Sunday, 31 December 2006

No new tooth - but lots of new fruit

New Years Eve 2006

I was wrong about the tooth, it is nearly through, but not quite! It is obviously v painful, as Baby G has struggled to eat quite a bit today.

He had strawberries for breakfast, and peaches & plums for lunch, which he seemed to like but struggle with.

I baked a sweet potato for his dinner, which was wolfed down in 5 mins! I offered a banana, which he also wolfed down. I finished off offering him some cherry tomatoes, which he picked at.

Fingers crossed for some sleep tonight so I can have a glass of wine - he must be tired after the three hours screaming fit last night!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

Love

Mel x

Saturday, 30 December 2006

Saturday 30th December

Another huge breakfast of half a mango, a slice of toast & butter a date and some dried apricots - all eaten with the aid of what appears to be Baby G's new tooth!!!!!!!

Lunch was a carrot left over from yesterday, a banana and some apricots.

Grandpa supervised dinner, which was 1/2 an oatibix (on a spoon, naughty grandpa) 2 big dates, and the other half of the mango - so a whole mango in one day!!!!! OMG!

love

Mel x

Friday, 29 December 2006

Ham Omlette

Friday 29th December

Baby G had banana & half a mango for breakfast, I tried to give him some sultanas but he swept them onto the floor!

DH did his lunch & made him a 2 egg ham omlette, and then gave him some dates & prunes too. It ended up being quite a big meal - Baby G even managed to drink water out of his froggy cup (an Ikea one we were given, with an open spout iykwim).

I tried him on an oatibix for dinner, but he refused it...and a carrot & an apricot. I decided not to force the issue, especially as he had such a big lunch. I hope this doesn't mean tonight will be awful.

love

Mel x

Wednesday, 27 December 2006

how many eggs in an omlette?

Wednesday 27th December

Baby G had a breakfast of dried fruits (prunes, dates, apricots) and a slice of brown toast.

He then had a sort of late lunch / early dinner of a THREE egg omlette with a load of edam grated into it! He finished eating it at about 4, and he usually has dinner at 5, so we decided to skip dinner (except for a bit of fresh pineapple). I hope this won't mean he is up all night starving - fingers crossed.

love

Mel x

Oatibix and ripe Mango

Tuesday 26th December

Yes - together! I found that, as with other not too popular fruit, when Baby G was given some ripe mango, he ate it. A full half a mango! He also had an oatibix with some full fat milk, just enough to make it soft but not too squishy. It went in quite well tbh!

Breakfast had been bananas & dried fruit, and for lunch he had a huge amount of butternut squash - which we think could be his new favourite!

All in all he had loads to eat today - we must have been starving him the last day or so - so much for my excellent Christmas dinner - lol.

love

Mel x

Tuesday, 26 December 2006

A Full Christmas Dinner

Monday 25th December

Poor Baby G just had some bread for breakfast sitting on Grandpa's knee whilst we tried to open att the presents before it was boxing day! I know it is a bit naughty, but i knew he would have a good dinner.

Gran sat with him whilst he had lunch of a banana, dates & cherry tomatoes.

Again though, Baby G sat with us to eat Christmas dinner. He had bread roll to start, then turkey, carrot, parsnip, brocolli, cauliflower, roast spuds & sprouts! He treated sprouts as some form of arsnic and spat them out! I even dipped my finger in a bit of cream for dessert. He couldn't have any Christmas pud, as we had managed a very dramatic flame, and as such it was well doused in brandy!!

Happy Christmas Baby G

Love

Mel x

Christmas Eve or Peppered Steak & Chips!!

Sunday 24th December

Breakfast & lunch are long forgotten i'm afraid to say, but I can share how nice our Christmas eve meal was. Baby G sat at the table with us, and munched on a fresh bread roll whilst we all ate our starters.

DH had made steak, home made fat chips & green beans for everyone else, and I had some chicken. Baby G had a bit of everything, but did seem to like the chips best (what did I say about the Irish genes???). He even ate (or at least chewed) the peppered steak - a well done bit of course.

What was nice though was to have him sat with us at the table joining in with a nice family meal.

Love

Mel x

Thursday, 21 December 2006

Roasties & Dates

Thursday 21st December

Grandpa bought Baby G sime dates & prunes, massive ones which he seemed to like. They were part of his dinner so he didn't eat too much.

Breakfast was massive though, a piece of toast, a whole banana and some prunes. For lunch he had most of a whole roast sweet potato, most a big roast parsnip and a small roast spud. He seems to be bf less during the day too.

