If you haven't already, make sure to check out the first part to this series that I started. If my first blog about the homemade baby food I make I showed how I freeze and store the purees. Ill add a link to make it easier to find!
When introducing baby food make sure to only introduce one food at a time. I allow 3 days of introducing the same food before I introduce another. In those 3 days I'm checking to make sure my baby does not have a reaction. Making sure there's no rash, constipation, diarrhea, or any other signs of a food reaction.
Again I am not pediatrician, you should always consult with them first. I am just sharing my recipes and my personal experiences! Enjoy!
Now that we got all of that good stuff out of the way here are the 4 recipes I am going to share with you today!
Once all your puree's are cooled in their ice cube trays on the counter, label & cover them with plastic wrap. Place ice cube trays in the freezer & allow food to freeze overnight.
The following day you can label baggies and dump the cube into baggies. These cube's are good in the freezer for 3- 6 months. 3 months is more desirable.
Thawing: The night before I will get what foods I want to feed my baby the next day. I will place them in separate kiddie bowls and cover with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge to defrost. Then when I am ready to feed my baby I will warm the puree for 7 seconds in the microwave. I then stir the puree and check for hot spots.
If you are using rice cereal try mixing one of the fruit puree's in with the rice cereal!
* You can also put these recipes into squeeze pouches*
My kid's have really brought out the best in me. I never touched a sewing machine in my life! Until one day I picked one up off facebook market place. Since then I'm hand making everything!
This year I made both my kid's costumes! Halloween is right around the corner! Here is a simple Puppy dog costume!
My 5 month old is a being a Dalmatian puppy & my 2 year old is a firefighter. Most of these items for the puppy costume I had laying around the house.
What you need:
First off I got on google and googled puppy dog ear template. I printed it out and cut along the lines. I traced the pattern on both black & white felt. Then I used my hot glue gun and glued them together. Next I made small and large spots using the black felt and once again glued them down. I then glued the ears onto my nylon band.
I make bows on my Etsy store, so you could make a red bow or buy one. Then attach it to the center on your nylon band.
Next is the onesie. I had a plain white onesie laying around the house so I used that. I cut out small and large spots on black felt and glued then to the onesie.
Next is the tulle skirt. I cut elastic to fit my little girl and then quickly ran it through the sewing machine. You can also free hand sew it if you don't have a sewing machine or use crochet elastic where no sewing is involved. I then cut out all my tulle to the length I wanted. Make sure you double the length because you fold it in half to attach it. Next fold your tulle in half and attach it to your elastic. Keep going until you reach the beginning. I found a small red piece of tulle and made a small bow and attached it to the skirt.
Finally the leg warmers. So i cheated. I bought these on amazon. I had high hope's to make these from scratch but I ended up just purchasing them.
And there you have it! a simple puppy dog costume!
I wanted to give everyone an update on Aub's most recent doctor's appointment!
Thursday was a rollercoaster with my emotions. First of all I'm mom. So anything related to my kids whether good or bad I tend to get emotional. Nothing major happened, but I guess I had though things were a little different than they appeared to be!
Aubriella's appointment was to check in and make sure she was meeting her baby milestones and to get x-rays of her hand.
(if you have not yet read my Introducing Aubriella post or have met my daughter, please read that post first! otherwise you will be lost)
Aubriella's specialist is in Deleware. They are amazing!! Her doctor takes so much time with us and constantly asks if we have questions. Also if I leave the appointment and forgot to ask something, all I have to do is e-mail her!
We arrived and Aub's got her x-rays. She was such a champ and actually laughed through the x-ray. We then went back to talk with her doctors.
Dr. Ty was so pleased with Aub's hand and how much she uses it. At this time Aub's does NOT need any physical OR surgery! Awesome news! Her doctor did say that maybe down the road if need be we could look into lengthening her pinky. With doing that it would give her a better pinch for her to grab and grasp items. At this time they don't do surgery unless its necessary. But at this point she is doing extremly well and we don't have to make any decisions.
Aubriella has met all of her baby milestones and once again is doing great! We got to review the x-ray with the doctor next. The x-ray showed that Aubriella does have a full thumb, bones in her hand, and currently no bones in her 4 fingers. The doctor did say that the bones could just be cartilage and that when she comes back when she is 1 that there maybe some bone growth. As for now there is none.
I had really high hopes that she did have bones in her little fingers. I truely thought there were. Especially for how well she uses her hand. Time will only tell if she will have some bone growth or not. I am trying to stay very positive about this, but it is a little difficult to wrap my head around.
Secondly, I don't remember if I shared or not about Asher having to see a Neurosurgeon. When he was about 18 months the pediatrican recommended we see a pediatrician & a plastic surgeon due to his head shape.
Around 4 months old I questioned that Asher had an indent in the back of his head. I was always advised that it would pop out when he was older and that it was nothing to be concerned about. The Neurosurgeon & Plastics said that Asher did not have anything wrong with him and that sometimes that just happens. They said there was no need for a special hemlet and that possibly the indent could pop out. We left it at that and found peace in the answers we recieved.
Well at Aub's appointment Dr. Ty had pointed out that Aubriella has the exact same indent in the back of her head. I was already aware of this & had questioned the pediatrican, whose was once again not concerned. Since Aubriella was born I was afraid that she would develop this indent & that maybe I had failed Asher as a parent and did not give him even tummy time. With that being said Aubriella is constantly on her belly & I had decided to baby wear the majority of the time. Well appreantly none of that had helped, because we are back in the same positon.
Anyways her doctor has referred us to a Neurosurgeon in DuPont and we go in 2 weeks. We were advised to take Asher so we could talk to the doctor about him and compare their heads.
I'm trying not to freak out about seeing a Neurosurgeon again because I feel & know in my heart my kid's heads are fine. If you have ever met Asher you know how smart he is. He can count to 40, knows his ABC's, knows his colors, shapes, and is potty trained. (i am very proud of him so it felt fitting to brag a little there). If there were a Neurologial issue he most likely would not be that advanced is what we were advised. Plus Aub's is hitting all of her milestones and then some.
Saturday we went to a upper extremity event at the the hospital. Can I just say WOW!! So this is the first place where I did not feel that people were staring at Aub's hand. Also I met some wonderful people! It was so great to talk with others that have kid's just like mine. I was able to ask questions and got amazing responses. It felt so amazing to be there.
Afterwards I felt so much better. I always want to be strong for Aubriella, but I am human and I am mom. I worry alot. Especially about her future. I felt like being about to talk about fears and have questions answered lower alot of that anxiety and what if questions. I know this is not always going to be a smooth road but having a support system surely helps!
So overall the appointment was great! We go back in June 2019 for more x-rays. As I said I had hoped for somethings to be different, but you know what she is doing well without and will continue to do well. I am anxious for the Neurosurgeon but I am remaining positive!
Momma of 2