Monday, 31 December 2007

Plain lentils? No way!

Happy New Year! :0)
Apologies for the lack of posts over the last week - we have been very busy as I'm sure have you! We had a lovely family Christmas and I hope you all did too.
I mentioned in my last post that I was experimenting with some new recipes. Some went well and others were not so good - bad in fact.
I tried falafels on Christmas Eve and instead of getting a recipe I made it up. I ended up with a chick pea jumble which didn't hold together so I didn't even try to cook it. I offered it to both Millie and her cousin neither of whom seemed too interested. Luckily I am friends with the best falafeler in the world. Rosie is one of the cooks at Cafe Kino in Bristol a truly special vegan not for profit co-operative. If you're in the area drop by and say hello from us and try her falafels. I should be able to get a recipe from her which avoids dairy and eggs and is a darn site more tasty than my attempts.
I did have more luck with a vegetable risotto which I have added to the bottom of this post. I decided to cook a risotto for us as well as Millie on New Years Eve but didn't have enough rice to go around. I thought I'd replace Millie's rice with red lentils but she was having none of it and spat them out with a distressed look on her face. I can see why she didn't like the taste as they are quite earthy. Next time I will try them with spice.
Vegetable Risotto:
*Quantities as required*
Celery, shallots, carrot and garlic finely diced.
Veg such as frozen peas, courgette, broccoli (whatever you want / have) coarsely diced.
Risotto rice.
Veg stock (salt free if cubed) celery, onions and carrot brought to the boil and simmered while you prep the veg does nicely.
A little oil for cooking.
Parmesan if you do dairy.
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan.
Add the celery, shallots and carrot and heat over a medium flame.
As they start to soften add the garlic.
Add the rice and stir through the veg.
Once the rice is almost crackling add a small ladle of the stock (the noise is called the sigh of the rice according to an Italian girl I know).
Add the remaining veg here. *Because of the veg I used I added them raw but you may wish to add them mostly steamed*
Once the stock is absorbed add another small ladle and stir it through.
Keep the risotto moving and adding stock until the rice is done - probably quite soft for babies.
If using, stir in a scant sprinkling of Parmesan.
Nice served warm. Great cold as it's stickier and you can make it into risotto fingers as in Jenny Maizels' Finger Food.
Happy Days,
Kat x

Sunday, 30 December 2007

German treats, Christmas & teething again!

Things have improved a little food wise, well the did for a few days at least!

George has taken a liking to a German Christmas speciality called Riebekuchen - they are just the most delicious potato dish...a cross between a pancake and a rosti, shallow fried and served in three's with apple sauce. In the end I get fed up sharing, so we ordered special kinder portions! lol

George was less keen on the bratwurst - but then he seems to be largely veggie these days! He has also had a few chips, and far too many gluhwein stall biscuits! Dad is still stuffing chocoalte down him too!

Christmas dinner was a non-starter really. He ate a bite of a baked camenbert very unenthusiastically! He seemed to like smoked salmon, but when given more refused to eat any! In the end for his meal he had philly on brown bread - I ask you huh! He loved the christmas pudding though!!

Since Christmas we have sort of drifted more to grazing than meals - and then with the onset of full on teething again (4 pre-molars and 2 top canines) food has slipped off the menu. George is mainly surviving on porridge with banana and dried fruit in it - so at least it is good for him! He has also been enjoying ice dates or fresh dates. All I knw is they are much easier to chop than the usual sort! lol

Will add pictures asap

love

Mel x

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Breakfast Inventions.

Another good eating day. Millie is still most contented to munch through a pile of vegetables (Carrots, courgettes, sweet potatoes, parsnip and celeriac today). I mentioned a couple of days ago that I thought she might want a third meal (breakfast) as she is a little feeding demon in the mornings knocking back formula and whatever booby milk she can get once I've expressed. She's also feeding twice before her first nap which she hasn't done since the early days. I was going to go with the 'super-porridge' we tried the other day (sampling does work!) but this evening I think I have stumbled across a homemade alternative.
I was making a fruit puree to combine with some quinoa and it came out a little runny. While Millie is ok taking a firm puree from a spoon this would have been carnage. Even once I'd mixed in the quinoa it was just slop. I felt loath to waste perfectly good food so I set about thinking of what could thicken it up. I came up with the idea of mixing in some 'baby rice' which as far as I can tell is just ground rice. Luckily we had a package in the cupboard and it did the trick. A firm fruit porridge which is absolutely perfect for breakfast. A recipe is at the bottom of the post.
I was reading a string of posts on the BLW group on Yahoo this evening and came across a thread about weight gain. I left a post which was probably really unhelpful. Despite Millie's gain-lose-gain-lose pattern of the last couple of months I have not had her weighed for two weeks and will not be doing so until next year. All at once I feel liberated and adrift. Without the weigh-ins I have none of the worry and guilt following a weight loss but this is now replaced with worry about not knowing what is happening. I have to guess at which way she is going (a loss following the last weigh in but now gaining by my estimations) and focus on giving her as much milk and food as she asks for. As always, I have a happy active baby who shows no signs of anything being wrong with her!
DH's family are arriving tomorrow and then we are off to my family in Yorkshire on Boxing Day (Yikes - first big trip since food began!). I hope to post a recipe which I'm making up tomorrow for Millie and her cousin to enjoy. If time gets away from me and I fail to do so: Happy Christmas to you and your family! :0)
Fruity Porridge:
2 bananas (brown)
1 pear (essentially you could have any fruit)
juice of half a lemon (stops the fruit going brown)
Some cooked quinoa
Some baby rice
Blend the fruit.
Mix in your desired amount of cooked quinoa.
This mixture will keep in the fridge for a day or so.
When ready to serve: mix in enough baby rice to make the mixture stiff.
Happy Days,
Kat x

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Quinoa.

A very busy few days. I have finally finished my Christmas shopping and managed to get most cards and presents out in time! I have also managed to cook some quinoa for Millie.
I started by giving it to her in its naked state which did not go down well. The grains stuck to every part of her mouth which she found as offensive as rice cakes. I then tried rolling the veg in it which worked better as she ate it but it made an awful mess. Today I mixed it with a puree of banana and plum which was best of all as she ate all of the quinoa even though the puree element made an almighty mess. I went through five spoons too, as she kept ditching them on the floor. Still can't complain when she is so obviously happy. She was totallly hyper after supper this evening - has anyone else noticed this with any particular foods?
Busy food shopping day ahead of us and Millie's first sprout tomorrow...
Happy Days,
Kat x

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Please Sir, can I have some more?

Millie has just been on a super feeding mission. She finished a lion's share of her veg and then looked at us as if to say, "What else have you got for me?". As she was still hungry I thought I'd try one of the free samples from Plum Baby. I used a 10g packet of 'super-porridge' as it had a good range of grains which I am trying to increase in Millie's diet. I mixed it with some of her expresso milk to make a stiff dough. I rolled the porridge-dough into little balls and helped her get it into her mouth (if I'd let her pick it up herself I think it could have been a disaster in terms of housework created). All eaten and still the look of a baby after food. She managed half an avocado and another parsnip before her evening expresso. I think I must underestimate her capacity for food as I was totally unprepared for this!
After the success of super-porridge I think I will give her some quinoa and millet tomorrow and see how she goes with that. Now, is it too early to bring in a third meal? I must say I'm at a loss as to how I will know when to do this; after all she eats more than guidelines say she should so maybe she could go for another meal. Then again, I don't want her to cut too much milk so maybe I should just let things stay as they are. What do you think?
I was speaking to a chum of mine today about EC and BLW. She said something so lovely that I feel the need to share it here. She said: "I really admire you for just getting on and trying things out rather than treating life as a dress rehearsal." I have never thought of myself like this and am incredibly flattered that she does. Her words were so needed especially when I feel unsupported by my family at times. I think we could all tell our chums what makes them special more often. So Fiona, I admire your enthusiasm for life and lack of reserve on the dance floor. I am glad you are my friend.
Happy Days,
Kat x

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Teeth, Car Journeys, New Friends & Porridge

Hello Girlies!

