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!