I have a HUGE christmas delivery from Tesco coming tonight, with lots of goodies for Baby G too....

love

Mel x

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Nothing new or exciting!

Wednesday 20th December

Baby G's Gran & Grandpa arrived on saturday, and things have been mad busy since then so I haven't been very good at updating my blog!

Baby G has been showing off his excellent eating skills for them, and has been eating quite a lot....but hasn't had anything new really, so there has been little to report!

I have discovered though that Baby G likes most of what he has been offered before when it is so ripe it looks hideous (I eat all fruit very under ripe). He even ate avacado with enthusiasm today!

A new delivery of stuff arrives from Tesco tomorrow, so I will try and keep more up to date after that!

Love

Mel x

Sunday, 17 December 2006

Pasta & Sauce - or an Oompa Loompa for dinner!

Saturday 16th December.

Baby G had nothing new for breakfast & lunch, but wasn't impressed with the brocolli I tried for lunch. I decided to chop it up and mix it into a homemade pasta sauce.

The sauce was quite simple, shallot, garlic can of tomatoes, tomato puree, frozen peas, celery, the brocolli & some dried basil. I coked it all, then wizzed it all slightly so it would stick to the pasta. Baby G loved it, but he covered his face in it, and turned orange from the eyebrows down!






I am a bit concerned though that Baby G is missing iron from his diet though......



He also gave the spoon a good suck!

Love

Mel x


Friday, 15 December 2006

Poor Starved man - and oatibix

Friday 15th December.

DH had taken today off work, so Baby G got some daddy input into his meals. Breakfast was a (really delicious) cheesy omlette and two pears. The pears were really ripe, so great to be sucked to death! I couldn't believe how much he ate!

Lunch was rice cakes & hummous, grapes (whole!), dried apricots and some apple. He did really well with the whole grapes, and just crushed them with his gums. Dh is much braver than I am!!

In an attempt to keep Baby G's tummy full over night I tried him on a dry oatibix, thinking it was no dryer than a rusk etc. He threw this on the floor. DH tried dunking it in a bit off full fat milk, but this was also ignored! He also threw the melon straight on the floor, so all he ate was corgette slices and some philly from my finger - a good healthy meal then!!!

Thursday, 14 December 2006

Bad mummy & Beef in red wine

Thursday 14th December

bad mummy managed to turn up at the baby cafe Christmas party with no food for Baby G! Luckily the other mums had bought BLW friendly food with them, so Baby G had a breakfast of a bit of croissant, some pizza & a breadstick.

Lunch was the poor beef in red wine I made yesterday, which dh helped him with. I am not sure how much beef got eaten, but he seemed to eat all the veg. DH said i had gone a bit mad on the herbs though! The casserole did lunch today, and 5 more meals, so a bargain really!

Dinner was toast, banana & prunes! Yum!

Love

Mel x

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Not Hungry?

Wednesday 13th December.

Baby G has been off his food a bit today, I hope it is teething.

Breakfast would have been a non-starter except for the dates! Lunch was only really some toast & philly, as the tomatoes were largely ignored.

I don't actually think he ate any dinner at all, despite the offerings of salmon, pan fried apple & pear and new spud! The cat will eat well tonight - organic salmon!!

I have also pre-cooked tomorrows dinner.....a recipe I got from the food board on BC - it is beef & veg cooked for 4 hours in a bottle of red wine! I hope he likes it after all this effort. I was v upset cooking the beef, as I am a veggie - I even apologised to it - lol! I hope he is hungry tomorrow (but not all night!)

Love

Mel x

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Finally, a way to get an apple eaten!

Tuesday 11th December

I found that a little bit of melon got eaten, along with the rest of brekkie as I cut it into lumps not chips, Baby G seems to prefer these at the mo.

In desperation to use up the lovely organic apples Baby G hates, I pan fried them in butter - and he ate it all! And some pan fried pear too! Finally, a way to make fruit fattening!

He rejected almost all of his supper, but it was late as we had been to aqua babies! Of course it was the other salmon fillet dh moaned about, so it is in the fridge for tomorrow. The house stinks of evil fish too - bleugh!

love

Mel x

ps - if anyone reads this ever, please do leave me a message!!!

Monday, 11 December 2006

Melon.

Monday 11th December

Baby G had melon for breakfast, along with grapes and something which I have forgotten already! He seemed totally unimpressed tbh.

Lunch was a baked sweet potato, which he loved. I also gave him a pitta bread with hummous inside, which also seemed to go down a treat!

