Meal Planning (5/24-5/30)

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Farmer’s Market this weekend.

It’s CrossFit Regionals week for Central Region! As you may remember, Neil and I each picked a weekend activity to do solo. His was a float trip and mine is to attend the Central CrossFit Regional in Minneapolis this weekend. It’s my first time leaving Neil and the Beeb! This weekend was already shortened because of Memorial Day but my Thursday night departure date is quickly approaching!

Meal planning this week is super simple and not very noteworthy because of travel and because our casserole lasted so long and had leftover ingredients. In the first part of this week we had meatballs and rice noodles and Mexican pizzas and tacos (using up leftovers). The latter part of this week will be pretty open-ended for whatever Neil feels like. When he left I ate sandwiches and a frozen pizza (sorry, not sorry). He’ll probably enjoy something much better.

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Summer sausage from MN that my parents brought back last week.

As for me, I’m going to pack some snacks and the girls and I are taking a cooler. We’ll definitely be enjoying some restaurants in Minnesota though, and I definitely plan on stocking up on some favorites to bring back.

Beeb Food

Beeb food is pretty exciting this week. We are officially moving away from purees (other than for some sides) and into bite-sized pieces. She is on an independent streak! First crawling and now wanting to eat unassisted. She does not want to be fed and pushes your hands away if you try. She’s not 100% with her pinch grip, but she’s close.

Baby-led Weaning - Kohler Created

She had her first taste of watermelon over the weekend at post-Murph BBQ at Iron Wolf CrossFit. She loved it because she could bite pieces off herself. She also enjoyed refried beans and hummus for the first time in some deconstructed Mexican pizzas. I love that she is weaning to solids in the spring/summer, the meal/taste possibilities are endless!

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We’re super excited to move this way because it will mean no more pureeing meat, which was just about the grossest thing ever. We can just plan our meals a little creatively so she can eat what we’re eating, when we’re eating it, which is much simpler. We’re still going to make some purees to throw in our reusable squeeze pouches for short travel/snacks, but this is so exciting!

All this has led me to firmly believe that, when it comes to your child, encourage and expose them to things, but let them move at their own pace. We did a combination of purees and baby-led weaning, and ultimately I feel that’s what worked for us. She got to taste and experience plenty of things while refining the skills to feed herself. It wasn’t all or nothing. Babies are a constant ebb and flow of activity. Some things shoot forward while others move a little more slowly — but they all happen in perfect time.

What’s on your menu for the week?

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