Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What Is Your Child's Favorite Food? Least Favorite?

I mentioned in my inaugural post the online community of women (mostly moms) to which I belong. I talked about how supportive they are. Recently we all decided to support one another by making sure everyone who has a blog is posting regularly. These girls rock! One of our members, Paige, is spearheading our brand new AntiDramaMama Blog Carnival.

Each Wednesday Paige will post a topic (please recommend a topic as well!), write your answer on your blog and then link your post here (you don't have to be an ADM member!) in the Mcklinky below. If you are not a blogger feel free to answer the question in the comments section at the end of the post.

Today's topic is a nice easy one to get us started: What Is Your Child's Favorite and Least Favorite Food(s). Are you happy about it? How do you encourage a more diverse palate?

The All Star loves food. She is skinny. Clothes fall off of her. You wouldn't realize this from eating a meal with her! Her favorite food is noodles. Any kind. Sometimes it's the old favorite, macaroni and cheese. Sometimes we drizzle olive oil and Parmesan cheese on top. The AS will just chow down on noodles all day if I let her. She also loves fruit, veggies, bread, CHEESE, and even meat (finally). I say finally because she used to not like it much at all. Her molars came in, she could chew it, and now it's a favorite.

On the other hand, there aren't too many things she won't eat. The All Star is picky sometimes in the amount of food - "What mom? I ate 1 chunk of fish and 3 black beans. Then I finished it off with 2 rolls, 2 helpings of green beans, and a pork chop. What do you want from me?" - but she'll try most anything.

I look forward to the day when we all eat exactly the same meal. I always swore I wouldn't be a short order cook. I would not make PB & J everyday for my kids because they wouldn't eat different foods. Luckily I don't have to do that. I alter the All Star's food because The Head Coach and I are doing a no carb thing right now. Obviously I can't feed the child a diet of meat and vegetables alone.

I am generally quite pleased with how well she does with food. She was a breastfed baby who never took a bottle. There was a time when I thought I would have to go to kindergarten with her for snack time. So, to say she's healthy, happy, feeding herself and loving food makes me proud!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blog Launch!

Welcome to A League of Her Own!

Allow me to introduce you to The Home Team.

The General Manager:
I am a wife. A mother. A proud Cleveland Sports fan. My family - those that comprise The Home Team and beyond mean everything to me. I am a former teacher. I miss the little first graders I used to share my days with, but wouldn't trade how I spend my days now for anything. I love to cheer on the hapless Cleveland sports teams. They let you down year after year, but really - if you won all the time, what would be the fun in waiting "until next year?" If you haven't already noticed, my blog will carry a pretty heavy baseball theme. My favorite sport of them all.

The Head Coach:
The HC is one of those people who is good at everything they try. He does electronics. He does carpentry. He does cake decorating. He does music. He does sports. He cleans. He fixes. He heals. Did I mention he is the most wonderful father and husband?

The All Star:
She completes our world. The AS is a smart, funny little lady. Her favorite things are Elmo (even though we are a non-TV watching before a certain age family) and ladybugs. She's a tall skinny little thing but eats almost every meal like it is her last. Someday she'll thank me for the good metabolism but right now we just want her to weigh enough when she turns two to be able to turn around in the car!

The Mascot:
Our beast of a weimaraner. She is a crazy (with a capitol C) dog. She was our first baby and grew very attached to us. We were worried when the All Star came along that the dog would not handle it well. They are the best of friends and we couldn't ask for more. Like all mascots, this one will likely only be able to contribute support and a cheering section to the blog. But she's part of the family, so she's included!

Everyone, right down to the dog, helps everyone else on this team feel happy, loved, secure and safe.

Now that you know who we are, how about what we are doing jumping into the pond that is the blog world? I belong to a close knit online community of mothers. We started as a small group when planning our weddings and expanded when we started having children. The women I share that community with have given me immesurable amounts of advice, support, and friendship. I know that most of them would say the same. Being part of such a large group of women has also made me realize how different everyone's opinions are. I know that I have a lot to say about the things that make my life as a mom easier. However, I felt it didn't have to end there. My husband has strong opinions too. I hope that my daughter will one day as well. And my dog... well, just wait until you get to know her. She might be the strongest willed of all of us. The long and short of it is, I would like to create a place where parents and non-parents alike can come to gain information on a variety of topics.

I hope to include:
  • product reviews
  • crafts
  • recipes
  • guest posts from other moms
  • stories about my life as a mom
  • stories from the HC about his life as a dad
  • giveaways
Okay, enough with my rambling. Let's just dive in. Without further ado:

Play ball!