My new obsession

I don’t make pasta a lot because I’m “attempting” to lose all my baby/infertility weight. But when I do make it, I’ve started making this pasta.

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And I’m sneaking E veggies and she doesn’t even know it 😉

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Kid’s menus stink!

June is here which means I am home for the summer. So far I’m loving being home with E!!

Before I list my updates for month 10 (seriously, where has the time gone?), I have to rant just a little. We recently went to the beach which meant we were eating out much more than we normally do. E is eating a lot now so we have to order her her own meal. On this trip we discovered kid’s meals are awful. They are all the same: fried chicken fingers, peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese, etc. My child, who the other night ate grilled fish and couscous, is not going to want that. Very disappointing!

I’ve mentioned before that I read Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman which is about French parenting. It is a must read!! I am now reading another book along the same lines called French Twist: An American Mom’s Experiment in Parisian Parenting by Catherine Crawford. It is another must read. Between these books and Baby Led Weaning, I’m on the European parenting train!

Okay, now for my updates….

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We are still working on the fork. She likes it sometimes. I have to do the stabbing but she can hold it and then get it in her mouth.

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She loves seafood!!!

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She destroyed this fish and couscous.

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She eats a lot now. This plate was completely empty after she was done.

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This was today. She had a rice bowl at Maki Fresh and loved it!

She has also tried cinnamon now and is a BIG fan 🙂

After doing BLW for the past four months, I have to say I’m so glad I did it.
As a side note, E is now only breastfeeding right when she wakes up and right before bed. At 3 in the afternoon, I make about 5 ounces of formula for her in her sippy cup.

9 months and going strong!

So here are my updates from the past month….
1. E loves spicy food. The child ate andouille sausage and didn’t blink an eye!
2. She despises sweet potatoes and I mean DESPISES!! She will put her fingers in her mouth and pull out the potato.
3. E is eating off of a plate now. She is learning how to keep it on the table and not pick it up.
4. We are also experimenting with using a fork. She is getting the hang of it but does need my help.
5. She takes bites out of her food now if it isn’t cut up enough. It’s so impressive to watch how she has figured that out on her own!
6. E feeds herself with her left hand almost exclusively. Sometimes she will pick up her food with her left hand and then place it in her right. Not sure what that is about!
7. She is not as interested in milk. Her best nursing is first thing in the morning. When I’m home we nurse four times a day. When I’m at work, she has two bottles and I nurse twice.
8. My pumping is not going very well. I get about 5 ounces a day. So E gets one breast milk bottle and one formula bottle. And I’m OK with the formula, it’s not the end of the world!
9. E’s pincer grasp is awesome now. She can pick up rice and spaghetti noodles.
10. E seems to go through phases on what types of food she wants. For days she will only want meat, then she will be obsessed with fruit, and then she seems to only want cheese. I offer her different food groups at meals but I don’t force her to eat anything. She is still getting all her nutrients from milk so I’m not going to cause any food battles at the table. I trust that she knows what her body needs 😉

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We are still here!

It’s been awhile since I posted and that’s because there hasn’t been much to post about. Now that we are quickly approaching 9 months, things have gotten super easy and predictable at the table. Here are some updated observations.

1. Eating in restaurants is easy!!! Since she eats what we eat and when we eat, she is happily occupied at the table in a restaurant. Plus, she takes longer eating than my husband and I do. We end up waiting on her to finish!

2. She is an adventurous eater. Since I have been feeding her what we eat, she has had various tastes and textures. At this point, she is not very picky (I know this could change!)

3. We have discovered that turkey is not E’s friend. We have had some nights where E wakes up crying and miserable and then had some not so nice diapers the following morning. The common denominator is turkey the night before. Good to know!

4. I’ve been very wary about buying any food that is “geared” toward babies. I think I’ve seen way too many stories about people finding maggots in those squeeze fruit things. I finally gave in and bought some of those puffs by Gerber. She LOVES them!! And I had a coupon 😉

5. Our Breastfeeding relationship: She is starting to not nurse as long 😦 which is the whole point of this self weaning, but it just makes this mommy realize that she is growing up. I’m so ready to be done with pumping at work but I will miss nursing. I’m not sure when we will stop. Obviously on her first birthday I’m not just going to stop cold turkey but I do know that I want to stop around that time. It may sound selfish, but as much as I will miss it, I’m ready to have my body back to myself.

6. For those of you wondering, we nurse in the morning first thing, around 6:00. She eats a solid breakfast (scrambled eggs, toast, fruit, etc). She has a 7 oz bottle around 10 or so. She eats a solid lunch. Then another 7 oz bottle around 3. We eat dinner and then nurse around 7. She goes to bed around 7:45-8.

