Tater Tot

Someone tried sweet potatoes tonight, and he liked it! Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived due to the extreme exhaustion from daycare. No worries, we will try again. I forgot how messy this baby food business is.

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I’m very determined to have at least one child who is an adventurous eater, so I will be making baby food as much as possible this time. It was too intimidating the first time around. We bought most of baby food for Estelle, and our food offerings were never very diverse. The proof is in the pudding. Estelle is getting better about trying new food, but that’s a recent development and for the most part, she doesn’t like what she tries. Unless, of course, it’s dessert…that apple didn’t fall far from the mommy tree.

I’m taking most of my cues from the book, French Kids Eat Everything. My method will be veggies and grains first, fruit later. I’ve also heard praise for Baby Led Weaning, but I haven’t really investigated fully. Does anyone have much experience with that? I want to introduce lots of textures AND tastes, not just one or the other.

Even in their plain pureed state, these local in-season sweet potatoes are delightful!

Sweet William, here’s to a lifetime of great food and happy eating!

Stephanie

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Mini Birthday Five

It’s that time again! Little Man is celebrating 5 months in this great big world of ours. No big developments yet, just copious amounts of giggles for big sister and lots of grabbing and mouthing of toys (or anything within reach).

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Ready for Food

Well, not quite, but soon! I actually let William taste some of my chicken soup broth today. He dropped everything he was doing as soon as the spoon came near him. He’s eager, to say the least. I have sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash waiting to be cooked up and pureed.

We had a great to-do list for today, but only accomplished a fraction of it. Instead of making baby food, I opted to prep the high chair. It was being used by big sister as a junior chair, but we warned her that she needed to upgrade to a big seat soon. It’s actually a nice place for him to sit because he’s really into that big boy stuff now, but he is not sitting unassisted yet, and I don’t do those Bumbo seats.

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I thought I would dig through the archives for a photo of Estelle trying out this same chair 4 years ago. She was just shy of 4 months in this photo.

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And here she is now, proudly showing off her baby brother. These two love each other a lot. I wonder if it’s a forever thing? I’d say William has her heart unless he repeatedly drools on her My Little Ponies and Disney Princess dolls.

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William is not crawling yet, but his legs certainly try. I’m not rushing mobility. We still need to wrangle the toys with small parts (one of those things on our to-do list that didn’t get done). There’s always next weekend.

I will be back soon because William has a 5-month birthday in a matter of hours!

Stephanie