So here I sit sweating away, there are fresh mangoes on the table and later we will eat BBQ chicken on a stick, it feels great to be back! In many ways it feels like home, it isn’t the Emerald Isle, but it is another beautiful island with friendly people, and I am so glad that God lead us to this place to share His Word, and to make our home away from home.
Of course being here for the first time with a baby, has turned our life upside down. Danny and I are used to getting around town on his motor bike, not anymore! Our visiting, shopping and working are now around Izzy’s naps. The biggest difference of all is walking around town. Filipinos love babies and everybody stops to talk to Isabela. She has only been here a few days and already we are known just as “Isabela’s mummy and daddy.” She loves the attention, the squeezes the love and so far has not seemed to have noticed that we have traveled across the world, to a new place. If these past days are anything to go by I think she is going to love growing up on Palawan. My one worry is that by the time we return to the US and N.Ireland she will think everybody should be so excited to see her, and she will go home with her head in the clouds. 🙂 I will keep you posted on that one.
|First time to sit up!|
|First time in a swimming suit, and having a cool bath outside!|
|First time in a jeepney!
|First time to fly to Palawan!|
….and a few firsts for me too as a new mum. I was surprised to go to the one main grocery store in town and realize that there is NO baby food. In California I had been buying the little handy jars of pears and peaches and green beans and all the rest. So, I guess it is time to head to the market and buy some fresh fruit and vegetables and start mashing! If anybody has any advice on the whole making baby food and what can freeze or not freeze, please pass along what you know and I will put it to use!
Another first for Izzy and I will come this Monday when Danny goes to the tribe for a week and leaves us two behind! We would appreciate your prayers for Danny and his friend Chris as they fix up our house and get the solar power up and running and hopefully fix our fridge! Izzy and I will stay in town and it will be our first week without Daddy around. I will let you know how we all get on, and hopefully it won’t be too exciting!
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Oh I'm so glad to know you have a blog! As far as baby food goes, making it is SUPER easy. Do you have a blender or a food procesor? Do you have ice cub trays? Steam vegies like green beans, carrots, brocoli, etc, just like you would for yourself except steam them longer, until they are very tender. Throw them in the food processor or blender. Do not throw out the water you steamed them in b/c it has all the leached nutrients in it. Add this water little by little into the blender/processor. Blend away. Add more water until you get a consistency you know she prefers. For other vegies, like potatoes or yams, just cube and boil until super soft. Then do the same process. I usually don't do too much fruit until they are doing table food and can eat little cubes, but if you want to puree fruit, do it just like you would the potatoes and yams, by cubeing apples or pears or anything, and boiling them until soft. EVERYTHING can then be spooned into ice cube trays and placed in the freezer. Once frozen, pop them out and put them in a ziplock and put them back in the freezer. Those little cubes make perfect little portions and you will soon learn how many cubes she usually eats at a meal. THese cubes can stay frozen at least 6 months. Thaw and heat in a microwave or if you don't have a microwave, use a double boiler type thing. Once thawed, you can add rice cereal or the like if you want. Once she starts eatting more, like meat, you can make a vegie chicken soup and then just throw it ALL in the blender/processor…..meat, vegies, and broth, and puree, put in ice cube trays, and freeze. If you don't have a processor/blender, you can get hand mills to puree. Oh, peel apples before boiling. I think that's it. Baby food making 101. Facebook me if you have more specific questions or if any of this is confusing. 🙂