Monday, 10 November 2008
Friday, 31 October 2008
I introduced breakfast a few days ago, as he was hanging round the table looking hopeful, like a puppy. Just toast with butter or cream cheese, so far. Easy to clean up in a hurry.
His first tooth popped through the gum today, hooray. Soon its mate should follow and chewing will be more effective.
Finally, I made apple porridge pancakes for dinner. It's 50g oats (ground in a blender), 30g flour, 1.5 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 whisked egg, 60ml apple juice, 50g yoghurt, half a grated apple. Makes 6 mini pancakes. Phoebe devoured 3, he's asleep so will try it when he wakes up. It was a lot of hassle to make, to be honest.
Friday, 24 October 2008
Yesterday I made cheesy veg nuggets, again from Aitch's site (see links). 7oz frozen broccoli, steamed till very soft then disintegrated in the blender. Mixed with 4oz breadcrumbs, 6oz grated cheese, 2.5 tbsp each olive oil and water, and 1.5 tsp baking powder. Made about 15 balls. Baked at 190C for 25 minutes. Very oily result, but he really enjoyed them. Rather chewy too; it's amazing what babies can manage with no teeth. Once my frozen stock runs out I shall make them again. Probably with mushrooms instead as he hasn't tried them yet.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Onion is notorious for causing wind but he seems fine with it. So there's another food ticked off :)
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Had his 8 month HV check today, only 2 weeks late. Pointless really - height, weight, "He looks like he's doing fine, here's your free books". Could have got those from the library, which is right next to Phoebe's preschool rather than miles out of my way like the clinic. But it's good to know how big he is. Still 91st centile for both height and weight (73cm, 22lb) - he was born 9lb 4.5oz so is following his curve nicely and it explains why he's in 12-18 month clothes and already almost out of them. Genetically he should be short; we're all 25th centile. Weird. I guess he already eats more than his sister does now at 3.5!
Monday, 13 October 2008
Also, I gave him a new rice cake topping today. Mashed banana with greek yoghurt and lemon juice. Went down a treat but left him very sticky!
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Today he had a bit of organic smoked salmon with his lunch. Like the plaice last week, he chewed a while then spat. Texture, not flavour, seemed to bother him a bit.
Monday, 6 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Also had his first fish, a bit of the inside of a plaice goujon. He was puzzled by the texture I think, as he chewed it a bit before spitting.
Oh and I have discovered that he will eat lentils after all, if they are spread on a rice cake. Good result there.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Tuesday, 30 September 2008
Dinner: coconut couscous, steamed butternut squash, and lumpy puree. Well, a "Stage 2" variety (strawberry and mango) intended to teach 7 month olds how to eat tiny lumps. I bought a pack by mistake a while ago and Phoebe won't touch it ("I don't like bits") so thought it was time to try it on the boy. Interestingly it was quite gaggy; he clearly sucks the puree off the spoon straight to the back of his throat just like the theory says. As Rafs, who is happy with toast and pasta and could chew at 5.5 months, had this problem, it's no wonder so many exclusively puree-fed babies struggle to move on to stuff with more texture. He did get the hang of it after a few goes and does love "spoon-fruit", as it's known in our house.
Sunday, 28 September 2008
Anyway, the only new thing he has eaten was cauliflower cheese. A rip-off frozen organic "home-made" thing from Waitrose. I thought it was really nice but he hated it so much it made him cry. So I quickly replaced it with a trusty yoghurt.
Thursday, 25 September 2008
Today, more rice cakes and hoummus for lunch, with an apple/blueberry puree pot (same as Phoebe). Dinner was mac cheese; he loves this. Tried a few squashed peas as I made some for Phoebe anyway, but he can't pick them up yet really. Then squash/carrot puree from the freezer - I made it so I'm determined to use it up.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Lunch was plain mini rice cakes (now a firm favourite), broccoli and a peach yoghurt. I need to cut down on yoghurt I think - he now eats the entire pot and it's quite sugary.
Dinner was linguine (amusing), banana (to try to bung him up a bit) and a pot of pear/raspberry puree. He adores raspberry and got cross when it was finished.
Monday, 22 September 2008
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Saturday, 20 September 2008
Friday, 19 September 2008
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Dinner: Phoebe begged for pancakes. Wheat, dairy and egg, all in one package. But I decided , what the heck, let him try it. Another hit :) and no sign of any egg problem so far. She ate three whole pancakes, so a great success all round. One left, now in the freezer.
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Sunday, 14 September 2008
For dinner he has eaten a fair bit more of the broccolli and sweet pots, along with some couscous and some rice cake with hoummus. It's fantastic that he likes hoummus; it's a great protein source for a veggie and as DH eats the commercial stuff for breakfast every day it's a family staple.
