Mama Series: Weaning

My little person is almost nine months old and I can’t believe how time flies but I am blessed enough to be home with him everyday. To personally watch him reach milestones is wonderful. Being a full time mother is a tough gig. It is filled with mommy moments of pure heart clenching happiness but I have my moments of dread too. Like when he fell and banged his head on the coffee table. I felt like I had failed but now it’s just a little scar that will fade with time and he is still growing in leaps and bounds!

WEANING STAGE

My little person has been breastfed from the start. I thought I would only be doing it for the first six months but after he had an allergic reaction to follow on milk I decided against it. That was a very scary moment.

We started his solids after he was four nearly five months old. We got a box of Milupa cereal and used two glass ramekins and baby spoons to start.

For the most part I would steam and puree various veg for him everyday.

Sweet potato
Carrots
Pumpkin
Potatoes and broccoli
Potatoes and zucchini
Mint and mushy peas
Chicken and mince

These were the foods I remember my gran preparing for my youngest cousin. By then I was fifteen so I committed it to memory. Oh that and the plain biscuit with a little butter mushed with boiled water. It’s yummy and my little boy thinks so too. Can’t argue with a woman who raised nine of her own and four grandbabies!

But shamelessly! Somedays I am too pooped. I do worse than my gran ever could at being domestic and I rarely, if ever, cooked when my husband was home but God has a sense of humour about these things. Just when my baby goes on solids my husband gets a job overseas and now it’s me and getting to know the kitchen. I still don’t like it but girls gotta eat right?  Especially a breastfeeding girl.

So I found a 100% organic range of baby foods. My gran likes to comment on anything I do that she didn’t as “you modern mommy’s.” But I like this range. I like it alot!

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My stock left over in my pantry

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Strawberry cereal from 7 months

My eight month old loves this cereal. But for how long? Time will tell.
I had a taste and it was bland but he finishes his bowl every day now so all in all. Success! You can add milk or boiling water and mix to a consistency your baby is comfortable with.

They also have a fantastic range of on the go brekkies with various fruits. I have yet to try those.

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The range of stage 2 dinners are so yummy but both baby and I found the lamb and couscous flavour a little sharp. These are the three favourites. Great texture to encourage chewing but not so much that it makes him gag! Yay!

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Finally we have been enjoying these pureed fruits. Gets super messy but I love hearing him make those delicious sounds of enjoyment especially now that he can slurp it straight from the pouch!  Score!

I have also tried their mango and rice pudding which we finished this week so it’s not above and the red one and yellow one isn’t shown above but they really are all fantastic to try and baby is eating which is a big deal.

He won’t always eat. This weaning thing is full of trial and error but when he is fully engaged and willingly opening his mouth and clapping his hands I am a very happy Nani. And you will feel it too.

Thanks to Ella’s Kitchen for making delicious and organic healthy meals for our precious children. 
Read the story behind Ella’s Kitchen here ://www.ellaskitchen.com

Posted from WordPress for Android 2015

Dear daddy who I never met

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We didn’t get a meeting. Although you knew my name. I feel your loss so deeply. I suffer from this pain.
Since I was eleven the need for you has grown. It’s the echo of my heartbeat for the love you’ve never shown.

So many life events have come and gone without you presence near. Now at the age of thirty it’s too late for us I fear.
It’s not like I was angry or that I hated you.  You were the man who fathered me. I had hoped you’d just arrive on que.

But gone without a word you are without meeting your precious grandson.
I have missed you dad. I have missed you. Was I really the silly one?

If you could tell me how you feel like pride and joy and love. I could make a logical case that you were watching me from above. But in life, as in death, I fear you’ll keep away.

My wish to you like every year is Happy Father’s day.

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Posted from WordPress for Android 2015

Our Children are Not Our Own

Terrified:

Thoughts for new parents.
I absolutely loved the honesty and fluidity of this piece written by my newest follow Writer Mama on her On Borrowed Time blog.
God bless all who reads this and if you don’t believe in God, well a little blessing couldn’t hurt either way.

Originally posted on On Borrowed Time :

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth…

-Khalil Gibran-

     We called her Megan Isabella, this little one, this Other, who called me to the world of motherhood and responsibility, and whom I could neither comprehend nor…

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