Mushrooms, Zinnias, and Changing Minds

The baby is beginning to have strong opinions. 

At the moment, his preferences manifest themselves most in the matter of food. For the first four months of his life, for a variety of health reasons, he subsisted upon a pre-digested infant formula called Nutramigen. If the words “pre-digested” make you shudder, let me assure you that this concoction smells like something you’d find in the dark recesses of a dairy barn.

But the baby didn’t complain. He gulped down the formula happily at every meal. His sisters held their noses and carried him at arm’s length, but he didn’t care that he smelled like he’d just crawled out from under a log. 

Then we started “solid foods,” which are really liquefied versions of actual foods like sweet potatoes, pears, and green beans. As far as the baby was concerned, these were all excellent additions to the Nutramigen. Beyond eating applesauce and carrots with a bit more gusto than asparagus, he didn’t show much preference between foods; it was all good.

Until he discovered watermelon. 

Click here to continue reading this week’s “Faith in Vermont” column in The Addison Independent.

5 thoughts on “Mushrooms, Zinnias, and Changing Minds

  1. Deborah Dickerson

    The link to the Independent didn’t work. It might be on my end though.

    On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 3:03 PM The Pickle Patch wrote:

    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Notice: This email is from an external sender. Please use caution before > clicking links or opening attachments. > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Faith posted: ” The baby is beginning to have strong opinions. At the > moment, his preferences manifest themselves most in the matter of food. For > the first four months of his life, for a variety of health reasons, > > he subsisted upon a pre-digested infant for” > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >

    1. Faith

      Sorry about that — it’s working on my computer, so I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe try again? Let me know if it still doesn’t work.

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