My daughter loves eating frozen blueberries. I give her a bowl all the time after dinner.
She also loves ice cream. She could eat that everyday.
Early on when she first started eating it and doing a happy dance when she knew she was getting ice cream, I thought, let’s make her super happy – because that’s what a father loves to see.
It was a simple idea: Let’s give her chocolate ice cream with frozen blueberries. She’s going to be doubly happy, right?
Here I was getting super excited for my daughter scooping her chocolate chip cookie ice cream using organic ingredients I made using an ice cream maker. Then I sprinkled some frozen blueberries.
Voila! I “knew” she would be super excited with her daddy for giving her TWO of her favourite treats together on this nice hot summery day.
She freaked out alright. But, not the way I envisioned her: Doing a super happy dance, smiling and laughing for her super daddy making her homemade ice cream.
No, she screamed at me instead: No, noooo!! I don’t want this!
Take it out! Take it out, she screamed.
What on earth happened???
I had to remove the blueberries from the ice cream. Then, she calmed down.
Ok, well that didn’t work out so well. At least she can eat it separately.
Or maybe not. Nope, she didn’t want to eat either now.
What, I was thinking???
So, that’s a lesson to be learned when feeding your child: Don’t think two of her favourite foods together will make her super happy.
In fact, that is probably why some kids trays come with dividers to separate the food.
The incident actually reminded me when my wife and I were on vacation in Hawaii one time. We were on an island ATV tour having lunch. We weren’t parents yet. Just enjoying vacations between the two of us. Wow, those were good times…anyways, I digress.
A bunch of us were sitting at a bench. I was beside a family with a little girl, maybe 5.
I remember her freaking out when some blueberry sauce touched her ice cream.
She didn’t want to eat her ice cream anymore and her mother kept trying to get her to eat it. I saw her cut the ice cream so that there was no more sauce on it.
My wife and I looked at each other thinking, wow, what a crazy, picky eater.
Her mother looked at us because she could see us looking at her and her daughter. She asks us if we have kids. I said no. The mother says to us: She (her daughter) like a contraceptive!
We all laughed.
But, little did we know that this would come back to bite us!
Now, apparently this “double the pleasure” thing does work with toys, but, not with food. At least not yet.
So, if you’re a new parent reading this, just be aware and don’t get your hopes too high if you plan to feed her two or more of her favourite foods.