Happy Thursday everybody!
Thanks to Brittany for hosting Munchkin Meals!
Okay, time for a look at what dinner is like for Miss Lula, who will be ten months old on Monday!
Lula gets dinner in three parts. The first course takes place at her high chair. We feed her iron-fortified oatmeal every night, per our pediatrician’s recommendation. Until we start introducing more meats and other high-iron foods, we’ll continue giving Lula cereal.
We used to mix it with breast milk but have recently started using a pureed fruit or vegetable to jazz it up a little. One of the best combinations we’ve discovered is pureed zucchini + cereal. The zucchini is watery enough that I don’t need to add much of anything to it, which means I don’t need to pump as much! With a sweet potato or carrot puree, I usually need to add a tablespoon or so of breast milk to make it more palatable.
Course number two, dessert, also takes place at Lula’s high chair. Dessert is also known as infant toothpaste (wonder how long I can keep this ruse going). We don’t think we would have much success using a brush on her pearly whites at this point, but we do want to make sure her teeth are being cleaned since she is eating so much real food now, not to mention the sugar found in breast milk. Pa came up with the idea to use a washcloth to scrub her teeth. We first put the corner of a damp washcloth in her mouth and let her gnaw on it to help clean off any food residue. From there, we put a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the rough side of one of her baby washcloths and rub it on her teeth (front and back).This is a risky game we are involved in as Lula wants to bite down, HARD, on our fingers! She actually drew blood when Pa was scrubbing her teeth one day. Our pediatrician recommended using a non-fluoride based toothpaste since babies typically swallow some toothpaste at this age, which can lead to spots on teeth. This kind has worked perfectly for us. Lula’s final course is nursing! Once she is done with parts I and II of dinner, we change her diaper, get her into her pjs, and I take her back to the nursery for one last nursing session before she goes to sleep.