Well George and I are in Germany for Christmas with my folks. We came on the ferry, and stopped overnight with a friend in Belgium and her lo to break up the journey. For 2 days George pretty much survived on bread products (brioche and croissants) and banana porridge!

We also have 4 pre-molars coming through in various stages, so food seems to be off the menu in general.

Oh, except one thing....his god damn advent calender..that he can always manage - he has become a chocolate fiend! In fact, out & about yesterday he also had a chocolate santa on a stick given to him by FC himself! lol - coupled with 2 biscuits from a gluhwein store and the ever present advent chocolate it is a wonder George wasn't totally hyperactive!

Grandad is also giving him manuka honey on everything....so a tubby baby with no teeth may be coming back to the uk with me! pmsl.

love

Mel x

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Same old food.

Not a great deal to report on the food front. We continue with our veg, fruit and occassionally pasta. I offered her some chicken the other day. She had a small taste but made a face which said; "That's not going in my mouth Mama!" so I guess she's a vegetarian for now. She eats loads more than she did before. Tonight she put away a whole banana and half a pear on top of a big portion of squash sweet potato and parsnip. As I write this she also downing a bottle of expresso.
I'm sure you're all as fraught as I am with Christmas looming on the horizon. We have our tree up and that is as far as we have got! I am going to brave the shops tomorrow for some last presents and hope that we don't get crushed. I thought I'd been smart in ordering my food to be delivered but Sainsbury's substituted most of my Organic veg for regular - very frustrating!!
What are your babies eating for Christmas? Let us know what you plan to serve them in the comments section. Millie for her part will be eating sprouts...
Happy Days,
Kat x

Friday, 14 December 2007

Grandma's in town.

Hello! Sorry we haven't posted for a couple of days - Grandma payed an unexpected visit.
Food News:
Skin on? I decided to leave the skin on Millie's veg the other day once I'd scrubbed them. I reasoned that as they were organic and clean there couldn't be any reason to peel them. Millie did not agree. Somehow parsnips and carrots weren't as nice or easy to chew unpeeled. Courgettes remain a favourite skin on or off.
Pasta isn't very interesting. Millie loses interest in the pasta quite quickly so last night I mixed some with soup and she enjoyed it much better. A bonus is that it was not as messy as letting her have soup from a spoon. As I have had great success with this soup I shall share my closely guarded recipe at the bottom of this post. Finding things to mix with pasta could be tricky. I have a tomato allergy and so don't use them in any of my cooking. Tomatoes belong to the Deadly Nightshade Family, along with potatoes, aubergines and peppers (which I won't be introducing until nine months), and are a common allergen. I'm thinking that classic purees will make good 'sauces', what do you think?
Peel, chop and roast up a butternut squash until soft.
Heat 50g butter over medium heat.
Add: 1 onion sliced, 1 carrot diced, 1 garlic chopped, 1tsp ginger chopped, 2 cloves, 2 cardamom seeds, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp garam masala, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/4 tsp ground white pepper (I buy spices from the Indian Supermarket not normal one they're cheaper and nicer).
Fry for about 5 minutes stirring constantly so the spices don't stick and clump.
Add 2 litres of hot chicken or veg stock and the roasted squash.
Simmer for a while.
Blend until smooth.
Add yoghurt to serve.
Eat with lashings of bread and butter.
Keep sleeves out of soup.
**For babies: I cut out the dairy and use salt free stock (homemade or from Free From aisle)**
Happy Days,
Kat x

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

New food!

We had another wonderful eating day today. It was our last post-natal yoga class, something which is very sad as we have a fantastic group. We went for lunch afterwards and Millie sat quite happily in a highchair feeding herself. She kindly shared some parsnip with her chum William who was looking to break away from the orange food. I met this group nearly a year ago when I was pregnant and now here we are with babies in highchairs - what an fantastic metamorphosis.
Millie has been eating fruit and veg for a couple of weeks now. I've been thinking about branching out and decided that today was the day. I gave her some pasta. I bought rice and millet pasta from Orgran (who make an amazing falafel mix too). Rice is a lovely first food and millet has some fantastic properties. Millet has all eight amino acids and is a good source of silicone and is suitable from six months so perfect for us. I cooked the little spirals and then rinsed in cold water once drained. They were a little sticky to the touch but absolutely fine for Millie to handle. Best of all - she loved it! Went down much better than rice cakes (coughing and face making) so will be in the menu alongside her fruit and veg from now on.
Happy Days,
Kat x

Babies who lunch.

We don't have many friends doing BLW. Actually, we only have one. I have lost count of the conversations I am not part of as I don't puree. Happliy, I have many conversations about what Miss A is eating as she is a little older than Millie. Here are the girls enjoying some fine dining at lunch today.
Carrots, swede and parsnips with some rice cakes for laughs. They had all but finished their food once ours came which made it a little tricky getting our lunch eaten. Another Mama came over and asked us how we had introduced solids and was astounded to hear that we had just given sticks of food to the babies and let them get on with it. I hope seeing them chow down gave her the courage to try letting her baby take the lead.
Happy Days,
Kat x

Sunday, 9 December 2007

I want your teacake.

Not content with fruit and veg, Millie tried to swipe a teacake today. Her appetite remains strong and she is once again eating everything she can get her hands on. I made a mistake earlier. We had a late lunch and so rather than being just before Millie's nap it was just after. She came to sit with us at the table and ate her way through a pile of veg. When it was time for her milk shortly afterwards she didn't want any. I remember being told to always give the milk first as this is where the majority of calories come from. I live and learn.
As she is now over six months I will be gradually introducing some grain based foods. A lot is written about allergies and often advice conflicts so I won't be adding my (unqualified) opinion to the clamour. What I will do when relavent is tell you what we are avoiding and what led us to that choice. More of that in posts to come.
I have been reading a blog called Motherland written by a woman from Winchester living in Cambodia. I think it is really lovely and thought you would like to read it too.
Happy Days,
Kat x

Saturday, 8 December 2007

All the food is pink...

After a night in with the boys Millie has recovered her appetite. I thought I might be ok to skip lunch but she was having none of it and happily munched her veg in Costa. DH steamed a large pot of veg last night which all turned pink as he mixed the beetroot in with the rest, lol. It wasn't enough to deter Millie who happily filled up on parsnip, swede, courgette, carrot, sweet potato and beetroot with a nice pear for pudding. By the time she had finished the beetroot had stained her hands, face and mouth bright pink. It didn't end there... In the early hours of the morning DH got a fright when he looked in the potty - a bright red poo! *apologies to those of you not keen on talk of poos!*
Millie has developed an interest in forks. I think it started as I would use my fork to move food into her reach during mealtimes. I once offered her a a carrot from my fork and instead of picking it off, she took the fork and ate from that. I think this is probably a useful development as all the little pieces of food which she can't sort out can easily be taken from a fork. Back to the supermarket I guess.
The weather is rotten today. We went to our local school bazaar with our neighbour this morning and the water in the road was so bad that great arcs of water were covering pedestrians. Sadly another village neighbour and DS were covered head to toe by and inconsiderate driver :0( The bazaar was fantastic - absolutely heaving with merriness. The rain is clearing up now so may head off to the Christmas market and ice rink in Winchester. None of this has anything to do with BLW - I just felt like sharing!
Happy Days,
Kat x

Thursday, 6 December 2007

What do the supermarket aisles have to offer?

As Millie is still off her food I thought I'd write about something a little different today. The company who deliver my shopping have noticed that occasionally I have a packet of nappies in my order. As a result they have started to send me free samples of baby food. It started about two months ago and they haven't stopped despite me not buying any of the products they have sent. As you can imagine the samples consist of purees and similar. I got curious and decided to take a trip down the baby aisles of my local supermarkets.

