Meals have been changing around here lately. Firstly, Yogi has suddenly become VERY enthusiastic about food. He gobbles up whatever we put on his tray faster than we can replace it. He’s not a tidy eater but he loves to feed himself. Whatever he can get in his (right) fist he shoves (mostly) in his mouth. It’s adorable.
The second thing that is changing is that my wife has zero interest in food. Maybe we have super short memories, but the nausea seems to be much worse this time around. Most of our standard fare is off the list and one of the only things that doesn’t make her feel worse after she eats it is meat. Yup. Meat. Great. She noticed after getting chicken out at a restaurant last week that she felt better than usual after the meal. Our house is almost entirely an animal-free food zone and now it seems that might need to shift. I’ve got to get her to eat something….
This is a frustrating development for a few reasons. One is that I don’t want to eat the meat and the other is that in order for her to feel ok about eating it, it needs to be local, which means expensive. I do feel like it’s worth it if you’re going to eat meat, but I don’t want to eat meat.
But….back to Yogi. All of this makes me wonder about the little dude’s diet. When my wife eats chicken or beef (usually at a restaurant we know sources locally – not easy to find around here) Yogi shares. In practical terms this means that he has had very little animal-based proteins in his life. So, I’ve started wondering if he gets enough protein. Every source I can find says that toddlers need somewhere in the neighborhood 16 grams each day. Given that there are 8 grams of protein in one cup of milk, it’s not hard to meet that bar.
In spite of the fact that I can do the math, I still worry that I’m disadvantaging him in some way by not feeding him a more “typical” diet. I’m sure it’s the voice of my father in my head who is forever asking when we’re going to give the boy a cheeseburger, (not funny), but sometimes it gets to me. I want to feed him the best food I can get for him and I’m doing that to the best of my ability. But…… I don’t want to make him the weird kid that eats tofu and has never had a hot dog. I am very aware of the fact that his mothers (by the very reality of our existence) are already setting him up to be something of an outsider. A kid with a “different” kind of family. I guess I don’t want to contribute further to that, but I also don’t want to sacrifice values that are meaningful to me.
This is shaping up to be one of those posts that doesn’t resolve itself neatly. Yogi is paging me from his crib and I have yet to write myself to a question. I guess I’m asking, are there any other veggie Mommies out there? Does anyone else worry about this kind of thing?