Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Baby is 6 months!!!

I seriously can not believe that my baby is 6 months old!  On one hand it feels like he has been a part of our lives forever, and on the other hand it feels like yesterday that he blesses us.  I recently learned about the term "rainbow baby".  I haven't shared this with many people, but Colton is our "rainbow baby".  For those of you that aren't familiar with the term, a rainbow baby is your second baby.  A baby after a loss.  I made it to 10 weeks with our first baby before I lost in on February 3, 2013.  Maybe I will tell the story sometime, but right now I am celebrating my beautiful baby boy!

Colton Christopher makes us laugh everyday.  He is quick with a smile and a giggle to follow.  He is one of the most observant babies I've ever seen.  He loves to watch us, and he watches with so much interest I just wonder what he is thinking.

He loves to look at himself in the mirror, it almost always makes him smile.  He LOVES to eat.  I mean seriously…just look at the boy!  

He has just learned to sit up on his own.  He still flops back, so I can't just put him down, but he can do it!  He also loves to stand!  He is very wobbly and obviously can stand on his own, but loves it all the same.

He is a rolling machine.  He recently started sleeping on his side.  I find myself just staring at the monitor, watching him sleep.  There are so many times I just want to go in and pick him up and cuddle him.

Going back to work has been hard.  It does make it a little easier knowing that he is just home with Chris, but still….I'm not home with him.  Plus…I'm not exactly happy with my work situation (long story) which makes it harder to go in everyday and leave my baby at home.

But anyway….my baby is 6 MONTHS!!!  

Oh Baby! Makin' Baby Food

Homemade Baby Food…its the best gift you can give your baby.  Its good for them, it saves you money, and its fun!  :)
While I was pregnant with C I searched and searched for information on making your own baby food.  Everyone has a different opinion and a different way of doing it.  I like to keep things simple, and I will share with you what worked for me...

Today I made Apples.  When I make something for the first time I make sure to wash with soap everything I use before making a second food (assuming I'm making more than one food in a day).  Otherwise I just rinse everything.  You have to be really careful with possible food allergies.  You want to wait 5-7 days between each new food (that's what our pediatrician recommended).  We introduce new foods in the morning so we can monitor any reactions he may have.

I cleaned, pealed, and cut the apples before steaming them.  This is the steamer I use.  Again, keeping it simple.  I just put the metal steamer in a pot with water and add food.

You don't need a special blender.  I use my Magic Bullet (which is really old and may not last much longer), but you can use any blender you have around the house.  Add water as needed.  I suggest adding a little less than you think you need, you can always add more when its time for the baby to eat. You can use the water you steamed the food in to preserve nutrients.

Next, you put your food in a ice cube tray.  I got these from Amazon and I love them!  They are specially made for baby food and they have a lid so nothing from the freezer gets into your babies food.  Let your cubes freeze for 24 hours.

After your food is frozen you can put in into a freezer bag.  Again, when I make a new food I keep it separate and put it into a bag by itself, but when I make food that he has had before I just put it all in one bag.

The day before I am going to feed him, I thaw two cubes in a mason jar, and put it in the fridge.  I got these mason jars from Target, they are perfect!

 There was never a second thought when it came to making my own baby food.  This is something I wanted to do for my baby, and I'm so glad.  I know exactly what is going into his body, and I am helping him form good food habits early.  So far we have tried sweet potatoes, pears, cucumbers, peaches, yellow squash, carrots, banana, and avocado.  And now Monday we will try apples.  (isn't it funny how we say "we", but really its just the baby)