Food:

As you can guess the food is all geared towards puree weaning or older children. With the exception of some plain rice cakes (only different from the normal ones I buy because they have added vitamin b1) I came away empty handed. Rice cakes are very useful for squashing discarded lumps of veg onto so they're not wasted and can be picked up by Millie. I noticed that you have to keep a very close eye on the labels as even rice cakes have flavours added.

Equipment:

The supermarkets did have some good equipment. Leading the way is Tommee Tippee who have some very good BLW products. Their 'flip & sip' first cup is excellent (even if Millie is more interested in the sloshing sound than drinking!) and many other Mamas I know love them too. They have some long sleeved bibs which proudly say: "Look, I'm feeding myself." which I thought was very apt. My only critisism of these bibs is that they take ages to dry so you need a few. I found a slightly more expensive bib here which doesn't have any cloth so easier to re-use. By far and away the best thing I found was the Magic Gripper Mat which is fab to take out and about. At home I'm using the mat Mel recommended here which comes from Blooming Marvellous, a little pricey so if you find it cheaper post below and share your good fortune! Always good to get tips and ideas from everyone else so get comment happy :0)

Finally, it was Millie's half birthday yesterday. We celebrated in style and gave her a BLW friendly rice cake.

Happy Days,

Kat x

PS Won't be posting tonight as on a Mamas' Night Out to the Indian - DH is teaming up with another Papa for the evening shift. :0)

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Juicy Melon.

She's still off her food a bit. I suppose it's because it's not easy to eat when you can't breathe properly. We tried swede again today which was greeted with a little more interest than last time. I think that it's less interesting than the other root vegetables as it's not as sweet.
Following yesterday's pear success we had pear and some galia melon (ok, I went overboard on the exotics but even though they were on their sell by date they have all kept well). Both fruits were met with glee and so I gave her extra at supper.
Tuesday is weigh-in day with the HV.......Hurrah......she has gained a bit of weight! I am very pleased with this as I'm sure you can imagine. Luckily my HV is actually supportive of letting babies get on with eating on their own. She also didn't bat an eyelid when I said we were going to stop using nappies - what a trouper. I know its not always the case to have a HV who is so good on weaning. A good friend of mine had a lot of trouble with her son losing weight because the HV didn't sit down and talk to her about what they were doing. A few minutes early on and a couple of months of heartache could have been saved. Luckily they are back on track and moving back up through the centiles. I could write about this for hours! I won't though. :0)
Happy Days,
Kat x

Monday, 3 December 2007

Pears are yummy.

I know I'm posting a little early today and that's because I'm off out tonight! Nothing terribly exciting though.
So for lunch we had some familiar carrot, parsnip and sweet potato. Good rooty yumminess. I may start branching out to some other veg - all suggestions welcome. Now, I know I got a bit spend happy with the reduced exotic fruit last week but that doesn't fit my ethics so well. Over the last week or so we have been ripening some lovely seasonal local organic pears. The food miles pale into insignificance compared to my exotic fruits so helping Millie's carbon footprint. Most importantly - she loved it. She ate two thirds of a big pear after very little of her veg. So more pear tomorrow. I may even make a pear cake for her half birthday - probably a little selfish as she's not having gluten or eggs yet but I'm sure we'll enjoy it! :0)
Lisa left a comment last night (great to hear from a Mama just about to start out) saying she found us through Google. We're currently on page two of a Google search on Baby Led Weaning. You can help us move up the ranks! If you post our link on your own website or in any discussions you may be having online relating to BLW then we will start to move up. Also, new Mamas can join us and share their experiences which is the whole purpose of this blog!
Happy Days,
Kat x

Sunday, 2 December 2007

She's still not very well and off her food a bit. We've had sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, butternut squash and swede today with some melon for good measure. Most of what we gave her went on the floor, ah well. I guess it is to be expected considering she's poorly. We did have some spicy butternut squash soup which she took from a spoon (as well as smearing it all over her face).
I have come to the conclusion that we need to get serious about feeding and buy some equipment. As you can see from this photo, we are a little messy around meal times.
My first port (or post) of call is Mel's page on BLW equipment. I will report back on what we have come up with once I'm kitted up.
Thanks for your comments on the amount Millie is eating. I will chill out and let her tell me how much she wants.
Happy Days,
Kat

Saturday, 1 December 2007

and Millie too.

Oh dear, it must be going around! Millie has a cold and horrible cough. Apart from that, and a high temperature, she's happy in herself so we still had food today.

Lunch was sweet potato and carrot with some mango (a bit orange perhaps - will she end up looking like David Dickinson?). Supper was parsnip, carrot and some papaya. The papaya came from my reduced fruit shopping and did not go down well with Millie or DH. I decided to try some banana instead! I have been letting a couple of bananas go black over the last week (great for my avacado) to avoid a repeat of No Poo Week. Millie had a small stick which she ate happily, only spitting out the merest of morsels.

I need your opinions. Millie is having about 6 - 8 steamed veg chips at each meal (lunch & supper). She is surprisingly good at getting this into her tummy so about 80% of this is getting swallowed. She also has a little fruit and water. As far as I can tell she is taking the same amount of milk if not a little more. Am I giving her too much solid or should I chill out and let her get on with eating? Answers on a postcard or in the comments section. Cheers!

Happy Days,

Kat x

Poorley George

What a week!

After the triumphant return to eating when the molars arrived, we have slipped into a really bad cold, and food is off the menu again.

The gp has given us an inhaler to use, as whilst his chest is free of infection, he is rattling like an old man on 40 Woodbines a day. It is horrible. The sleep has also gone to pot too, so I am a very irritable mummy at the moment! We also have tooth no 7, another bottom front one - so all in all not a great week!

As such, George is back to subsisting on a diet of fruit, bread, cheese and malt loaf...with the odd kids tin of ravioli thrown in...it is too depressing to see him eat 1 bite of something I have slaved over. Oh, how could I forget - yogurt - I think he is addicted to the stuff! lol. As a treat I have bought a few of the asda extra special pots, and he adores them!

My replacement laptop has finally arrived from my insurers, so once I get the it guy at work to make it all work properly I can put up some pictures!

I hope you are all liking Kat - there seem to be lots of new mummy's commenting, which is great to see. It is also lovely to see my "regulars" are still around - and good to know that the blog is still helping those starting out on the BLW route!

love

Mel x

Friday, 30 November 2007

BLW at the chinese.

What a busy day!
Luckily steaming a box of veg last night really helped out. Millie had lunch and supper of sweet potato, parsnip and broccoli stalk with mango at lunch. Some advice about cooking in advance - try steaming the veg less than you would if you were serving it right away as it goes a little soft in the fridge. We had supper at a chinese restaurant in town. Millie tucked into her vegetables while we chowed down on the crispy duck! I really love that Millie can join in with meal times so easily. Is it just me or is this briliant?
Happy Days,
Kat x

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Veg, veg and mango.

Another good day! Millie ate sweet potato, parsnip, broccoli and mango.

Sweet potato is very well recieved as its texture (like butternut squash) is very easy to break up. Millie rolls it around on her tongue and makes a most amusing face...

Broccoli is possibly one of the most interesting foods for little mouths to explore - it was certainly one of Millie's favourites before she was chewing and swallowing.

Mango was the new addition to the menu today. I realised that I hadn't given her any fruit since the weekend so off we went to the supermarket to find some. It turns out that it was a stroke of genius going at five o'clock as they had reduced the price of loads of fruit. Best thing about this was that the fruit was all nice and ripe. You may be interested to know that fruit needs to be given at the most ripe it can be (something I wish I'd known before M accidentally swallowed some banana and didn't poo for seven days!). Mel has mentioned how much Baby G loved mango in the early days which is why we chose it. I gave her one chip (and four for me) which she gobbled up with glee.

All in all a very good day.

Thank you to everyone who has posted a comment - it is great to know you are reading and experiencing BLW too.

