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Tonight’s adventure with BLW: Apples!

Tonight’s adventure with BLW: Apples!

We tried whole apples tonight and it was….interesting. They’ve had cooked apples before, so they were soft and easy for them to negotiate. But whole, hard, large apples were a tough new experiment for them. I took bites all around their apples so they could have a place to grip, and a place to bite. […]

Lesson 89: Baby-Led Weaning First Foods

Lesson 89: Baby-Led Weaning First Foods

Even though we had planned to wait until 6 months to begin any solids, S showed all the readiness signs around 4.5 months. By 5 months, I listened to his signs, rather than the books. I knew I wanted to to do Baby-Led Weaning with my twin boys, but we started with loaded spoons of […]

Lesson 88: Consider (real life) Baby-Led Weaning

Lesson 88: Consider (real life) Baby-Led Weaning

I don’t think I would have been comfortable doing Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) with my oldest son because I was worried about everything—too much, really. I’m much more relaxed this time around, which I hear is pretty normal. I don’t know if I should attribute it to not being a first time mom, or to having […]

Lesson 87: Time management is a thing of the past

Lesson 87: Time management is a thing of the past

Dear S & B, I wrote a little note for J every month. I told him all that he was up to at the time–his likes, dislikes, how he’d grown. With you guys, I snap a picture. That’s it. I’m keeping up with your big milestones, but I couldn’t tell you all of your likes […]

Lesson 86: Your birth plan may not go the way you intended

Lesson 86: Your birth plan may not go the way you intended

Dear S & B, It’s taken me nearly 6 months to write your birth story. I know I should have documented it sooner. I want to be able to remember the day, and I want to be able to share it with you. But the day of your birth just isn’t ranked right up there […]

Lesson 84: Mind your business

Lesson 84: Mind your business

It’s been quiet over here for awhile, I know. I haven’t known what to write. I considered starting Lesson 84 about potty-training, but then I didn’t know what to write because my son wouldn’t use the damn potty, so I failed at potty-training (P.S. he got there in his own time, not much thanks to […]

Lesson 70: Give peace a chance

Lesson 70: Give peace a chance

Consider whether or not you want your child to continue using a pacifier (if she uses one). Many pediatricians suggest getting rid of the pacifier between 1-year and 18-months. Studies suggest that the use of a pacifier can interfere with speech development, increase the occurrence of ear infections, and cause dental issues. My own personal […]

Lesson 33: Tummy Time!

Lesson 33: Tummy Time!

Tummy time made J one pissed off baby. But still, I diligently placed him on his tummy several times a day. I watched him lift his head up and scowl at me, eventually learning to push himself up with his tiny arms. Once he learned to roll over, he didn’t mind it so much. But […]

Lesson 24: Feed your baby! (part 1)

Lesson 24: Feed your baby! (part 1)

I am most definitely pro-breastfeeding and I hope every new mom at least tries it. I believe that it’s the perfect food for babies and I always knew that I would breastfeed (although there was a time when I was pregnant when I started second-guessing my decision, thinking formula would be easier and less intimidating, so I can […]

Lesson 9: Choose a pediatrician

Lesson 9: Choose a pediatrician

One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a new parent is who your child’s pediatrician will be. Hopefully you’ll be able to choose somebody with whom you are comfortable and who shares a similar parenting philosophy with you. We received a referral for J’s pediatrician from a family member. We were fairly confident […]

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