Monthly Archives: October 2015

How we began solid food

17th October 2015

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The idea of starting to feed Chloe solid food terrified me. Unknown territory. I have a huge fear of choking, so was petrified of this. What would happen if she had an allergic reaction to something? All of a sudden I was Googling things like ‘allergic reaction to apples and pears’. Thankfully I have a very rationale husband who was much more excited about feeding Chloe, so he’s made sure that Chloe has tried lots of new foods. Below is a bit of mix of tips, advice and resources for how we began solids…

Trial and error
I’ve found that things are always changing when you begin feeding baby real food. We began with the purees at five and a half months (1 new food every three days), but ended up moving to a more baby-led approach around 7/8 months. One of the things that I have realized is that it is important to adjust your approach for the type of baby you have. I would’ve stuck with the purees much longer than we did, but Chloe really wanted chewable food. Purees were not cutting it for her. She wanted more.

The power of friends
Hands down the best advice about how to do this solids thing came from friends. It was so helpful to have other moms to turn to and ask about what they did – I lucked out as the group of moms I met when Chloe was a few weeks old were all people going through the same phases of baby life as me and could share tips and recipes.

Aviva Allen’s introducing solids workshop
When Chloe was around four months old we took Aviva’s workshop. It was a couple of months before we actually began solids and I found this workshop helpful in the sense that you learned what foods were best to feed, when to give them and the difference between baby-led/purees. There’s also a virtual option for this workshop, so you don’t need to be located in Toronto to take it.

My Lovely Little Lunchbox
A friend referred me to this Australian blog and it has become one of my main go-to resources for recipe ideas, especially in the beginning when I needed ideas. All of her recipes are pretty tasty!

Annabel Karmel’s books
We have this one and while I don’t really refer to it anymore it was helpful in the beginning as it has a lot of recipes for purees (apparently I needed help figuring out how to puree carrots…lol).

One day it is a hit, the next it is a miss
Some days Chloe loves some things and other days she won’t even touch it. I’ve found that it doesn’t necessarily mean that she doesn’t like that particular food. She just doesn’t want it at the moment.

Other resources we use for food ideas:
Little Grazers
Weelicious
Jaime Oliver’s weaning guide 
Bebe Gourmet

Happy eating! What are some of your favourite tips and resources?

Easy mango salsa

9th October 2015

The cooler weather has me missing summer living already. All of a sudden I have a craving for mango salsa. This salsa is the perfect side for fish tacos. I love it as a summertime dip as well.

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Here’s all you need to do:
2 mangoes diced, handful of chopped cilantro and red pepper, 1/4 red onion finely sliced, 1/2 diced jalapeño, juice of 1 lime, salt and pepper to taste.

What’s on my mind this week?

7th October 2015

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What’s on mom’s mind this week?
Christmas. I know we haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving yet, but it looks like we’ll be spending Christmas in Canada this year. My first one here since 1987. My parents will be visiting us which I’m excited about. I am a little sad, though, that my time of jetting off to somewhere warm over the holidays has to come to an end. I will miss you Christmas brunch at Grovesnor House in Dubai.

What I’m currently coveting?
Most weekday mornings I hit up the Davids Tea by my work (current favourite tea is glitter and gold). I recently checked out their revamped website and am wanting to make this soup. Seems like the perfect fall food. Warm and nourishing!

What I’m loving?
The new local Pilates studio that opened on Bayview. It is clean, bright and welcoming. And my abs definitely felt it after one class!

What’s headed to the recycling bin?
This SkipHop bath mat. I love SkipHop products, but this one did not live up to expectations. It basically disintegrated.

What I read on the Internet this week that was kind of cool
Since going back to work I’ve been really aware of articles that discuss the pros and cons of sending your kids to daycare (i.e. are you a bad parent if you aren’t keeping them at home with you?). This article is written by one of Canada’s top health journalists and looks at why we need more data in this area to really make an informed decision. My two cents we are all doing the best we can do for our children.

What Chloe’s eating or not eating
In an effort to get Chloe to eat more than just pasta, I made zucchini/carrot fritters recently. I grated up half a zucchini, one carrot, some onion. Mixed in 1 egg and a little bit of flour to make it substantial enough to form into patties. I fried these up and served with some plain yoghurt. I enjoyed them. Chloe did not. Oh well! On to the next recipe…

Books, books, books
We went to a local church fair over the weekend and scored 8 kids books for $4. After mom wiped them down with toy wipes they were perfect (yes, I’m that person). One of the books we picked up, Winnie the Pooh and Ten Busy Bees, Chloe loves. I think it may be an older edition, but you may be able to find it on Amazon.

Chloe’s jam of the week
Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King.

What to do if you happen to be in Toronto this week with kids
We’ve been wanting to go to a harvest festival at a local farm. We’ve been eyeing up Springridge farm in Milton as a place to check-out pumpkins and fall fun. After all what’s the fun of having a little one if you can’t get your requisite photo of baby with pumpkin?

If my husband and I had a night out this week
We’d be eating out at George. We went there once for Valentine’s and it was delicious.

Busy moms need quick solutions
Sometimes you just don’t get 8 hours of sleep and need this product.

Rant of the week
This isn’t really a rant, but I have to say it…if I see one more pumpkin spice advertisement I may scream. Nothing against pumpkin, but it is pumpkin spice overload right now. And I know I said I wanted to take photos with pumpkins above 🙂

And just because…
As I live in Toronto this is kind of interesting.

Our favourite books at 15 months

1st October 2015

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When I first found out I was pregnant I started building Chloe’s library. I had visions of us snuggling up together reading lots and lots of books. Over the past year and a bit we’ve had some learning to do about what it means to read books to a baby! In no particular order here are the books that Chloe loves at fifteen months old (as chosen by my husband who does most of the bedtime reading these days):

1. I learned about Marla Frazee’s version of Hush Little Baby in our story time class last year. Although it doesn’t necessarily put Chloe to sleep, we love the illustrations. I also love listening to my husband try to sing the story out via the baby monitor. It gives me amusement.

2. Good Night Moon is now a book that Chloe loves. We first tried reading it to her in the early days but gave up as we didn’t like the story. But Chloe seems to like it and as it has been around for 60 years or so there must be something to love 🙂

3. All of Barbara Reid’s stories about Zoe throughout the year are combined into one big board book in Zoe’s Year. We think Chloe loves it as Zoe is just as curious and mischievous as her!

4. This book has been ripped, pulled apart and is much loved. Over time we’ve learned that anything to do with babies is a hit.

5. I would hazard a guess that over 90% of babies and toddlers in North America have at least one Sandra Boynton book in their bookcases. Moo Baa La La La is the one that Chloe prefers. I tend to like Barnyard Dance. I also know the Going to Bed book by memory now if anyone would like a rendition.

6. Peek-A-Who? is short and plays on babies love of peekaboo. I think Chloe’s first word was ‘Boo’ because of this book.

7. I credit this book with helping Chloe identify her body parts. It also features the much-loved star of books in our household – the baby 🙂

8. Chloe is as curious as the Curious Cat. She loves this book gifted by one of our closest friends and likes pointing to all of the animals the cat meets along the way.

9. Sophie the giraffe was a hit in her younger days and the love still carries on through the books about Sophie. We have Playtime with Sophie and is all about Sophie playing with her friends. Spoiler: there isn’t much of a storyline 🙂

10. And finally….Wheel on the Bus. I guess some stories/songs never get old 😉