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Yesterday I made my very first two batches of baby food! I am in love with this process. It was so easy. I think it took at most 30 minutes of my time and now I have enough food for many days.

I decided to purchase the Baby Bullet system. I liked it because of how organized it is. For me, anything with feeding my son has to be organized. I track the times on the Baby Connect application on my iPhone and iPad he eats and for how long every single time I nurse him. I have been doing this day in and day out for 18 weeks! I ordered the Medela Breastmilk Labeling and Storage System for when I do actually pump. I even ordered extra labeling lids. I am obsessed with keeping it organized. If you know me, I tend to be more of a person who works best in chaos. I scrapbook, for example, and the only thing I keep entirely organized are my brads. When I work, it is like a tornado came through. So for me to be utterly obsessed with organizing things is definitely a new trait I have developed as a mom. A good trait though. This photo shows the dial that you turn to make what day of the month you created the food on. You should not keep food longer than 30 days in the freezer and 3 days in the refrigerator. These cups can be refrigerated or frozen.

So when I was doing research the Baby Bullet just stuck out to me. I had received a baby food blender as a gift at my shower. This led me to go back and forth on what I should do. I HAD something to blend food already. Should I spend money on this system? What do I do with the extra blender now? Is this wasteful? I really wanted to make my own rice cereal as well as fruit and veggie purees. The Baby Bullet comes with a milling blade, the other blender I have does not. The system comes with all of this organizational stuff. I still had to purchase several more things for the blender I already had. They had a system too, but it all came separate. I decided to go with the Bullet. I am still not sure what I am going to do with my extra blender. I searched to see if I still had the receipt but I did not find it. I could have gotten store credit at least.

Now that I have taken the plunge, I do not plan to go back. I had a BLAST making Jack’s food yesterday. I had started him on a rice cereal that I bought. Against my original wishes. I found an organic one with the fewest ingredients possible. When we were ready to start him I hadn’t received the Baby Bullet yet. The recipes I found online for rice cereal seemed like rice cereal was complicated. That it didn’t store well. The recipe book in the Baby Bullet was the opposite. It made it seem easy peazy lemon squeezy! Yesterday I bought whole grain brown rice and milled and made my own baby rice cereal. I cannot emphasize enough how simple this was. We will see tonight how well it stored overnight.

I filled up enough jars for the next 3 days and then I froze the rest of the rice cereal. I may not use all of the rice cereal but it is no big deal if I don’t.

Since it had been 4 days since he was introduced to rice I also pureed some banana for him. I couldn’t wait to introduce some fruits to him. The bananas were like nothing. I measure out the water, 1/4 cup, and one banana. Placed it in the blender and voila! We had banana puree. Not all fruits/veggies can be done raw. But banana and avocado can.

It was interesting to see his face. He hasn’t big a huge fan of this new texture in his mouth overall. So he made his stink face at first, but then realized it was a little sweet this time and his expression was just priceless. Kind of like, huh, this is different…not terrible, still weird, but a bit better! I decided to taste it. After all it was just brown rice and banana and water. It was actually kind of good. To me it seemed like a banana applesauce texture. It was sweet and not awful! The bowl is a photo of the mixture together. He made some usual stink faces, but he wasn’t all miserable. I got some smiles out of him. He swallowed a lot, but still spit some out. It is an adventure. I am enjoying teaching him how to eat. He has to learn, just like I am learning how to make all of his food.

I never considered myself someone obsessed with all-natural things. But here I am, breastfeeding my son. The thought of putting formula in his body makes ME gag, and I am not the one who has to ingest it. The thought of processed baby food gives me the same reaction. I cannot explain why I am so against giving him these things. When I was formula fed and given jarred baby food. I am fine. A smart healthy girl! I also was never obsessed with organization, as I previously stated. Now I find myself consumed by both of these things when it comes to Jackson. An organized hippie, if you will. And I wouldn’t change a darn thing!

So here is to my newest adventure. I have conquered breastfeeding. I was determined to do that while pregnant. I was also determined to make my own baby food. I have achieved my first goal and I am onto goal number two. I do not plan to fail. We are off to a great start. I cannot fully explain the joy I get from doing these things for him. He doesn’t understand yet, and likely wont until he is an adult and looks back on these times. That is fine. Being a mom is all about selfless acts. You may never be thanked for them verbally. I do get a perfect little face buried in my neck when I hold him to my shoulder, I do get “big boy smiles” when I ask for them, I do get a baby who just wants to be held by me and me alone sometimes, I do get big blue eyes that look up at me after a feeding and then a silly grin spread across a precious little face. And a million other affectionate acts. THOSE are all the thanks I need for the billion little things I do day in and day out.

Last night I ended up getting on the elliptical for 20 minutes. I forgot to check how far I did because Jason came home during my workout and he ended up staying in our room with me chatting while I finished my workout. Then I came downstairs to make dinner.I actually don’t like my elliptical. I want a treadmill. It was nice when I was a house but I honestly don’t feel like it does anything for me. I guess in a pinch it is cardio though. I would like to sell it and buy a treadmill….

I made a grilled chicken (seasoned with some fresh black pepper and garlic powder) with berries (blue and straw) and greens (spinach and sugar snap peas) salad. With a light honey mustard dressing. I LOVED it! Jason thought it was ok lol

Jason is home today. The boat has to be taken in because of some recall on the motor. They are picking it up at noon. I have a hair appointment at 2:30. Once Jackson is up and I feed him I am going for another run.

