Thursday, 20 October 2011

A week of teething snotty hell!!

Hi Everyone

Sorry I've been MIA this week, poor Laurie has not been well at all, he has caught a horrible cold, cough and is still teething. This has obviously equalled a hellish week of no sleeping, luminous snot, coughing fits in the night, separation anxiety, not eating and general grumpiness, i feel so sorry for the little dude. We've been to the doctor and i BEGGED for Medised (gods gift to medicine), Amelie used to have this when she was snotty as a baby and it was brilliant, it's the only thing that would clear her nose enough at night for her to sleep and i think it also has a mild sedative - bonus!! Problem is they upped the age to 6 so we can only get it on prescription now, i reckon some people were using it to get their kids to sleep at night.

So my little Koala Bear's eating hasn't been going well this week but he seems happy to eat from pre-loaded spoons, this obviously got me thinking of what i can cook which will be lovely and nutritious and i can load on a spoon for him. I trawled through the cook books and i found a few good dinners, this is what we have tried:
  • Baked chicken risotto
  • Cottage pie (this is from the Innocent cook book, you know the ones who do the smoothies, it's chock full of veg, parsnip, potato, sweet potato, carrot, celery, onion)
  • Mild Chili with polenta cobbler
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
We had lots of leftovers from the risotto and cottage pie so he's been polishing off these for dinner through the week as well.  Breakfast and Dinner have been the best meals, lunch has been difficult as he really isn't interested in picking the food up himself at the moment, he's getting hungry at lunch but just cries when he's in the highchair, i think I'll just start feeding him dinners at lunch as well while he isn't well, I'll offer finger food in case he decides he wants to give it a go, I'm worried he will stop wanting finger foods and just want spoons of food if this carries on much longer but i really don't want him going hungry.

Will try and get on again tomorrow, I'll also try and add to the recipe bit too.





Update on my little Mouse & our new BLW experiences

So....Evelyn is now 14 weeks - how did that happen!!??

So we are hurtling towards the 'magic' 26 week mark at a rate I am starting to find a little alarming...what happened to my tiny baby??

But, more importantly, when are we going to start to offer food? Those who have either followed the blog from the start, or have read back to me starting with George know we started to offer food at 24 weeks - and he ate instantly! Obviously, the biggest thing to look out for is a baby who can sit unaided....but we are already on course for an early sitter....she sat alone (for a short time granted!) at 10 weeks!! Then there is the gut immaturity - early introduction of food can lead to allergies.

I have counted forward and my little mouse is 24 weeks three days after Christmas day - which falls on a sunday this year. As such, I have decided that she will be joining us at the dinner table in a more involved format!! Whilst she won't have the full Christmas dinner George enjoyed at his first Christmas....a few roasted carrots might find their way onto her plate!

and so......watch this space!!

love

Mel x

The Alternative Weaning Group!

So, you know how every year Channel 4 screen the alternative to the queen's speech - I remember Sharon Osborne doing one, and Marge Simpson another?

Well, this year in a Sharon / Marge style I have offered a few local mum's the 'alternative weaning talk'! UK mum's will know that at 4 months old we are invited by the health visiting team to come spend an hour being taught the "food introduction timetable" and how to puree a carrot!! (mine with G showed us how to mash a banana with a fork - I kid you not!!).

Well, in attendance at one group was my friend Charlie - whose ear I had already began to bend about the joys of BLW!! Well, when a couple of mum's asked about BLW, both she & the nurse running the session said "speak to Mel"....so they did!!

In the end a group of us met at Charlie's to discuss BLW & for me to talk through the basics etc!! I have told them all about the blog...so hi Hanna, Lizzie, Jess, Helen & Charlie if you're reading this!! I can't wait until they all get started properly...but we have had a few starts made with sweet potato & roasted apples!! Hurray!!

In fact, we had so much fun we are making our meets a regular thing....and hopefully they will soon all be spreading the word about BLW

love

Mel x

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Today

Another post, but about today's food, will be a quick one though as it's late and I'm so tired.

Breakfast was mini weetabix, these are soaked in some milk to soften and then placed in front of him to pick up and eat, he also had some pear and prunes. I mentioned in a previous post that next time i gave Laurie pear i would peel it as he always spits the skin out but i left it on for grip. Well, i peeled it this time and it obviously caught him by surprise as it did slip out of his hands a few times when he slobbered all over it but by golly he got so determined to pick it up his little tongue was poking out in concentration, he got it though and he demolished it...yay!

After pre-school i picked Amelie up and we headed to soft play, we had lunch there so it was sandwiches...........again! I could of taken my own lunch but i feel one of the joys of BLW is being able to grab while out, unfortunately unless you want to feed them deep fried something or other your pretty much stuck with sandwiches at soft play.

