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