Thursday, 16 April 2009

Updates...

more on this lovely fabric later...

A quick blog post of updates so apologies at the outset for what is going to be a long (and perhaps very boring) list;

1. Gluten Free: The Lauke Gluten free bread mix is a winner. Just tastes like a bready damper type thing and is so much better than other gluten free breads I have tasted. I think the key is to not actually think is bread - just look at it as a 'baked product' and you wont be disappointed.
We have discovered that gluten is in everything. I would not be surprised if air contains gluten.


2. Handmade Help: What a great collection has arrived here! Thank you sweet people that made and sent items in for the collection. I am just waiting now for Handmade Help HQ to arrange a courier to come and collect it. You can see some of the collection in this photo (excuse the mess behind it). A little too much to stick in a post bag so I hope that we can find a very generous courier soon...

3. The Paining: The lovely portrait of our Minnie did not win the Moran Portrait Prize. Boo Hoo. Of course we still think it was the best painting. Sorry Ben Quilty, we think Robin-Mary should have won.


4. Molly the Wuffler: The puppy has had some intensive training of late and seems to be doing well. Molly thought she was the Alpha Female. Not good and not what we wanted. That has changed and now I am Alpha Mama around here. Its a long story but it involved a great big leather glove, some real guts on my part, a head on confrontation over a pigs ear, and some submission by the bossy puppy. Now we are happy. 'I am Alpha Mama, hear me roar...'



5. Minnie: all is well on the Minnie front. All except the fact that she will NOT try new foods or eat her vegetables. We have tried the rewards charts, the bribing, the saying nothing but putting new food on the plate, the crying (by me), the screaming (me not Minnie) and then being sent to the bedroom (me again). We eat a wide variety of food here and she was exposed to loads of lovely food as a baby. Now the only vegetables she will eat are corn and cherry grape tomatoes. That's it. She loves rice and noodles but with nothing on them, she will eat hummus but only one brand, will eat meat but not in a stew or stir fry...the list goes on. I have read a load of books and end up getting more and more depressed about it. Do we just quietly keep trying and leave it at that? I know there is a little power play going on over this so perhaps we need to make less of a fuss? Would love your ideas on this one...

Phew, all updated. I do love a good list.

15 comments:

Kate said...

We have a few food battles here which is really annoying when Eva will sit and eat her broccoli and then there is a screaming fit from the other two. I just keep serving stuff and they have to at least try it (often more screaming). They get some things I know they will like for dinner and have to try something else too. Hopefully one day we can have dinner without all the screaming.

katiecrackernuts said...

I have one too. She turns 18 next week. She'll eat crumbed chicken, mashed potatoes and peas. She cuts the chicken (by herself now) mashes them all together and pours sauce over it. She'll eat chicken curry (the old fashioned one with sugar in it). She'll eat spaghetti bolognaise (with her hands a couple of weeks ago because she was having a tanti). Let me know how you go with it.

Jessica said...

Kids and foods are my little soap box, but honestly it's an area that is highly interesting to me professionally. I'm taking a course in feeding and swallowing this semester for grad school and last night we talked about selective eating and children. One thing that works well is slowly modifying what kids eat- so take the hummus she loves and slowly add a different hummus flavor in..like 1/2 hummus plus a teaspoon of the new flavor and then increase. The change is slow and she may not notice as long as the change isn't too drastic. Since you eat a variety of foods (which sound so yummy) I'd just keep serving them and eating them with meals and if she eats then she east it if not that is the meal. It's completely normal for kids to go through phases of selective eating and as long as she is continually exposed to a variety of foods and sees you eat them she'll come around and begin to eat a greater variety. Minnie is truly darling and you are a great mama...just remember that!!!

Anonymous said...

My brother and his wife have a baby lab and she rules the house. They did some training with her but didn't follow through so now the pecking order starts with the dog at the top - what chaos!

As for food, I could write an essay with our adventures in food with Eva but that would just be boring. My most succinct advice would be to relax, stop stressing about her and food, keep up all the offering but don't make an issue. All things pass in time.

I really think my stressing about food made our food life intolerable for everyone - meal times should be fun, relaxing and enjoyable.

sophie said...

That was my comment above - not sure why I came out as anonymous!

Jo said...

I agree with the above comments, don't stress, just keep serving a variety of foods. My Matt has always had an aversion to fruits and vegetables, but at almost 11 years of age, his tastes are changing and he is now finally eating a much wider variety of foods. Strange kid will eat a chicken's foot, but not an apple.

Love the pile of fabrics, keep us posted on that one. And well done on working your way to the top of the pecking order!!

JasperBoy said...

During my years working in the childcare environment I've seen many children and their reactions to food.

