This Thanksgiving weekend was chock full of firsts. I was in such holiday weekend mode, it was near impossible rolling out of bed this morning, getting dressed, heading to work and leaving Lil Z-Bear home.
Z-Bear loved sitting in the warm kitchen and watching mama cook. He was especially excited when we got ready to put the turkey in the oven. But wait a second…that’s not the turkey!
Uh-oh, sorry Z-Bear, it got a little confusing since you are both the same size. But he forgave us and was happy to see just how nice the turkey came out.
And he digged in with us. Lil Z got his first vegetable that day: sweet potatoes…he was a fan!
The next day we went out and bought our little guy a highchair. I was enjoying using the Bumbo chair for the past couple of weeks, but now that we have the highchair, it’s so easy for feedings, we absolutely love it. He loved it too!
I spent the weekend preparing pureed organic veggies – sweet potatoes for now, and carrots and avocado to try out later in the week. I always knew I wanted to feed Z-Bear homemade baby food, and this weekend I discovered making it is a cinch. I simply roasted them in the oven until super tender, and mashed them until they were smooth. I also put in a dash of pepper, because I am counting on Z-Bear to like spices just as much as I do. I am in love with these freezer containers we found at Babies R Us for storing.
Saturday was the first night hubby and I went out without the baby. We went to an engagement party for a family friend, and we had a good time. And we got to come home to this fellow…notice that he is out of the swaddle! Yes, that was another first this weekend, he has now moved on to the Halo Sleep Sack.
We wrapped up with a lazy Sunday, staying in, playing with Z-Bear, watching movies, and enjoying some quality family time. The perfect ending to a perfect weekend.
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We have officially started giving Lil Z his first solid food. He is 2 weeks shy of 5 months, but I confess, I was antsy to see if he would even know what to do with a spoon. That, plus he is hungry as a horse lately, and I gathered it just may be time for something other than milk.
His first food: Earth’s Best Organics Rice Cereal. I bought the ‘Convenient Packets’, and I would recommend doing so in the beginning since the little one may not get the hang of it right away, and this makes sure you only open a little bit and the cereal stays fresh. I used Tommee Tippee feeding utensils, simply because I wanted to give the company’s products another try. My prior experience with their bottles was not so successful, but I am happy to say that the feeding bowls and spoons are awesome, and we give it a big thumbs up. I also bought food pots for on-the-go feeding because they just looked so darned cute.
Z-Bear looked like such a big boy sitting on his Bumbo chair when we began the feeding. We love the Bumbo chair, and not just because it has such a fun sounding name. It works great at this stage, before we are ready to move on to a highchair, and it uses up such little space. For the first feeding, I used half a tablespoon of Earth’s Best Organics Rice Cereal mixed with one tablespoon of breast milk. He was definitely intrigued by what mama and papa were so excited about when we began the feeding, but it didn’t click with him that he was supposed to eat it. So the first try was not really a success. I wasn’t discouraged and we tried a few days later. Only this time, I added equal parts cereal and milk, and what do you know, Lil Z was opening his mouth wide and ready to eat the second time around. He gobbled it up in a matter of minutes. We were so proud! Can’t wait until he is ready for more foods and I can start preparing baby food for the little gourmand.
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