Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The beauty of self-feeding

Adam is not a good eater (shocking, if you know his parents!!!). He had HORRIBLE acid reflux until he was six months old. He had the kind of reflux where he refused to eat b/c it hurt so much. It was very sad and very stressful at times. Fortunately, once he started solids and/or grew taller, the reflux miraculously disappeared. Now he usually takes 24-28 oz. of formula a day without much fuss. He has eaten solids since six months but he never has eaten too much of it. We're lucky if he eats oatmeal (with fruit), yogurt and a bit of chicken and veggies each day (and I mean a bit). However, he LOVES to feed himself. He'll pretty much eat anything that he can pick up (including carpet fuzzies and anything else the vacuum missed). He will ALWAYS eat his Gerber's puffs and teething biscuits. Too bad they don't have much nutritional value! Recently, he's been pretty good about eating pieces of banana and Grandma's chicken. When we spoon feed him, though, it's a different story. He'll consistently "open up" for oatmeal and yogurt but that's about it. He "demanded" to feed himself his carrots yesterday. See how that turned out?!? :)

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