May 30, 2006

What, me worry?

The very best part of the Hot Mix Incident from over the weekend, is that now I am not scared to give the kid ANYTHING. He‘s ALL OVER those honey-laced strawberries...... Anyway, I realize now how much this whole “solid food” thing was affecting me. Because he doesn’t do formula, I have to watch out for the iron intake and I was starting to worry about anemia. The kid wouldn’t take the “Gerber stuff” and while I would still give him the “adult stuff”, I always felt bad -- as if I was somehow projecting how much I don’t like Gerber and their nefarious corporate tactics in 3rd world countries. Anyway, I will continue to try the Gerber stuff, but refuse to worry about it. Damn. This mothering gig is HARD - there is always, ALWAYS something to fret over.

The weekend was really, really nice. X still worked every day of it, but would come home in the early afternoon. Arun is becoming very attached to him and loves it when X takes him walking around the neighborhood to see the cars. Also, it seems he knows the word “Daddy”. When I say the word, he looks around for him (he does this with “kitty”, too. “Mama”? Nope, the little ingrate - although it’s probably due to the fact that I hate talking in 3rd person like that little red fuck Elmo.).... Anyway, X has already commented on how much it is going to suck the day Arun starts to cry when he heads out the door for work.

This weekend was also pretty productive - we went to Kansas City nearly every day for something (meals, coffee, Union Station gig, Nelson Art Gallery), I started to catch up on my cache of Antique Roadshows on the DVR, I downloaded more footage of Arun then made a new DVD out of it, read some magazines, and read a book. The book, Generation Me by Jean Twenge, was absolutely fascinating. It covered the whole GenX thing (18-35 year olds) and was EXTREMELY interesting - I had a difficult time putting it down. While I would be considered a part of that generation, I am at the very low end, so there were some aspects that I certainly related to and others that I didn’t understand. I am still thinking about this book, so I will write more about it later.

I have the Wednesday Group coming over for a Germ Exchange, um Playgroup, today, so I need to tidy up - at a minimum, I should probably move the fireplace tool set.

Simian Snaps

I rarely take “sleeping” snaps these days because Nap Time is Sacred Time and you don’t mess around with THAT shit. However, we needed to be out the door to meet my friend R and her daughter K, so I took advantage of the fact that I needed to wake him anyway.

Arun bummed his first Cheerio off of K during our lunch at the Nelson. I think he got a little drunk. Maybe he can return the favor in high school when K needs to score some beer.

We went to the Celebration at the Union Station and Arun had a blast just looking at everything going on.

He started to get a little tired of the Celebrating and “insisted” we miss out on the Fireworks. Kids these days. They just suck all the Fun out of everything.

Ah, who am I kidding? Just about everything is more fun with him around. Well, except sex. Ironically. sigh


Teri said...

I obsessed about the food thing too - and now my kids are extraordinarily picky eaters. The people I know who fed their kids everything? Yeah, their kids eat everything to this day.

AND I just read an article that indicated that some MDs are starting to believe, rather ironically, that it's NOT exposing kids to some foods early that's causing the rise in food allergies. If I can find a link, I'll be back so you can read it, too.

(Descending back into lurkville now!)

p.s. Arun is adorable!

dorothy said...

I was around the day my friend J. gave her son a baby shrimp at his first birthday (totally not thinking) and he promptly broke out in hives. Trust me, you're not the first.

Anna said...

I obsessed about solid foods too, then my daughter wouldn't eat the boiled chicken I had so carefully pureed. I tasted it, and realized it tasted like CRAP! I gave her some slivers of my curried chicken and she wolfed it down. Then I did some research and found this link:, which made a lot of sense to me. My new rule of thumb was not to give her anything too bland for me to eat.

Monkey McWearingChaps said...

He really does have eyes like, if that isn't a desi compliment I don't know what is.

I'm happy the food situation all worked out.

Rozanne said...

Well, I'm glad Arun isn't allergic to peanuts.

I don't know for sure, but I don't think anyone was allergic to peanuts when I was a kid. I guess there is some kind of inexplicable rise in allergies these days?

Jenn said...

I feel like our little ones look alike! LOL Allie makes that same face as the 3rd picture.

Yea my mother fed Allie Icecream yesterday! I wanted to be furious.....but *shrug* What ya gonna do.

Wordnerd said...

My second child (now 11) went straight from formula to table food -- she just bypassed all those nasty little Gerber jars altogether. Never a problem!