Friday, November 11, 2011

Hannabert at 9 mths

Hannabert turned 9mths today.  We celebrated by taking him to eat at Hot Head Burritos.  He enjoyed playing with his rice, beans, and grabbing the rest of my burrito bowl with his fingers.

The last 9 months have really flown by so quickly.  Other than extreme sleep deficit (greater than the national deficit by far), life with him as been pretty great.  He is happy.  He likes to smile.  He likes to spend time with us (alas I know at some point as a teenager he will insist that we walk 100 paces behind him).  He likes to cuddle and snuggle us in the mornings.  He likes dogs.

He got his first tooth on 11/5/11 - a bottom one.  We try to brush it each morning.  He mostly likes to chew on the finger tooth brush.  

He is an avid crawler (went from sitting up to crawling on his own in a single 24 hr period) and can pull himself up using pretty much any semi-stable object (no necessarily a fixed object).

He loves the fish tank (so much that I told Horn last night he could buy a bigger one with a better base) and visiting the aquarium (both in Cincinnati and Gatlinburg).

Most of all, I know that he loves his dad and me.   

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Food storage - small family

I follow a number of blogs including a set of blogs written by moms of families that are much larger than the average modern family.  They write on themes and this week it seems to be how large families store their staples.  Blogger Mom Kim C of  Life in a Shoe talks about her use of what appears to be five gallon size containers to store staples.  I like the color coordinated covers to distinguish the flour from the beans from the rice from the brown sugar.

Growing up, my mother had a group in our town that would purchase a few times a year from a local (by local I mean appx 75 miles away) food co-op.  I remember anticipating the catalog of food goodies.  A lot of "new" choices were successful (natural licorice)  and some unsuccessful (did you know that bird wouldn't even eat the whole wheat spaghetti of the 1980s?).Typical things she would order would be: a gross of toothbrushes (she gave them out at Halloween in addition to a candy item), cheese in great big blocks, chocolate chips, and pistachios.  As a note, 1 lb of bay leave is a very large quantity and I think, some 20+ years later, she still has some...

I always loved going with her to get the order, filling the back of our van and than watching her divide the food into smaller orders, using a baby scale, yardsticks, and bags.  I made me feel like our family was part of something larger.

Now my family is small, consisting only of my husband and my son so we won't be buying 50lbs of flour anytime soon as a 5 lb bag  lasts us through many many batches of beer bread but we do run into our own food storage issues.

As Hannabert (our son) has start the semi-solid food stage, I have been making his baby food (with some jars as back up which my husband primarily uses/packs).  I have found it easiest to make large amounts of food and freeze it in ice cube trays and then pop out the cubes and store them in quart size bags.  I prefer the quart size bags to the gallon sized bags because I felt that the gallon sized bags resulted in a lot of wasted space.

The ice cube tray method has worked great for most purees (excluding the apple plum which kind of turned into a sticky, semi-solid paste) but I am struggling with how to do more "finger foods" in this manner.  He, like most babies (good or bad, agree or disagree), eats puffs but I wanted more of a variety that just those (despite the many flavors that are on the market).  I usually make steamed sweet potato sticks or broccoli spears (I cheated and bought a bag of pre-steamed, frozen ones from Trader Joes) but I am unsure of storage.  Currently, I make them once a week and then keep them in the fridge.  Any thoughts on safe food storage for steamed vegetables?

Friday, November 04, 2011

How will I handle it?

Hannabert is spending the night at GMa and GPa B's house tonight..without us.  Horn seems ok with the idea and I am struggling to be ok with the idea.  I am not ok at all.  I worry that Hannabert will forget me or be angry at me when we pick him up tomorrow.  What if GMa and GPA make him CIO?  Hannabert doesn't CIO when he is at home.  What if he decides that a cup and a bottle are better than nursing?