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30 September 2011

Flashback to Flashback Friday!

I just remembered this old tradition I tried to get going some time ago to break up the week a bit. Flashback Friday! So I looked back to what we did  in September of last year, and i found a bunch of neat shots of a super fun day spent at  Lakeside Amusement Park

beautious old school amusement park at sunset.


chillin'

the girl up top.

the lady in the back .



 dad's loaded.
just me and my giant inflatable bat.


And... guess who else went along...



This just puts in perspective to me how much has changed this year.  Hard to wrap my mind around it..Finch was just 4 mos in gestation at this time last year.  Wacky how time seems to speed up and slow down all at once when you become a mamaperson.

Our leaf banner.. and some mama made woolies!


A portion of our afternoon before the party was spent with watercolors and brushes, trying to get the perfect autumn leaf color combo. 
 Pretty sure we nailed it. Had to get lazy about leaf shape variety unfortunately, as we were running out of time. 



 A bit of Equinox celebratory decor, and yes.. that IS the last summer sunset reflecting off their gleeful little mugs.
 The rest of the party is in a post that keeps crashing, but will be next to post. 




In the meantime, feast your eyes on the cuteness that is my matching recycled sweater clad offspring. yes,  it is that time of year again.
Time to bust out the stash of thrifted cashmere and wool sweaters for some cozy wonderful upcyling of my favorite type.  So. much. fun.





Action shot! That vest was his Daddy's when he was a little boy. Super special...(and just a touch dorky <3)

Seriously though,  I can't get enough of this guy.

17 September 2011

Finchy wants food! What to feed my baby bird...

"So,when should I start giving this little guy something other than breast milk?"  (I ask, honestly, just out of morbid curiosity to see what they are telling mamas these days...) 

And what did my doctor tell me? "Start him on rice cereal at 4 or 5 mos, whenever he seems to show an interest in food."  Blech. 

Well my friends, I do not have a medical degree, but I have done enough research to know that rice cereal is the absolute wrong thing to give a baby. First, or ever.  
  There are great posts all over the web including here and here and luckily I had Nourishing Traditions when Serge was a baby so I did have access to  information similar to this here. I followed these basic guidelines (listed below), with the exception of being vigilant about soaking oatmeal and nuts, etc... More about phytic acid in grains and legumes here(Need to work on that, I am SO bad at planning ahead...) And only did the liver once i think.  Also vowing to try again.
And I must say, Serge has always been an extremely healthy kid. Never an ear infection, allergy, or rash. He rarely gets sick and when he does, is usually one of the first to kick it. Not once has he been to the doctor for anything other than a routine check-up.

Route I have chosen for my boys, as recommended by the Weston A.Price foundation                   

 4-6 Months

  • Minimal foods, as tolerated by baby
  • Egg yolk--if tolerated, preferably from pastured chickens, lightly boiled and salted(sea salt)
  • Banana--mashed, for babies who are very mature and seem hungry
  • Cod liver oil-- 1/4 teaspoon high vitamin or 1/2 teaspoon regular, given with an eye dropper 6-8 months
  • Organic liver--grated frozen and added to egg yolk
  • Pureed meats--lamb, turkey, beef, chicken, liver and fish
  • Soup broth--(chicken, beef, lamb, fish) added to pureed meats and vegetables, or offered as a drink
  • Fermented foods--small amounts of yoghurt, kefir, sweet potato, taro, if desired
  • Raw mashed fruits--banana, melon, mangoes, papaya, avocado
  • Cooked, pureed fruits--organic apricot, peaches, pears, apples, cherries, berries
  • Cooked vegetables--zucchini, squash, sweet potato, carrots, beets, with butter or coconut oil  8-12 months
  • Continue to add variety and increase thickness and lumpiness of the foods already given from 4-8 months
  • Creamed vegetable soups
  • Homemade stews--all ingredinets cut small or mashed
  • Dairy--cottage cheese, mild harder raw cheese, cream, custards
  • Finger foods--when baby can grab and adequately chew, such as lightly steamed veggie sticks, mild cheese, avocado chunks, pieces of banana
  • Cod liver oil--increase to 1/2 teaspoon high vitamin or 1 teaspooon regular dose             Over 1 Year
  • Grains and legumes--properly soaked and cooked
  • Crispy nut butters--see recipes in Nourishing Traditions
  • Leafy green vegetables--cooked, with butter
  • Raw salad vegetables--cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.
  • Citrus fruit--fresh, organic
  • Whole egg--cooked

I liked this book a lot.
Easy read, solid info.

Nina Planck helps make sense of the whole mess of  disinformation and "nutritional" recommendations I've come across since I began this quest to feed my kids right. 
 Pretty sad how hard it is to find the proper information, aka: the truth about what is going to help your perfect little person thrive and give them the most solid foundation for a healthy (most likely cavity, allergy  and auto-immune disease free) life.

Basically, don't feed your babies and children processed garbage. Feed them real food.  Make sure they get enough good quality  saturated fats, real vitamins and minerals from food (specifically vitamins A and D found in quality cod liver oil are uber important) and plenty of good bacteria in their diet (yogurt, lacto-fermented foods, probiotic supplement, etc..)


11 September 2011

Happy 6 month birthday to my little Buddha. He sits like this often, and i am convinced he is meditating. 






 Feels like days ago that I was typing up his 3 mos letter of adoration.  We are so lucky to have this little person in our lives.

Finchy,
 Since the day you were born, people would comment that you are a wise old soul, that you seemed to be thinking much deeper and know more than a newborn baby. Said it seemed you were soul searching with each gaze, and some were even a little creeped out. :)
 Those intense blue eyes. 


Countless friends, family and strangers commented on your "little man face"  Though now your looks are changing, and your face (and physique) is filling out and looking more boyish, your eyes still seem to hold this eerie mysticism...


And now for a bunch of random finch facts:


 *You are sweet and mellow and easy on your mama. Thank you.
*You love to watch your older brother play and he loves to read books to you and trys to teach you how to wrestle.




 * You always smile at strangers and sometimes give so much love out in public that people stop me and talk to you for long periods of time.  Pretty sure they'd take you home  with em if i offered.   
*You have very busy hands, you love to scratch things.  I know you are awake when i hear you scratching the sheets through the baby monitor, no crying, just scritch scratch scritch.  


*Your arms flail around and seem to have a mind of their own at times, especially when you are tired.  While you are going to sleep i wrap them in a blanket so you don't smack yourself over and over in the head.

 *You LOVE to suck, and after accumulating multiple arm hickies from you, i decided to offer you a pacifier, and oh boy do you love it.  
*You still sleep with Mommy and Daddy all night, and you are a great nurser. 
* you are getting stronger every day. You are working on crawling and sitting up. Though your favorite is standing with help.


*You love baths and homemade baby food, even when i spike it with cod liver oil.. 


 *Your little baby dreads. I cut a couple new ones out every week. Bizarre (and adorable)


 *Your new baby cousin , Althea.  She was born June 28th when you were 3.5 mos old.  You don't really know what to make of her yet, but you smile and laugh at her and try to grab her face.


*You absolutely adore Mommy's singing.  Sometimes you seem to get so moved when i sing to you that your eyes well up with tears as you smile. 


* You've already flown in an airplane, gone camping, seen a jiu jitsu tournament,gone swimming, and spent a week on a farm.


 SO, so incredibly sweet you are,little Finch Edward Jacare.  We are truly loving every minute of watching you grow and be.