Welcome to the Family, Chicken Nuggets

Oh, hi there. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to see you here. At least with not such an alarming rate of frequency.

You see, when I first had a child, I made my own baby food. We bought vegetables, spent the day steaming and pureeing and carefully jarring them. We made sure that everything he put into his little body was dye-free, organic, cage-free, sugar-free, gluten-free … basically all-the-frees.

In fact, when Oliver turned one, I made him a carrot cake from pretty much just pureed carrots and sweet potatoes topped with an extremely melt-y ricotta cheese icing. I bet it was disgusting but since he was used to a “free of all things” diet, he ate a few bites.

We didn’t mean to be so extreme with his diet – but with one kid, it can be pretty easy to manage what goes into his body and obsess over it to a certain degree.

Then the other child came and, along with it, you.

chicken nuggetsYou see, Chicken Nugget, when I became pregnant I was exhausted. It’s very different to be pregnant when you already have a child. You don’t get to go to be asleep at 7pm when you really want to. Nope. You still have to do dinnertime, bathtime, bedtime – all the times!

So we opened our doors to you. You convenient little lunch / dinner. And sure, at first you were organic and free of all-the-things. But then the baby came. And we got a bit more lax around the same time Oliver got a bit more picky. It wasn’t enough to eat a blob of chicken shaped into a nugget. It had to look like a dinosaur.

And so it went.

We welcomed you into our family as our fifth family member around the same time that our second son was born. But we didn’t stop there. You were soon joined by your sister, Spaghetti-os and your cousin, the Lunchable.

While the kids are started to expand their palette and be more open to different textures (or really any texture beyond your nugget-y breading), rest assure that you and your family members will always have a roof over your head and a place on our shelves.

And ultimately, as working parents juggling two companies, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have you. Please, stay as long as you like. But try to make room for some fruits and veggies as well, if you don’t mind.

Laurel Hess
Laurel Hess is a mother to 2 young boys, a rescue pup, an off-balance cat and likely a few foster pups. She spends her days as President of a local marketing agency, helping craft integrated digital strategies and leading a team of creative collaborators. Once at home, however, Laurel is just trying to find peace with being the World's Okayest Mom. A Dallas transplant in a Louisiana world, Laurel graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in Broadcast Production. She met her husband while she was evacuated in Lafayette during Hurricane Katrina. They lived 5 wild, kid-free years in New Orleans while Laurel served as the Sales and Marketing Manager for the Superdome, Arena and Champions Square, before finally returning to Lafayette and into the wildest phase of life yet ... Parenthood.


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