Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Better than fairy dust

Right now the dude is napping and we're approaching 2 and a half hours. You may think, what a wonderful sleeper he is! Ah yes, unless you consider last night's midnight ride when we piled into the car, pj clad, in hopes of calming a screaming baby who could not be consoled. This morning it seems, we are making up for lost time.

I have been working on weaning him off his formula and onto regular milk because I decided it was about time. His diet is complete without the manufactured nutrition and I'd just prefer getting him off that upon which he's become reliant. The transition has been anything but smooth and it's led to an all out test of wills. The dude screams until he gets his beverage of choice and Mama eventually succumbs to maintain peace in the household. So much for being the resolute parent some predicted. On one hand, I want to be firm so Sam learns that we're in charge but on the other, he’s just my little bambino and I want to make his world gentle and comforting. You should see this kid while he's enjoying his pre-bed bottle of formula. I swear, he cuddles that bottle more lovingly than his precious Prayer Puppy.

Lately though glimmers of baseless toddler fussing have caused me to reconsider making any and all accommodations in the name of a happy baby. I mean give me a break, is organic whole milk so bad? The way he behaves you'd think I was starving him. (A cursory look at his meaty thighs should quickly clear me of that charge.) Or worse yet, you'd think I was trying to take the bottle away cold turkey. Last night, for better or worse, we'd run out of formula so there was no pacifying him with a bottle of his beloved and we paid the price. Bob declared NEVER AGAIN would our household be without the magic powder. I can just see it now, one day he'll come home from work after a rough day and mix himself up a cocktail (shaken, not stirred) of Baby's Only.

At least there's some good coming from the weaning effort. I've renewed my efforts to serve my boys healthy balanced meals. Yesterday we had lovely Swiss Chard Raviolis and tomorrow I'm planning to make Lemony Angel Hair with Crème Fraîche, Parmesan and Artichoke Hearts. And, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be making Thumb Print Cookies to deliver to our new apartment neighbors. To our delight, they have a 15 month old boy who I hope will be so enticed by our cookies that he and his mom will come right upstairs to play in Sammyland. That's great as long as they're not expecting any milk with their cookies.

5 comments:

Sarah said...

i can't believe you went to the store at midnight to get formula ... but you know how i feel about cow's milk anyway. i don't think that he should have it. what do i know.

Erin said...

Go Sarah!!!!!

From the rice milk drinkers in Ohio...

Michelle said...

Have you tried soy milk? There are great organic varietes all over the place...and yummy plain or with vanilla flavoring!

Susan said...

Here's a though, try weaning him in percentages...80% formula/20% milk (of your preference--soy, rice, organic, whatever)Every couple of days, up the milk, lower the formula. He'll get used to the taste and before you know it--no more magic powder. Keep in mind, this is from the Mom whose child will not eat veggies...any suggestions there??? :-)

Deanna said...

Thanks all for your suggestions. You'll be pleased to hear we've taken them all to heart. In the last month we have successfully transitioned the dude using Susan's mix-it-up method to straight milk. He's even willing to take a daily bottle of rice milk which is rather convenient. In the spirit of "all things in moderation" I opt to feed him tofu cubes and edamame in lieu of soymilk. Seems the jury is still out on whether the isoflavones are a concern to children so until there's a clear green light, the cow and rice milk are doing the trick.

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