Tuesday, July 3, 2012

I have no idea what I'm doing over here

Sometimes I feel like the most clueless mom in the world.
Like if no one ever said anything, I would probably just feed Avery formula from a bottle until she's 21.  She would never learn to drink from a cup.  She would take 3 naps a day for the rest of her life.  And she would never ever wear shoes.  Or learn to feed herself.

I forget sometimes that she's almost 1 and almost 1 year olds are pretty much toddlers.  Her dietitian reminded me of this the other day when we were talking about Avery's diet.  I told her she was eating baby foods here and there and sometimes would feed herself Gerber Puffs, but she is still really picky and won't eat much of anything I give her. The response I got was something along the lines of  "Uh, she's almost 1.  She probably doesn't need baby food anymore."  

And it's like a light went off.

I was watching Gehry when he turned 1 and I'm pretty sure he was done with pureed baby foods by then.  He was feeding himself bits of table foods like nobody's business.  I mean, of course Avery is my first child, but I do have experience with babies this age and shouldn't I maybe know something?

The doctor tells me I should feed her from my plate, but 99% of what I eat is not suitable for a low protein diet.  It kind of makes me feel guilty to eat a lot of protein, even though I know it's good for me.  But I can't feed Avery from my plate if I'm eating high protein foods.  I think that's part of why I've been hesitant/reluctant to move on from baby foods.  So there's that.

And then I went to buy bottles for Avery and remembered that she's almost 1 and won't need bottles much longer anyway.  Excuse me, but where have the last 12 months gone, I ask you?  I will add that I bought a new kind of bottles and she refuses to drink from them.  Picky, picky.

And anyway, I suddenly feel really behind with Avery.
She's not ready to be 1!  I don't know how to have a toddler!

You guys, I have no idea what I'm doing with this mom stuff.

You know how there's all those birthing classes when you're pregnant?
And nursing classes when you deliver?
Well now I need a momming class.
Or someone maybe send me a book or something because I feel like an idiot.


Kate [City Girl Mountain View] said...

Ha, great post! And you are not alone, I feel the same way. So if someone sends you a book you have to let me know. I get a lot of grief because Olivia is still eating pureed food, but she still only has two teeth, so unless the finger food is mushy enough she gags or chokes on it. Not cool.

The Lloyds said...

Ainslie still drinks 2-3 bottles a day. My pediatrician said to have her off them by 18 months. We just barley put shoes on her for the first time this weekend. So, nope your not far behind! And I am right there with you on not having a clue how to raise a toddler!

Rich and Brianne said...

Oh I love the time when you realize you have to transition because, somehow, your baby grew up! I'm not sure anyone gets it "right." I think Avery is adorable, and I'm loving your posts!

KimiK said...

I remind Kendrie that I have never been the parent of a 13 year old on a weekly basis. The first born are test subjects for first time parents. You are not alone and it doesn't go away :) love you!