This morning Matthew and I went to Bible Study, like we do every Tuesday morning. When we entered the nursery Matthew took one look at the blonde girl that was already in the nursery and immediately began crying. The last few weeks, Matthew has been having a difficult time with me leaving him in the nursery and last week I suspected that it might have something to do with this little girl. I shrugged it off and resolved not to make a big deal out of it, he will have to deal with bullies in life and the fabulous caretaker, Gracia, was aware of the situation.
After Bible Study, I returned to pick Matthew up and noticed that something seemed a little off. Matthew was hyper and whiny. Gracia told me that it was one of the preschool-aged children’s birthday and the children from the nursery joined them for cupcakes. She said that Matthew didn’t know what to do with the cupcake. I told her that he didn’t know what to do with it because he had never had a cupcake – it was his first. She then said that he only ate a few bites. I contemplated making a bigger deal out of the cupcake eating, but resolved to simply keep my mouth shut. I think that Gracia could probably hear the frustration in my voice, even though I was trying to hide it.
On the way home, I kept telling myself that it wasn’t that big of a deal and that Matthew would eat many more cupcakes in his lifetime. But the thought of the processed sugar, white flour and artificial colors pulsing through my organic baby’s veins started to get to me. When we arrived home, Matthew was not his normal self. He was very hyperactive and resisted my attempts to help him eat his lunch and get him ready for nap time. It took me nearly 10 wiggly minutes to change his diaper! Honestly, he is still upstairs flinging himself around his crib, refusing to nap… (updated to add: things just got quiet upstairs… I think he may have finally fallen asleep!)
Please understand that I am a realist and by no means plan on being a helicopter parent. I know that there will be times when Matthew is offered treats that I wouldn’t classify as food and he will eat them; however, at his age (20 months), he is not able to distinguish the difference on his own. That’s my job. I simply wish that I would have been asked if it was ok for him to have the cupcake in the first place. Who knows, Matthew could have a wheat, egg or milk allergy that the nursery was not aware of because the nursery children are not routinely given treats. That’s it.
What are your thoughts? How should I deal with the situation? Should I leave well enough alone or bring it up next week?
On a lighter note, we stopped by the Great Harvest Bakery in Linden Hills for the first time today and I am in love! I am always drooling over the delicious bread on Kath’s blog and decided that it was about time that I stop into our local Great Harvest for a peak.
Matthew and I shared a slice of Apple Cinnamon Walnut bread (made with 100% whole wheat), he and I deemed it delicious and picked up a *still warm* loaf along with a loaf of Dakota Whole Wheat, which made the perfect grass-fed cheddar + red pepper + avocado + lettuce sandwich for lunch. In fact, the sandwich was so good that I may have another one before my Zumba class tonight.
On the way home Matthew snacked on a honey whole wheat breadstick. It was his first breadstick and he was so excited to eat it. He kept saying, “bread” over and over again pointing at his mouth and showing me the breadstick. It was absolutely adorable!
I also found out that on Wednesdays and Thursdays they have loaves of gluten-free bread, which we will have to pick up sometime for Allan.
Cupcake photo source.