Tomorrow is going to be challenging as we're out morning, noon and night. I have veg ready for both lunch and supper so fingers crossed I will survive. If I don't manage to post here tomorrow night - you'll know why!

Happy Days,

Kat x

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

What did we decorate the floor with today?

Yes, most of the food ended up on the floor - lol!
We had carrot, courgette and parsnip cut into 'chips' or batons and steamed until soft. Millie is very good at picking up a chip, lifting it to her mouth, biting half and chewing it before releasing the other half to drop to the floor! It seems that most of what goes in her mouth is getting chewed a little and then swallowed. We have started with two meals a day (lunch and supper) as these are the meals she is awake for.
Please tell me what you think - I would love to hear from others who are beginning BLW or those who have been in my shoes and can speak from experience :0)
Happy Days,
Kat x

Greetings from Kat

Hello!

I’m Kat, proud mother of Millie. As Mel has said I will be posting my experiences of BLW here as Millie and I start solids (eek!).

So who are we? I’m a twenty-something girl from the South of England. Millie is my first baby and she was born in June. I hope that you will get to know us over the next few months as we share our BLW experiences with you so I won’t say too much here!

The important stuff:

Why did I choose BLW?

Ah, so many reasons! Firstly, it makes sense from a scientific point of view. Why would I feed a child solid food before its digestive system is ready to digest anything more than milk? I’m guessing that if you’re reading this you will have looked at the research already. :0) Secondly, emotional well being. I worked as a mothers’ help when I was at college and hated the trauma of cajoling and forcing food into babies, my favourite family waited until later and generally just gave the baby what the older children had. I was taught to overeat as a child and want to make sure I teach my daughter sensible food relationships. Also, I had issues with my milk which has led to some difficulties with her weight gain (I have only been two weeks without having to go to the weigh in). I realised she would take to this method when she started reaching for my food when she was in my lap (hilarious with melon slices!) Overall, I want to allow Millie to develop and learn whilst retaining her independence.

Where are we up to?

Milk:

I terms of feeding for the first six months Millie has been fed breast milk. As I mentioned we had issues with my milk and to counteract this I had to express before feeding her and then top up with the expresso after I’d fed her. In short, she has not been ‘exclusively breast fed’ as I have been messing with the system. I have had some fantastic support from the NCT breast feeding counsellors in Winchester and would have been unable to continue as long as I have done without them. I have had to make the very tough decision this week that I will give her one formula feed per day. Basically, her weight is falling further away from her line and she will cross the 0.4th centile (bottom of the chart) in the next couple of weeks. I have to question that if my milk is not good enough to help her gain weight – what other nutrients is it missing? I’m sure you can empathise with my situation. We will be giving her HIPP Organic stage 2 as it is fortified with vitamins and iron. If any of you have any advice about this it would be most welcome!

The exciting bit – Food!

Millie started to copy me chewing and then tried to grab my food and pull it to her mouth several weeks ago. After I’d finished laughing, I started to think about how to allow her to experience food without introducing solids too early. I ended up giving her raw vegetable ‘chips’ to play with and chew on. This worked very well until she was ready to take solids as she couldn’t actually eat them but was happy to be joining in with meal times. In this last week I gave her steamed vegetables which went down so well I realised I had to get organised and make sure there was edible food at every meal. So this is where you find me: Monday was the first day of actual meals and Tuesday was the first day of actual poos! What did she eat? I steamed a range of veg for her to choose from and I think a little of everything went in if not down. Here’s we’ve made since Monday: Carrot, beetroot, butternut squash, sweet potato, celeriac, parsnip and courgette. More of the results in posts to come….

I have to say a massive thank you to Mel both for running such a fantastic blog but also for letting me add my experiences. We also have to thank Baby G who has given us the courage to go ahead with BLW even though Millie has weight issues. Without resources like this blog many women out there would have no support with weaning so thank you to you both again.

I hope I haven’t bored you all too much and that you’ll be back to read my first official daily entry….. ;0)

Love,

Kat x
PS - I'll work out how to post photos and add one later!

Saturday, 24 November 2007

The George of Old!

Saturday 24th November

Hurray, Hurray!

The two molars have poked their first bits through, and there seems to be some normality in our lives again!

George had ham & philly sandwiches and a banana for breakfast (leftovers from supper last night!!)

Lunch was beans & cheese on toast - and he asked for more beans!

Supper was a 2 egg, courgette, mushroom & onion omelet with cheese. He ate 3/4 of it - then half a mango and some blueberries! Woo Hoo!

love

Mel x

ps - we have mostly moved to open cups now for drinks, with great success - except for when he tries to run with the cups! eek!!

Great Big Blogging News!!!!

Hello lovely readers!

Sooo, as I warned you a few posts ago, I have decided to take the plunge and invite some "fresh blogging blood" to join in with the blog.

You should be getting an introduction post from Kat, who will tell you all about her & her dd Millie.

Kat will be doing a daily update from now, and I will just drop down to a weekly ish post, to keep you updated as to what George is doing. I will however still be reading etc, and will be around to answer any questions as usual. I will also be updating the recipes, articles etc etc etc

I just felt as we are fast approaching 18 months, maybe we were getting a little old to still be classing George as "weaning"!!!

So thank you very very much to everyone who has stood by me for the last year, and I hope that I will still see you all posting on here! I expect the same updates on all my regulars lo's too!

lots of love as always

Mel xxxxx

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

HE ATE!!!

Tuesday 20th November

Hurray, hurray, hurray!

Breakfast was a very odd daddy version of porridge, with big lumps of date and banana in - which George picked at!

But the breakthrough came at lunch. We went to Katsouris Deli in town, and George ate nearly all of a melted cheese roll - adult sized! He then had a mini pancake and a bite of my chocolate covered banana from the Christmas market!

Supper was some of my homemade spring rolls - which are delicious! Followed by a yoghurt and some grapes!

That almost counts as a real food day!!!

love

Mel x

Sunday, 18 November 2007

The nightmare continues....

we still are having horrible teeth, sleep and eating issues.

It is taking an hour on average to get George down at night, annd then he is waking in the night and will not settle without one of us in the room (again - for an hour).

Add to that that he is surviving on bread, grapes & german humzingers, there really isn't a lot to report food wise!

I am also thinking of trying to find a new mum to take over the main blogging, as I am starting to feel a bit redundant, as George isn't really BLWing any more. What do you think? Do you know anyone?? I will of course remain here, blogging with unusual food, hints tips and my usual jabberings! Well, if I can find someone that is! I ideally want someone just starting BLWing...hmmmm

love

Mel x

Monday, 12 November 2007

Rusholme - again!

Sunday 11th November

We started with the usual - grr, lazy mummy.

Lunch was some pasta and pesto, which was largely ignored tbh! These teeth are still causing him problems.

We went to rusholme for a curry for supper, with George enjoying his usual of paneer pakora, veggie samosas and naan bread! He was running around like mad, smiling at everyone! The waiters treated him to a vimto lolly - and as I am going to mummy hell I let him have it! horrible child seemed to love it!

love

Mel x

Dull day

Saturday 10th November

a boring food day really. Toast & banana for breakfast!

We went out for lunch, but George slept through most of the meal, so is surviving on spelt biscuits and german humzingers!

Supper was so monumental I have forgotten! lol

love

Mel x

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Bad mummy and the fast food!

Friday 9th November


Hello again! Still no molars through, and we are still having sleep issues, but not as bad as earlier in the week! Gran is over to stay though, so at least I have some back up!

We started today with porridge with dried cranberry and dates, about half a bowl full!

Then the badness started! We had pizza hut buffet for lunch. George ate 2 slices of pizza and a breadstick!

Supper was a tin (hangs head in shame!) of the no rubbish beef ravioli on brown toast, a banana and a fromage frais. So a bit of a rally late on on the healthy front! lol

love

Mel x

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Black Gums, Night Terrors & other horrors

Sorry guys,

my posting has gone crap lately, but we have been in the midst of a nightmare here!

