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We’ve been very busy here in Properfud Towers. My mama does running away a lot now. Sometimes she gets medals and Dom has to not hit me with them. My mama and dada are work work working all the time and though sometimes I’m sad when they go I have lots of fun in my creche. My lovely minders bring me to see my brother and all his friends sometimes and they all love playing with Baby Teddy which is me.
I like when they give me my fud in creche. But incase they forget now I eat my porridge or my weetabix every morning at home too. I shout at mama while she puts food on my spoon so I can grab it from her. She tries to eat hers at the same time and that is slow. Ssssh don’t tell them I have two brekkies. My big brother told me about doing that and I think it’s a good idea. For my snack I like to have a banana too I like it whole with its little jacket still on it a bit. I love nanas but DomDom doesn’t ever. I try other baby’s food too, like Ambrosia Rice Pudding and fruit pots and I tried some of DomDom’s biccie and I don’t know if mama is always happy but I don’t mind if she isn’t because I am.
Mama is happy though really because now I eat my dinner with them too. She pretended she wasn’t worrying but she was and now I’m nearly 10 months and I’m rolling all over the floor and pushing myself around a bit and it makes me very hungry so I have to eat. Mama and Dada learned to make pizza and it’s yum I like the chewy cheese and crust and the little veggies on it.
I also like when she does other grubs called noki. She does them a bit my brother likes them and my dada. I know because he ate the ones I dropped on the floor. I see all the things he eats and I know if things are good that way. Mama says he’s to be a good infloons on me and eat up his veggies. He eats carrots and juicyredpepper n all while mama is making dinner but I saw him eat animally biccies with choccy too. I wonder when I will be having them? I shout and shout my loudest when I want what he has but it doesn’t work so instead I’m going to learn some of words soon so they can’t pick me up and sing songs and not give me what Dom has.
– Lil’ T
I had a birthday! That’s when its the same day as the day you’re born except a year later. It was lots of fun. I saw all my cousins and my aunties and uncles (except nearly-auntie Brenda who was sick) and some of mama and dada’s friends and Lily and James who are other babies but not my cousins.
Mama and Dada made lovely food for my birthday party. I couldn’t eat it all I’m not allowed eat everything yet. Good thing because I don’t think the adults left any spare birthday cake for me. I had cheese straws from mama’s special cookbook for me. I shared my food with the other babies and Opa who’s diabetic. They’re yum and even though mama said they were party food I had them as a snack in the creche. I think she might make them again, i saw her make them and they took no time at all.
Aswell for me there were carroty muffins from the same book. They were tasty but I was busy with my new toys and books and all the excitement so I had fun smushing them into the floor.
My cousins had pizza at my party. I think they would have preferred hammy ones I don’t think they think courgettes belong on a pizza. My mama would eat courgette on her breakfast she likes it a lot. Mama was going to make pizza for the party too but dada bought some instead. She made some before my birthday. I didn’t have any. I don’t mind because mama and dada didn’t really seem to like it either. My special cookbook is sometimes great and sometimes not so great. Dada said the bottom of the pizza was like scones.
I might make mama try and make pizza again because I loved it on our holidays in Italy. She’ll have to find a new recipe. Now, it’s past my bedtime. Night night
While Dom noshed on the above, we ate a very delicious non baby friendly birthday cake – Delia’s basic all in one sponge with fresh cream and raspberries in the middle and covered in chocolate topping from the Jamie Oliver party cake recipe. It was so easy that I made two, one for family and one for friends the next day.
In a bold move, we drank espresso martinis (equal parts espresso, kahlua, vodka & white creme de cacao) – YUM! In hindsight probably a bit boozy for a 1st birthday but there was only 1 per adult!
Puff pastry tart thingys, with passata, goats cheese/mozzarella and tomato. I wasn’t ready for such rejection to be honest. I can’t work out if the first bit was a too hot and that put Dom off trying anymore, or he really thought that a plain ol’ rice cake with a bit of cashew butter was a better dinner. His father was pleased enough, he polished off about one and half tarts.
