Thursday, October 25, 2012

learning along the way.

Sometimes I tell Caleb that I wish I knew what I know now when Elijah was little. I've learned SO much over these last three years of being a mama and it can be easy to wish time back and do things over. Caleb always reminds me that it's a process. Everything was so new with Elijah and we did have a lot to learn.

One little thing I've learned is about feeding them. I had such a hard time with my milk supply with both Elijah and Vanessa and at seven months they both stopped nursing. I introduced solids at five months and it was a bit challenging. 

This time I waited until she was a little over seven months to introduce solids. She was at a healthy weight and the doctor said it would be fine. I thought it would give me a better chance of having her nurse longer if I waited on solids. 
I am so glad I waited. 
When we finally introduced solids I could tell she was ready and she ate them so easily. And, I've made it a whole extra month nursing. 

I've also made all my own food this time. It's easy, cheaper, and Caleb and I feel really good about knowing exactly what's going into our little girls body. 

She's had sweet potato's, carrots, red beans, peas, green beans, apple sauce, pears, blueberries, avocado, and Greek yogurt. 
She's loved it all.

I simply steam the veggies on the stove, and I cooked the sweet potato's in the oven, and then I blend it all in our blender. 

I pour the puree into our ice cube trays and once they're frozen I label them and put them in bags in the freezer. It makes it super easy to pull however much she needs out and warm it up on the stove. 

She's one happy girl.

( This is what's worked well for our family. Each baby is different and I think it's important to find out what works best for your family. Also, I did have to keep with a mid-night feeding for my milk supply and cause she was hungry.)


kenzie said...

oh my goodness! that face is killing me!! so cute!

Phil and Bri said...

She is the perfect mix of your other two children! What a doll!

bandofbrothers said...

what a sweet lil face! proud of you! nursing and making homemade food is a labor of love! you are doing great.

katygirl said...

i enjoy making cammie's food too! proud of ya.

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