George has a molar coming through, and seems to have some sort of blood blister on the gum. It is awful, but the GP isn't overly concerned. It has made George very grumpy and he almost stopped eating for 2 days as a result.

At the same time he has developed some sort of bedroom/night related terrors - and has screamed and screamed hysterically at every nap & bed time. Coupled with waking in the night in the same state.

As such I have lost the will to live, let alone blog!

When I can focus again I will get back to you all!

love

Mel xxx

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Stolen pizza!

Thursday 1st November

We were back to our usual start time today after the clocks changed, lets hope it lasts eh? I made porridge with dried cranberries and apricots this morning, but it wasn't very popular. I had run out of full fat milk though, so maybe semi-skimmed just doesn't cut it for George!

Lunch was a drawn out affair, eaten largely at peer support training. He had half a leftover pancake, some grapes, half a clemantine and a german humzinger type bar. This was in addition to the grapes eaten round asda and a slice of tiger bread before we set off!

When we got in I was pottering and George appears to have found a slice of my pizza left over from lunch & half inched it! lol - either that or I will find it hidden somewhere very stinky soon!

Supper was tinned veggie ravioli - I am knackered after shopping, rhythm & rhyme, peer support then a walk to the library! This was accompanied by tiger bread and followed by a yoghurt!

Love

Mel x

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Wednesday 31st October

Due to rushng off to Grandma's this morning, we reverted to toast & banana. Bad mummy put a small scrape of honey on the toast though! lol

no idea about lunch!

For supper I made potato & sweetcorn pancakes with tomatoes. They seemed quite popular! This was followed by the now obligatory yoghurt! lmao

love

Mel x

Muttar Paneer

Tuesday 30th October

I made a grated apple & date porridge this morning - which was largely greeted with suspicion tbh - but he did eat some of it at least!

I got all creative and made muttar paneer for George. For those not in the know it is a pea & paneer dish, with a tomato base. Anyone who makes it properly would have had a fi at mine as I had no fresh herbs, so I improvised a little, but George ate some! lol

Dh made a tomato sauce for pasta for supper - so all in all a good cooking day here!

love

Mel x

Monday, 29 October 2007

Sausage & Mash - and a very un-BLW meal!

Monday 29th October

George is 17 months today - when does BLW just become eating I wonder? Hmmm, maybe I should get someone new to BLW to co-write the blog now....

Well, we started predictably enough with toast & banana! ho hum!George had a German humzinger bar as a snack at sign - they are wrapped in rice paper so not so messy as the ones over here!

Lunch was some left over pies (baby pies) from last week. The 2 biggest ones it seemed, but all eaten up. Followed by 2 pears.

At C's house he ate half a banana mid afternoon too!

Supper was sausage & mash with a leek & mushroom gravy. George spat out the sausage and lost interest in the mash - so [hangs head in shame] we fed him whilst whooshing the spoon around making aeroplane noises! So 11 months in to this BLW lark and we regress to a stage we bypassed when choosing BLW. I apologise for setting such a crap example! Maybe I really do need someone else to blog with me! lol

love

Mel x

ps - any new readers - I really do have some helpful stuff on the blog, I have just been rubbish this last week! x

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Mushroom Risotto

Saturday 27th October

I had a lie in (woo hoo) and dh gave George toast & a pear for breakfast!

Dh then made a delicious mushroom risotto (his speciality)which George seemed to really enjoy. This was his first rice (sorry Jeasmin not made the lentil & rice yet!!) and he seemed to really like it.

Supper was farfalle pasta with the bought tomato & vegetable organic kids sauce with cheese, followed by a banana and a yoghurt!

love

Mel x

another crap post!

Friday 26th October

apart from toast & banana for breakfast I have no idea.

I am getting very rubbish at my blogging - it has been a very funny week though, so please excuse me!

love

Mel x

Thursday, 25 October 2007

A little bit of everything!

Thursday 25th October

There was no milk & no butter in the fridge this morning, so George had a fruit platter for breakfast - a banana, 2 satsumas & some strawbs (he rejected the pear!)

Lunch was 3 baby pies from my batch earlier in the week.

Supper has been beans (with cream cheese stirred in) on toast, followed by a yoghurt & some grapes.

love

Mel x

Soup - finally!

Wednesday 24th October

George had 2 bits of toast & 2 bananas for breakfast! OMG!!

dh made him pasta in a carbonara sauce for lunch, and says he ate a big bowlful.

I didn't make it home until 9.30pm, so dh was still in charge for supper. He made George a bowl of heinz chunky minestrone soup with a slice of brown bread! I haven't looked at the salt etc in the tin - but at least it has veggies in etc! All in all - not too bad eh!!

love

Mel x

Mummy on a road trip!

Tuesday 23rd October

I did another date porridge for breakfast this morning, which wasn't as popular as yesterday! grr - I obviously need to be more creative here - lol

Lunch was a bit of a ham sandwich, then a bit of cheesy garlic bread.

I set off after lunch to drive to Kent (via Worcester!) so dh was in charge. He made him beef ravioli for supper, followed by a yoghurt & a plum!

love

Mel x

Monday, 22 October 2007

Baby Pies again!

Monday 22nd October

A delicious majool date porridge got us off today!

Lunch was another screaming fit - again over fruit. I made Jennie M's spring rolls (OMG delicious!!) but all George wanted was fruit. So he had 3 satsumas and a pear - I ate the spring rolls.

Supper was 3 baby pies made today with spud, sweet potato, carrot, onions, sawwetcorn & spinach & cream cheese! George ate 3, and a yoghurt. We hid the fruit bowl during supper - which appears go be the way forward from now on.

love

Mel x

I HATE SUNDAY LUNCH!

Sunday 21st October

dh did breakfast of toast & a banana, but when I got up George shared my eclair (I was hungover!) and some of my veggie bacon sandwich!

Lunch was a crumpet & a peach - with a snack of a pear mid afternoon.

I made a sort of roast - I bought dh & George a minced Aberdeen Angus beef pie (I had a mini quorn one!) and made roast spuds, carrots, sweet potato & onions. I also made a broccoli & cauliflower gratin with leeks & mushrooms. George took one look at it & screamed - uncontrollably. In the end, eating no supper he had some malt loaf & a yoghurt. Grr

love

Mel x

Rusholme!

Saturday 20th October

George had a big bowl of porridge for his breakfast - then we set off to go to Stockley farm!

Having got horrible lost, we decided to have lunch at Slattery's in Whitefield - a delicious chocolatiere where our wedding cake came from! It was full, but we bought some cake & chocolate to take away! George was starving though, so ate some of his packed lunch of philly & ham sandwich & some grapes.

We ended up in rusholme, with George eating paneer pakora and some of a veggie samosa, with nan bread to finish and a couple of tomato garnishes. He finished off the grapes, and half a humzinger too!

After a 2 hour lunch, he just had a couple of yoghurts for supper!

love

Mel x

Friday, 19 October 2007

Still no book - sorry!

Friday 19th October

I made toast & marmite and a banana for breakfast!

He apparently "ate plenty" at Grandma's - but it didn't occur to dh to ask what!

As such he wasn't really interested in much supper. dh made pasta with a jar of organic kids pasta sauce with all sorts of hidden veggies. He half ate a peach and is at present having a yoghurt - there is always room for a yoghurt! lol

love

Mel x

Paddy in the Pizzaria!

Thursday 18th October

I made a very popular dried cranberry and sultana porridge for breakfast - which was eaten after a banana!

Lunch was at peer support training again. He ate a brown philly & tomato roll cut up into pieces (as he eats on the trot!), some massive grapes and a small bit of one of the German humzingers.

I decided to brave a mum & son trip for a pizza for supper, as I couldn't bare to cook. George was not impressed, and screamed most of the time we were there! I think he managed 3 dough balls and 1 square of pizza. All very traumatic!

love

Mel x

Catching up!

