Pancakes & broccoli

In my previous post, I noted the new addition of the Baby Bullet and the start of our journey into baby food making. Three weeks after the purchase, it remains in its unopened box. Huh? One key feature to being me is my obsession with figuring out the “best” way to do things {this topic will be expanded upon in my next post}–really, though, I just love immersing myself in information. This is why Baby Bullet might be kept in a box until its next owners remove it. I came across an article on baby-led weaning. Instantly interested. Maybe intrigued and persuaded. The idea is that at 6 months {or when baby is able to self-support their head}, you can introduce solids–but solids in their original form, not pureed. The article led to a book which led to me convincing Ryan that it was worth a shot. And here’s why: the knowledge shared in the book made sense to me. Lu rejected our attempts at rice cereal and oatmeal. Several attempts with those items & the same response each time. She also grabs at anything I am eating; her interest in controlling her food is obvious. Above all, it seemed like a natural transition into eating, one that came without much fuss.

So far, Lu has sampled avocado, banana, broccoli, cucumber, pear, cantaloupe, and pancakes. At this stage, everything is mostly experimental. She’s being exposed to different textures & tastes–I think she likes it. We’re still mashing up some of her food because I anxiously sit on my chair, fearing she’ll choke. This makes me think that this idea, sometimes, is silly and that with its implementation comes a need for extra strength deodorant and some physical restraint.

Banana

Fork it over, Daddy-O

Broccoli

Cantaloupe

Breakfast: pancake + broccoli floret

Pear

Again, I think this works best for Lu. Our best gal is slightly impatient and has control issues {both acquired traits from her mother}, so this method of eating suits her style.

So much more to come–including the “mommy identity crisis” and trudging a no-judging-mommy zone. See you soon!

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5 months…really?

I knew this time would come. Actually, I was looking forward to it, knowing that summer’s arrival would tag along. However, I’m still baffled to think lil’ Lu is 5 months.

Baby Bumbo

Hangry

“What do you feed her?”–a question asked often. First, I think it’s awkward to the point where I don’t think you really want to know the answer. Second, is this an attempt to politely imply that Lu enjoys {lots of } meals?

This girl does enjoy her food & holy moses will she make you regret delaying her consumption by even the smallest stretch of time. Because of this, she is known to become “hangry.” Breakdown: hungry + angry = hangry.

Hangry’s consumption was increasing about a month ago & was leaving me to surrender my sleep up to 4 times a night. With the doc’s permission, we introduced cereal into her diet. You saw her reaction to the rice cereal. The following week–and ever since then–we tried oatmeal. Feeding her cereal has been…interesting? She leans to grab the spoon or bowl being used as though she’s being deprived, much of what goes in comes out, & then after 3 minutes, she wails.

I'm, I'm, I'm...HANGRY

With our recent purchase of the Baby Bullet, we’re going to try our first batch of veggies this week. We’ll document Hangry’s response. Her face will likely translate just how traumatizing it really was…for all parties.

Mother’s Day

The week leading up to Mother’s Day, my husband happily announced he had chosen not to pick up a bartending shift on the upcoming Sunday. His smile lingered & I looked back, thinking, ‘Ok. Great, honey.’ He had to remind me that it was because of Mother’s Day. Even though I spent most of that day feeling like a sub-par daughter/granddaughter for not sending out the appropriate gifts to the motherly figures in my life {I promise I’ll send them this week!}, I was treated to a day of surprises–a lil’ breakfast in bed & some sparkly diamond earrings–& some new area rugs to spare ourselves the task of dry/wet mopping every other day. Thanks, Hubster—I bet Lu was the brainchild for all of the day’s events.

Part of the family on Mother's Day 2011

Her cheeks live up to the name of the blog

More photos

At least Daddy's happy

Now baby's happy


PS: I’m beginning to volunteer with Luvaboos to assist with special events {it’s a local store where we purchase our cloth diapers}. They have tons of cool, unconventional goodies that are earth-friendly while also being plain awesome. In my upcoming posts, I’ll share some items I think are worth checking out. I’m currently obsessed with this.