Saturday, 13 September 2008
First I made hoummus. One can of Tesco organic chick peas (they have no salt), roughly mashed, then blended with the other ingredients. The trick with hoummus, I find, is to add way more liquid than you would expect. So I used about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 of natural yoghurt and several good glugs of bottled lemon juice. Next time I'll add garlic, but I'm avoiding tahini at the moment because it contains the same allergen as peanuts do.
He had the hoummus spread on a rice cake for lunch, and seemed to enjoy it. He also had one with cream cheese, and some tomato pieces on the side.
Then he had some coconut couscous for dinner. This is based on a recipe in Carol Timperly's Vegetarian Baby and Child, one of my favourite books. Phoebe used to eat a lot of it when she was younger (she won't eat it now, of course).
I did 200ml carton of coconut cream, 2 tablespoons demerara sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 400ml water. Boil, make sure sugar is dissolved, stir in 8oz couscous, remove from heat, cover, leave till ready. It's good with raisins and dried apricots (simmered for 10 minutes separately to make them juicy, then stirred in) but he doesn't have a pincer grip yet. The couscous clumps nicely into big balls so makes good finger food, although it goes everywhere when dropped on the floor. It also freezes really well.
First taste gave him "the shudder" but he kept eating, so must have liked it well enough. He also had some defrosted carrot puree, left from my early "does he really hate carrots?" experiment, but rejected it. So he had an apple/vanilla puree pot instead.
I also made a big batch of macaroni cheese for the freezer. Won't give you a recipe as it's hardly unusual! Fingers crossed he likes it.
Friday, 12 September 2008
Dinner: steamed carrot and courgette (defrosted). Don't freeze cooked courgette, it goes quite slimy! Digestive biscuit, banged it on the tabke till it shattered, and so he managed to actually eat a few of the smaller bits. Then raspberry yoghurt, his favourite flavour.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Dinner: Banana. An organic wholewheat digestive. This was thoroughly sucked but he didn't manage to bite any off. Poor toothless fellow. Then a strawberry yoghurt. First taste of strawberry; it's very very unlikely that he'll be allergic, and he's been fine with raspberry, so I thought it was reasonable at 7 months 8 days. I'm tired of throwing away the strawberry yoghurts because nobody likes them. Luckily, he did.
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Lunch: the last of the roast squash, more orange rice cakes, and an apricot yoghurt.
Dinner: Plum, tomato and some of Phoebe's linguine. He did surprisingly well with it. His technique was to open his hand flat, pressing his palm against his mouth, and try to slurp it in. Very entertaining. Also offered lentils on a spoon, again. Wasn't third time lucky; he still doesn't like them. But I have a few more pots in the freezer so will keep offering periodically.
Monday, 8 September 2008
Dinner: orange flavour rice cakes. Only 1% orange oil (it's an allergen). Loved them. Another Golden Globe plum. Offered Plum baby sweetcorn/carrot pot but he still hates it. Fair enough; I'm not buying any more. Soon he will be able to cope with proper sweetcorn.
Sunday, 7 September 2008
Dinner: Pasta twists (not wholemeal) and roast butternut squash. Followed by mango/banana puree pot.
Saturday, 6 September 2008
Dinner: avocado, cream cheese on toast. Toast still a bit gaggy so will leave it another week. He liked it though :)
Friday, 5 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
So, yesterday, lunch was apple rice cakes, banana and raspberry yoghurt. He found the banana much easier to handle tha the last time a few weeks before. Dinner was steamed courgettes and carrots, then apple/something I forget puree pot.
Today lunch was more carrot and courgette, 2 slices of cheddar, banana yoghurt, and as he was still very keen, mango/banana puree. Dinner was apple rice cakes, banana, and lentils on a spoon. He still doesn't like them and only put the spoon in twice.
DH is in charge tomorrow as I'm going to a study day for my antenatal teacher training. Wish him luck!
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Lunch: apple-flavour rice cakes. Nicer than the plain ones; kept him amused for 20 minutes or so. Followed by mango yoghurt.
Dinner: made some wholemeal pasta but found it was too chewy. Phoebe objected as well. So more apple rice cakes. And a large vine tomato, skinned and with the hard green bit cut out. I know it's a potential allergen, but he's not genetically susceptible to allergies/eczema/asthma etc so I feel it's extremely unlikely to be a problem. Anyway, he gave his usual "what on earth is this?" shudder, but came back to it quite a few times so it can't have been that bad. Dessert was half a Plum Baby mango/banana pot. I've had a proper mango ripening for a week now, with bananas next to it, and it is still rock hard. So needs must...
