A lesson and an admission

Today Zeke and I went to Huckleberries. It's an organic store, one I rarely frequent because it is really overpriced. Oh how I miss the Boise co-op sometimes....how I long for a Trader Joes... Anyways, the point is Zeke and I had to go today. Because its the closest seller of homeopathics that I know of. And I was told today that my treatment of Zeke's teething (belladonna and chamomilla) would be made better by adding some arnica. I will try anything at this point. Seriously, I HATE teething. Mostly because my son spends his days looking like this:

Anyways, so there we are at Huckleberries, and like I said I rarely go so I'm looking around a bit. When I find this:I LOVE this company! Yes, I had heard of Ezekiel 4:9 products before I named my son Ezekiel. No, I did not name my son after them. But I will admit that I love their breads and cereals. Oh sooo good. So of course I had to buy a box. And I'm eating it right now warm with milk. I didnt know they sold this cereal at Huckleberries!

I also felt a little foolish when the check-out woman asked what my son's name was....while she was holding my cereal...

Another foolish moment? I was in the homeopathic isle, chatting with a woman, like you do. Or at least like I do. I am always chatting with strangers. I suppose some people arent. The point, however, is that I was telling her that I was making a teething tincture for my son. And she was complimenting me on how wonderful it is that Im not just buying him asperin. I basked in the compliment, feeling like a VERY good mother, and forgetting on purpose the motrin that I gave Zeke only the night before...and have given him MANY desperate nights. My little bottle is almost empty. But like I said, I was forgetting that part.

In fact I was feeling so very bloated in my mommy-pride that when she changed the subject to baby foods I very proudly stated that my son never ate processed foods. I had never bought a single jar of baby food but instead lovingly made all of his food by hand, I said. And she oohed and aaahed me. Telling me what a GREAT mom I was. How healthy my son must be.

And then....well then God decided to teach me a lesson about PRIDE. And maybe also about HONESTY. Because Ezekiel chose that moment to get bored and reached into my diaper bag where he KNEW I kept some Gerber Star Puffs, sweet potato flavor if you must know. And he took the tube out and started trying to open it. Because he knew what was in there. And I knew that he knew. And the woman knew that he knew.

So ok, shoot me. My son eats Gerber Star Puffs.

110 comments:

Holly said...

I like to think that those puffs don't count. An exception to everything, right?!

Anonymous said...

I've seen that cereal around town in other stores. maybe it costs less elsewhere.....or perhaps I was out of town and in another store in another town. or was it that I was just in the Huckleberries attached to Rosaures? Ohhhhh I can't remember. It must be all of the above. the twins have ear-infections and have been crying non stop all week. needless to say I am lacking in the sleep department. our neighbors probably are too for that matter!

Jennspiration said...

That's funny Courtney! Sounds like a story you should submit to Gerber!

Ivymae said...

Ha! Our children make us humble every chance they get.

How did the belladonna and chamomile help Zeke's teeth? I think we've all used the baby motrin for everyone's sanity (mom, dad and baby) on the hard nights. And puffs at least contain some fruit.. maybe. Heh.

Kait T said...

So funny. I love Ezekiel 4:9 bread as well but never buy it, like you said waaay over priced for the 5 mouthes we feed here! My kids are healthy and Molly eats 2 jars of baby food a day! lol But it IS organic!

hellosweetworld said...

Stopping by from SITS. Have a great weekend!

Michaela said...

Hi - thanks for stopping by! Your son is adorable!

Sadiebug and her Mom said...

Yeah, when I was pregnant, I swore I would feed my daughter natural foods. But then real life got in the way. I have to say though... Sadie loves those puffs. If you read her blog (This, That and the Other Thing), she mentions "crunchies" a lot! Thanks for stopping by!

Alexia said...

Puffs absolutely do not count, don't beat yourself up LOL

Next time you hit up a health store for teething remedies (or a regular store for that matter) pick up some allspice beads and string that boy a necklace! Sooo much easier!

Future Mama said...

