Sept – Oct ’14

B had his one-week-no-eating phase. that’s when i realized he wanted to eat by himself and not be fed! GOD!! why can’t toddlers just say/show what they want in a more adult-friendly manner?!! anyways all good now. he only eats by himself, whether its a dish with spoon or roti and gravy. messy but we are happy. the not-so-good part (every toddler action just HAS this part by default..sigh) is we cant force feed him anymore. its like if i don’t eat it by my hands, i don’t eat it at all! simple! 🙂 his taste buds have changed again. kiwi and pears are a no. he wont even look at the cheese slices or triangles. hes started a liking for simple cheese sandwiches. mac-n-cheese in not his fav anymore.

trying to form sentences now. water fall down (from) sky, papa kick ball, tissue fell down (in) water…he loves doing fill-in-the-blanks with his nursery rhymes and story books. he knows the noun/verbs in each sentence of all his books! wow i’ve read them so many times?!! time for new books..

started his toilet training. the first time i made him sit on his seat, he cried like crazy and jumped down. second time he sat with his teddy, third time with my phone, fourth time with ipad. now he loves it up there! he pulls the tissue roll out of the holder and throws the tissue in the bowl, chanting tissue fell down water! sings away his ABCs and nursery rhymes.

B’s stubbornness keeps increasing, which in turn starts a rage in me. Refusing to have his milk in morning, refusing to get ready for playgroup (yet impatiently waiting to get out of the house) tests my patience early in the morning! distracting him with his story books, singing to him so i can push something down his throat. and yet when he just pushes it away, it drives me MAD! screaming at him just works for that moment, and in sometime i feel guilty. punishing him by not talking to him, not taking him to playgroup that day does not make much difference ’cause of the toys at home. sigh… i wish i could throw a tantrum and throw his toys around to vent my anger (nope haven’t done it). its surprising how these not-so-small toddlers can stir up so much of anger in us, which i never even knew was piled up in me.


Yes. today i am going to share my story of B taking his first spoonful. his ‘new life’ beyond his bottles.

honestly i was very excited the day B had his first spoon. compared to the various articles i read saying it would be quite challenging, i found B enjoying his solids. somewhere even i was getting bored of his boring milk routine and this phase bought in quite a bit of excitement then (although now i wish for the boring milk routine again!).

SO. i started giving him solids when he turned 6 months. doctors say a baby is ready for solids between 4-6 months but its ideal if started at 6 months, since milk is all they require till then. although this is not the case for all babies. i had given B some banana puree when he was 4 months but it did not go down too well with him and so his doctor advised 6 months.

to start with, always give your baby solids when he/she is relaxed and happy (after the milk). i choose the time after B would wake up from his morning nap. he would be fresh and wide awake then. since i did not have his highchair then, i made sit in his car-seat. Bib is a MUST! there were days when B’s bib had more food than him!

i started with just 1-2 tablespoons of smooth, runny, slightly warm fruit puree, once a day. To my luck, B actually liked the idea of having solids and eating from a spoon. ofcourse it took a few days for him to learn to suck the food of the spoon but, i don’t remember he ever throwing food out of his mouth (now its a total different scene!). for the first 2 weeks i gave him solids once a week, then i gradually increased to twice a day, seeing his increase in appetite. i would give one new food item for 3-4 days for him to develop a taste for it, before trying a new one.

at 6 months, the first fruit purees to start with is apple, pear, plums, ripe banana, peach, apricot, mango, avocado. i used to steam the fruit and then puree it. you can also start with veggies like carrot, potato, kumara, pumpkin. again, remove skin, steam and puree. for cereals, i used to give B Farex baby cereals. i used to get the original multi-grain and rice cereal. B never liked it so i ended up giving him fruit purees instead, in the morning. then gradually mixed the purees in the cereal and made that his breakfast. i also gave him dal (lentil soup) mixed with rice cereal for his lunches. he used to love this.

first foodsby 7-8 months B was having 2-3 solid meals a day (after having his milk). at this stage, i tried new food textures with him. i would still steam the food but then would mash it with a fork, instead of pureeing it. This helped him to learn to chew. i also started giving him spinach, cheese, paneer (indian cottage cheese), yogurt, custard (i used the Wattie’s desserts a lot), pasta, bread. some days his dinner would be cheese and avocado spread on bread! yumm! i grated the paneer and cooked it a bit with the spinach puree. sometimes i would add the Farex cereal to it to make it a complete lunch or dinner for B. with pasta, i have tried many different recipes. the best was mashing B’s fav veggies, mixing it with pasta (mashed a bit) and adding some seasoning. we would think its bland, but babies like it. plus that’s how they will start to like the basic taste of veggies, or any food item.

B started having his first finger foods at this stage too. i started with Cheerios and he loved it. i also gave him Farex teething rusks by 7 months. he would happily munch on his Arrowroot milk biscuits for his evening snack. hot roti (indian bread) off the stove was his fav too. by 9-10 months he would have raw fruit as his finger food. oranges were and still is his fav fruit!

first foods1by 12 months, he was all ready to eat our food. he wanted the food that came off our plate. so just after he turned 1 year, i slowly started to give him our food but with less spices. then gradually increased it to our taste. but he still cant have very spicy food so now M and I have changed our food to suit his taste! i just can’t cook 2 versions of the same food everyday! so i now opt for foods like baked pies, risottos, couscous, pasta bake, veg bake, gravy-based dishes so its easy for B to eat with a spoon or simply dip the roti in the gravy and eat.