Monday, 1 September 2008
Dinner: Rice pudding as finger food. Broccolli for the first time, which he liked a lot. Finally something green! And then an apple/blackcurrant Organix puree pot (Phoebe had one too). Only about 2% blackcurrant though!
Sunday, 31 August 2008
Dinner was avocado and plum.
Saturday, 30 August 2008
Dinner was steamed butternut squash (he adores it still) and the last of the melon. Slight choking episode with the melon, but one quick pat on the back sorted him out. I wasn't there but DH said it was definitely different to gagging :(. No harm done; just a reminder to always supervise them while eating and make sure not to give them melon or similar that is a bit too hard.
PS No spoons today.
Friday, 29 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Dinner - the rest of the avocado and some very juicy squishy melon. All a bit frustrating for him. No spoon food as he ate so much lunch and I don't want more constipation.
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Dinner was rice cakes, now definitely liked, and slices of medium Yeo Valley cheddar. Phoebe could sniff out (and reject) a cheese molecule like a shark detecting blood, even at his age. But Raf couldn't get enough of the stuff. This opens up so many options - macaroni cheese, cheese on toast, pizza, sandwiches... We're absolutely ecstatic!
Then he had a Hipp apple/mango/peach pot. It was very yummy; Phoebe ate two.
Monday, 25 August 2008
We went out to Kew Gardens. I don't recommend the Victoria Terrace cafe. Long queue, nasty soggy sandwiches and dry oranges. Phoebe's plain scone was nice though. Rafi had a banana/peach jar, as there was no suitable finger food available to buy, which was tricky. The high chairs were for toddlers not babies, so I did it on my lap. As he won't let me feed him, we both ended up covered in a sticky mess. Then he had two mini rice cakes. Last time these were rejected, but today he seemed to enjoy them a lot more.
Dinner (at home) was pasta twists and steamed carrots. He's still not overkeen on carrots but accepts them.
Sunday, 24 August 2008
We went out for lunch today as we didn't have to worry about him. Veggie/fishy options on the extensive childrens' menu included mini lentil burger, veggie hot dog, macaroni cheese, fish pie and spaghetti with tomato sauce. But none of these are acceptable to Miss Picky, so she had the bread from around my own lentil burger (luckily there was no sauce to contaminate it), half of DH's chips, and a side order of sweetcorn. It's immensely frustrating.
Saturday, 23 August 2008
Friday, 22 August 2008
Dinner was just pasta twists and boiled courgette. I didn't offer any spoon-food this time, so he had a very long bf instead.
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Dinner was the last of the squash, along with rice pudding blobs as finger food. Both greatly enjoyed. Then I offered Plum Baby Super Porridge, banana and plum flavour, made up with normal full-fat cow's milk. He loathed it, and having tried it myself I don't blame him. It tasted like envelope glue. Will just do normal porridge with rolled oats next time. He enjoyed a Plum Baby banana/mango pot instead.
So I learned a lesson today about versions of normal foods aimed at babies. In my defence the ones above are new products that were not around 3 years ago when Phoebe was this age.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
Lunch was more pasta twists with fried courgette. My mother's help V, who comes twice a week so I can do a bit of study or work, was here at lunchtime. She was flabbergasted to see him picking up and munching his food. He had carrot puree to follow and she couldn't resist trying to spoonfeed him, but he wasn't having any of it - atta boy! I think in the end they compromised; she held the very end of the spoon and he had it near the bowl. He was certainly less messy than usual.
Dinner was steamed squash pieces then mango yoghurt, both comprehensively demolished. He was very ready for two meals. I think he would like three but I can't face it quite yet.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Dinner - a quartered yellow plum. I bravely left the skin on, quelling thoughts of "choking hazard!" . It was great, very easy to handle. We have a new favourite food; he demolished it! One quarter was completely eaten, skin and all. The rest was all sucked off the skin. After all that he wasn't bothered about his puree (homemade butternut squash) and started his "bored now" spoon-banging after only 3 or 4 mouthfuls.
Phoebe was over 1 before she ate this much! It doesn't seem to have displaced milk luckily. He has visibly gained since we started and now has lovely wrist and ankle creases and a double chin.
Monday, 18 August 2008
Long wet afternoon at home. By the third showing of Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea by brain was dribbling out of my ears. So I decided in my wisdon to give Raf dinner as well. Another half of a carrot baton went down, and some avocado was thoroughly squashed. Apple/pear puree was appreciated too, although his sister's antics (naked hula-hooping) were rather distracting.
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Rafael had roast sweet potatoes, which are definitely his favourite finger food so far. Just as well as I've got several days worth in the fridge now. He had a bit of normal potato but it crumbled too much in his hands. We intended to give him baby corn but it was still too crunchy after 20 minutes steaming. Phoebe liked it, at least.
