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Christmas Day | 1/09/2004 | Flightdeck

Posted on 01/09/2004 11:17:22 PM PST by Flightdeck

I know this is somewhat presumptuous that anybody would care, but I found out today that I will be a new father in about 8.75 months. Part of me is scared because I firmly believe that raising a child into a good person is probably the most important thing a person can do in their lives. The only reason I am posting this is that I bet this value is shared by a great many people in this forum, and our anonymity allows a comfortable level of discourse. (Wait, that's two reasons.) Anyway, wish us luck.


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To: Flightdeck
Congradulations! you should be able to find out what the sex is at about the four or five months into the pregnancy.
51 posted on 01/10/2004 12:31:53 AM PST by navygal
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To: Flightdeck
The good news is that you can take it one day at a time. Every day is a new chance to do it well. So don't panic.
52 posted on 01/10/2004 12:32:38 AM PST by Ichneumon
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To: radiohead
1. Forgive your wife her moods. She can't help it and she doesn't mean to be a pain in the rear.

That's worthwhile advice even when she's not pregnant. *cough*

53 posted on 01/10/2004 12:34:28 AM PST by Ichneumon
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To: Flightdeck
I offer my congrats on your new blessing. I am a Dad and when I look at my two year old son, I tell him that it's disgusting how much I love him. I love my parents and I love my wife but I LOVVVVVVVVVVVVE my little boy. Just wait. It's the best thing that's ever happened to you.
54 posted on 01/10/2004 12:40:43 AM PST by GmbyMan
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To: Flightdeck
That you're a man brimming with happiness and posting your good news for all of us to read, truly warms my heart.

You'll be a fabulous father. No doubt about it.

Congratulations to you and Mrs. Flightdeck. May your blessed little one have a safe landing into the loving arms of her parents.

--- whoops I said her so I'll stick with it --- be sure to let me know :)
55 posted on 01/10/2004 12:48:27 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: Flightdeck
Me too. Due 8/15. My wife went for a hysterectomy and they suggested that hang onto her stuff for a while since she's Pregnant. I'm happy, she's freaking!
56 posted on 01/10/2004 1:00:03 AM PST by RoarkMan (no tag line entered)
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To: Flightdeck
Always remember--insanity is hereditary, you get it from your kids. ;-D

God bless, have fun!







57 posted on 01/10/2004 1:19:14 AM PST by Judith Anne (Send a message to the Democrat traitors--ROCKEFELLER MUST RESIGN!)
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To: Flightdeck
Whew welcome to parenthood
58 posted on 01/10/2004 1:28:34 AM PST by oceanperch ( been oughta town and catching up ...)
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To: Flightdeck
More advice?
Buy a digital camera, take plenty, you'll be glad.
And many blessings to you and your wife.
59 posted on 01/10/2004 1:43:14 AM PST by oreolady (Wanted: new tag line)
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To: Flightdeck
"The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother."

60 posted on 01/10/2004 2:19:44 AM PST by Ben Chad
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To: Flightdeck
Congratulations. I've read through the posts and see many make reference to the various little upheavals one experiences...and those do occur.

I had my first child at 35, and before then had only held a baby maybe twice. I don't know if you're like I was or not, but either way, you're in for some amazing experiences.

There is nothing like the look of total trust in the eyes of one's child looking up at you. There is nothing like hearing questions and observations that cause us to look at our world through fresh new eyes and see things we'd long since forgotten to see. There is nothing like a child who climbs into your lap and says "I love you daddy" with absolutely no guile and then curls up to watch whatever is on TV with you, rather they remotely understand it or not.

God bless, enjoy the experience, it goes fast but will simply amaze you all along the way.

61 posted on 01/10/2004 2:37:45 AM PST by highlander_UW
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To: Flightdeck
Congratulations, and good luck.

A child is a gift from God, for about 13 years, then they are a sampling of purgatory. I keep hearing it gets better sometime later, but I'm not there yet.

I love babies, they've got a lot of cosmic power, sincerely, good luck to you and Mom.
62 posted on 01/10/2004 2:42:23 AM PST by jocon307 ( The dems don't get it, the American people do.)
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To: RoarkMan
Ohmigoodness, congrats to you and your wife too! Cosmic baby power every where. I think they are just really in tune with the universe.

Good luck!
63 posted on 01/10/2004 2:50:49 AM PST by jocon307 ( The dems don't get it, the American people do.)
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To: Flightdeck
Congratulations, Flightdeck. You will learn much about unconditional love and about sacrifice. Take a look at this book when you get a chance. It shows pictures of the baby throughout the mother's pregnancy. The pictures truly are amazing. From Conception to Birth : A Life Unfolds

Sleep now.

64 posted on 01/10/2004 3:04:25 AM PST by Unknown Freeper
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To: Flightdeck
There's an old book called "Every Child Should Have a Chance" and it's written by Dr. Leila Denmark. I read it 15 years ago when my child was young, and I go back and reread it on a regular basis. I don't even know if it's in print anymore.

