BABY FOOD CONFESSIONS
I really thought I would be the type of mother who made her own baby food. I try to be healthy myself and eat as much whole, natural, and non-processed foods as possible. I wanted to do the same for my baby. And I'll be honest; it's what I thought I was supposed to do. I saved blog posts and recipes on Pinterest. Jared's brother and sister-in-law got us a baby magic bullet. I was going to do the perfect blend of baby-led-weaning and purees.
We started Avi on solids when he was about 5 months old. I was so proud that his first food was smashed avocado. Then we moved to banana, spinach, and sweet potato. He tried broccoli and carrots and loved almost all of it (except the spinach). I made everything myself. It was fun and he seemed to be enjoying the food as much as I was enjoying making it and feeding him.
At our 6 month appointment, the doctor suggested we move to 3 meals a day. Our nanny would give him oatmeal or rice cereal mixed with fruit for breakfast and I would make him something for dinner. But when we tried to incorporate lunch; all of a sudden, I couldn't keep up. He was still mainly drinking breast milk, so I felt like I was constantly pumping, storing, freezing, preparing, and cleaning. And now I had to prepare 3 extra meals on top of that?
I started to feel overwhelmed. And I was embarrassed that I wasn't able to do something that I was supposed to be able to do! After a few weeks, my nanny came to me to talk about Avi's diet. He was getting constipated because 90% of his diet was banana and sweet potatoes. I knew that, despite my best intentions, Avi was actually eating less healthily.
I did a little research on baby food and decided that the organic pouches would be the best way to go for us. I got him a mixture of fruits and vegetables and even some beans. And you know what? He loves them! Absolutely loves them. I still make him food sometimes and I'm still doing a mix of baby food and table food - just today he tried egg salad and tuna salad. But I gave myself a break and one less thing to stress over. Because all I'm really supposed to do is make sure my boy is fed and cared for. The rest is commentary.