Phoebe wanted to choose his pudding, and went for a banana/mango puree (Plum Baby). Apparently, because she doesn't like fresh plums and nectarines, she thinks he won't either. She is astonished that he likes sweet potato. It's very cute that she cares so much.
He'll turn orange at this rate!
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Followed up with raspberry yoghurt (a new flavour). It was quite sharp, and made him wince a little, but he kept going back for more. Now he smells lovely - think he still has some in his hair.
Friday, 15 August 2008
Thursday, 14 August 2008
Organic box has now arrived and Ocado man is on his way, so tomorrow will be better. This will be much easier once I intoduce wheat and can just chuck him a slice of toast!
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Top tip - don't offer banana at the same time. It's even harder to pick up when coated in olive oil from the mat! I'm going to abandon it for the time being and try mixing it with porridge instead once he starts having more cereal in his diet.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Then I offered loaded spoons of apple and pear puree (Hipp Organic) because I wanted to give a new taste and the fridge is bare. It's certainly a family food anyway, as Phoebe is addicted to "fruit pots". I limit her to two a day! She was delighted that he was having one too. He liked it, although as it was too thin to stay on the spoon well, most of it ran down onto his neck and chest. Oh well, it's only more laundry. The washing machine is on most of the time anyway as he possets a lot and can go through 4 or 5 outfits on a bad day. I do have some long-sleeved bibs but they are mainly pink. Fine with me but DH objects!
Monday, 11 August 2008
Today he had roast sweet potato. Much easier to hold than the more slippery things I've been offering, and he definitely consumed a fair bit. Also gave the rice pudding I made yesterday. It was thick enough to give as finger food, and was a fun new texture for him to play with, albeit messy. He managed to get quite a lot of it in his mouth and seemed to enjoy it.
We've started to get interesting nappies with chunks of undigested food in them, so he is swallowing more and more. All good signs.
Sunday, 10 August 2008
I have made some rice pudding for tomorrow. Dead easy, and much cheaper than buying jars. 1 pint of full fat milk, 2 1/2 oz pudding rice, 1 oz sugar. Put in greased ovenproof dish, cover with foil, bake for 2 hours at 150C. Nice with dried fruit and nutmeg for older babies. Lets hope he likes it as much as he did the jar.
Saturday, 9 August 2008
I actually went out in the evening. Not something I'll be repeating anytime soon; Phoebe begged to come with me, while Rafael apparently cried for 2 hours wanting to comfort-nurse. He still stays up with us all evening and comes to bed with me (we co-sleep), but Project Bedtime will commence soon. Just want to get weaning onto solids well underway first.
Anyway, back to the food. Yesterday he had more steamed butternut squash and a peach flavour yoghurt (Yeo Valley Fruit Tumble). As you can see above, the yoghurt was a hit. He had a bath straight afterwards as his hair was full of it.
Today, yet more squash. It was a big one; still have masses left and some frozen. Also some nectarine pieces. This surprised him a lot. Because it's the same colour, he hadn't realised it wasn't squash, and was not terribly impressed.
Thursday, 7 August 2008
It's bright red and cost a small fortune, but at last we can finally use the high chair. Rafs seems to like it luckily.
Today he played with some steamed butternut squash pieces and ate a little. Then, wanting to give dairy again, I offered him rice pudding (Hipp Organic jar). It was ground rice, milk, and a little sugar (bad mummy). Oh my goodness, I have never seen anything like it! I couldn't fill up his spoons fast enough. Usually he chews on them a bit before reaching for another, but today it was slurp, drop, grab at breakneck speed. After about 3/4 of the jar he must have been full because he suddenly completely lost interest and started trying to climb out of his chair instead. The mess was absolutely horrendous, but he was one very happy baby. I have some pudding rice somewhere so I will have to make my own lumpier version for him. I expected him to loathe it so took the easy option as a trial. Phoebe has always hated dairy foods even at Raf's age, so I'm extra-amazed. The only way I could convince her to eat yoghurt as a baby was to put peas in it!
We had friends over later on. Phoebe and her friend had a very boring meal - fish fingers, potato waffles and sweetcorn. Both of them are very picky in different ways so it was the best we could do. The other baby, a month younger than Rafi, had standard powder-based baby rice, and Rafi looked very jealous of her meal. I'm not ready to up it to more than one meal a day - it's so hard to cope with both children needing me at once - but I might have to do it soon.
