Happy birthday, sweet girl! You're one! Happy birthday to our sweet baby!
Happy anniversary to us! Little buddies

Three years ago this past Saturday, T. and I spoke our vows in a small ceremony under the campanile on campus. One year ago, on that same date, we went to the hospital and welcomed our daughter into the world. This year, we had a lot to celebrate: three years of marriage and a first year of parenthood survived. I feel so lucky to be a part of so much goodness.

Our friends gathered to celebrate with us for C’s first birthday party and they also watched her the night before so that T. and I could go out for a solo date to celebreate our anniversary. Like I said: so much goodness.

We also spent the last few days enjoying summer classics such as pool time and popsicles. I was thinking that this last item (popsicles) deserves a post in itself, but here’s a shortened version: C’s become an increasingly picky eater and the baby that used to eagerly devour veggies, fruits, and anything I offered her, now likes to press her lips together and turn her head away to most things handed to her. The one thing she seems to like every time is a cold popsicle. (She also loves ice cubes – something that bought us up to 30 minutes of peace and playtime on our recent flights). So this is how I get avocado, peaches, strawberries, carrots, and cucumbers into her: blended, frozen, and on a stick. Hey, if it works, it works, and I’m not above hiding broccoli in popsicles if it comes to it.

How do you get your picky eaters to eat?

Pool time with baby Pool time!

Popsicles Popsicles!

Here are some delicious popsicle recipes, of which the mojito is one I definitely need to try (for myself, that is!) Here is one of my favorite pictures of a month old baby C. (I can’t believe she’s a YEAR old now!). And here’s a mama whose chronicles of what her daughter eats makes me excited to stay creative and continue to work on C’s relationship with diverse and nurtrient-rich foods.

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7 Responses to celebrations

  1. T. says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary and on C’s birthday! C may have become picky for a variety of reasons: teething, the change in activity now that you are home again, etc. I say keep doing what you’re doing with the popsicles if that’s how she eats! One of my favorite recipes for homemade popsicles is whirring one cup of vanilla yogurt and one cup of fruit in a blender, then freezing it in popsicle molds.

  2. Bryna says:

    Congrats to such a great day! And as for the picky eating–I agree with above poster that it’s hard to tell what’s going on (and they’re tastes constantly change). I read somewhere that a baby doesn’t know what they’re tasting until they’ve tried it 10 times, so I also figured keep on trying, and try new combos. It seems I remember that there was a bit of a picky phase around the beginning of walking–partly because the world’s so interesting, partly because they’re starting to learn how to assert their independence in new ways. Also, maybe her craving for cold things ties to teething? Teething babies typically go for ice.

  3. Congrats on your anniversary AND making it through one year of parenting! I don’t remember Benny really ever being picky – but I’m sure that’s mom amnesia. Lila has been picky and/or not eating for the past six months. I have a feeling it has something to do with teething. I just keep trying and she eats when she’s hungry and doesn’t eat when she doesn’t feel like it. I worry about her, but she’s thriving. Good luck!

  4. simplybike says:

    Thanks for the comments, fellow moms. I keep offering her a diverse variety of foods so that I don’t get us stuck in a rut, thinking that she only wants one thing and then by only offering her the one thing inevitably perpetuating the problem. Seems like the past weekend was better, so maybe a relief from teething?

    It’s always nice to feel company in these things, so thanks for your words of encouragement!


  5. Casey says:

    Happy birthday to C!

    Roozle went through a picky phase around the same age but came back around. We found that a lot with her seemed to be about temperature. For her, it was more about wanting things at room temperature, but for C it seems she likes things cold! It could be her one year molars coming in. Do you guys have a vitamix? It could help for more smoothies and popsicles. My thought has always been to go with what works until it doesn’t work anymore.

    Welcome home!!

  6. Julia says:

    Happy Birthday to C!! She sounds like a fabulous eater for a 1 year old.
    The picky eater phase is disconcerting. My son (who was a really good eater before) just completely stopped eating all solid food right after his first birthday for about 6 weeks – only took his bottle (so I actually kept him on formula for a bit longer after he turned 1). He’s 2 now, still a VERY picky eater, but improving in tiny bits. After the no solids phase, he went on a carbs only phase that lasted months – just plain rice, plain bread/toast, plain crackers, plain pasta. I would go through all this trouble to sneak veggie purees into our meals, make smoothies – nope, he would have none of it.
    But just be stubborn – keep offering it to them and don’t let it bother you when they wont touch it. Eventually one day, out of the blue, they will just start eating it! Toddlers are weird like that. Thats what happened with my little guy. I figured out he has a texture issue, so I just use a lot of purees and sneak it into meals (like pasta sauce, soups, etc). Check out the sneaky chef http://www.thesneakychef.com/. I just use her veggie/fruit puree recipes (its under the free recipes section.

  7. Chrissy says:

    I didn’t realize C was born on your anniversary! So sweet. Hope y’all had a lovely day of celebrations!

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