Food is my happy place. After a long(ish) day of work, the easiest way to get my thoughts off the challenges of the day is to solve problems that do not relate to business. And my favourite problem to solve is that of making sure that my children are as nourished as they possibly can be.
I'm talking physically nourished here, just to clarify. The other kinds of nourishment can be found on the blogs of other moms.
Azure has never given me cause to worry on the food front. She's always had diverse tastes and thankfully she's always loved smoothies. You can hide anything in smoothies (except for fermented cod liver oil. There ain't nothing that can disguise the taste of that nastiness, but more on that in a future post). And she has always understood the relationship between what she eats and how it affects her body, at least from the perspective of whatever age she has been.
Ione is not the best of eaters, though her size would indicate otherwise, but I'm still nursing her and making sure I am well-nourished, so I'm not yet concerned. She's got time to swing in one direction or the other.
My little Phoenix, on the other hand, is a whole challenge and a half.
I know I'm supposed to be greatful that she likes as many foods as she does. I know I'm supposed to quip, "well, I was a picky eater and I turned out okay." But did I, really? And what if I want my kids to be more than just "okay", because just okay is not good enough? From that angle, she really is not a very good eater.
Phoenix is the kid you kind of worry about. She's healthy as a horse, is never sick, has met or exceded all her milestones, and so on and so forth. But she's a small kid and she hasn't got much on her, and certainly nothing to spare should she ever come down with something (knock wood). And the fact that I can't get the right kind of foods into her is a real cause for concern.
Foods Phoenix will eat:
• Oatmeal (it's the only breakfast option other than French toast or homemade pancakes)
• Tortellini and pesto, packaged. She LOVES tortellini and pesto.
• Apples, tons of apples
• For a while there all she wanted to eat was bananas. Now she will eat the occasional banana.
• Juice (which, if we give her, is limited to an ounce a day, watered down, and more infrequently).
• Broccoli, especially if frozen.
• Roasted cauliflower (mmmm...so easy and so good)
• Sweet potatoes as oven fried chips.
• My Add Anything Meatballs, which can be stuffed full of veggies.
• My chicken soup.
• I'll add more as I think of them!
So here's the problem: Phoenix has a cavity. If you click on this picture and look between her two front teeth, you'll see it. You'll also notice that her gum are ripped off the teeth on her upper right, due to a face-against-the-headboard-while-jumping accident from last Christmas day. Fun little buggers, those teeth.
What's the big deal, right? We go to the dentist, she gets it drilled and filled, and off we go.
EXCEPT I've done a lot of reading recently on what a bad idea that is. And not only that, but apparently, under the right circumstances, teeth can heal themselves. They are, after all, living tissues. The reason they decay is not, in fact, due to all the reasons your dentist has been feeding you all these years (but do not stop brushing your teeth!), but rather because they are a mineral rich research and when the body is out of balance it pulls minerals out of teeth and bones to maintain equilibrium.
It's largely about what you eat.
And this kid doesn't eat enough variety.
See my dilemma? I could FIX it, if only she'd let me! This is a problem to which there is a wonderful and apparently very accessible solution.
This is one of those times where ignorance is bliss and I simply know too much.
I will try to be grateful that this cavity is in a baby tooth.