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Rafs had avocado pieces and did pretty well with them. I think he actually consumed almost a quarter of the fruit. He has already started to open his hands to get at the squishy mess inside them, which is fantastic progress. He also had carrot puree, but was not keen. Am going to leave carrots for a while as they have never been very welcome.
He has been wanting to bf immediately after his meal, even though he usually feeds right before it as well. I think it's time to introduce a cup of water for him to explore. I'm optimistic that he will figure it out quickly; he has never had any problems with an occasional bottlefeed. I can't remember if I'm supposed to use cooled boiled water or not. Off to look that up now.
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
He is 70cm tall, just below 91st centile (was 95th at birth). This is why I can barely do up his 9-12 month vests and sleepsuits, but they are very baggy. It conerns me a little as his parents and sister are all short/plump not tall/slim. If he hadn't been born at home I'd be wondering about a hospital mix-up! It's also annoying to have two babies born in Feb, but one so much bigger than the first. Her cute Christmas sleepsuits went straight into the too small box last week.
Anyway, back to the food. There was no reason to delay dairy so took the plunge today with some plain natural yoghurt. He pulled his "is this poison?" face and wasn't very impressed, but kept spooning it in himself for 10 minutes or so. I think I'll put fruit in it next time. Banana was pretty much ignored. He did take one huge bite and looked very surprised, but did chew and swallow most of it.
I did mention BLW to the health visitor, but she wasn't very interested. Maybe I should have gone to their official weaning workshop after all, just out of curiosity. Have no idea what their policy is.
Monday, 4 August 2008
He had a banana just broken in half, and managed 3 or so small bites when I helped him hold it. It wasn't rejected, which is good - not a total spoon addict yet.I offered it first, then left it on his mat once he got fed up, and he did come back to it once his beloved squash was all gone. The butternut squash puree was a great success again. He must have spent over half an hour playing with it, and he has mastered spoon-swapping already. When I wave a newly-loaded one in his direction he instantly drops the used one in order to grab the new one. Definitely a boy who knows what he likes. Anyway, I defrosted FIVE, yes FIVE, ice cubes of the stuff for him and I think, despite the mess everywhere, most of it went into him. It's incredible to have a child who wants to eat! Those of you with fussy non-eaters will understand.
Sunday, 3 August 2008
Only 9 days in and we seem to be getting further and further away from "proper" BLW. It's my own fault for giving him a spoon in the first place, but now I'm not sure where to go from here. I feel bad that we're not doing it as fully as planned, frustrated that he clearly prefers mush even though I know he can chew, and also feel guilty at not necessarily giving him what he wants. Should I be genuinely "baby-led" and let him have what he clearly enjoys? Does trusting your baby mean letting him eat just puree? Hmm... Thoughts anyone? I didn't have the problem with Phoebe as she wouldn't eat anything!
Saturday, 2 August 2008
I did make carrot puree yesterday. I'd forgotten what a hassle it is - I understeamed them and ended up scraping them out of the blender, microwaving, and re-blending. I haven't got time to do all that! It's enough to drive anyone to jars.
Phoebe, who loves carrots, tried the watery orange slop and pronounced it "Yuck." However, it seems that Rafael did quite like it and isn't anti-carrot after all. It can't be down to laziness, because he's using the spoon himself. Does he just prefer a smooth texture? He's perfectly capable of chewing; I've seen it. Well, I'm not going to pander to him and become a full-time mush-feeder. As his fine motor skills improve he'll be keener on proper food, I'm sure. Bring on the pincer grip.
Friday, 1 August 2008
Steamed carrots thrown on the floor or ignored. Squash puree devoured; much screaming when it was all gone. That's a new experience for me!
As an experiment, I will offer steamed squash and carrot puree, to see if it's the flavour or texture that is the issue. Does he adore squash, puree in general, or just the easier-to-hold nature of a spoon?
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Tried steamed carrot today. He took one bite, spat it out, and wouldn't try any more. Clearly he has a sweeter tooth! Phoebe and her visiting 4-year old friend polished off the spare "chips" so it wasn't wasted.
Butternut squash puree went down well again though; he self-fed 5 spoonfuls before getting bored and deciding to chew his mat instead.
Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Am out of bananas so had planned plums for today. They turned out to be way too squishy and juicy, so instead I microwaved a jacket potato and cut the inside into the required "chip-shapes". It was still too hard for him to pick up though, and crumbled in his hands. He did get some in, but it proved to be rather gag-inducing. That stresses me, especially as he has a blocked up nose from a cold. So I gave up on that after a while and moved on to (purists look away now) a spoon!