I roast a carrot, a parsnip & some butternut squash for dinner.......I feel that today has been suitably carb packed to make up for the mostly missed meal yesterday. Baby G has also slept much more today.....lets hope it carries on tonight.

love

Mel x

Grapes

Sunday 10th December

Dh gave Baby G grapes as part of his breakfast this morning. They were apparently quite slippery so he cut grips into them - lol!

We met friends for lunch, and Baby G didn't eat much of his lunch, so was starving when we got home. He ate all his left over lunch & the pancakes I made on saturday.

A not very exciting BLW day really.

love

Mel x

Saturday, 9 December 2006

Stinky Old Salmon - not good for a fish phobic!

Saturday 9th December

Poor DH nearly died at the price of the organic salmon fillets I bought whilst shopping, and he could be heard muttering "if he throws this on the floor....".

We pan fried it in butter, making sure it was cooked all the way through. Baby G LOVED it. typical.

I also tried to make a giant yorkshire, but it was like a big fried pancake. DH & Baby G ate it still! I make, slightly fishy, pancakes with the rest for Baby G tomorrow.

The house smells of fish, and I have felt quite queesy all day! Bleugh!!!

Love

Mel x

ps - the rest of the days meals were much of a muchness. Got pears again, all thrown on the floor uneaten - in front of a muttering DH - thanks Baby G!!!!!!!

This time I really mean eating out!!!

Friday 8th December.

Poor Baby G missed his breakfast today whilst I ran like a lunatic round Manchester trying to complete my Christmas shopping! He screamed blue murder as a result.

He had his breakfast for lunch instead, fryed courgette (in butter), apricots and a tomato...but he was so hungry I added in a slice of brown toast with butter & philly. I learned that when they say don't give brown bread with bits in, they mean it! Poor Baby G.

More Christmas shopping in the afternoon, and we decided to eat out as a treat. We went to Croma in Chorlton, and ordered Baby G a margerita pizza from the kids menu. He seemed to love it...but I don't think the restraunt liked us so much. No bibs, so we used one of their linen napkins! The place was covered in tomato sauce! Before everyone thinks I am a terrible parent, it isn't a processed gloop pizza, it is nice fresh pizza & sauce, italian style.

Dh had mascarpone with his dessert, which I thought I would try Baby G with. I put some on my finger and held the finger out to him. He grabbed it & put it in his mouth - and loved it!!!

Feel v brave now, and v proud of Baby G!!!

Love

Mel x

Thursday, 7 December 2006

Cheesy Baked Potato - Good. Linguini - Bad!!!!

Thursday 7th December

Baby cafe again, so easy to eat dried apricots, steamed carrot & tomato's were taken for breakfast. Baby G seems to like the tomatoes again. I remove the seeds and give him them cut into 6ths. He sucks the flesh off the skin. I like giving him these as he is still refusing all but the slightest sip of water!

Lunch was wonderful. I baked 1 normal sized spud for me, and 1 small one for Baby G. He snacked on some pineapple rings (in their own juice) while it cooled.

Baby G was joined for dinner by his girlie, and mummy gave him a silly dinner with which to try and impress her! The prunes went down well, but linguini is not a good thing to give a baby! I had broken it up, but not enough! He did suck off the homemade cheese sauce though.

As a standby I dug out some baked butternut squash, which also was soon demolished! I think in the end his girlfriend was impressed by his manly eating skills. lol

Love

Mel x

Chicken

Wednesday 6th December

My baby is no longer a veggie!!!! He had a piece of chicken for dinner which I had cooked the evening before just wrapped in foil in the oven. I put a knob of butter & 2 garlic cloves in there whilst cooking.

Not sure Baby G was overly impressed, but he did seem to eat some.

The other meals were all made of things Baby G has had before, and as I am late writing this post I can no longer remember what he had!

Love

Mel x

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

The Naked Diner, Egg and Baked Butternut Squash

Tuesday 5th December

Well today has been a bit of a feeding frenzy! Breakfast was a whole banana, some mango, some prunes, dried apricots and a piece of toast! If he hasn't put on weight at the next weigh in I will scream!!!!

I got brave at lunch, and decided that as well as some more fried courgette I would try a boiled egg or two. The first I quartered, and Baby G ate them reasonably well, but a hard boiled yolk is quite crumbly, so for the second one I scooped out the yolk, mixed it with butter and spread it on a rice cake. This went down well, and 5 hours on there is no reaction, so I guess eggs are ok.

The draw back with the second way of serving eggs, is how messy this can be, this was the first day in months I have had to change Baby G in the day!




I have decided that if I serve eggs like this again, it will either be for dinner when dh can put him straight in the bath, or I will strip him down to his vest to eat - lol!