Wednesday 17th October

George was whisked away to Grandmas before breakfast, and we still have a breakdown in what he ate there with the loss of the book. I will buy a new book this weekend!

I made George a bowl of beans, with the three remaining pancakes from last night spread with cream cheese for supper. I am very bad, and he had the full fat, sugar, salt, lead, asbestos...(okay, slight exageration!!) ones, and loves them! He was dipping the pancakes in too! lol

love

Mel x

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Spinach & Potato pancakes

Tuesday 16th October

George still at in-laws until 3pm as I was still so unwell. I know he ate a M&S fruit salad, some ham & cheese omlette and a M&S apricot pastry (!!!)

I had a sudden Nigella moment though in my death bed and decided to make spinach & potato pancakes for supper. He seemed very keen on them...I will post a recipe as soon as I feel well! He ate 6, then a yoghurt.

love

Mel x

A bad day all round

Monday 15th October

I had to rush off to Court this morning, so George had both breakfast & lunch there. I picked him up mid afternoon, but then came down with a hideous virus...so ended up calling FIL to take him back overnight.

He ate very little of the supper I offered - but FIL said he had eaten well in the day.

I felt so hideous that I didn't care what he had eaten! lol

love

Mel x

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Crying for fruit!

Sunday 14th October

Today has been a bad bad food day - one I wouldn't encourage anyone to replicate! Dh bought some raisin & lemon mini pancakes & a chocolate brioche for breakfast. It was delicious - but not v healthy!

Then, whilst I convalesced and I thought he & George were in the park he snuck off for a pint and gave George mini cheddars for lunch. OMG!!! He did have half a peach when he got home though!

Supper was supposed to be scambled eggs with ham & cheese, but he got hysterical at the mere thought - pointing desperately at the fruit bowl (which we had to hide!). He did finally eat some malt loaf and a yoghurt. All very traumatic.

So take heart dear readers....this day should reassure you of the healthy diet you are giving your lo's at least! pmsl

love

Mel x

Manchester Art Treasures & Grinch

Saturday 13th October

George had toast & banana for breakfast today - but at least it isn't so predictable any more!

We went out to look round the Manchester Treasures exhibition at the art gallery today, and after a huge walk, we headed off to Grinch for lunch. Poor George was very tired, and wasn't much interested in food. He ate some garlic & tomato bread, and about half a slice of margerita pizza - but that was all. He did chew most of a German fruit bar...but spat some out on the floor! Yum!!

I bought him a M&S kids supper of aberdeen angus meatballs in pasta - and he apparently ate only the pasta! Grr. The fruit & yoghurt diet lives on!

love

Mel x

Spanish Omlette

Thursday 11th October

Okay, I am slacking I know...but I have been poorley all weekend!

Thursday was a pretty uneventful food day, until supper. I made a spanish styleee omlette with potato, shallot & grated cheese in. George ate it with some lentil dip on the side, and loved it!

love

Mel x

Friday, 12 October 2007

DH in charge - so no entry!

Wednesday 10th October

I was up at 5 to fly to London for a course, leaving dh in charge of getting George to grandma's etc.

DH fitted our new kitchen sink during the day, so George stayed at Grandma's for supper too....but dh is rubbish at remembering what George ate, so there is another blank entry! Sorry girls!

love

Mel x

Double Dips!!

Tuesday 9th October

I did a breakfast of porridge with banana and dried cranberry - which was a huge hit!

Having suffered from guilt over the pizza hut (i know I am being silly!!) I made two dips for lunch - homemade hummus & Jenny Mazails red lentil & tomato dip. I started serving them with halloumi - but resorted to breadsticks in the end. George did eat a bowlful of the red lentil dip though.

After swimming he snacked on a pear and some strawberries.

Dh did supper of the organic mini-sausages & beans. All in all a good protein day I think!

love

Mel x

Monday, 8 October 2007

Pizza Hut - again!

Monday 8th October

Breakfast was once again a banana and some toast! Oh, and he ate a nectarine too! lol

We were very bad at lunch and went to have a pizza hut buffet. George ate pizza, pasta & some sweetcorn from the salad bar! Bad mummy!

Supper was a baked sweet potato, half straight up, and half mushed with some cream cheese & eaten with a spoon. He also ate half a plum, a pear and a yoghurt! Appetite seems better eh?? lol

love

Mel x

Weekend breakdown!

As far as Saturday & sunday are concerned - we have no idea what happened food wise...

George has eaten well, lots of fruit - but neither of us can remember what he had on which day etc.

sorry!

love

Mel x

Friday, 5 October 2007

Starting to eat

Friday 5th October

Well things have improved a little today! Breakfast was a banana and a brioche roll.

Dh was in charge today, and so lunch was a little bizarre - rice pudding with some sort of rustic WI type jam. JAM!!!????

I can home in time to see him munching away on a nectarine - it is so cute to see him eat his way round the stone...bless.

He ate some pasta with cream cheese & spinach, followed by a bit of pear and a fromage frais. All in all not a bad food day.

love

Mel x

ps - Without comment on the politics behind it, the latest soldier killed in Afghanistan was an old school friend, as is his wife. I am no longer in contact with them, but know they have 2 kids aged 3 & 1. Please spare a thought for those he leaves behind x

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Hunger strike

Thursday 4th October

The day didn't start well today...I put the refused but delicious apples in porridge...and George refused to eat it. In the end he ate half a banana, lots of grapes and a brioche roll as we did the food shopping.

Lunch was at peer support training...he sucked the cream cheese off some bread, ate 3 slices of malt loaf and 1 grape!

The grape obsession continued when we got home as he stole them off the kitchen counter whilst I was washing up.

Supper was a running battle. He got the rest of the macaroni cheese with 2 mini quiches....not 1 morsel passed his lips. He was pointing at the fruit bowl, but when I peeled an orange he threw it on the floor. He did eat half a brioche roll. So all in all a rubbish day....he better get some teeth or something to show for this soon! lol

love

Mel x

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Very lazy mummy!

Wednesday 3rd October

George didn't seem too bothered about his breakfast this morning...but did eventually eat a slice of toast &
marmite & a plum.

I was going out around lunch, but I don't think that was what put George off lunch. He managed about half a
philly & ham sandwich.

He did have half a brioche bun and some grapes at M's house about 3.30....

But totally refused the casserole I defrosted. In desperation I have given him tinned
macaroni cheese... and if he eats that I might try some pan fried apple! Hmmm

love

Mel x

Edit to say he screamed at the pasta, and point blank refused to apple. As I have nothing else in to offer as a 4th alternative he will have to be hungry. I am a very cross mummy tonight.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Pret-a-manger sandwich

Tuesday 2nd October

I did a date porridge this morning, another success I have to say!

DH took George out for lunch, and gave him a roasted vegetable pret sandwich apparently for lunch.

Supper was a banana (spotted whilst I cooked pasta!) some mushroom tortellini with pesto & a noddy fromage frais!

Love

Mel x

ps - only 1 taker so far on the "your BLW experiences" write up - surely someone else wants to share, plug their own blog...anything????x

Monday, 1 October 2007

A new type of Pancake Sushi Roll!

Monday 1st October

rabbits rabbits rabbits.....

Well, now the superstition is done with, let's get on with the food. Breakfast was banana & blueberry porridge - quite a big bowlful as well.

Lunch was a bit of a disaster. I made cheesy eggy bread....which was not proving popular. I tried a small squeeze of tomato ketchup....so George dipped the bread in the ketchup, sucked off the ketchup, then threw the bread on the floor. AARRGGHH!!!! lol. He did have the last of the peach slices, and about 3 blueberries too.

For supper I made the pancake sushi rolls, filled with a steamed & mashed sweet potato mixed with cream cheese. They were very popular!

love

Mel x

ps - forgot to say on the 29th post - George was 16 months....