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Hope these musings help!!

Slacking…..

I have not posted in awhile due to a lovely ear infection. Add on top of that, separation anxiety has set in full force. Plus, E decided to start waking up in the middle of the night. I’m telling you, I’m not loving 8 months!!
We are now on antibiotics, I’ve learned that she will not completely fall apart of I leave the room, and we are sleeping again. I’m starting to feel normal again!
So here are our 8 month BLW updates:
1. We are eating three meals a day now (except the weekends when I’m too lazy)
2. She can pick up small pieces of food, which means anything and everything is an option now. She is literally eating what we eat.
3. She knows how to chew even without teeth. She is incredibly good about chewing her food. It’s super cute to watch.
4. She knows how to take a bite out of something. She does this with chicken a lot.
5. She is fascinated with handling the small pieces with her fingers.
6. She does better at dinner if we pull her up to the table instead of putting her tray on the highchair. I think she feels more included..
7. I have started giving her solids between milk feedings. She eats a lot more!!!!
8. She is enjoying lots of different tastes and textures. Tonight, for example, she had Rosemary Garlic Salmon and Balsamic Asparagus. That’s pretty sophisticated for an 8 month old!
These are all the big changes I can think of now. More to come later!

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Balsamic!

Seriously, my child is just not like other babies or this baby led weaning is working! E does not like anything that is bland, no oatmeal, applesauce, sweet potatoes, etc. She likes strongly flavored food. For example, tonight (Saturday) I made a pasta dish that is from a popular restaurant here in Birmingham. It has a strong taste and she absolutely gobbled it up!
When eating her chicken, she was able to bite off pieces with her gums. She did a great job of working it in her mouth and swallowing. She is definitely learning!!

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Oh and an add on – this evening (Sunday) she ate turkey chili!! 😉

And I have to add this picture of her eating the pasta (too small for her to handle so we did the feeder). Her face is priceless!!

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A first with fish

Tonight we had broiled salmon and tomatoes. I haven’t made fish in a long while (for some reason I only like seafood when it’s warm outside). I’ve been excited about getting her to try something so very different than what she has been trying.
Disclaimer***When giving fish, always make sure you check all the pieces for little bones. Also, the great thing about fish is how flaky it is. That means it will fall apart in their mouth 🙂 *****
So, as E does with all her food the first time she tries it, she made a face and didn’t seem all that impressed. She’s also still working on her pincer grasp so she was struggling getting the fish to her mouth. But it was a good first attempt!

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She is wearing her long sleeve bib – definitely helps with mess!!

Couscous anyone??

Tonight we had a very yummy and easy couscous dinner. It had tomatoes in it so that was what I originally gave to E to eat since she loves them so much. (Plus she is teething and she wants to gnaw on anything cold). Then I decided she would probably have some fun with couscous because of its size, shape, and texture. She was so messy afterwards but she had fun playing and I think some might have ended up in her mouth!

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Oh and for lunch we had some hummus on a wheat tortilla. She was in desperate need of a nap and it was getting close to feeding, so it wasn’t the best lunch experience ever. She did like it better when I tore the tortilla in little pieces.

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Being a little more adventurous

So March is a long month which means funds are getting low. I tried to go as cheap as possible this week at the grocery and ended up getting ingredients for pasta dishes. This means for the past two nights E has gotten to try some new tastes. She had gnocchi last night with some organic vegetable pasta sauce. She loved it!!!!!

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Tonight she tried tomatoes and mushroom tortellini. It was another success!!

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She might be getting tired of pictures….

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been relying heavily on the feeder recently. This is due to several factors:
1. I have not made very baby friendly shaped food
2. It cuts down on the mess which I need on the nights I can barely keep my eyes open
3. I’m tired and am in desperate need of Spring Break

But, I have noticed that E has been able to pick some things up with her fingers lately. So I decided to see how she did picking up small pieces of food (tortellini) tonight. She did pretty well so I think it shouldn’t be too much longer and she will have the pincer grasp down pat.

She was fascinated by trying to pick up the food and worked on it for almost a half an hour. Stillest I’ve ever seen her!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

I’m so behind on my posts!!! Can you tell?
This just happens to be my favorite holiday so it’s been a busy weekend of celebrating the Emerald Isle. Here are our food updates:
1. E will eat a chicken wing if you give her one (blame this one on the grandmother)
2. E is obsessed with fruit. Right now the favorites are pineapple, peaches, watermelon, and strawberries.
3. She finally ate some potatoes and carrots. She has picked at them in the past, so I was glad to see her give them a second chance.

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My little Irish girl 😉