Dr. Denmark was, up until a few years ago, the oldest practicing pediatrician in the US (Atlanta area-I think she was over 100, and I really don't know if she's still alive or not.)

Anyway, she will make you feel so good about your decision to be a parent, and remind you of the awesome responsibility and privilege it is to grow that baby into adulthood.

P.S. Your pediatrician won't agree with her scheduling and feeding suggestions, but most of the book deals with raising kids into responsible adults.
65 posted on 01/10/2004 3:07:52 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Flightdeck
CONGRATULATIONS! Having a child of your own or adopting a child is the most wonderful experience in life. A child will give you the greatest joy and the greatest concern you will ever know but it awakens a part of your soul which might lie dormant otherwise. The day that baby is placed in your arms, your entire being is focused on the well-being of that unique, one-of-a-kind, little person. You are willing to sacrifice your life for his/hers. Your great adventure has begun..Enjoy it every step of the way because it is an awesome miracle you are experiencing. God bless you all!
66 posted on 01/10/2004 3:20:04 AM PST by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Flightdeck
Good luck, God Bless.
67 posted on 01/10/2004 3:21:09 AM PST by RiflemanSharpe (An American for a more socially and fiscally conservation America!)
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To: Flightdeck
God Bless you, Flightdeck, and Mrs. Flightdeck, too! Don't forget...after you pick out a name for your baby, you'll be needing a Freeper name for the child, too!

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
68 posted on 01/10/2004 3:32:48 AM PST by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: wireplay
Well, that works fine until she is in transition. I swear to god, her head spun around and she told me in a demonic voice "get your hands off me!". Well, I pretty much stayed out of it at that point and everything went fine. Man, can I relate to that! Now we have three daughters, going on 24 years. Life is GOOD.
69 posted on 01/10/2004 3:35:49 AM PST by Rocket1968 (Democrats will crash and burn in 2004.)
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To: Flightdeck
Nothing wrong with wanting to share such glorious news with you FRamily!

Congratulations! and get your (sleep) in now, 'cause you won'in a few short months.

Oh, and memorize this phrase: Yes, Dear! LOL

70 posted on 01/10/2004 3:58:22 AM PST by Maigrey (Tagline Imported and assembled in 7th dimensional wealthy country)
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To: Bush_Democrat
...is to be a parent to your child, not their 'friend'. - Agreed and I believe the first 18 years are the hardest ;-)
71 posted on 01/10/2004 4:05:05 AM PST by Free_at_last_-2001 (is clinton in jail yet?)
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To: RoarkMan
Wow. Talk about a blessing!
72 posted on 01/10/2004 4:07:04 AM PST by Maigrey (Tagline Imported and assembled in 7th dimensional wealthy country)
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To: wideminded
3. "One doesn't live long enough to learn how to be a good parent." - Norbert Wiener>>

My parents had nine kids. "And it was only when we got to you two [me and my younger sister, the last 2] that we really felt we had any idea what we were doing."

(My dad also said that each of his three daughters were more trouble than all of his six sons combined. Be Forewarned! :-))

Congratulations!
73 posted on 01/10/2004 4:09:19 AM PST by Ronly Bonly Jones (the more things change...)
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To: Maigrey
LOL. You will spend the first two years getting them to walk and talk, and the next sixteen getting them to sit down and shut up...
74 posted on 01/10/2004 4:09:59 AM PST by calvin sun ("Mr. Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL")
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To: zarf
Invest in alot of rice cereal, so you can thicken up that formual...............and then you will get some sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Congratulations!
75 posted on 01/10/2004 4:12:46 AM PST by angcat
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To: Flightdeck
Awesome responsibility, bearing and raising a child, but a miracle and a gift from God all the same. Just remember that when he/she gets to be about 13 and you really start losing your marbles. Congratulations and enjoy all the wonderful moments ahead. You're a lucky guy, and no sarcasm intended. I'm all smiles for you and your wife.
76 posted on 01/10/2004 4:19:43 AM PST by hershey
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To: Flightdeck; Brad's Gramma
Ooooooooooooohhhhhh ! How wonderful :)

Another little "Freepette".. another miracle in the making! God bless the 3 of you.

