Y’all, we’re a week and some into the new year already… that. is. insane.
I, like so many other people am hoping to use the new year and clean slate as my motivation to live a more healthful lifestyle. Cus let’s face it, pregnancy and then recovering from pregnancy can do a number on a mommy’s body, right? That being said, I know that part of getting back to my old self is going to be more about accepting my new self so my goals aren’t necessarily diet related (although I could stand to eat more vegetables and less carbs). It’s more about feeling healthy, strong and embracing the new stuff because it is representative of the hardest, most badass thing I’ve ever done in my life. Mommies… we are incredible. We are. And we need to say it to ourselves and each other more often. So, here are the ways in which I plan on falling in love with my body after baby while still maintaining balance and moderation, cus who doesn’t want to eat the cookies and drink the wine?
So many of my posts since becoming a mother have been breastfeeding related, but if you’re a mommy who is currently nursing then you get how much of your life is consumed by the task. I certainly felt like for the first six months I was permanently bound to the bed or couch with the nursing pillow and baby strapped to me. It can feel debilitating, isolating and really overwhelming, especially if it didn’t come easily or inherently like so many think it will.
I don’t know about any of you other first time mommies, but when I was prepping for baby I didn’t have the slightest idea of what to expect when it came to breastfeeding and pumping. Especially pumping. I didn’t have a plan and more than that, I didn’t know how to plan – what if I couldn’t breastfeed? What if I bought the pump but didn’t need it? I knew I WANTED to breastfeed and that was as far ahead as I could see.
I’m still in denial that we’re at this point in the process, but sure enough the time has come to introduce the babe to his first tastes of solid food. If he’s anything like his daddy (and I think he will be) he will surely have an enormous appetite that will grow him into mommy’s not so little guy. For now, we’re starting slow with homemade purees, water and juice. Yep, that’s right. Homemade.
To be honest, we never really even considered buying pre-made baby food… I’m not sure why. I think I had all of the stories my mom told me about feeding me in my head and it never seemed like a daunting task. So, we bought a book, gave it a try and I can honestly tell you that it is THE EASIEST thing to do and (bonus for my banker husband) super economical.
There are a ton of books out there featuring DIY baby food and they all look great, but we ended up going with THE BEST HOME MADE BABY FOOD ON THE PLANET. We love it because it breaks down how to introduce your babe to solid foods on a month to month basis and has a ton of information about what to start with and how.
In terms of tools, we didn’t find we needed much because we already had a small food blender. Based on what you already have, the list will vary but here was ours:
- small puree containers (freezer friendly)
- small baby spoons
- silicone feeder
- no-spill sippy cup
- Nutri-bullet or other small food processor, if you don’t already have one
Then it’s just a matter of following the recipes! So far, we’ve attempted yams, pear, potatoes and some cold water in the sippy cup which doubles down as a relief for his teething. I love the Baby Cubes (linked above) for storing the food because they come on a stand that keeps them upright and organized in the freezer. And the Boon silicon feeder is genius. It’s big enough that he can grab it with his two hands and feed himself (ok, getting his hand to his mouth is still a bit sketchy but we’re working on it!) It’s sort of a pre-curser to a utensil. Get one!
So far, we’ve only used three of like a million recipes from the book and we already have a stocked freezer full of leftovers (win) and this week we’re moving onto avocado!
I have loved reading the books, prepping the food and experiencing these firsts with the babe knowing that he’s getting the best of the best with no added preservatives and the most amount of nutrients possible. Give it a try! I think you’ll have a happily stocked freezer in no time flat 🙂 And if you do or already have, let me know how it’s going for you in the comments below! Happy puree-ing!