable; however, she’s evidently contracted a virus, and all I can do is keep her comfortable. It is so sad!
The one thing Bonnie will eat, even while she’s sick, is this crock pot breakfast casserole. It’s been a staple at our house ever since I bought Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple. We throw it into the crock pot late Sunday night, turn the crock pot off first thing Monday morning, and have breakfast for the entire week!
Other new favorites for her are yellow peppers, tomatoes, and pickles. I’m still on the hunt for store-bought pickles that I feel comfortable feeding her (no sugar, and no food coloring or other artificial ingredients.) I may end up making them rather than buying.
Her schedule is still the same as it was last month, although I’m hoping to drop a nursing session over the next month or two (although, weaning is on hold while she’s sick, because all the wants to do is nurse and sleep):
- 6:30/7am- Nurse
- 7:30/8am- Breakfast
- 9am- Nurse and then nap
- 10/10:30am- Snack
- 12pm- Lunch
- 1pm- Nurse and then nap
- 2:30/3pm- Snack
- 5pm- Dinner
- 6:30pm- Nurse and then bed
Out of desperation to get Bonnie to eat something when she was at her worst, I made a batch of these grain free toddler bites. (If you are worried about choking, you can make them without the chopped almonds. They have a nutty enough flavor without them. Also, if your baby is under a year old, you will want to use maple syrup to sweeten instead of honey.)
Another new food we’ve started giving Bonnie is celery. She’s not crazy about the taste of plain celery, so I’ve started adding a thin layer of almond butter. It creates a huge mess, but I love that she is getting the healthy fat from the almond butter. Plus, they say that celery is supposed to help relieve teething pain for babies.
So here’s a recap of the new foods we’ve introduced to Bonnie this month:
- Bell peppers (yellow are her favorite)
- Pickles (thank to her daddy)
Here’s a list of what seem to be Bonnie’s favorites:
- These banana snack muffins
- Mild guacamole (or avocado with lime, and the tiniest bit of sea salt and pepper)
- Baked sweet potato with butter
- Yellow peppers
- Chicken, depending on how it is seasoned
- Zucchini, cooked in olive oil, with pepper
- Any type of berry
- Raisins and grapes (she also likes dates and prunes, but raisins are a lot less messy)
We still offer Bonnie 3 or 4 different foods at meal times, and 2 or 3 at snack times. We also offer her a sippy cup of water with each of her meals, and a little bit of almond milk with her snacks. She barely drinks any of the almond milk, but since she won’t drink breast milk from a cup, we are using almond milk to help her get used to the idea of milk from a cup.
Here is what Bonnie ate yesterday:
- Crock pot breakfast casserole (eggs, kale, red and orange peppers, onion, goat cheese, almond and coconut milk, herbs) Since the casserole itself contains several different foods, this is the only thing she had for breakfast.
- Plum Organics packet (spinach, pea, and pear)
*Since Bonnie so strongly prefers feeding herself (as opposed to my spoon feeding her) she just eats the fruit and veggie pouches straight from the package. Sometimes she even holds the package on her own, although this always ends in a big mess.
- Baked sweet potato with butter
- Avocado, sliced
- Grilled chicken, seasoned with basil and oregano
- Celery with almond butter
- Smoothie (strawberry, banana, almond butter, breast milk)
*I fed her the smoothie because she did not end up getting much of the celery or almond butter in her tummy! When I make smoothies for her, I put them in this Squeasy Snacker.
- Breakfast casserole
I’m really hoping that we can get back on track with her eating once Bonnie starts feeling better, because even though I am offering her a lot of food right now, she isn’t eating much of it, and even pushes a lot of it away. I’m quickly learning to embrace sticky floors, messy fingers, and dirty faces, so I’m hoping she will come back around soon! She has made such progress before this little setback…