Cora was what the doctor’s liked to call a lazy feeder. Because she was a preemie she burned more calories trying to eat than she could consume and would often fall asleep halfway through a feeding.
Since she was so little, making sure she drank so many ounces a day was vital to her development. Feedings at our house became a production. Me, a seasoned mom of seven, became obsessed with feeding time.
We would try every trick in the book to keep Cora awake through her feeding. From turning on all the lights in the room at 3am, to taking off all her clothes, I felt like feeding time was a major production. And the best part, we did this every hour and forty-five minutes, twenty four hours a day.
Of course it was all worth it to see our little preemie gain weight every week, but I couldn’t wait until she was big enough to sit in a high chair and eat!
Wouldn’t you know that Cora expended so much energy as a baby that she would often fall asleep in her high chair too!
Feedings would start out great as she gobbled the food off the spoon. But after a few minutes she would settle back into the high chair and with each bite slowly drift off into dreamland. It became a race to see how much food we could shovel in her mouth before she totally fell asleep and dinner would be over.
No matter how loud our dinners were or how many people were over, Cora could fall asleep in her high chair.
I’m convinced that Cora got most of her early nutrition from Puffs, because she could eat them on the go. In fact she loved those little snacks so much I took them everywhere with us because I knew an offering of Puffs could convince her to sit still a little longer, stay happy in the car seat for a few more miles, or make it through a family movie night.
Those Puffs were so popular I would have to hide them from my other young children, so I wouldn’t run out. I would often buy five and six containers at the store prompting “the look” from the cashier. I wanted to say I had twins or even triplets, but really I just had a child who loved to eat on the go!
Even to this day if Cora sees a baby with Puffs she wants them.
Now our baby feeding days our over. I’m sad that those awesome Happy Baby baby food pouches weren’t invented when my kids were young. I remember traveling with glass baby food jars and having one shatter in the bottom of the diaper bag!
If I hadn’t been traveling overseas I might have just thrown the diaper bag away! It was nearly impossible to clean up pears mixed with shards of glass in the bottom of the bag! But those days are behind me and now I have a sweet little niece that I get to feed every once in awhile.
She’s still in the more food on the face than in the mouth phase of eating but she sure looks cute doing it!
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