Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Feeding a baby :: Charlie's first foods


I am pretty passionate when it comes providing healthy and nourishing food for me and my family. Especially when it comes to my babies first foods. Starting a baby off with the best foods can be critical for their future health. It's a continuous learning process. With every baby I have gained a better understanding of what the best, and not so great, foods for them are. 

Charlie is 7 months now, and although it isn't out of the norm for a baby his age to not be eating food yet this is the longest I have ever gone. Honestly, if I could I would love to go a whole year with little to no solid foods at all. But this small chested mama just doesn't have a big milk supply to fully satisfy a growing babe without having him on me ALL THE TIME.

I started giving Will baby food at 5 months. He was a big baby, and wanted to nurse every 1.5 hours, and I needed more of a break! Sam was around 6 months when I started him on solids. He was a little guy, and I thought some extra food might help plump him up (it didn't). With Charlie I have been in no hurry at all to start feeding him real food. Being able to pull out a boob wherever and whenever it is needed is way easier than keeping up with food prep (I (mostly) make my own food), and remembering to bring along food when we are out of the house for a long period of time. Not to mention the change in dirty (cloth!) diapers once food is involved. Bleh.

Charlie has been showing signs of wanting more though. If you have food, he's trying to get it, and he's wanting to nurse at least every 1.5/2 hours if not more. I absolutely want to keep nursing too, and will continue trying hard to keep up the milk supply I have! So, thus begins my third journey in feeding a baby.

I plan on doing a few posts on this topic. In this first one I will talk about babies first foods!

What not to feed your baby

For over 60 years now, we have been led to believe that a baby's first (solid) food should be rice cereal, but this couldn't be further from the truth! Not only is it highly processed, but babies lack the necessary enzyme amylase needed to digest ANY type of grain until they are AT LEAST a year.

"If babies are not producing amylase, they are not digesting grains.  Undigested grains can destroy your baby’s intestinal lining and disrupt the balance of good bacteria in the gut." -Ohlardy.com

Keeping your gut healthy is key for having optimal health at any age, not just as babies. An unhealthy gut can result in a whole host of problems, including allergies and behavioral problems.

What should you feed your baby?

Some of the best first foods for a baby are:

Egg yolks (cooked soft)

Avocado

Banana

All super easy to prepare (just mash em up!), easy to digest and loaded with nutrition!

I gave Charlie his first taste of avocado and egg yolk the other day. As you can see he had a blast playing with it. Not much ended up in his mouth, but it was a good way to start getting him used to the taste. I have spoon fed it to him as well. At this point most of it comes right back out, but he'll get the hang of it soon enough!


If you'd like to read more about the dangers of rice cereal (which I highly recommend you do!) here are a few other articles about it:

http://todaysmama.com/2013/05/stop-feeding-baby-rice-cereal/

http://ohlardy.com/why-your-baby-should-not-eat-baby-cereal

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/20/get-the-white-out-of-babys-first-foods.aspx

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Charlie George :: 7 months


To all those wondering...Yes, he does cry sometimes.

Charlie at 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months and 6 months
Sam at 7 months

Friday, January 17, 2014

Being a mom to three {boys}: The first 6 months

A lot has changed since the last time I wrote about being a mom to three boys. Charlie is now 6 months old, and I feel like we've gotten into a pretty good groove.

The last time I wrote, I was literally spending half my day either trying to get Charlie to sleep or nursing him. It was SO hard to get anything else accomplished, and when it came to me vs. housework I was definitely losing. These days, I can usually count on Charlie to go down for a couple naps a day without much of an issue, and even Will and Sam still take an afternoon nap most days. Charlie can also self entertain himself more when he is awake, and it makes such a difference in how productive I can be. For the first time since we've been in this house (over a year now!) I finally feel like I have gained control over my house, and it feels great!

Will and Sam continue to be such great big brothers. I can always count on them to make Charlie laugh, and even they can't get over how cute he is! They love giving him hugs and kisses, bouncing him in his johnny jumper and joining him for tummy time on the floor.

Leaving the house is more of a challenge, and I definitely have had some stressed out, hold my breath, pull my hair out moments while out shopping with all three. I finally feel like I have gotten to a good place though, and am able to just let things ride. Some days we leave 2 hours later than I wanted, the boys might require more attention/discipline, Charlie will need to nurse and we end up getting home to late for naps to happen. It is what it is.

I am still in shock over the fact that I got these pictures. They in no way accurately depict real life these days. Will and Sam usually want nothing to do with getting their picture taken. I had just finished taking pictures of Charlie for his 6 month post, and I asked the boys if they could come next to Charlie for a picture (not thinking for a second it would actually happen!) But, here we have it. Some adorable pictures of my three boys! Together! And smiling!

This picture cracks me up. I wanted Sam to sit next to Will, but turns out he had a poopy diaper. His little hands on Will's shoulders kill me!