Ramblings of a Sentimental Mom!

img_0079This morning our littlest lady had her 9 month well visit. 9 months! It’s amazing that the moment you become a parent it seems like the fast forward button is pushed on your life. Time simply just starts to fly. This time last year I remember enjoying these quite mornings at home, while both of the big kids were at school. I remember thinking just how am I going to manage being a mom to three children. Now I sit here watching this amazing little girl crawling around here like a mad woman! Seriously, where have these last 9 months gone?!

 

When I was pregnant with my first child everyone and their mother told me how fast time starts to go once that baby comes.  I remember smiling, nodding and thinking ok if I have to hear that one more time! But seriously… Everyone is right! Sometimes, I still can’t believe I am 31 and have three children! Seriously, wasn’t I just in college living it up in Boston?! What happened to the last 10 years?! I would not change a thing about my life, except maybe just slow it down a little.  With all the day to day tasks that need to be accomplished, I feel I don’t get to appreciate all the little moments! I am making a conscious effort to live in the moment and celebrate every little thing!img_4421

 

I am not a very sappy person, but when it come to the kiddos I have a soft spot, obviously. I am so thankful to be able to spend so much time at home with them.  And when I think about how truly fast time is going I get a little choked up!  I’m not sure we ever really planned on have three children. This is just kind of where life took us. We moved around a little when Collin was in the military and it just so happens we had a new baby with each home we have had. Now we don’t plan on moving again any time soon, so I’m not sure if there are any more babies in our future.

 

As a mom and woman I’m not sure if I will every truly feel like I am done having children. I think about this often.  We are not at a point where we are ready to say we are completely done having children, but we are content for now. I am putting all my energy into being the best mom I can be to these three little crazies I have now. If another one comes along later then that’s a huge blessing, if not then that’s fine too.  Of course money and time play huge factors in the decision to expand our family. I think we are at an amazing place right now and we are trying our best to live in the moment.  As we all know those moments go way too fast!

 

Ok sorry! This post got to be little Dear Diary, but I am using this blog as a place to put out exactly what is going on in our lives right now. These are the thoughts that go through my crazy mind and some of the conversations Collin and I have been having lately.  So amongst the messy house, sleepless nights, struggled days and dinner thrown on the floor I am doing my best to get by and enjoy every little moment. I am sure there are so many moms and parents out there that face these same struggles. I would love to hear how you are all navigating the mom life and what special things you do to help you live in the moment!?

 

 

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Banana and Egg Scramble with Cinnamon

Little Miss Abbie is quickly approaching 9 months and she’s starting to get more and more frustrated with me spoon feeding her. Seriously, I cannot get it in her little mouth fast enough. We do use the reusable food pouches but she is itching for more things she can pick up and feed herself. Considering she still has no teeth things have to be easy to gum.

 

Enter this super easy, nutritious and delicious baby breakfast recipe. I threw this together a few years ago for my older two. We had one too many ripe bananas and I was not in the mood to make banana bread! My older kiddos call this recipe “Mush Mush”, but I may need to come up with a more appetizing name than that! It sounds like a weird combination but it is seriously delicious!

 

This recipe combines protein, carbohydrates, and fat with sweetness from the banana and spice from the cinnamon! Delicious and soft enough for gummy mouths to chew easily. It can get a little messy so bath time may follow!

 

 

Banana and Egg Scramble with Cinnamon

Serves 1

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 ripe Banana
  • 1 teaspoon Grassfed Butter or Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

 

  1. Melt butter or oil in pan
  2. Mash banana and add to pan with melted oil
  3. Stir in cinnamon and cook banana for about 1 minute
  4. Add egg and scramble
  5. Cook till desired doneness

 

It’s best to let it cool a little and then I give it to Abbie right on her highchair tray. Sometimes, if I’m trying to avoid a mess I will feed it to her. Whatever works! Hope your little enjoys this as much as mine do! My 3 and 5 year old still request this!