We gave him solids for the first time last night. He was pretty hilarious. He did not cry but he did not look like he enjoyed it.We will try again tonight….much to his dismay! LOL Poor kid, we are so mean giving him Organic Rice Cereal.

I am watching the news and they are talking about how training starts TODAY for the Chicago Marathon. You start with 3 miles a day. I am itching to do this. I don’t think realistically I have the time though this year. Mostly because of nursing. If I weren’t nursing Jackson I think things would be easier. I want to try to do this next year though. He will be a year and 4 months, not dependent on me feeding him. He will be big enough to be in a jogging stroller. He can go with me while I train. That is my goal for next year. So for now I will just be happy squeezing runs in when Jason is home….

Jackson is 4 months old today! How time flies! I am head over heels in love with him. He lights up my world every single day. I was looking at a photo of him on our fridge the other day. He was probably a few days, maybe a week old. He looks so different already! Jason and I discussed it last night. He is becoming this little person so very quickly.

  We are definitely loving all of it. He is so fun. He has the best sense of humor I have ever encountered. He just absolutely loves to laugh and smile. He had his 4 month checkup the other day. He is very tall, 26 inches. 88th percentile My hubby is 6’4. He is going to be as tall or taller than Daddy for sure. He is very skinny, 14lbs 3oz which puts him in the 27th percentile. Naturally my guilty momma brain pondered if he was so skinny because I am not feeding him enough. My mom quickly dispelled these thoughts of mine. She pointed out that Jason is tall and skinny, both of my brothers are tall and skinny, I am not a big person either. Genetically this kid had no chance of being too pudgy of a baby lol He just doesn’t have the genes on either side! Also, if there were an issue that the Dr would have discussed it with me. But they think he is doing just great. So I need not fret about anything. He is a healthy happy dooood!

We did get the A-ok to give him some solids if we want to. Sometimes he wants to eat every 2 hours still and that could mean that he is still a bit hungry. So I am contemplating making some rice cereal for him this weekend. I have to get a couple things before I do though, like a baby spoon! haha I found some recipes to make my own baby rice cereal. I plan to try that first. If it goes well then I wont have to buy premade stuff. I will definitely be making my own fruits and veggies.

He cracks me up. He has clear preferences in life already. He loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. LOVES it. His little head will snap towards the tv if he hears ANY of the characters’ voices. Then he will stare at it, mouth agape. The TV is generally on during the day and he does not respond to other shows that way. I find it interesting because I want to support this love of his so much that I am not Mickey obsessed. Sure, I have always thought Disney movies were cute, but not like this. I am always looking for Mickey Mouse items for him. I want to plan a Disney trip (I know, a bit too soon for that!) I watch the same episodes over and over because HE loves it. The amount of love I have for his love is something new for me. That me first selfishness that most people have in general has vanished when it comes to him. It is all about what makes him happy first, and then me second. BUT I am happy when he is happy. If he is satisfied and having fun, then I too feel the same. What an incredible feeling it is. I found this new sleep bag outfit for him. I LOVE this hat. Too bad it is summer, because if it were winter still I would have it on him every time we left the house. I even said to Jason, “I wish I had known he would love Mickey so much because I would have made his room a Mickey theme!” I was very persnickety about his nursery. It is a brown/blue theme. The furniture had to be just so, the paint just so, etc. But the moment I realized that he loved something I threw out any of my preferences and wished I could have created it how he would like it. Being a mom has opened up a new world of perspective. It is less about what I like and more about what he likes. And for me, that is a big step. I may have had some selfish tendencies when it comes to things in my home. I just want things how I want things, normally. So this has been an incredible growth experience for me. I am loving it!

He also loves when I sing and dance. I have a terrible voice. I am not a good singer at all. I love to pretend that I am and belt out tunes often. I did a lot when pregnant and I still do. I just love singing, no matter how terrible I may be. I noticed early on that singing “You are my sunshine” relaxed him. So I sing it a lot. I dance terribly too. Jason calls me Elaine from Seinfeld. It is that terrible. In Jackson’s world, however, none of this is true. I am the bees knees when it comes to singing and dancing. He laughs and laughs if I do both for him. He just thinks it is the best. His little face lights up if I stand in front of him dancing and singing along to a song. Yesterday he even seemed to be singing along with me to some country tunes. He has a deep baby voice, so I often say that he is going to be a Country crooner like Josh Turner or that kid who just won American Idol, Scotty?

He is finally enjoying Gymboree. Three classes in a row have been a lot of fun. No fussing really and he laughs and pays attention to me. It is so incredible to see him develop. The Dr thought he was just great. He was talking, smiling, blowing raspberries, responding to me and the Dr, and moving around. He kept saying that people are going to love to be around him because he has such a great personality and is so handsome. Truer words have never been spoken! I am one incredibly lucky momma to have such a great boy as a son. We have so much fun every day. He even let me go shoe shopping yesterday and smiled and laughed. We are best friends.

These have been the best 4 months in my life. I look forward to each new day with him. Today we have swim. I have to start getting things together soon. I am not sure what we are doing for the rest of the day. It is going to be a hot one. I want to have a date with my two guys though. If I can convince the hubby to head to the mall I would like to take him to build a bear and make bears for him. It is his birthday after all!