Dinner was Chicken and Apple stew, nice big chunks of chicken and apple with leeks and carrots, chicken stock and tarragon, Laurie loved the apple and it was lovely and soft, i used eating apples so they stayed together nicely. We had this with mash that i loaded on to spoons for him, he had a fromage frais for pudding which was also served on pre-load spoons.


Yesterday

Hi All

Sorry i didn't manage to get on here yesterday, I was so shattered that i went to bed just after the kids, Laurie slept better last night but still woke at midnight, it didn't take too long to get him back down so my eyes were still nice and sleepy when i went back to bed.

For breakfast we were in a rush so Laurie had weetabix and had to eat some crumpet in the car (we were running really late!!) on the way to take Amelie to school. He is good with the aim of the spoon for weetabix, i still need to load the spoon but it gets to the mouth alright (if we don't count the waving it around first) Unfortunately with the crumpet, if he decided to lob it on the floor then that's where it stayed 1) I'm driving so obviously can't reach it and 2) only god knows what filth lay on the bottom of the foot wells in my car.

I've realised I've not been writing about what i give him for snacks, well normally a snack would be one of these:
  • Some fruit
  • Organix ginger bread man
  • Slice of Soreen banana loaf or malt bread (or if I've made some home made banana bread, Not likely)
  • Some cheese and a biscuit
  • Rice cakes with some topping
That's about it really, does any ones else have any good snack ideas, especially for out and about??

On Tuesdays after school Amelie has Gymnastics, we usually take our lunch with us and eat it in their coffee shop while she's inside doing roly poly's. For lunch Laurie had Hummus sandwich, cheese, strawberries, watermelon and a fromage frais, he managed it all well, ate around half the sandwich, "melted" the cheese in his cheek again and pre-chewed the watermelon and strawberries, spat them out and then went on the chew them again and eventually swallow some.

After gym we had a play date with a friend from Amelie's pre-school, so we had dinner as well. Laurie had eggy bread and spaghetti hoops, he enjoyed the spaghetti hoops up until he wiped his eye with the sauce all over his hand, this resulted in a screaming fit, half because of the sauce which imagine must of been very unpleasant and half because i was trying to clean him up which he absolutely detests, no matter how i clean him after food, he hates it. I've tried a warm flannel, i dry muslin or flannel, wet wipes, sometimes after dinner i just wipe his clothes off and dunk him in the bath.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Sweet and sour chicken


Hi All

Well, sleep was OK last night, we had one wake up at around 2.30am but he went back to sleep after a few minutes of stroking his back, still no teeth but lots extra dribble today and lots of yummy snot bubbles.

Breakfast was baby muesli with berries, I also gave him a slice of malt loaf which he really enjoyed and it gets surprisingly messy!! I watched him closely and I’ve figured out how he manages to eat some foods, he was keeping the malt loaf in his cheek and salivating excessively which was sort of melting it for him and he was sucking the juice, when he was done he spat out the small compact piece. I gave him full fat cow's milk in his cereal, he finished his whole bottle this morning and I usually use leftovers for his cereal, he ate all the cereal as usual so I might start using cow's milk for cereal now.

Lunch was hummus in half a pitta bread, tomato, a prune, cheese and a fromage frais, he "melted" the cheese in his cheek, the prune was expertly eaten and I gave Laurie pre-loaded spoons of fromage frais, this is always messy but aim is improving - if only he would stop waving it around before he goes for his mouth! He wasn't interested in the tomato today, he just pushed it away.

Dinner was sweet and sour chicken with egg noodles and sweetcorn, I served it to Laurie with the sweetcorn in a pile, the noodles chopped into smaller pieces and the chicken cut up into small chunks. His pincer grip was great with the sweetcorn and he ate them really well, I guess I’ll see how much went in with the morning nappy haha. 
Laurie enjoys spaghetti so I knew he would be alright with the noodles, he wasn't chewing much so I think a lot was going down whole!! The chicken wasn't touched much, he seemed to prefer the sweetcorn and noodles, they did have some of the sweet and sour sauce on so he did get to taste that, but he really didn't seem too fussed with the chicken, I guess it's just a one off as he is usually good with it.

How is BLW going for all of you, has your babies got any favorites yet? It would be lovely to hear back from you :)




Sunday, 9 October 2011

Bubble and squeak

Evening all

Well, another nightmare night, Mr Laurence decided he was ready to be awake and wanting to play at 1.30am, nothing i did was making him sleepy, he just stared wide eyed at me throughout all my attempts at lulling him to sleep, so i gave up and decided to go downstairs and watch a movie while he played on the rug. By 3am he was ready to sleep again and stayed down until 7am, he hasn't napped too well today so i hope he will be so exhausted that he will sleep through all night (please, please, please).

