The 52 Project 2014: 3/52

the 52 project2“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. My goal for the year: highlight her most recently acquired and/or favorite skill, activity, or milestone, in hopes to document her blossoming personality and mind as well as her physical appearance. ”

3week 2014a

We’re meat eaters in my house. Somehow, that memo never made it to Mia. She’s just about to turn 21 months old and will only eat a few bites of meat, once in a blue moon. She wouldn’t even touch the stuff until about 2 months ago, with the exception of bacon (been nibbling on that since she could eat solids). We’ve offered her meat in almost every form it comes in. We’ve tried giving it to her on its own and mixed with other foods but if she senses even the slightest bit of meat in her mouth, she swallows all else and spits the meat out. It’s like trying to hide meds in dog treats to get them to take it (we fail at that, too). I’ve been most successful with getting her to eat sandwich turkey.

I know as she gets older, meat will most likely grow on her (not literally) and she’ll eat some/all of it without a problem. But now, at this young age, I worry about her protein intake. She used to eat a scrambled egg each morning which satisfied me enough and I didn’t push the whole meat thing. All of a sudden, she’s not that into it anymore so now she gets her protein through mostly milk and yogurt. She’ll occasionally eat cheese and bit of peanut butter, but refuses to eat beans (another source of protein). Lately, she’s been a challenge to feed and it’s been a pain to find foods that she won’t spit out without having to mash it up like baby food. What happened to my super eater who used to pop almost anything edible into her mouth?

With a little bit of that background info, you can understand why this photo was chosen for my portrait of the week. This was Mia’s first time picking up a drumstick and gnawing it bare. There wasn’t much meat left on it when she started in on it, but still, the interest and desire for it were there. This kid spent at least 15 minutes working on this thing while sitting on Daddy Dom’s lap. He was so proud and stoked that she was into it. We’re really hoping that this marks the beginning of a new relationship between her and meat.

I’d love to hear of any ideas you all have for getting more protein into this kid of mine. Like I said, we eat yogurt, drink milk and eat cheese easy enough and she won’t eat beans. Help! I know there are some of you out there with some pretty sneaky tricks up your sleeve to get your kids the protein they need. Share :)

Like last year, each of my weekly posts will include the following list of my favorite few portraits from the week prior at Practising Simplicity’s linkup. You can check out the rest of the entries from week 2 here.

  • Fields of Sage: She’s done it again. This blog has won me over again this week with 2 seriously stunning portraits. Get a load of that tongue and that glowing light!
  • Forever Lovely: My daughter’s love for books is growing each day, which is why I find this sweet portrait so special.
  • Malt Memories: A flower among flowers. Beautiful.
  • Mariana Sabido: Yet another portrait with amazing light and glow. What classic way to ride the day.



  1. can’t resist, she is so cute with that bone in hand. unfortunately i don’t have any trick about eating protein to share :(.

  2. my daughter always asks for “meat ON THE BONE” when we have chicken. she has always liked it best that way!

  3. Hi Misty! Congrats on getting into a Project 52 on time! I think I missed the deadline and then all year I kick myself ;) Haha I love reading your Blog (I also Blog and am currently hanging out on TBB at about #40?!) I can’t wait to watch your family grow fellow mama – yay to us + you! xo Crista

    • Why thank you. Being on time is so out of character for me :) I missed the deadline last year but I still started in, 4 weeks late. Thanks for stopping by, introducing yourself and leaving a comment! I’ll be sure to check out your blog and return the favor.

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