Ysabelle's Christening

Sunday 30th September

Phewee, it is celebration city in our household! lol

Breakfast was the toast & banana usual! lol

I took another cream cheese sandwich with us today, but there were so many kids running round like mad at the party after the christening he ate the bare minimum to keep going I think, then was off showing off his dancing! It was a lovely christening - even if Ysabelle did cry the instant she looked at DH at the party - I did PMSL!!

After suffering vegetable guilt after this weekend, George was given veggie meatballs in beans for supper...followed by some peach slices and a few blueberries!

*and relax* - phew, what a weekend!

love

Mel x

Sunday, 30 September 2007

Helene & Neil's Wedding

Saturday 29th September

breakfast was toast & banana for the first sitting, then for second sitting he has some tinned spag bol (dh??!!!), egg and potato cake!

Just before we set out to the wedding, he had 2 further potato cakes, and a noddy fromage frais - which I am ashamed to say I fed him (yeah - 16 months in to this BLW lark!!) to keep his outfit clean!

During the photograph lull time after the ceremony George munched on blueberries, and a bit of peach. For the wedding breakfast he ate a cream cheese sandwhich on fresh bread, some bread roll and some dried fruit. He totally ignored the served food as a result, even the ice cream!

I was worried he hadn't eaten much, but in writing this I realise he ate quite a bit! lol

love

Mel x

Bad mummy was drinking wine...

Friday 28th September

george started with the usual toast & banana, then dh dropped him off at Grandma's.

We have no idea now what he had, but it was loads by all accounts as when dh tried to give him some toast & philly for supper he hardly touched it.

I was drinking wine in the office, and made it hope just before bedtime...so have no real clue what was happening - food or otherwise! lol

love

Mel x

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Ham!

Thursday 27th September

I did porridge again for breakfast - today with blueberries, sultanas and dried apple in - and it went down a storm again!

Lunch was in 2 parts. A peach at home, the rest at the bf training. He had 4 mini quiches (which I have to take in the recipe for), a ton of grapes and more blueberries!

After a run round the park, we went to Crome in Chorlton for supper. George ate some dough balls to start, 3/4 of his kids ham & mushroom pizza and a tub od dairy ice cream! Phewee!

Love

Mel x

Post 300 - can you believe it!!!

Wednesday 26th September

another breakfast of toast & banana! All eaten up though.

Dh forgot to tell me about lunch - so no clues...but he isn't as inventive as me at meal times, so it was probably cheese on toast! lol - if I remember, I will ask & update later!

Supper was supposed to be beans & fish fingers...but the fingers were rejected totally. So beans it was...all eaten beautifully with a spoon. He finished with a yoghurt (trying new ones - noddy organic ones in tubs now the spoon is used so well!) and a big handful of grapes.

love

Mel x

ps - I know it isn't food related - but who saw Bringing up Baby? I was utterly mortified.

Manic tuesday!

Tuesday 25th September

dh was in charge most of the day, as I had to work. He returned to toast & banana for breakfast, which wentt down okay.

Wonders will never cease, but George ate scrambled eggs and bread for lunch - he usually hates scramled eggs - maybe all the pepper dh uses helps! hmmm.

After swimming he had a bereadstick, some blueberries and a few stolen veggie cookies as a snack.

Supper was pasta with pesto & grated cheese, followed by a yoghurt. No sign of any teeth yet, but he is at least eating more, which is a relief!

love

Mel x

Monday, 24 September 2007

A much better day

Monday 24th September

I tried a new breakfast today - porridge with mixed in sultanas, prune (but up) and cut up dried apple rings. George ate 2 bowlful's. I cannot tell you how pleased I was to see him eat!

I had to go to work at 1 for a meeting, so DH did lunch. He says George ate almost a whole malt loaf!

I made pancake sushi rolls for supper, and George ate 2. He then had a massive pot of rhubarb yoghurt - an extra special one which was thick & delicious.

phew - a much better day than yesterday! Will try Jeasmin's suggested recipe tomorrow, as soft spoonable food seems to work!

love

Mel x

Sunday, 23 September 2007

I think we are teething big time

Sunday 24th September

Breakfast seemed to go okay this morning, as he ate 4 slices of fruit toast.

Lunch was another oddity, made up of sliced peaches...followed by chunks of cheese (finally!!!) and bread sticks.

Supper was another matter though. I made gnocchi with another frozen batch of HBPS - which was greated with hysteria. Every piece he put in his mouth he would cry and wince. It was awful. In the end, sitting on the kitchen counter, he ate 2 prunes, and 5 individual rice crispie shapes in milk - fed to me by him from a spoon. Whilst sobbing and tear stained.

It was awful. If it is teeth I hope they come quickly.

love

Mel x

No food!

Saturday 22nd September.

There was no hint of the day to come, when breakfast was had as usual!

George slept for 3 hours through lunch, and refused his apple when he woke. About 4 o'clock he finally had a tea cake.

Supper got thrown on the floor, and so he sat with no supper whilst we ate. When we finished our supper we offered him some dried fruit. He ate 2 prunes, a few raisins and half a date, The rest went on the floor, and he didn't even eat the orange. So he went to bed.

love

bad mummy again!! x

Poor abandoned baby!

Friday 21st September

Poor George was sent to Grandma's this morning in his pj's. He had some toast etc here, but still......

no idea about lunch - I am rubish, I know!

Supper was also at Grandma's, dh was stuck in traffic and with no car I couldn't get him! He had home made fishcakes with roast veggies.

love

Mel x

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Topkapi Palace & the worst mummy

Thursday 20th September

George had 2 pieces of fruit toast & a banana for breakfast.

We went to rhythm & rhyme this morning, and as I planned to be out for just the hour of the session I took no drink, snacks or nappies! I had, of course, totally got the time wrong for our LLL Peer Support training, which started 15 mins after R&R finished. I turned up with a sleeping George with no lunch etc. I scrounged a nappy when he woke...and he had 3 biscuits and water from a polystyrene cup. I looked awful. He had some fruit and a drink when we got home!

We then had an early tea at our favourite Turkish restaurant. George loves halloumi & hummous as well as bread, so I thought he would eat no problems. I hadn't banked on what a sensation he would be to the waitresses, who couldn't keep off him - he was so giddy he hardly ate - he blew kisses at them instead! He did manage most of the lollipop they found for him, until the lolly fell off the stick & he almost choked on it! Wonderful!

He is currently finishing off another 2 slices of fruity bread! Grr.

love

the worsy mummy on the block! x

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Football Birthday Picnic

Wednesday 19th September

Breakfast this morning waqs a continental waffle with a banana and a tiny bit of chocolate sauce!

DH has re-lost the book, so no idea what George had at Grandma's - but with luck it was fruit & healthy goodies.

As it is DH's birthday he wanted a picnic party, with burgers and football. I hade organic beef burgers (wearing rubber gloves!!), curly fries, grilled bacon & procedded cheese, with a token bit of salad. I had veggie burgers! lol. George ate half a burger bun and two slices of processed cheese - refused the meat point blank. aarrggghhhhh!!!

love

Mel x

ps - my office Junior tried coconut today - and wasn't impressed!

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Pasta Bake - not a chance mummy!

Tuesday 18th September

Breakfast was toast & a pear..which he couldn't get in quickly enough this morning.

Lunch was 3 potato cakes with butter and a pile of blueberries.

We went to M's to play before swimming and George found his after swimming breadstick, so ate that whilst he played. As such he shared M's strawberries and biscuits after swimming - I am sure he does it to make me look like a rubbish mum!

He totally refused to even entertain the yummy pasta bake I made for supper, and in the end I relented and gave him a plum, a banana and some malt loaf! He didn't even taste the pasta bake, which is the infuriating thing. Grr

love

Mel x

Monday, 17 September 2007

Wonderful, Wonderful news

Monday 17th September

Breakfast was a slice of toast and a pear - a HUGE pear mind! lol

Lunch was toasted and buttered potato cakes - there was a side of cheesy scrambled eggs, but they were totally rejected.

