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Month 1 Baby Led Weaning Wrap-Up, Travel Eating, and Things to Come


Well, I simply cannot find the photos from the last 3 days of our first month of baby led weaning. This, combined with our two week vacation combined with my procrastination has us a little behind.

Anyway…I think it’s safe to say that the last few days involved leftovers, hummus, and broccoli.

Overall, the first month went smoothly. The second month, with half of it being on vacation, was a little spottier. I relied more on breastmilk as my mother-in-law’s house is not particularly equipped for mealtime flotsam and jetsam.

There were quite a few restaurants, but we always found something Sugarpie could eat. One thing I’ve learned is that high chairs RARELY get wiped down. Ew. I am no germaphobe, but I will make an exception and whip out the antibacterial Wet-Ones for these grungy little things.

We had SO much fun, though. Here are some of the highlights of her California culinary adventures…

Her first sausage! It was yummy chicken and apple. She loved it.

Meatballs and fior di latte at the LA restaurant where Daddy consults

Once we got back home, I made a concerted effort to get her two proper solid meals a day, but always tried for three. She has become quite the confident eater!

Her favorites are…

*scrambled eggs (cannot get enough) in any form. I make them with cheese or sauteed tomatoes and she eats them up then looks for more. I like to make them with coconut oil. She also loves a zucchine frittata and a pasta frittata.

*fresh mozzarella. She will suck the milk out of her slice then munch away at the cheese.

*Broccoli is still a winner and green beans have finally made their way into her heart.

*cherries! I chop them up and let her go at it. It has really helped to develop her pincer grip which comes in handy now that she is crawling and wants to pick every single piece of lint and debris off of the floor.

*her Daddy’s pesto. She really enjoyed fusili dressed in it! She seems to like strong flavors. Hubs also makes eggplant parmesean which she will dig into with gusto. But the tomato sauce gave her a red tushie, so we had to stop.

*broccoli cheese muffins. Recipe coming soon.


What she doesn’t like is a short list…

What a drama queen.

*Avocado…what?! She used to love it. Sugarpie will try it every time, but the wincing is just over-the-top dramatic. I do, however, appreciate the continued effort.

I have a few recipes coming up and some cute pics too, but I think I will try posting such things on Wednesdays, maybe in a Baby Led Weaning Wednesday sort of way.

Hubs and I love food, and so does she. Hopefully we can continue to foster a sense of fun and fellowship, as well as help her to cultivate a spirit of adventure when it comes to food. Maybe she’ll be open-minded, or maybe she will be painfully picky. We shall see.

These first few months of food introduction have been fun beyond my expectations and I cannot wait for to eat her way through Italy on our upcoming trip. You better believe we’ll be blogging about that!

Stay tuned!

Obtaining a Passport for Your Baby


Little Sugarpie’s passport photo…now that’s a whole heap of cute right there.

So we’re planning a trip to Italy in a few months and Sugarpie needs a passport ’cause apparently you can’t get through security with just a gummy little smile. This goes for all children under 16, from newborns on.

Here’s what you have to do to get a passport for your baby…

Go to your local Passport Acceptance Facility (click here for the Austin ones) with the following documentation. Here’s a link to find them for the whole country. Many post offices function as passport acceptance facilities and so do some courthouses.

*Completed but UNSIGNED DS-11 form.

*If both parents cannot appear at the passport acceptance facility, the absent one needs to fill out this consent form and have it notarized: DS3053. You can get things notarized at most banks. If you go without this they will send you back.

*Proof of citizenship, i.e. child’s birth certificate. As of April 2011, both parents’ full names must appear on the BC. This must be an original and yes, you have to leave it, but they’ll send it back with the new passport.

*Valid ID of applying parent along with copy of valid ID of both parents. This could be a passport, driver’s license, or other state or federal ID.

*One 2inx2in photo. Yes, even if applicant is a newborn. CUTEST PASSPORT EVER. Photo must be no more than 6 months old. Call the acceptance facility before to see if they take pictures, some do.

Bring your credit card AND a checkbook, just in case the office has not yet entered the 21st century.

Here’s the official passport info page, in case you don’t believe me. It has all of the appropriate paperwork links and such.

Click here to find current processing times.

Easy Breezy, right? Now go get your jet-settin’ bebe’ and hit the road!