Multitasking Mama

There’s one thing that every member of the Mommy Club probably had to figure out how to do well: multitasking. If my kids are home, even going to the bathroom tends to involve entertaining a child at the same time.  Most mornings I find myself doing at least two things simultaneously, but at one point this morning, I was doing 5 things at the same time.

Lulu has been going to gymnastics on Friday mornings since I’ve been on maternity leave, so I needed to get both kids and myself ready to leave the house by 8:45. I managed to feed the baby and grab a quick shower before Lulu woke up (that’s definitely a win!). After getting her out of bed, dressed and started on breakfast, I found myself engaged in literally five activities at once:

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Funny toddler foods

If you know me and Hubby, you probably know that we are notoriously bad about “forgetting” to go grocery shopping, so we eat out a lot. And by a lot, I mean about 4 times a week. Two dinners we mooch from family, and maybe I cook once each week.

Anyway, that means that Lulu tends to try lots of different foods. For example, we went out to eat at Red Lobster with my parents a few weeks ago. We ordered simple mac and cheese for L, which she ate. But what else did she want to eat that day? Chunks of lemon.

She literally pulled the lemon off of my water glass and stuck it in her mouth. She made the most adorable pucker face and then went back for more! Now we offer her the lemon from my water pretty much every time we go out. She loves it.

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What’s worth worrying about?

When I was pregnant, I totally thought I was going to be one of those mothers who walks around with a bottle of hand sanitizer and refusing to let people touch the baby until their hands were clean and they promised not to kiss the baby. Thankfully for all of us, I’m not one of those members of the mommy club.

I also thought I might end up being the kind of mother who needed a video monitor to rest assured that she was not tangled in the covers or suffocating in the crib bumper. Again, thankfully a regular sound monitor does just fine for us.

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More finger food tips

Earlier this week I talked about some of the vegetable finger foods that baby girl likes (or doesn’t like). Now I’ll share some of my other tips for baby finger foods.

We discovered pretty quickly that baby girl likes fruits. Pears make an alright finger food, but honestly, I think they’re more messy than they’re worth. I’m much better off mixing up a ripe pear (and its juice) with baby oatmeal as breakfast than I am trying to feed her pieces of the ripe pear. Did I mention she’ll tolerate being spoon fed better in the morning?

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Entering the world of finger foods

When I first decided to make all of baby girl’s food, I figured it would be easy. We’d make lots of purees, and she’d get to eat healthy fruits, veggies and meats. It would be great.

And it has been. Mostly.

But for the past month or so, baby girl has lost patience with being spoon fed purees. She wants to feed herself. Of course, at 10 months old, she doesn’t have the coordination to feed herself with a spoon. Unfortunately, she’ll only tolerate me feeding her with a spoon for a couple of minutes. Not nearly long enough to feed her two cubes of food, much less three.

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Another adventure in eating out with baby: Boston Market

Eating out with an infant is always an experience. Now that baby girl is eating finger food, it’s actually kind of fun. She’s big enough that most high chairs let her reach the table, and a handful of cheerios or peas keeps her entertained. At least for a little while.

That brings me to my new way of evaluating restaurants. Since I put baby girl’s finger food right on the table, I always clean it off with a wipe before putting her food down. I’ve discovered that most restaurants actually have pretty clean tables. We’ve only been to a few at which the wipe came away black or even gray after rubbing the table down.

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One of the best baby purchases we’ve made

When hubby and I registered for baby gifts, we figured that we probably didn’t need everything the Babies R Us guide says to get. For example, we were pretty convinced that we didn’t need a wipe warmer (although I registered for one anyway), and we knew that it was way too early to look at potty training seats.

But we didn’t know that a high chair was something else to cross off the list.

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Recipe: Pork chops and applesauce for baby

Baby girl is almost 10 months old, and we’ve given her lots of yummy foods. Her favorite vegetable is probably squash, and she loves pretty much every fruit. But we’ve only given her two meats: chicken and turkey. And she only had a couple of bites of turkey because we were eating it for dinner one night, so I’m not sure that counts.

Either way, I decided it was time for her to try another meat.

I went with pork primarily because it’s what I had in my freezer. When I told my mom I was planning to give baby girl pork, she asked if that was a good idea. Her question prompted me to look into the nutritional value of pork. This is what I found out:

It’s got lots of good vitamins, including A, C, B1 and B2 and Folate. It’s also got Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Iron. Plus it’s obviously a protein. Now we know.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I tend to make baby food that mimics meals that hubby or I like. This one is a hubby favorite. We both love pork chops, but I’ve never been a fan of sweet sides with savory dishes. That said, pork chops and applesauce is a classic. I added carrots to the mix because a) they’re good for baby girl, b) I figured they would give the meal a better texture and c) I wanted an excuse to go buy a steamer.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 pork chops – cooked and cubed
  • 2 handfuls of baby carrots – steamed
  • 1 and 1/3 cups of applesauce

I put the cubed pork chops in the food processor first, followed by the carrots. Then I added applesauce by 1/3 cupfuls until it got to the consistency I wanted. Turned out I needed 4 of the 1/3 measuring cups. You could probably get away with a little bit less if you wanted the mixture to be less sweet. The recipe made 2 ice cube trays full.

This recipe was a hit! Baby girl loved it. I think she liked that it was kind of sweet but at the same time not like her fruits. We’ll have to give it another couple of tries before I declare it a favorite.

A note about the carrots: I’m not a very measurmenty kind of cook, so I apologize that I don’t have a real number for you on the carrots. If you have small hands, you might want three handfuls. You can see in the picture that the amount I used filled about half of a cereal bowl.

A note about applesauce: At baby girl’s 4 month doctor’s visit, her pediatrician gave me some advice:  “Applesauce is applesauce.” I told her that I was planning to make all of baby girl’s food. She suggested that I spend my time making other food and just buy the unsweetened, plain old applesauce you get at the grocery store. I decided to take her advice. You could probably make this recipe with an apple and some water instead of applesauce if you wanted.

A note about pork: If you don’t eat pork, I think this recipe would also work well with chicken.

Watch out baby food, real food’s making an entrance

I’ve blogged before about making baby good for my daughter. She’s had lots of veggie purees, a few meats and lots of fruits. Her favorite foods are pieces of fruit, and those baby berries are definitely up there too. But until today, she hadn’t eaten the same thing as hubby and me for dinner.

That’s mostly because I don’t usually cook very good meals for hubby and me to eat. I think I mentioned it before, but I really dislike grocery shopping. I love to cook, but by the time I get home from the store I have usually lost my motivation. So hubby and I eat out a lot. Or we end up making boxed mac and cheese or frozen pizzas.

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Recipe: Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes for Baby

I love, love, love cheese. Turns out baby girls does too. I discovered that my daughter likes cheese when I arrived at daycare to pick her up for one afternoon and found her munching away on shredded cheese. While I wasn’t thrilled that she had a new food without my knowledge, it turned out to be great because I wouldn’t have thought to give her cheese, and it’s one of her favorite foods.

So why do I tell you that since this is supposed to be a chicken and potatoes recipe? Because I use cheese to flavor the chicken and potatoes. Here’s the recipe: More

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