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Baby-Led Weaning

Meal times are so much fun with Camille!  She just jumps in and eats whatever we're having and absolutely loves the process.  We're just letting her feed herself--right from the start.  This process is called Baby-Led Weaning.  The term is of British origin.  Across the pond they use "weaning" to mean "adding solids."  This term does not mean "cessation of breastfeeding."

A dear friend told me about Baby Led Weaning and it just seemed to make sense.  For my first kid, I enjoyed making all of her purees myself.  I knew where everything came from and what exactly she was eating.  The problem this go-round?  TIME.  Now that she is three-and-a-half, how would I find time to eat myself if I was making purees, freezing them, thawing them, feeding them to the baby, and making Annique's meal?  The idea that I could skip this spoon-feeding stage was so intriguing.  I checked out the book and liked what I read.  There are some precautions.  I've adapted my cooking to be free of added salt, because her little kidneys can't handle all the sodium.  You also can't feed her too much processed food, again because of the sodium (crackers, cereal, even bread are very high in sodium!).  We're weeding out processed foods for the whole family, but we are still on that journey- we haven't arrived.

At first, not much was getting down.  Not a problem, since her nourishment was still breast milk at that point (and still is).  It was so cute to watch her pick up food and gum it.

See?  Now, however, things are definitely getting in there.  She seems to like everything (well, asparagus didn't have a first good run, but we'll try it again).  She tries everything.  And, she makes a mess of everything.  :o)  She really gets excited when we put her in the high chair.

Lovin' some broccoli.
It is fun to watch the progress of her pincer grasp.  She can pick up peas and corn kernels and get them into her mouth with increasing accuracy.

Exploring curry chicken.
The social aspect is great, too.  For dinner, the whole family is around the table, eating, talking, and enjoying each other (unless the three-year-old is low on sleep, not too much to enjoy there).

Token spaghetti picture.
Definitely check out the book or poke around the Baby-Led Weaning website because this mom says IT IS SO WORTH IT!  Camille thinks so, too.

Thumbs up for baby-led weaning!

Free Online Craft Organization Class!

I have mentioned this Get Organized class before, but I am doing it again not only because it is coming up again, but also because it was so helpful to me.  Plus, it is free!  It is an internet class and each session is webstreamed live.  I just watched the session later, when I had time.  You miss the live Q&A by doing this, but if you don't have any questions or want to skip the Q&A, then the actual lesson is WAY shorter than the video length for the entire class.  I liked what I learned from this class:

        * I can find what I need (well, before I moved anyway)
        * I don't accidentally buy what I already have
        * I evaluate the use of and purge unnecessary items
        * I use my "catalog" to design cards

A woman named Tiffany Spaulding teaches the class.  I believe she is the creator of the Scrap Rack products.  However, you do not need to purchase her products to use her method of organizing.  I didn't anyway. Check it out here:

Of course Tiffany's system for organizing craft space is not the only one.  (If  you know if another one that has a tutorial or free internet classes- let me know!)  I appreciate that it brought together two loves of mine, organizing and crafting.  Roughly one year ago, I began tossing around the idea of becoming a personal organizer, specializing in craft areas.  I said it "out loud" to the interwebs at the end of this post.  Well, here I am a long and busy year later, and I have actually started taking steps toward that goal.  It is SO exciting (and a bit scary).  I've taken a few classes (online of course 'cuz that's how I roll) and am learning the process.  Just thought I'd update you with my progress.  My new year's resolution is to get paid for organizing this year.  I'll keep you posted!

This is one of my favorite craft organization blogs.  Isn't this room amazing?!


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