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rhonda,Good point about the motor development aspe...

2007-05-09T12:26:00.000-06:00

rhonda,
Good point about the motor development aspect. I had not considered that, but I do have fond memories of tiny fingers trying to get a cheerio from the table to their mouth.

kim,
I don't tell her much. She's quite a talker.

brett,
She also cleans the pacifier with her mouth if it falls on the floor.

rhymes,
Thanks for that little tidbit. While I think kissing is great, I wouldn't want to be swapping food.

robby,
Most of the pelican pictures I found involved fish. Perhaps I should have resurrected the spam and velveeta picture.

heather,
I managed to get four kids raised without chewing food for them.

daisymarie,
You win the prize for being the first to mention the analogy!

sonja,
I was wondering if the comparison was like a bad joke that you have to explain in order for anyone to understand.
She does it somewhat discreetly in public.

christy,
It has been interesting reading the different responses about feeding and chewing because there are so many comparisons.

julie,
Eating a little piece of food isn't always as simple as it seems, is it? Besides the actual food itself, there are so many developmental and biological aspects that are a part of feeding, chewing, and digestion.

ronni,
You can say that here. ;)

bill,
Wait till you read Jamie's comment. Consider this a warning. Oops, that won't work since Jamie's comment is earlier.

bob,
Interesting point about developmental delays caused by parental over-involvement. I believe there is another analogy there. Plus, I'm sure the mother chews much better than the child ever could, leading to the professionalization of chewing.

jt,
Thanks for the educational facts. Somehow pre-chewed grains sound more palatable than pre-chewed pizza and big macs.
While I didn't use food-grinders, I did take advantage of cereals and baby food. It would be difficult to not have some method of grinding food in the months when babies are first learning to eat.

david,
I really admire this family in that they see adoption as part of their mission. I think this is a great example of being missional, the willingness to actually take in a child in need and make them a part of your family.

ron,
Interesting point, would cross-feeding also be considered acceptable, or only a mother to her own child?

pam,
Along the lines of what I just said to Ron, among the moms I knew there were mixed opinions about nursing another person's child. Some were totally comfortable with it, and some said, absolutely not. What do you think of this?
Not to stereotype, but perhaps men are more easily grossed out than women? :)

jamie,
Your original comment must have been caught in the phlegm filter.
I am extremely grateful for those little rubber snot-suckers.

paul,
Believe me, the poor thang isn't starving. He is already over 20 pounds, and he has his mama wrapped around his pudgy little fingers.



if she's still doing it when the kid is 10 there's...

2007-05-09T09:02:00.000-06:00

if she's still doing it when the kid is 10 there's a problem - otherwise i think it's quite loving - what she gonna do leave the poor thang to starve?



ok, now that is gross!

2007-05-09T08:46:00.000-06:00

ok, now that is gross!



I tried to leave this comment yesterday, but I gue...

2007-05-09T08:35:00.000-06:00

I tried to leave this comment yesterday, but I guess it didn't work. Anyway, for those who are intrigued by such cultural peculiarities, many Inuit tribes protect their babies from sinus infection by cupping their mouths over the stuffy nose and- you guessed it- sucking the snot right out of their heads. It may be gross to us, but what a truly motherly sacrifice!

At any rate, I must have been in missions too long, as neither story particularly grossed me out.

Peace,
Jamie



Hmmmm...I wonder if the pelican family gets many d...

2007-05-09T05:07:00.000-06:00

Hmmmm...I wonder if the pelican family gets many dinner invites from outside their nest.

This gives ABC ( already been chewed ) christianity a whole new meaning.



glad JT shared that info which I was aware of from...

2007-05-08T22:24:00.000-06:00

glad JT shared that info which I was aware of from years ago when I was in la leche league. i knew a mom who sometimes chewed her food up, but just a bit to soften it and then gave it to her baby. what jt said is accurate. the enzymes in the mom's saliva helps it to digest for the baby. and in many cultures, even today, there is no baby food or food processor. so this is what the mom does, like a bird, to feed her little one.

geesh, you guys gross out too easily. :-)



Wow, 11th child. That amazes me more than the Pel...

