Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Montgomery's BLW Story


I don't know about you. But, the thought of Montgomery turning 6 months filled me with quite a bit of dread. Obviously, the idea of my little boy not being so little any more was fairly sad. But, most of my fear came from the fact that my milk guzzler no longer required just milk. No, I had to now provide this mini-man with what we all know as 'solids'. This felt like a melt-down waiting to happen.
I was completely keen on Montgomery growing up to be a good eater and still am. However, I just didn't see this as possible feeding him mush. Please note, I am not stating mush, jars or purees are wrong, bad or not right. Not at all. I am stating that they just don't feel right for MY son, for Montgomery. I am very aware that 100's and 1000's of children have grown up to be big and strong being spoon-fed. It's just not how i envisaged or envisage feeding Montgomery. So, please bare in mind that this post is not to offend, just to share my own weaning experience.

 Drinking from his own cup like a big-boy.

So, with all this weaning dread building up inside of me and the BIG 6 months looming, what was I to do? I can't rely on my boob forever. I can't not feed him, I must. But, I must do it right and in a way that suits Montgomery and our family. Both Karl and I are big foodies that enjoy home cooking immensely and we both wish our son to be also. Family meal times are important to us. We love eating with each other and want to enjoy eating with our boy also. It was with this notion that I stumbled across - 'Baby Led Weaning'

I stumbled and was intrigued with what I stumbled across. Let your baby feed themselves - This sounds right. It sounds better. It just sounds ... right! Once I had brushed myself off (you know, after my stumble) I clicked 'Checkout' and brought myself and Montgomery the following book:
Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett

This book made everything better. Everything I read made sense. I now knew that when Montgomery hit that dreaded age - 6 months, I was going to let him feed himself. Just like that, that's what I was going to do. And, you know what? I'm not going to worry about him chocking, or about him getting enough, or about him playing with his food, or the mess, or spices or anything really. I'm just going to trust Montgomery and trust that he knows and understand his appetite more than anyone else possibly can. That's the big thing that this book teaches - Trust your baby. And, I do. I trust that Montgomery knows what he is doing. 

We are now 3 weeks into our BLW journey and things are looking good. I now know that Montgomery loves loves loves tomatoes and can eat peas without chocking. So, CALM DOWN!

 He just loves tomatoes. 

Bit boring I know. But, he had a bread snack at his friends house.

Yes, when the little fella first started joining us at meal times he mainly played with his food or so it seemed. But, actually he wasn't playing at all, he was exploring. He was learning to trust food and accept it. He was working out that bananas are squishy, tomatoes explode, pasta is slimey and toast is hard. He was just spending a little time forming a relationship with food. A good one. So, things have now moved on. Relationships have been formed and trust has been built. My son now enjoys putting food in his mouth and enjoying their flavors. Already Montgomery has learnt to enjoy food and that food is a nice thing. Not a mush that is rammed down his throat. Not a collection of tastes pureed into one. He understands individual flavors and textures. That amazes me.

 I left the skin on the banana and he quickly learnt to use it as a grip as apposed to eating it.

So far Montgomery has tried the following:
  • Banana
  • Satsuma
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Green beans
  • Asparagus
  • Pepper
  • Tomato 
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chilli
  • Potato
  • Sweet Potato
  • Avocado
  • Toast
  • Baked beans
  • Stir fry
  • Salmon
  • Chicken
  • Lamb
  • Spring greens
  • Cabbage
  • Cottage pie
  • Carrot
  • Strawberries
  • Shortbread
  • (I'm sure there are many more) 

I am incredibly proud of my son and I love to see him eat and enjoy what he pops in his mouth. This is just the start of our BLW journey as I am sure it is for many other families out there. If like me you have been completely wowed by this style of weaning, please share your story. I'd love to hear it and discuss it with you. If like me, the 6 months stage is looming for your little one and your unsure how to introduce solids, I hope this post helps you a little and can perhaps offer a little guidance. 

 Beans on toast for lunch.

Baby Led Weaning website:
http://www.babyledweaning.com/ 

Baby Led Weaning on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/babyledweaning?fref=ts


Monday, 24 June 2013

Back in Action

You may have noticed my absence from the 'Blogging Scene' recently and one can only apologise if that absence has become an annoyance for you. But, I believe I can be forgiven by providing you with the following information:

I have been absent for you. That's true. I have been busy spending time researching 'How to make my blog the best it can possibly be'. It has taken a bit of time. But, I now feel that I can hit the blog floor running and keep my readers/followers entertained. Which I am pretty happy with and I am sure you are too.

Let's get the boring bits out of the way:- Please see my 'Privacy Policy' if you are concerned by any of the following:
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Now, for the FUN BIT:- My little boy, Montgomery has now reached the wonderful 6 month mile stone (and has decided to start waking throughout the night. But, we will talk about that later) and he continues to be the most wonderful person that I have ever ever ever met. He makes me smile every day and has now decided that boob is not enough. That's right, this littler milk-guzzler is now a food-eater! Woop. This brings me on to tomorrows post:- 'Montgomery's BLW Story'. So, if there are any other fellow-BLWers out there, hang out until tomorrow and join the discussion.

 Montgomery rocking the 4 month old look.

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