OMG whether they count or not, that face is PRICELESS! haha!! soo cute!! happy sits day!!

BJ_Mama said...

Oops! A little Omission never hurt anyone.

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I've heard teething is rough and that face proves it!
Congrats on your SITS day!

Laila Of Course! said...

Awww, poor Zeke. :( I know what you mean about the perils of teething-- my baby brother recently underwent that and lo and behold, he loooved Gerber star puffs, too. hehe.

Be sure and pop by & enter my Say Whaat? contest! And follow! :)

-Laila
www.randomweavings.blogspot.com

Helen McGinn said...

I don't know what star puffs are but they sure sound yummy. I'd have bought some too. x

Bridgette said...

Great post! Congrats on your SITS day!

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

And if you send each of us a pack we'll keep your secret for you. ;-)

glenna said...

I've enjoyed reading your post. Glad to have found you through SITS

MrsM said...

Hey, I feed my kids chicken nuggets-it doesn't get much more processed than that! A little bit of puffs won't hurt.

WhiteSockGirl said...

Uh timing! Cute story.

Stopping by from SITs

Equidae said...

well now we cant prepare everything some things have to be bought BUT the point remains that their important meals are all home made!

Amy said...

Happy SITS day!

Yaya said...

Belladonna for teething? never heard of that. A lot of endometriosis patients use it for pain.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Teething solution!: Hylands Teething tablets!! They are DA BOMB!! And all natural too!

mommytoalot said...

LOL
love your writing..it's very descritive.
Good reading.
..you sound like my gf who is very health concious if you will with her girls.
..
congrats on being FB

JennyMac said...

Great story. Visiting from SITS!

Jacky said...

Hey, if the motrin doesn't count, the puffs don't count! =) God certainly has a sense of humor! I personally do not enjoy when he brings me down a peg. But it's all good. =)

Happy SITS Day

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Hey, a gals gotta live a little! So funny. I "love" those humbling moments that are kids throw at us.

Astrid said...

Hey- those puffs are sanity & life savers! They helped me keep my girlies entertained while I was trying to cook dinner....

LOL!
Happy SITS day!

Mommys Online Garage Sale said...

Zeke is adorable and you are too funny. BTW, I like to talk to strangers too!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

He is SO cute!! :) My girls love those puffs. :)

Creative Junkie said...

I always chat people up in the grocery store! Why not? It makes the time go faster.

Your son is adorable!

Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design said...

you can't survive babyhood without those gerber puffs...no one judges you for that!

Kirsten said...

Happy SITS day! Zeke is so adorable!

McVal said...

Lol! Darn kids and their memory! You'd think, out of sight, out of mind!

Kari said...

Cute story and adorable little boy! Over from SITS to say hi!

Sandy Fights Fat and Blogs About Nothing said...

Visiting from SITS. :-)

I agree w/Jennspiration, sounds like a great story to submit to Gerber.

Talk about 'Murphy's Law'! LOL, your experience is something many mothers can relate too. It never fails... When you speak of how good your children are--they'll have a meltdown. When you say how healthy they are--they'll get sick. When you say they're responsible--they'll do something irresponsible.

BTW, I'm an alternative health gal myself! It's always my first choice unless a health issue doesn't clear up.

Have a lovely day w/your precious son--the photo of him w/a boo-boo face is absolutely PRICELESS!

~ Sandy

sandy said...

I have learned that kids always have a way of making you put your foot in your mouth! hehe!

Life of a Stepmama said...

Hilarious!! Kids never forget a thing, except for what you tell them not to do! Happy SITS day!

Lynn said...

Kids are such equalizing tattle tales! My kids are the worst at this (or the best if you ask God ;o)

My best, Lynn

Reluctant Housewife said...

You son is darling! What a cutie.

That cereal looks very tasty.

And I don`t think there`s anything wrong with those star puffs. I`m still impressed by the fact that you make all your own baby food. Good for you!

a H.I.T. said...

Sometimes I wonder if we're really geniuses when we're born and just get dumber with age.

