Foodie Baby Part ONE

Luke has dove MOUTH first into the world of solid food!

Tonight was the first night he got to experience BLW at it’s finest.  This was NOT his first encounter with food, however.

Ever since he was a newborn, he would ALWAYS managed to cry and need something just as dinner was ready for our family.  I would sit down to eat and “WAHHHHHHHH,” a cry would emerge suddenly from Luke’s mouth.  He never failed.  It’s true, mommies usually always eat cold dinners.

When Luke turned 5 months old, I decided to see if it was the food that was making him go nutty during dinner time.  I occasionally would slip him some apple sauce from big brother’s plate.  At first, he looked shocked and then perked up and immediately reached for the spoon, motioning for more and latching onto the spoon with his kung foo-like grip.

This week, I introduced him to watered-down oatmeal (without breast milk).  He was up all night with that little experiment.  The oatmeal or the water made his little tummy upset.

The next time I tried to give him a proper meal, I prepared Happy Bellied Multi-Grain Cereal by Happy Babies with breast milk.  It was a HUGE success.  Luke LOVED it.

In the following attempt, I added pear puree from Happy Babies to his cereal.

Today, I realized that I was going about this ALL wrong.  I had total forgot my Baby Led Weaning (BLW) success with Austin.

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For those of you who don’t know, Baby Led Weaning or BLW means that you let your child feed themselves when they start weaning (at around 6 months).  When they show interest in food or start reaching for food then let them have it!  Of course, food needs to be age appropriate and start off chopped up into baby bite sized pieces (and preferably steamed to a soft consistency).

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No more purees, ice cube trays filled with homemade baby food, no need for those expensive baby food processors, and no rice cereal (which provides little to no nutritional value anyways!).  It’s just Luke getting to eat the same meal as the rest of the family!

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No more mush (well it may be mush once your little one is through with it), lots more fun!

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The best foods to start with using the BLW approach are avocados, butternut squash or sweet potato.

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Tonight, Luke got AVOCADO.  I can’t say he loved it, but I can say he had fun with it.  He got more on his face than he did in his mouth.  My messy boy.  I keep reminding myself that food before 1 is just for fun and he will get most of his nutrients from my breast milk.

I was glad to introduce avocados tonight because I recently scored a huge bag of 25 avocados for $5 this weekend!  Get ready, Luke.  It’s about be Avocado-Palooza!

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Resources:
1.
Solid Food Charts by age:

4-6 Months Old

6-8 Months Old

8-10 Months Old

10-12 Months Old

MY FAVORITE: Solid Food Chart organized by Food Types or the Combined Chart

2. Forbidden Foods that you should wait to introduce to your little one until after a year: honey, peanut butter, tree nuts, citrus or acidic fruits, raw strawberries/blackberries/raspberries, corn, egg whites, whole milk, wheat, grapes, and shellfish.

3. Follow the 4 Day Wait Rule to ensure your child isn’t allergic to the newly-introduced food.

Sneaky Baking: How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Veggies

I’ve recently had trouble getting Austin to eat different veggies. I will usually resort to those veggie/fruit pouches to get him some vegetables in his diet. A little while ago I figured out that I can combine something he loves with something he isn’t too fond of. I made veggie quick bread! His love of carbs masked the fact that there was veggies in his snack. The first thing I made was butternut squash quick bread. It was SOOOOOO yummy. Unfortunately, I almost chopped off a finger in the process of making it. Whoops!

I give credit to Daily Garnish. I’ve been following her blog since Austin was born. Both our toddlers were born around the same time. She is a vegetarian chef/blogger. I get a lot of good ideas from her blog (parenting & food-wise).

Daily Garnish: http://www.dailygarnish.com/

Here is the link to the Butternut Squash Quick Bread recipe: http://www.dailygarnish.com/recipes?recipe_id=6038005

Today, while Austin and Justin were napping, I decided to put my ripe banana to good use. I decided to create a Banana Carrot Quick Bread. I looked up different quick bread recipes to see what was standard in them.

Here are the ingredients I used:

  • 3/4 C. vegetable oil
  • 1/4 C. honey
  • 1/2 C. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. flour (sifted with a fork)
  • 1 C. whole wheat flour (sifted with a fork)
  • 1/2 C. oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 C. mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)

I didn’t have 3 bananas, so I mashed 1 banana and squeezed in an apple and strawberry pouch.

