How to: Baby food

So my son is eating solids now, he’s Five and a half months, chomping like a champion.  I try make all his food, especially the first foods, cause, well, then I know exactly what’s in it and it’s a bit more budget friendly.  I thought I’d include a little “how to” on the blog for those that were asking.

You will need: 1 x small butternut peeled, de-seeded and chopped into small chunks.

A small pot and a little water for boiling.

Boil the butternut till super soft and squishy, take some water off – I leave about half a cup of water for a small butternut. Using a stick blender, blend till very very smooth.  It should be the consistency of custard, this will freeze and defrost well.

I store in plastic 70ml containers in the freezer but you can also use ice cube trays, clean glass jars or freezer bags to store.

Defrost in microwave gently, stir well to make sure there aren’t any hot spots.

Don’t keep longer than a month iiton the freezer to be safe, and always taste check before giving to baby to make sure it’s still yummy.

So far we’ve done butternut and sweet potatoes with our second one, we’ll be moving onto home made oats soon.

Some veggies I’ve done before: zucchini/baby marrow – not very popular, but mixed with some butternut it goes down well. 

Mashed potatoes – make it quite runny so it defrosts nicely.

Pease, corn, carrots, and peppers (not too much, this can be a flavour addition to other veg)

Fruits are so easy – apples, pears, berries, peaches, plums (go easy with the plums they are, after all, baby prunes).

Bananas you can just mash and give straight, but see how their tummies respond cause they are prone to cause constipation.

Avo – probably the best thing ever, just mashed plain is amazing.

When baby gets bigger and used to single foods you can start blending them and adding spices to make it super delicious.

Do you have an amazing recipe for baby food that you use? Share it with me! 

 

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Monday

What is it about Monday that is so difficult to get the wheels turning?!  Perhaps the lazy weekend? Or perhaps the mental leap of looking after two kids over two relaxed days to managing an office and staff for five is quite a jump?

Any way you slice it Monday will always be there, so get the coffee on, and give it your best shot.

Friday Fun.

So it’s the second morning waking up before 05:00 because my son is changing his sleep patterns.  Bonus extra though is that he’s been off his reflux meds for a whole week. A. Whole. Week. That’s a HUGE deal for us and a significant growth milestone for him. Happy tears are shed regularly.

Feeding of solid foods to my little one is going well, if momma just remembers it would be a bit more regular.

Second week of being back at work with my hubby. Good idea, bad idea. Got to make the most of it and hopefully we’ll make a great team when the initial getting used to phase is over.

Got to photograph a graduation event yesterday, not usually my cup of tea, but this crowd are good friends and great fun so it was worth every minute.  I’ll post some snippets on my photography page over the weekend.

Lastly, we are having a day off to go see a surgeon in PE for hubby, so fun day off, not so fun day off. 

Hope your weekend is amazing! 

I do not have a clue.

I recently started doing a series of videos on my photography page aimed at helping folk photograph their hand-made goods for social media with their cell phones.  It’s a fabulous idea, there are so many folk out there who have no idea how to translate what they imagine into an image that represents their brand or item well plus have the budget to hire a photographer. So I thought some 101 was in order.

I did not realise how much work would be involved in putting these tutorials together. So, #goodideabadidea .  

The planning, prepping and making yourself NOT look like you had three hours sleep is heavy! I’ve been taking inspiration from some of the bloggers I follow and I have a renewed respect for what they do, long term.  It is not easy putting all that content together, and I do not have a clue, not even a small one, and now I’m knee deep in video tutorials and I have to see it through, on the cusp of just starting a regular half day job ontop of my own hand-made originals business, I do not have a clue what I have got myself in for.

So wish me luck as I attempt to complete my video series strong with at least two or three more tutorials, find my feet in my day job and figure out the way forward for my little business as well.

I do not have a clue!

Getting off the Mommy Guilt train.

Yup it happened.  It finally happened.  I am getting off the mommy guilt train.  It only took 4 years and two kids to get there, but I’m disembarking, and I’m not coming back.  I just read yet ANOTHER post on FaceBook about the pressure that modern society places on parents, especially mothers, and I had this to say when I shared the post:

I hope MOST of you, yes YOU, read this…to the very end…and then THINK before you share posts about – screen time/nutrition/sleep training/potty training/co-sleeping/vaccinations/birth types etc think about what message your 3 second finger tap is going send out to the world, who may or may not have the ability or mental capacity to filter…you know “if the shoe fits”… we need to be KIND to each other…especially moms, mothering is tough, and difficult and guilt ridden BEFORE we go onto FaceBook or Instagram or Pinterest so lets share KIND, UPLIFTING things that will pop up on one-anothers news feeds…cause I for one am totally OVER all the mommy guilt that floods my life!

 

It’s a case of enough is enough.  We are told so many things to do and not do from well meaning folk, doctors, coaches, midwives, teachers, bloggers and our own mothers that it’s tough to sift through all the stuff and just get down to mothering our kids.  Do the best you can with what you have.  If you can’t breastfeed, then don’t!  If you can’t leave your job for financial reasons or you LOVE your job then stay there and get help to care for your kids while you are at work!  If you don’t have the budget to make organic, home-made food for your kids, then feed them whatever you have and make it a fun, family meal together!  Release yourself from the pressure of modern parenting that says you have to have every single toy on the list or it’s better to buy them THIS type of bike cause the handlebars don’t swivel 180 degrees, if you can’t afford THAT bike, buy the cheap one from the local retailer and smile while your kid tries to master it.  Don’t fall in the hole of mental gymnastics and comparison with everything you do as a mother, you are a mother, that is enough.  Your kids love you, they adore you, they can’t live and feed themselves without you, you are doing your best, you are enough!

My toddler is potty training himself, he still wears nappies, and he decides when he’s going to use the toilet or not, and he nails it. Every. Single. Time.  I do not have the emotional capacity right now to deal with potty training like the book says, I work for myself, I work from home, it’s a messy, complicated life and I can only handle so much.

My five month old is formula fed, yup, and on one of the most expensive brands too, I don’t care, he’s fed, he’s happy, he ALSO has reflux, so dealing with that daily is challenge enough than taking advice from others to “put him on a cheaper formula”  Yeah, we tried, he cried all weekend and didn’t eat, then he wouldn’t take his meds cause he didn’t want his milk, so that idea died a quick death and we went back to our regular formula, cause it works, and well, if it aint broke, don’t fix it, right?!

So here’s me getting off the guilt train, I have enough pressure on my time and my mental capacity is stretched to the max with my businesses and my limited sleep that I get, cause, well, small kids.  So I’m sorry if my life looks a little messy, but that’s how we like it.  No more guilt train for me.dav

Friday Fun.

So it’s Friday, yay, it’s a slow work day, yay, and school starts on Monday, can I get a whoop whoop?!  It has been real, the last three weeks, challenging my parenting and my ability to stay sane to the max.  Some things I’ve learned over the holidays are:

Sweets are bribes to be used in your favour.  

Spend decent quality, focused (no phone) time with the toddler and he will allow you two hours of uninterrupted work time.

Get up early, shower and get dressed, then you’re ready when the chaos of kids starts.

Make sure you never run out of coffee, even if you have to run out of other stuff, coffee helps. 

Building puzzles over and over is their love language, just do it, again and again, the work can pause for twenty minutes.

Sigh, and into term three we go.
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