Monday, August 18, 2014

Journey to Baby-Led Weaning

I remember hearing the words Baby-Led Weaning from a fellow blogger before, but have not researched nor read about it, because I was at the peak of enjoying the art of making baby foods for my little one.

Until 2 months ago, when my colleague a.k.akumare added me to a closed Facebook group called Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) Philippines. I back read most of the posts in the group, and was amazed how babies at an early age of 6 months can actually munch steamed or boiled vegetables and chew fresh cut fruits on their own.

Baby-Led Weaning is a method of teaching a child to feed themselves from the very start of weaning. By the time the child reached 6 months, she is capable of feeding herself with proper food, the same food that we consume as well minus the heavy flavorings by giving her suitable sized pieces. The very essence of BLW is to refrain us from making purees, no ice cube trays, no food processors, no baby rice… just you and your child, eating the food that you enjoy with you and your family.

At first, I was hesitant to do the same for my little one, but because the idea of having a child that can eat anything like fruits, vegetables and other healthy snacks made me decide, that “I don’t want another picky eater at home, I have to teach my girl BLW”. Hence, the journey started, although a little late at 8 months. 

With the help of the babysitter, we are in the process of teaching Z BLW, by giving her fresh fruits, vegetables, and other food for snacks alongside with her usual 3 times a day meal of baby rice (lugaw) + mashed vegetable combination. Z is actually eating at 5 times a day. 

Here are some of the fruits, vegetables, pancake and biscuits that Z ate for snacks during our 1 month BLW journey.

Z and the Avocado

Z and the Sayote

Z and the Broccoli

Z and the Banana-Egg pancake
So far we have no difficulty on the foods she ate or the way she chews before swallowing because she actually eats anything served in front of her. Our problem is that she is too lazy to hold the food on her own. We need to assist her hand and lead it to her mouth. She’ll hold the food for a while as what the pictures captured, then drop it after some beating

Z was spoon fed even since she started solid. And I think she prefers that way, more convenient in her part. But lately, I told her babysitter to teach her how to hold her spoon and feed on her own. We are still struggling but I know later own, she’ll learn how to feed on her own.

The 5th SportsTournament

Last week, was the 1st phase of the 5th Sports Tournament in the company I worked for, the 2ndtime I participated in the course of 5 years. The 1st one was 2011 and finally this year. Wonder why I was absent for those 3 years were in fact, I am one sporty gal who was always present at sports tournament, simply because I was pregnant at those times.

This year is my comeback. And because we have a shortage of women employees, women are allowed to play more than one event, as expected I played two last week badminton and volleyball mixed.

Sports competition is one of the major activities in our company, it’s an activity that allows us employees to unwind, meet and bond in one place. It was our chance also to meet and greet new employees from different departments that we never had a chance to meet because we are geographically assigned in different parts in Mindanao. 

Everyone has the urged to win. On our part we prepared for the competition by practicing at least twice a week during the past months. And I’m proud to say our volleyball team had emerged from one weakling team to a competitive one that thrashed most of the teams in our bracket, thus sending us to the finals for the first time.  

Though we are not lucky enough to win the title, placing silver this year was already a great achievement.

In badminton, our group bagged two special awards the “Best in Women’s Doubles and Best in Mixed Doubles” tallied during the elimination round. 

Team competition in badminton is also challenging, especially when you have to study and analyze the pairings that will come up with the proper match. Our team may have won the championship , but since we were not lucky enough to match the other team’s pairings we ended up 2nd. Thus, giving our department one more silver in the medal tally.

There are times we became sour losers (the volleyball mixed event) when we lost to a team, where the male player dominantly played most part of the game, sending the rest of his teammates in one corner of the court. But those sourness, will only last for an hour and two, but at the end of the day, we are all friends because we belong in one family, our mother company that we all loved. 

Let me take this opportunity to thank our mother company for giving this break from our day to day work.