Another new taste for dinner. To go with the cheese and tomatoes (which Baby G loved today!!) I baked a butternut squash. I peeled & halved it, took out seeds, dobbed with butter and baked - no idea for how long (sorry!!!). Baby G LOVED it. I didn't cut it into chips, as it is quite squashy, I cut it into chunks. Baby G will not eat out of his palm, so this makes like a lot easier. Poor Baby G did get well and truely covered in it.



What a messy day - typically the day all the full body bibs are all in the wash!

Love

Mel x

Monday, 4 December 2006

I don't like apple mummy, or gone off asparagus

Monday 4th December

Breakfast of a banana, some mango and dried apricots went down very well. The asparagus which looked and smelt okay wasn't very popular....and when I ate a bit I could see why! I will try again with some fresh stuff! eek!

The big news at breakfast was that Baby G ate sultanas - he picked them up and munched away on them....see what I meant about that pincer grip developing!!!

Lunch was a bit of a mixed bag. The toast, butter and philly (can babies have cholesterol problems?) went down well, as did some corgette sliced which I fried in a little butter. However, Baby G appears to dislike apple though. I am very upset as even I like these apples, and I usually am not a fan.

For dinner tonight I am baking a normal potato & a sweet potato....let's see how that goes down!

Well, Baby G seemed to love the baked sweet potato, which was delicious!! hmmmm ymmmmmm! I pulled the middle out of the spuds and gave him just that, He pulled the arsnic face, ut did eventually eat some.

Love

Mel x

Sunday, 3 December 2006

Dried Apricots, Mango & scary nappies!!!

Sunday 3rd December

Well Baby G must have been waiting for the dried apricots, as they were being eaten at such a rate of knots....I could barely keep up. I was pulling them into half, and i am pretty sure they went down whole!

The mango, also for breakfast, also seemed quite popular. I hate the horrible stuff, but Baby G seems to think differently. It seemed stringy (is this right/normal???) and withstood a lot of sucking!!

After another trip to asda, lunch was toast & unsalted butter...pitta bread & philly & organic big tomatoes. The tomatoes weren't as popular as the cherry ones yesterday.

I have roast, in preperation for tonights dinner, a carrot, a parsnip, some swede & a sweet potato. The organic sweet potatoes are paler then usual, and look pretty yummy. Asda have started to spread out their organic stuff, so I missed a lot of it yesterday! I must look into a local veg box though, as most of this stuff is from brazil or other far flung locations - not great.

I almost forgot the scary nappies.....they are just mega mega full....and there is now 2 or 3 a day like this! This is another draw back of weaning your baby!

Love

Mel xx

ps - I forgot to add, Baby G is now eating food out of his palm. I am still giving chip sized peices (roughly!!) and when he has eaten the sticky out bit, he opens his palm and eats that bit too! He is starting to go towards a pincer grip too....1st 2 fingers & thumb, but it is quite effective at getting him smaller bits of food he has dropped etc.

Saturday, 2 December 2006

This BLW can be frustrating at times

Saturday 2nd December

I sat Baby G down for breakfast this morning, and gave him a banana and some prunes. He was obviously hungry as he wolfed them down, so I gave him another huge prune, and then a handful of tomatoes. They also dissappeared really quickly! In desperation I pulled out a piece of bread and offered a corner with the ever boring staple of a bit of philly on it! After half the slice of bead, I just cut chunks of philly off and offered them. Where it all went I have no idea!

For lunch I offered cauliflower in my homemade cheese sauce, and I made some cheese on toast. The only think eaten was the two dates I gave Baby G whilst I cooked the rest. It is incredibly frustrating to have your lovely baby look you in the eye, and without even attempting to eat anything, throw food straight onto the floor.

Honestly, I could just scream. I went to asda to buy some dinner, my card was refused so I used my last pennies to buy dinner for Baby G & I....and he throws most of it on the floor again. He ate the dates, but the apple he only nibbled at, even when I cooked it slightly so it was softer.

It makes me wonder if it is worth buying organic fruit & veg at this rate....I don't think my kitchen floor is really bothered either way!

love

Mel x

ps - I have no idea why I cannot write in my usual shade of purple today.

Friday, 1 December 2006

Eating out again - getting brave!

Friday 1st December

Crikey, how did it get to be December so soon????

Well, Baby G & I went to meet some of the lovely BC ladies this morning. As I know that once we get going, we chat for ages I thought it best to take 2 meals for Baby G out with me.

1st meal was easy - the staple standby of dates, some cheese & a steamed carrot.

