Baby Led Weaning

When Eesa turned 5 months old it was obvious he was ready to eat. Normally most people wait until 6 months to start baby led weaning. Here are some requirements that the baby must have, which all babies achieve at different stages:

  1. Good hand-eye co-ordination. Your baby must be able to pick up items and bring them to their own mouth, otherwise you defeat the purpose of baby led weaning.
  2. Able to hold their head steady, and preferably sit up on their own with a bit of support. Eesa was pretty much sitting up on his own by 5 months.
  3. Lost tongue thrust reflex. Babies naturally push outwards when they are born, and after a few months they learn to suck in instead of push out.
  4. Baby shows interest in food. You’ll know this when it happens. Your baby will watch you eat and drink as if it’s the most marvellous thing they’ve ever seen.

Since Eesa fulfilled all of these and we got the OK from his paediatrician, we decided to go ahead and start him on solids. The first thing we started with was some sweet potato fries that I baked for him. At the same time we also started him on water. We bought the Dr. Browns sippy cup and placed it in from of him. He doesn’t quite get it, but at least it’s there for him when he figures it out.

After the sweet potato we really have just tried whatever we felt like. Here’s a list of some of the foods we’ve tried with him:

  • Banana’s
  • Apple’s
  • Grape’s
  • Honeydew
  • Zucchini
  • Celery
  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Green Peppers
  • Green Beans
  • Chicken
  • Pasta
  • Naan bread
  • Pancakes
  • Avocado

So far he has eaten everything we have given him, and that’s why I’ve been giving him as many veggies as I can. I want him to get used to it, given his daddy doesn’t eat any veggies, I’m already fighting an uphill battle on that one!

Overall, I love baby led weaning. I never spend time or energy pureeing my foods (plus I save all that dishwashing/cleanup) and I don’t have to sit there spoon feeding him. He eats  whatever we’re eating already, and usually he eats while we are eating too so it’s like we’re a little family 🙂

Until next time!

6 Month Update

I was so emotional as my son turned 6 months. I never expected to love him as much as I do, and be so happy and sad at the same time at how quickly these past 6 months have gone. He’s not considered a little baby anymore! Here’s how this past month has been.

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Height/Weight: Eesa was weighed at his 6 month appointment and he was 15.3lbs. Still on the smaller end of babies, but growing according to his own curve.Grow baby grow!

Daily: His day is pretty much the same as it was when he was 5 months old. He wakes up at 8:30-9:00 for a feeding, then talks himself to sleep. He naps until about 11:30-12:00pm then wakes up, drinks milk, eats some solids (we are doing baby-led weaning) and plays with his toys. Sometimes he does time in the jolly jumper too. He takes a nap, and goes in this cycles usually until bedtime.

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Bedtime: Not much new to say here haha. All I’m learning from these updates is that we are blessed with a very consistent baby. He did not go through any new sleep changes, which we are very very grateful for!

Eating: We started a whole new variety of foods with him! He eats pretty much what we eat or sometimes I make him his own food, but no more purees! And honestly it makes life so much easier and simpler. I love baby-led weaning and will do a post on it soon, as I could go on about it for days.

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Sizes: In sweaters he can fit into 6-9months, like the one shown above. He can also fit into Zara pants and sweaters that are 6-9months. Other than that he is still comfortably fitting in his 3-6month clothes still!

Milestones: 

Here are some of the things he’s learned recently:

  • Can sit up on his own for long periods of time
  • Can lift himself up onto his hands and knees
  • Can push forwards a little bit
  • Is developing his pincer grip
  • Can chew on foods

That’s all for now! I love him more and more each day and can’t wait for what’s to come! Looking forward to writing on here more often.

Newborn Photoshoot

When Eesa was 3 weeks old I did a at home photoshoot with him. I highly recommend taking newborn pictures of your little babe, the newborn phase goes by so quickly and is so precious! There were some pro’s and con’s to doing it myself that I’ll share on here, and then I’ll share the pictures I took 🙂

Pro’s

  • You can do it at the time most convenient to your baby
  • You are in your own environment where your baby is comfortable
  • You can take as many breaks as you need without paying studio time
  • If it is not a good day you can just stop and try again another day
  • You can feed your baby during the photoshoot as needed

Con’s

  • You can’t be in the pictures
  • You may not have the proper materials/skill level
  • You’re biased towards your baby ergo you don’t have a subjective view
  • Your husband can coincidently be napping at the only time your baby is co-operating eliminating him from the photoshoot (okay maybe that’s just me)

The setup for the photoshoot was simple, I took his nursing pillow and draped a fluffy blue blanket that was given to me by a friend. I placed both these onto his glider and worked from there. Here are a few of the shots we got:

 

The Mommy Tag

I saw this tag and thought it would be fun. Yay!

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Are you a stay-at-home mom, or a working mom?