Well off we all trooped to Italy, myself, the babs, the hubbie & his parents for a friends wedding. It was to a be a last hurrah before I abandoned Dom went back to work. I had high hopes for the eye-talians (as my Great Auntie calls them) – they make the best finger food, and they love babies.
First up we flew to Bologna and stayed there 2 nights. The hotel we stayed in (highly recommend, especially for the fact that they have a resident cat, who I named Luigi for the purposes of making up stories about him and following him around with Dom) recommended a local restaurant. When we arrived and no highchair appeared I was a bit nervous – doesn’t scream family friendly. As soon as we met the waitress & waiter all worries were appeased as they “ciao’ed” and italian baby-talked away to Dom. Italian food is very well suited to BLW – they keep things simple – something Mark appreciates, he’s not a big fan of me shoehorning extra veggies into stuff. It means baby can try individual new flavours and stuff cools easily! So Dominic ate some of Mark’s pasta and mince. Minced what I don’t know, but it was Bolognaise on the menu, um…beef? Lamb? Incidentally, Bolognaise never seemed to involve any sauces, tomato-based or otherwise at all. Then, for a treat, cos he was 9 months old on the day, and because we were on our holiers, he tried pannacotta.
sugary creamy stuff…mmm
Big hit! I gave him some of my baked pear, after sucking the choccy sauce off it. Not quite as interested, unsurprisingly. I don’t mind giving him the odd taste of sweet things that aren’t fruit from around this age, just not as a habit. Ha! I’m such a hypocrite…
If all else fails, the Italian bread basket offers the king of fingers foods – breadsticks & olives. He was distracted by flaky seed covered sticks and round hard crunchy breadstick-rings in several restaurants and at the wedding. (I must buy some actually.) Olives are great for the emerging pincer grip. Obviously they’re de-stoned, and I might have been more nervous about them as a choking hazard up till a month or so ago. Since then he’s been pulling out food he’s finished with, and we don’t really need to stick a finger in to retrieve half chewed mandarin segments anymore. In fact he’s taken to rejecting grape halves after the most cursory of sucks, ready for a fresh one. He’s like a mini decadent Roman emperor.
On saturday out in the hills of Fiesole where we supped prosecco on the lawn overlooking Florence, Dom played happily beneath our feet, and had a bit of craic with the other little kids. Then we carried him about to show him the views and watch the jazz trio. He seemed to be particularly fond of the sax & saxophonist who waved and winked when the jazziness allowed. This is an aside to the main subject of the blog – but this was a great wedding to have a baby at (though its also our first). Being outside in the warm autumnal sun instead of being a crowded hotel meant he could have a play and a good look about instead of us trying to shield him from swiping peoples glasses and knocking over stuff! Kept me nice & relaxed about the whole thing anyway, but that may have been the prosecco too! Then at dinner, where he had his very own placecard, he ate a good quarter of Mark’s wild mushroom risotto. We’ve given him several risottos but none have been as well received as this one. It was creamy but light rather than stodgy.
No trip to Italy could be complete without a pizza or 6. We even returned to one place it was so good -ristorante DR OETKER. No, Borgo Antico, on the square by the Santo Spirito over the river in the Oltrarno area. Their ‘Borgo’ pizza had a basic tomato sauce with fresh tomatoes and masses of milky buffalo mozzarella torn onto it when it comes out of the oven. My selfish husband ordered a cured ham & gorgonzola topped one, so that he didn’t have to share with either me or Dom. I didn’t give him too much mozzarella as I guess it’s not pasteurised.
Also, this place had a really cute highchair, just like a plain wooden woven seat chair, but tall with a simple wooden bar in front. Actually, when we did get highchairs they were this ‘rustic’ like this one, those hook/clamp onto the table ones, or the trusty Ikea Antilop. No chunky slumpy seated chairs, and none with trays at all – he was always up at the table right with us. This cements my view of Italy as a child friendly country. Despite the fact they’re a low birth rate themselves, they totally dote over babies (maybe from novelty value). Italy with baby FTW!