2nd meal required some thought. I decided at the last min to make a cheese sauce to go with some pasta. In my usual disorganisation I still haven't bought and salt free butter, so I am afraid to say I made the sauce using slightly salted butter. I used whole milk (organic of course) and loads of the organic chesse I found the other day!

Baby G, seeing as he was sat on my knee ate meal 1 very well, and I think some pictures even got taken of him showing off his masterful eating, whilst presiding over the group at the head of the table - lol!!!! Whilst meal 2 also seemed to go down pretty well, I was not impressed when to thank me for such a lovely lunch he wiped cheese sauce covered fingers over my black top!!! Thanks Baby G!!!!!

I am going to try and give supper late again tonight after Baby G slept through to 6.30 this morning, especially as I am off out on a night out later. He is having roast sweet potato, parsnip & swede. I have no idea if swede can be roast, but I am giving it a go!!!

Edit - it appears swede can be roast, but Baby G is not keen. The sweet potato is a firm fave though, that saw gone in seconds. I didn't make my night out, and Baby G was up twice in the night! Typical.

Love

Mel x

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Eating out - part 2!

Thursday 30th November

It was baby cafe this morning, so I had to decide what to take for Baby G to eat there. This wasn't easy as there is no highchair so I had to try and pick things which wouldn't completely cover both of us! I settled for some sticks of cheese & a steamed carrot.

Baby G was very good and did well eating them sat on my knee, and the other mums seemed very impressed with his eating!

Lunch was a couple of dates, some avacado and some toast & philly, but he seemed quite distracted, and whilst he ate some he didn't eat as much as usual.

I went with C's mummy to the German markets in town this afternoon, and we seemed to get sucked into a time warp and lost an hour. This meant we got home late and poor Baby G was starving! I gave him some prunes for supper, and found that cutting them in half helped him eat them, in fact they went down very quickly! This should hopefully counterbalance the banana. I gave him some more cheese chunks too, and when all of this had gone I resorted to the immediately available stand by of toast & philly. He really must have been starving!

The one thing I cannot get him to do is drink water! I want him to learn to drink from his new doidy cup, which he will have a few sips from. DH bought him an avent magic cup, but he has even less idea what to do with that! If anyone should be reading this and have any ideas then please post a comment!

love

Mel x

Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Pasta?

Wednesday 29th November

HAPPY HALF BIRTHDAY BABY G xxxxxxx

Following a recent trend today I again went a bit crazy! After his morning feed, I sat baby G down to feed him, and only when he had a banana & some prunes in front of him did I realise I usually don't feed him until later!

For his, earlier than usual, lunch I gave him some pitta bread with philly, which went down a treat! I went to give him some chunks of cheese too, and discovered that dh had used all his cheese on our pasta last night, ignoring the mega block of cheese for us in the fridge! Still a trip to asda turned up the organic cheese I had wanted to get for Baby G in the first place, so I guess it was okay in the end!!!!!




Dinner was a carrot, 3 dates and then some pasta with philly stirred with a clove of garlic. The dates dissappeared in a matter of seconds, and the carrot got eaten quite well. The pasta was sucked a lot, and I think a couple of bits were eaten. I will try again with a better thought out sauce next time!


Love


Mel x




Tuesday, 28 November 2006

How many meals????? And 2 new tastes!!

Tuesday 28th November

I was planning to keep going with 2 meals a day this week, but Baby G seems to have other ideas! He was so grumpy when I put him in his high chair that I decided to offer him a date to snack on. That was gone so quickly I gave him another. Four dates and a banana later I guess we are upping him food intake!

For lunch I roast some Veggies, sweet potato, carrot & parsnip. My thought was to cook extra and what he didn't have for lunch he could have for dinner. But there was NOTHING left!!!! Where is all this food going? I think he must have listened to the Paed when she said feed him up, and he is really going for it!!! lol.

For dinner I did cauliflower, 3 small cheese "chips" and a slice of bread with philly on it. I bought Baby G his own cheese, as whilst I figure he can eat the mature stuff we have taste wise, it is very crumbly. I got him a medium cheddar, which seems fine. It was a different texture for him, and he seemed intrigued more than anything. He gummed the toast to death, and I even added more philly to the gummed bits, which was all sucked off!

So, we have had 2 new tastes today, and a HUGE volume. That's my boy!!!!

love

Mel x


Toast & Philadelphia

Monday 27th November

It was Baby G's hospital appointment today. As well as that worry, came the new worry as to what to bring food wise for him to eat, and how to manage BLW out & about somewhere with no highchair etc! In the end I took a date 1/4'd, a steamed carrot & some rice cake. We didn't eat out in the end.

Baby G has put on 10oz in the last 2 weeks, which I think is excellent & is proof that BLW works as a way of feeding your baby! The paed was not concerned by BLW as a concept and was impressed that Baby G could eat so much so well!

Whilst we are waiting for a unine test result, we do not have to go back to see the pead for 10 weeks. She wants to assess him when he has eaten more! She has agreed that my plan of feeding Baby G on "fattening" foods is the way to go, so on the way home dh & I bought cheese, philly & more veggies to roast for him!

He had his first toast & full fat Philly tonight, with carrots and seemed to love it. Whilst some of the Philly gets wiped off on his face as he tries to get the toast in his mouth, he seems to eat quite a bit of it too!

fingers crossed he continues to put on weight like he has this last two weeks!

love

Mel x

Leftovers

Sunday 26th November

I am pretty sure that this makes me a terrible mummy, or proves that I have finally lost my mind, but I cannot remember if Baby G had anything new to eat today!!

He did go quite a long way to eating the pile of leftover steamed new spuds that dh had gone overboard with for yesterday's party!

He has other stuff too, but again, I cannot remember what! This is a lesson in why I should not leave it to update this blog!

love

Mel x

Sunday, 26 November 2006

Prunes & Birthday Parties

As we are still struggling to have a poo, and to get Baby G to drink out of a cup, dh was yet again dispatched to the shop to get dried prunes.

Whilst we didn't give him a lot to eat at all today, he had 2 or 3 prunes, and a couple of dates in the hope of getting him going again!

It was baby G's half birthday party today. He is not actually half until wednesday, but Gran is over from Germany so we had the party today. He got some lovely presents..... a table mat which seems great for BLW, a doidy cup, a duck for the bath from mummy & daddy. Gran got him some winter boots with fur trims, a sucker mat for when we start with a bowl and another giraffe toy. Grandma & Grandad bought a pair of shoes and an outfit.

On a non-BLW issue, I made the most delicious cake I have ever made! I will try and attach a picture. It was a chocolate cake, with chunks of cadbury's chocolate in the cake with a cream sandwich & chocolate icing on the top. I managed to ice 1/2 on the top too! (have to add the pictures later, cannot download them from mum's camera!)

Love

Mel x

Dates

Friday 24th November.

Lunch was bananas, with the new taste of organic majool dates. Wel, the banana, which had been a firm favourite were completely ignored in favour of the dates. Baby G was stuffing them in as quick as he could manage with a huge smile on his face. Only the skins were spat back out. They are v easy to do, I just cut them into 1/4's and removed the stone.

For tea Baby G ended up having very little. He was supposed to have pear and rice cakes & hummous but he got himself very constipated and was in pain. Dinner was abandoned in favour of cuddles and cooled boiled water. Poor little man seems to be in a lot of pain. Texts, msn's & post to BC friends for advice. Will send dh to the shop for orange juice tomorrow morning.

love

Mel x

Nothing new today!

Thursday 23rd November

To show off our eating today we showed Gran, who is visiting from Germany for the weekend, how to eat pears & carrots at lunch and roast parsnips and potatoes for tea.

The spuds and parsnips went down a real treat.

love

Mel x

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Broccoli

Tuesday 21st November

Seeing as Baby G survived the bad mummy Kiwi incident, I decided to press on today.

Lunch was the unusual mixture of rice cakes & hummous and a new taste of broccoli. Baby G ate the hummous, and gummed the rice cakes. He also gave the broccoli a good suck, but I am no sure of he ate any. He seemed intrigued by the texture, so I will deffo try it again.

For supper he had pears and avacado - another interesting combination. He must be in a funny mood as he hardly ate anything, and he usually loves pear. He generally threw it all over the place, and was a total pain. Bad mummy has left the bits where they are and am having a glass of wine instead of clearing up.

I am going to have to think of cooking extra at dinner and giving Baby G food the next day, as quick food at the moment isn't very easy. I guess it will be easier when he can have an increased diet next week.

Have put the link to this blog on my bc signature, so maybe I will get a few more comments. I am always up for input or comments, especially from other BLW mums!

Love

Mel x

Monday, 20 November 2006

Kiwi & eating out

Monday 20th November

Following a visit to the dentist I decided to have a wander round town. This meant having to feed Baby G out & about. Of course, being super mum I had no food or bibs with me. The bib problem was sorted following a visit to primark. I decided to go into Debenhams as I know they are bf friendly & sell fruit. I got Baby G a pear (his favourite & not too messy). He threw this on the floor after a couple of sucks to each bit! Glad I bothered!!!

