Somebody Pinch Me!

by Courtney Sirotin on February 10, 2012

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I’m bursting with excitement tonight!

I know I’ve been posting a lot about Dylan’s eating lately, and I promise I’ll chill out with it soon, but I just have to share my good news. Tonight, I made Dylan a batch of The Pioneer Woman’s Broccoli and Cheese Soup and he literally SLURPED it up. Check out this video:

I wish I had taken pictures of the cooking process, but I didn’t think of it until I was halfway through. I did get a shot of the finished product in the pan, though. I halved the recipe because I didn’t know if he would like it:

I NEED to cook for him more because it usually pays off (though never this well!). I made it my New Year’s resolution to make more motherly meals for Dylan (and to freeze the leftovers so that I always have wholesome food on hand). I’ve done okay. Since the New Year I’ve made him:

  • Vegetable Risotto
  • Vegetarian Chili
  • Stuffed Shells with Homemade Sauce
  • Broccoli and Cheese Soup

Actually, now that I type that list up I’m pretty disappointed with myself. Only 4 things!? I need to step up my game!

In my defense (stop yelling at me!), those are only the time-intensive things I’ve made him. I do serve him real food on a regular basis but it’s more like a mashed sweet potato and beans, egg salad, oatmeal…quick things like that.

Off topic, but I also made a bunch of roasted veggies for myself tonight. This is before cooking:

That’s broccoli, carrots and onions with just olive oil, salt and pepper and acorn squash rubbed with coconut butter, salt and pepper. I’ve been eating a lot of roasted veggies lately. I have a bit of a squash addiction too. Hold on, I’m going to go take a picture of all the ones I have on my counter right now as proof.

Done. Here you go:

Love me some gourds. (Jay hates when I say “gourds”…so I say it a lot.)

Anyway, things are looking up with Dylan’s eating and it’s not just the soup. I haven’t shared this yet, but in the past week Dylan has also started eating bacon. He ate it one night when Jay was feeding him and has had it every day since. Here’s a pic from a few days ago when we were at a restaurant. Don’t let all the food on his plate fool you, he was only eating the bacon. (Wish I had thought to get a shot of it in his mouth, but you get the idea.)

He also ate a lemon…

because he’s weird.

On top of all that, he’s been eating hunks of bananas for snacks instead of just smooshing them between his fingers like he used to do. And earlier today he took a bite of my celery. I honestly feel like we are turning a corner with his eating. And all of this is on the heels on a recent Well Baby visit with his pediatrician where she questioned if he might have an EATING DISORDER and suggested we get him evaluated by a specialist. Jay and I both felt she was being ridiculous and now we have proof that things are turning around. Sometimes doctors are such…alarmists.

So now you know why I am so excited! I don’t know what to credit for these changes. Maybe its because we are nursing less but I really think its just that he’s getting bigger, older and generally developing more of an interest in food. Whatever the cause, I’m just relieved that it’s happening.

(knock on wood)

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RUSS February 12, 2012 at 3:31 am

Hi Love,
Being the technical in-law you have, I am usually the one who grasps modern technology. I totally enjoy it when I read about your life by way of your blog. I won’t bore you with all the “Old Guy” stuff, other than I’ll say: You just haven’t hit the nail on the head about Dylan’s eating. I am not trying to make a statement here about your knowledge of Child rearing or that you are anything but (as I have always said to Rox) a “Great Mom”. You just haven’t figured it out yet. I am the Father of now 6, (Whether 2 of them feel that I claim them as a whole entity yet is still to be seen). I was the “Chief Cook & Bottle Washer” for 4 of them as infants. My ex couldn’t make Minute Rice without screwing it up. It took me a while to “get it” also, as a new parent. He’s NOT a picky eater & as far as I can tell he has no “Disorder”. The Kid wants FLAVOR! Think about it. He liked the soup with Cheese. It has salt & Rennet in the cheese, which create complex flavors depending on the type of cheese. He likes bacon. It has salt and sugar flavors along with the smokiness. He ate a lemon. He’s NOT weird, it has Citric Acid. The kid wants less bland food. I can see him sitting there going “Oh HELL No”, not the Butternut Slime again Mom. Spice it up a bit. From what you have encountered, he’s TELLING you he likes Tangy. Did he have the Catsup with the fries he had before? If he doesn’t like Catsup on the fries, try Mayo, like they do in Europe. I read your last blog also at Chick-fil-A and noted he threw the fries on the floor. I saw no Catsup & I’d bet they weren’t salted well. Try some Sausage links. Not that Fu Fu turkey shit, but real sausage. When my first born Kelley was about 1 1/2, she looked like she was bulimic. Our old lady neighbor told my ex that she was calling child services because we weren’t feeding the child. She was OUR Dylan when it came to food. My ex was big on “Natural, good for you foods, for the baby. Bland, very bland. Well how did that work out for you? I started feeding her spicier food even at that age and she loved it. She always has been of slight build, but she still has the love of flavor in foods. Kelley also is a work at home mom & cooks a large variety of things. You my daughter, have always reminded me of Kelley & if you guys were closer, I know you’d be swapping recipes & the like. I could keep ranting, but the bottom line is, feed him the flavors he’s “Asking” for. Look for the signs. By the way, you need a different pediatrician, she’s nuts…………. Love you, Russ


COURTNEY February 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Hi Russ! Thanks for the insights! You had me laughing while I read this. I totally agree with you about flavor and I do try to season his food well. Thus far he has refused my attempts at ketchup but I’ll try again today just for you =) You need to make him some of your BBQ sauce. That was tangy and goooooood. If you send me the recipe and I’ll make it for him and post it on the blog! (Unless it’s top secret!)


RUSS February 14, 2012 at 12:22 am

I’m glad you were laughing! I just haven’t really written up a recipe with measured ingredients. I’ll have to make some and weigh / measure everything as I cook. I’ll get it to you. You just can’t give it to anybody else! SHHHHhhhhhhhhh……………


COURTNEY February 14, 2012 at 1:06 am

Please DO give it to me because I need something new to make him. I’m running out of ideas! The other dilemma is what to serve it ON?


JASON SIROTIN February 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Ketchup? Catsup? Either way why have we not given him any?! He’s American right? Let’s put catsup on a lemon and see what happens.

I agree with Russ this kid wants flavor which is why I’m cooking my eight alarm chili with habeneros and Thai chilis. He’s gonna love it!


RUSS February 14, 2012 at 12:23 am

He’d probably eat it on a Lemon!


JASON SIROTIN February 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm
COURTNEY February 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Wow, Jay! Shameless self-promotion. If you weren’t so cute I’d be embarrassed for you. 😉


RUSS February 14, 2012 at 12:24 am

SHAMELESS? Courtney, you married a “Media Whore”……………………..


COURTNEY February 14, 2012 at 1:07 am

Oh, I know!


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