Sunday, January 25, 2015

Baby Food Favorites

One of my new year's resolutions was to start making baby food again. When we first introduced solids I was making her food myself. Then we moved and life got hectic, and then I just came up with excuses not to do it. I don't have any strong feelings against the store bought food, but there are pros to making your own food. You know exactly what goes in to the recipe, and it is cheaper. And it is easier than I thought it was going to be! I needed a little motivation to get back to business, so I bought the Start Fresh cookbook. My mother in law has been so sweet to help me with my resolution. We pick an afternoon and go to her house, and she helps me with Peanut and then helps me chop and blend while Peanut naps. Her help is probably the main reason that making her food has been so quick and easy. After an afternoon at her house, we have food for the next 2-3 weeks. I transfer the food to ice trays to freze it, then pop the cubes out and store in a ziploc bag in the freezer. I give her 2-3 cubes per serving. 

Peanut has liked almost everything I have tried, but she does have some favorites! All of the following recipes are from the Start Fresh cookbook by Tyler Florence. 
Carrot, Mango, & Apple Puree
3 medium carrots, peeled
1 mango, cut into chunks
2 medium granny smith apples, cored

Preheat the oven to 350. Arrange the carrots, mango, and apples on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until the fruit has browned and carrots are tender, 20-25 minutes. Scrape the fruit and carrots into a blender and puree until smooth.

Roasted Apples & Cinnamon
4 large granny smith apples, cored
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 400. Arrange the apples, cut-side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast the apples until tender when pierced with a fork, 20-25 minutes. Transfer the apples to a bender. Add the lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt and pulse the apples until smooth.

Spinach & Banana Puree
12 ounces fresh spinach, well washed and tough stems removed
2 bananas
1/4 cup plain whole-fat yogurt
1/4 cup apple juice

Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.

I think the spinach & banana puree might be her #1 favorite. It also happens to be the messiest. I am excited about adding different things to this to mix it up. Next time I am going to add strawberries or blueberries, or maybe both. I'm hoping to transition this recipe into a green smoothie as she gets a little older. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

8 months

8 months and happy as can be! We often get comments about what a happy baby she is, and the fact is not lost on us. She has such a bright and fun personality. 

  • We introduced the sippy cup. We started with this cup, and it has been great! It only took her a couple of tries to get it figured out. She loves enjoying apple juice in her big girl cup (side note - mostly water, with a tiny bit of juice).
  • Between 7 and 8 months, we introduced mum mums and puffs. She loves them! 
  • Has 4 bottles a day and eats 3 meals 
  • Wears size 2 diapers, averages 5 a day
  • She likes to "blow bubbles" (or is it spitting?) when she is frustrated. It is hilarious. she scrunches up her face and blows bubbles to get her point across when she is frustrated. 
  • She loves peekaboo!
  • She has one little tooth about to break through. Teething has been accompanied by a bad cold, so I don't know what fussiness is teething and what is her cold. Thankfully, her sleeping hasn't been dramatically effected
  • She takes 2 naps a day, both about 2-2.5 hours. 
  • She likes to give pats. Sometimes when I am patting her back to burp her, she is patting my back at the same time. 
  • She has started the army crawl. I think full crawling will be happening any day now. 
  • She has started to squeal. She first squealed when she saw her cousins after they returned from their grandparents for Christmas. But now she has made squealing a daily occurrence.

The last 6 weeks we have battled multiple sickness, 'tis the season I guess. She has had the stomach bug, and two different colds.
All this sickness + a new tooth, makes me ready to get back to our normal healthy groove, but she has been a trooper!

7 months >>> 8 months

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas Recap

Our Christmas week was FULL and wonderful. Can we rewind and do it all again?We rotate holidays, and this was our year to be with my family on Christmas day. But we wanted to celebrate with Fletcher's family too. So we kicked off Christmas week by celebrating Christmas with Fletcher's family. 
Christmas Eve morning we had our little family Christmas, so that we did not have to pack up our gifts and take them to Memphis. It was so fun to shop for Peanut's first Christmas, but we also wanted to be careful not to go over the top. 
Christmas Eve afternoon we headed to Memphis. It was so fun to get to be with all the munchkins for Christmas. It was chaotic with 7 people age 4 and under, but it was so much fun. 
With Christmas falling on a Thursday, we were able to have a long visit and stay through the weekend. We spent time with the twinsters and got to catch up with friends while we were in town. Our trips to Memphis always feel so rushed, so it was really nice to have 4 days in town to spend time with family and friends.  

Christmas with a baby is the best! We loved getting to celebrate with both of our families!