Breakfast was crumpet with fruit puree spread on top and i thought I'd try him with cheerios, i soaked them in milk and then put a few spoonfuls on his tray for him to pick up. At first he was grabbing handfuls and shoving them in and as they were running low he was really concentrating on picking up individual ones, he's really good at getting food from the palm of his hand now, so he actually ate most of the cheerios, we had a few rouge ones but not many.

Lunch was Bubble and squeak with a (well) poached egg and baked beans, because Laurie hasn't been eating too well i had a stock of cooked veg in the fridge which i didn't really want to waste but they needed using up. I had been speaking to the other half about how we used to have bubble and squeak every Sunday night because my dad made it to use up the left over veg from a Sunday roast, i thought it was a perfect idea. So i made up some mash, used carrots, broccoli and parsnip and made up some little patties, i froze a few and shallow fried two until golden on both sides. They were yummy and Laurie ate them really well, they did break up but i could easily mould them back into little balls because of the mash potato, i chopped up the poached egg and snuck a few bits into the little balls i was making from the falling apart bits. I'm actually really pleased with how this went, i think it might actually become a regular Sunday meal, perfect for those leftover vegetables.

Dinner I'm ashamed to say was not very imaginative, in fact, it was just plain lazy but in my defence I'm absolutely SHATTERED and it's Sunday so the cupboards are bare (Monday is shopping day)!! Having so much interrupted sleep is leaving me so tired and it's near impossible to get any rest, when Laurie does nap I've still got my other little munchkin to look after. So dinner was Watermelon, strawberries and ..................weetabix!!

Please send sleeping vibes my way for tonight, also, if you have any questions, comments or just want to say Hi, please do, it would be nice to know someone is out there :)

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Two partys and lots of sandwiches

Today we had two birthday party's to attend, one at lunch time and one quite conveniently at dinner time, this obviously equals lots of yummy party food and sandwiches and means i don't need to use my brain to think of what I'm going to whip up for lunch and dinner.

For breakfast Laurie had scrambled egg and toast fingers, egg went down well but the toast was pretty much ignored, he also had a prune or two which were completely eaten.

Lunch was yummy party food, there was a buffet of sandwiches, carrot, cucumber, breadsticks, dips etc, i made Laurie up a lunch of egg sandwich, a breadstick, cucumber, i managed to rustle up some fruit so it was not a bad lunch. He ate well, the egg and cress sandwich was eaten but the bigger chunks of egg were spat out.

Dinner was pretty much the same but with a different sandwich filling and a few cheeky chicken nuggets, which unsurprisingly, he gobbled up with no spitting. And as a special treat i even gave him some birthday cake, it probably wasn't the most nutritious of days but whats one day of stodgy party food going to do, not much me thinks.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Sleep still rubbish but eating getting better

Well Laurie's all nighter seems to of been a fluke, he was back to hourly whinging last night and a 4.30am wake up, oh how i miss my sleeping baby, he used to be so good at going 7pm-6.30am, i now realise how lucky we are/were (please be are!) when it came to getting a good nights sleep. On top of this we are trying to get Amelie to sleep without a night nappy, she woke at 4am and climbed into bed with us, i snuck my hand over to have a feel of her bottom and sure enough it was very wet, so in fact i was already awake at 4am changing Amelie's knicky knacky noo noo's (her name for her knickers).

So Laurie woke up at 4.30am, he didn't seem hungry and was content playing (i was zombified on the sofa, waving at him every now and then) so i tried to keep to our rough routine and waited to feed him his morning milk closer to his usual time. We got to 7am, which is fine, he drank about 5oz, he had breakfast, today we had buttered crumpet spread with fruit puree, weetabix and some raisins. He ate most of the crumpet, again he has improved with this massively, he used to just suck it but now he rips chunks off and gives it a good chomp....................and then spits out the bit he can't be bothered to chew anymore. Weetabix on loaded spoons is always a messy affair, he likes to wave it around a bit first before putting it in his mouth, i have to make the weetabix thick enough so it cements itself to the spoon and doesn't fling around my kitchen. Raisins are more for him to practice his pincer grip, he used to use his whole hand to grab them but now he is starting to use his pincer fingers (i know ones the thumb, whats the other - pointy finger?) Anyway, he pops them in his mouth but they normally get spat back out, the occasional one goes in but obviously not intentionally going by the shocked look on his face when he swallows one.

Lunch was some fruit loaf from Starbucks and some ham and cheese croissant, had to dash out after Amelie finished pre-school and we had to grab something while we were out. He gobbled the fruit bread up, he shared it with Amelie (she kept stealing it) and managed really well with the croissant and cheese, he couldn't do the ham and i think it's quiet salty anyway.

