from little things big things grow

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Super taster

As with all my parenting choices I have fallen into baby led weaning more by the desires of Skye than any planning on my part.

Baby led weaning is the process of letting baby feed herself without the need for purees and mashes. It is messy and completely delightful.

Skye initiated this about two months ago when she took the nectarine I was eating into her own two hands and gummed away at it. She reminded me of a naughty possum or wallaby scrounging.

Sine then we have progressed to three meals a day and fewer milk feeds as a result. Skye has such a passion for food that I call her the super taster. And in fact babies do have more taste buds than adults. This is all timely too because They Might Be Giants are playing in Brisbane now, and they introduced me to super tasters.

She loves fruit, with nectarines remaining a favourite but closely followed by avocado, and banana which makes her laugh. She likes to eat what I am eating and really enjoys chewing together. I do big chews - exaggerating the movement.

Baby led weaning holds many surprises. The big thing for me was realising that for now I will never eat alone, and that means choosing my foods more carefully. It also means sneaking 'naughty' foods when Skye is asleep.

Another thing is the selection of high chairs. We grabbed one off gumtree only to find that it's not so great. The plastic liner and the straps don't come off, meaning its wipe down only. There is food mashed right into it. A better choice would be one where you can pull all the bits off and chuck them in the washing machine.

BLW is endearing. Everyday I take hundreds of photos of my dear babe smeared in food, my heart melting at the sight of her discovering and delighting. This morning I watched as she plunged her little hands into my buttery toast and squished. How wonderful to explore food this way!





Thursday, April 18, 2013

Weekends are family time!

Since the workshops I was running have stopped for a bit weekends are family time again. There have been some different things to do over Easter school holidays. While Skye is a bit young to really get the point, we have loved being able to go to a few events. The main one being a 'local and live' music in the park thing. We packed all the right things - jumpers, towels, a ball, teething toys, and bubbles! We knew things were going well when got a great carpark. Then we ordered fish and chips for our picnic. We are doing the baby led weaning thing which meant that Skye ate the grilled fish and salad with us. Although, milk shakes and ice creams are harder not to share and best eaten during baby naps! The music was pretty much all bluegrass which is so great to kick back too, or have a little dance with dadda too. Skye's first tooth poked out, a happier teething baby I have not seen!

Skye's cousins came to visit. This was their first meeting and it was lovely. They are a bit older and have lots of questions and want to help. It was strange not being the aunty with them that I used to be - playing games and dropping everything to be with them. Now I have my own bundle to care for and she comes first. But we still managed to have a lot of adventures ... Playing on the beach, and catching a reptile show at the shopping centre. The kids all held the crocodile, and Skye discreetly chewed him!

Fraser and I are still getting a buzz from being able to walk along the beach, usually with Skye in a carrier. The other night a storm brought a bounty of shells into the shore. I felt childlike as I peered at them all.

It's nearly the weekend again now. Oh how I look forward to them! This time we are going to a garage sale. The weather is perfect too, so we might get some more beach time in. I'm actually planning to go down this afternoon for a paddle.





Monday, April 1, 2013

Gratitude

I mentioned in an earlier post that I've been keeping a gratitude journal. I thought I would write a little more about it. I did some group therapy for my PND, and in this we looked at gratitude as a tool for managing anxiety and depression. It's a bit like switching from seeing the glass as half empty to viewing it as half full instead. Each morning I try to take the time to note three things I am grateful for. After that I journal a little and set a goal for the day. If I can't get to putting pen to paper I do it mentally. Then at the end of the day I write in my babe diary - it's a record of the things my little babe gets up too. I try and focus on the good stuff and the milestones. I guess at the end of the year I'm hoping to have a record that shows me that my life was more than just chasing away the black dog of PND.

Having these little routines helps. It gives me somewhere to go. I feel like at the start of the day I'm investing in a mindset, and at the end of the day it's like I'm capturing the journey sailed. In the early days after Skye was born Fraser and I would give each other a high five for getting through the day. Well, with the journal and the diary I am maintaining this. And reminding myself that its progress not perfection that is important.

Daydreams for Skye

Cooking Easter buns together - passing on the tradition. She already had her first taste of them!