Monday, July 21, 2008

Heaven and Sweet Potatoes

A little piece of Heaven has fallen into our neighborhood this past weekend. Saturday afternoon I hit the grand opening of Sprouts here in our town. I can't tell you how excited I've been waiting for this place to open up! If you aren't familiar with Sprouts, let's just say that for folks like me with big food allergies, it's by far, THE BEST place to grocery shop. Unlike other stores, that might have 10 - 20 gluten-free products, this store has AISLES of them. What started off as a run-in for two items, turned into a $80 grocery run. I am blessed with a husband that doesn't have a cow when I go crazy over GF cookies and pasta shells. He knows if I don't have alternatives, I cheat and get sick. Bad. Bad for everyone in our home!

We've been having a few food issues with JK. He's closing in on 11 months and fully walking, speaking several words, but not doing so well with table food. He's been on jar baby food for awhile now, but foods with any type of dryness (cookies, crackers, cereal) make him gag and foods with any type of texture (applesauce, yogurt), also make him gag. He's broken out a bit on his cheeks the times I've fed him something with wheat or oats, so I'm sticking him with a GF/CF diet until I can get him tested.

This weekend we had a breakthrough and he ate some canned sweet potatoes that I pureed and a few gluten-free Perky O's (a cheerio like cereal, only without oats). Thanks KareBear on both counts! He hasn't quite mastered letting go of the Perky O's once they hit his mouth, so his solution is to put his whole fist in his mouth...which...makes him gag.

Here he is experiencing the fresh sweet potato that fell out of the grocery bag.

Hmm. Not as good as the pureed stuff Mommy made a few days ago.

Here he got it...gagging. LOL!

But he goes back for more. Glutton for punishment. This kid has too much of the bad parts of my character.

Here he is running down the hall about to clobber me with the sweet potato. Sorry for the blur. I was trying to adjust my camera setting, but he's getting fast on his feet!


Karrie said...

Yay!! I'm SO glad that the canned sweet potatos and Perky O's were a hit...they're VERY popular around here!:-)

And I just about fell over when I saw him with that raw sweet potato b/c Rusty does the same thing! He'll go into the pantry and start hauling potatoes straight out of the bag. I found NINE of them in my watering can that I'd had the bad judgement to leave inside the front door:-) Thank goodness I have small hands or they would still be in there!

Oh and that is TOO cool about the Sprouts store opening. We actually have one getting ready to open right up the road from us. It's literally about a 3 minute drive from here and I can't wait! How are the prices compared to Whole Foods??

Andi said...

Kare, the prices are comparable to Whole Foods, some quite a bit cheaper!

The Duece Crew said...

First, thank you for rejoining the blog world. I want to know what's up in your world. And with little ones, the internet is the easiest way.
Second, I cannot wait to go to the Sprouts that just opened in Frisco near me. I'm going to try me and the kids on some of the Preservative & Chemical free stuff. And then Gavin hopefully all organic. I'm excited, however, I hope they're a little cheaper than Whole Foods. I love that store too though.

The Duece Crew said...

i just saw you posted about the prices, sorry!

The Kennedy's said...

We went to the Sprouts on Saturday-- and then on Tuesday and then Monty went last night. I am soo in love with it!!! and very happy to see what you guys have been up to!

Leslie said...

I love these pics!
And I kind of like the blur on the last pic. Makes me think he's walking really fast...which he is!