Feeding toddlers is hard. They are unpredictable and mercurial. What they love one week gets tossed on the floor the next. They will scarf down low quality restaurant foods and snub your wholesome homemade meals. They will rub food in their hair instead of putting it in their mouths. They will pretend to eat something only to spit it out minutes later. And, if you’re really unlucky, they will willingly eat poop but will refuse to try in-season vegetables (I wish I was not speaking from experience on this last point, but sadly I am).
I feed twin 18 month old boys. In the grand scheme of things, they are good eaters. But, like any toddlers, they go through periods of feast and famine. It seems to be those periods of famine that make you doubt your parenting skills and your ability to attend to your childrens’ needs. For this reason, I think we all spend a good amount of time asking for meal suggestions and recounting our recent culinary creations. For me, getting new ideas seems to help me through those rough patches. This series is designed to describe our feeding concoctions and challenges as well as to hear from you on what’s cooking in your kitchens.
I tend to use organic, in season, whole foods to feed my kids. I cook most things from scratch, but not everything. I keep things generally simple for my sanity and for meal planning purposes. I have not given my kids many high allergen food yet (e.g. nuts or shellfish) due to some family allergy issues so that slightly limits what I feed them. For some meals, I invent new foods based on what I have in my fridge. For others, I stick to simple grains, fruits and veggies and diary to try and round out their nutritional needs. All in all, I am hoping to chronicle the antics surrounding our meals and get some ideas from all of you. Welcome back Foodie Fridays!
Carrie, mother to 18 month old twin boys, has presently traded a lab coat for mom jeans to be a SAHM. As a research scientist, Carrie was used to problem solving and troubleshooting small tasks while keeping big picture goals in sight. As a mom, she has found her job to be quite similar. While repeating the mantras “don’t sweat the small stuff” and “this too shall pass”, Carrie and her husband managed to survive the first year as twin parents. As this second year progresses, Carrie is enjoying the small freedoms and enjoyable moments that come with toddlerhood. Carrie and her family (including dogs and cats) live in the Bay Area and enjoy good weather, good produce and good times. Carrie enjoys documenting life as a twin mom with the hopes that her stories and insights will make other peoples journey just a touch easier.