It takes three spoons to feed my son.
Other mothers might be working on their children’s future table manners, creating independent minded little foodies french style, or playing it super cool with “baby led weaning,” but I’ve worked out my own feeding time strategy, its called the spoon dance. How does it work? You approach the high chair with a bowl of baby food and three spoons. (We do puree our own: one parenting gold star for us!) I put a little food on the spoon and extend it toward Roman’s mouth. If he is receptive to this particular meal in this particular instance, he will proceed to grab the spoon from my hand and attempt to eat the entire thing. That is my cue to bring in spoon number two. While Roman is opening up for bites of spoon number one, I can sneak in the real food. Eventually, he catches on and grabs spoon number two. As he goes back and fourth between these delicious spoons, I finish sneaking the bowl of food into his mouth via spoon number three, or two or one, because at some point, or several, he will drop one of the first spoons to grab the third, in which case I resume feeding with the abandoned spoon (this is why I call it the spoon dance.) If he is feeling cooperative, I guide one of his chosen spoons into the bowl of food and assist him in feeding himself (our ambition goes no higher.) In the end, he is covered in food, there are three spoons on the floor and the bowl is empty. Mission accomplished. Roman then has the pleasure of eating the washcloth, i.e. accidentally cleaning up his hands and face all by himself!
Oh, and sometimes we feed him in his jumper… as seen in this photo… brilliant parenting, I know.
Monday: We spent half of the day driving from NJ to DC, in which Roman took two naps and spent the rest of the time playing happily in is fabulous new clek foonf carseat! I sat there beside him quietly thanking the universe that the days of 4 hour scream-fest road trips are OVER!
Tuesday: My husband walks through the door after work and says “honey, what happened to your neck?” My neck was streaked with dried pureed prunes, a remnant from the emergency rescue of our baby from his high chair during a nervous breakdown half way through his second jar. He was SO excited about PRUNES that he became overly worked up to the point of hysterics. This happened in the morning, approximately 10 hours before my husband returned from work. I somehow managed not to notice that I looked like a murder victim in a low budget horror flick ALL DAY.
Wednesday: Roman pooped 6 times, thanks to the prunes. (We’ve got you figured out constipation, woohoo!)
Thursday: We took a long walk on the sunny side of the street. Days like that I really fall in love with DC (and enjoy imagining living in every other brownstone I pass by because everything is 100 % more beautiful in the sunshine.) Roman was in good spirits, flirting with baristas and store clerks, and latte in hand, I was feeling astonishingly normal for once. Also, I walked 2.5 miles wearing my 20lb+ baby and managed to stay comfortable the whole time, 3 cheers for my new ergo!
Friday: Mike was home from work (he takes “flex days” on Fridays) and I took a glorious nap, the kind that can keep going even after the baby wakes up! Until it was interrupted by our building’s yearly fire alarm test.
So I’ve mentioned a couple of these things in previous posts… but as the title says, I am obsessed, so they have been deemed worthy of this weeks list. Here goes:
Babiators: Totally adorable, AND soft and bendy so he can’t hurt himself (because obviously all he wants to do is take them off his face and eat them.)
The absolute best flooring for babies: The Skip Hop Playspot Foam Tiles (padded for safe landings, SO easy to keep clean, firm for learning to crawl without carpet in the face or soft matts slipping under knees, the perfect size, MUCH cheaper than the land of nod rug I originally wanted, and cuter than all the other foam tiles I saw on the market!)
The latest addition to Roman’s wardrobe: Petit Bateau Terry Cloth Shorts They arrived the other day, and I cannot wait to get them on his chubby little baby butt in Puerto Rico!
Roman’s new nap habitat: The House Inhabit Teepee
and orange juice, even though its bad for me. (Ever since pregnancy, I just can’t get enough, I have officially accepted my addiction.)
A note on the title of this blog…
I borrowed the phrase from this e e cummings poem…
Roman and I ventured out into the cold today to browse some nearby shops for a “welcome to the world” gift for his new cousin Sebastian, and though we didn’t find anything appropriate for a newborn just yet, I did come across a couple of things I can’t wait to buy for Roman!
At our first stop, Tabletop, they had in some new toy inventory by the French company Janod, the Magnetic Rocket in particular caught my eye. They had some open on display so you could see how they work, the wooden toys are made up of magnetic pieces that little ones (18m+) can pull apart and build back together! After doing some internet browsing I am also in love with their role play toys like this Barbecue Trolley and the Magneti’Stick World, because I am obsessed with maps for children! Also, robots, and adorable train sets too!
From there we wandered over to Proper Topper, the back of their store is always stocked with adorable children’s things (totally worth squeezing and maneuvering the stroller back there.) Among the many beautiful books I noticed some I hadn’t see before, The Who Was Series by Grosset & Dunlap, I imagine Roman’s first will be Who Was Albert Einstein? ! They cover so many interesting, important figures. I always find learning about inspiring individuals to be one of the best sources for my own motivation and creativity, what a wonderful series for children!
So I realize that DC has all sorts of wonderful free museums in which to spend our free time… but The Phillips Collection just happens to be two blocks from our door and makes for a much more relaxing way to get the baby out of the house for the afternoon. No metro or long walks in the cold, and they have their very own mini Tryst Cafe! I became a member this year and it is proving to be a lovely way to entertain both myself and the baby when we get cabin fever. (Roman really prefers getting out and about to playing with his usual toys in his usual environment, the poor child just gets bored!) The lighting in museums always seems to keep him entertained!
If you’re in DuPont Circle, I definitely recommend checking it out!
So, like many other Pinners, I have been obsessed with kid teepee’s for a while now (since pregnancy). I originally planned on waiting until Roman’s first birthday to purchase one, since we don’t exactly have a nursery or any sort of appropriate place to put one, and he’s a baby, who I figured wouldn’t think it was anything special yet anyway… However… We have a little problem in our apartment in the department of nap times and lighting. Long story short, a teepee seemed like a nice dark place to nap, so now Roman has a teepee! And he loves it! After months and months of browsing and pinning, I went with the House Inhabit Teepee. We chose the “mini” version. They work inside or outside, fold up easily to be set aside or relocated, and are just so beautifully crafted (durable and Adorable!) Basically, I love it! And I’m super excited to watch all of the fun Roman will have with it in years to come!
I’m also super excited for future photo shoot opportunities