*TT*, Beth & Nana
77 posted on 01/10/2004 4:50:06 AM PST by Texas Termite (Blessings in this New Year !)
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To: Flightdeck
This is the most important job that you will do in your life time. We are suppose to recreate and give your heirs the goodness (and the conservativeness) to carry on for you and us. Congrats! And welcome to the little Flightdeck!!!
78 posted on 01/10/2004 4:53:46 AM PST by DooDahhhh
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To: Flightdeck
Congratulations, I 'm sure you and your wife will be wonderful parents. I wish you many more blessings, may God grant you a long life to see your children's children grow.
79 posted on 01/10/2004 5:09:10 AM PST by Smocker
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To: Flightdeck
Best wishes! And don't panic, you will be able to sleep again ... would I be FReeping on a Saturday morning if I hadn't slept since 1991? An electronic vibrating baby bouncer costs about $30, and it's a miraculous thing!
80 posted on 01/10/2004 5:32:49 AM PST by Tax-chick (I reserve the right to disclaim all January 2004 posts after the BABY is born!)
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To: Flightdeck
Oh, congrats. As someone expecting their 3rd baby in just 4 months, believe me it is both a huge challenge, responsibility, AND a blessing. BTW, keep an open mind with the wife--she may be one that has a terrific time with pregnancy, but some women just have a miserable time. Give her some extra TLC if she is the type that really gets havoc reaked on her during this time. Things usually get better in the 2nd trimester;-)
81 posted on 01/10/2004 5:48:01 AM PST by cupcakes
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To: Flightdeck
A word of advice:

Put it in day care (baby prison) as soon as possible for as long as possible
Make sure it never gets any discipline (That might hurt their precious self esteem)
Sit it in front of the T.V. as much as possible for baby sitting
Never ever read to it
Give everything it wants
Sent it to public school
Tell it God is a figment of peoples imagination who are back-wards and ignorant

Oh' map out the quickest way to your local prison because there is a good chance you will need to know that info for the future trips.

Tongue in cheek

82 posted on 01/10/2004 5:49:59 AM PST by JZoback
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To: Flightdeck
Congrats.........and don't even think about terminating the pregnancy, unless of course, you do a sonogram and you hear it talking like a Democrat!
83 posted on 01/10/2004 5:50:22 AM PST by theyibby
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To: mindspy
Wow - isn't THAT the truth. I know it's a cliche - one that I got tired of hearing over and over again when they were very little - but it's SO true.

They do grow up SO very, very fast.

We have 3 sons - our oldest will be turning 21 in a little over a week (YIKES - I'm not that old to have a 21 year old son- am I? hahaha) - our other two sons are now 17 and 12. Believe me - I do not know WHERE the time has gone - it happened WAY too fast.

84 posted on 01/10/2004 5:53:59 AM PST by MasonGal
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To: Flightdeck
My father-in-law once shocked me by saying, as my first three children were toddling around his yard -- "kids; the screwing you get for the screwing you got."

I prefer to think of my five children as the love you get for the love you got...

85 posted on 01/10/2004 5:55:05 AM PST by ReaganCowboy (Number you can call...)
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To: Flightdeck
When I found out my wife was pregnant 6 years ago, I went into a major freak out, followed by a depression that kicked in a few months later and lasted virtually until the birth of our daughter.

I was terrified mainly about finances. We were in pretty uncertain financial shape, and no matter how many times people told me "babies bring luck," most nights I would still wake up at 4 am making stomach acid.

Now I have a beautiful five year old daughter, and I thank God every day for her. Somehow, the money thing worked itself out, though we are not rich. But we are making it.

And there is nothing like being a Daddy. It is the most wonderful experience. True, there have been individual days where she has driven me crazy -- especially when she was two and three -- but I have found out that my brother was right when he told me: "You don't know what love is till you have a child."

There is something indescribable about the joy I feel when my daughter races me up the stairs shouting: "Last one upstairs is a DEMOCRAT!!!"

Congratulations. You are a very lucky man, and you and your wife are truly blessed.
86 posted on 01/10/2004 6:10:23 AM PST by Maceman (Too nuanced for a bumper sticker)
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To: Flightdeck
As a single father, and this being the new world order and all .. let me throw you a..

Papa Baby Shower

and my gift to you is my first moment as a dad..

When my baby uttered her first sound, my real life began....
The nurse said, "It's a girl"... my girl... it may have been a cry, but it was a glorious sound, and a wonderful gift from GOD, and I have truly never recovered, and remember the moment as if it was an hour ago
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I was a young ambitious man, full of myself and bursting with life... the world was at my feet and I was infallible, thats when it happened. I was instantly humbled by the tiny sound of my baby daughters' voice. I was hooked, in love instantly, happy beyond belief, and scared to death!

To look in my child's unfocused eye is to look within the eye of heaven. Feelings are hard to express with words but the moment of the first eye contact with a newborn is a moment never forgotten. Sacred and intimate the first expression of unconditional love.

I have been blessed with 5 children with many such moments in my fortunate life and am eternally grateful and equally in awe of the memory of each, ....please enjoy your special moments, first sounds, first smile, first word, first kiss, first step, first successful endeavor, first day of school, first report card, first vacation, first dad / child talk, first love, first grandchild......and the yet to be enjoyed firsts... they seem few in number, and happen so fast, but oh so special... it sounds as if you know this already... may GOD bless your child and your family.

As a single father, and this being the new world order and all .. let me throw you a..

