Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Super Baby

You know that saying, 'You are what you eat'? Well, if there's a kernel of truth to that (no pun on corn intended), then I guess Jonas is a "Super Baby". After all, he is eating Super Baby Food.

A colleague gave me this goofy-titled book during my pregnancy, along with a handful of others. At the time because I had few more immediate concerns, like 'how the hell am I going to survive labor', I put the book at the bottom of the stack. I didn't really delve into it until Jonas was about 3 months, when, not coincidentally, I was also getting more than 5 hours of sleep a night. It has turned out to be a fantastic resource.

Ever since I heard the stories from my good friend about her adventures in making her own baby food, I always thought that it was something that I wanted to try. And no, I have absolutely zero aspirations of walking in Diane Keaton's footsteps in Baby Boom, a movie in which the mother not only produces her own baby food, but markets and sells it. Sounds like a real blockbuster, doesn't it? I just love the notion of being able to take advantage of the fall harvest and feeding Jonas squash, beans, potatoes and the rest straight from a local farm. True, he has absolutely no idea that we're helping to sustain our local economy, as he blows the contents off the spoon and giggles with glee; he doesn't even KNOW what he's eating! But it makes me feel better to know what's in the food he's eating--nothing but fruits, vegetables and a little elbow grease. And I have to admit, I get a kick out of making it. It's really simple. You just steam the vegetable, puree it in the food processor, freeze in an ice cube tray, and that's it. Tres simple, et magnifique.

To date, Jonas has eaten the following foods: apples, pears, peaches, bananas, prunes (big fan), peas, squash, green beans (not a fan), sweet potatoes, tofu, carrots; and, of course, rice cereal and oatmeal cereal.

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