Friday, June 29, 2007

The End Of The Health Food Era (I.e., The 9-Month Checkup)

Our pediatrician is a perky blonde cheerleader-type. She's very nice and encouraging. At Sophie's last appointment, she told me Sophie was getting somewhere around 1/2 of the recommended milk intake for babies her age. She then informed me cheerily that I could now discontinue baby food and feed Sophie exclusively table food.

IS SHE CRAZY???

I think Dr. Morel needs to spend a few days at our house, and then let me know what she thinks about feeding poor, pure little Sophie our table food.

Our food pyramid looks something like this (from bottom to top, forgive me for not having the design skill, talent or software to show this graphically):

1) Base: Breads and french fries.

2) Then, pizza (oops, that's kind of a bread) and burgers (oh yeah... the bun is bread).

3) Tacos, nachos, and other Mexican cuisine (um, I think there's actually a lot of bread in those too) .

4) Steaks.

5) Ice cream, microwave popcorn, salads with Bacos, cheese, croutons and honey mustard or ranch dressing...

6) And at the itsy bitsy top of the period, veggies and fruits. You know, carrots, green beans, squash, apples and bananas? All the stuff they make baby food out of? (Sometimes, we've found that restaurants sneak this kind of stuff into the dishes you order. We've also found that when cooked in butter and brown sugar or fried, a lot of it tastes pretty decent, especially served with a ribeye.)

So Dr. Morel will have to forgive me if I continue to shove baby food into Sophie for as long she will possibly allow it. If she's a true Flanigan baby, her contents will be 90% hot dogs and french fries soon enough as it is.

5 comments:

The Walkenhorsts said...

Don't forget Tagalongs, Potato chips, French's fried onions, Ruby Red Squirt, and Honey Roasted Peanuts. Oh, and there is always Crack Rock Popcorn!!

Kathy said...

And how could I have left off Captain D's? That's a food group in and of itself, isn't it?

The Walkenhorsts said...

And Dairy Queen!

Carris Family said...

So true! At Zoe's 9 month check up they told me that I should be feeding her whatever we ate...I thought certainly they don't mean raw cookie dough, popcorn, cherry coke, and rice krispy treats...and that's usually just breakfast! Feeding Zoe from the table has held us accountable to eating more healthy ourselves (and by more healthy I mean we have cut out the raw cookie dough). Honestly though it has certainly worked in our favor. Molly

Eric & Rebecca said...

When you said that about your pediatrician being the perky cheerleadre type...I was wondering..."do they see Dr. Morel too?" he! he! We love her, but she is that way!