  • 1 + 1/2 C. grated carrot (3 large)
  • 1/2 C. raisins

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your muffin tins
2. Whisk together flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium mixing bowl; set aside.
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3. In a large mixing bowl whisk the oil, brown sugar, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well.
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4. Add 1/4 of the flour mixture at a time and stir in – alternating with the banana and ending with the flour mixture. Scrap down sides and just mix until incorporated; don’t over mix.
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5. Add grated carrot and raisins. Fold into mixture until mixed throughout.
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6. Spoon into mini or regular sized muffin tins.
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7. Bake mini muffins 12 minutes and then check until a toothpick comes out clean. Regular muffins should take about 5 minutes longer. Ovens may vary the times a big. Just make sure to check your muffins. Cool for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and continue cooling on wire rack.
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I had my best judge taste the muffins. I think I got the toddler stamp of approval!
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Scrumptious!

Our New Adventure

BRAND NEW BLOG — Two Under Two is now finished. >>> and on to better things {A NEW BLOG!}
It was a lovely learning experience.
I realized that our family will be growing at some point and I want my blog title to stay current and applicable. I will still have similar posts as well as a few new* topics. Please follow along on this new journey with me as I take flight — all while LOVING my growing nest. XoXo

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Freezer Meals Prep

*** update ***
Thank you for stopping by! I know most of you have come from Pinterest. I hope to make more posts related to meal planning and freezer meals in the near future. If you have a specific question or post request then leave a comment and I’ll help as best as I can.
Happy meal planning!
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freezer meals Jan

I know how much all you mommies LOATHE meal planning. I love cooking, but dislike meal planning. In the beginning of January I finally got up the courage to do one of those freezer meal extravaganzas. I went to a few websites and found recipes that I liked. I made sauces, crockpot meals, marinades, and soups. We are already into March and I still have some meals left over and a few sauces. Obviously, we didn’t LOVE all of the recipes, but we tried them all. I am back and doing another day of freezer meal prep. This time I did a mini version of my January test run and stuck with marinades and a soup.

Before I begin, here’s what I learned from last time:

  • We don’t really like crock pot meals. The only one that was good enough to do again was the Healthy Mama BBQ. I loved the convenience of it and the fact that I could start cooking it in the morning and forget about it until it was ready. Soups were our favorite go-to crockpot meal.
  • Meats and Veggies never taste the same frozen as they do fresh. One time, the potatoes came out rubbery. Very unappetizing. Also, if you cook chicken in the crockpot with tomato sauce or anything too acidic, it changes the chicken. It falls apart easier and isn’t AS juicy. Sure, it’s in the crock pot and it’s in juices, but the chicken itself is not juicy.
  • Whole chicken breasts and thighs are better left un cut and unshredded. Leave the chopping and shredding for after you cook it. It comes out better.
  • Marinades are awesome. Freezing the meat with the marinades make sure it gets infused into the meat. plus, it gets to sit longer while you are thawing it.
  • Prepping before-hand makes mommy’s life so easy.
  • Making freezer meals is great if there is a worth-while sale on meat. Meat is usually pretty pricey and takes up the majority of our grocery bill. Wait until you can get a killer deal on meat before you try this.

Links (used this time and/or last time):

Here are the things I made today (I added some of my favorite marinades):

  • Greek Chicken (2)
  • Citrus Chicken (2)
  • Sesame Chicken (2)
  • Margarita Chicken (2)
  • Oh So Easy Pork Chops (2)
  • Marinated Pork Chops (4)
  • Marinated Steak (1)
  • Taco Soup (1)

Total of 16 Bags with over 50 servings!! **pictures of each cooked item to come later

Recipes:

Margarita Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 2 whole chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 2 packages of Margarita mix with alcohol in it
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of chicken seasoning (McCormick’s Grill Mates — Montreal chicken)

Preparing: Split chicken up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred) or cook at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes

Citrus Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 2 whole chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice ( about two large lemons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1.5 inch section of fresh ginger (peeled & minced) or 1-2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • a few drops of tabasco

Preparing: Split chicken up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred) or cook at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes

Sesame Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 2 whole chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (toast them if you would like)

Preparing: Split chicken up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred) or cook at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes

Greek Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 2 whole chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 2 tablespoons dill leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 2 large lemons or 4 small lemons
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preparing: Split chicken up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred) or cook at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes

Oh So Easy Pork Chops

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Ingredients:

  • 6 bone in pork chops
  • 1.5 cups fruit preserve (I used apricot)
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

Preparing: Split pork up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred)

