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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

iBend Diet

It’s been said that purpose is the natural expression of who you are, utilizing all your gifts and talents. If this is true, then Emi’s purpose in life is to become a competitive eater. She has a natural talent of shoving food into her face, one urgent fist full immediately after the other, like a neurotic chipmunk on cocaine. Usually, as relatively responsible parents, we try to limit her attempts to inhale her meals. But sometimes you just have to sit back and watch the majesty of it all. It’s what I imagine it would be like to go back in time and watch Jordan play basketball as a child.



Being half Japanese, she does have roll models that she can aspire to:


When we bring Emi to restaurants and allow her to eat what a normal child would eat in an abnormal amount of time, the only way we can discontinue her ingestion and avoid a meltdown is to distract her with her favorite show – The Backyardigans.

We download episodes onto my iPhone (reason #305 that I love this phone) and play them while we eat our meal. This tactic has worked beautifully. The only problem was that Emi kept waving my phone around and I was afraid it might break. I tried propping the phone up against a glass, but it would not stay in place. Agh!

Enter the iBend, my good friend Dara’s husband’s genius invention.


It allows my iPhone to be propped up so that Emi can watch her show and I can eat in peace.

I love the fact that it’s slim enough to fit in my wallet, comes with two in a pack, is childproof, and cost less than $5 bucks. In addition, I use it at home to prop up my phone with the nightstand application. In all seriousness, this little gadget has changed our life, and fingers crossed, will also have an impact on Emi's waistline.

-Kacey
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26 comments:

{Katie Lane} said...

She is so so cute. You must love her to pieces. That ibend looks like a great invention.

Stesha said...

She is so pretty. Love the ibend!

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

queenbee4 said...

what a clever idea!
She's an absolute doll!

A peaceful meal... priceless.

Stesha said...

Come enter the Where is Waldo...I Mean Francesca contest.

http://hotchocolatecaramelmocha.blogspot.com/2009/02/where-is-waldoi-mean-francesca.html

Whatever,
Stesha Fierce

Me said...

Pure Genius! It's funny what us parents have to do to keep our selves and kids slim, trim, and sane!

Mrs Parks said...

What a GREAT iDea!

wenbren explains it all said...

marvelous! great ideas! Love this blog!

Cheryl said...

Apple makes the coolest stuff...

peewee said...

Yah, That ibend is pretty cool. Do I HAVE to go into the hounds of hell, I mean the apple store to get one? SInce my phone cost as much as my 32 inch plasma TV I amy as well use it as one too!

Ronnie said...

Thanks Chicks!
You guys give me a kick.
The ibend is now MINE! Ingenius!

Heather of the EO said...

Brilliant! I'm spreading the word about the ibend, that rocks!

wendy said...

maybe one day emi can give jasper some pointers...show him how fun eating is!!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

THAT is TOO funny!!!!!!!!!

Grand Pooba said...

That is a great idea! However I would love to see her stuffing her face like neurotic chipmunk on cocaine.

Barbaloot said...

The phrase "neurotic chipmunk on cocaine" has got to be my new favorite description. Seriously---I cried I laughed so hard:)

Counselormama said...

That is totally cool! Cute pics!

forever folding laundry said...

Genius! I must have one. Miz Emi is seriously just the cutest. She & Avery & Lucia need to have a playdate reeeeal soon.

Jo said...

Perhaps if we cross world eater Emi, with my Little Man "won't eat", we would have normal eating children? I love little gadgets!

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

Very innovative. This type of eating behavior is very Stuart-esque from MAD TV!

The Blonde Duck said...

That's brilliant!

Tell her I bet I can beat her in a showdown of hamburgers.

Julie said...

Wow! That's too cool! My dad is the only one I know with an iPhone, so I guess we'll be forced to eat out with him!

Breanne said...

3 Bay B Chicks - please take a minute to stop by my blog today - there is something there waiting for you... :)

...I've yet to see The Backyardigans - but maybe Taya would be an addict too!
I'm loving imagining her just stuffing her face with fistfulls of food at a lightening speed rate! It's quite entertaining to think about.
By the way, Taya misses Emi!
And yes, Tyler - I imagine Taya achieved the banana-eating & chair climbing while I had my eyes closed - as she ALWAYS does.

blueviolet said...

Oh look at her face all intent in concentration. She's much too busy to eat. The ibend is a nifty little doodad.

Ali said...

I love that crazy Black Widow eating lady! She rocks! And the iBend - holy awesome, Batman!
Thanks so much for the blog love. You are awesome. I love going to your site and pretending, just for a moment, that I live in the hip Bay area rather than dreary Ohio.
Before you tagged me, I listed my 25 randoms at my other site, alidotes: http://alidotes.blogspot.com/2009/02/25-randoms.html
Thanks again for thinking of me!

Helene said...

She is such a doll! I had never thought about downloading shows onto my iPhone!!! I've had the thing for over a year now and I'm STILL learning new things about it!!

Love the iBend...what a clever concept!!

Nancy said...

LMBO about the neurotic chipmunk on cocaine... LOL

I LOVE my iPhone, I need to get one of those, great tip, thanks for sharing!