We took Chicken to NYC for a long weekend and had a great time. It was a perfect example of why BLW works for us. We didn't have to bring any special food for Chicken or plan our meals especially for her, aside from considering bedtime. I did pack fresh fruit because I wanted to make sure we all got a few servings in over the weekend, but otherwise, Chicken ate what we ate. Here's a bit about our meals.
We ate lunch one day at a delicatessen near our hotel. I ordered matzoh ballsoup, a reuben and a fruit plate. Chicken's dad had a chicken sandwich (ha ha ha). Chicken had matzoh ball, chicken and veggies from the soup and fruit. We also ordered her a mini bagel because she loves bagels...
That night, we weren't all that hungry and it was getting too late to take Chicken out to eat. She snacked on an apple. (I take a few bites to reveal some of the flesh and then she scrapes away at it with her teeth.) Then, we ordered room service and each had a bit to eat before bed. We ordered the kids' chicken fingers and an eggplant panini. Chicken ate bits of chicken, eggplant, tomato, multigrain bread with pesto, and a pear that I'd brought from home. Her dad and I ate the amazing fries that came with the chicken fingers. Just because she can eat what we eat, doesn't mean she should. She looks like a greasy little piggy in this picture, but she was busy chowing down! Our room had a huge window seat with a wipeable cushion so we perched chicken there and scrounged around the room for a non-breakable "plate".
The next morning, we'd planned to meet family for breakfast, but since we wake up very early, we had "1st breakfast" in our hotel room. We'd gotten gourmet rice pudding the day before. Since it's all natural and basically just rice, cream, sugar and eggs, I felt like we could all splurge and enjoy some. We also had blueberries from home
Later that morning we walked around and met family for brunch. I'd been worried that we wouldn't find high chairs around the city, but Chicken quickly reminded me how flexible she is. She ate sitting on my lap and right off of my plate. We had scrambled eggs, fruit and english muffin. I don't have a photo of us eating, but trust me, she did a great job!
That night, we met friends for dinner at a tiny Greek restaurant. Luckily we got there early and snagged the table by the window. It had a little window seat that Chicken could crawl around. We got hummus with pita that Chicken devoured. She got tired by the time our food came so she just picked at rice, lentils, vegetables and feta.
The next morning we went to brunch at a nearby hotel. Chicken had some of her favorites: fruit, bagel and scrambled eggs. We stopped at Chelsea Market on the way home to check out. We tried some yummy gelato. The woman who waited on us gave us a spoonful of vanilla just for Chicken. She tasted it and was so surprised by how cold it was. She cracked us up because she was just as surprised with every little taste. She loved it, of course!
I realize that some people might be critical of how much Chicken indulged over the weekend...Rice pudding! Gelato! Keep in mind that she's still nursing and getting her nutrition from breast milk. We feel that she can try all sorts of foods, in moderation, as long as they aren't dangerous (e.g. no nuts, popcorn...).