I happen to have some pureed butternut squash in my freezer. I overcooked some a few weeks ago so thought I might as well whizz it up and make ice-cubes. So as we weren't getting anywhere and I had wanted to offer a new flavour today, I zapped a cube for him. Don't panic, I didn't feed it to him myself! Gave him a loaded spoon to play with, and this made him very happy indeed. Much easier to hold, and he surprised me by putting it straight into the right place, rather than in his hair or up his nose. I think he consumed about half the cube overall. Which is more squash than Phoebe has ever eaten in her life, so that made me very happy indeed too. I shall buy another one and roast some for him soon.
So, new plan is to continue in this way, offering both finger foods and control of his own spoon. That's pretty much what I did last time and even though she's so fussy about flavour, she has never had an issue with textures so it worked well in that respect. Until she went on her spoon strike from about 10 months...
Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Haven't managed to upload any Rafi pics yet so thought i would experiment with some old ones. Hopefully, you can see Phoebe age 6 months, decorating herself with mashed avocado and carrot. I can't find any where she's eating proper food, oddly, so have also tried to put one age 12 months, begging for more breadsticks.
I tried leaving some peel on as "handles" but he ended up chewing the peel. That bothered me so I removed it and helped him to hold the slippery stuff. He definitely bit off, chewed and swallowed at least three mouthfuls. So will be looking out for "banana nappies" (worm-like threads) tomorrow.
Not bad given that he only had about 5 minutes to do it in - Phoebe has a 2pm swimming lesson every day this week so lunchtime is very rushed. But her father is taking her tomorrow, so I'll be able to focus on Rafs properly. It's very hard to supervise him closely (still no strap so he's on my lap for his meal) with a 3 year old tugging on my arm demanding attention.
Monday, 28 July 2008
Anyway, I'm stunned by George! By 8 months he was eating more, both quantity and variety, that Phoebe does age 3.5. She has never, to my knowledge, eaten eggs, cheese, pizza, butternut squash, sweet potato, blackberries... She will however eat an entire mango in one sitting so at least they have that in common. We made broad bean soup today and she was very keen to try it, but the first spoonful was spat everywhere in horror.
Please please please let Rafael be an eater. I guess time will tell. On reflection, I need to give him things that are less slippery than bananas. At his age Phoebe had almost perfected her pincer grip but he has trouble even using his whole hand. Frustrated with him, she keeps picking things up for him and trying to stuff them in his mouth. Sweet but not actually remotely helpful! Especially when she tried to share her ice-lolly (homemade, just frozen apple and cranberry juice) this afternoon...
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Sama again today, but inside, using his still strapless chair. He did disappear under the table at one point but harness plus quick reactions saved the day. I won't use it tomorrow when I'm the sole adult and Phoebe is distracting me. Anyway, he had fun making a mess but none of it went anywhere near his mouth. He had just had a lengthy breastfeed (as it's very hot today) so maybe that was why. Oh well, all good practice. Banana tomorrow I think.
Friday, 25 July 2008
Got my latest organic box yesterday (we get the Family Box from www.abelandcole.co.uk) and as well as the usual bananas there was a lovely watermelon, so we will be starting with that tomorrow. Phoebe, who doesn't even like watermelon, has been begging us to open it. Have also done some roast potatoes tonight, and we already know he likes boiled ones. So fingers crossed for tomorrow.
Only a week or so off 6 months, so that's not bad. I did privately celebrate his expected due date a few days ago (21st) and have some pink fizz (Camel Valley, bought in Cornwall) ready in the fridge to celebrate on 3rd August. 6 months feels like quite a significant milestone.
In other news, Phoebe pestered me endlessly today till I gave in and helped her make a banana milkshake that she saw on Big Cook Little Cook (a CBeebies programme that she loves). Dead easy, just blending a banana, a cup of milk and a tablespoon of yoghurt. One slurp through a straw and of course, "I don't liiiiiike it." Me neither, I hate milk. Luckily her father, who was working at home today, heroically drank the lot.
More tomorrow, and maybe a pic if I can figure out how.
Sunday, 20 July 2008
We felt very sorry for poor Rafael. He has started avidly watching every morsel of food we eat and looking pathetically desperate. On Friday we gave in and let him have a few rice grain-sized tastes of boiled potato. Couldn't give him the whole thing to hold for himself as it wasn't soft enough. The response was amazing! I was expecting him to push it out right away and cry, just like Phoebe did for months and months, but no. He seems to have lost the tongue thrust reflex already (age 5 months and 2 weeks) and chewed away with great enthusiasm. Definitely wanted more but we want to do it "properly" at home.