Dinner was chopped spaghetti with a tomato pasta sauce (homemade) and homemade meatballs, he grabbed fistfuls of spaghetti, he actually ate alot of it, i guess he had around a ladle full and about half went. Meatballs were quartered for him and he sucked one or two, i think he swallowed about half in the end (they were big a meataballs) All in all it was a good eating day.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Arghhhhh.....i hate teething!!!

Hi All

Sorry for the lack of posts but it's been a bit hectic since coming home from Cyprus, we had a wedding party on Saturday night to celebrate again with all our friends and family who weren't able to make it out for the ceremony. Plus i officially unpacked the last suitcase on Monday night, a whole week and two days after arriving home, that's how busy I've been.

So with all the party planning i also had a very upset and clingy baby Laurie, he wasn't really eating, food or milk, poor soul was so uncomfortable. He has perfected a very high pitched scream, sort of reminds me of those kettles on a hob which whistle when the waters boiling! So for the last week Laurie has been eating his favorite foods on a loop, so prunes, watermelon, pear, cheese, tortellini pasta and mini weetabix, he refused anything else and only ate very little of these so tried topping up with milk after each meal, he would have an oz or two but would refuse the rest. So this also led to Laurie waking in the night, hungry and in pain, i felt like we were back to newborn stage, i fed him when he woke and also dosed him with nurofen or calpol, he would snuggle me and still be slightly sobbing while he tried to get back to sleep and if a dared put him down it would start all over again.

We had a week of this, most nights I'm sure i wasn't getting any more then 5 hours sleep, Laurie wasn't sleeping much either obviously but he was getting to have two naps per day which i was growing increasingly jealous of. He is starting to eat more the last two days, and seems to be chomping on food a lot better and swallowing a lot more, perhaps his gums are nice and strong because the teeth are STILL NOT THROUGH!!! How can we have had a week of this and still have NO TEETH!!! I hope that when the teeth do come through it's his top and bottom at the same time because this is ridiculous. Sleep has also improved, he went down last night at 7pm, stirred at 11pm but didn't really wake and then i had to wake him at 8.30am because i needed to get him ready so we could take Amelie to pre-school (i did have a peek in at 6.30am and again at 7.30am to make sure he was still breathing).

Today's food dairy is: 

Breakfast - Laurie ate mini weetabix soaked in some milk so they are a bit soft but still firm enough to pick up and not fall apart, he ate around 6 of these, he also had a soft prune and some watermelon. The prune went down really well, i found some good ones in the whole food section at tesco which are stone free and so soft that Laurie can eat the skin as well.
Lunch - Laurie had Philadelphia sandwich, strawberry's, pear and some cucumber sticks. He ate two squares of the sandwich, this i am still amazed by, he perfected eating sandwiches on holiday but i still find it amazing when he actually eats and swallows the sandwich (i still search the bib and under his thighs in case i missed it falling out) I think the strawberry's were too tart as he normally eats these with gusto but he was pulling lemon faces and lobbing them across the table, the pear was quartered and then halved again, he eats these really well and manages to spit out the skin, i leave the skin on to help him grip but lately his grip has improved so i might peel it next time to see how he does. He chomped on the cucumber sticks, i think this was more for teething reasons then hunger.

Dinner - The was Spanish chicken with roasted courgette, tomato and yellow pepper, he ate the courgette flesh and tomato, these went down very quickly and easily, the yellow pepper wasn't a hit but he did give it a go a few times, perhaps the courgette and tomato was so easy to eat he couldn't be bothered chewing the yellow pepper, he also mushed the chicken up, spat half out but did swallow some too.



Wednesday, 28 September 2011

We're back and a surprise


Hi all
Well we are all home and safe after a lovely two week holiday on the gorgeous island of Cyprus. We had such a great time, the weather was amazing, and the hotel was fab, all the family with us and...................................



 


We got MARRIED!! not me and Laurie obviously but the other half is paranoid about his info online and blah blah



Surprise!!

The wedding went fabulously, it was such a special day and I’m so pleased we finally did it, only took seven and a half years and two children but we finally took the plunge.

Ok, so, Baby led weaning while on holiday was actually not as bad as I thought it would be, it's basically the same as eating at a restaurant every day. Our first challenge was the flight, we had to leave home at 5.30am, our flight was at 8.50am from terminal 5 at Heathrow, I was really unsure what we would be able to take through security so made up a small bag of dried fruit, rice cakes and an oat bar, we got it through and Laurie ate it at the airport. Because of all our wedding gear and my dress we flew with BA in club class (I’d like to stress this isn't our usual class when flying, if you can't go up a class when you’re getting married, then when can you hey?) we were able to take advantage of the free food and drink available in the BA lounge so Laurie also managed to have some weetabix and a yogurt. 

