Sunday, August 29

Solid Food: Misnomer of the Year

Peas. Sweet potatoes. Brown rice cereal. Zucchini. What do these foods have in common? They are all in single-serving portions in my freezer, awaiting the day when Milo will eat them.

Oh, and I made them. Yeah. I blended and steamed and pureed and strained. And I feel pretty damn good about this. I have no expectation that I will make all of Milo's food, but I do hope to make at least a decent portion of it. It just seems like the most economical and healthy way to be. And before I go back to work, I am attempting to stockpile baby food so there will be less work later.

Milo won't be eating this baby food for another three weeks, when he will be six months old. And in his five and a half months, he hasn't eaten anything other than breastmilk. We have given him a couple of spoonfuls of water, which he seemed to enjoy (after he quit spitting it out), but no food or formula. And not to pat myself on the back or imply that I'm doing anything special or out of the ordinary, but I'm really proud of this. To look at my baby, and see how big he has grown and how strong he is, and to know that all his nourishment has come from my body is amazing. It's been a very rewarding thing for me, and I think part of me feels like by making his baby food, I am continuing to provide for him.

Obviously, buying his rice cereal or his food in little glass jars would provide for him just the same. But I can't deny that I feel good about making it. In fact I may be growing a tad obsessed with making baby food. Never before have I used our food processor so many times in so few days. I sure hope Milo likes all this food. He definitely likes water on a spoon and slobbering on my water bottle. It's pretty cute to watch.

And don't you worry—I'm sure there will be video of his first taste of solid food. No doubt it will be cute as well.


The Mudds said...

Congrats! That sounds like a lot of work but I am sure he will love it!

Courtney said...

You made your own rice cereal? Wow, impressive.

Lindsay said...

Good for you--you should brag! Not a single drop of formula is something to be proud of! I made all of Gavin's baby food, too. It's actually a heck of a lot easier than you think it will be. I still think it's why Gavin's such a good veggie eater. When you start out with the good stuff, of course you like it! ;)

Linda and Matthew said...

I made all of Charlotte's baby food. She still loves her veggies and will choose broccoli over cake! (weirdo) It's not too hard to keep up and as an FYI, if you don't have an immersion blender, I'd recommend getting one. That way you can do single servings of what you're eating. I'd blend up the green beans or some sweet potato that we would have with dinner with the hand blender. Great tool for making baby food!

Kenton said...

I used an immersion blender to make eli's sweet potatoes. I recommend on also.