Monday, January 14, 2013

It's Getting Stinky In Here

I have written, in the past, about how we begin our kids on solid foods. It's an interesting way of doing it, totally bypassing pureed foods, instead going right to solid hunks of food when a baby is around six months old. Our first two kids, the Girl and the Boy, took to this way of eating right from the get-go, quickly learning how to hold the food in their hands and how to manipulate the food in their mouths. The Boy, especially, started scarfing down food within a couple of weeks, and hasn't stopped eating since.

The Girl did go through a short phase when she was probably about 10 months old. She was just learning her first words, and the Wife and I made the mistake of teaching her the phrase "Uh oh!" These quickly became her favorite words, and her favorite time to utter them was whenever she "dropped" some of her food over the side of her high chair to the waiting teeth of our annoying, yippy dogs, Toby and Gromit. This game became more fun for the Girl than actually eating, so the Wife and I had to nip it in the bud so that our dogs didn't become more bloated and lethargic than they already were.

Fast forward to the present, and we can see that the Baby is finally starting to get the hang of eating solid foods. It has taken longer than it did with the others, but she is now getting pretty good at it. Especially meat. She loves meat! And it doesn't matter what kind, either. She loves pork chops, roast, hamburger, sausage, hot dogs, chicken, even venison summer sausage. She must have gotten her meat-eating genes from her Daddy, another ravenous carnivore.

Unfortunately, the Baby hasn't been utilizing her eating skills very well for the past couple weeks. She's been sick, and hasn't felt like eating all that much. She'll eat a few things each mealtime, but then the rest of her food goes, you guessed it, over the side of her high chair into the waiting teeth of our annoying, yippy dogs. They have been eating like royalty lately, getting bites of all the aforementioned meats, as well as peas, string cheese, orange and apple slices, freeze-dried strawberries and mangoes, noodles, my favorite smoked gouda, and whatever else we may have been eating during that time period. Actually, Toby is the one who has been eating the best, since he is much quicker then Gromit when it comes to food retrieval.
The annoying and yippy Toby, waiting patiently under the high chair for some delectable morsels.
All of this human food is new to the dogs, who typically only eat dry Iams dog food. It seems apparent that their gastrointestinal tracts maybe weren't quite ready for all this succulent food, and now we are paying the price. Toby, especially, has become extremely stinky, if you know what I mean. Somehow he seems to have developed the ability to hold it in until the point in time that he is sitting on my lap. Or maybe it only seems that way because the rest of the day I don't get close enough to the dogs to smell it. Whatever the case, the smell is terrible. I think I have figured out a way to fix it though. From now until we can teach the Baby to not throw her food overboard, we're only going to feed her Iams dog food. She's always wanted to eat it any way, so we'll kill two birds with one stone. I don't see any problems arising. In fact, this might be my best plan yet.

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