Friday, March 28, 2008

Health-conscious Anna chooses Splenda

By K.J. Cardinal

Sugar, Sweet N Low or Splenda? It's a decision millions of Americans make on a daily basis. Well, Anna was faced with that decision tonight and she made the best health-conscious decision that you could expect out of a five-month-old.

Angie, Anna and I went out to dinner at T.G.I. Friday's tonight at the Solomon Pond Mall. Before our food came, Anna was sitting on my lap, playing with anything and everything she could get her hands on when Angie decided to pose the sweetener question to Anna.

Ang placed one packet of Sugar, one packet of Sweet N Low and one packet of Splenda in front of Anna on the table. As you can see in the photo above, Anna dove in with her right hand. She struggled for a little while before coming up with the little yellow packet of Slenda.

Her motor skills are developing at a rapid rate and it's actually pretty cool to see her be able to do such simple tasks as pick things up. She has one of two immediate reactions when she picks something up...1) put it in her mouth or 2) shake it as hard as she can to see if it rattles.

Anna did the latter, shaking the small packet to see if it made any noise. It didn't, but she was still happy. Actually, everyone would've been happy to watch the whole scene unfold.

Aunt Kate would be happy that Anna made the healthy decision and chose Splenda. Andrew would be happy that Anna chose his favorite color, yellow. Angie and I were happy that she didn't just shove it into her mouth.

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