What a fun story, happy SITS!

D2the4thPower said...

Cute story!

Stopping by from SITS! Congrats on being the FB!!

Ronnica said...

It's the amazing the little things we choose to lie/brag about...I do that too!

Jamie said...

Between this post and the Poo story it reminds me of the SugarLand song "it happens"

Robin said...

Cute story.....

Christina said...

I am totally in this boat! Those dangerously preserved puffs were a last ditch effort on many occasions to keep Ro quiet at our house! Haha!

Happy SITS day!

Christina
mamafabulous.blogspot.com

Kerri said...

Oh, how God can use ANY situation to teach us a lesson, yes? Stopping by from SITS...great blog!
Kerri
www.sickofmg.blogspot.com

jori-o said...

Haha! =) Do they make starpuffs in Humble Pie flavor? ;-)

aforestfrolic said...

Hahahah, BUSTED ;-) J/k...we love those puffs too, tee hee. And good for you making his food!

Jamie :)

Michelle said...

haha! Yes, I've read this too...and we've ALL Been there.

Oh my goodness my kids have eaten more hot dogs in the pregnancy.

Cher said...

ooh...I even like those puffs.. My best friend's baby eats them...and I make him share with me!

Mary said...

Oh LOL... funny how God gives us those little moments as a reminder isn't it?

Happy SITS day!

Lamonica Epps said...

I enjoyed reading your blog post.Congratulations on being a featured blogger.

Stopping by from SITS

Mama Roho said...

Hmmm...belladonna for pain? I just might have to try that for my cramps!

Lisa M said...

I love it when kids help us learn our own lessons lol. It happens to me a lot too ;)

Happy SITS Day!

Crazy in Alaska said...

Hey, anything with Sweet Potato in the name can't be all that bad, right? :)

Pricilla said...

Happy SITS day.
Children always know, eh?

R. Wallis @ TrueBeauty said...

To funny! That's awesome that you make his baby food!!

Marrdy said...

Oh man, kids always do that just when you don't want them to. Probably to teach us a lesson or two.

JaelCustomDesigns said...

How funny! My little one loves those Gerber Puffs too! I think you're fine.

I prepare home cooked food and grind it up with the baby food mill for my little one, he has food allergies and we're still breastfeeding.

Enjoy your SITS Day! :-)

Bentley Boutique said...

I think all your "good" mommy deeds outweigh the "not so good"!

Daphne said...

Hilarious! Aw come on its Gerber puffs. Make an exception!

Rebecca said...

Ah, leave to kids to rat out their parents - as a former preschool teacher, I heard quite the tales :).

That said - everything in moderation. Yes, aspirin and motrin for every little thing - unnecessary... occasionally I see nothing wrong, especially if other methods/remedies are not working.

You sound like a GREAT mom!

Elizabeth Patch said...

Its wonderful that you are trying to have a mostly clean diet. and funny that the one thing you "allow" shows up when you are bragging...hmmm, coincidence?

Unknown Mami said...

Well you're not perfect, but you are still a good mother.

My Household Junk said...

God is always there to teach us something. However, I don't think you should worry about star puffs. I made quite a lot of my sons' baby food both times, but working, raising two kids, and having a mentally ill hubs doesn't always allow enough time in the day. Sometimes, it is ok to take the route of convenience.

Jennifer said...

I am always thinking this about bragging. God always brings you down when you set yourself up too high. It is good that you can appreciate and laugh about it.

Jen said...

too cute! My twins never ate actual baby food either, just homemade stuff but snacks were a whole different story lol. great read!

Joy said...

Heck, I wouldn't shoot you. I would've bought those suckers myself if they'd been available when mine were that age!

Congrats again on your SITS day!

Laura said...

Happy SITS Day!!

The818 said...

Happy SITS day. I too am a notorious stranger-chatter.

samsstuff said...

Hi!
Just stopping by SITS to comment.
We all have our moments, don't we, but we do the best we can. It is commendable how much you do that is handmade & healthy. Cute blog entry! Sometimes we just have to go with the flow & learn from it, you never know what (or when) a child is going to do.
Take care,
Shelley

Lance and Jewls said...