Lime Pie starts with a sweet and grainy crust, that is filled with a creamy smooth lime flavored filling, and topped with lots of whipped cream. I particularly enjoyed making this, it is by far the most simplest of all the pies I’ve prepared.

lime pieIngredients

Graham Cracker Crust

1 ¼ cup (125 grams) graham cracker crumb (you can also use crushed digestive biscuits, I used it)

2 tbsp (30 grams) granulated white sugar

5-6 tbsp (70-85 grams) unsalted butter, melted


 3 large egg yolks, room temperature

One 390 grams can sweetened condensed milk

½ cup (120ml) lime juice

2 tsp grated lime zest (outer skin)


1 cup (240ml) cold heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp (30 grams) granulated white sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan-forced). Place the oven rack in the centre of the oven. Butter or lightly spray with a non stick vegetable spray. a 9 inch (23cm) pie or tart pan.

2. Mix together the cracker/digestive biscuit crumbs, sugar and melted butter (see notes). Press onto the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake for about 10 minutes or until set and lightly browned (see notes). Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool completely.

lime pie13. Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, whisk together the egg yolks until pale and fluffy (2-3 mins). Gradually add the condensed milk and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the lime juice and zest.

4. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once it has completely cooled, cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

lime pie25. Once the filling has chilled, using an electric mixer, whisk together the whipping cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Either pipe or place mounds of whipping cream on top of the filling. Can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.

lime pie3Notes

1. If you are having trouble getting the right consistency of crumbs to butter, there is a test. Once you have mixed the ingredients together, squeeze a little in your fist; if the mixture holds together, you have the perfect crust.

2. Instead of baking the crust, you can also just place the crust in the refrigerator until chilled.

Aug – Sept ’14

this was a month of 2s, 3s and more. B now joins 2-3 words together like hi papa, big teddy, hot water, teddy eyes, how do you do, pink teddy, dirty water… interaction is so much more fun, with him being more descriptive and vocal about his wants and wishes.

keeps humming his nursery rhymes all day long. ABC being his fav, followed by wheels on the bus, hush little baby, twinkle twinkle. his love for books is increasing (yaay!). hes now started to sit for a longer time during storytime in playgroup. at home too, he prefers sitting with his books than playing with his toys now. post dinner is always storytime. reeeadd he says. 🙂

B was down with a cold and cough almost throughout the month. He passed it on to me, which he later took it back. Waiting eagerly for the summers.

21 monthshis stubbornness is becoming quite obvious now. if he does not want to eat, nothing will change his mind. and that’s becoming a concern, since hes being a bit of a picky eater, compared to his earlier days. Thank god he still loves his fruits.

celebrated his first Father’s Day at his Mainly Music. got all dressed up like M (actually even better than M!). did a bit of celebration at home as well. He did an art work for M at playgroup, got a few gifts and baked lime pie and shepherd’s pie! we went to the mall for M’s gifts and B is worse than his papa when it comes shopping. He just outright refused to get into any shop. everytime he would see us going into a store he would run away from me! even giving him 2 balloon to distract him didn’t do the trick (what was i even thinking!). atleast M agrees to enter a store with me. that’s when i learnt strollers are a MUST when going to the mall. atleast one boy is buckled down! 😉

B was not much of a sleeper as a baby. and that worried/disturbed me when i would see other babies his age fast asleep for hours at a stretch!

37d001d6d1c39d6b4410b37b1fe3e8399a2747ab7d5bc9e4be6b883636e95267he was just a couple of months old then and all he was supposed to do was eat, play and sleep. but sleep was a difficult thing for him then. i still remember the nights when i just HAD to read/research on this ‘sleep’ for atleast an hour before falling asleep or M snatching the phone away from me!

not all babies are the same, some sleep well, some do not. i was so ‘lucky’ B was in the minority that did not sleep as much as expected by ‘theory’. although he slept the whole night from 4-5 months onwards, his daytime naps would be less. he was a cat-napper. his naps would only last for 20 mins to 40 max.

but this is what i learnt from all my research then – the key to settling your baby to sleep easily is to look out for the tired signs. rubbing of eyes, pulling on the ears, or being more fussy than normal are all signs of sleepiness. the more the baby gets tired, the more difficult it gets for the baby to settle to sleep and eventually for the mom too. ofcourse the baby will cry to sleep then because thats the only way he/she knows to let out his tiredness.

the table below was and is a good help to first time moms like me (incase you miss the tired signs, keep an eye on the clock!). i learnt about this ‘waketime’ when B was around 2 months and it made life so much easier for me then (not that life can be easy with a baby but this sure helps!). oh and for those who do not know, waketime is the length of time the baby can stay awake before they get tired and need to go down for a sleep again.

do keep in mind everything is an average and should only be used as a reference point. as i mentioned earlier, each baby is different and unique. some nap for long hours, some are cat nappers like B, so they need more naps than other babies of the same age.

  Birth-6 weeks 2 mths 3 mths 4 mths 5 mths 6 mths 7 mths 8 mths
Waketime 45-60 minutes 1 hour 1-1.5 hours 1.25-1.75 hours 1.5-2.25 hours 2-2.5 hours 2.25-2.75 hours 2.25-3 hours


9 mths 10 mths 11 mths 12 mths 12-18 mths 18-24 mths 2-3 yrs 3-4 yrs
Waketime 2.5-3 hours 3-3.5 hours 3-4 hours 3-4 hours 3-4 hrs (2 naps), 4.5-6 hrs before nap (1 nap) 5-6 hrs before nap 5.5-7 hrs before nap 6-8 hrs (before nap)