Sunday, July 29, 2012

Feed Me, Mama!

Our little Hungry, Hungry Harpo loves to eat! Clearly I spend as much time feeding her as I do taking pictures of her hungry little cuteness.
 

 At her four month well visit, our ped gave us the go ahead to start giving her baby cereal. As I've mentioned before, we feed her oatmeal rather than rice and have just started mixing in some fruits & veggies! After reading some reviews, we have been giving her Earth's Best & Plum brands. They are organic (I swore I wasn't going to be that mom, but turns out, I am) and they all taste good! Yes, we've tried everything we've ever fed to her. 

We started with cereal once a day for two weeks, then upped it to twice a day, the second feeding being at 6 pm when we eat dinner. At five months, we started mixing in one food at a time into her cereal. I give her about 1.5 oz of baby cereal mixed with milk - and then I add in 1-2 oz of her fruit/veggie in with it. I AM TOTALLY WINGING THIS. I have used our doctors directions along with the gazillion things I have read online as guidelines, but at some point, you just have to decide for yourselves.
 

She then finishes her bottle after she eats, which is much more her style since she can SLAM it. Then as soon as the bottle is gone, she hoots and snorts, reaching for her empty bottle & bowl. Are you sure it's all gone?! 

We have also learned that she hates peas. Which is ironic, because we hate changing diapers when she is eating peas.


So far she has had Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Squash, Peas, Pears & Bananas. Some people say fruit first, others say veggies first... we did it in this order. Once again, winging it, parents of the year.

My next adventure is going to be making some baby food of our own! I've read some awesome tutorials on pinterest, with great tips on how to make & store in bulk. I'm all about saving money, plus I love cooking, so hopefully it is successful! :) And I will be sure to share!

Also, I wanted to thank everyone for the awesome advice on the post about Harper's whack sleep habits. You know your shit's crazy when you threaten your husband to sleep in the guest room as a joke and he says OH MY GOSH, CAN I PLEASE?! Ha! It is official - baby girl is TEETHING. So far she has not been grumpy at all, but sleep has still been a little rough. She does sleep in her pack n play in our room at this point, but will be going in her crib shortly. Once she is a little better at rolling from her belly to her back (and our blackout wood blinds arrive to block out the awful street light that shines in her window!)... she's off to occupy her own little Harpie digs.

38 comments:

  1. She is so adorable, I love the last picture with the peas, poor girl. Caden hated peas too!

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  2. haha! cutie. I got the baby bullet so I can make my own food, but there is another thing called the beaba baby cook :)

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  3. Do you the aprica playard? We're undecided between that one and one of the graco ones. What would you suggest?

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  4. I loved making my daughter's baby food from scratch. Had so much more flavor than those jar foods. I used this site a lot to get idea : http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/stage1_homemade_baby_food_recipes.htm
    I was super easy to build a good supply to mix and match with.

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  5. I love her round little head! Such a sweetheart :)

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  6. I think it's awesome you are giving her the organic baby food! You should look into making it... I did it for the little girl I nanny and now her little brother and they had a little steamer but it's super easy to make and saves you money and so much more fresh! All you do is make a batch and then freeze the extras in little ice cube trays and each little square is one ounce.

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  7. Jessica, I've made all of my daughter's food so far (except cereal and a couple meals on the go) and am having so much fun with it! Just wanted to share with you the best find I've come across so far to help in the process (besides a food processor). It's the Annabel Karmel FreshFoods freezer tray with lid. It's less than $9 and I got it at my local Walmart. Makes great portions, is BPA free, and dishwasher safe. Easier to get out and store in plastic bags than an ice cube tray. We also like the stackable cubes by the same brand.

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  8. Jessica, I've made all of my daughter's food so far (except cereal and a couple meals on the go) and am having so much fun with it! I just wanted to share the best find so far (other than my favorite appliance, the food processor) that has helped the process. It's the Annabel Karmel FreshFood freezer tray with lid. I got it at my local Walmart for less than $9. It's makes great portion sizes, is BPA free, and is dishwasher safe. The silicon makes it easier to pop foods out to store in ziplocks than an ice cube tray. We also like the stackable cubes by the same brand.

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  9. Our Pediatrician had told us veggies first (after we had already started with fruits) but said the veggies first because the fruits are sweeter and therefore taste better. So usually babies become picky about eating the veggies once they've already had the sweet goodness of fruits. Like I said though, we started with fruits and there were some veggies he really didn't care for but once he started eating regular table food it didn't phase him at all! He's not the least bit picky and I don't think there's a single food he doesn't like. My point is that I really don't think it matters. The baby food veggies taste like crap but once they eat the real thing it's a totally new taste and experience for them again.

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  10. http://www.rightstart.com/beaba-babycook.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&gclid=CJ2MiMbgwLECFYUaQgod1zMAyQ

    This is the one we use. Super easy and fun to make!