Papa Baby Shower

and my gift to you is my first moment as a dad..

When my baby uttered her first sound, my real life began....
The nurse said, "It's a girl"... my girl... it may have been a cry, but it was a glorious sound, and a wonderful gift from GOD, and I have truly never recovered, and remember the moment as if it was an hour ago
.
I was a young ambitious man, full of myself and bursting with life... the world was at my feet and I was infallible, thats when it happened. I was instantly humbled by the tiny sound of my baby daughters' voice. I was hooked, in love instantly, happy beyond belief, and scared to death!

To look in my child's unfocused eye is to look within the eye of heaven. Feelings are hard to express with words but the moment of the first eye contact with a newborn is a moment never forgotten. Sacred and intimate the first expression of unconditional love.

I have been blessed with 5 children with many such moments in my fortunate life and am eternally grateful and equally in awe of the memory of each, ....please enjoy your special moments, first sounds, first smile, first word, first kiss, first step, first successful endeavor, first day of school, first report card, first vacation, first dad / child talk, first love, first grandchild......and the yet to be enjoyed firsts... they seem few in number, and happen so fast, but oh so special... it sounds as if you know this already... may GOD bless your child and your family.

FEED THE KIDS FUN AND HEALTH STUFF

 Bambana Oatmeal

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup water or milk
  • 1/3 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup milk
Combine rolled oats and 1/2 cup of water or milk. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Slice banana, and puree in baby food grinder; add remaining milk, mixing thoroughly. Stir the banana-milk mixture into the cooked cereal.
 
 

 Cream of Wheat Fruit Cereal

  • Cooked cream of wheat, rice or oatmeal
  • fruit puree
Puree applesauce, apricots, bananas, peaches, pineapple or prunes in a baby food grinder. Thin with a little milk and spoon on top of cereal. It is better to use fresh or freshly cooked fruits with out sugar. Canned fruits are alright too, as long as you rinse off the syrup before you puree the fruit in the baby food grinder.
 
 

 Smuched Fruit

Any fresh, frozen or canned fruit (apples, apricots, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, pineapple, or mix 'em)

Wash and peel fruit if necessary. Steam over low heat with a small amount of water until tender. Do not overcook. Cool and press through the baby food grinder. Serve.
 
 

 Garden Fresh Steamy Beanie

  • 1 cup fresh green beans, diced (use carrots, squash, beets, butter beans, or peas)
  • 1/4 cup water
Wash vegetables and peel only if necessary. Steam over low heat until tender. Keep saucepan tightly covered adding additional liquid if necessary. Do not overcook. Cool and press through a baby food grinder. Discard any fibers that may stick o the bottom of the cutting blade. If any liquid is left in the pan it may be used to thin the vegetable puree. Add the liquid slowly until the right consistency is reached.
 
 

 BabyO's

  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup), of oatmeal (non quick cooking)
  • 1 cup water
Put water in a saucepan on the stove top to boil. Meanwhile, take oatmeal and whiz it in the blender until it becomes a powder, stir it into the cup of boiling water, turn the heat down to low, and let cook for 10 minutes. Stir with a whisk or fork to prevent lumping and scorching on the bottom. Let cool thoroughly before feeding to your baby.
 
 

 Baby Fruits

  • 1 ripe banana, apple, peach, pear, mango, or any number of fresh fruits
Wash and peel a fruit, and thoroughly fork mash, or blender it until there are no lumps and the fruit is so mushy it's almost liquid. That's all there is to it. If your child is still learning to eat solids, you can take a bit of formula or milk and mix it in with the bananas to make it more liquidize.

 Teenie Weenie Jambergebies

  • 1 slice whole grain bread
  • 2 Tbls. all fruit no-sugar-added jelly or jam.
Take a slice of un-toasted whole grain bread. Remove crusts. (Use crusts for bread crumbs. See section on how to save money by grinding your own bread crumbs from those end slices that no one ever eats.) Spread with jelly or jam. Roll bread up as you would a sleeping bag. Stab with a skinny carrot or celery stick or toothpick to keep from unrolling. Instead of, or in addition to, the jelly, use peanut butter, cream cheese, tahini, humus, or any sandwich spread. One of the sandwich spreads should be a colorful jelly so your child can see the swirl.
 
 

 Shake and Bake Small Fries

  • 2  potatoes, cut into quarters, eighths, or French fry shapes.
  • 1 teaspoon of melted butter for each potato
Wash and cut, peeled or unpeeled (the peel contains many of the nutrients). Put the cut-up potatoes in a bowl and toss them with melted butter. Spread potatoes on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake in pre-heated 400 oven for 20 minutes or until browned.

Variations: Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and/or parsley on those fries before they go into the oven delicious! Or use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes for an extra jolt of vitamin A.
 
 

FruiceSnowbunnies

  • 4 oz fruit juice, fresh, frozen, canned, or concentrated
Crush ice in blender to make snow. Use ice cream scoop to shape like snowballs and place in bowls. Pour fruit juice over snowballs.

