What Jacob’s Eating (And What He’s Not)

When Jacob turned one, our new daily protein limit (goal?) became 9 grams.

Now, this might not seem like a lot… a cup of Greek yogurt contains 24 grams of protein. But when you have a toddler who is, shall we say, selective – nay, mercurial – about his eating habits, 9 grams is a challenge.

Whereas I plan my weekly dinner menu a week ahead for Justin and me, I’m usually at a loss for Jacob. Without fail, mealtime arrives and I stick Jacob in his high chair with a handful of Cheerios while I scavenge for something he might like. As a result, he eats a whole lot of avocado, yogurt, strawberries, and bananas, along with assorted prepackaged veggie purees.

In an effort to branch out, I promised myself that I would try a couple made-from-scratch foods for him along with some frozen goodies that I picked up at Fresh Market.

baby eating spinach patties

So far, the storebought dino-shaped Dr. Praeger’s spinach littles (.5 g protein each) have been a huge hit. On the other hand, the butternut squash and paprika low-pro mac and cheese that I made from scratch – immediately rejected. What kid doesn’t like mac and cheese? (Okay, to be fair, the “cheese” was mostly pureed butternut squash with a smattering of dairy-free Daiya cheddar. Not exactly your typical comfort food. But still.)

Trying to think outside of the box, we turned on Regulator by Warren G to encourage him to eat. It didn’t help, but did make for some entertaining video. Fast forward to 0:40 for the best part.

This morning’s breakfast of toaster waffles with butter and jam was also rejected. I may have eaten those. I don’t regret this. Waste not, want not, right?



2 thoughts on “What Jacob’s Eating (And What He’s Not)

  1. Hi! My name is Crystal. My daughter, Bryar, is a lively yet shy 8 year old who loves her hip hop dance lessons, raising our many animals, math and science in school, hiking, kayaking, and sleeping under the stars in her hammock (basically anything outdoors!) and too many other activities to mention. She has a pretty typical childhood except for one small thing. Bryar was diagnosed with Citrullinemia within a few weeks of birth. She and I found your blog when she asked if there were other children with a “lazy liver” (our phrase of choice!) out there. I just wanted to let you know that life with a UCD seems to have gotten easier for us. There are the days/weeks that are rough but I feel that’s all part of the roller coaster of raising a child. Feel free to contact me anytime. Love your blog!


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