During the flight he snacked on food I stocked up on (stole) from the lounge area and the snacks I packed with me, the flight attendants happily gave us some extra fruit they had available so all in all not a bad lunch on board, Laurie even had a mini seat between me and a nice stranger.
The man next to us was a good sport, even when Laurie smeared food all over his shirt sleeve and moob.

We arrived at our hotel and it was fab, the bonus was that at our hotel we had breakfast included and it was a big buffet so we had so much choice for Laurie. Laurie's breakfast most days was:
  • Watermelon or nectarine
  • Croissant (tut tut) or toast
  • Scrambled egg or omelette 
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Grilled Tomatoes
He ate well, watermelon was the most favoured and egg was second, he gave the toast and croissant a good go but he still has no teeth so has to suck the life out of it all, bless him. Oh and yogurt was also a favorite.
Lunch was normally more fruit, a cheese sandwich, cucumber sticks, tomatoes, sometimes we bought something from the pool restaurant so he might of had an omelette, pasta dish or some of whatever me and the other half has for lunch. We ended up hijacking the mini bar fridge in our room for food and Laurie's milk so we could make our own sandwiches and keep some fruit.
Dinner was normally cooked veg or grilled peppers, courgettes, aubergine etc, chicken (again this is sucked until mush due to no teeth yet) or a mince pattie or meatball and cucumber, pitta bread, sometimes restaurants had a children’s menu so we'd order something from there but at most local tavern type places we had to pick bits and pieces off the menu, most restaurants were happy to make up something if we asked them for certain bits, they were all so helpful.
He is still chewing up and spitting food out, if i can catch it or it lands in his catcher bib then he will re-chew and swallow some food, i have no doubt he is getting enough as he's gaining weight, he has now dropped from 3 bottles a day to 2 and a half (after lunch he still drinks around 3ozs but i always offer 6ozs and 8ozs morning and night), i'm looking forward to seeing if the amount he eats and if the way he eats changes once he gets some gnashers and hoping there will be slightly less wastage invlolved.
 The flight home was during the night so we had some snacks and extra milk in case but he mainly slept so that was nice but not so much for my arms, they were pretty much dead by the time we landed from cradling him for nearly 5 hours!!
A bit off topic but i'm really proud of Amelie, during the holiday she ate some new foods, soup being one of them. She learnt how to hold her breath and swim under water with her goggles on and she swam with us in the big pool with armbands on, she was so well behaved, patient and really helpful especially with Laurie, my little baby girl is growing up into a really wonderful little big girl.


Monday, 12 September 2011

Restaurants are easy!

A has had a couple of new experiences in the last few days.

We tried applesauce (store bought) the other day. She was NOT a fan. She made the same grimace-y face and gave the same little shiver she does with her vitamins with iron. I've tasted the vitamins and had the same reaction, so I don't blame her on that front - they're horrible - but I was fascinated that she had that reaction with the applesauce. S (my husband) suggested that she might not like the consistency. What a thought, huh? Do you think it could be that she's just not interested in purees that are that smooth? The store bought applesauce has no chunks of any kind. Has anyone else's baby had a similar reaction?

We also had great success taking A out to lunch today. We ordered a pan-seared fish dish that came with string beans. A did amazingly well with some bread from the bread basket, a few of the string beans and even tried (and gobbled up!) some of the fish. My only concern was that the fish had a fairly salty/oily sauce on it. Think it was a big problem? We don't give her anything like that on a regular basis, so I figured it was an okay just-sometimes thing.

I'm planning a new kind of stewed chicken for tonight, flavored with curry. The Chicken Paprikash was such a hit that I thought we'd try a similar cooking style with a different flavor. Mel asked for the recipe for the Paprikash, so here goes:

chicken pieces, bone in, skin removed
one onion per 2-3 pieces of chicken, chopped
hungarian paprika
water
olive oil/butter

saute the onions in olive oil/butter (use as much as you normally would to saute onions for another dish, but you don't need much) in the bottom of a pot that's large enough to hold the amount of chicken you're using
add the chicken pieces to the pot and turn the ingredients together a few times
fill the pot with water to just cover the chicken
add 2 tablespoons of paprika per whole cut-up chicken (or to taste)
mix together
bring to a boil, then simmer for an hour, or until chicken is cooked through. the longer you let it go, the better it gets and the more easily the chicken will fall of the bone (making it easier for gums to chew)

note that i don't add any salt. feel free to add salt to taste.

