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NOAM'S FIRST MEAL | FOOD & DRINK
There is a lot to catch up on here at Jenée Sais Quoi as Baby Noam is already almost 6 months old !
This first post after maternity leave covers a big event: Noam's first solid food!
Over the years I have enjoyed writing about seasonal and celebratory
and entertaining with
in NYC. So of course, for me, Noam's first meal would be monumental.
This project meant more than just cooking food for my son. It was about setting the tone for a lifetime of healthy and adventurous eating. I even called a friend in San Francisco,
, a foodie and
, for her thoughts on this big event.
As I contemplated it, bought it, and prepared it, I thought about the bigger conversation going on concerning food in this country right now such as:
- Having a conscious about from where our food comes
- The injustice of poor neighborhoods not having access to healthy, fresh foods
treating food as medicine.
I wanted all of this to be considered and passed on through the food.
Our pediatrician recommended that we skip over the rice cereal and go straight to complex recipes. Whatever we eat, he can eat. This new way of feeding babies in America is thought to lessen food allergies and picky eaters- I'm a big fan of that.
I started the meal at the
. I decided whatever was organic, local and in season would be his first vegetable. There was a small stand with carefully placed bunches of veggies in wooden crates that looked inviting. Since I was not one of the early shoppers, the pickings were slim. Yet, this bunch of White Japanese Turnips looked like a beautiful first meal and Farmer Greg posed for a picture so that Noam can see who grew his first meal.
Willow Wisp Organic Farm Stand
I considered just boiling them because it was still unfathomable that a baby could handle more than one ingredient at a time. But I decided to go all out and make this recipe from
. Luckily I had all the ingredients laying around. With tons of love, I prepared
. I even served it in little tea cups I acquired during a trip to Japan many years ago. Then I unwrapped a special spoon sent to him by my friend Tiffany. We shared this food on a Sunday - Mom, Dad & Noam - a perfect day for our family's first meal together.
baby mush on bottom
As for Noam's opinion on his seasonal, local, organic, miso Japanese turnips- he could not get enough!!!! He was even licking his tray!!!
Hopefully the thoughtful choice for my son is the beginning of a healthy relationship to food, to his body and the world around him.
May he always enjoy breaking bread with family and friends as it's one of life's best pleasures.
Baby Products that helped make this a success:
(not an endorsement - just a tip to help other moms)
- Great for babies that are almost ready to sit, but def ready to eat.
- It's cute, easy grip, just the right size, and BPA free
Even Bloggers Sometimes take a Break
Motherhood | Adventure
Don't worry - Jenée Sais Quoi is just taking a break
so mother and baby can bond. I highly recommend all new mothers take advantage of this time to slow down (though it will not feel like a break!!!). Use this time to stare at every adorable part of your quickly growing baby (do not stare at your phone!). Take the time to discover & enjoy his personality. Have dance parties for 2, dinner parties for 2 and steal as many kisses as you can.
Coming back soon with more insight on how to possess that (jenée) sais quoi.
In the meantime - follow on
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OUTFIT IDEAS | FASHION CLIFF NOTES
Last month I had the opportunity to work with the founders of
Myself and the bump were featured on a segment called Bump Envy! - what would I wear???
I went with a sexy Rock & Roll approach.
This dress was something I picked up a few years ago when the Mullet dress made it's return. It's funny how last year I was over it, but now it has a completely new shape with my expanding silhouette so it feels new to me. This tight number might even make a better maternity dress than non-maternity.
The black leather trim makes it edgy, especially with a bump. Paired with my new
I am ready to go to CBGBs. Oh wait - it's closed - Ill just stay home and put the Clash on instead. That way I can take naps in between dance sessions.
Keys for Bump ala Rock & Roll - Fitted clothing, Black Leather, Boots, & Loads of Attitude.
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