Thursday, February 26, 2009

What, Too tired to eat?

This week, the little man has suddenly decided that he is too tired and cranky to eat at night! Last night, all he wanted was milk, but once he had his share of that, he was willing to eat a little cereal. Avocados were ok, but not exactly a hit.

This morning, he didn't want much of anything to do with anything. I don't know if he is just not a fan of the avocados or if he is just still kind of weak from his illness last week.

Maybe i will give him the night off of avocados and just go back to cereal and see how he reacts!

Why are babies so hard to understand-almost harder than men!

oh, and he seems as interested in cups of water as coke, so maybe he just thinks he wants to drink from a "big boy" cup! maybe we will try to sippy cup sometime soon!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Not yet!

One thing spencer is craving, and really, who can blame him, is Diet Coke/Dr. Pepper. He sees his mom and dad partake, and truly thinks he needs some. Can you imagine-a 5 month old hopped up on Diet Coke! of course, i guess he gets some caffeine from me, but still...yikes!

Avocados are your friend!

So, here is the timeline so far. We really aren't too far along into this whole new world of real food, but there are a few highlights:

Birth-3 Months-Exclusive breastmilk

3 months-3 1/2 months-my hungry caterpillar need more than i could give, so we had to supplement breastmilk with formula. we varied between soy and milk formula before we finally settled with Good Start Soy Formula at 4 months. (that whole story is for another day).

3 1/2 months to 4 1/2 months-in an effort to get some sleep (unsuccessful for a while), we started Spencer on rice cereal. At first, he ate just a few bites, but soon discovered it was quite tasty. We began giving him 3 oz of formula mixed with hot tap water and rice cereal around 8:00 PM every night to try to fill him up! Soon, he started waking up only once a night (PTL)!

4 1/2-5 months-added whole grain oatmeal; spencer doesn't like it better or worse, but it makes for a fun change. sometimes we mix, but mostly just have one or the other. also, during this time, i purchased a Boon spoon. you can put the cereal into the handle of the spoon and squeeze it out as needed. Very handy and makes feeding much simpler!

I was determined to wait until Spencer was at least 5 months old before beginning "real" food. So, the day he turned 5 months was a monumental day in our house! Our boy was growing up, and it was exciting!

5 months-we started with AVOCADOS! and BREAKFAST!
Here is my
Beginner Avocado Recipe
1/2 avocado
+ 2 oz formula
=super creamy and very edible baby guacomole!
Now, 1/2 an avocado is much more than a little guy can eat at first, but i have found that, when pureed with formula it lasts at least from morning to night (and probably from evening to morning). So, 1/2 an avocado can make about 3 meals for spencer. We asked the daycare to save the other kid's plastic baby food containers, and they work great! We can make about 3 servings from 1/2 an avocado-so the plan is to make it through breakfast, dinner (with some cereal) and breakfast again-not a bad deal for about $.67! I am sure that over time he will want to eat more, but for now, this seems to work.
Now for his REACTION-he is intrigued by the green goo, but still favors the cereal. He doesn't seem to want to eat quite as much when we add the avocado, but I don't know if it is because the avocado fills him up, or because he is not a fan. we have been eating avocados since sunday (it is wednesday) so we will see!

Next stop-sweet potatoes. haven't decided if we should microwave, steam, or bake. We will see what happens next Sunday!

Wow, this is kind of a boring post, but it is a catch-up post. hopefully future posts will be shorter and more humorous!

Why, oh Why!

As I searched for how to start the process of introducing my little one, Spencer, to baby food, i discovered that there is not much out there in the way of a step by step introduction to food. so, i decided that i would create a step-by-step guide of my own journey to show others how i did it. now, i understand that every baby is different and every parent is different, so this is just how i did it (or am doing it), but I hope you understand. That being said, here are some of my goals and personal objectives:
1) I understand breastfeeding is the most important for babies for the 1st year. I am planning on breastfeeding through 6 months, then switching exclusively to formula (along with real food).
2) In an effort to be 1-economical and 2-healthy, i am going to try my hand at making my own baby food!! we will see how it goes throughout this process.

Given those goals, here is what i hope this blog to be:
1) a timeline of Spencer's eating (and possibly other) milestones
2) recipes for the baby food items spencer likes
3) encouragement for other moms who need to know that in the end, it will all work out!

since i have already started some solids, i will take the next post to catch you up to date! Of course, I think you need a picture to see just how adorable my little one really is:

And of course, you want to know who I am :

Hopefully you will stop by often!