Tuesday, March 20, 2012
reason #234 i'm a psycho mother: sugar
I mentioned here that Clara didn't have dessert until we celebrated her 1st birthday. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that babies don't need sugar. They don't comprehend what a "treat" is...and their little growing bodies just don't need that kind of garbage.
Travel back with me to a time when Clara was around 7 months old. We were visiting my in-laws for a weekend...Clara's uncle and aunt were home...we were all enjoying a nice dinner together. Dessert was ice-cream. Tommy, coaxed by the crew, went to give her a taste. I FREAKED.
Not only did I freak...I probably made devil eyes and harshly reminded him that our baby doesn't need sugar. I'm fairly certain that I came across as a nut job because everyone at the table had a peculiar response. There was a little nervous laughter...prompts for him to give it to her anyway (mainly from my father in law - who quickly busted out the camera)...and my sweet mother in law was trying to tell me very rationally that a little bit won't hurt her.
I knew it wouldn't HURT her. She just didn't NEED it. Why force feed a baby something that isn't good for them? I guess I just don't get the point. I was adamant about not giving her any. I am rarely adamant. I always have opinions...but I VERY rarely really put my foot down - I'm a roll with the punches kinda lady (or at least I tend to think I am.) In this case...I would not back down and couldn't believe that I stood alone on this issue. I may have flailed my arms? I may have given devil eyes to more people than just my husband?
Needless to say, she got a couple spoonfuls...much to my dismay...yet to the delight of the rest of the family. Was the ice-cream a mind blowing experience for Clara? Don't know. Her facial expression was the same after eating pureed spinach. My facial expression screamed "I'm pissed off!"
There is a time for sweet treats. But being a baby is not the time. Even if only a spoonful. My opinion.
*I warned my family that I was going to expose them for this on my blog. So my father in law sent me the picture of Clara on that fateful evening.
*UPDATE: I just talked to Tommy on the phone tonight. He and Clara went out for ice-cream today. *sigh*