… BABY FOOD!
My little Gene-bean is now 6 1/2 months old. He’s been gnawing on veggies, toast crusts, fruit, hunks of meat, generally taste-testing anything we’re eating for the past few weeks. With his big brother Rudi, I did the widely perscribed and accepted intro to eating through a series of different cereal, but I found it oh so bland, boring, messy and altogther uninspired. So with Gene, we’re trying something different — he’s eating what we’re eating (within reason!).
I was making soup last week so I separated out some yams and turnips before fancying up my seasoning and blended them on their own. And then I borrowed a technique from my dear friend Angela: once blended, take a spoon and throw down “splats” (splat being the technical term in this highly technical and specific process, ahem) of blended veggies on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Then freeze said splats, remove them from the sheet and have baby-sized splats stored in tupperware or freezer bags, ready to pop into a pot for a 2 minute warming and presto! Super gorgeous baby food. And I only have to make a batch every couple of weeks. Awesome. Here’s Gene’s first ever round of yams and turnips:
… TRAVELLING WITH A SOOTHER!
I was very judgemental about soothers/pacifiers/dummies before I had Rudi. Then I had Rudi. And he was a sucker. And anything that soothed my baby made sense, so I gave and a soother family we became. I feel just fine about it! To each his/her (pronouns just for you Angela, bloody capital-F Feminist!) own I truly feel. But I digress, this adventure is not about to soother or not to soother, it’s about how to hang onto the dang things if you use ’em.
Gene and I got on a plane 3 days ago. The day before, as I watched the soother fall out of his mouth and roll around and around my (obviously sparklingly clean, ahem ahem) dining room floor I remembered: I needed a soother holder, I had no time, I didn’t want to spend $9 on some ribbon and a clip, I sew. I added it up, looked around, saw my beloved sheep-and-black-sheep ribbon roll, some twill tape from a 4-pack of Beau’s beer and a sports lanyard of my husband’s.
I knew what I had to do.
The clip from the lanyard was quickly cut off, the ribbon sized up against Gene’s (unaturally, hilariously long) torso, the twill tape turned inside-out so as to appear plain and un-beer-related. I sewed, I came up with this:
It works like a charm and I got compliments all over the airport. Notes to future travelling self: 1. shoulda brought an order form, 2. need to take business cards.
… BEING QUIETLY AWESOME FOR YOURSELF!
Sometimes you need to add a little personal-awesome to your ensemble for yourself. A private joke for you. I
like love adore Harry Potter. I must not tell lies. So when I got an awesome faux patent diaper bag just before Gene was born, I knew I had to jazz the lameish logo up a bit. So naturally I sourced a Gryffindor patch and sewed that sucker right over the offending label.
And now I am infinitely cooler as I walk along with my bulging bag. Almost no one has noticed, but I love it. It’s like wearing leopard underwear, privately knowing that you’ve spiced, jazzed, expelliarmused it up a notch!
What I’ve discovered in making food for my little Joe, is that veggies don’t need any help to taste delicious! No butter, no salt, nothing extra just natural organic veggies. Squash, sweet potato, carrots, zucchini, cauliflower and so many more are all delicious and nutritious all on their own. I’d say, we’re eating what Joey eats now.
We use ice-cube trays to freeze our mushed up veggies, fruits and meats into handy 2 tbsp portions. Then I use my handy veggie cubes in everything I cook for grown-ups and kids.
It’s been a wonderful, messy, tasty adventure so far.
I love that you say now you’re eating what Joey eats! It’s true, we do start to eat more simple with a little one, I appreciate the simple taste of a yam without any embellishment. It’s a good reminder. Yay for food adventures!
The gryffindor bag is so cool!
Thanks Jeyna! Good luck with your writing. Cheers.