Currently a stay-at-home mama, will probably be starting my masters degree in Human Systems Interventions this coming September.

Would you have it any other way?

Not at all. I love being with my son every day and him being my whole focus. He makes me happy and hopefully I do the same for him 🙂

Do you co-sleep?

Nope. We co-slept for the first 3 weeks of his life after which he’s been sleeping in his crib. It was a decision we thought would be best for our family, and it works for us.

What is your one must-have item for your baby?

A good stroller. I personally love going out and for me having a good stroller what a huge plus, and something I use on a daily basis.

How many kids do you plan on having?

I change my mind on this question every day of my life haha!

Date night? How many nights per month?

Sometimes, we rarely ever plan a formal date night. We do although spend an unusual amount of time together and do plenty of activities/outings together with and without the babay.

Your child’s favourite show?

No screen time yet so that would be none.

Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and never ended up using?

His bassinet! With my c-section I just never had the energy to be able to take him out of it, it was easier for me to keep him beside me in bed.

Your child’s favourite food?

We just started introducing stuff and so far he loves banana’s the most (what kid doesn’t?)

How many cars does your family have?

One car that we share, but mostly driven by me to be honest.

Weight gain before pregnancy, during, after and now?

I’ve always been a very stable weight my whole life after puberty. During pregnancy at first I lost weight due to a well-functioning thyroid. After 4 months I stopped losing and remained steady, then between 7-9 months I gained about 9lbs and my son weighed 7. After I gave birth I lost about 23lbs so overall I lost weight which I’m fine with 😀

Dream holiday with your kids?

I don’t really have one yet. It’ll depend on who my children are.

Dream holiday without your kids?

Italy! Which we did with him but it worked out great 🙂

How has your life changed since your baby has been born?

I spend a lot less time focused on myself. You learn to put someone else’s needs far above your own.

Finish the sentence: ‘It makes my heart melt to see …

My baby laugh, giggle, coo or smile. I also just love his regular face, and his crying face and clearly I’m a little obsessed with my child so this was not a good question for me.

Where do you shop for your kids?

Zara baby! Haha I love them. Also H&M kids, sometimes Old Navy and sometimes Babies R’ Us.

Favourite makeup and skincare products?

I have eczema so I do not use makeup/skincare.

Huggies or Pampers?

Pampers. We were given some newborn huggies and I just really disliked the feel of them, and my baby kept blowing out in them (more than he usually would anyways hah!)

Have you always wanted kids?

No. There was a long period of time where I did not feel I would want to be a mother. I’m glad that changed.

Best part about being a mum?

That I get to raise another tiny human being, and I get the honour of spending my everyday with this wonderful little person, guiding him towards good.

5 Month Update

I can’t believe my baby is five months old already! I feel like every day goes slowly and at the same time passes by so quickly. I’m trying to appreciate the moments that we’ve been given by writing on here to keep memories of my baby growing up. So here goes nothing!

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Height/Weight: The last time Eesa was weighed was at his 4 month appointment, where he weighed 13.5lbs and his height was 60cm. He’s always been on the lower end of the scale, but we love his size! He often gets mistaken for older than he is.

Daily: Eesa’s days consist of playing, eating and sleeping. He usually starts off around 8-8:30am with a feeding, and then we put him in his crib and he talks himself to sleep. He naps until about 11:30am. When he wakes up I feed him, and then we do independent play time while I make/have breakfast. Once he’s done with that, we sing some nursery rhymes together, and then we do some time in the jolly jumper while I clean up the bedrooms. He’s been loving the jolly jumper! After that he takes a nap from around 2:00pm to 5:30pm. Once he’s done napping we usually go out for the day, if not we play until bedtime, which is about 9:00pm.

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Bedtime: Eesa is an amazing sleeper. We are truly blessed. At 9:00pm I feed him, put him down in his crib, tell him goodnight and walk out the door. He is usually asleep within 1-3 minutes, and this is true for 90% of the time. Naps go the same way.

Eating: We started solids last month with purees (banana, avocado, carrots, and oat cereal) and this month we’ve moved on to baby led weaning. He is very good at it, and can easily guide the food to his mouth. He sucks on it more than he eats, but that’s the point at his age! We started baby led weaning with some sweet potato, and will soon move on to other foods 🙂

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Sizes: He is currently wearing size 3-6 months and he fits into them comfortably. He still has at least 1-2 months before he outgrows them. He also wears size 4-6months.

Milestones: 

Here are some of the things he’s learned recently:

  • Can sit up on his own for a few minutes at a time
  • Can roll over from back to front and front to back
  • Can take items out of baskets
  • Can grab with both hands and guide to his mouth
  • Turning himself when on his tummy in all directions

That’s all for now! I love him more and more each day and can’t wait for what’s to come! Looking forward to writing on here more often.