Sorry to be late answering your question, but I’m so happy you like my blog! I’ve been a little lazy with it recently but am going to try posting more as soon as Ada Brock starts sleeping through the night again (that does happen right?!?). Anyway, what is 955 Paleo? 95/5? I think it’s awesome that you want your son to eat paleo and that you are going to let him feed himself. At 7.5 months, Ada Brock was not eating much solids at all and still mostly breastfeeding. However, we continued to offer her whatever we were eating for dinner. I remember giving her lots of meat, which seemed to be her favorite. We also gave her bell pepper strips, sections of clementines, kale chips, cooked cauliflower florets, etc. We tried to make a point not to make separate “baby” food for her, but just let her experiment with regular food. The key is to give pieces big enough that your son can hold and chew on. So bigger strips of meat are actually better and safer. Ada Brock loved to suck all the juice out of pieces of steak, and we also let her suck on rib bones, or chicken bones. I remember she loved roasted marrow bones.
Obviously, you should always monitor him closely no matter what he’s eating. Ada Brock has never choked on anything but has gagged, and there’s a difference. Gagging is totally normal and a part of babies learning how to swallow real food. Gagging is loud, while choking is silent.
We did not follow any of the rules on food allergies, but we don’t have a history of any. Let me know if you have any other questions! I love talking about baby led weaning.
Happy Birthday, Ada Brock!!!
Ada Brock turns 1 tomorrow. WHAT?!? I am still in denial about this. It freaks me out. I cannot stand when people (usually strangers) say “It goes so fast! Enjoy it!” but it is 100% true. This past year has flown by, and I’m sad and happy at the same time. I want to keep her my baby forever, but I can’t help but be proud of the little person she’s becoming.
We had a little party for her today, just family and close friends. She definitely knew it was all about her and basked in all the attention. Aunt Sarah bought her an adorable crown headband this weekend at Treehouse, and she LOVED it. I have never seen her tolerate a hat/headband without constantly trying to pull it off. She did not even touch the crown. She obviously knew what it symbolized. Because she’s a genius, of course.
Queen Ada Brock
Practicing her walking with Aunt Sarah.
We opened presents first. She got lots of awesome stuff and had lots of fun “unwrapping” everything (watching me unwrap it and then playing with the tissue paper). She’s going to have a blast playing with all her new toys over the next few weeks. Thank you everyone for all the great gifts!!!
Unwrapping presents was a team effort.
For the cake, I decided to make carrot cake. I mean, it’s still cake, but at least it’s got carrots in it, right?? I also used xylitol in place of the sugar and chia flour blend instead of wheat flour. I was very worried about how it would turn out, but it actually was really good! Practically identical to regular cake. Without all the sugar and carbs (or at least less)! Here are the recipes I used.
Carrot Cake (used chia flour blend for the gluten free flour, xylitol in place of sugar)
Cream Cheese Icing
I made a regular 2-layer cake for the adults and a tiny “smash cake” version for Ada Brock. As with any food that’s not meat, she was very hesitant at first, but after some encouragement, she seemed to really like it. She never “smashed” it and was quite dainty with her eating. She is a lady, after all.
This was much less dangerous in reality than it looks in the photo. I promise.
Nom nom nom.
This was the dirtiest she got. Not quite what I envisioned for her “smash cake,” but much easier to clean up!
After a while, she just wanted to feed me. Fine by me!
Overall, it was a memorable day, filled with yummy food and good company. I know Ada Brock won’t remember it, but I hope she enjoys looking at the photos one day. She has so many people who love and adore her, and I know there will be many more amazing birthdays to come! Here’s to your first year, Ada Brock, and the best year of my life. I love you!!!