He had Kiwi for tea. This is not going to be repeated for a bit. This is the closest we have come to choking. DH says it is because it was slippery, and so the chunks Baby G had were being sucked down whole! He ate nearly a whole kiwi though, so was not too bothered by this!!! He then polished off a whole banana!

This boy had best have put on weight when I next get him weighed!

love

Mel x

I have just checked back on a BC post I put on about Kiwi fruit & am now in a panic! It appears that Kiwi is an allergen & 40% of kids given kiwi suffer severe allergic reactions. I am now going to phone NHS Direct! I am sooooo pleased I found this out when Baby G is in bed alseep, just so I get to panic all night. Wonderful

Sunday, 19 November 2006

Sunday Roast & Hummous

Sunday 19th November

We started today with Hummous (shop bought) on rice cakes. This is I think the messiest thing Baby G has had so far, and the pictures of it all over his face & head will soon be on their way to Gran!

As that had been the new taste of today, I decided to stick with tried and tested things for supper. We were having a roast, so Baby G had roast spuds (no salt added & roast in olive oil) and a couple of bits of roast carrot done in the same oil. There was some garlic cloves & rosemary from the garden in the oil too (yummy). We had parspins & carrots done in honey, and dh was very suprised to learn Baby G couldn't have that for risk of botulism!

Obviously it was the way I had cooked these two previously which caused them to be treated with suspicion, as today they were wolfed down. The spud in particular was sucked from the skin - with big smiles on his face!

It was lovely to be able to sit and eat together.

Love

Mel x

Green Beans

Saturday 18th November.

Organic green beans. I served these with a side order of pear left over from friday.

He gave the beans a good suck, (after I had removed the mini beans from inside) but didn't really eat any of them. He seemed quite enthusiastic about them none the less!

Supper was about 2/3 of a banana, which dh was very impressed with! He even seems to be working out how to eat the bits which squidge out from between his fingers! He still hasn't come to grips with how to get the stuff in his palm though, but Gill Rapley says this is to be expected.

On a related sunject, I have found a lady on BC who is going to interview Gill Rapley soon, and she has asked for any questions we want answering. Will have to give this a bit of thought!

Love

Mel xx

Potato

Friday 17th November

I microwaved them, they didn't look that tasty tbh, especially as Baby G is not old enough for some butter to go on them. He ate some, but not huge amounts.

I don't think this is one of my BLW sucess stories!!!

Lunch was slightly more suvessful, which was some pear and some banana.

Love

Mel x

Thursday, 16 November 2006

Carrot

Thursday 16th November.

Lovely steamed organic carrot, cut into the obligatory chip shapes.

Baby G did give them a bit of a chew / suck, but basically I don't think he ate anything! Typical.

The banana nappy was something to behold. He obviously ate more than I thought iykwim!!!

Love

Mel x

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Changed mind!

Felt like a v bad mummy, so at 5 o'clock we had a banana.

I used the method Aitch describes in her blog for feeding banana's - cut in half, and remove skin a bit at a time. Still made a huge mess.

Judging by the look on Baby G's face (as if I was trying to murder him!!!) he ate some of it, though it was hard to tell with the bits of banana strewn about the table, kitchen, baby etc etc.

Am bracing myself for any scary looking nappies in the next few days - banana nappies are supposed to be v grim & have a scary wormy appearance - Oh how I will look forward to this!!!

Love

Mel x

Day off

Wednesday 15th November

Not managed to give any food today - have been running round like a lunatic, to baby sign then baby massage that I just haven't managed to do the food thing today. I am unsure whether it will be a good idea to give food to Baby G at around 5pm, after his nap & his bf, as it may be too late.

With the teeth being a problem at the moment, I don't want to adda tummy ache into the equation. I will really have to address what to do when out & about....he just isn't such a good eater that I feel confident to feed him anywhere.

I will maybe take some bits to baby cafe tomorrow? Or just sit and have "lunch" together when we get back.

Love

Mel x

Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Avacado

Tuesday 14th November

Slimy, so difficult for baby G to hold on to. Broke off in chunks in his mouth, and were unceremoniously spat out. Thrown on floor, ground into the table, turned blackish v quickly.

Not our finest BLW hour!

Will persevere and try again another day - because this attempt used 1/2 an avacado, and I still have 1 1/2 left in the fridge. This BLW is going to be a good test of the "stay fresh longer" bags I recently bought to help me stop chucking out huge quantities of rotting veg i seem to store in my fridge!

I am also unsure when I am supposed to try and intoduce a second "meal" - but my thoughts so far are to do this only when I think something is really being eaten at the first meal!!!

love

Mel x

Monday, 13 November 2006

Pear

Monday 13th November

Finally - something organic!!!! I have no idea what sort of pear these are, but they are yummy & reddish.

