February 20, 2006

Wanted: Food Taster

Tonight we ventured into the uncharted world of broccoli. I prepared it just like I have all the other foods we have given them (plenty of steam and a blender) and we sat down in front of them to feed them the broccoli.

It was not a good sign when Andrea says to me out of the side of her mouth, “I should taste it, but I really don’t want to.”

“Me either.” I replied. “Too bad we can’t mix some mayonaise in there with it.”

“Or some cheese.” Andrea added.

The books say to make happy faces as they taste new foods. Luckily I’m pretty sure laughter counts as a happy face. As soon as Swee’Pea tasted it, the look on her face as she made eye contact was me was, “What the hell is that?!” In fact, on her second spoonful (as I smiled and made “yum-yum” sounds) she gagged. She wretched. Luckily she didn’t throw it up.

Over on the other side, TheMonk, being one who has never turned down a meal, struggled to accept each bite. Each bite looked painful but he gamely took each spoonful while smacking his lips and furrowing his brow.

Luckily for the twins, we took pity on them. We stopped feeding them and will try again tomorrow.

(TheMonk and Swee’Pea, if you’re reading this in the future, it’s the last time I’m letting you up from eating your vegetables. Besides, with some mayo or cheese, you can eat anything that’s green.)


  1. When I was young my mom used to pull the “lesser of two shitty foods” trick on me. For example, if she wanted me to eat carrots she would offer me a choice, “broccoli (which I hated) or carrots?” Of course I would have rather been eating chocolate, but faced with the choice I would always pick the “less gross” option. I thought I was getting a bargain… while she was just pulling a fast one on me.
    Obviously your twins are way too young for you to start manipulating their little brains. You’ll get there. In the mean time, good luck with the new foods!

    Comment by Mormondaddy — February 21, 2006 @ 12:13 am

  2. I’m surprised that JT was even trying. I don’t think you can really appreciate broccoli until you are an adult. And if you are President, maybe not ever. :) At any rate, in a couple of months I’d try it again – with cheese, once they can have dairy.

    Comment by Deanna — February 21, 2006 @ 1:39 am

  3. You’re really better off. Broccoli made The Squad SUPER gassy. I couldn’t eat it at all when I was nursing, or Claudia would be up all night screaming.

    Ian eats it now, but not pureed – and only if it is on a grown up’s plate first.

    Comment by Sarah — February 21, 2006 @ 6:37 am

  4. You know what’s worse that trying to convince them to eat broccoli? Smelling it when you change their diaper.

    Comment by Melissa — February 21, 2006 @ 11:15 am

  5. never commented on one of these before. I am a dad with 11 month old twins. We feed the kids broccoli and spinach, believe it or not, but we blend it up with sweet potato or yam, and they have no idea its good for them. not a problem.

    Comment by josh — February 21, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

  6. Who is this father of twins with “not a problem”? What’s that? “Not a problem.” I’ve never heard of that. Are you sure you have twins? HUMAN twins?

    Comment by Becky — February 22, 2006 @ 8:57 am

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