Variation: For a sweeter, thicker topping, use fruit juice concentrate mixed with a little water. Use paper cups instead of glass for a refreshing outside summer snack.

Tot Pops 1 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp. orange juice
1/2 cup pureed strawberries
1/4 cup mashed bananas
4 tsp. lemonade bowl popsicle mold stir all ingredients put into molds and freeze for 30 minutes insert popsicle sticks freeze overnight serve

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Fish for Babies
1 filet of any fish, unbreaded, cooked 1/8 c 2% or whole milk 1 tbs. melted butter 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 cup mashed peas 1/8 c mashed carrots 1/8 c mashed potatoes put ingredients in blender, blend until creamed babies and small children like it

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Teething Biscuits
2 Tbs. Shortening 1/2 C. sugar 1 egg 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp water 1 1/2 C. baby cereal Heat oven to 300 degrees. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and water. Mix until well blended. Gradually stir in cereal. Knead until smooth. Pat into rectangle. Cut into 12 1" bars, smooth edges so they will not be sharp. Place on ungreased sheet. Bake 20-30 min or until dry. Store in uncovered container overnight.



Pureed Baby Food Recipes
Baked Apples
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F., then wash and core apples. Wrap each apple in a square of aluminum foil, and seal tightly. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes, testing with a fork for desired softness. Remove foil, skin, and core. Mash apples. Count on two to three apples to produce 1 cup of mashed apple. You can use the same method for pears, which will reach the desired softness within 15 to 30 minutes.

Puréed Meats
Cut meat into 1/2-inch cubes. Trim off all fat. Add 1 cup of stock (either meat or vegetable) to 1 cup of meat. Simmer until meat is tender - 45 minutes to an hour. Drain stock, reserving the liquid. When you purée, use l/2 cup of cooking liquid for each cup of meat. Freeze extra portions immediately.

Puréed Legumes
Carefully rinse and pick over 1 cup of any legume. Soak in water overnight or bring to a boil for 2 minutes, cover, and then allow to sit for 2 hours. Drain off the soaking water or the cooking water, then add 3 cups fresh water and bring beans to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until beans are tender (anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your choice of legume). Skim the surface often as beans are simmering. Purée with 3/4 cup milk. Freeze unused portions immediately.

Sweet Potatoes
Scrub potatoes and bake at 450 degrees F. for 40 to 50 minutes, testing with a fork for desired softness. Allow to cool. Peel, then mash with a fork, adding vegetable cooking juices, milk, or a bit of apple juice. Acorn squash can be substituted for sweet potato.

Vegetable Purées
Cut vegetables into small pieces and steam them in a vegetable steamer over 1 or 2 inches of water in a tightly covered pot. Use this water as a thinner when puréeing vegetables. The approximate ratio of vegetables to liquid is 2 cups of fresh vegetables to between 1/3 to 1/2 cup of liquid. Place steamed vegetables and a little of the steaming water in a food processor or baby food grinder and purée to a soft consistency. To add flavor and protein, try adding an equal amount of baked or steamed potato to the steamed vegetables and purée together. Thin mixture with milk to desired consistency. Freeze unused portions immediately.

Combination Dinner
Place 1 cup cooked meat, 2/3 cup cooked vegetables, 1/3 cup cooked white or brown rice, and 1 cup stock in a blender or food processor. Purée, and freeze leftover portions immediately. Yield should be approximately 3 cups.

Credits
Recipe from: Baby sense by Frances Wells Burck

Mini Meat Loaf (Baby Food)
The author says: "This is a terrific recipe for picky vegetable eaters because vegetables are cooked right into the meat loaf. Serve with a glass of milk." --Eileen Behan, R.D.

Ingredients
4 ounces ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 cup any assorted fresh vegetables, grated or chopped very fine (carrots, green beans, peas, mushrooms)
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed cereal such as unsweetened flake cereal (corn or wheat flakes are good)
Catsup (optional)
 

Instructions
For Babies 12 months and older:
Mix all ingredients (except catsup) together with your hands until they are well combined. Add enough bread crumbs so that the loaf will hold its shape. Shape into a 2-inch-thick meat loaf (decorate with a strip of catsup, if desired). Microwave at 100 percent, covered, for 3 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Yield: 1 small meat loaf (2-3 child servings)

Vegetable Custard
Ingredients
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
1 teaspoon whole wheat or enriched flour
1/4 cup hot milk
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup cooked, mashed vegetables
 

Instructions
For Babies 6-12 months:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 custard cups. Melt butter in medium size saucepan over medium heat. Gradually add hot milk and nonfat dry milk. Cook and stir until thickened. Stir a small amount of hot sauce into egg in small size bowl, then mix egg into rest of sauce. Add mashed vegetables. Pour mixture into custard cups. Place the cups in a pan of hot water that comes up to level of mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Do not freeze.

