I've been a bit silent around here these past several days, but for good reason, I assure you. We've moved, had the stomach flu, traveled, done Christmas, and now have the stomach flu some more. Coming up, more traveling. Then more traveling. And hopefully no more stomach flu. Needless to say, we're all just a wee bit beat.
However, I have soaked up some time with my family. And last night Mercy's 3-1/2 year old cousin, Timothy, got to come over to where we're staying for a slumber party. Those two were like excited puppies for the duration. We tried to get a good picture of the two of them in new outfits when they were all spiffy clean after a bath, but getting a 2 yr. old and a 3 yr. old to sit still for long and smile at the camera at the same time isn't easy...
Congratulations to Erica, the winner of the GrammiesQuiltz Burp Cloth set with comment number 41. You have 48 hours to be in touch with me with your contact information and print choice before I will be forced to draw a new winner.
If you didn't win remember that you can still head on over to GrammiesQuiltz to purchase your favorite set--including those personalized and NFL prints!
Hello and welcome to week 3 of the Souper Saturday blog hop hosted by Welcome To My Kitchen, BarabaraBeat, One+One=4, Gluten Free Motherhood (that's me!) and SippyCupMom. Rules of the hop are the same and as simple as can be:
1. Follow all 5 hosts and leave a comment so we can follow you back.
2. Follow as many blogs as possible. Everyone loves a friendly follow.
3. We would love it if you would post our button to invite all your friends but not required.
When I started this blog I had ambitions of doing a series on gluten-free first foods for baby. However, things never go as planned. For those of you who are unaware, my family has found itself in a tricky position. My husband is one of those well educated people (a master's in accountancy), who, through no fault of his own, has found himself unable to find a job since graduation. Therefore, our little family is currently pretty nomadic since we have no home of our own. Just this month we'll have been in four places.
More than ever, we're having to rely on God for the "little things." Things that aren't little at all, but we tend to take for granted, like the roof over our heads.
And my faith is often too small, which leaves me stressed and preoccupied. Hence, fewer meaningful posts than I have intended.
But, here is one of those posts. I have recently discovered yet another gluten-free finger food for little ones. Plum Organics Fiddlesticks. I remember seeing these as a new item at our local food co-op after Mercy was eating "normal" food well and no longer required things designed to break down well. I've known mothers who don't really feed their babies "baby finger foods" and jump straight to pieces of table food. Either they know some super-mom secret that I don't, or my children's GERD keeps their gag reflexes too sensitive for that. I'm inclined toward the latter. Gilead is just now eating things like small bits of soft pear, potato, and cooked carrots without throwing up over it.
However, Gilead loves fiddlesticks in both berry and apple carrot. I'm pretty sure there are more flavors, but I haven't seen them locally. The box says they are for ages 12 months and over, but he does fine with them at just barely 10 months. I'm inclined to think the age recommendation results from the egg in the ingredient list. Last I knew recommendations were changing and they were finding no adverse affects if eggs were introduced in small quantities before one year.
I also love that fiddlesticks are higher in calories than many other "learning to eat" food. Baby MumMums contain a mere 15 calories in two crackers. Fiddlesticks contain 20 per stick--so two of them is a decent snack for Little Guy.
Fiddlesticks aren't the least expensive first food on the market at $3.50 to $3.99 for a box of 12 at our local natural foods store. However, he doesn't get them every day, so we only go through about two boxes a month, which isn't too terrible in the end. We've been very happy about find one more easy snack food for our babies and anticipate that there will be more in the future since celiac isn't so uncommon as was once believed.
The giveaway for the ERGObaby Teething Pads ended last night, and Random.org has selected a winner. Congratulations to eek031880 who left comment number 69! You have 48 hours to contact me with your contact information and color selection before I will have to draw a new winner. Enjoy your new ERGObaby Teething Pads!
Welcome To week 2 of the Souper Saturday blog hop hosted byWelcome To My Kitchen,BarbarasBeat,GlutenFreeMotherHood,One+One+4andSippyCupMom Rules for the hop are simple: 1. Follow all five hosts. 3. Leave a comment so we can follow you back 4. Follow as many new friends as possible and most of all have fun. Posting our button would be a nice gesture but not required. Have a Souper Saturday!
Both of my children have had GERD as infants. Needless to say, I do tons of laundry in their first six months, and still more than the average mom for at least their first year. Mercy didn't stop spitting up until a month or so before her second birthday.
It goes without saying that a good burp cloth is important to us. I have tried many that are cute, but simply don't absorb much. They might be fine if your baby dribbles a bit, but they do absolutely nothing for regurgitating professionals like my kiddos. I was very excited to find the adorable burp cloths by Romy at GrammiesQuiltz one day when I was perusing Etsy for the perfect rag.
GrammiesQuiltz was kind enough to send a burp cloth for Gilead and me to try.
The cloth is a rag quilt in miniature on the top and a solid piece of flannel on the bottom.
As you can see, this burp cloth is adorable--and I was thrilled to discover that it is absorbent enough for even my heavy spitters! This is most definitely a must have for parents of reflux babies.
GrammiesQuiltz also makes lovely rag quilts, crayon kits, and other wonderful gifts for the little ones (and not so little ones) in your life. While you're there take your time to look around!
GrammiesQuiltz has agreed to send a set of two burp cloths in the print of choice to one lucky reader of Gluten Free Motherhood. This is a giveaway worth entering for any parent of an infant--who doesn't need a few wonderful burp cloths?
Rules: Be sure to leave your e-mail address in each comment so that I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Giveaway excludes personalized and NFL prints. Please leave one comment for each entry (i.e., if an action is worth more than one entry leave the appropriate number of comments.).
1. Head on over to GrammiesQuiltz and leave a comment letting me know which print you would like your burp cloths in if you win. (1 entry) 2. Become a follower of Gluten Free Motherhood, or let me know if you already are. (1 entry)
1. "Favorite" GrammiesQuiltz on Etsy. (2 entries) 2. "Favorite" your choice of burp cloth prints (or more items!)at GrammiesQuiltz. (1 entry) 3. "Like" Gluten Free Motherhood on Facebook. (1 entry) 4. Follow Gluten Free Motherhood on Twitter. (2 entries) 5. Tweet this giveaway on Twitter. May do once a day. (1 entry per daily tweet) 6. Share this giveaway on Facebook. (1 entry) 7. Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link to your post. (3 entries)
I will select a winner using random.org and contact the winner via e-mail as well as post the winner. The winner will then have 48 hours to contact me with an address and a confirmation of his/her selection. If I don't hear back from the winner in the allotted amount of time I will be forced to select a new one. Giveaway ends on December 20, 2010 at 11:59pm PST.