Monday, May 1, 2017

My Baby Hated His First Chicken

I love chicken - fried chicken, baked chicken, cajun chicken, sweet and sour chicken, chicken wings. At the risk of sounding like Bubba Gump, I will end my explanation here. In short, if there's one food that I can eat for the rest of my life, it would be chicken - specially, the southern style with waffles. YUM.

Now that Mikey is old enough for solid food/meat, I was so excited to share with him one of my favorites, only to be disappointed. To be fair, the first time I introduced poultry to him, it was boiled in water with minimal organic, low sodium chicken broth that was pureed to liquid. Not exactly appetizing. I did try it for myself and gagged at the taste of it... Unsurprisingly, he was not very pleased.

I thought the way I cooked it was just the problem and that maybe the taste of ready-made chicken from Gerber would be a game-changer.

Nope. He did not like it at all.

His face said it all. Nope.

So, when I discovered a Gerber Chicken Noodle baby food at the Duane Reade next to my office, I got really excited. Everyone loves chicken noodle soup and I was almost certain that Mikey would love it and yes, he did. He enjoyed every bite of it.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Why I Stopped Obsessing About Baby Milestones

I stopped obsessing with hitting milestones and it has helped with my anxiety... a lot. New moms like myself see milestones as a form of assurance that baby is thriving. To some degree, yes, absolutely. However, each child is different and they grow and learn new things in their own time - all we can do is guide and help them along the way.

Aside from measuring baby’s development with every milestone, there’s also this unsaid connection of hitting milestones as mom’s (and dad’s) personal gauge of success that they’re doing parenthood correctly.

Honestly, I beat myself too much for every little thing. I work a full-time job as a digital marketing professional and being in a demanding, fast-paced industry, I have a lot in my mind but I obviously prioritize my role as a mother. When St. Patrick’s Day came rolling in, I didn’t think much of it and brought Mikey to daycare only to realize that everyone else was wearing green in honor of the holiday…. All except my son. Thankfully, we accidentally took the bright green binky with us. Must have been our lucky day. And, as you can imagine, I was relentless on myself and was bummed about forgetting to dress him up according to the occasion. I know he does not care at all. But still. How could I have allowed him to be the only one not dressed in green?


The luck of the Non-Irish: Forgetting to dress up my baby in green on St. Patrick’s Day but picking up the right colored pacifier. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What would you do when you're sleepy AND hungry

At 7 months old, Mikey continues to surprise me. He has grown to become a happy baby. Rarely fussy. There are really only 2 things that make him cry:

1. When we pull him out of the water after his swim class. You read that right, swim class. My husband and I decided to enroll him in a group swim class (he is of course, accompanied by my husband) so he will grow to love the water. My husband and I are big fans of the ocean and this is something that we'd like to enjoy with our child in the future.

2. When his food is late, even for just 2 minutes. Mikey's stomach is like clock work. He knows when meal time is and begins to whimper when it's feeding time. The people at our Daycare put it best:

"Mikey is rarely upset, though, we have come to realize that the only time he really cries is when his food is late. If it's two minutes late, forget it, he will start banging on the table! We learned the hard way."

Photo proof below.

"Where is my food?"

Anyway. There was one evening when I was feeding Mikey dinner but he was so exhausted from all the daycare fun. He was sleepy and hungry. And like every adult I know, he chose to do both. Watch this video, I swear it's worth your 1 minute.


Sleepy but hungry from Miles Bonanno on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Technology and Daycare - What?!

Today was Mikey's first day at daycare. Like every mom, parting with my child knowing that he will be under the care of heavily licensed, experienced professionals strangers is still nerve-wrecking.

Yes, they have a long list of credentials to backup their experience
Yes, they have been taking care of babies longer than I have
Yes, they will give him the best care possible

First day high!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Baby Food Recipe: Puréed Organic Sweet Potatoes x The Cost Of Making Homemade Meals

Mikey absolutely loves this meal. And why wouldn't he? Sweet potatoes do not only taste good (in fact, I myself always order a side of sweet potato fries instead of the regular fries!) but, sweet potato is also very healthy - they are high in Vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene. They are also infused with a good amount of calcium, folate and Vitamin E, making it a great first solid food choice for babies.

PLUS, one sweet potato is the equivalent of 2 day's worth of food for your little one - this of course varies on your meal plan. Mikey is 5 months old and we feed him 3 times a day with 2 oz worth of solid food per meal.



According to VeryWell.com, sweet potatoes have the following nutritional value:


So, if you love creating homemade, wholesome food for your baby, then, this is a recipe that you must try!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

New Show Alert: The Kindness Diaries

I admit. Being a working mom is a difficult gig.

My day begins at 5 AM because I like spending a little time in the morning playing with my son before I take off for the 8 AM train to get me to my 9AM - 6PM job. Since I work in the city, my commute is quite long, 45 minutes on a good day (which is rare nowadays since the LIRR keeps messing my schedule up). I get home at 7 PM and my evening shift begins with a quick shower, dinner (both for myself and Mikey) then playtime, bath time and bed time for him. This is a routine that I have mastered since I came back to my job after maternity leave. My schedule is pretty exhausting.

Having said that, I have become so consumed with my own schedule that I tend to be pre-occupied with just the life that I live ever since Mikey's came to the picture. He is my number 1 priority.

Yesterday, I was lined up at Dunkin Donut for my regular coffee and there was a man who asked me if I had spare change so he can buy breakfast. Without batting an eyelash, I immediately said, "no, I am sorry" and felt horrible about it. I used to be better at being generous when I had more time and am better rested. Now, quiet moments like waiting in line is such a luxury that I don't even want to engage with another human being.

A few minutes after I rejected this man, this wonderful samaritan bought him a donut without him having to ask her. Which left me to think, 'damn, I wish I did that.'

I love being able to help those who need it and it probably would have made me feel even better to have helped that man but my heart has become cold in the process of being exhausted.

That evening, right before I went to bed, I put on Netflix (my husband, baby and I can't sleep without any background noise) and I discovered this new show called, "The Kindness Diaries". The show's concept is about a man, Leon Logothetis (a.k.a. my hero), traveling the world with only his vintage motorbike, relying on the kindness of strangers for food and accommodations as he goes on his mission. Unbeknownst to the good samaritans he encounters, he repays them back in unexpected ways.

Photo grabbed from Leon Logothetis

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Creating Healthy Puréed Avocado Using The Baby Bullet System

Baby's first solid food was a milestone that I was looking forward to. I love to cook and even before Mikey was born, I knew that I will be dedicated in making homemade puréed meals for him. So, one of the items that I listed in my Baby Registry was a Baby Bullet food processor.

The Baby Bullet System comes with a blender, a big batch bowl,  a short cup (for small portions of meals) 6 dial-cups (food containers), batch tray for freezing meals, spatula, a nutrition book and a cook book

People told me that I should feed my child vegetables first before fruits because he may quickly develop a preference for sweet fruits over vegetables. While there is no scientific evidence to support the theory, it made complete sense to me.

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