Enjoy!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Red onion was a no no

Ah, I'm glad to hear Laurie isn't the only one that likes to pre-chew his food.

And to update on Amelie, she didn't eat her dinner, i gave her an ultimatum, dinner or bed.........and she chose to go to bed!!

Today was another manic day of packing and cleaning, we leave tomorrow morning at 6am so everything needs to be done tonight and i hate coming home from a trip to a messy house.

Anyway, for breakfast Laurie had eggy bread, he picked the pieces up and sucked them first before taking a chunk and giving it a chew. He swallows some of his food but it's like he always has to spit a little bit out, but break through today is he figured out he can pick bits out from his bib (it's a tommee tippee one which has a catcher), he has also managed to drink from a straw cup, in fact he drank so much water, more then he does from a sippy cup. Laurie also had some watermelon and the usual "juicing" occurred haha.

Lunch was the left over carrots and roasted red onion, i had to wave the red onion in front of him for him to reach out and grab it (is that cheating? Can't be, Mel admitted to doing it with George haha) otherwise he was just avoiding it, he gave it a suck and i got the usual lemon face he pulls when it's a new taste, he did go back to it but it eventually got swiped on the floor. We played the game of picking it up and putting it back in front of him but eventually he did just lob it on the floor and screamed at me, i took the hint then. Carrots got chomped and sucked, he managed to destroy all the sticks and it seems like most went into his tummy.

Dinner was cod pieces and new potatoes, i did put some peas in front of him but he found these difficult to get from his palm into his mouth. The cod fell to pieces as soon as he picked it up, he did better picking the small pieces of cod up because they mushed together in his hand and stuck to his fingers so he'd suck it off. I took the skin off the new potatoes and he ate one or two of these but again he just chomped at it until it was lots and lots of small pieces so it's hard to work out how much of it got eaten. I'm sure he had enough though as he didn't drink all his milk at bedtime but he happily went to sleep when i put him down, i assume that means dinner filled him up enough.

Well, i will try to post a few times while we are away, it will be interesting doing BLWing on holiday, if i can't post then I'll let you all know how it goes when we get back and will let you into any hints or tips that i think are handy to know.





How much is getting in?

Hello to Lyn! It's great to read about someone else's simultaneous experience. A does something similar to what you describe with watermelon. It seems almost like she's "juicing" the watermelon, letting the juice run out of her mouth and swallowing whatever's left. It's hilarious to watch, but not at all clear if anything's going in.

Baby A is getting better and better with her (almost) pincer grasp, so we've broken out the Cheerios. I offer her a few periodically throughout the day and she gobbles them up. We've also had some recent success with chicken paprikash (my grandmother's recipe) and steamed cauliflower.

I do have to confess one weakness on my part: I've started occasionally feeding her. It's still solids that she has to chew and it's only after she seems not interested anymore and I don't force anything in her mouth, but I do hold it near her mouth for her and give her the chance to open her mouth. Am I terrible? I feel guilty doing it every time, but I worry that she's not really eating anything. Will she start? Should I be more patient?

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Meatloaf

Hi Readers,

Well today has been manic, we are going on holiday to Cyprus on Saturday and packing is a nightmare. I know I'm taking too much but i feel like i need it all, if i could pack up my house and ship it over with us i would!!

For breakfast Laurie had mini weetabix again but i spread some mashed banana on each one before tipping the milk over this time, he couldn't shovel it in fast enough. He also had some of my toast, he's getting better with toast, before he would just suck the butter off and chuck it on the floor but now he rips chunks off chews it up and then spits it on the floor, to me this is progress!!

Lunch was a meatloaf i made before and froze in slices, it's made from an Annabel Karmel recipe, lean mince, grated carrot, grated apple, onion, dried thyme and home made BBQ sauce to moisten it up, this was served with broccoli. I decided to try out yesterdays idea and i cut it into smaller pieces for him, he still spat bits back out but i think more was eaten, the broccoli was demolished, he loves broccoli but it's a bugger to clean up sometimes, he makes such a mess with it it's impossible to see how much he's eaten until the dreaded nappy.

For dinner i roasted a chicken, carrots, red onion and some spuds. He gave the chicken a good chew, most bits that came out were definitely more mushed, he sucked the potato and left behind the crispy skin, he didn't touch the roasted red onion so I've saved that and the carrot for tomorrow, after dinner i gave him preloaded spoons of fromage frais.

So far Amelie has refused to eat her dinner, I'm waiting for Daddy to come home so he can encourage her to eat with him, hopefully she will be hungrier by then so might attempt it. Probably not.


