19 August 2021

Eating

 At seven months old,  I am now starting to get used to the idea of eating. To tell you the truth, I was happy with mum's milk but my parents seem determined to move me on to eating what they call "solids". It's not easy, I can tell you. Why can't  babies spend  their entire lives getting nourishment from their mothers' milk?

I have tried quite a few types of food now - broccoli, carrot, apple, banana, peanut butter on toast and porridge to name but a few. Mum won't let me have any foodstuff that has salt or sugar added  to it. Grandpa tried to give me some milk chocolate on Monday but mum saw what he was doing and got mad with him. I don't know why.


One of the hardest things about eating is controlling spoons. It is hard enough just grasping one but then you are expected to manoeuvre it into your bowl and then up to your mouth. I have been trying hard with this but I must admit that sometimes the food goes all over the place. I even got some "Ready Brek" in my eye. The spoons keep jumping onto the floor.

I enjoy eating when I am naked - well with just a disposable nappy on. Have you tried it yourself? Eating in the nude is great because you can make as much mess as you want. If you haven't done it yet, you should try it. Not just at home but in restaurants too.

Well - I am going to a wedding in Stamford, Lincolnshire today. Mummy has bought a nice dress for me to wear. When the vicar in the church asks the bride if she will take the groom in holy matrimony, I am going to vocalise at the top of my voice. Maybe "Yaah! Yaah! Yaah -boooooo!"

Love,

Phoebe

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  1. You have a nicely varied diet, Phoebe. And your mom is just like my daughter about salt and sugar. :)

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    1. I kind of think so. They don't allow him any TV or screen time either.

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    2. Is he going to be a monk?

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  2. Doll Baby Phoebe. She is happy through it all.

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  3. She's so sweet and they make such a mess at that age.

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    1. When mum sees the mess, it gives her the willies.

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  4. Well...at least the dish hasn't run away with the spoon. Phoebe is darling. I know. I have a couple darlings of my own!

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  5. I had to laugh at the cover on the floor covering up the carpet! But ya gotta like little kids.

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    1. When I eat it's like a warzone Uncle Red!

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  6. Ah, yes, first-time moms (UK: mums), Phoebe. I was one, myself, once upon a time. We start out with good intentions but eventually you'll get that chocolate from Grandpa, don't worry. And the spoon thing will get easier, I promise. Then they'll make you start using a fork, and later a knife. Never satisfied!!

    To Grandpa: Isn't it endlessly entertaining to have a baby around to learn from? And, of course, to endlessly love.

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    1. PHOEBE: Thank you for your reassurance faraway lady.
      GRANDPA: The best antidote to the COVID blues.

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  7. Hello Phoebe, I know what you mean about jumping spoons. Some things have more life in them than they should, but I am confident you will tame them in due time.
    A wedding to go to and a nice new dress to wear - that sounds great! I am sure your vocal contribution will be much appreciated by everyone.
    All the best,
    Meike

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    1. PHOEBE: Danke schön Aunt Meike. Are there lots of germs in Germany?

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  8. Ooh I remember those days. I think we'll be putting a tarpaulin down when Charlotte comes to visit Granny. At 4 months she's still very happy with her own personal milk supply on demand but it won't be long judging by the chewing that's started.
    Sadly no visits this week as we are back in lockdown. plenty of knitting to keep me occupied.
    Cheers Adele

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  9. Hello Phoebe, they probably haven't told you yet but in a few years you will have to go to something called school. I think that you might be a bit embarrassed if your Mum had to pop in at lunchtime to feed you! ( your Mum would probably be embarrassed too!). So, enjoy all the lovely food you are being given to try.

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    1. School? I thought that was a group of fishes Auntie Frances. I couldn't keep up with them.

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  10. You are very clever Phoebe, mastering the art of naked eating. Perhaps you should encourage Grandpa to join in the next time you all eat out together? Wouldn't that be fun?

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    1. Grandpa is painfully shy.

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    2. Ugh! trying not to visualise Grandpa naked, apart from his disposable nappy, and not laughing!

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    3. I thought you would find that mental image rather sexy Carol!

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  11. Having read recently about a mother who was still breastfeeding her 4 year old... I think 'solids' are a good idea, and get them used to it as young as possible!

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    1. There's something about a grown child with teeth breastfeeding that turns my stomach.

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  12. Tut, tut, naughty Grandpa - trying to sneak some milk chocolate to you, Phoebe. Next it will be a little sip of his beer, and before you know it (or Mummy finds out!) it will be down to the pub and your turn to get the pints in!
    A simple solution to cleaning the floor is to get a dog - preferably a Labrador, they Hoover up the spills before they touch the floor, and they'll happily lick all the surplus off plates and the high chair! I'd be delighted to loan you mine, but it's rather a long way to come three times a day!
    Please ask Mummy to take lots of photos of you in your pretty dress. I'll bet you outshine the bride!

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    1. Good idea re. the labrador and they don't make an annoying humming noise as they vacuum up. Eat your heart out Dyson!

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  13. Ah, Phoebe, I see you are a fully tactile eater (e.g. taste it, feel it, wear it). Enjoy being a messy while folks think it is cute. Sadly, in the not too distant future, folks will start to became a tad snarky. :)

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    1. Thanks for the warning Auntie Mary. I must try harder.

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    2. And I must try harder to edit before hitting publish, Phoebe. Become, not became. See, dearest, things get a bit wobbly in your eighth decade.

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    3. Eighth decade...Wow! Grandpa hopes that he will live that long. He is sixty eight in October. I will be one next January.

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  14. I have that same problem with spoons. Do not despair.

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    1. You could always drink soup from a mug. A spoon is not essential for soup.

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  15. Dear Phoebe, when you are a little older you can have a pleasure of sitting naked in a bath and eating a mango. It is by far the best way to consume them.

    PS I would be very pleased to hear that at times your flick food at your grandfather.

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    1. Sounds like you know all about eating mangoes in the bath Andrew - presumably with R in there too!

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