It's been a few days of small successes here around the Tell House.
1. Two days ago, I set Judah on the bathroom sink upstairs and bravely pulled out my hair cutting scissors and cut his hair. All by myself. With no one else there to wrangle or amuse. I'm proud to say that I didn't cut him AND his hair actually looks ok. Good, even. I think there are a few places where I could do a little touch up and take a little more off, but I straightened up the back and over his ears.
2. Ever since we've been married, I've been on a slow quest to increase the foods that Jeff eats. Although I mostly try to cook foods that I know he will like, I do regularly make things that I know he won't necessarily love, but that are good for him. I am an adventurous eater, and while I wouldn't call Jeff a picky eater, he's not as adventurous as I am.
For instance, when we first got married, he claimed that he didn't like mushrooms. This was unacceptable to me. So I cooked with mushrooms just like I always did. He quickly realized that he did in fact like them. He also didn't eat any kind of fish or seafood when we got married. I think this was mostly because his brother and dad are allergic to shellfish, so they just didn't eat much seafood growing up. I slowly got him to try things that I knew he'd like - bacon wrapped shrimp? yes, please. Now, of course, he loves shrimp and grits and has come to enjoy shrimp.
It's been a much slower battle to get him to like other seafood. I introduced him to fish tacos, but other fish he hasn't loved as much. I regularly make salmon different ways to try to get him to like it, but finally this week I found the best salmon recipe I've ever made. I found it on Annie's Eats, a food blog I like to read occasionally, mostly because the writer is also a doctor. Apparently panko bread crumbs + lemon zest + parsley = really good salmon that Jeff actually likes. I think his exact words were something to the effect of "Wow, Aubrey, I actually liked that." He also ate and enjoyed the collard greens I made at the same meal. Yay for healthy and delicious food!