Happy SITS day! Love your pride lesson, that cracks me up!

Michelle said...

No one is perfect. I am the first to say I am not but continue to do the best you can!

Happy SITS day!

Date Girl said...

haha, leave it to the baby to uncover the truth. Poor you, and who cares if your baby eats puffs? Still, that would have been totally mortifying!

Are You There Mom? said...

dont' you just LOVE how they reveal you out!? Such a lesson in humility! Cute story!!!

Christian Mommy Writer said...

My son liked those puffs too! Oh well, you can't win them all! :-) Cute post!

Smitten by Britain said...

Funny, my son's name is Ian and there is a organic product company now named Ian's.

You are officially the worst mother in the world for giving Zeke those puffs. ;-)

carma said...

busted!!

La Belle Mere UK said...

I'd have done the same. x

Congrats on your FB.

X

Aleta said...

LMAO - yeah, that pride thing gets a little thorny when caught. Lol.

Sarah said...

This is too funny. I have thought about making my own baby food, etc when I have my own kids. But I will definitely let them have the Gerber Star Puffs. I like those! They're yummy.

Kekibird said...

Yes, our children are full of surprises.

Susan @thindepenence.com said...

That cereal looks delicious :)

That's too funny about the star puffs ;-)

Jamie said...

One or two products don't really count. At least you are trying and at least it wasn't cheetos or something like that.

Lisa said...

That was funny!! Happy SITS day!

{Katie Lane} said...

That's one cute baby!!

ldsmommyof12 said...

Very funny. God has a way of showing us humilty very quickly, sometimes.

Sassy Chica said...

You gotta love when your own kids will rat you out!

Adorable pic of baby...

Smooches,
Sassy Chica

stopping by from SITS

Flory said...

Kids always find a way to tell on you.

firststepforward said...

Cute story!!

Happy SITS day!

firststepforward said...

Cute story!!

Happy SITS day!!

firststepforward said...

Cute story!!

Happy SITS day!!

Preston said...

Very funny and such a non-offensive little white lie but you never know when they will come back and bite you in the butt! Enjoy your SITS day!

greedygrace said...

Heck, even I eat Gerber Star Puffs! They're pretty good!

shortmama said...

The puffs dont count!!

Kara said...

Ah yes, kids do have a way of making us eat our words, don't they!

Mama Mel said...

LOL! I say definitely, the puffs don't count. What else are you supposed to give him to snack on while you're shopping?! Well, I suppose there's probably organic puffs somewhere, but those Gerber ones are yummy! My hubby and I think so too! ;)

Missy said...

Puffs don't count. I didn't feed my kids the jarred food either, but will still had the puffs for treats.

We can't be perfect always can we?!? =)

Little Miss Baker said...

that's so cute! I have never even heard of puffs!! man times have changed :) Happy SITS Day!

San said...

my boy loves those puffs too ;)

I've never heard of that cereal company though, but that box looks divine!

Days of Whine & Noses said...

what a cute picture of him!

I made all my youngest baby food too :)

stopping by from SITS!

The Redhead Riter said...

So...you were hiding the good stuff!

Robin said...

Ha, this is a great story of humility. This is why as humans, as WOMEN, we should not judge so harshly. You have the right to bask a little in your "mommy does all she can to make my baby healthy" goodness, and then swallow that pride and realize your are human. PERFECT story! :)

Brandy said...

that's too funny. love the nickname zeke for your son.

happy sits day.

Jessica said...

Awesome! Happy SITS!

Kristin said...

Boy did my little man's face look like that today. I never thought of treating teething homeopathically.

Stefanie Zucker said...

What a great story! Don't you know they'll always rat us out :)

Happy SITS day!

Stefanie Zucker said...

What a great story! Don't you know they'll always rat us out :)

Happy SITS day!

Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents said...

Visiting from SITS!

I enjoy Trader Joes too!