Marinated Pork

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Ingredients:

  • 10 bone in pork chops
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Preparing: place 2 pork chops in 2 bags and 3 pork chops in 2 bags. Combine ingredients and split between the four freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred)

Marinated London Broil

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Ingredients:

  • London Broil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 1.5 tablespoons died parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon tabasco

Preparing: place meat into freezer bag. Combine ingredients and pour over meat. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred)

Taco Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped (i didn’t have an onion)
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer (or broth)
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilis, undrained
  • 1 package of taco seasoning (1.25 ounces)
  • 2 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I didn’t have that much, so I used less)

Preparing: combine all ingredients in a ziplock bag. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: cook in crockpot on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 4-6.

Garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream, &/or crushed tortilla chips

Freezer Meals Prep

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*** update ***
Thank you for stopping by! I know most of you have come from Pinterest. I hope to make more posts related to meal planning and freezer meals in the near future. If you have a specific question or post request then leave a comment and I’ll help as best as I can.
Happy meal planning!
******
freezer meals Jan

I know how much all you mommies LOATHE meal planning. I love cooking, but dislike meal planning. In the beginning of January I finally got up the courage to do one of those freezer meal extravaganzas. I went to a few websites and found recipes that I liked. I made sauces, crockpot meals, marinades, and soups. We are already into March and I still have some meals left over and a few sauces. Obviously, we didn’t LOVE all of the recipes, but we tried them all. I am back and doing another day of freezer meal prep. This time I did a mini version of my January test run and stuck with marinades and a soup.

Before I begin, here’s what I learned from last time:

  • We don’t really like crock pot meals. The only one that was good enough to do again was the Healthy Mama BBQ. I loved the convenience of it and the fact that I could start cooking it in the morning and forget about it until it was ready. Soups were our favorite go-to crockpot meal.
  • Meats and Veggies never taste the same frozen as they do fresh. One time, the potatoes came out rubbery. Very unappetizing. Also, if you cook chicken in the crockpot with tomato sauce or anything too acidic, it changes the chicken. It falls apart easier and isn’t AS juicy. Sure, it’s in the crock pot and it’s in juices, but the chicken itself is not juicy.
  • Whole chicken breasts and thighs are better left un cut and unshredded. Leave the chopping and shredding for after you cook it. It comes out better.
  • Marinades are awesome. Freezing the meat with the marinades make sure it gets infused into the meat. plus, it gets to sit longer while you are thawing it.
  • Prepping before-hand makes mommy’s life so easy.
  • Making freezer meals is great if there is a worth-while sale on meat. Meat is usually pretty pricey and takes up the majority of our grocery bill. Wait until you can get a killer deal on meat before you try this.

Links (used this time and/or last time):

Here are the things I made today (I added some of my favorite marinades):

  • Greek Chicken (2)
  • Citrus Chicken (2)
  • Sesame Chicken (2)
  • Margarita Chicken (2)
  • Oh So Easy Pork Chops (2)
  • Marinated Pork Chops (4)
  • Marinated Steak (1)
  • Taco Soup (1)

Total of 16 Bags with over 50 servings!! **pictures of each cooked item to come later

Recipes:

Margarita Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 2 whole chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 2 packages of Margarita mix with alcohol in it
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of chicken seasoning (McCormick’s Grill Mates — Montreal chicken)

Preparing: Split chicken up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred) or cook at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes

Citrus Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 2 whole chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice ( about two large lemons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1.5 inch section of fresh ginger (peeled & minced) or 1-2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • a few drops of tabasco

Preparing: Split chicken up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred) or cook at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes

Sesame Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 2 whole chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (toast them if you would like)

Preparing: Split chicken up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred) or cook at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes

Greek Chicken

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Ingredients:

  • 2 whole chicken breasts (4 breasts)
  • 2 tablespoons dill leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 2 large lemons or 4 small lemons
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preparing: Split chicken up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred) or cook at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes

Oh So Easy Pork Chops

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Ingredients:

  • 6 bone in pork chops
  • 1.5 cups fruit preserve (I used apricot)
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

Preparing: Split pork up between two freezer bags. Combine ingredients and split between the two freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred)

Marinated Pork

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Ingredients:

  • 10 bone in pork chops
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Preparing: place 2 pork chops in 2 bags and 3 pork chops in 2 bags. Combine ingredients and split between the four freezer bags. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred)

Marinated London Broil

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Ingredients:

  • London Broil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons italian seasoning
  • 1.5 tablespoons died parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon tabasco

Preparing: place meat into freezer bag. Combine ingredients and pour over meat. Toss and knead into the meat. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: grill (preferred)

Taco Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped (i didn’t have an onion)
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer (or broth)
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilis, undrained
  • 1 package of taco seasoning (1.25 ounces)
  • 2 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I didn’t have that much, so I used less)

Preparing: combine all ingredients in a ziplock bag. Flatten down so there is little to no air. Freeze.

