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Child’s Play

Judah smiling“The Soul is healed by being with Children”

-Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This is so true!  I think it is so easy as parents to get caught up in being mom and dad and doing parental things that you can forget to stop and enjoy the things your kids enjoy.  I know that I daily have to remind myself that my “to-do list” is not as important as stopping everything and playing with my son.  It takes effort!  But I think as parents we need to learn to PLAY more.  Our kids won’t remember all the work we did but they will remember the games we played, the adventures we took and the times we all laughed so hard our bellies hurt.

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baby eatingBefore I became a mom I always figured I would give my baby jarred organic baby food.  But when it came time to give Judah solids I found myself entertaining thoughts of making my own. I am certainly a novice in the kitchen and I had no idea where to start in making food that my son would eat.  To add to my already existing lack of confidence, I had tons of images of babies making faces and spitting out their food while parents make airplane noises in an attempt to get their babies to joyfully swallow their food.

I pushed through the images and decided to give it a go.  I thought of all the foods and food combinations hubby and I like and came up with some ideas.  First, I bought some BPA free food trays at Babies R Us (ice cube trays would work too) to freeze my purees in (each cube will be about 2 oz).  Then I headed over to the grocery store to pick up my food supplies.  Before I share what I did, let me preface it with saying that I waited until I thought Judah was really ready for solid foods.  I waited until he seemed interested in what we were eating and was able to sit up on his own, which was about 7 mo.  I’m glad I waited because I have never had him spit any food out.  If he doesn’t like something he usually turns his head away, which is a clear sign because other than that he gets so excited about eating!

Homemade baby food is healthy, budget-friendly and not at all time consuming.  I typically buy fresh/frozen organic fruits and veggies.  At this point, I don’t add any seasoning.  I do occasionally add purified water to the purees if they seem to be too thick or chunky.  Judah is only 9mo. so I have not ventured into meats yet.

I have thought about how much I am saving by making my own food.  Baby food jars are sold in stages:  Stage 1 (4-6mo): 2.5 oz Jar, Stage 2 (6-9mo): 4 oz Jar, Stage 3 (9+ mo): 6 oz Jar can cost between $.50 – $1.25 per jar/feeding.  Homemade baby food:  A 16oz. bag of organic frozen peas costing $2.00 will fill make 14-18 cubes (depending on trays).  If you give 2-3 cubes per feeding that will last you 5-7 feedings.  $1.00 per feeding vs. $2.00 for 5-7 feedings. Homemade baby food wins!

Homemade Baby Food Steps:

– Create a menu of what you want to make (Frozen/fresh corn, peas, green beans, broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, avacados other veggies single or combined; apples, bananas, strawberries, peaches, other fruits single or combined)

Steam and puree or just puree fruits and veggies.  Add water if needed to bring to desired consistency.

– Spoon or pour purees into trays and freeze

– Once frozen pop cubes out of trays and store in ziploc bags in the freezer for easy access

– To defrost:  Place cubes in a bowl and store in fridge or at room temperature.  You can also place cubes in their bowls and place that bowl in a larger bowl with water.  The microwave defrost can also be used.

– Serve and enjoy!!!

Smile-baby

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Adult hand and baby handSomething I read today that spoke to my heart…

“Our children don’t care if we have money, position, fame or beauty.  To them, we are the universe, and all they ask of us is our love, our time, and our nurturance.  In return, they give us their unconditional love and joy, and the promise of a lifetime of connection.”  -Attached at the Heart

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Batch Cooking

loaves of breadBatch cooking!  This is something I have wanted to do for quite a while but never had the confidence or freezer space to do it.  We’ll I now have a second freezer and my confidence in my baking and cooking skills is growing tremendously.  So I figure now is a good time to start.  Batch cooking is supposed to be a great way to save time and money.  The gist of it is that you make extra food and then freeze it.  You can either set aside a specific time or day and spend that time making meals you are going to freeze or you can make extra while you are making dinner and then freeze the extra.

I think it will work better for me if I set aside time to bake or cook rather than making extra during regular dinner cooking.  I need somethings baked for tomorrow for a playdate I am hosting, so I thought it would be a great time to make extra  So today I am going to give it my first go and Batch Bake!