So today, in between loads of laundry, we dug out the high chair from the depths of his wardrobe and assembled it. Well, most of it. It's a Stokke Tripp Trapp; a beautiful wooden chair that in theory can be used for older children and adults too. Phoebe rejected it in favour of a grown-up chair, but it was great when she was small. It doesn't have a tray; this was key for us as we want the babies to be part of normal mealtimes and not separately seated. However, we cannot find the leather strap that goes between the legs. We suspect we noticed it was getting manky and thrown it out, assuming that she would still be using the chair so we would have to buy a second one anyway. Oh well, there are plenty going cheap on eBay so I should be able to get one by next weekend. I plan to start him on banana but won't have any till the organic fruit and veg box comes on Thursday, so they probably won't be ripe till the weekend anyway.
Thank you for the comments. I haven't blogged before so it's strange to think about having an audience. I do hope this will be helpful.
Thursday, 10 July 2008
I’m Sarah, and as I’m about to start BLW I’ll be blogging the process on this wonderful website.
I had better start with a formal introduction. I live in SW London with my husband, my daughter Phoebe (born 23rd Feb 05), my son Rafael (born 3rd Feb 08) and three cute but demanding cats. In my pre-children life I was a medical researcher and then worked in healthcare marketing, but now I’m an almost full-time mother and a very part-time student (antenatal teaching for the NCT).
With Phoebe, I dutifully brought out the baby rice at 6 months, but she wasn’t having any of it. I don’t blame her; it’s revolting! So we moved on to a mix of purees and real food (primarily rice cakes and watermelon at first). She wasn’t impressed with any of it. From about 9 months she did start to be a little more interested, but only in finger foods, so I abandoned the spoon until she was old enough to sort-of manage it herself. She continued to live on fresh air (¼ slice of toast was a big meal) until she turned 2, and now, although she remains incredibly fussy, she does eat just about enough to keep a mouse alive! She seems to be thriving on her limited diet, and I give her an iron supplement (Minadex) stirred into her bedtime milk as insurance. It is terribly frustrating much of the time though. I love to cook, and she loves to help me, but of course she won’t touch most of the fruits of our labour.
I’m optimistic that Rafs will be an eater. He is 5 months and 1 week old today, and it’s getting harder and harder to stop him stealing my own food. He lunges for my plate making his little snorting noises, doing a great impression of a ravenous zombie from a Romero film! He did manage to chomp on a bit of banana a few days ago when I was distracted with Phoebe and screamed blue murder when I took it away. He has also started sitting alone for about 15 seconds now and I expect he will be stable very soon now. But I’m adamant that he has to wait a little while longer because we are going on holiday next week. Breastfeeding is so much more convenient; why faff about with solid food when you can have a nice peaceful sit-down? Many people are keen to rush into weaning as early as 3 or 4 months, but I bet most of them are first-timers.
Anyway, we will be re-assembling the high chair and digging out the bibs as soon as we get back from Cornwall. He won’t quite be 6 months, but hey, he was 2 weeks late in arriving so *technically* he’s old enough, right? The great thing about BLW of course is that he won't be able to get things in his mouth and/or swallow any if he's not ready after all, but he will still be learning about food and mealtimes. We shall see what happens.
Will update you when we get back.
Friday, 4 July 2008
Mel here for a mini update on us! Bur first, check out the new link to the Rapley Weaning site - where our own lovely blog gets a mention! Woo Hoo!
Well, believe it or not, my beautiful little George is now 2. OMG how did that happen. You would never believe that he is the same little boy about whom I had all the weight concerns. He is chattering away, and is a little minor bird, so we have to be careful what we say around him.
The last time he was weighed he was back up to the 75th centile, so never think that BLW is a poor substitute to puree for a little baby! we are proof that it works well.
Finally, if someone is just starting out on their BLW journey and would like to contribute to the blog along with Kat & I please let me know.
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Friday, 6 June 2008
Saturday, 31 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
I have got lots of cook books some I love and others leave me uninspired. Of course having a baby opens up a whole new genre (be still my heart) but are the reams of baby cook books worth the money? And, as a BLW family, are they any use?
This book is written my nutritionist (and mother) Suzannah Olivier. The larger portion of it is given over to guiding you through the nutritional mine field of what your child needs and why. There are recipes from 4 months to 2 years.
What I liked:
- I like the accessibility of this book. I started reading it on a long car journey and flicked through reading the odd page here and there. As the sections are succinct you can dip in and out of it like this, reading only the part which interests you at that point in time.
- The information is level headed and easy to understand. Having read a few books about nutrition when at uni I know they can be a little cumbersome but this is written in plain English.
- There aren't any areas left unexplored, IMO. The book covers introduction of foods, allergies, vitamins and minerals, food hygiene, what your baby does NOT need, food labels to name but a few.
- The recipes are yummy! There are even suggestions for birthday menus.
- It is well illustrated, I'm a sucker for a monkey.
