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Baby Food and Recipe Books

I just thought I’d mention a few of my favorite baby food books. The first is Super Baby Food, handed down to me by a friend. This has been my go-to resource since Chloe started eating solids. There is so much good information here, including what foods can be introduced each month, easy make-at-home recipes, food storage, nutrition advice, natural cleaning solutions and more. Two other books I’ve enjoyed for baby food recipes are Easy Gourmet Baby Food: 150 Recipes for Homemade Goodness (written by a chef and includes ideas on how to incorporate purees into delicious adult dishes) and Cooking for Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious Foods for 6 to 18 Months. I borrowed both of these books from our local library.


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Other not so good news

Chloe had her 9-month appointment last week. The good news is that there were no scheduled shots during this check-up (I’m such a weenie). The bad news is that Chloe is only in the 5th percentile for weight. It seems she is slowly dropping off the chart. She was at or above the 25th percentile her first several months. Then during the 4th month she dropped to just above 15, at the 6th month closer to 10, and now she’s at a mere 5. We’ve seen three different pediatricians so far, and none seem concerned. This last doctor did suggest that we start feeding her eggs, which I already do occasionally. The nurse said that if she drops down any lower during the next visit, then the doctor will be concerned, but it seems to me that proactive measures now would be smarter than waiting until she falls off the chart entirely.

According our recent doctor, a common reason for Chloe’s weight loss at this age is that she is much more active and mobile than ever before. This seems true. She crawls a lot – from room to room, chasing after the dog, playing with her toys – and she does a lot of standing and jumping in her jumperoo. I’ve also noticed that her dwindling weight correlates to when we started solid food. Her weight was best when we were solely breastfeeding.

Since starting solids, I’ve been very conscientious about Chloe’s diet. She gets a healthy mixture of mostly organic grains, fruits, vegetables, protein and whole milk yogurt. David has suggested that we should just eat what Chloe eats, as her diet is much more healthier than our own.

I’m not truly worried. Chloe has always been on the smaller side. I’ve seen bigger babies who are months younger than she is. Plus, David and I are just not big people. My plan is to continuing nursing, but at the same time slightly adjust her feedings with more good fats and calories. I’m thinking about adding more beans, meat, avocado and whole-milk yogurt and introducing cheeses (starting with mozzerella), olive oil, pasta, and nut butters. I’m looking into flax seeds and oil, wheat germ and tahini. I will also try to be better at giving her baby vitamins (we’re currently using Maxi-Baby Care). My hope is that her weight will be back up to the 10th percentile or more by her 1-year appointment. Here’s hoping.


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Dear Chloe, 9 months old


A little grass never hurt anyone… right?

Dear Chloe,

Today you are 9 months old. What a milestone! Nine months ago you were born, and nine months before that you were barely two cells joined together. And now look at you, sweeter that a summer peach and apple of your mama’s eye.

These days you are bounding around like a curious and troublesome puppy. You crawl everywhere, like a magnet drawn to everything we wish you wouldn’t play with. You pull yourself to a stand on anything that will support you. It started with a diaper box left in your play area (read: living room), but now you just use it to dangle over on your tummy. Sadly, falls and tumbles are par for the course. Sometimes you land safely on your bottom, but other times you land hard, bumping your head and making the whole house shake. I cringe. You cry. I always want to comfort you, but I’ve found on light tumbles that you recover quicker on your own. It is a fine line, treading between your fledgling independence and my desire to protect you from everything.


I don’t need the box anymore, I can use the sofa now.

Your diet is steadily becoming more varied, but I worry that you don’t seem to eat or drink enough. This month you’ve tasted green beans, turkey, blueberries, broccoli, cottage cheese, apricots, wheat, barley, brown rice, cantaloupe and grapes. You’ve even begun finger foods! Besides diced fruit, frozen wild blueberries and crumbled egg yolk, you love puffs, baby mum-mums, and yogurt melts. You still have no teeth.

I guess I’ll also mention that you’ve had a few food-related incidences this month, too. That time you found an m&m on the floor, which Daddy caught you eating, and just yesterday when the dog didn’t eat his food right away. I was prying the kibble out of your clenched fists when I realized your jaw was working. You must have popped a piece into your mouth before I got there. Horrified, I hooked it out with my finger and immediately yelled for your father, while breaking out in a cold sweat at the same time.


Yes, but I don’t know what thorns.

This past month we enrolled you in a baby pool class. At first, you didn’t know what to think and were pretty skeptical. Then you decided it is a lot of fun (as long as you get a good nap beforehand). This is an activity where Papa really shines. He’s taken you several times, all by himself, so mama could have a precious hour of alone time. This month you’ve also tried a couple Gymboree classes, which you also love.


Pool class is fun!

You are realizing a lot more now – how the paper bin is so fun to tip over, that there is water to play with in the dog bowl, that the light switch next to your changing table makes a pleasant snapping sound and can turn the lights on and off. Your daddy has taught you several things, too, like how to “sing” in the toy microphone that amplifies your voice, and how to clap, which you do spontaneously on occasion (but rarely when we want to show our friends).


I can stand up! Now what?

You’re quite a clever little girl, and keep us on our toes, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Love,
Mama

Chloe’s 9-month specs: 26.75″ lengths (25%) | 17″ head (25%) | 15lbs 10oz weight (5%)

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