Cooking Method: cook in crockpot on Low for 6-8 hours or High for 4-6.

Garnish with cheddar cheese, sour cream, &/or crushed tortilla chips

Fine Dining with a 15 Month Old

Foodie Baby

Foodie Baby

Etiquette and manners fly out the window when eating with a toddler. It’s about filling that belly, not looking good.

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I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to be one of those moms who didn’t let their baby get messy. And boy does he get messy. He has learned that the hands are the most effective utensils. When a fork or spoon just isn’t cutting it, he turns to his hands as the shoveling tool of choice.

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We started the journey into solid food when he was almost 6 months old. I gave him the basic purees that I would make, but decided I would also give Baby Led Weaning a try. Basically, I gave him small pieces of soft fruits or veggies and let him try to feed himself. Once he got his pincher grasp down, there was no turning back. This kid ate EVERYTHING! It was easy because he would eat what we were eating. No special meals, just one big family dinner.

pincher grasp- CHECK

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I started making homemade oatmeal with chunks of apples. I think that is where he love of oatmeal started. If he is finicky, I know that he will ALWAYS eat a bowl of oatmeal. I started giving him a spoon before he turned one and he LOVES it. Apparently, food tastes better with a spoon or fork.

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I would try to give him oranges for lunch hand he would refuse. UNTIL I gave him a fork. Then oranges were all of the sudden yummy.

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One thing is for sure, this child is a CARB LOVER. He loves bread. Grilled cheese is his sandwich of choice, but he will eat a hunk of bread any day of the week.
He has developed a routine, if you will, for meal time. He always starts with his favorite foods first on his plate. His yogurt is usually the first to go. And, like I said, if the spoon isn’t getting the food to his face fast enough then its on to his hands for sure.

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Meal time is definitely about him being Mr. Independant. He never wants my help. He will actually grunt at me and push the spoon away if I try and feed him. It’s like he feels belittled. Mom, I am a big boy and I can do it myself! I will offer him an iten and he will refuse it. I shrug and put the spoonfull down. He IMMEDIATELY reaches for the utensil and shovels it in his mouth. Okay, didn’t I just offer that. Nope, taking it from me means he’s doing what I want him to do and he will have NONE of that.

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He is also VERY demanding. If that food runs out he will let you know that he wants more with a little intonation in the word “more.” I usually dont give him juices with his meals, but I do drink a glass of OJ or milk with breakfast or dinner. Occassionally he will point to my drink and give me a look as if to say “GIVE ME YOUR DRINK, WOMAN.”

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Breakfast and lunch are relitively clean meals, but, for some reason, dinner time is a shirt-off affair because thi boy gets DIR-TAY! Messy hair, don’t care. Food on his belly and in between his fingers? that’s not a problem. The best part is when he is all done and decides rubbing it into his tray would be fun. Look mom, food art. Sometimes, he will feel generous enough to share his scraps with Sara. Never the good stuff though… NEVER. He also likes to use my husband as a napkin. He will reach out as if to pat Justin on his back and give a cute smile. Little did Daddy realize, but Austin was just wiping leftovers on his shirt. The way we know he is done for sure is if our little dare devil flips around and stands up in his chair. Now commences the “I’m Done Game.” He will shoot up in no time flat and give a little wave and smirk. Oh, he knows he is being naughty, but it’s his little way of saying “Hi, I’m done, let me go play now.” We will yell “SIT DOWN” and the moment I come to physically plop his little booty back down is when he shoves his palm towards me and grunts “NO.” Lovely child, just lovely. He is going to fall flat on his face one of these days. I know, I know. The simple fix-it would be to strap him in. I’ll work on it.

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Recently, he has been getting picky with veggies. I have to hide them in his meals. He LOVES the fruit and veggie pouches, so that makes getting veggies in easier.

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I even went so far as to make a butternut squash quick bread. He mowed down on that like it was candy. Speaking of candy, this child loves, and I mean LOVES, chocolate. He basically has a little seizure each time he gets a bite. He can hear the wrapper opening from a mile away. Daddy is quite the chocolate eater and he NEVER forgets to let Austin have a bite. For if he did forget, that would be a fatal mistake.

