This is our newest addition. His name is Lukas or "Lu" for short. He's six-months-old and the smiliest little thing you'll ever meet. I wish I could say it was always like this, but we had a rough start when he developed a little thing called colic. After a few dozen tears (on my part) we got through it with flying colors and his charming personality shined through.

It's funny how quickly you move on from those tough times with a newborn. It's like it never happened and now the fun begins. He is a breast fed baby - which I'm happy to say has not only gave him a nice nutritional start, but also saved us A LOT of money. Recently, we started introducing solids after a recent trip to Idaho visiting my sister. We are a bossy bunch and she demanded to be around for some of his 'firsts' which included starting him on solid foods. (And this she says after being there when he was born; I would say that was some first!) So we steamed some of his 'first' carrots - added some unsalted butter - and watched him go to town. It was like he had been eating this stuff his whole life. (Yes, all six-months of it!)

I don't like to rush my kid's little lives, but I have to admit I was anticipating this stage because, with my first son, I loved preparing his food and being very specific about what he ate. It was always a family joke about my obsessive ways and the many kidney beans I gave him to snack on. "Kidney beans?" My brother would ask, convinced I was ridiculous. I was a little, but it gave me complete satisfaction to methodically prepare his food and I was really looking forward to doing it again.

The best thing about making your own baby food - besides saving you tons of money - is the fact you know exactly what you're giving them. I like choosing fresh foods and, although I don't always buy organic for my family, I do for my baby. Somewhere down the road later, much later, they'll want their candy fix and some french fries - but right now it's a time for wholesome baby foods.

 

Steamed, organic carrots.

 

Freshly pureed carrots.

 

Adding unsalted butter to carrots - actually makes them more nutritious.

 



 

Steamed peas ready for a spin.

 



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