Yield: 2-4 servings

Tiny Tot Turkey (Baby Food)
The author says: "This is a complete meal in one bowl. Just serve with milk and baby will be eating from all four food groups. It may taste a bit bland to you. That's because no salt is added. Remember, babies don't need added salt and have not developed an appetite for it yet." -- Eileen Behan, R.D.

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups water
Dab of butter
1/2 cup white rice, uncooked
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped or grated
1 to 2 ounces ground turkey meat
 

Instructions
For 8-12 month olds:
Heat water and butter in microwave at 100 percent for 2 minutes in a 4 cup bowl. Add rice and carrots to hot water. Cook, uncovered, at 100 percent for 3 minutes. Stir and let rest 10 minutes, covered. Stir and cook, uncovered, 3 minutes more at 100 percent. (Rice should be almost tender. If it looks dry, add a tablespoon of water. ) Add ground turkey and distribute evenly throughout rice. Cover and cook at 100 percent for 2 minutes more. Let rest, covered, 5 minutes, until cool enough to eat and to allow for complete cooking of rice.

Variations:
Add peas or chopped green beans, fresh or frozen, at the same time turkey is added. Allow an additional 1 to 2 minutes resting time to cook vegetables before serving.

Yield: 3 cups
Serving Size: 1-1/2 cups

Basic Meat Stew (Baby Food)
Ingredients
2 tablespoons fat or oil
1-1/2 pounds boneless stew meat, cut in 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup flour
3 cups liquid (water, vegetable or fruit juice)
4 medium potatoes, scrubbed and cut up
5 medium carrots, scrubbed and cut up
1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas (or any other green vegetable)
 

Instructions
For Babies 6-12 months:
Heat fat in a large size heavy saucepan over medium high heat. Coat the meat in the flour and brown in the fat. Add the liquid and cover tightly. Simmer over medium heat for 1-1/2 hours. Add potatoes and carrots. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Add frozen peas, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Purée stew in food processor to a smooth consistency. Store in refrigerator up to 2 days; freeze 2-3 months.

Variation: Any vegetable can be substituted and 1/2 cup of uncooked rice may be substituted for the potatoes.

Yield: 4-5 cups of purée or 20-25 food cubes.

Baby Dinner (Baby Food)
In a covered pot, and using no salt or spices, combine:

Ingredients
1 cup water
1 chicken breast
1/4 cup rice

Simmer 20 minutes and add:

3 whole carrots
1/4 pound green beans
 

Instructions
Simmer 10 minutes longer.

For Babies 6-12 months:
Blend or process the meat with enough of the cooking broth to make it moist. Mash the carrots and then the beans Store separately in individual servings in the freezer sealed in plastic sandwich bags, or in a plastic ice cube tray, which must be bagged and tied. Defrost a meal at breakfast, so it's ready to heat for lunch. As your child gets a few months older and can chew better, you can grate these ingredients instead of blending them and you can use your leftovers, too.

Sweet Potato and Carrot Pie Without the Crust (Baby Food)
Ingredients
1 sweet potato
1 carrot, finely grated
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 egg
1 tablespoon raisins (optional)
grated nutmeg (optional)
 

Instructions
For 8-12 month olds or omit raisins for younger children:
In microwave oven, cook sweet potato at 100 percent for 5 minutes, or longer if it is very big. Prick the skin before cooking. Carefully remove the meat of the potato. In a bowl, mix in the carrot and yogurt, then the egg; blend until smooth. Add the raisins and nutmeg sprinkle if you are using them. If the mixture appears dry, add another tablespoon yogurt. Cook at 100 percent, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Stir, cook 1-1/2 minutes more. Let rest 2 to 3 minutes. This tastes best if served as soon as it cools. Serve with a dollop of cold yogurt.

Yield: 2 cups

Sesame Crackers (Baby Food)
Ingredients
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1/4 cup sesame seeds (make sure they're not rancid)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water (approximate)
 

Instructions
For Babies 8-12 Months:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir flours, sesame seeds, and salt together in medium-size bowl. Add oil and blend well. Add only enough water to make it easy to roll - the consistency of pie dough. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thick and cut into shapes or sticks. Bake on ungreased baking sheet until crisp. Store in tightly covered container up to 1 week.

Yield: 3-4 dozen crackers

CHICKEN STEW

For 10 months and older.

1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
1 cup water
1/4 pound ground chicken (may use boneless breast
    cut into cubes if it will be puréed)
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup yellow squash or summer squash,
    peeled and chopped
1/4 cup prepared barley (prepared according to
    package directions)

Bring chicken and water to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.

Add vegetables. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Add prepared barley. Mash or purée, depending on desired consistency. The stew may be seasoned mildly with herbs or salt.

