Scrapbooking Progress!

While I was pregnant (and oh-so-restless!) I crafted a bunch of themed scrapbook pages for Chazz’s album. And I am so glad I did, because I might just finish it by time he’s 10!

Here is the album we got. I love the little bumblebee. The nature themed paper is from JoAnn’s, and it rocks!


The first page with a spot for his hospital picture.


A spread dedicated to the baby bump. I worked as a barista while pregnant, and my customers always joked that I had “swallowed a coffee bean!”


(it says “Psst! The cat’s out of the bag!” And boy, wasn’t it!)


Our first ultrasound! And “It’s a Boy!”


The Miracle of Life.

As you can tell, i have a ways to go. But it’s all finally coming together, one nap at a time. I’m loving how it is turning out. Now if only I could get time to print some pictures off….!

PS. I would love any layout ideas!

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Mum’s NumNums- Tropical Medley

I spent my lazy Sunday making more purées. I really need to invest in proper baby food making gear, my poor blender has really taken a beating!

Here is a veggie/fruit combo I made as a “stage 2” food. We’re not there yet, but I just added less BM so it was a thicker purée. (This is so good, try it, but save some for baby!)

Tropical Medley

What I Used:
1 butternut squash
1 papaya
2 pears

What to Do:
Peel the squash and remove the seeds and steam until tender.
Peel the pear, core, then slice and add to the pan. Simmer for 10 mins.
Remove the skins and seeds from the papaya and dice.
Put all the ingredients into a blender and puree, thin with a little BM. I used about 3 tablespoons. It always seems to thin a little after thawing…

Freeze the extra portions in an ice cube tray and store in ziplocks for up to 3 months.

I take out a cube or two to let it thaw overnight in the fridge. 1 cube= about 1 oz.

I can’t wait to see how Chazz likes it. It smells really good, and is super creamy.

And if he doesn’t eat it, I just might.

Mum’s NumNums- Bananacado Puree

TGIF! Here is a great baby food recipe for the weekend. Chazz didn’t really like avacado by itself, so I mixed it in with a little bit of banana. We both love this Bananacado, its been a race to see who can eat it faster!

Bananacado

What I Used:
3 Bananas
2 Avacados
BM or formula to thin
3 Ice cube trays

What I Did:
Dice bananas and scoop avacado into a blender and blend with BM until smooth.
Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for easy 1oz servings. Just pull out a few to thaw overnight in the refridgerator.

*this makes a great “diaper bag meal”- just throw a banana and an avacado in your bag and go. Mash up what you need for baby, and eat the rest!

Banana and avacados are both perfect for baby food. Bananas are known as the fruit of the wise.
Avocados have 14 minerals that aid growth, including iron and copper for blood. The sodium and potassium keeps the body balanced and their low sugar content and absence of starch make them an ideal fruit. Vitamins in both fruits include A, several B-complex, C, and E, as well as phosphorus and magnesium. Both bananas and avacados easily digestible fat, so it’s easy on a little tummy.

Mum’s NumNums- Banana

This is something I have wanted to do since we first found out we were pregnant. Not only are we saving money, but it is comforting to know that Chazz is getting wholesome food with no fillers. I can make sure only quality organic food is going into his tiny tummy!
He hasn’t had many solids yet, just squash, sweet potatoes, and bananers, but I just had to do something, so I’m starting with bananas!

What I Used:
-10 ripe organic bananas
-4 oz. BM (or formula)
-blender
-2 ice cube trays

What I Did:
*I first sliced the bananas and then mashed them in a bowl.

*Then simply blended with BM until it was really smooth.

*I poured it into 2 ice cube trays and let freeze over night.

I transported the cubes into ziplocks to store.

Just pull out a cube or two and let it thaw overnight in the fridge for fast meal planning. How easy!

Total Savings: about $8.64
The average cost for 5 ounces of Gerber- $1.40
That’s $0.28 per ounce!
VS
1lb (yield 32oz) organic bananas- $0.49
That’s $0.014 per ounce!