I actually have done the calculations of how much Lilli costs us on a daily basis; releasing my inner nerd CPA-ness on baby #s can be oh so fun! And if I had the time I would TOTALLY do a graph chart of her ounces/wets/dirties every day since birth. We still write all that stuff down in her little journal, and I have it going all the way back to her first days. But alas, there is just not that much time in the day.....but at some point I am CONFIDENT our system at work will go down unexpectedly for DAYS on end, usually at the worst and busiest of times, and THEN I will probably waste time graphing all her stats instead of surfing the web or (more wisely) working on actually finishing up my CPE for the year before December 31st.
There's a blog I read of a baby one week younger than Lilli, and she has also started solids recently. She mentioned making her own food the other day, and as I am competitive in all things life, I've decided it's time for me to get even less sleep and start making some for Lilli-pad, too. I think I may also start with bananas, and according to her it is actually cheaper than buying the Gerber foods so that sounds great too! She also had me at "my blender has a baby food setting", so I am thinking the purchase of an ultra-new-fancy blender may be in my future, yipee!!! Our blender is just a plain old thing we got 10.5 years ago when we got married, so I think it's time for an upgrade. Maybe something Cuisinart in a lovely stainless steel??? I would love to make her food with stuff out of our own garden, but I don't think we're growing anything this year that's really baby food-able: lots of peppers (uhhh-no!), tomatoes, okra, tons of herbs, onions, and garlic. I skipped sweet potatoes this year because they absolutely ran everywhere last year and were such a mess! Same with squash and zuccini.
I went online this morning and requested several books on baby food, super baby foods, and how to make and preserve it. There's no need to spend a ton of money on books when the goal is to a) save money so we can do fabulous things instead like maybe this (so please visit your local Lifeway and buy a copy of Love Dare and Fireproof, ok???) and b)the library is FREE
So hopefully sometime later next week our adventures in cooking will begin! It will be interesting to see if she likes the fresh taste more, or if she even notices. One of our greatest hopes is to instill a desire for healthy foods & a healthy lifestyle in
Sweet Potatoes, head to toe:
How Sweet Potatoes end up from head to toe: