Thursday, March 28, 2013

BLW, My New BFF

Timmy's introduction to solid food was through the traditional route of purees. I had planned to make all his food, but to be honest, I wasn't a fan of doing that (which is weird, because I like cooking). So he ate a combination of homemade food and jarred food, along with plenty of Greek yogurt to help him chub up.

I knew that when Isaac was born, I'd have to make a larger percentage of his food, because taking two babies to the store every time we needed baby food was too impractical. For the first 8 months of life, Isaac basically refused anything but breastmilk. He showed all the signs of being ready for solid food--sitting up, mashing his jaw, grabbing at our plates and watching us eat--but try to give him anything on a spoon and he just wanted to eat the spoon. Since both Chris and I were way more relaxed the second time around, we figured he'd eat solid food eventually...I was just hoping for sooner rather than later, because I could tell he was waking up at night due to hunger. (15 minute nursing sessions at 2 a.m....not my idea of a grand time.)

I'd heard of Baby Led Weaning (BLW) and understood the philosophy behind it (teaching babies to chew and then swallow) but was convinced it was a choking hazard waiting to happen. Finally, at the encouragement of a friend, we tried it. I'm pretty sure the first food Isaac had was banana (though it may have been avocado) and people, it's awesome. I didn't read any books on the subject and only read a tiny bit online; we just did it and I am so thankful we gave it a try. We cut things like bananas and avocados into finger sized pieces and let him chow down. Now that he's a bit older, some foods are cut into more bite sized pieces. So far Isaac has loved just about everything he's tried. His favorites are avocados (he'll eat an entire one for dinner without hesitation), bananas, refried beans and shredded cheese.

Warning: BLW may result in super cute children wearing avocado on their noses
My one complaint about BLW is the mess. Oh, the messes that little boy can make. I put a towel under his highchair to help with the need to sweep multiple times a day, and I've heard that it does get better, but let's just say that he's needed a bath after dinner more than once because of food in his hair or eyebrows.

And that whole fear of choking? There have only been one, maybe two times where I was genuinely scared that he was choking on something. I remember being scared much more frequently when Timmy was transitioning from purees to real solid food.

I'm hoping the rest of our babies take this easily to BLW, because it's been wonderful for our family. No thawing baby food, needing to run to the store and buy some or make sure we have a jar or cubes with us when we go somewhere. (I do try to bring a banana or avocado along if I know we'll be out of the house and eating something he can't have due to not having enough teeth, etc.) Timmy also loves eating bananas, and I like being able to buy one food that both my boys can eat.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Pom-Pom Game

I've been looking for some quiet time activities for Timmy to do, especially for when he stops napping but I want to encourage him to rest. Or when he needs to sit still someplace...or I need a break. While visiting some friends over Christmas, I saw something similar to this and combined a couple of Pinterest ideas and came up with The Pom-Pom Game.
The Pom-Pom Game

I took an old sour cream container and removed the writing with nail polish remover (thank you, Pinterest). I debated covering it with some scrapbooking paper or even painting it, but then decided to just go simple and used stickers.

Next I made pom-poms in a variety of colors. Then I cut holes in the lid for them to be stuck in the container. I had to make them a little bigger than I planned, since Timmy's fingers tended to get stuck.


Timmy loved it and proceeded to refill and empty it at least four times in a row. I love that I was able to make it with things I already had on hand and that it's been enjoyed already!


Saturday, March 09, 2013

Building a Party

I started writing this forever ago and wanted to add a picture of the invites before publishing, but I can't find the one I saved for his scrapbook. So this is just an invitationless post. So sorry.

Breaking my blogging silence to document one of the (many) projects consuming my spare time...Timmy's second birthday party. (Can I just pause for a moment in shock that my oldest is TWO?)

Timmy is 100% little boy and into saws/building, trucks, trains and guitars right now. Since he turns everything (books, toast, hammers, etc.) into saws, I thought tools would be a fun theme. I did some Pinteresting (can we all just agree it's a verb?) and this is what we ended up with...

Sandwiches

Chips & salsa

Chocolate chip cheesecake dip & graham crackers

Carrot and celery sticks with Ranch

Cheez-it snack mix

The whole spread

Timmy's Workshop saw sign and photo wall

Timmy recognizing the cakes as saws made the party a success

We brought Chris' saw clock in from the garage and I cut out the
sign on my Silhouette

Favors were cookies (using these cookie cutters) with royal icing.