And so continues are food journey. 🙂

FORK YOU, MOM

FORK YOU, MOM

Fine Dining with a 15 Month Old

Foodie Baby

Foodie Baby

Etiquette and manners fly out the window when eating with a toddler. It’s about filling that belly, not looking good.

IMG_1222
I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to be one of those moms who didn’t let their baby get messy. And boy does he get messy. He has learned that the hands are the most effective utensils. When a fork or spoon just isn’t cutting it, he turns to his hands as the shoveling tool of choice.

IMG_1229
We started the journey into solid food when he was almost 6 months old. I gave him the basic purees that I would make, but decided I would also give Baby Led Weaning a try. Basically, I gave him small pieces of soft fruits or veggies and let him try to feed himself. Once he got his pincher grasp down, there was no turning back. This kid ate EVERYTHING! It was easy because he would eat what we were eating. No special meals, just one big family dinner.

pincher grasp- CHECK

20130116-232501.jpg
I started making homemade oatmeal with chunks of apples. I think that is where he love of oatmeal started. If he is finicky, I know that he will ALWAYS eat a bowl of oatmeal. I started giving him a spoon before he turned one and he LOVES it. Apparently, food tastes better with a spoon or fork.

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I would try to give him oranges for lunch hand he would refuse. UNTIL I gave him a fork. Then oranges were all of the sudden yummy.

IMG_1220
One thing is for sure, this child is a CARB LOVER. He loves bread. Grilled cheese is his sandwich of choice, but he will eat a hunk of bread any day of the week.
He has developed a routine, if you will, for meal time. He always starts with his favorite foods first on his plate. His yogurt is usually the first to go. And, like I said, if the spoon isn’t getting the food to his face fast enough then its on to his hands for sure.

IMG_1236 I WANNA DO!YUMMMM

Meal time is definitely about him being Mr. Independant. He never wants my help. He will actually grunt at me and push the spoon away if I try and feed him. It’s like he feels belittled. Mom, I am a big boy and I can do it myself! I will offer him an iten and he will refuse it. I shrug and put the spoonfull down. He IMMEDIATELY reaches for the utensil and shovels it in his mouth. Okay, didn’t I just offer that. Nope, taking it from me means he’s doing what I want him to do and he will have NONE of that.

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He is also VERY demanding. If that food runs out he will let you know that he wants more with a little intonation in the word “more.” I usually dont give him juices with his meals, but I do drink a glass of OJ or milk with breakfast or dinner. Occassionally he will point to my drink and give me a look as if to say “GIVE ME YOUR DRINK, WOMAN.”

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Breakfast and lunch are relitively clean meals, but, for some reason, dinner time is a shirt-off affair because thi boy gets DIR-TAY! Messy hair, don’t care. Food on his belly and in between his fingers? that’s not a problem. The best part is when he is all done and decides rubbing it into his tray would be fun. Look mom, food art. Sometimes, he will feel generous enough to share his scraps with Sara. Never the good stuff though… NEVER. He also likes to use my husband as a napkin. He will reach out as if to pat Justin on his back and give a cute smile. Little did Daddy realize, but Austin was just wiping leftovers on his shirt. The way we know he is done for sure is if our little dare devil flips around and stands up in his chair. Now commences the “I’m Done Game.” He will shoot up in no time flat and give a little wave and smirk. Oh, he knows he is being naughty, but it’s his little way of saying “Hi, I’m done, let me go play now.” We will yell “SIT DOWN” and the moment I come to physically plop his little booty back down is when he shoves his palm towards me and grunts “NO.” Lovely child, just lovely. He is going to fall flat on his face one of these days. I know, I know. The simple fix-it would be to strap him in. I’ll work on it.

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Recently, he has been getting picky with veggies. I have to hide them in his meals. He LOVES the fruit and veggie pouches, so that makes getting veggies in easier.

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I even went so far as to make a butternut squash quick bread. He mowed down on that like it was candy. Speaking of candy, this child loves, and I mean LOVES, chocolate. He basically has a little seizure each time he gets a bite. He can hear the wrapper opening from a mile away. Daddy is quite the chocolate eater and he NEVER forgets to let Austin have a bite. For if he did forget, that would be a fatal mistake.

And so continues are food journey. 🙂

FORK YOU, MOM

FORK YOU, MOM