What I didn't like:
- Well, not much really. Would have prefered more recipes but then I always feel like that!
What about the recipes?
- Yes, there are puree recipes (use them as sandwich fillings) but these are only a small proportion of the sum total.
- The recipes are sorted into age ranges and at the beginning of each section it tells you which foods are safe to introduce (the kind of thing I love).
- I have tried a few and found them all to be easy to follow and a hit with Missy Moo, which is the main thing.
- Absolutely yes! I will be recommending it whole heartedly to my friends.
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Friday, 9 May 2008
What food to choose?
BLW means pretty much any food is on offer. That said, here is a (not exhaustive) list of fruit and veg which seems to be popular with the BLW babies I know.
Root Veg: parsnips, sweet potatoes, beetroot, carrots, swede, celeriac.
Other Veg: Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, butternut squash, beans, peas, asparagus.
Fruit: bananas, pears, apples, melon, mango, grapes (cut up).
Cut the veg or fruit into 'chip' shaped sticks, about twice the length of your babies hand span. My preferred method of preparation is steaming (I find a bamboo steamer very useful). I am rubbish at judging the time so check every five minutes or so until it feels soft enough to squish with the tongue. You can also roast or dry fry depending on what it is you're preparing. If you have a teething babe, melon from the fridge is very soothing.
What to expect?
Not a lot! Keep offering a range of foods, expect that plenty will go on the floor and stay calm. It will change and they will get the hang of it. At first Millie ate half of each stick and dropped the other as she didn't know how to get it ut of her hand. Very quickly her fine motor skills developed to manipulate foods and she became more sucessful. From the beginning she was quite accurate with a spoon although we often need three or four to get through a meal!
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Friday, 25 April 2008
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
As you can see, Millie is so impatient for them that she wouldn't even let me photograph them without assistance. The mix is: Red Kidney, Chickpeas, Pinto Beans, Aduki Beans, Haricot Beans, Mung Beans and Black Turtle Beans. I am just not sure how I'm going to use them. Should I make a new pie, a stew or even a salad? I could make all three or something I haven't even thought of yet! Oh the possibilities. While I ponder feel free to add your ideas to the pot by using the comments section.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Friday, 18 April 2008
Thursday, 17 April 2008
Friday, 11 April 2008
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Monday, 7 April 2008
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Sunday, 30 March 2008
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
as you might have noticed Kat is around less and less these days - and she has said she is going to get more busy rather than less.
After the time that we have both put into the blog I would hate to see if falter, but as George is soon to be 2 his experiences are hardly relevant to newbies any more! As such I cannot really add much to the blog.
Are you starting out, or do you know anyone who is who might like to contribute to this blog? If so, please reply and we can have a chat.
Monday, 17 March 2008
George has today started whilstlin properly...previously whn he tried he just "breathed" through pursed lips! (lol)
I wondered when anyone else's lo's had started, and if this could be put down to good oral control courtesy of BLW??
Any thoughts or ideas??
Sunday, 16 March 2008
An interesting question for you mummy's of older babies/toddlers.
A friend who has twins the same age as George has commented that the twin who elected to be BLW'd very quickly now chews food significantly better than the twin who was "conventionally" weaned with purees.
This makes perfect sense to me, but I wondered if anyone had any experience of this...either with twins or with noticing the difference between older siblings and new BLWers?
Anyhow...I hope you are all okay? Apologies as ever for being rubbish at posting, this last week has been filled with the joy of suspected chickenpox (false alarm!!). It never ends does it?? lol
Sunday, 2 March 2008
Friday, 29 February 2008
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Saturday, 2 February 2008
We are still dealing with the joys of teething, tantrums and other toddler related fun.
We haven't really had any new food to speak of, but George is now eating every meal with either a spoon or a fork, but tbh he was mainly doing this before Christmas.
As promised, I have finally managed to upload some pictures, so I will add some old ones! I know the new readers will have no idea what I am on about, but those of you who have been with us for a while will remember all the unfullfilled promises of pictures from months ago....
so, we have a curry in Rusholme....
the reason for never giving chocolate to a baby on a long journey...
and a general warning of the perils of sloppy food!!!!
I am also pleased to report that I have completed my peer support training - and we had our first meeting at my maternity hospital where we will soon be going to help out ladies. Our "graduation" is soon too - and I will post a link should we make the press! And, joy of joys - the midwives at the hospital have finally come round to BLW...they did think I was a little crazy to begin with, but have been to a seminar on breastfeeding, and the speakers really advocated BLW...YAY YAY YAY!!!!
Now, I know I say this every time, but I will promise to make a better effort to post more. And again - my thanks to Kat for being so ace!