Sensible Cotton Briefs

Meet my sister in law… Veg Christine… she is kind of awesome. She started a blog and I just can’t get enough of her…

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Somewhere between my first and second child, I stopped wearing sexy panties. There were several regions for this, but let’s say that the number one reason was that awful feeling of discomfort that only itchy lacy, and unbreathable spandex, can create against your nether-regions. I am pretty sure it was one of those hot, humid days at the playground when I decided to ditch my silky satins. After bending down for the ninth time to tie my son’s shoelace, I found myself with sweat dripping down parts of my body that I never knew could sweat. I finally took the hint. Sensible cotton underwear was the only way to go.

My husband never mentioned my new preference for the big and sometimes baggy cottons. He is a true gentlemen after all. Never did he comment on the bright colors and strange flowered patterns that only these kind of cotton undies could deliver. Never caring that I looked like I was wearing a cross between granny panties and the panties of a 6 year old. Only a few times did he take notice that the waist bands were unraveling or asked a question like, “Are those whales on your underwear?”

Recently, while doing my weekly shopping at Target- Ok, I really just needed to get out of the house-  I was throwing random red tagged items in my cart because, let’s face it, who can resist a cute, melamine plate and cup set for only $1.49? Somewhere between the brightly colored hand bags and the “As Seen on T.V.” end cap, I remembered I needed new underwear. I quickly went to the “sensible, cotton underwear” wall which consisted of the trusted name brands of Jockey, Hanes and Fruit of the Loom. I can’t lie, I picked out the 8 pack of solid colored cotton panties based mostly on the price.

The next morning, I tried on one of the freshly laundered underwear. They were blue with a gray stripe around the waistband. I thought they looked pretty boyish but boy were they comfy. From behind me, I heard my husband walk into the room. I turned around and his eyes popped open and a strange purring sound came from the back of his throat. Apparently, me + Hanes Her Way cotton briefs = Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science.

I am fully aware that this is a reference only people who grew up in the 80’s would understand. But I could see in my husband’s eyes his past adolescent fantasies reform and take shape in that very second.  There I was, reflected in his face, my short 5 foot frame replaced Kelly’s much taller and leaner body standing in a doorway with nothing but a half shirt and a pair of cotton briefs.  And I liked it.

Baby’s First Foods – Stage 2

On Annabelle’s 7 month birthday, we started Stage 2 baby foods. To be honest – it was by accident! I decided to give organic food pouches a try before we went on vacation and had to rely on them the nights we couldn’t get her fresh food. Stage 2 baby foods look pretty similar to stage 1 baby foods.  However, stage 2 baby foods are strained instead of pureed and they have combinations of fruits or vegetables instead of single ingredients.  

I picked up a few Beech Nut Stage 2 On-the-Go pouches when we were at the store on Sunday. I chose Beech Nut because of their ingredient list – it is ONLY the fruits and veggies listed, plus lemon juice. So far Annabelle has tried the Squash, Peas, and Pear Blend and the Pumpkin, Zucchini, and Apple Blend. She LOVED both – eating more than just a few spoonfuls. I like these pouches because as long as they are refrigerated after opening, they last 3 days.

Hopefully after vacation next week, I can try to make some of my own combinations of fruits and veggies for little Miss A. I found this great Baby’s First Foods Chart on Just Mommies that breaks down all the stages and serving sizes for your baby.

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Yesterday a reader suggested that I check out Momtastic’s Wholesome Baby Food website for recipes for homemade baby food. The site is free and FANTASTIC! I am looking forward to trying out a few recipes. My sister in law is also bringing a book about making baby food for me on our trip.

Do you make your own baby food? If so, what are your favorite recipes? 

Baby’s First Foods – Stage 1

After our failed attempts at rice cereal, we took a break from giving Annabelle any real food. In my opinion, she was getting everything a four month old needed for nutrition from my breastmilk. I didn’t want to scar her for life by shoving nutrion-less rice cereal in her face! We tried also tried oatmeal, but that was another f-a-i-l.

After a few weeks, and consulting various people and literature about how to approach feeding baby her first foods, we were ready to try again. One of my favorite websites to consult for anything and everything is KellyMom. You can read what she has to say about first foods here.

1. First foods should be smooth in texture. Whether it is store-bought or made at home, baby food shouldn’t be chunk, but rather strained, pureed, finely mashed, or thinned with liquid.

2. All foods can be served room temperature, which most babies prefer.

3. Stage 1 foods have a single ingredient and are pureed. Read more: http://www.justmommies.com/babies/babys-first-foods-chart#ixzz37dLiG6s6

4. Babies usually start with less than half a teaspoon and then work their way up to two to three tablespoons.

5. Recommended first foods:

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Annabelle is a lover of homemade applesauce and sweet potatoes – both cooked, pureed in the food processor, and sprinkled with a little bit of cinnamon. I store the food in ice cube trays in the freezer. When it is time for a little something to eat, I allow the cube to soften to room temperature. OR, I stick the frozen cube in a mesh food ring and let her feed herself. She likes it both ways.

We tried avocado and bananas mashed by hand. She didn’t go too crazy for either one, but every time one is available for us to eat, I offer it to her. She usually turns her little head away. So we stuck to applesauce and sweet potato. 

During Stage 1, always offer one new food at a time and wait about 3 days before trying another new food. This allows time for any allergies to appear. We offered her food in the evenings while we were eating dinner ourselves. Some nights she wanted to eat and others she would kindly pass.

Now that Annabelle is 7 months old, we’ve actually moved on to Stage 2 foods. I’ll discuss that tomorrow!

What was your baby’s favorite first foods?