I have been reading blogs since my son, Reny, was born just over a year ago and I’m obsessed they have been a source of laughter, escape, and learning for me.
I thought, hey, I have stuff to say; I love being a mom, I’m learning a lot, I have a lot of advice …. but then I remembered how much I hate getting useless information from other moms. Then, last night, I made dinner for my son and Voila! I knew what I was going to blog about.
I love to eat. I love to eat so much I married the yummiest (I mean that in so many ways!) man I ever met! Reny is a chef, and I’m a Dahlkemper. We are a match made in heaven.
However, even thought I married a chef, I was not, shall we say, culinarily (is that a word?) inclined. In fact, I cooked dinner for Reny exactly 3 times before we married and each time it took me all day, about 4 runs to the grocery store, many many swear words, and I cleaned up the entire kitchen before he got home! The few times he saw me help I was dubbed “Hurricane Gretchen” for the mess I made.
Then on May 27, 2009 Reny was born. I knew from the moment I found out I was pregnant that I had to take care of myself – that meant eating waffles topped with ice cream healthy.
Just like I followed in my mom’s footsteps by using cloth diapers, I knew that I was taking my lead from her dietetics training by making all of his food. It was so easy! And healthy! And … HE LOVED IT! One night I looked at Reny and said, “This is why you do it. This is why you cook! Look at how happy he is with my food!”
Thus began our weekly food sessions. Reny began to teach me some different cooking techniques and I began cooking more and more foods for my son. By 7 or 8 months old Reny was eating all sorts of food: quinoa with peas and carrots, curried lentils, and other fruit and vegetable purees. Although Reny would eat the basic homemade food I was making, it wasn’t really until he was about 10 or 11 months together that I really opened my eyes to the moms around me and what they were feeding their kids. I can’t believe how many times I have heard a mother say “he is going to eat that?” and I think, “well yea, because that is what I gave him.”
So long story short, last night Reny and I ate salmon burgers with a cilantro/yogurt sauce, seasoned sweet potato fries and broccoli (under $10 total) and thought, “This is so easy and EVERY mother can make this for dinner! THIS IS GOING TO BE MY BLOG!”