Aiden at 6 Months

Aiden is 6 months old, aka 1/2 of a year old!  I made Autumn a 1/2 year birthday crown when she was 6 months old, so I did the same for Aiden, too!

Aiden is such a sweetheart.  He loves cuddling, he loves being held, and he loves hugging his sister (/being squashed by her).  His little personality is certainly starting to shine through.  He has a LOT to say, and he likes to say it LOUD.  He loves to try to eat my hair, and he loves giving kisses.  He is really bouncy and energetic.  He’s also really observant. He likes to be able to see what is going on all the time.  It’s hard for him to sleep if there is something else going on.

We have started baby-led weaning with him, and he is really into eating.  His current favourites are sweet potatoes, chicken, and grandpa’s meatloaf.  If we’re eating anything, he wants to be eating it, too.

He loves playing with his sister.  His favourite toys are anything that rattles or squeaks! He loves his Sophie Giraffe.

We’re especially excited to be able to celebrate Christmas with him this year.

xoxo,
Alysa

Autumn at 6 months old <3

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Baby Cereal Muffins

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Before we decided on doing baby-led weaning for Autumn’s solids, we bought some baby cereal on sale at Target.  We gave the cereal to Autumn a few times before ultimately deciding that finger foods were better to give her.  I’m not really a fan about giving food to Autumn that I wouldn’t eat, and the baby cereal definitely fell under that category.  So, I needed to find something to do with all the leftover cereal.  A friend of mine suggested that I make muffins out of it, which I thought was an amazing idea!

I didn’t have an easy time finding a recipe that I liked.  There were a lot on Pinterest, but they all called for a lot of apple sauce/baby food, which I don’t have in the house right now.  I eventually found this recipe and the following recipe is an adaptation of that.

Baby Cereal Muffins

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup infant cereal, any variety
1/2 cup breast milk or water
2 Tbsp oil
3 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and infant cereal together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix in breast milk (or water), oil, eggs, and vanilla one at a time and mix until smooth.
  4. Spoon batter into 24 paper-lined mini muffin cups. Approximately one teaspoon per cup.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Yields: Approximately 24 mini muffins

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Autumn loves them, too! 🙂

xoxo,
Alysa

 

 

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one half

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I can’t believe that as of one week ago, Autumn is 6 months old (or 1/2 of a year).  These last few months have gone by SO fast, it’s unbelievable!

Right now, her favourite things are rolling from back to front and from front to back.  She likes taking off my glasses and playing with them.  She likes her play cube that we’re borrowing from some friends of ours, and she loves all of her little stuffed animals.

We’ve been doing baby-led weaning, and so far her favourites are sweet potatoes, homemade pizza and yogurt.

Autumn is currently wearing lots of size 6 months, as well as 6-9 month clothes and 9 month clothes (with the occasional 3 month size thrown in there, too).

I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months will bring <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Books of 2015: April

06. Baby-Lead Weaning by Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett
This book was really interesting.  I went to a workshop type thing about introducing solids to babies, and that was all about purees… but I had heard from a friend about baby-lead weaning and how beneficial that is to do instead.  I was definitely curious, and thought that maybe I would do both, a little bit of spoon feeding, and some baby-led stuff.  This book totally changed that and I am so excited to start giving Autumn actual food.  She’s definitely seeming interested in it, at least she tries to grab things that we eat when we’re holding her.  It was great to be able to read the book and hear the why and the how of baby-lead weaning (aka baby-led solids).  I can’t wait to start!!

What have you been reading lately?

xoxo,
Alysa

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