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Another new contributer

Hi All
I'm Lynsey, a mother of two, Amelie who is 3 and Laurence who is 8 months, I’ve been reading through Mel's blog since making the decision to BLW Laurie and thought it would be great to document our experience, Mel has kindly allowed me to contribute to her great blog.
I heard about BLW when I had Amelie in 2008 but I was a bit too scared to do it, I wasn't sure where to find information, health visitors didn't have any more of a clue then I did and if I asked any mums at the local baby group I tended to get blank stares.
This time I'm a lot more confident, knowledgeable and completely trust my instincts so decided to go ahead with it, even though convincing others he won't choke is getting very tiresome and have taken to carrying around my BLW book so I can quote from it!

I guess it will also be interesting to see what type of eater Laurie will be as a toddler, Amelie is very fussy (she has a very beige diet) and I'm certain it's down to puree's and "hidden veg sauces", she never really learnt what certain fruit and veg looked like so when it began appearing on her plate she utterly refused to touch it. Funnily enough she's improved since Laurie has begun eating, I think watching him eat and the praise he gets is helping her. Laurie is getting better at actually eating his food, even though some days I’m sure he just chews it up and spits it out, he must be getting some in his tummy as his weight is increasing along his centile and he's dropped 2 milk feeds and is down to 3 a day, no night feeds either so sleeps all night.......result!! Laurie was breast-fed up until 6 months but we moved on to formula after this.
Anyway, Sorry for the long post, the rest will be shorter :) I look forward to sharing with you all, I hope you enjoy reading  :)

Laurie enjoying some broccoli

Amelie very pleased with nearly finishing her dinner


Down to business.



Breakfast was two prunes, a buttered crumpet cut into strips and a few mini weetabix soaked in formula left over from Laurie's morning milk, he sucked the life out of the crumpet and I think he managed to swallow a lot of it, the weetabix went down well also, the prunes were ignored and when I nudged them forward as encouragement to try them they were window wiped onto the floor. All in all only a small amount of breakfast was found squidged under his thighs when we were finished and a small amount on the floor (including the prunes).
Lunch was a hummus sandwich and watermelon, both were a big success, the watermelon was cut into chunks he could pick up. He puts it all in his mouth and chews then spits out the little chunks and then he picks up the little chunks for another chew, he actually does this with most food actually, note to self, tomorrow try giving him small chunks to see what he does.
Dinner was a family meal of Chicken pot pie, this is chicken thighs (no skin or bone), potato chunks, parsnip, carrot, leek in a sauce of dry thyme, stock (using low sodium stock cubes), wholegrain mustard, bay leaf, flour. Very yummy and all chunks of food are a great size for Laurie to pick up and eat, he favours the parsnip and chicken. He's getting much better at eating chicken, thighs seem to go down better then chicken breast, I find chicken breast dry and much prefer thighs, perhaps he feels the same.


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Other caregivers and Cheerios!

We figure A is getting old enough now that more and more of her calories could be coming from solids rather than breastmilk. That's not to say the majority, necessarily, but we're okay with her actually eating, rather than the experimenting she was doing in the beginning. In that vein, we've started asking the nanny to give her solids during the day, so she is offered something solid three times a day, rather than just two. We've noticed that the nanny is somewhat reticent and is having a bit of trouble adjusting to this style, though she's making a valiant effort.

Have others run into this trouble? Maybe with babysitters or even relatives who help care for your children?

New food of the day: Cheerios! We were amazed to see that A is developing a pincer grasp. It's really still a rake with her pointer finger, but two fingers, nonetheless. She's less good at releasing it, so still ends up putting her whole hand in her mouth, but it's amazing to watch her dexterity improve.

Market trip planned for tomorrow to get some more nectarines. We gave her a slice the other day with the skin still on and it seemed to help her get a better grip on it (as suggested in the book, right?). Any other fruits people have tried that way?

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Lentil Success and French Toast

A had an adventurous day yesterday with lots of new foods.

We had some disappointing bread from the store and wanted to make French Toast, so I decided to make some for A, too. I cut the bread into 'fingers', soaked it in egg yolk, cinnamon and a bit of breastmilk and cooked it in the pan. A seemed to love it and devoured the whole portion. I avoided using egg whites, but in truth, there are whole eggs in the bread I used to make the toast, so how is that different?

A's second new food was lentil 'logs'. I cooked lentils with some chopped carrots in water and pureed it. I also threw in some sauteed onions and garlic and leftover squash and sweet potato we had from last week. I put it in the fridge to solidify a bit and formed it into log shapes. I dredged the logs in flower and baked them at 400F for about twenty minutes. They were solid enough for A to get ahold of them, but fell apart without too much pressure from her. She managed to get quite a bit in her mouth and swallowed most of that! The best part is that I could reform pieces she could hold with the leftovers because they're just that mushy, so there was less waste than with other things we've tried. We have a few more we'll give her today.

