Lily eats {part 2}

The owl teether will have to wait... I've been researching researching researching {when the baby is sleeping sleeping sleeping} ways to get that little body to take in some rice cereal and the next steps too. What I've found has been SO helpful, and has also taken the edge off.

You see, I committed cardinal mom sin #1 and started comparing myself and Lily to other moms and their babes. DAH! Wasn't it just a matter of time? No excuses...
But yes, I did it. I saw through blogs, facebook, and hearsay that so-and-so's baby who is Lily's age or {gasp!} YOUNGER is already eating rice cereal or worse yet, FOOD. Immediately I began to worry. I'd tried rice cereal a couple of times, but Lily always pushed it out with her tongue, and bottles were suiting me and her fine, so why push it? Well darn so-and-so and their hungry hungry baby... and out the window my contentment flew.

Until I had a few important realizations:
  1. God is in control. He loves me and Lily and I need to trust him with all things {including her development}
  2. There will always be someone {or their baby} who is more advanced/ahead and probably many behind. SO STOP WORRYING.
  3. Worry and Stress are, in the words of Beth Moore, UNBELIEF! It all boils down to insecurity, and not believing God for the aforementioned things.
And one more practical, less spiritual thing:
  1. Babies don't even need to begin rice cereal until 6 months! Lily is 5 months and 2 weeks. She's not even there yet. The tongue-pushing is a sign that she's not ready {so I've read}. So again, I need to enjoy the time I have where dishes aren't increased and we have those cuddly moments with bottle-feeding. Silly me. Always one step ahead and never content.
I ordered this great book earlier this week and it arrived today, in the middle of this beautiful snow storm.

It is so great. Seriously, I just love it. It breaks down every stage to the month, teaches the reasons behind "the rules" instead of just "rules". It teaches about nutrition and explains everything from "what is a carbohydrate/fat/fiber/protein/etc and why do babies need them?" to the horrors of too much sugar. Not to mention hundreds of recipes for making your own rice cereal, baby food, and food for kids {including some recipes Brad and I will probably try for us!} I love it and can't wait to get going on some of the baby food recipes. When Lily's ready, that is :)

And finally, my ultimate perspective came from Jesus and his word today:

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

And why are you anxious about clothing?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

{Matthew 6:25-35}


  1. Yes, yes He is in control, so as Beth Moore says we need NOT worry!
    He created her and knows what is essential for her development. He loves that little girl SOO much! As do I ;D

    ps. we need a gilmore girl date soon!

  2. amanda, im done all the gilmore I have (seasons 1-3) BUT I found seasons 4-7 online for sale and am buying them ... wait for it... TOMORROW! but this weekend i have family here, so next week?

  3. Love this.
    God is both sovereign AND good!
    Sufficient for the day is its own troubles!
    So encouraged Em, enjoy this time while she still clings and cuddles to you. :)

  4. Anonymous2.2.11

    Great post!!! So encouraged by you.
    Yup, you da mom, you know whats best for Lil!
    Lily is doing SO well. She is always smiling and content, what more could we ask for? Props to you mother-of-Lily. :)

  5. That looks like a great book! I'll have to take a look at it! Maybe our libby has it?

    Jacob hated cereal at first. I didn't think he would ever like food. Now he can't get enough of it!

    I hear ya on the never content thingy. I don't want to wish away the stages. Thanks for your reminder! :)

  6. thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

    Suz, the book is AH-mazing. And only $16, maybe worth buying, esp with the free shipping on amazon.ca if you spend over $25 (guessing your hubby is like mine and can easily fill the other $9 with some theology book!)

    there are just so many recipes in there, probably one that will wear the badge of time in my household :)

  7. A friend of mine didn't feed her kids ANYthing but milk/formula, until 8 months. She said, " why the rush?", they were gaining weight and happy...
    As for baby food, the basics are good for a long time. In fact Olivia still gets most of hers from "the basics" in real form now!
    Cereal, purées and baby mum mums are great while they are there and then all of the sudden obsolete!
    Lily, listen to your mom! You are going to love food!

  8. @em, so could i borrow season 3 this weekend while your fam is down and get caught up for next week :D :D?

  9. Emily - I just got this book for my birthday:


    I heard about it on a radio show and had to have it! When I started reading it, I thought of you - I think you'd love it.

  10. @amanda, of course! just come get it!

  11. @lauren... i can't view inside the book on amazon, but the title alone has me drooling. hope you love and enjoy it, and then tell me EVERYTHING :) Happy belated bday by the way!

  12. ok sooooooo, not to be stalkerish or anything, but based on your "owl teether" post I thought you might appreciate this as well (and it's only $6!)


  13. totally cute @lauren, but it's a pdf pattern not a pillow... I was like $6 for a pillow?? YES! but then I saw it was just a pattern to MAKE a pillow and I was sad :(

  14. That book looks amazing! I definitely will have to file that away for "someday". :) Bravo to you for taking Lily's eating into your own...ermmm..kitchen? :)