|The dog ate part of the tie....|
It's hard to believe B man is already 7 months old. He's growing too fast but he is at such an awesome age. I'm enjoying his smiles, laughs, and babbling. He is doing a pretty mean army crawl or inch worm as we call it and gets around pretty well. I've busted out the pack and play a few times as baby jail, mostly because he's in a phase where if I'm in the area he MUST be able to see me or he has a tiny breakdown.
So what's the little dude up to these days you ask? We think he's working on a tooth because he's quite the bear sometimes. I've been using an amber teething necklace in hopes that it will help without always having to resort to Tylenol. Sometimes it appears to work other days Tylenol it is. I swear this kid has been teething since the day he was born, is that possible?! He still loves the animals and takes every chance he can get to grab a handful of fur as one of them walks by, they seem generally ok with this which is good.
A few days before he was 6 months we started him on solids. I've known that he was ready because he's been reaching for our food for months now and was staring at us pretty intently while we ate. We're trying the Baby Led Weaning method of introducing solids which is going really well. There are still many people who don't know what BLW is all about. It's not about weaning necessarily, B still is being nursed and gets breastmilk in a bottle at daycare. The basic premise of BLW is you allow your baby to pick up pieces of food and feed themselves. They ease into eating solids on their own, hence baby led. The idea is you skip most of the purees although I am making several to send to daycare because they are still a little stressed about doing the big chunks of food. The hardest part of BLW is the gagging. It's important that if you choose this method you read up on it. There is a very distinct difference between gagging (video of a baby gagging just be warned) and choking. Gagging is a completely normal response and it teaches them how to work the food around in their mouths. This is the part daycare isn't ready to handle. It was rough at first, especially for my husband but B is slowly getting the hang of it and he's become quite independent when he eats. He prefers to feed himself and if I grab a hunk of food from him that I feel he might choke on, all hell breaks loose.
Mmm taters and green beans
BLW helps babies develop better hand eye coordination and let's face it, it's just fun to watch him eat and learn the different textures and tastes of food on his own. I could go on and on about how Baby Led Weaning works but there is plenty of great information out there that can explain it much better than I ever could. So instead I'll just post some super cute photos of him trying many different foods. We've been sticking with a lot of organic fruits and veggies. We've also tried some chicken and steak a time or two. Obviously he can't chew the meet yet but it's fun learning experience for him to feel the texture and get a bit of the taste of it.
This is how it ends when he tries to do purees on his own....
We've also been practicing with the sippy cup, he's been doing pretty well with it.
Enjoying some steamed apples sprinkled with cinnamon
Smorgasbord of broccoli, steak, mango, and red peppers
He loves everything, there is no doubt about that. He hasn't turned down a single food yet. His favorite foods right now appear to be yellow squash and mango. I leave the skin on things like the mango and avocado because it makes them easier to pick up. He doesn't eat the skin (is he really eating much of the food itself anyway?!) but he is able to pick it up and eat the flesh of the fruit or veggie out of it. I was a little hesitant at first because I was afraid he'd swallow the skin but he's really good at just getting the edible part out.
Like I mentioned above I started sending purees to daycare, mostly because I wanted to use my super cool gadgets I got from my friend Paige. I just fill the little pouches up with things like butternut squash, avocado & quinoa, blueberries & banana, sweet potato & cinnamon, peas, pumpkin, pretty much any produce I can find to give him a good variety. The boy loves his squash, I've also been on a huge squash kick as well, I even have the whole family eating spaghetti squash in place of noodles. B is a big fan of those too. I roasted an acorn squash, pumpkin, and butternut squash this past weekend and pureed them up. Sometimes I add a little breastmilk to make them creamier or a little cinnamon to give it some extra flavor.
More squash obsession - acorn squash
Roasting a whole pumpkin
Peas & milk
All this food prep has made me extremely thankful for our new deep freezer. I knew we'd need one when we started running out of space for milk. Plus it lasts longer if you have a deep freezer.
I want to say "got milk?" every time I open the freezer.
Somehow miraculously I've been able to keep up with prepping his food and mine for the week. Most nights I manage dinner as well. Having little man eating with us has actually been good for us. We sit down at the dinner table and eat as a family rather than the hurried eating we used to do on the go or in front of the TV before he came along. It's also cut down on eating out which has saved some money. One thing I have to say about BLW though, when we do go out it's really simple to order him plain steamed broccoli (they're much nicer about my demands when it's for the baby!). I'm still unsure about the milk protein allergy he had from the start so I'm not going to test it by giving him butter loaded broccoli while were out. I also can order a plain sweet potato or any sort of steamed veggie for him to munch on. The only problem is the mess... we're that family with the kid that hasn't quite learned to keep his meal on the table so I always try to pick up a little more or tip really well while apologizing for the mess!
This is such a great age, I'm just so sad that it's passing so quickly. I will say the one thing I'm not a fan of, changing diapers. Not because it's gross but because it's like wrangling a small alligator. Seriously. I have to hand him a clothes hanger to entertain him and even that doesn't work most of the time. I also wish he'd maybe think about sleeping more, I'm not a big sleeper myself and have always been an early riser but there is definitely no need for an alarm clock on the weekends with this little guy.
So that's what's new with us. Loving every moment of parenthood and trying to soak in as much of it as I can before he's a teenager asking for the keys to my car.