I agree with the other post-ers that food and eating should be something to enjoy in a stress free environment.

From some of your earlier posts, I know that you are providing Minnie with positive food associations including growing some of the foods that you eat and having her help prepare or "cook" her own meal.

I don't mean to sound like a broken record, but keep up the good work! Continue to offer her a variety of foods, praise her when she gives something a try (just a taste is enough) and ignore the times when she leaves your lovingly prepared offerings. I'm sure the literature that you've already read has reminded you not to reward eating with treats or deserts (i.e. second course is not the "prize") nor is "cleaning the plate" to be encouraged, Minnie is still learning what it is like to feel full and she will soon know when enough is enough.

As you know I'm not a parent, so can offer little in the way of "having been through it", but from my own experience I can tell you that I was a VERY fussy eater as a child and would not touch any type of vegetable. At the age of 16 I decided to become a vegetarian and remain one to this day. Ironic for my parents I guess!

Sorry, long post......

Good Luck!

Jen in Melbourne

Poppy and Mei said...

Pops sounds alot like Minnie when it comes to eating.
Here diet is "fussy" but thankfully, like Minnie, her choices are generally healthy & lots of times raw.
I used to worry too about lack of variety 'till my Mum said "Feed her what she likes".
And because I always do what my mother tells me that's what happens... ;) XXxx

Kylie said...

I think this is something that almost every parent goes through, but knowing that doesn't make the rejection any easier. Both of my boys were great eaters as toddlers, then slowly but surely became incredibly fussy. Like Minnie they'll eat meat, but not "in" things...even spag bol. They only like plain rice (which we've started adding veges to) and plain pasta with a napoli sauce. When it came to veges it was only potato (either mashed or as chips), corn and carrot. Now my eldest (7) eats broccoli and cauliflower. He also has a limited selection from a beef stir fry...the meat and the snow peas. Strangely enough though, he won't eat cheese of any kind, but my 4 y.o. will.
Like everyone else has suggested, keep trying, but don't stress too much about it. I think children's tastes develop as they do and you'll find Minnie will accept more of your offerings as time goes by! Best wishes. xxx

JasperBoy said...

Hi Rachael,

I have far less patience than even Minnie would have.........please, please tell us what the LOVEly fabric is for??

Jen in Melbourne

Dick and Dora said...

Yep, we've been through it too, and now that its basically over, I wish I'd been much more relaxed, but it's hard at the time when you think you're going to end up with a "fussy eater" who can't go to people's places for dinner and doesn't eat all the necessary nutrients. I have to admit to resorting to the bribe (much to my mother's horror) ... at one point he would only eat pasta, so I would let him eat a few pieces, then let him know that he couldn't have any more until he'd eaten 2 teaspoons of veg (which all of a sudden had to be mushed, after eating chunks for ages) ... it worked, but some will say it was not the correct approach. Try not to worry, it passes.

potty mouth mama said...

Do whatever works for you guys. It's not like she's going to grow up and go on forever eating only those foods. I have a tendency to worry about things, and then think, oh well, when they're 18, they're not going to be doing the same thing. Ie Tiny's not walking and she's 16 months. But you know, she's going to walk, it's just going to be at her own pace.

Love the fabrics.

AND astounded at how grown up Minnie looks. WOWSERS!

Love the pup too, and glad to hear you are the Alpha Female. Go you!

Claire (ethel loves fred) said...

Puppy and Minnie seem to growing at the same pace! Food can be a minefield, but it'll pass .... stay casual (on the outside) about it!

zoesquid said...

Wow - what a great lot of advice! Im going with the flow here - keep it cool, calm and collected. And if all else fails I find bribing works wonderfully well. You know..."you can leave one thing and one thing only on your plate or no desert!" Amazing stuff really! Good luck with it all.

sue said...

I totally understand the foody thing. My son (who is now 15 yrs) used to eat nearly every single thing I put in front of him until he turned 3. All of a sudden he didnt want to eat vegies or particular kinds of meat. When he turned 8 I decided he had to start eating them again (he ate lots of different fruits in that period) and so began the plate with one vegie (beans first), then a month later another vegie (carrots), and then peas. Now he eats corn which he never liked, cauliflower and silverbeet too. He never complains about his vegies although I still cant get him to eat mince meat. Dont stress too much, they say if they eat certain vegies and other foods as babies they do eventually go back to it when they get older. As for my 7 yr old well that is a totally different story, we cant get her to eat anything that is green unless I bribe her with mint sauce on her peas and beans. I guess at least she is still getting the nutrients. I am sure if you just persist a little at a time it will get better. Dont pull your hair out after it, as I know you will be the one who suffers for it.