Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ice Cube Food

(This is a note-to-self kind of post. For when I have future babies in the house and need a refresher course on how to prepare baby food.)

Preparing baby food seemed like a very daunting task at first. But now that I'm in the midst of it, it's not so overwhelming. Especially when I cook 2-3 different foods every week and freeze. Pureed baby food stays good in the fridge for about 1 week, but frozen it will keep for at least 3 months.

Fresh foods, mashed with a fork:
* Banana
* Avocado
* Melon

Foods pureed fresh (if they are very ripe):
* Peaches
* Pears
* Plums

If the above fruits are not sufficiently ripe, peel/core/chop and then cook in a small amount of water until softened. All fruits are suitable for freezing except for melon.

Vegetables to cook:
* Peas (frozen)
* Broccoli (fresh or frozen)
* Cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
* Spinach (frozen)
* Corn (fresh or frozen)
* Zucchini (peel/chop)
* Sweet potato (peel/chop)
* Carrots (peel/chop)
* Butternut squash (peel/chop)

Prepare as noted above, put in a large pot and cover with water. (Make 2-3 bags of frozen veggies--it will fill 4-5 trays of ice cubes.) Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 4-15 minutes, until veggies are soft when poked with a fork. Puree in a blender. I use my simple food processor and it works just fine. Make sure to add enough cooking liquid. Transfer from blender to ice cube trays. Cover and freeze for 24 hours. Transfer to a ziploc bag, noting the item & date.

Two odd items:
* Applesauce--use already prepared, sugar-free (apples only) applesauce from the grocery
* Tomatoes--use organic, sodium-free diced, canned tomatoes, simmer for 10-15 min and then puree as usual

*adapted from Top 100 Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel

Thursday, October 11, 2012

JD - the 8 months recap

The months are truly flying by . . . and this is only my first year with the little man! Bryce and I agree that the newborn stage is wonderful, but this stage is so much fun! Our little eight-month-old is still army crawling like crazy. He can do a regular crawl, but chooses to only when the surface is slippery. JD is pulling himself up to a standing position on the fireplace, couch, guitar case, coffee name it. All of the babbling and noise-making is precious. So much "talking" these days. And even a bit of "dancing."

Justus Daniel grins in recognition whenever I walk into the room, and actually seems to be a little worried when I'm not visible. I love it how Justus lights up whenever Bryce comes home. Bryce has taught Justus to look up at the light when he says "light"--the most precious thing ever. Just this past weekend, he discovered a new silly face. What a goofy little guy; I think we may have a future "ham" on our hands. Lately, his favorite toy is the dog's bone, especially when the dog is chewing on it. JD will crawl over and steal the bone, Parson steals it back and moves to another room, JD follows him and steals the bone again . . . and then I come to the rescue and return the slimy bone to the dog.

JD's day looks pretty much like this:
  • Wake up between 7 - 7:30am
  • Eat 3-4 tablespoons of cereal plus fruit (applesauce, banana, or melon, usually) and drink 8 oz of formula
  • Play, play, play
  • Nap time around 9am and sleep until 10:30 - 11am
  • Drink 8 oz of formula
  • Play some more or maybe run errands with Mama
  • Eat 2 ice cubes of butternut squash + 2 ice cubes of broccoli (his current favorite combination) and maybe 2-3 tablespoons of fruit or cereal
  • Nap time around 1pm and sleep until around 3:30pm
  • Drink 8 oz of formula
  • Play, play, play--this may include reading books (which means Mama reads and JD plays/listens), listening to music, bouncing in the exersaucer, going on a walk, running errands, playing on the floor with Dad, etc.
  • Eat 3 ice cubes of sweet potato + 2 ice cubes of spinach and then 4-5 tablespoons of cereal
  • Play a little more
  • Drink 6-8 oz of formula
  • Final diaper change and bedtime at 7pm
Two "notes to self" for future reference:
1.  Do not buy onesies with snaps for future babies older than 3 months. It takes forever to try to get a wriggly little boy into one of those!
2.  Do not give baby one of his spoons to play with. It did not occur to me that he would then try to play with the one that I was feeding him with!

And now for a slew of pictures from the past month! It's getting a little harder to take them because he moves around so much, but I found a few cute ones.

Their favorite thing to do together: look outside.

Trying a lemon for the first time.

Justus and our first Safe Families child, G.

We're starting him early . . .

Our first faux hawk.

This is where Justus spends most of his time these days.

New fashion: slippers, diaper, sweater and sunglasses.

Silly face!

Looking at the light.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Night Random

I have 5 minutes to write a blog of randomness. That's all I'm giving myself.

Today was a lounge-in-pj's kind of day. I've been fighting a cold (1 cold or 2 different colds? who knows) for almost two weeks now. And it was time to just lay around.

However, I did organize JD's 9 month clothes, cook up a butternut squash and pancakes for dinner (yummy! and don't ask about the combination), work on work for about 2 hours, do a load of laundry, call the bank, and do a project for the youth group. Okay. So it wasn't a nothing day, but doing something in your pj's is always more relaxing.

JD is so much fun these days. The infant stage is adorable but this stage is just plain fun! He laughs all the time. And grins so big at me when I walk into the room. We love just laying around on the floor together....Bryce, JD and I.

Mr. W, our second safe families child, has come and gone. Such a sweet boy! And super smart! I was amazed over and over during the 5 days he was here......the things he already knew and the things he remembered. He had the most gorgeous gray-blue eyes. I do miss his constant chatter and cute little face.

Five minutes are up!

Time to take a bath and start reading Antigone by Sophocles. Sounds relaxing, doesn't it? Actually, I've been looking forward to it all day.