Filed Under (Year One (Eric)) by Kel on 10-07-2007

Yep, that’s right. Weaned. I hardly expected it to go this well or quickly, but not being one to mess with a good thing, when Eric took quite nicely to his sippy cups on our trip to Kansas I jumped all over the opportunity. For a week, fewer bottles and more sippies were migrating to daycare, and this past weekend there wasn’t a bottle in sight. Eric, for what it’s worth, isn’t drinking quite as much in one sitting, but he seems happy all the same. He even – say it ain’t so – is eating a bit more table food to compensate. (Daycare informs me that he still does not approve of their lunch menu, however.)

With weaning comes another delight: milk. True milk, truer than anything he’s had since he was 5 weeks old. That nasty formula stuff is going to stick around a while longer, but we’re starting to get him used to milk and, if we wanted, we could probably make the switch right now and he wouldn’t complain. The worrier in me that has been told formula until a year has me mixing – not to mention the can and a half he still has left at home. I won’t be buying anymore, though, and my wallet rejoices that fact. It’s weird, though… It seems like just yesterday I was trying to figure out just what formula to give him, and now it’s gone. Time flies.

I’ve learned to be a sneaky mommy in all of this as well. Not so much with the drinks, he’s good with the drinks. Food, on the other hand… He’s still as picky as ever. He barely has a lunch at daycare because he won’t eat what they give him. (Of course, my opinion on that is that if he’s hungry, he’ll eat.) I did learn, though, a trick to sneaking some meat into the child: put a slice on his cheesy bread. He loves loves loves it when I cover a slice of bread with shredded cheddar and stick it under the broiler. A thin slice of deli meat goes great between those two layers, and he gobbled down a good 2/3 of it before chucking pieces onto the floor in his baby demand for dessert.

And man, dessert. The kid can put away a whole banana. So much for sharing!

I guess that’s nothing to complain about though. He’ll eat fruit. Man will he eat fruit, he loves the stuff. If I can’t have a child that likes his veggies, I’ll settle for one that likes his fruit. I wish I knew what changed in there that turned Eric from loving any of the jarred veggies to hating them all, period – but such mysteries are never solved.

In other news… Tomorrow is my citizenship interview. I’m not nervous or worried, just psyched and very curious to how it will all go down. Expect details later in the week. In the meantime, have a video.




karen on 11 July, 2007 at 9:58 pm #

First of all Kelly, good luck tomorrow. What an exciting day for you. Second of all , that kidlet of yours just gets cuter by the day does he not???? I loved the video and to think that he is already off the bottle is great for you guys but sad to think that our little baby is growing up so fast. You are right…. time does fly. Don’t worry too much about the food , he will go through all kinds of weird phases that have you tearing your hair out worrying. But he is just doing his job. It will all work out. And he is doing good so far. I will let dad know about your interview tomorrow, please keep us posted OK? Take care and love to all of you.Mom

Natalie on 12 July, 2007 at 4:25 pm #

I, of course, am seriously curious about the citzenship interview!

The boy is growing up so fast. Sniffle.

karen on 16 July, 2007 at 7:35 pm #

Hi Eric….. Gramma and Grampa went to Toys R Us today and guess what???? That’s right, you are getting some waaaay cool birthday presents.I wish we could be there to help you celebrate but I don’t think we can make it , grampa has to work and is having trouble finding people to help him do that. But we will be thinking about you and tell mommy to let us know when your stuff gets there and to also let us know if you like your presents. Be good ok?, I love you, Gramma K

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