Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Today we started bananas. I allowed G one minuscule bite from my banana as we sat down for breakfast. She wasn't sure at first but ended up thoughtfully mushing it around in her mouth and swallowing without much protest. I'm going to go slow with this one no matter how much G protests or demands more (i.e screams like crazy). Bananas are a more 'iffy' food. So far, so good.

And the millet... well that's a pass for sure. If G even sees the millet puffs (or mullet balls, as a friend calls them), she will refuse all other food. She loves to pick them up one by one. She loves to eat them. She loves to use her hands to mush them flat. She loves to feed them to everyone who gets close enough. This is a successful food for fine motor skills, G's belly and for Ellie - who loves to share this snack with her sister. Yay for mullet balls! ... umm... I mean millet puffs :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

You Feed Your Bird Millet, I Feed My Baby Millet

I lied to all of you. Not intentionally, but I lied none the less. Perhaps it's not really a lie, but more of a misjudgment of my own state of mind. Apparently, I am not happy enough with the status quo. Apparently, I have not lost momentum. Surprisingly, even to me, we are moving forward with a food trial. Really.

I went into Whole Foods today intending to purchase more quinoa flakes because, as I mentioned in the last post, they have become a staple for G. While there, I discovered that they had quinoa flour in stock. I snatched it up. My heart began to race a bit. Quinoa flour is NEVER in stock there. I have some on the way via Bob's Red Mill online, but there it was right in front of me. They're always out. I felt like this was a good omen. I asked an employee, "You don't happen to have millet puffs, do you?" Indeed they did. I grabbed a bag. My arms were full. I had only come in for one item and was leaving with THREE foods my kid can eat.

Millet seems to be the talk of FPIES moms lately and was at the back of my mind for a food trial. It is in the cereals family but seems to be pretty safe. In addition, it's a dry, easy to eat, finger food. I have been itching for something to just put on Ginny's tray; something she can really eat all on her own, something we can put in a snack trap and drag along to the park. Millet puffs would fit the bill. They're small, but they're something! So late this afternoon (I know! I NEVER start trials late in the day!) I gave G some millet puffs. They taste kind of like sugar smacks (thank you John for figuring this out!) without the sweetness. G ate some and Ellie ate some and they both loved them and... now we're waiting. I need to just keep my ER bag packed at all times. I usually pull things together at the start of each food trial but this was so far from planned that I'm not at all prepared should things go poorly tonight. So much for just enjoying the every day milestones.

So, this is the start of the millet trial. Day one. When I was in high school I had a bird and it got millet sticks for treats. That bird LOVED the millet sticks. Now, I am feeding my baby millet. Does anyone else think that is a bit odd? I'm just saying....

My girls enjoying a millet snack together, like two birds of a feather!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Quinoa, Carrots and Goob. Oh My!

The first day of the quinoa trial - G covered in quinoa 'grains'

Apple picking - a day the WHOLE FAMILY could enjoy!

Wow, it's been awhile. At first, I was all "bloggety blog blog blog" and now... I wonder, "Where did the time go and how did I not get to the blog AGAIN today?" Finally, here I am; ready to ramble and update you with the latest and greatest on the Goob.

First and foremost, I would like to announce that quinoa was officially declared a pass. If you read the previous post you can see a comment from Amanda, another FPIES mom. She is an FPIES food genius and suggested adding a bit of brown sugar to the quinoa flakes. I did this AND ground up the flakes a bit more in the food processor. (I bought organic brown sugar that has no additives and, since it's just sugar, we didn't have a protein concern so didn't have to make this a seperate food trial.) The result? Ginny could not get enough. Could. Not. Get. Enough. I fed the flakes to her this way on the morning of 10/4. She ate and ate and ate and screamed when it was all gone. I fed her quinoa. Ellie fed her quinoa. I was so excited to find a way to simply get it in her - and even more excited to see her excited about food - that I did a happy dance. Ellie joined in my happy dance with her usual gusto. G thought our happy dance was hysterical and her laughter made the celebration complete. So, quinoa is safe and just typing this makes me grin from ear to ear all over again. It's become a staple food for us, comprising one full meal a day for G. Quinoa. Yummmm. I love you.