CaveBaby Update

A lot of people seem to be stopping by from Mark’s Daily Apple (aka my gateway drug to the paleo lifestyle!) so I will update you on our little bundle of joy.

He is 15 months old TODAY!  And he has lived a life without rice cereal, oatmeal, formula, and teething biscuits.  What does he eat?  Whatever we eat!

A typical day starts out with his breakfast.  When I am on top of things, I have a dozen little muffin cups of scrambled eggs pre-made in the fridge so they can be easily warmed and served soon after he gets up in the morning.  I serve the eggs with 1/4 avocado and 1/2 banana.  He eats this in his little high chair – I hand him a pre-loaded fork and he feeds himself – well, except for the avocado.  For a drink he will have a few ounces of coconut milk, which he loves.  He’ll eat it, but you have to stick it in his mouth!  After he eats I usually make my breakfast of eggs, sautéed spinach and either bacon or gluten-free sausage.  Cavebaby likes to run between the little show he watches on TV and my fork, loaded with little bites of sausage or bacon for him.  He really loves salty, spiced meat!

After breakfast I sometimes put some dried blueberries, cranberries, and sliced almonds on his little table so he can help himself if he is hungry.  I also set out a straw cup full of water so he can help himself if he is thirsty.

For lunch, I cut up some bites of pre-cooked chicken breast from Trader Joe’s and let him feed himself 2 “squeezies” of Ella’s organic fruit/veggies mix.

After his nap, I usually give him some fresh-cut strawberries and/or blueberries to keep him from getting grumpy when I am assembling his dinner later.

I have been in a repetitive pattern of cooking for the family so I usually have either a batch of Chocolate Chili from Well Fed made up, or a casserole of Primal Moussaka in the fridge, or some meatballs.  I serve this with sweet potato chunks and sometimes other veggies as well – he especially likes green beans and red cabbage.  He likes to wash his dinner down with a glass of water like a big boy.  Lunch and dinner are both served at a small table/chair setup I bought with the intention of using it as a Montessori weaning table.  I’m not 100% compliant with the methodology, but that is where he likes to eat his food instead of roaming about the house to eat, which drives me nuts.

Sometimes we have to eat very early, in order to take the older kids to their evening activities.  We do not get home until after 8 pm, so I like to feed him half a banana before he goes to bed.

So what is CaveBaby like?  He is incredibly healthy, but I really could say that about our older two kids who were fed the SAD as babies, one of whom was fed formula as well.  I think the main difference is how STRONG this kid is.  He can literally do chinups, and while he does have his normal and necessary baby chub, you can also start to see his little calf and quad muscles as well.  Also (and I don’t necessarily attribute this difference in my children to feeding them a different diet) he has a lot more energy and is into everything!  Thank goodness I have the two older kids to help corral him – I need it!

One other thing – you may have noticed that I have not mentioned any breastfeeding in this post.  Cavebaby decided, at 13 months, that he was done with that nonsense.  I was prepared to continue for awhile, so I was a little sad when he suddenly decided he was done – but I was confident he was receiving adequate nutrition from the other food he was eating.  In fact, he is the best eater I have had so far!  With my other kids, I was terrified of feeding them anything with spice or texture at this age.  Don’t ask me why!  I had no internet with the first one, so I just followed whatever my doctor said, and happily supported Gerber and Nestle and the like for lack of knowing better and trusting my instincts.  The only food he has tried and doesn’t like so far is kiwi.  He is genuinely excited when he sits in his little chair and sees his dinner plate on the table – and that is one of the reasons I find a paleo lifestyle so rewarding!

 

Cavebaby Eats Sweet Potatoes

Sorry folks, no pictures tonight.  But I will share more of how we are feeding our little Cavebaby. 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes 

Sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks

Coconut oil, 1 – 2 T.

Pumpkin Pie Spice, salt

Toss sweet potatoes in coconut oil and pumpkin pie spice and sprinkle with a tiny bit if salt.  Bake at 325 for about 20 minutes until soft. 

I usually make 2 potatoes at a time so I will have them on hand throughout the week, and they just need to be cut into baby-sized bites and reheated.  They are usually served with a protein source – tonight was leftover Cinnamon Beef Stew from Well Fed.  He loved it!  As for the quantity he consumes, I usually fill a salad plate with his dinner.  He also drinks water, from a regular cup, with a little assistance from me (he is 11 months old).  I have also discovered he really, really likes green beans but he had eaten the last of them the other day.

Cavebaby Eats!

Our oldest child is now 15.  Well, 15 and a half, as she likes to remind us.  Old enough for her learner’s permit, as she likes to remind us.  Our youngest child is 11 months, and will not be driving anytime soon.  Our “middle” child is 13, though I think traditionally the middle child status is not conferred upon him by the birth order book due to the very large gap between #2 and #3. 

As you can imagine, we are doing things a little differently with our little surprise.  We had started on the path to primal living when I found out I was pregnant, and spent some time looking for people who were raising their kids on something other than Gerber.  I fed the eldest Gerber baby food for the first 1.5 years – it was fruit and vegetables!  It had to be healthy!  And it was easier than cooking a bunch of baby food myself!  Weaning her onto real table food was quite a task – for awhile she was in the pasta and chicken nuggets rut most kids reside in, but eventually we got her to eat the better stuff.  It was a similar situation with #2 – only I was smart (?) and started the table foods at a slightly younger age. 

With Cavebaby, we decided to go a different route – skipping cereals and grains altogether and feeding him healthy, whole food from the beginning.  Without turning it all in to mush.  I found a great blog where people shared their baby led weaning experiences – http://www.babyledweaningblog.com/ and started from there.  I saw a video on YouTube of a baby eating at a Montessori table – in a most civilized fashion – at a mere 9 months and decided that a combination of these methods were how we would start weaning Cavebaby off his 100% breastmilk diet.  It was slow going at first – to ensure he didn’t get too constipated – but now he is eating real, regular food and loves it!  His dinner the last two nights has been the same thing – grassfed beef (nicely seasoned and stuffed into peppers for us, served in a small dish for him), sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil with some pumpkin pie spice, and some green beans.  He loves his green beans!  I could never get the older kids to eat those – perhaps the texture was a turnoff after eating all that baby food! 

Here is a picture of Cavebaby’s dinner tonight: