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