 

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Easy Homemade Baby Food and Oats, Banana and Sweet Potato Puree Recipe

I am a mom to three beautiful, crazy kiddos. I have always wanted to make my own baby food and have now successfully done it for all three. It really is very easy, does not require a whole lot of equipment, can save you a ton of money and can actually end up being pretty fun! My youngest is a little over 8 months and still has no teeth… so we are still using some purees as well as adding soft foods she can pick up and feed herself.  Here I am going to include some of my tips and tricks for making your own baby food along with a few recipes.

 

When we started our oldest on solids I did not do very much research and went based on our Pediatrician’s guidelines. So we started her on rice cereal at about 5 months, progressed to veggies and fruit, then added more foods according to the guidelines we received from them. She did just fine but can be a little picky of an eater at times.

 

Fastforward to baby number two… At this time I was adjusting to having a baby and a toddler. I was also doing tons of research into leading a healthier lifestyle.  So this time we delayed solids till after six months, skipped rice cereal all together and started with simple mashed, ripe avocado as his first food.  We did some purees with him but did more of a baby lead weaning approach with him and just fed him bits and pieces of what we ate. To this day he is a very adventurous eater!

 

Now onto baby number three and I am taking the same type of approach as with my son. Abbie eats a brad variety of food and we still haven’t found a food she doesn’t like. This is the first season we purchased a CSA share of a local farm. So this has made making Abbie’s food a little easier. I have just been steaming up combination from our weekly basket and throwing them in the Vitamix, and voila dinner!

 

OK here are a few tips I have when making your own baby food.


  1. Try a single food for a few days to be sure baby does not have an allergic reaction. With Abbie we started with only avocado, tried that for a couple days then moved on to squash then sweet potatoes and so on.
  2. Try veggies first, and offer each new food a few times, even if baby doesn’t seem to like it. This is all new to them and sometimes takes a few tastes!
  3. Don’t be afraid to try new combination. Spinach, Pea and Pear? Sure! Squash, beet and apple? Of course! Get creative and your baby will thank you for all of the amazingness!
  4. As baby gets older add a little texture. Don’t puree the foods all the way smooth, leave a little chunk.
  5. After 8 months or so start adding some spice. Develop those taste buds! Cinnamon, curry, garlic, ginger, lemon and so many more can add to baby’s food. Follow the same rule when introducing spics as when introducing new food, try one for a few days then move on to the next. And keep a close eye for rashes, tummy upset or other signs of an allergy.
  6. Have fun! Starting solids with your baby is an amazing adventure for both you and your baby. Show them all the wonderful tastes and textures fresh, wholesome food has to offer!

 

And an EASY recipe good for babies over 8 Months…

 

Easy Oatmeal, Banana and Sweet Potato Puree

For breakfast we usually do some form of this oatmeal.  I mix up the fruits and veggies based on what I have on hand. This usually makes enough for about a week and I mix in a little plain yogurt from our local Dairy for some gut promoting probiotics.

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Ingredients: 


2 bananas

1 large sweet potato

1 cup of Steel Cut Oats (We use an organic and gluten free variety)

2 cups of water

 

Special Equipment:


  • Steamer Basket
  • Food Processor, Blender or Food Mill
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Gallon Sized Freezer Storage Bag
  1. Peel and dice sweet potato
  2. Boil in two cups of water until soft
  3. Remove from heat and add oats, let sit unit oats are soft. It will seem like there is too much water but once pureed the water will be absorbed and it can end up a little thick
  4. Combine oats and sweet potato in blender with banana
  5. Puree until desired consistency
  6. Add extra water if puree is too thick
  7. Can keep in air tight container in fridge for up to 4 days, freeze in a ice cube tray and transfer to gallon zip lock bag for more long term storage

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Hopefully your little one enjoys this as much as mine does! Stay tuned for more to come! I look forward to your comments!

 

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