we ALL scream for ice-cream!

August 20, 2010 at 6:52 am (nummies for th' tummies, picture post, ro's colossal crusades, status report, whimsically silly)

“I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream.”

-Heywood Broun

I know it might be seen as exceptionally bad parenting to give an infant ice-cream as their first food. I know that there are healthier (if not as tasty options) out there – rice cereal, oatmeal, things that come in jars. . . What I did was wrong. On so many levels. Wrong. I know! But let me give my side before you judge me. Maybe you can understand . . .

See. . . the air conditioning went out. During a heat-wave. Pfffffft. Gone. Done. It was HOT. . . and though God blessed us with a break in the weather that day (enough of a break that we didn’t have to evacuate), it was still a good bit warmer than what we’re used to around here. Warm enough to ensure that certain small people who prefer to nap all snuggled up and swaddled like giant burritos with fleece on top would be unable to sleep. All day.

Due to the un-coolness of our universe at large, the realization that there was ice-cream in the freezer in the form of Dippin’ Dots came as if a gift from heaven directly to our overheated mouths. And while we basked in the glory of cream and sugary coldness, I couldn’t help but notice those big baby blues gazing so forlornly up at me. . . and I just felt BAD, man!

Here we were, selfishly enjoying our tasty treat, and dropping our core body temperature in the most delightful of ways – cookies n’ cream (with OREO bits, no less) and not sparing even a thought for the poor little lass. And all she gets is milk. . . WARM milk, at that. How wretched to be her on this sweaty and sweltering day. . .

So I snuck her a dot. Or five (really it was four, cuz’ there was one that got away). And even though it means that I have to put down for the world to see that I gave my baby ice-cream for her first (un)official  ‘food,’ I’d do it again if I had to. Oh yes. Yes I would. . .

Because it made her smile.

And about the screaming? Robee figured out how to scream a few short hours after her maiden ice-cream encounter. She shrieks (usually in delight or just for fun) ALL. THE. TIME. My theory? She’s screaming for more ice-cream. Duh. . .


  1. Kelli said,

    Her beautiful eyes are soul stirring to say the least!! I’m screaming with her for ice cream!! She will survive! LOVE IT!!

  2. Sharon said,

    it’s not so bad. I say its calcium, much needed fat and anti oxidants.

    Smart kid that Ro baby liking the ice cream.

  3. Bryna said,

    Nothin’ wrong with that! My first food was pumpkin pie. My daughter’s? Lemon Italian Ice. Now, my favorite food is Pumpkin in any way shape or form. And my daughter can eat a lemon straight up. SO, I think SOMEONE may have an unusual desire for Oreo’s when they grow up… 🙂

  4. Ma said,

    Sorry, she DOES look like Dewey in that first picture! i love her and T too, but it is what it is! i’m laughin! i love those girls SOOOOO much! and i scream you scream, we ALL scream for ice cream! xoxoxo

  5. wecki77 said,

    What a great first food!

  6. FooFoo said,

    Oh my goodness, Ro’s so cute! Just look at those big eyes. Awesome post.

    What was T’s first food? Do tell!

  7. blunt delivery said,

    um yeaaaaaaaaah.

    i think kids are gonna pose a bit of a problem for me considering i can’t be in the same room as anyone else eating dairy products.

  8. patty said,

    those blue eyes!!
    as the mom of 3 who actually survived infancy and beyond w dabbles of ice cream… ‘ya done good’!! 😉
    visiting today from my friend deb’s…

  9. Amber said,

    It’s fine, ice cream has calcium after all 😉

  10. Kathleen Scott said,

    I don’t know why I just realized that Ro is a redhead. How fabulous!

    She looks like she likes ice cream.

    My niece didn’t give her daughter ANYTHING with sugar until her first birthday party, at which there was cake and ice cream. She’s two now and LOVES ice cream and snowcones–which she gets regularly thanks to her granddad.

    I don’t think it makes any difference early or late, kids are bound to love ice cream.

  11. Kendall said,

    I still think the screaming is from a belated brain freeze!!! 😀 The pictures are cute, as always! I just wanna squeeze her!

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