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!


Mel x

Wednesday, 29 November 2006


Wednesday 29th November


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!


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!!!!


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!


Mel x


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!


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!)


Mel x


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.


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.


Mel x

Tuesday, 21 November 2006


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!


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!


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.


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!


Mel xx


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.


Mel x

Thursday, 16 November 2006


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!!!


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!!!


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.


Mel x

Tuesday, 14 November 2006


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!!!


Mel x

Monday, 13 November 2006


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!


Mel x

baby rice cakes

Sunday 12th November

okay, 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!!!!


Mel x


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!


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!