Teething Biscuits:
1 beaten egg yolk
3 tablespoons maple syrup or molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon uncooked oatmeal
1 cup flour (white, wheat or combo)
1 tablespoon soy flour
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk.

Blend wet ingredients, add dry ingredients. Dough will be stiff. Roll dough thin and cut into strips or desired shapes. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. They can be made without the last 3 ingredients, but they add to the nutritional value.
 

Why pay more than $1.00 for 1/2 pound of processed commercial baby cereal, when you can make your own baby oatmeal for pennies a serving? Put a cup of water in a saucepan on the stove top to boil. Meanwhile, take 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of oatmeal (non quick cooking) and whiz it in the blender until it becomes a powder, stir it into the cup of boiling water, turn the heat down to low, and let cook for 10 minutes. Stir with a whisk or fork to prevent lumping and scorching on the bottom. Let cool thoroughly before feeding to your baby. It will look just like the commercial boxed baby oatmeal mixed with liquid, but much, much more economical!

Baby's food should be only moderately warm, about 99 degrees or body temperature -- like breast milk. Test for safe temperatures by poking or swirling your clean finger throughout the bowl -- the cereal should feel neither hot nor cold because it should be at body temperature. (If you are uncomfortable putting your finger into your baby's food, remember that it is certainly better than burning your baby's mouth!)

TIP: You can double the recipe and store half of the cooked oatmeal, covered well, for up to two days in the refrigerator.

When warming food from the refrigerator for baby, warm ever so slightly on the stove top or for a few seconds in the microwave, just enough to get the chill out. Stir very well to distribute any "heat pockets" or "hot spots" that may burn your baby's mouth. Then test for proper temperature as described above.

You can buy oatmeal at the supermarket, but take a trip to your local health food store to get certified organic oatmeal. It may be a little more money than the non organic supermarket oatmeal, but it's well worth it for your precious little baby. Who knows what long-term effects pesticides have on your little baby's body?! And organic oatmeal from the natural foods store costs only a small fraction of the over-priced commercial brands of baby oatmeal.

NOTE: Always consult your pediatrician before feeding any foods to your baby. One advantage of using baby formula and commercial boxed baby cereals is the added iron, but you can make up for the lack of iron supplementation in homemade baby cereals by giving your baby over-the-counter (no prescription needed) iron drops. They are sold in any pharmacy and most supermarkets. Make sure you get your pediatrician's OK first.

The Super Baby Food book has instructions for making baby brown rice cereal and other healthy whole grain cereals for your baby. Recipes also include cereals with added split peas, lentils, soybeans, and other legumes, which are just as quick and easy to make. Whole grains and legumes are SUPER FOODS that you want to include regularly in your baby's diet (and in your diet also!). You may not like them, but your baby will. Her taste buds have not yet been ruined by the highly processed, sugared, salted foods to which most of us are accustomed. Why not start her on a healthy diet of homemade, whole, natural foods! You'll save lots of money on baby food bills and, by eating a super healthy diet your baby will be happier and healthier, and your super healthy baby will save you money on doctor bills :-) !!


87 posted on 01/10/2004 6:17:58 AM PST by carlo3b (http://www.CookingWithCarlo.com)
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To: Flightdeck
My wife is a labor & delivery nurse - the best there is. One thing she'd tell you is to really BE THERE through everything - doctor's visits, birth, everything. Make certain your wife gets the best medical care she can, and ensure that she makes every visit.

I'm the father of three awesome boys, they are truly the light of my life. There is NOTHING, NOTHING at all like coming home after a really nasty commute, or a bad day at work and to have your children run to you for hugs - hug them back!

As a personal aside, the nurse that will be there to help you is not a waitress - she'll be a medical professional with years of training and a nature to be helpful and nurturing - so, get your own sodas and food please ;-)

Oh, one more thing - everything all these others folks said about the sleep & ickyness stuff - they are RIGHT!

88 posted on 01/10/2004 6:31:20 AM PST by GunnyB (Once a Marine, Always a Marine)
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To: Brad's Gramma; Flightdeck
Thanks for the ping, BG!

Flightdeck, congratulations!
God is performing another miracle as we speak!


89 posted on 01/10/2004 6:32:20 AM PST by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: Flightdeck
Congrat's.

TIP: Should you happen to sleep all thru the night a few months after the baby is born, don't say what I said.

"Wow that was great the baby slept all night."

Glaringly my wife replied, "No, you slept all night."
90 posted on 01/10/2004 7:14:01 AM PST by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: TexasCowboy
Hold your kids as long as you can.

Kiss them goodnight as long as they will let you.

Teach them to be responsible, and make them do chores.