What I’ll be baking…

Applesauce Bread Loaf & Muffins

Cinnamon Raisin Bread x2

Banana Nut Bread and Muffins

Corndog Muffins x2

Granola

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cloth-diapers-lineThanks to some new mom friends that cloth diaper I have been able to try out different types of diapers. The cloth diapering world can be very overwhelming to a newbie like myself, so this has made deciding what kind of diapers I like best much easier.  This past week I tried out AIOs (all in ones), pockets, fitted, contour, sized and one size fits all, velcro or snaps – whew, thats a mouth full just to write, let alone try.  I really want a diapering system that easy.  Being new to cding (lingo for cloth diapering) I want something that resembles the ease of disposables without being disposable, especially for my hubby’s sake.  I also want something that I can use with multiple kids.  So with much trying and thinking, these are my thoughts…

AIO DiaperAll in Ones: These are my favorite!  Being closest to disposables they are so easy.  The diaper is literally all in one.  No stuffing of the inserts.  You can add a booster insert if you want more absorbency.  The outside of the diaper is waterproof. They are easy to dry too – I hung mine outside and they were dry in a little over an hour.

Pocket DiaperPocket: These are my 2nd favorite!  The only difference from the AIOs is that you have to stuff the inserts which requires a bit more work.  You can also add more booster inserts for added absorbency.  The outside of these are also waterproof.  These are also quick to dry.  You can dry the shell and insert separately which makes the drying time even faster than the AIOs.

Fitted DiaperFitted: The fitted diapers require a waterproof cover because they are not waterproof.  They are cotton so when the insert gets really wet you can feel it.  So to prevent it from seeping through to clothes you need a waterproof cover.  I didn’t like that it needed a cover.  It’s just too hot to have my little guy wearing a cotton diaper with inserts plus a waterproof cover.  They dry quickly too because you can separate the insert from the diaper.

Contour DiaperContours: Contours are just that:  contoured to fit the bottom.  They are slim fitting because of the shape.  These are not waterproof and require a cover.  You have to do 2 steps to put this diaper on:  first the contour then the cover.  Which for me was not ideal.  It’s extra work and Judah is a squirmer.

SizedSized: These come in the above styles but describe the fact that they are sized – S, M, L.  Before trying the diapers out I thought I would really love one-size dipes but now I really like the sized diapers.  The reason being is that they are more trim fitting.  They don’t look bulky and fit better under clothes.  The only down side to this is that it is recommended to have a diaper stash of 20-25 diapers so that you don’t have to wash every other day but only twice a week.  And if you get sized diapers then you need 20-25 diapers of each size – S, M, L. That means more money invested in the diapers.  A pro is that because they are sized as the child grows you only use that size for a while which will mean less use and less washing which will keep the diapers in better condition.

snapsOne-Size: These are great because you can use the diaper from 8lbs. until potty trained.  Your diaper stash doesn’t have to be as extensive which means less money spent.  They are a bit more bulky and not as trim fitting as the sized dipes.  So they will be bulky on newborn and infant but will fit nicely on an older baby or toddler.

Velcro DiaperVelcro: The diapers and covers (if needed) close with with snaps or velcro (aplix).  Most diapers have what are called laundry tabs on the inside of the diaper where you fold the velcro tabs over onto to keep the velcro from getting stuck to other diapers while in the wash.  The velcro is okay but I would think that it would begin to weaken after use, which is what I gathered from using used diapers.  Also, the velcro has to attach to velcro so that means the diapers have a line of velcro at the top front of the diaper.  On some of the brands this was issue because it rubbed against Judah’s tummy but on other brands they positioned it correctly and it didn’t bother him.  Because it’s velcro Judah was able to pull at it.  He isn’t quite strong enough to pull it open but the pulling was enough to create a slight detachment.  So I can only imagine that as he gets older he could rip his diaper right off.  Some mom’s say this is an issue and others say it’s not – it depends on the kid.

