Saturday, July 21, 2012

Few Quick Photos & Eating Together as a Family

At the beach with Catherine and  Jack. I couldn't get both babies to look at 
the camera simultaneously because they were too busy emptying each 
other's water vessels onto the picnic blanket. You can see the puddle under 
Calliope's green cup and Calliope hard at work with Jack's bottle.

Doesn't she look like she's steering one of those 
Venetian boats?

Not a great photo but it documents Calliope feeding herself broccoli for 
the first time!

Today we went to Robert Moses State Park with our friend Catherine and newly one year old Jack. We had a great time and left with all four of us exhausted. Just in time for Calliope to wail most of the ride home.

How I wish that she didn't hate the car so much! But I am exceedingly grateful that we live in a place where we can easily avoid them most of the time.

We had some exciting eating developments lately.

I just finished reading Bringing Up Bebe, which I highly recommend! The American-living-in-Paris author and mother discusses differences in parenting styles between the two countries. One thing that she talks about is how French children develop their palates. 

As a result, I've been inspired to try to work on our routines. My goal is to eat more meals together. And also to start dinner with a vegetable course, as they do in France (per the book) for their main meal of the day. 

So tonight we sat down to dinner together... at the table, no less! Luckily it wasn't too hot today, because the kitchen lacks air conditioning.

We started with broccoli as our "vegetable course." And yeah, it was frozen-then-microwaved broccoli, but so what??? I dressed it with a little butter from our local farmer and voila, Calliope wolfed it down! And even fed it to herself some of the time, a huge development for her!

She also just started to sometimes feed herself yellow plums and blueberry halves.

After broccoli, we shared a homemade grassfed burger topped with local mozzarella. Delicious! Mine was over a bed of local lettuces but she had hers plain.  

I'm excited that she is suddenly interested in eating "real" food! Moving beyond plain yogurt is wonderful! 

I think eating together is definitely helping -- she wants to try everything that I eat. And I think it's also a wonderful habit to develop to keep the lines of communication open as she grows older.


  1. Just wanted to send a quick note. (but I have lots of comments/questions/thoughts on your post before last about eating (the 'What's in the Cup' post.)

    I hired a dietitian about 5 months ago. Long story short, she told me frozen vegetables are the best choice, short of going to a farmer's market to get produce. And even then when visiting a farmer's market you want produce just picked within a day or two (kind of their point right? LOL). Anyway, her point being that frozen veggies are picked at the height of freshness and flash frozen, so they have the best flavor and are the best choice. AND contrary to everything I thought I knew, microwaving is ok with veggies because you use minimal water, lessening the dilution of the veggies' awesome properities. If you can't/won't microwave steaming in a steamer is the next best option because you use less water there as well. But she preferred the microwaving of frozen organic veggies...AND for a change that's exactly what I was already doing and using (now if I would just eat the vegetables....). Of course I only microwave in glass.

  2. I was told the same thing as Jennifer about veggies which worked great for me since farmers markets aren't around much near me...yeah for frankly dinners too! They're a nice way to re-bond too after work.

  3. It looks like they had a blast at the beach! They are adorable!

  4. great pics! She's getting so big!