As a sixteen year single parent, I loved my kids and now love my grandkids. I just wish I could see my grandkids more.
91 posted on 01/10/2004 7:17:02 AM PST by opbuzz
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To: TexasCowboy
Is that your child? He looks so much like my own son at that age even the smile is exact. He is now 11. Was your child a premmie? Mine was born at 3 lbs and is super healthy today. I really can not believe the resemblence : )
92 posted on 01/10/2004 7:18:10 AM PST by alisasny (Thankyou to all who made 12/28 party so wonderful in NYC)
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To: Bush_Democrat
Seriously, the only piece of advice I can give you is to be a parent to your child, not their 'friend'.

I understand what's behind your statement, but in 28 years of being a parent I've never encountered a conflict between the two roles.

93 posted on 01/10/2004 7:22:43 AM PST by js1138
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To: alisasny
"Is that your child?"

This is Baby Logan.
He's the world's adopted child.
He is our miracle baby who was born preemie with less than a twenty percent chance of survival.

Here is his story:

Fighting Logan, the Texas Termite!

94 posted on 01/10/2004 7:28:30 AM PST by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: opbuzz; Flightdeck
I would offer one more piece of advice:

Get your priorities straight!

It's easy to cop out in later years and say that you had to be gone a lot to provide for them.
That won't stop the ache in your heart because you weren't there for birthdays, holidays and special events in their lives.
You only get one chance to be a parent, and each day that passes is precious.
Use it, be thankful for it, and enjoy it to the fullest.

95 posted on 01/10/2004 7:36:08 AM PST by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: TexasCowboy
Incredible. I have to get you that picture of my son. You really wont believe it. I have him propped up similar way.

He was born 8/6/92 at 3 lbs, and by his first Christmas he weighed in at exactly 10 lbs. I have had no major health problems with him however we did have a suspected bout with ADD in his early gradeschool years. Totally corrected now and I believe it was due to his early birth, immaturity and was never ADD. Some immaturity still hanging around but he is doing very well.

Around this time in January 93 I took him for his first major checkup at the neonatal unit where he was born for followup to make sure all was well. This was after the first 5 months of all that physical therapy. That was torture for me to watch but normally he just slept through it while the therapist stretched and contorted him and I cried and cringed because it lookes so painful.

Anyway they were all "concerned' because he had not rollen over yet ( I guess that is a major milestone and he was late). They asked for 6 months more of physical therapy. I was pretty upset until the following morning when I laid him on the floor, went to get a cup of coffee, came back and he had rolled over WOOHOO, we never did another session. I sure you will have similar stories like that as the best experts on our own kids our usually us.

Thanks for sending me that thread and best of luck to all of you. : ))
96 posted on 01/10/2004 7:40:51 AM PST by alisasny (Thankyou to all who made 12/28 party so wonderful in NYC)
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To: Flightdeck
As the saying goes, "brace for heavy rolls." And yes its true, the stuff that comes out of both ends of $childunit should be classified as toxic waste by the EPA.

Congratulations!

97 posted on 01/10/2004 7:41:21 AM PST by Johnny_Cipher ("... and twenty thousand bucks to complete my robot. My GIRL robot.")
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To: Flightdeck
Congratulations! Believe me, it'll be amazing. Three years or so ago, my wife stepped on a needle, and had to have surgery to have half of it removed. I suggested to the doctor that they do a preg test on her before any anasthetic- she had been really erratic and moody for a month or so. Sure enough, the orthapedic (sic) surgeon got to tell me that my wife was pregnant. Now we have the smartest, most beautiful, healthy and joyous little 2 1/2 year old girl in the whole world!
On another note, you might look into modern cloth diapers-
www.jardinediapers.com is where we got ours. They are healthier for your baby, and cheaper in the long run than disposables- plus, no midnight runs to the store- just to the dryer :) A lot of people tell me this is too much trouble, at the same time they are fiddling with cleaning, disenfecting, and warming old-fashioned bottles. We used old fashioned (somewhat) diapers, and bottles with disposable liners. Plus with modern cloth diapers, there are no pins, waterproof (mostly) velcroed covers, and flushable liners for b.m.'s- it's worth the trouble.
Heck, we happily go to a lot more trouble than that for our little girl! Like homeschooling her, as soon as she can recognise all the letters correctly :)
98 posted on 01/10/2004 7:42:18 AM PST by TexasBarak (aka Captain Cantankerous!!- www.postalbanks.com)
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To: Flightdeck
In the Election 2000 speeches, both Bush and Cheney (along with Gore and Liberman) said Hussein was a threat that would have to be dealt with, and if needed, removed. This isn't new news.

http://www.c-span.org/campaign2000/transcript/

and do a search under each transcript for Hussein.
99 posted on 01/10/2004 7:51:27 AM PST by eyespysomething (Another American optimist!)
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To: eyespysomething; Flightdeck; Admin Moderator
OOOOPSSSS!!!! Wrong thread!! Mod, please delete my post re: Bush Cheney and Iraq fromthis lucky gentleman's thread.

Flightdeck- Congrats!!!
100 posted on 01/10/2004 7:54:03 AM PST by eyespysomething (Another American optimist!)
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