My little Swiper

16 Aug

The first year of a baby’s life is packed full of dos and don’ts and many of those come in the feeding department.  Do start solids at 6 months, do only introduce one new food at a time, do start your baby on vegetables before sweet and delicious fruits….it goes on and on.  The don’t list is probably longer.  Don’t start solids early, don’t add cereal to your baby’s bottle, don’t add any seasonings to your baby’s food, and….DON’T give your baby egg whites, citrus juice, strawberries, honey, nuts, and ESPECIALLY not PEANUTS for the first year of life.  If you haven’t heard, there is a little something called a peanut allergy.  It affects tons of children and even adults.  Guidelines for introducing peanuts and peanut butter seem to vary by physician, but some of the more recent guidelines are suggesting well past the 1st year of life…maybe not even until kindergarten-age.  Seriously?!?!

This was the pb&j culprit. These may not be a dietitian's dream, but they make packing a picnic-lunch simple. And, they are even available with whole-wheat bread!

I know the rules, and even though they aren’t fun, I abide.  But, my little guy…he’s a rule breaker!  A few weeks ago he got into my daughter’s lunch box {while mommy was busy cleaning the kitchen} and smashed a half-eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich all over his face and in his mouth.  He was in heaven and quite proud of his accomplishment!  For the record, that’s peanut butter AND strawberry jelly…two things on the no-no list  for year one.

Last week something similar happened.  It all started with AJ finding the dog-water bowl {gross, I know} and splashing that all over the place.  I cleaned up the mess and got him in dry clothes.  I was happy to see him playing in the pantry a few minutes later, {I keep the bottom two shelves “kid friendly”…no glass or heavy cans that could hurt them…all fun and “safe” stuff.  I think exploring is healthy and great for development} until he bit a hole in a bag of instant oatmeal and dumped it all over the floor.  While a member of the clean-up crew {my term of endearment for my dogs…they are awesome} and I cleaned the pantry AJ moved on to bigger and messier things…like playing splash-park in my daughter’s orange juice on the living room floor.  OJ {yes, a third food from the “avoid first year” list} was in his hair, on his face…everywhere.  In about 15 minutes I had cleaned up 3 disasters, given 1 sponge bath, and 2 outfit changes.   I waved my white flag.  Is this life with boys or just life with two kids??  I never remember life being this chaotic with my girl or with just one child.

So now what do I do about introducing all the “off -limit” foods that have been introduced??  Our pediatrician said to go ahead and serve them since AJ has already been exposed.  Hmmm…hasn’t she heard that most allergic reactions occur with subsequent exposures, not the initial one??  I think I’ll just pretend none of this ever happened and re-introduce all these “swiped” foods when they were originally intended to be…sometime after my little guy’s first birthday.

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7 Responses to “My little Swiper”

  1. Lacey McKay August 16, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    Hahahahahaha! I’ve had days like this too, so I’m laughing because I can relate! I love the description of him playing splash park in the OJ, and chewing through the bag of oatmeal. It’s not just a boy thing. Madison is an eater! She raids the pantry on a daily basis and I have to be careful what I put next to her in the shopping cart because she will eat the entire cardboard lid off of a box before I notice what she’s doing. I have to change that child’s clothes at least four times a day and most of those clothing changes include some kind of a bath. She and AJ would be best friends! Well, until a peanut butter and jelly sandwich came between them. Ha!

    • rn2mommy August 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

      Glad to know I’m not the only one…especially not the only one guilty of having their children eat cardboard!

  2. Wyn-Erin August 17, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Hilarious. Glad your little guy didn’t have any reactions to anything. And for the record, J’s doc, who’s an allergy/asthma specialist (she also has a pediatrician) so she may be a wee bit more “careful” than most, said no nuts until J was THREE. Even then we had to do the full scale allergy test before I could give her PB. Thankfully she was not allergic to anything major (just stuff like dust and fungus…aren’t we all?). I was so excited to start stuffing her full of healthy, high-calorie peanut butter (she’s always been tiny so any healthy fat is a plus) and she’s not interested! She says “I don’t like peanut butter.” Um, you’ve never had it before! Oh well, back to the avacadoes I suppose.

    • rn2mommy August 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

      Three sounds reasonable, although I didn’t make it that long with Olive either…accidents happened and I gave in. And, I don’t want to hear that peanut butter or avocados are high fat…I love to eat both of those and consider them “health” foods 🙂

  3. Bethany August 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    Ok, yes to both of those questions!! But I think it’s more about personality, rather than weather they are a boy or girl. Cayden was pretty laid back, but he was sneaky (and still is) He hid stuff EVERYWHERE, especially pacifiers! It was the longest time before all the pacifiers were gone….I’d take one away, he’d come out with another one…! Both of my kids like to make messes and just get dirty…probably more Cayden than Addison, but having 2 of them close together (mine are 2 yrs. 9 months apart) makes for an extremely busy 5 years or so….(5 years after the 2nd one is born!) I know you enjoy every minute of it though! It doesn’t last long enough if you ask me!!

    • Bethany August 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

      Oh, and that should’ve said whether…not weather…Yes I do go to college, yes I did graduate high school….DUH! I got up too early maybe??? haha

      • rn2mommy August 17, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

        It doesn’t last long enough. I’m bummed this is my last year with my daughter before she starts preschool. It’s chaotic, but I love it!!

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