Sunday, August 16, 2009

Dear Braden: Let's Eat

Braden went to the Doctor on Friday and had a great check up again. He is now 9 months old and the doctor has given him the go ahead to eat anything that is soft. That is to say he can now eat big people food. Everyone we know has wanted to feed him everything from popsicles to french fries already, but Arica and I have followed a strict program according to our pediatrician’s wishes all along. Now with his ok we are ready to start the feeding frenzy.

Braden, as your Dad I want to tell you a bit about the amazing culinary journey you are about to begin. The food on our planet is as diverse as the people who cook it in their kitchens around the globe. Since I began travelling I have developed a love for everything about food. I love trying out all the new things I see. Just now on this trip to Scotland I have discovered black pudding, haggis, pigeon, and even my first fat domestic duck. Up until now all my duck eating has come directly from me or someone I know shooting them out of the sky.

Your doctor has specified several foods that would be good for you to eat. Some of which I think warrant a mention in our little article today. Number one is pancakes. Before I met your mom I never really liked pancakes. They were too dry and boring for me. Of course I love maple syrup, but if I just wanted maple syrup I might as well put it on my hamburger or a boot. Your mom makes the most amazing pancakes and now we can share. Sharing good food with friends and family is one of life’s great joys. I learned that growing up, but really had it driven home in my time in Italy. They live for food, family, and friends. Now we can follow their example and share our pancakes. I am so excited. Of course you will have to wait a while for the maple syrup.

Another food is green beans. They are the vegetable of choice around our house many nights. Your mother particularly loves them. Granted as big people we put too much butter and pork fat in ours, but we are willing to give that up for a while in order to share. Once again eating from the same dish with my ever growing boy is a great step in our lives together.

Finally there is one of the all time favorite baby starters, mashed potatoes. I am your quintessential meat and taters guy. Growing up there were always potatoes on my table. More often than not they were of the mashed variety. They are simply one of my favorite foods, and of course Arica and I still eat them plenty today. Braden, you can now share in this southern family tradition. We will eat them over and over again. I sure hope that you like them.

In closing these are only three foods that we can now share. There are lots of others. I am glad to start my own little man down the road of enjoying good food. Your mother is quite adventurous as well. She enjoys trying new food with me. She never turns down an opportunity to try something new. I hope that you turn out that way too. I know in the early going you will be picky. I will probably eat more McDonald’s than I care to stomach, but this is at least the beginning. A great culinary world awaits. Now who wants some haggis?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am Bradens mom/Roberts wife and I just wanted to leave a little comment about how the first go at big people food went, we had bananas and oatmeal. These did not work out too well (he made some pretty awful faces), but I am sure he will be stuffing bananas in his mouth in no time.

Melisa with one S said...

I loved this!! Life as you guys know it has totally changed. Good luck with those bananas! :)

surprised mom said...

Why is one of the first things kids recognize is the McDonald's golden arches? Kids will get all excited when they see them. Before my kids could say McDonald's, they were squirming in their car seats when they saw the McDonald's sign.
I think you guys are in for a interesting adventure introducing Braden to new food. It can be frustrating and funny.
I've only heard yucky things about haggis. How does it really taste?
Great post!

otin said...

I cannot picture my parents ever having trouble giving me real food, I think that they probably had trouble keeping me from it! LOL!

WeaselMomma said...

You can keep the haggis, but pork fat in my green bean is something I am now eager to try.

Reservoir Dad said...

All this talk of duck, pork fat and haggis has made me hungry. Our youngest, Tyson, is four months old. I'm looking forward to seeing what faces he can pull for us when he starts on the solids.

Baby News said...

Oh, you're going to have so much fun with this! We waited for the okay from the ped with Ethan, too, so he started eating finger foods at 9 months. I started with cheerios...he loved them!

It does make things taste a little different when you try to make sure he can eat them too. I load mashed potatoes down with salt and pepper. With Ethan, I hold back on the salt. We add it to ours, but it's not the same. Mac & cheese is good, too.

And when he reaches 10 months, you may want to give Black Bean and Sweet Potato hash a try. I do not like sweet potatoes, but this side dish is GREAT. Black beans, sweet potatoes, onion, thyme, and red peppers. At 10 months, he can eat all of it. Good stuff...and it's great to share! Check out Wholesome Baby foods (website) sometime...that's where I got the recipe.

Baby News said...

One more thing...I just read the first comment. I mash cheerios up and coat the banana chunks in them, Makes it easier to pick up, and he loves them. I do the same with avocados.

PJ Mullen said...

Awesome, your little man is going to love pancakes. My son devours the banana pancakes I make for him. He's just figuring out how to use a fork, that is some funny stuff.

Anonymous said...

Baby News thank you so much for the banana and cheerio idea, I will definately try that out. Such a good idea!

Mike said...

I see a lot of Chicken McNuggets in your life soon. That and their amazing french fries. Enjoy these culinary delights Braden....

seashore subjects said...

Enjoy the experience! (yogurt on cheerios is also very good - but messy) Family dinners are going to take on a whole new meaning for you.