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  11. I used to make up batches of vegies and then just whiz them up, in ice-cube trays and then popped out into zip lock bags. easy as. we also froze pureed casseroles, soup, chicken breast etc.. so then you just pop out a chicken, and how many ever different vegies into the bowl and thaw out.. perfect and so easy. it made life so easy for us! good luck, sounds like Harper is doing really well xx

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  12. awww harper is adorable! I can't wait to start my daughter on food next month :)

    www.ohsoamelia.com

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  13. I didn't do it with my first {it seemed so intimidating!} but with my second we just went with the flow. I made his "baby food" which only at first was pureed, but he quickly graduated to cooked, soft fruit/veggies - especially squash, sweet potatoes, pears, etc. although he didn't really get started on solids 'til he was around 7 mos. It's SUPER easy and a bajillion times cheaper than buying jarred baby food.
    And you don't even need any special things for it. I used our magic bullet blender for the pureed stuff and then froze it in ice cube trays for when he was only eating a wee bit.
    Super easy. You can do it!
    Before I knew it, he was eating what we were eating. SO MUCH EASIER. :)
    Looking forward to doing it all over again {sorta} with #3 on the way!

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  14. Love that bib! Did you make or buy? Can't wait to read how the DIY babyfood goes.

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  15. I loved the website www.wholesomebabyfood.com when to get some recipes when I make food for my son!

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  16. what a cute little nugget she is!! I love the chevron bib too -- so fab! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  17. I make all my daughters baby food. It's super easy, tasty (I taste hers also), much cheaper than buying it and I know exactly what's in it. I think you'll enjoy making it yourself.

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  18. I agree that chevron bib is adorbs!

    Also, good job on winging it. 90% of parenting is winging it.

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  19. She is adorable! Where did you get her chevron bib? I love it!

    www.ryanandkari.com

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  20. Man I am so jealous... Natalie HATES to eat. She isn't even real great about drinking her bottles. She's way too busy doing other things, apparently. Seriously can't get her to eat more than a spoonful or two at a time and that's after a lot of fighting and sneaking the spoon into her mouth. We've been told to just keep trying, so that's what we'll do... but I'm hoping she discovers the joys of eating delicious food sometime soon :)

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  21. I made most of Jack's puree's too. I mostly used the Annabel Karmel cookbooks. I used mostly fresh fruits and veggies, but I did get a few things canned, like apricots, to add in for variety. I'd freeze in ice cube trays and then I just put each kind in the quart sized ziplock baggies. Then I could just grab two different cubes to mix for all kinds of variety (ex: banana peach + oatmeal). Worked great! It is fun!

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  22. She is just too cute! Love her pea face. My little guy just turned 5 months on Saturday. We are waiting one more month before we start the solids adventure. I'm so not looking forward to the change in poop! I know this might be a bit too hippy dippy, but have you looked into one of these for teething? http://www.amberartisans.com/amtene.html I've heard some wonderful things about them. You might do some research. I've heard some mamas just put the necklace around the ankle while sleeping and cover the baby's foot with a sock, but she's in a sleep sack so you might not need the sock. Also, we love hyland's teething tablets. They always work miracles in our house.

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  23. Just another tip about making your own baby food-sine she has already had jarred food she might seem as if she doesn't like the homemade version. This is because the jarred has sugars in it and homemade obviously doesn't. It will take her some getting used to so don't give up!

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  24. She is to freaking cute! Love the pics! She is such a chunky monkey!

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  25. I cant believe how big she is gettting so cute!

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  26. Definitely recommend the beaba babycook. A little pricey but totally worth it as it has all in one steamer/blender. Love it so far!

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    Love your little one (what a little sweetie) and would love to feature her on my new blog...
    www.minifashionplates.com

    Come check me out!! ;0

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  28. It's always exciting when u can start feeding them baby food. My daughter sadly refused to eat any jarred baby food, so we had to start making our own. It was an adventure.

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  29. Hello
    I am pregnant and I was following your blog during your pregnancy
    I am French too :)
    and I was inspired by your idea with the table for the evolution of pregnancy :)

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  30. Harper is so cute I could scream! We're just a couple months behind you, Beckett will be 3 months next week, and I love reading through your posts and seeing what you recommend for your sweet babe.

    I've been looking into making our own baby food as well, so I can't wait to see how it goes for you!

    Molly

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  31. Can u post some pictures of your house? I'd love to see what youve done with it! Especially the chalkboard wall!

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  32. You've been nominated for a versatile blogger award! http://babyostrom.blogspot.com/2012/08/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  33. I can't wait to start with solids! My baby is 3 months old so it's only a matter of time, And, I never thought I would be "that" mom either...but I totally am:) xo

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  34. We make all of Elsie's food, and she LOVES it! It is super easy to make food in bulk on Sundays, and have it for the rest of the week. We spend about 10 dollars on fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers market (yes, I'm that mom too!). It will feed her for a week or so breakfast, lunch, and dinner! She loves butternut squash! Good luck!

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  35. I have been making my son's baby food. It is really easy. All I do is steam everything except things like bananas and soft fruits like peaches and plumbs. I do steam apples and pears. I peel most of everything before I steam it. then I put it in a food processor and process away. After making sure there are no chunks I then pour them into an ice cube tray and freeze. The great thing is they are perfect 1 oz portions and you can store them in the freezer in a ziplock bag and pull them out as you need them. My son loves the food and I know exactly what is going in there.As far as the sleeping thing, I have been going through the same thing. My son is teething horribly. I try to give him Orajel before bed. It usually helps.

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  36. I have been reading your blog along the way, my lil livvy was born in September and we are getting ready to give her solids soon. This is seriously keeping me up at night! I am too much of a control freak for this lol where is the manual?! Thank you for documenting your journey, I am truly grateful to get tried and true advice! Hopefully I can turn off my over thinking mind and just go with it!

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