All in all, an excellent eating day. Now I have to come up with some more new foods for her. Any suggestions? What have your kids liked most?

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Irene is coming

Those of us on the East Coast (north of DC) are bracing for Irene to arrive tonight. Honestly, my biggest concern is loosing the stock of breastmilk I have in the freezer if we loose power. Fingers crossed for us!

A's eating has been going pretty well the last few days and the nanny has even started to give her some food. We tried the squash, which I unfortunately overcooked a bit so it was hard for her to hold, and it was a big hit. We feel so lucky to have a baby who's willing to try almost anything she sees us eating. ;) Otherwise, we've been sticking to variations on the themes we've already established - chicken, pasta, broccoli, string beans.

If we do have power tomorrow, I'll try the lentil croquettes. I'll let you know how it goes...it'll be A's first multi-ingredient food. Any advice on ingredients to avoid, other than too much salt or sugar?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

String Beans

String beans were the theme of the day today. A had some both for breakfast and dinner. We also gave her one piece of Bamba - a puffed corn peanut flavored snack. It dissolves right away so doesn't require much chewing, but also isn't really so nutritious. I'm not sure we'll give it to her again any time soon.

Our new plan for tomorrow is butternut squash. I have some in the oven as I type.

Thanks for the lentil croquette suggestion! I'll give it a try later this week.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Slight Delay

A has been plugging along and getting better at the solids every day. Since my last post, she's had bread, asparagus, string beans, watermelon, chicken, pureed peas and cantalope.

The asparagus and string beans were steamed. A seemed to like both, but devoured the string beans - a new favorite!

The chicken was from the same soup as the carrots I mentioned earlier. I've read that white meat is harder for them to chew than dark and we found that to be true. A had a much easier time with the leg meat than the breast.

We're sticking with the purees on a loaded spoon for now because A really seems to enjoy using the spoon. Unfortunately, she's starting to get good at using the spoon as a catapult. We've had to increased our covered-floor radius around her when she eats!

Any suggestions for next new foods? We'd like to give her a bit more iron in her diet so are thinking about lentils. Has anyone else tried that?

Monday, 8 August 2011

Hello All!

I'm a first time mother to Baby A, age 7 months. Mel invited other moms to contribute while we wait for her new little one (congratulations, Mel!) to be old enough for solids, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. We started A on solids just after she turned 6 months, until which point she'd been exclusively breast fed, and have been following BLW. We've really loved every minute - it's so much fun to watch her learn to pick up foods and get them to her mouth, not to mention the delightful expressions she makes with each new flavor.


So, to dive right in:

A had carrots and banana for breakfast today. The banana was pretty ripe and the carrots had been cooked in a soup I made last night. I did put salt in the soup, in the form of some powdered consomme, so I was a little bit worried A would be getting too much salt. What have others done about that issue? If the idea is to give the baby food from your plate, are we just not supposed to have any salt on our food? Is a little bit of salt okay? In any case, she didn't eat more than one or two baby carrots, so I can't imagine it's that much of a problem...I hope. ;)



Dinner tonight will probably be some more soup vegetables and some lightly pureed spinach. We'd like for A to have some of the green leafy vegetables, but can't figure out how to get them to an appropriate consistency while retaining enough volume for her to pick up. So, we give her a loaded spoon. Have others come up with an alternative fix to this issue?



Happy eating to us all!



Friday, 5 August 2011

Birth Announcement!!

Dearest blog readers....

I am delighted to announce the arrival of Evelyn, born by c section on 13 July - 7lbs 13oz.

She is doing really well and George, dh & I are all delighted with her!

We will be blogging again in approx 5.5 months...but in the meantime watch this space, as we may have an exciting new contributor!!

love

Mel x

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

6 weeks (and 6 months) to go!!

So there is a max of 6 weeks left until I meet the newest member of our family!! Both George, my hubby and I are very excited at the thought of meeting our little surprise!! I will keep you posted fellow BLW'ers!!

That means we have 6 weeks 6 months until I start a whole new BLW journey with you!

In the meantime if there is anyone just about to start their journey who would like to share their story via the blog then please let me know!!

love

Mel x

Saturday, 19 February 2011

BIG NEWS!!!

Hi there BLW'ers....

well, it seemed a little silly to try and tell you much about what George is eating or not seeing as he is fast approaching 5!

I have also struggled to find a new mum to take over and run the blog for me!

As such it's really good news that George has a little Brother or Sister due in July 2011....so by Jan 2012 there will be a new baby starting his or her BLW adventure for you all to read up on!

not long now!!!

love

Mel x