2007-05-08T21:41:00.000-06:00

Wow, 11th child. That amazes me more than the Pelican feeding.



In some cultures, a mother chews a spoonful of gra...

2007-05-08T16:52:00.000-06:00

In some cultures, a mother chews a spoonful of grain before offering it to her baby. Her masticating not only warms and grinds the grains but also mixes them with her digestive enzyme, ptyalin (an enzyme that’s not produced for the first 24 months)
--Rebecca Wood's website

When I read your article, I remembered hearing that mothers have done this since the beginning of time. It sounds nasty to us, but we must remember what it was like before all our modern conveniences. JT



Now that the nausea has passed...On the topic of n...

2007-05-08T15:34:00.000-06:00

Now that the nausea has passed...

On the topic of not wanting to make the move from pre-chewed to self-chewed. I haven't met a child yet who would willingly starve his/herself to death just to make a point. But I've met plenty of parents who lacked the resolve to push the child to the next stage.

Is there a church analogy here?

(BTW, my word verification was siu urp. Does that mean anything?)



Ummm. Would have been nice if the post led with a ...

2007-05-08T14:38:00.000-06:00

Ummm. Would have been nice if the post led with a warning for those weaker stomached amongst us. Ewww to the max!



Sounds like most Churches I've been in. Did I just...

2007-05-08T13:55:00.000-06:00

Sounds like most Churches I've been in.

Did I just say that outloud?



okay that's what a food processor is for! I have ...

2007-05-08T13:35:00.000-06:00

okay that's what a food processor is for! I have a toddler who for a long time refused to chew her food - she would just try to swallow it whole and choke (often). It was kinda freaky. So we had to break down the food, give her small portions, and remind her to chew. But never chew it for her...



It certainly does relate to how we accept our spir...

2007-05-08T13:30:00.000-06:00

It certainly does relate to how we accept our spiritual food, does it not? We accept a word that has been "chewed" by someone else, instead of picking it up and ingesting it from the original source for ourselves.



I'm with daisymarie on this ... When we're used to...

2007-05-08T12:52:00.000-06:00

I'm with daisymarie on this ...

When we're used to getting everything pre-chewed, it's pretty difficult to learn how to eat on our own. It might make us a little cranky.

But in the real world, it's definitely gross. How can anyone else take care of her child? Or how can s/he go out to a restaurant? Or to another home for a meal? Ewwwww ... ick!!



The spiritual implications abound in this one!

2007-05-08T10:51:00.000-06:00

The spiritual implications abound in this one!



Oh my ... I'm speechless! I have a 1-year-old and...

2007-05-08T10:05:00.000-06:00

Oh my ... I'm speechless! I have a 1-year-old and couldn't imagine!

Peace...
~Heather



Hmm. Lucky I wasn't drinking coffee when I read th...

2007-05-08T08:48:00.000-06:00

Hmm. Lucky I wasn't drinking coffee when I read this post -- it'd probably have resulted in a coffee anointing on my monitor...

But THIS TIME, Grace, I'm so very relieved you didn't post a graphic picture to accompany this post. :)



I saw a documentary once in which an anthropologis...

2007-05-08T07:02:00.001-06:00

I saw a documentary once in which an anthropologist suggested this is how humans began kissing.

I'm not sure if that makes it more or less gross.

The chewing that is - not the kissing!



OMGosh I'm on breakfast break and almost lost my c...

2007-05-08T07:02:00.000-06:00

OMGosh I'm on breakfast break and almost lost my cookies. There's something gone wrong there. That's gotta be unhygienic to say the least.



Ewwww that is soooo grosse...tell her to get a lif...

2007-05-08T06:57:00.000-06:00

Ewwww that is soooo grosse...tell her to get a life!



Never heard of pelican feeding (except at the zoo)...

2007-05-08T05:38:00.000-06:00

Never heard of pelican feeding (except at the zoo)
I'm not a pediatrician but I think at around 6 or 7 mos. a baby should start picking up and putting foods to her mouth which includes chewing. This is all part of motor development...
But who knows?

a year old huh?
hmmm