I realized yesterday morning as I sat Bug in his highchair at daycare to give him his breakfast that you can tell the birth order of the children by what their parents have given them for their morning meal. I'm sure this can be determined by other factors as well, but it was blatantly evident this particular morning by food alone. :-)
The child on the other side of Bug was most likely a second child. He seemed happier than the little girl gagging down that grainy bread and thick milk. He was munching on a handful of Cheerios, a banana, and yogurt and drinking what appeared to be diluted white grape juice. This made me think of Monkey... My second little guy... I still wanted to do a well-balanced meal that included dairy, grains, and fruit, but I also wanted to go for convenience as well. I had a "no colorful juice" rule that pretty much eliminated all juices other than white grape or apple juice because I didn't want to deal with stains, but gave Monkey the chance to enjoy a sweet fruity drink every once in a while.
Then came my Bug. I plopped him in the highchair, handed him a cup of bright red juice, and gave him his "breakfast" that consisted of a PopTart and a squeeze pouch of applesauce. Yeah... My little guy is clearly #7 in our family's "birth" order. In my defense though, it was a strawberry PopTart! And I felt a wee bit guilty for not giving him a grain of some sort, so I did reach over and snag a small handful of Cheerios from "Second Child's" tray. I thought that action would prove to be beneficial in a number of areas - my kid gets a grain, Second Child won't overeat, and both boys will learn the joys of sharing. Win/Win!
I have to admit, I am a little concerned about what Future Child #8's morning meals might look like if my steady decline in breakfast standards is any indication. I think as long as I don't go the dry Lucky Charms, cookies, and a soda route, I'll consider breakfast a success.