Jun 25, 2011

Corn Syrup + DHA + Pro-biotics = Toddler Food?

I got this stuff in the mail today. The first few ingredients include whole milk powder, corn syrup solids, galactooligosaccarides...

Why in the world would you make the second ingredient corn syrup? and why would this product have so much sodium in it? I just don't understand why this is better than actual milk and food.

Ok I just looked at the add and it says;

" milk lacks, like Iron, Vitamin C, and DHA - a building block of the toddler brain."

But I'm pretty sure feeding a baby other things in addition to milk at one year old will do the same job. They pretty much want to put things in their mouths and that's the baby's way of yelling to you "Feed me things with vitamins and minerals in them!" It's called learning to eat.

I'm still not sure exactly what DHA is. When I looked and it seems to be in a bunch of food I've been told not to feed the baby yet; egg yolks, fishes, sea weeds. Also the third ingredient "galactooligosaccarides" is a pro-biotic that helps the baby digest the stuff his gut is not really built to digest yet that delivers the supplements that replace the foods he's not supposed to eat. Does this sound stupid yet?

So in total the idea is, don't feed him the foods he needs to grow his brain, instead feed him this undigestible supplement requiring a pro-biotic that will change the flora in his gut so that he can digest the supplement we say is necessary and by the way it contains a crap load of corn syrup so that it's palatable.

I'll probably throw it in the garbage and opt for actual milk and in a month or so scrambled eggs.

Jun 19, 2011


Living on a corner in the city of Houston is dusty business. I try to keep the windows open often to counter the smell of ageing dog and children on summer vacation. The cars drive by in this drought and send a layer of red topsoil and yellow pollen to settle on my sills. The house smells of earth so I consider it an even trade.

Jun 9, 2011

Dancing Jack

Late at night, me and my favorite guy, we boogie down. He picks the tunes.

Jun 7, 2011

Things she said that I want to remember.

All of everyone on the planet is related somehow, we are all a big family and we should take care of each other.


It's time to get up the late birds are singing.


I won't ever hate you even when I'm 14.

Jun 5, 2011

Four Things on a Sunday

Is cursive going to be obsolete? My kid wants to learn it so bad and I spent years perfecting mine and I still like using it. Perhaps in the future I'll be able to write secret notes to other old people in the retirement community in cursive.


Jack has big eye brows, I only noticed today when we went to the pool and they were wet and stuck half way up his forehead.


A moment ago I felt something crawling on my shoulder, I grabbed it and it was a spider. I put it outside and then leaned way down over the sidewalk to learn it was a wolf spider.


This is the Edmonton roller derby eville Orange Crushers logo, I heart it and want it on a shirt.

Jun 2, 2011

First Day of Summer

So far nothing on the list crossed off, but the day was epic anyway.

Summer List 2011

Today is the first day of summer vacation and the ladies in the neighborhood keep asking me what summer camps we've signed up for. Perhaps I'm just a glutton for parenting or perhaps I can think of better ways to spend $250.00 in a week, but the answer is none. That's right, no summer camps, no summer tutoring, no summer programs. Instead we are making a list of 50 things we'll do this summer. Maybe you'd like to help...

So far on the list:
1. Visit Grandparents
2. Watch Astro's game
3. Get in the ocean
4. Slide at the water-park
5. Swim in the neighborhood pool
6. Tour a Cave
7. Bear Hunt
8. Play video games in PJs all day
9. Get new glasses
10. Picnic
11. Learn to ride a bike without training wheels
12. Hear music at a folk festival
13. Climb tree
14. Go to the library
15. Hula hoop
16. Jump rope
17. Make a very short movie
18. Learn a new magic trick
19. Children's museum
20. Eat something new
21. See a movie at the theater
22. Build blanket fort
23. Make a painting
24. Play outside with pals
25. Make a greeting card
26. Finish this list
27. Roller skate
28. Sing Happy Birthday to someone on their birthday
29. Teeter totter
30. Wish on a star
31. See fireworks
32. Sleepover

33. Read a book
34. Catch lightning bugs
35. Visit a state park
36. Make popsicles
37. Make and eat S'Mores