I cut them into 6ths, and cut out the core. I ate 2 bits!!! Baby G was struggling to hold them when they got a bit drooled on, so ingenious mummy nicked a ridge into the flesh & created a handle - v good mummy. Quite a bit went onto the floor, but pear is very easy to wash, so it wasn't such a problem. Baby G mostly smiled when gumming this, and seemed to eat quite a bit, i would guess at about a whole segment in total - maybe less.

I did forget to put his bib on though to start with, so his t-shirt is now v grotty - great!

love

Mel x

baby rice cakes

Sunday 12th November

okay, okay....so they are organic and designed for babies....but they weren't what I had in mind, they are flazoured with apple juice & cinnamon. I was going to put "stuff" onto them...but plain it is.

Dh had been despatched to get baby G something suitable, including rice cakes, when he went to get breakfast. This was the best he could do, which at 9.30 am on a sunday morning I think is pretty good. We had pastries - much better, but not suitable for day 3 really for baby G!!!

Baby G thought these were okay, but they seemed to go flying a lot, and cannot be washed when they have been thrown onto the floor. MUST go buy trays to put around high chair to catch flying food!!

DH was fine about the rice cakes till he saw the packet said not suitable until over 7 months.....I reassured him that only applied to the goo eaters! i hope i am not going mad here - v bad mummy again!

The oranges put in their second appearance iykwim - good god....what a stink. be warned!!!!

Love

Mel x

Satsuma

Saturday 11th November

Highchair built - well done daddy! baby G seems to really like it, and can sit really well in it. It is a Hauck wooden one, that you can use for years and years, like the tripp trapp.

Satsuma chosen for the same reason as the plum! V bad mummy. Not sure of the difference between satsumas, tangerines, clemintines etc....but this one had pips...which i obviously removed before it went to baby G.

DH commented, whilst baby G had a well gummed piece dangling out of his mouth that it looked like we were weaning him on goldfish!! This is all recorded for posterity on the video camera.

Dh is however being sent out to source organic produce, rather than feeding baby G on whatever is lying around the house!

the first taste - plum

Friday 10th November

I decided to try baby G on a piece of plum. Whilst I love plum's, it was chosen as G's 1st taste because of the fact that it was the only suitable offering I had in the house. The highchair wasn't built, so baby G & I sat on the kitchen counters and shared a bit of plum.

He gummed away at it for a few minutes, but I think his t-shirt ended up covered in far more than he ate. Dh missed this momentous event as it was a typical Mel, split second decision.

Baby G treated the plum as a slightly suspicious substance, and pulled some very odd faces indeed. All in all a completely underwhelming experience for us both!

Love

Mel x

The Start!!!

I cannot remember how I first found out about BLW, but when I read through the Rapley documents on her research it just seemed to make perfect sense to me.

I was dreading the prospect of chopping, wizzing, cooking, freezing, defrosting etc etc etc which seems to go with "conventional" weaning. I also didn't feel at ease with the idea of spooning gloop into baby G's mouth, when he has previously chosen how much he eats. BLW seemed the perfect answer.

I knew too that I would wait until baby G could sit unaided in his high chair before I began to wean him, and I had hoped to wait to reach the "26 weeks excl bf" mark. At 24 weeks however, i felt that I had to give in on the latter. Baby G, whilst reaching all of his developmental milestones, and exceeding loads, was a skinny little thing! We had been referred to the hospital for his weight, and I was now being actively encouraged to give him baby rice.

I have often heard baby rice described as resembling wall paper paste, both in taste, appearance & nutritional value! I have not bought any, so have no direct experience.

I decided not to do thism nut that I would present baby G with the required chip shaped bits of fruit & veg, and see what he did. I re-visited the Rapley docs and found in the original experiment babies had been presented with food in this way from 18 weeks, eating when developmentally ready to do so. I figured if he was ready, baby G would eat, if not....then you get the picture. I felt this was a good compromise between the two opposing camps - you may say it was me giving in, but it is hard to be a new mum with what feels like the whole of the medical profession backing up against you - and this is before we get within sniffing distance of the hospital!

So we are off.......

This blog is here, as I have said, to serve as a record for how I went about things. As I have also mentioned there is one really excellent blog already out there, which I have read through extensively already. My thinking in starting this, is not to compete....but to add another voice to the chorus. There is so little information out there imo about BLW, that any new bit can surely only help - especially when you are made to feel like a crazy woman for not buying everything annabella karmel has ever written & endorsed and pureeing everything in site!

Love

Mel_x