from baby food to real food

It feels like a pretty natural progression to bring Harry Holocher things to this blog. Besides the fact his posts are infinitely more popular than my own, I’ve found that sharing things about his world opens up a whole new world of connection and community for me. That is something I’d really like to foster.

So while we’ve seen him step out in some of my favorite fashion things (love and love (and make sure to check for the winner of the Sailor Janes giveaway at the end of this post…)), I would also like to bring him into the foodie conversation. He dines out with us so frequently and effortlessly that we’re basically paving the way for him to be a Bon Appetit critic by third grade. If he does that, I’ll finally forgive him for being a week late.

baby food ideasBut what I am here to sort of work through has less to do with his dining out, and more to do with his dining in. Transitioning him to solid foods was actually something I was behind the curve on. I missed his nine month wellness check because I didn’t know I was supposed to go, so at almost 11 months, I was told that he should be well into feeding himself. I starred at my kid who was still being bottle and spoon fed purees and started panicking. I called Kenny and said we get an A+ for teaching the kid to sleep, but a D- in eating. I thought we might have to send him to kindergarten with a nurse who feeds him his GoGurts.

But in a matter of weeks, he got right up to speed and is now really eating anything we give him. But now that we’re in the clear at this point, I’ve been reflecting on our decisions and his development. I didn’t breastfeed for too long, but I was conscious about moving on to organic baby formula and food. But now that we’ve appeared to move out of the realm of transitional options, I am pretty obsessed with educating myself on the right portions, the right combinations, thinking about meeting needs and meeting skill. Here’s where you all come in.

baby food optionsWe are now at the point where he is I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T when eating and I both want to keep it that way, as well as build a bigger arsenal of ideas to ensure he’s getting a more well rounded diet. I do feel slightly stuck and dependent on what I know works (waffles for breakfast, PB sammie for lunch, chicken for dinner, and blueberries at every break in between). And can I also say this? I know I am at the point where I am thinking somewhat selfishly when it comes to ideas for feeding him at this stage. I really want to only feed him food that he can feed himself so that I can multitask. It is usually during his meal times that I knock out things online, do the dishes, or eat myself. It is pretty freeing that I don’t have to sit there with a bottle or a spoon to give him what he needs. I know that spoon feeding himself is on the horizon, but for now, I’d like to keep things in the finger food aisle.

So that is where I am at. This is a call for good ideas for balance, nutrition, and self-sufficiently. I was just texting my sister-in-law to inquire about options and ideas because I feel like I am growing dependent on only knowing so much, but why not cast a wider internet net to find out more? I’d love to hear your feedback, both in regards to this overarching feeding prompt, and the idea that I try to tie in more conversational posts, especially if it is something others with like interests and needs would like to contribute to. I’ve been envisioning a better sense of community when it comes to the blog and I think this could be a super beneficial starting point.

So comment below, comment on Facebook, share the post to bring more friends in, or send me an email – whatever! I sincerely want to hear from you all. Plus, I want Harry to grow up knowing a world beyond blueberries.

But before we call it here, let’s bring attention to Maura Conine as the winner of the Sailor Janes giveaway! But the bigger winners are clearly Liam and Jude who are about to elevate their #coolkidsclothes repertoire! Congrats and thanks to all who participated!


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  • Reply Emily August 10, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hey girl :), my kiddos nosh on the same foods as Harry- those are the staples! Also Kirkland brand applesauce pouches. Coming up with soft enough protein options was always a challenge for me. For a healthy finger-food protein option- I make pork + turkey meatballs and freeze them on a cookie sheet then throw them in a bag in the freezer. Then I pull out however many I need and bake them. Don’t know how you feel about hot dogs but there is a nitrate free brand of turkey hotdogs that are easy (Oscar Mayer selects I think). My daughter will eat turkey lunch meat off of her plate (son won’t). Also, my daughter will eat salmon (again son won’t), but might be worth a try if you are comfortable doing fish at his age. Hope these are at least a few new thoughts :)

    • Reply outandoutfit August 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Yes, Emily thank you! I am a total fish eater and wondered about salmon, so I definitely think I will give that a try! And your idea for meatballs made then frozen is one that I am definitely going to do. Appreciate the response and ideas!

  • Reply Megan Morgan August 10, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Katie! I constantly feel like I’m on baby food repeat by simply cutting up fruit and cooked veggies. But I’ve recently tried just giving mine whatever we eat. Non spicy stir fry, omelet cut up into pieces, and pasta with pesto. Even if it’s just cooked veggies, I add herbs and spices so she gets used to those flavors. I bought reusable pouches and plan to make smoothies in advance to freeze in them. I want a foodie babe too! Gotta start em young :)

    • Reply outandoutfit August 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Oh hey Megan! And I definitely like your call on frozen smoothies. I’ve considered going down the yogurt route, but I myself was hoping to establish a smoothie routine, so I think thinking about having them for Harry too would be smart. God, I love good advice.

  • Reply Maura Conine August 10, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Oh yay! Winner winner chicken dinner! Can’t wait to take advantage of some sweet new threads

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