Snap DiapersSnaps: I liked the snaps best.  It takes a bit more work for you when putting on the diaper especially if you’re kiddo is moving around.  But they can’t be unsnapped as easily, therefore preventing the diaper from being taken off.  Also, they don’t get stuck on anything else in the washer…preserving not only the diaper closure but also other diapers in the same wash load.

In the end…I still really like cloth diapers and am going to make the switch soon enough.  I think for us we will be buying AIOs or pockets with snaps.  I may do a mix of one-size and sized (which for now will only be M or L).  There is a new diaper on the market called Grobaby (picture below).  It’s a one-sized AIO/pocket with a reusable shell.  It seems awesome so I will have to give that one a try.  Some other brands that I really liked are Bumgenius, Fuzzibunz, Pocket Change, Dream Eze.  For now the trial is and has been fun but I’m looking forward to owning my own stash of cloth diapers!!!

grobaby

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Happy 1st Father’s Day

To the best daddy for Judah!  We love you so!!!!!

Footprints

Judah & his feet

“Walk a little slower daddy,” said a child so small.  I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast, Sometimes they’re hard to see; So walk a little slower daddy, for you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up you’re what I want to be; Then I will have a little child who’ll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right and know that I was true; So walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you.”

Judah sucking daddy's ear

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wedding-ringsPrayer is important.  Most people will agree with that.  But with the daily demands of work, family and life, praying for your family can easily get laid on the back burner of things to pray for.  Before we moved into our new house I had a list of things that I would pray for for my hubby taped on my bathroom mirror.  As I was getting ready in the morning I would refer to my list and keep my hubby in prayer daily.  I found the list and am going to once again tape it up on my mirror.  Now it won’t just be me praying for A but it will be Judah and I – since Judah is usually crawling around the bathroom as I’m getting ready in the morning.  Here are some things to pray for your spouse that you can print out and post up somewhere you see often.

Lifting my Husband through prayer

  • Give him strength to lead (Joshua 1:7), time to know his family (John 10:14), and a passion to manage his home (1 Timothy 3:4)
  • Bless his work and show him daily how to honor You in his attitude and spirit; confirm the work of his hands unto your purpose (Psalm 90:16-17, Daniel 6)
  • Let him be a wise steward of our finances and all we possess; remembering that all things are Your and entrusted to us for Your purposes (Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 16:10-13)
  • He will love you with all his heart, soul, mind and strength and hate evil (Mark 12:30, Psalm 97:10)
  • He will be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19)
  • You protect him physically, mentally, and spiritually (Psalm 28:7-9, Psalm 41; John 17:15, 2 Thessalonians 3:3)
  • Give him the desire to teach and model a godly lifestyle for his children (Deuteronomy 6, Psalm 78:5-7)
  • Instruct him and teach him in the way he should go (Psalm 32:8); give him peace in the circumstances and integrity in decisions he must face today (1 Corinthians 14:33, Proverbs 11:3)
  • He would meditate day and night on Your word, pray without ceasing (Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:18,73; 1 Thessalonians 5:17); stay faithful to Christ to the end (Hebrews 12:1-2)
  • He would develop strong relationships with other godly men (Ephesians 4:24-25; Hebrews 10:24)

Lifting my Wife through prayer

  • She will know Your will for her life, pleasing You in all respects and bearing fruit in every good work (Colossians 1:9-10)
  • Her physical health will be strong and her stamina high (Isaiah 40:28-31)
  • You will release her from worry or guilt over things she is not responsible for or in control of (Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-32)
  • Her agenda and tasks today would go smoothly and that she would accomplish much (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17; 3:1-3, 13)
  • A godly mentor would come into her life (Titus 2:3-5)
  • She will not gossip or keep company with those who do (Proverbs 20:19)
  • You will give her discernment and wisdom and protect her from those who would decieve her (1 Timothy 2:14; James 1:5-8)
  • God be glorified in and through her life
  • She would know God and grow in knowledge and experience of Him
  • God would keep her safe in Him
  • She would be morally pure and set apart for His service
  • She would be one with God, with her husband, and with women in the body of Christ
  • She would stay faithful to Christ to the end.

Compiled from God’s Word and  material from Family Life

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