Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Purée Marathon

As the boys are very quickly approaching their half-year birthday, we are busy preparing for the big day.  I have wanted to prepare our own baby food for many reasons, but I think it's become far more important to me since I was unable to breastfeed beyond the first month.  Needless to say, my excitement is palpable.  

While my mom was visiting last week, we took a trip to Apple Hill - one of my favorite places to go in Fall since I was a child.  We bought a half bushel of super delish Fuji apples and an apple peeler.  The day before my mom took me shopping for canning supplies.  It took us only a couple hours to make some of the most delicious applesauce I've ever tried (the apple peeler was a huge timesaver!).  No sugar, nothing, but apples.  Wow.  I figured it out and we made 90 oz for only 25% of the cost of store-bought ... but with 250% of the flavor!  And I learned to can!  Yep, it's the little things.  

Today, I spent the boys' naptime steaming and puréeing.  Last Christmas, Momma B's parent's got us the Baby Bullet and I finally got to put it to use.  I have to say, I rather love it.  Another few hours later and I made: puréed spinach, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, zucchini, pears, and brown rice cereal.  I haven't even begun to figure out the cost analysis on today's bounty, but it made a lot of food.  I have no idea how long it'll last, though.  



I've read they may only eat about a tablespoon at a time at first, but how long does that last?  We currently have about 32 oz of brown rice cereal, 15 oz of spinach, 47 oz of sweet potatoes, 24 oz of peas, 14 oz of zucchini, 21 oz of green beans, 18 oz of spinach, and 47 oz of pears.  At a tablespoon - or half an ounce - each for PB&J eating only once a day, that would be 218 days of food ... and that's not counting the applesauce.  BUT my question is ... how quickly do they advance to an ounce each, two ounces each, etc.?  To two meals a day, to three meals a day?  It's all a little confusing to me.  

Ah well, we'll figure it out as we go I'm sure.  All I know is I'm actually having fun despite the tremendous responsibility I feel.  I mean, we are beginning to set the stage for their future food choices.  That is not something I take lightly.  Thus I'm ready to start implementing change into my own diet.  As our MoMs dietician told us, we only have a couple short years to get our own act together before they start to develop true eating habits that will be difficult to break.  I definitely want to lead by example and show them what healthy really means.  I've never had this kind of motivation before, so I can only think it'll help make this time different.

Today's 22 Days of Thanks, I'm thankful for food ... and what it will provide our boys.

*I've been wondering if this blog will keep the interest if I blog about my own health journey as well?  The title is rather limiting to accommodate more than just PB&J's stories, so I was considering an entire revamp that included a name change.  I'd love your input!

12 comments:

  1. I just realized how important food choices are RIGHT NOW. While we did start poi, which is very starchy and high in carbs, I'm hoping it was the right decision! Hoping to add some sweet stuff next. Sounds like you've got enough to feed an army...you GO! :-)

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    1. oh thanks. yeah, it's kind of crazy how much responsibility you feel about starting them off right, isn't it?!

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  2. Well done! I loved making The Bean purees when he was first starting solids. I wish we could have kept up with it, but he eats too much now! Sometimes, when there's an excess of delicious produce, we still do some up for him.

    I feel like he quickly went from eating a spoonful or two to eating multiple ice cubes (our measurement) a few times a day.

    Prunes were a big hit with our guy for a long time. Also peaches. :)

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    1. we definitely have prunes on the list. tho they're not my favorite, i can't let my preferences influence what we expose them to, right?! lol

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  3. I loved making him food in the beginning, and it was way cheaper than the jarred stuff. I seem to recall he started out with just a small amount for the first few days, and then fairly rapidly got to 3 tbsp in a sitting (1.5 of two things, I usually did one fruit and one veggie, and froze them in the middle sized Baby Cubes, which are really awesome, especially for ease of traveling - I usually filled them to somewhere around 3 tbsp at first) as he got the hang of it and decided he really enjoyed this eating thing. I used to nurse him first, then gave him solids about 30-60 minutes later (the idea being that they get the nutrition they need from the milk/formula, but are hungry enough to try the solids), then started giving him his solids first and then nursing a little while later (same idea, just giving him more opportunity to eat more solids as he wanted) and then eventually he was eating enough solids that he was no longer interested in the nursing anymore. I think that he was eating 3tbsp (1 cube, or half of two) at lunch and 6tbsp (two full cubes) at dinner after maybe two months? Then he started wanting to feed himself and very quickly graduated from purees to soft finger foods, which was pretty exciting by that point because I'd run out of things that I could easily puree into something he wanted to eat. And now he eats what we eat (so easy!), though I prepare and freeze stuff for if he can't eat it or if I need to feed him separately from our meal.

    I know I was really overwhelmed at first to know what and when things should happen, but I found that I just followed his cues about what he was ready for and how much he wanted to eat and we figured it out pretty easily. There's a ton of information out there, but if you listen to what the babies are telling you, you'll know what to do. Have fun with it and don't stress - any solids they eat in the first year, especially in the beginning, is just for fun and to experiment. Be sure to take videos! And one thing I found is that if I made things that I liked to eat and tasted good to me, chances are he'd like them. If I followed some kid-appropriate recipes that were really bland and boring and I wouldn't eat them, he tended not to like them either. He loves all sorts of flavours - curry, cumin, even some spicy things.

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    1. wow! thanks so much for your detailed comment ... it's very helpful. i can't wait to see how they progress and what they develop a taste for.

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  4. My kids did cereal for about 2 months before we did any fruits and veggies so they were eating a decent amount of the food because they already had learned how to eat. But I'll tell you that after about 2 weeks of solids they learn how to manipulate their tongues and jaws and start eating a decent amount. My kids each eat one of the individual baby bullet size jars + milk and sometimes we wind up giving them more milk because they're still hungry. So each jar is 4 ounces I believe and I bet your kids will be doing that within a month or two months max. We also added yogurt and cottage cheese and mashed bananas for those days when we didn't feel like defrosting something. Those are good back-up options too. And I've heard you can mash up tofu too, but we haven't done that one yet.

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    1. sounds like they get the hang of it fairly quickly. i'm hoping our boys do too. of course, then they'll be eating through our stash in no time. lol

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  5. I think every kid is different and we started Peyton on food around 4 months and we didn't make it, so it may not be the same for you guys. But, she was pretty quick to move up to a full jar, probably by the time she was 5 or 6 months. And then 2 jars by the time she was 7 months, now that she is 8 months, she eats about 8 oz of baby food a day, mixed with rice cereal usually. So, we mix baby oatmeal and fruit in the morning and rice cereal and veggies in the evening.

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    1. that's true, even after the first try we can see our two are different already. how much does she nurse/bottle along with all that food?

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  6. the zunzun never ate anything i pureed for him, until recently, when we bought some 'little green pouches' (google that). we use store-bought pouches on the go sometimes. but he has some texture preferences, and hates all squishy foods -- it has to be smooth enough to get through a straw, or he wants nothing to do with it. he basically didn't eat much besides breast milk until he figured out how to self-feed (so, very little solids action until he was about 9 months, despite offering it several times a day). now he does almost all finger foods. he'll let us feed him a yogurt some days, but that's about it for spoons. you'll figure your boys out fast, and they'll definitely set the lead!

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  7. It's so confusing isn't when you first start - I think my hardest lesson was realising that you have to let them take the lead and they'll let you know what they like, what they want and how much they are willing to eat.

    Would love for you to link this up at the Friday Baby Shower link party. We're focused on weaning this week - great old posts very welcome, Alice x

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