This afternoon we went to baby clinic as I felt we hadn't been for ages. George was weighed, and is now between the 50th & 75th centiles - after all that bloody worry and heartache, and now he is almost back where he started (via a small detour to off the bottom of the 0.4 line as some of you will remember!!). Almost as good, she said there were only 2 other lo's out of the 70 odd she sees who are as advanced as George - she thinks he is really advanced developmentally for his age, and just said "well done" to me. I hate blowing my own trumpet, but after so long feeling I was doing something wrong, I cannot explain how good it feels to be complemented on my son.

After a small snack of pitta bread and salsa when mummy and daddy snuck out for a quick drink, George had gnocchi with philly & spinach for supper followed by an orange.

Off to feel smug

love

Mel xx

Fruit overload!!

Sunday 16th September

So, as usual the day started with toast & a banana - nothing new.

As I have a house full of fresh fruit, and George is now often funny about lunch, I gave him a bowl full of strawbs, blueberries, grapes and a cut up plum. He ate it all bar the strawbs!

DH made a delicious supper of sausage & mash with a leek & mushroom gravy. It was delicious - but George just screamed at the thought of it, pointing hysterically at the fruit bowl. In the end he had another 2 plums and an orange. So except for a slice of toast all he ate all day was fruit. Typical eh...most parents in the news struggle to get their kids to eat fruit, I am struggling to get him to eat anything else.

I was having a bit of a lazy mummy day though, so I will be a bit more determined food wise today! lol

love

Mel x

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Horrible Landlord affects Dinner Plans

Saturday 15th September

After his usua; breakfast with daddy, George then ate some of my tea cakes too!

Lunch was strawberries and two peaches, eaten in the pub with dh on the way back from the barber! Not sure I approve of the venue though! lol

We were thinking of trying a new supper venue after we popped out this afternoon/evening, as Lloyds in Chorlton had a nice sounding kids menu. However, after George cried for less than a minute the landlord, who appeared a little worse for wear, came and asked us to control our baby. I was so livid I walked out immediately, and am now determined to spread the word about their rude and non-child friendly attitude. So - if you are ever in Manchester - avoid Lloyds in Chorlton like the plaigue.

In the end George, dh & I all had a lovely supper in Croma...dough balls and ham pizza for George and a small tub of vanilla ice cream as a treat. lol!

love

Mel x

Beans on Toast

Friday 14th September

Breakfast had to be taken at Grandma's as I was rushed into the office.

Dh has no idea what Grandma did for lunch either - so all in all a rubbish blog entry for today.

He did remember that George had beans on toast for supper, but I was still at work so cannot verify it!

sorry!

love

Mel x

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Fish Fingers & Peas

Thursday 13th September

As well as the usual, George also had some grapes for breakfast!

Lunch was a fruitarians dream, 2 plums, loads of grapes and half a suck of an apple.

We tried George with fish fingers and peas, with a blog of tartar sauce - but he wasn't interested. He did scoop the peas up with a spoon, but then spat them out again! Dh ate the fingers! The last minute stand by was a loaf (yes - really!) of buttered malt loaf!

love

Mel x

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

A Feast with Grandad!

Wednesday 12th September

George ate half his breakfast at home as we started very early today, we are not sure if he added to it when he got to Grandma's.

Lunch was sausage, bacon, eggs and beans, which he ate almost all off. The beans were apparently a fave! His afternoon snack by all accounts was best part of a punnet of strawbs, some too big to eat in one, but that didn't stop him trying! lol

We weren't sure he would eat any supper, but he managed a slice of toast with philly! Where does it all go?

love

Mel x

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Potato Cakes

Tuesday 11th September

brekkie was as usual - but it was eaten so quickly I made a second slice of toast! Half of that got eaten - but only after George had blown on it to cool it down!!!

Lunch was late after a long nap, and was fresh bread with philly, garden tomatoes (ignored!) and buttered potato cakes!

I thought Gerge would be hungry after swimming, he wolfed down a breadstick at the pool, but dh says he wasn't very interested. He ate an orange and a plum in the end!

love

Mel x

ps - in my update I forgot to say that George in his enthusiasm for my home grown tomatoes has picked all the green ones, chewed them once and disgarded all over the garden! grrr. x

A potted History of downtime

hurray hurray hurray - I"M BACK!!!

OMG, sad as it sounds I have been lost without my internet!

I have tried not to do anything too adventurous whilst I have been offline as I didn't want you to miss anything big. However, what has really happened with a vengance this last week or so is just how well George now eats with his fork and spoon. He managed a whole plate of beef ravioli on toast with his fork unaided this week.

I also had some sucess on sunday with a sausage casserole! I made it from scratch, a veggie one for me and meat for dh & George, and it was a sucess all round. George refused the spuds and veggies that went with it (grr) but liked his sausage. I used red lentils for the first time and even dh liked them! In my latest shopping expedition I have bought tesco out of tinned tomatoes to make other tomatoey and lentilly sauces! yummy!

The fruit love affair continues unabaited! As does the love affair with bread! oh, and I have stuck to the usual brekkie - shock horror! pmsl.

so...back to the daily diary then........

love

Mel x

Monday, 10 September 2007

Total Meltdown

OMG OMG OMG

I am sooooo sorry lovely readers! My laptop is dead, and now my new ISP has let me down. I am internetless!

I am promised to be their priority today, so I might be back later!

love

Mel x

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Daddy's Bread & Greengages

Tuesday 4th September

Well, whilst breakfast was basically the same, the toast was made with daddy's home made poppy seed bread - yummy!

Lunch was late due to a mamoth sleep today! It was 4 samosa's from the freezer, then 2 satsumas and a plum.

I defrosted the slightly odd soya meatballs to try again, but they were not overly popular! We then tried leftover fish pie, again with limited sucess. In the end George finished off with dried fruit! oh, and a greengage! Yummy!

I thought you might like to see the whole danger dinner exploits though! Do you see why I am being driven insane!! (apologies it is on its side!)

love Mel x

Monday, 3 September 2007

Fish Pie

Monday 3rd September

nothing new for breakfast!

Dh made some pasta sauce for his and George's lunch, but he said only a little got eaten. George did have a pear or two though.

I bought a no added rubbish cheesy fish pie for George, but he got pretty hysterical about it tbh. He had a few spoons of it, but in the end dh resorted to philly on toast!

Grr - boy cannot live on bread & fruit alone!!!

love

Mel x

Pizza Hut

Sunday 2nd September

Breakfast was some brown seeded toast and a banana!

DH & I planned a walk, so I gave him an early snack of dried and fresh fruit, which he wolfed down. This was about 12 o'clock.

After a failed expedition for little boy wellies, the drizzle was so bad we abondoned the walk and headed to the local pizza hut - a rare treat! George ate a big bowl of macarroni cheese, mainly with an adult sized fork! All with very little mess. He also figured out a straw for the first time!

Supper was a pear, 2 satsumas and a plum!

love

Mel x

ps - forgot the office junior update from friday. He wasn't impressed by strawberries - they apparently tasted like apples. He did like the blueberries though! In fact, he asked where sold them so he could get more!

Saturday, 1 September 2007

Danger Dinners

Saturday 1st September

George apparently had had breakfast at Grandma's this morning, but he found room for another slice of raisin toast when he got home.

Lunch was a total farce though. Whilst I was cooking, George decided to climb out of his highchair. First he got stuck in the back (how I don't know) then nearly fell out the top. I was getting really cross tbh, as I was trying to stop food burning and stop him getting hurt.

He then decided that his pasta had burned him (again, how I don't know as mine was only luke warm) and so screamed, rubbing tomato sauce all over his face, head etc etc whilst eating.

Same danger baby tricks during supper, which was herby eggy bread and fruit. He ate half a peach and half a plum (grrr) and 2 satsumas.

I might start sellotaping him in for meals tomorrow....watch this space. lol

love

Mel x

ps - how the hell can it be September already, that is almost Christmas!!! AGAIN!!!