The Momma Diaries

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sweet Potato Fries for Babies - Baby Led Weaning Recipe

I mentioned that we've entered the world of baby led weaning with Avery.  My sweet baby boy is just so independent, and wants to feed himself!  I've always heard great things about baby led weaning, but to be honest, it always made me a bit nervous.  All I could envision was my baby shoving too much food into his mouth, and choking.  I'm sure that is a normal fear that most people have when starting baby led weaning. 
Now that we're a bit into the process, it is much easier (on my end).  I think it really helps that Avery is just so into it.  He really loves trying new foods, and get all excited that he can actually feed himself!
I want to share one of my favorite foods for baby led weaning.  Sweet potato "fries."  They are incredibly easy to make, and a great wholesome food for your baby.

For this particular recipe, I used 4 sweet potatoes. 

Next, I peeled the skins from the potatoes.

Then I had my husband slice them into a "fry" shape form.  They were super hard to slice, and knives make me I had my hubby participate :)

After they were sliced, I popped them into the oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.  I flipped them over, and then baked them for 15 more minutes.

When they came out of the oven, I just let them cool for a bit before giving them to my little taste tester!

"hey big bro, don't you be looking at my fry!"
 Avery studied it for a few seconds, and then he dove right in!

They were a  huge hit!  He really loved them!

These sweet potato fries are great for baby led weaning.  They are cut in large enough pieces, so Avery can easily hold the fry, and place it into his mouth.  They are also soft, so he can easily mash them up with his gums. 

Did you try baby led weaning with your children?  Or are you currently trying it?  What are some of your favorite foods for baby led weaning?


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sometimes you need a good tickle fight.

Last weekend we had a full day of fun planned.  My brother's girlfriends little girl was having her 4th birthday party at a beach house....there was even going to be a huge inflatable jumpy house!! Major hit with my Lincoln.  We are going on a huge family vacation to Disney World in September, and they're coming with us.  She has two children, and they were finding out at the birthday party that they were going to Disney!  Their mom got them each a suitcase, and loaded it with a bunch of fun things for Disney and the airplane.  Inside she tucked a fake ticket to Disney.  How fun! 

Lincoln has known we are going to Disney since we booked the trip, and he was just so excited to finally share this information with them.  And of course he was excited for the party.  He is such a little party animal. 

Sunday morning (the day of the party), Jared sent me a text.  He was ordered to stay at work for the day. 

As you know he's a police officer, and unfortunately, sometimes very crappy things come along with his job. 

I knew there was absolutely no way we would be going to the party.  It was already 2.5 hours from us.  By the time Jared got home from work, the party would be over.  Not to mention he had to work that evening, as well.  It was just impossible.

I had to break the news to Lincoln. 

It was seriously one of the saddest things I have had to do.  I felt like I was breaking his little tiny heart. 

He didn't understand why Daddy was stuck at work.  He asked if a "bad guy" got him (OMG).  And eventually just kept saying, "this is such a sad, sad day," with the biggest tears in his eyes.

Lincoln is such a sweet boy.  He has the biggest heart, and he's so, so innocent.  He doesn't understand that sometimes the world throws curve balls in our lives.  Sometimes things don't work out the way we planned.  Sometimes life isn't fair, and just plain old stinks. 

I wish he could always look at the world innocently.  I wish he didn't have to learn these things.  I wish I could protect him forever, so his tiny heart never gets broken. 

Despite it being a "sad, sad day," I tried to make it special and fun for my sweet boy.  We played games and monster trucks.  Anything he wanted to do, we pretty much did it. 

When it was time for bed, Lincoln gave me the biggest hug and told me he loved me.  That little boy.  He has my heart.  I gave him a hug, and smothered him with kisses, and then started a tickle fight!  Hearing his infectious laughter made me realize that although it was a "sad, sad day," I was able to turn it around for him.  He was laughing.  He was happy.

Sometimes, being a mother is so hard.  It's terrible to watch their little hearts get crushed.  To not understand.  But it's in those moments that we have the ability to turn it around.  To make it a little bit better.  To love them more.  To hug them longer.  To have those tickle fights.

To keep a smile on these faces.  That is all that matters.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lake Compounce 2014

Special thank you to Lake Compounce for providing my family with
complimentary admission to their theme park!
It's no secret that our family loves to travel.  We really are always on the go.  So, obviously when Lake Compounce contacted me and offered my family an opportunity to visit their park, I gladly accepted!
Lake Compounce is located about an hour away from us, in Bristol, Connecticut.  It's a family-friendly theme park, that is great for all ages!
We've visited Lake Compounce before, but it's been two years.  Lincoln is 4.5 years old now, and able to do so much more!  He was super excited to start our day.
And yes, Avery was excited too.  Clearly.
As soon as we entered the park, we let Lincoln take the lead.  He even had a map of the park, and was determined to figure out the best path to get where we needed. 
First stop was the kiddie rides, of course!  Lake Compounce offers a great variety of rides for the little ones.  There is an entire section of the park devoted to them!

We also met up with my aunt and cousins while we were there.  My cousins are a bit older than my boys, and loved the thrill rides.  A popular attraction was Zoomerang.  This roller coaster is seriously insane.  It goes upside down, and even backwards!...and no, I did not go on this.

lake compounce zoomerang

lake compounce zoomerang

Another hit for my cousins was Rev-O-Lution. 

Certainly another crazy, thrill ride!

Avery loved watching the Enterprise.  Every time we walked by it, he was seriously mesmerized!

And of course, a theme park wouldn't be complete without a ferris wheel.

Lincoln attempted to ride Ghost Hunt, but he got a little scared in the line.  He said he will ride it next time ;)

Boulder Dash was voted the world's #1 wooden coaster in 2013.  Pretty cool!

lake compounce boulder dash

Lincoln enjoyed the kiddie coaster. 

We finished up in kiddie land for a bit, and decided it was time to eat.  We ate at the Croc Pot Cafeteria.  There was a huge selection of choices for food.  There are even organic and allergen friendly food choices!

After lunch, we promised Lincoln we would head to Crocodile Cove Water Park....conveniently located right inside of Lake Compounce!  Daddy and Lincoln got dressed in their swimsuits, and Lincoln snapped a quick photo with me. 

The two of them went off to explore the water park, while I hung out with this guy.

Not so bad, huh ;)

While Lincoln splashed in the water park, and even went down a few water being pretty darn big, I fed Avery, and he took a nap in the shade. 
Lincoln played for about an hour, and then it was time to do some games!

We headed back to kiddie land to do a few more of Lincoln's favorites.  He seriously LOVED the bumper cars.  He rode them 3 times in a row because there was no wait!

Another favorite was the Caterpillar Train.  I swear he's having much more fun in these photos.  We were all laughing actually, every single child on the train was dead serious.  It was pretty funny!

Little Dare Devils are tiny motorcycles that go around.  While waiting in line, Lincoln was chatting with another little boy.  He told him, "my name is Lincoln James Allen...but, you can call me Lincoln."  Kids say the darndest things, I tell you!

He also got to fly an elephant!

I think my favorite part of the day was when Lincoln performed for us.  There weren't any shows going on, but he was determined to put one on!  It was seriously hysterical.  He got on the stage, and we all took seats on the benches.  Then, he started to sing and dance!  People walking by were cracking up.  I got one of his performances on video.  He was singing "Bad to the Bone."


We left the park at 9pm!! A long day for sure, but oh my goodness we had such fun!  Next year I think we might splurge for a season pass.  The summer pass is only $50!

Don't forget, you can get $7 off the admission price by clicking here and entering code "SUMMER2014."

Have you been to Lake Compounce this summer?

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