Munchkin’s Meals

Ethan is really getting the hang of solid foods… when he feels like it. He had been a good little eater up until this week.  While he’s had some good meals, he’s also been quite stubborn and screamy about others. Win some, lose some. Here’s what I’ve found that helps:

  • Solid meals when he’s in a good mood, like after a nap or when daddy gets home
  • Bottles during cranky times
  • Don’t expect him to eat much of a new veggie (I can’t blame the kid for preferring fruit)
  • Foods that are yummy (if he doesn’t like it, don’t push it)


Here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • Started solids around 5.5 months, so he’s been at it a month or so now
  • Began with rice in the bottle early for reflux, so I don’t count that as a “solid”
  • Purchased baby food purees to see the ideal consistency before making my own
  • Followed the 3-day rule (some say 4 days, some say zero days, we go with 3) between the introduction of any new foods to make sure there aren’t allergic reactions
  • Thrown out the rest of the food he didn’t eat, like you do with a half-used bottle


Here’s what we’ve tried in order (if I remember correctly):

  • Baby oatmeal (loves), carrots (loves), sweet potato, banana, butternut squash, avocado, green beans (hates), pears (loves), peas, summer squash (hates), apple
  • I’ve prepared the banana, avocado, some of the sweet potato, butternut squash, summer squash, and apple; the others have been packaged.



How to make baby butternut squash:

  1. Wash squash, dry, cut in half, and remove seeds.  Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Bake squash cut-side down for about an hour.  Baking brings out sweetness.
  3. Allow squash to cool slightly, then puree in food processor.
  4. Freeze in individual containers (or the ice tray method).
  5. Defrost in microwave when ready for use, and thin with water.


How to make baby apples:  *on my first and only attempt, I used 3 gala, not too tart*

  1. Wash, dry, peel, and core apples. (I recommend organic per the “dirty dozen” list.)
  2. Cut into cubes and place in pot. Add enough water to pot to almost cover cubes.
  3. Boil/steam for about 10 minutes, stirring and covering regularly.
  4. Drain most of the water, allow to cool slightly, and puree in food processor.
  5. Freeze in individual containers (or ice tray method).
  6. Defrost in microwave.  Add water and/or baby oatmeal to thin if necessary and to take out the tart flavor if cooking didn’t bring out enough sweetness.  Apples can also be baked.

I’m obviously spoon-feeding the little guy instead of following baby lead weaning techniques. I see benefits to BLW, but mamas been feeding babies with spoons a long time. Plus, choking hazards seem higher with BLW, which freaks me out. While I’m certainly not against BLW, I don’t see any reason for me to reinvent the wheel.

  • Mamas, what did your baby like? Did you DIY baby food?
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Ice Cream-less WIAW

A house without ice cream is not a home. Ha, perhaps just a slight exaggeration… Nevertheless, I think Kevin and I would both prefer if I restocked sooner than later. Here’s another WIAW; the party must go on!


Breakfast: I had a smoothie (1/2 banana strawberries, milk, protein), and Ethan had baby oatmeal.


Snack: I had a post-workout almond butter smothered rice cake, and E got a bottle.

rice cake

Lunch: Lunch included a tuna and hummus sandwich with sprouts; E got another bottle (too fussy for more solid food).


Snack: I enjoyed a sweet n’ salty Nature Valley bar (oh man, so yum) and a square of dark chocolate, and Ethan got carrots.

nature valley

Dinner: I cooked a frittata with kale, onion, sundried tomatoes and parm cheese for Kevin and myself, and I whipped up butternut squash for E.

frittata   frittata

Dessert: Not ice cream - a hearty serving of Crispix cereal for me, and Ethan got a bedtime bottle

  • Do you eat after dinner?  Got any fav foods or perhaps a cut-off time for eats?
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Big Baby

Lately I’ve been a big baby about my growing baby.  Sure, I want him to hurry up and sleep through the night, and I’m happy whenever he reaches a new milestone.  However, like most mamas, it’s a little hard to watch him grow up so fast.


One minute he’s too small for most newborn clothes, but now I can’t find any jammies that fit him.  Really though, he’s outgrown some of his 6-9 month clothes even though he’s 6.5 months, and I’m having a dreadful time finding exactly what I want in 12-month size.


Why do 12-month clothes have to be mini-man clothes?  I want to keep him in baby clothes a little longer!  Wahhhhh

Anyway, it’s just one of those things.  I’ll get over it… maybe.

Side note – we actually had fish last night for dinner.  Neither Kevin nor I are really into fish, but we go for it now and then when the price is right because it’s good for us.


I made my version of tilapia veracruz, and it was pretty tasty.  I’m lucky to have found a fella’ who is equally crazy for olives.  Great minds think alike.


  • Fish, yay or nay?  Olives, yay or nay?
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Monday Musings

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine was nice, nothing fancy, but it was pleasant nonetheless.  Kevin didn’t have to work since his busy season has finally come to a close; Ethan and I enjoyed having him home.

On Friday, E and I hit the park.  The weather was fantastic all weekend, and I’m glad we got to enjoy it.

That evening.  We had another couple over for pizza night.  E was a bit of a beast, but I suppose that’s to be expected.


Saturday included mostly housework.  Dreadful as it was, it felt good to get things done.  Kevin, Ethan, and I also managed to squeeze in more outside time with a walk.


Sunday was typical – taking care of E, grocery shopping, a little cleaning, etc.  Food prep, on the other hand, was a little different.  I cooked a bunch of baby food instead of prepping meals for me.  (Dinner was sirloin kabobs and a sweet potato – yum!)


And so, here we are again at another Monday.  Time to re-start the engines.  Where’s my coffee?!?

  • What were you up to this weekend?
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Fit Friday

I haven’t been making it to the gym much lately, but I’ve still been getting a little sweaty.  Here are my workouts from the week, or at least what I tried to do until I came down with the plague.  I got in a few of them, and I expect to follow this routine next week too, perhaps even a week or two after that.

Monday: 40-Minute Full Body Workout by FitSugar (all you need are 5-10 lb dumbbells)

Tuesday: stroller run

Wednesday: 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme Circuit (40 minutes, recommended by Courtney)

Thursday: stroller run

Friday: Fitness Blender Barre Workout Video (39 minutes)

Saturday: rest if needed or stroller walk/run

Easy, peasy – eh?  No gym needed, and minimal at-home equipment.  Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Do you work out on weekends?  What are your typical rest days?
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