The other morning Alex woke, rolled over to me and said ‘I feel like I didn’t get any sleep last night’, to which I replied ‘I was just about to say the same thing’. And it wasn’t Charlie that night, as adults we both had restless nights. It happens and this is why I have zero expectations for my baby to sleep through the night any time soon. That morning we skipped our exercise and stayed in bed to play with our baby.
These are my favourite mornings and I love this gentle start to the day as we all wake and play together. They’re happening a little more frequently with our wakeful nights and chilly mornings. They’re a relatively new thing too. Until recently, (well 2 months ago) Charlie slept till it was nearly time for Alex to leave for work. Before that he would wake while I was out exercising. I missed being there when he woke up during that period. I just love being there when he wakes in the morning. The smiles as he gazes at me for the first time that day are so very precious. Now our baby wakes me like clockwork at 6.30am, even if he’s had a feed and gone back to sleep at 6am. 6.30am is playtime, whether mumma is ready or not!
Charlie is so fun and playful in his first awake period of the day. He’s already is bed with us (and has been all night lately) so I unzip him from his snooze suit and set his arms free. He waves them about with delight, clutches them together before grabbing at the sheets and blankets, entertaining himself for quite some time. We end up playing peekaboo and rustle in the sheets together. We might read a story or two and play with his toys. It’s the most precious time of the day. We mostly stay in our room for the first awake time as the rest of the house is rather chilly now that autumn is here and our heating is yet to be installed. Although as I sit to write this post the electricians are here in my home installing the heating. Hooray!
So the other morning I snuck away from the bedroom, leaving my boys to play and prepared us porridge. Hearing squeals of delight from the bedroom as I cooked away in the kitchen, heart bursting.
Seeing those three servings of porridge at the table bought me such joy. We ate breakfast at the table together, which is another special thing, because that almost never happens. I love preparing food for my baby. I’ll share plenty on this in future posts. It’s helped to bring back my interest in food and I’ve actually been feeling hungry lately, which is fun, eating because I’m hungry, not because I know I should.
I posted a picture from this morning and lots of people asked about the porridge fingers so I thought I’d share the recipe. I adapted the recipe from the Babyled Weaning Cookbook (link). The original uses just oats and water. I wouldn’t eat this myself, too bland, and I only want to serve things to my baby that I would eat so I flavoured away.
Raspberry and coconut porridge fingers
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup hot water (or whatever milk your baby is drinking)
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
sprinkle of cinnamon
crushed frozen raspberries
Soak the oats in the water for at least 20 minutes, or overnight if you can.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a small tin with baking paper. I used a loaf pan measuring xxxx.
Add the coconut and cinnamon to the oat mixture. Spoon into the tin and flatten. Top with the crushed raspberries (blueberries are delicious too). Use crushed raspberries if your baby is still getting the hang of feeding themselves. The first time I made these I put whole berries on top but found they made it too easy for baby to crush the bars apart.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool, then slice into fingers.
Makes 5 fingers.
These are best served fresh to young babies as they get quite firm after sitting in the fridge overnight. If you’ve ever eaten leftover porridge you’ll know what I mean. Before reheating them I sprinkle a little water on them to boost the moisture content. My toothless baby appreciates this.
For our bowls I cooked our oats using a mix of water and milk. Topping our bowls with yoghurt, nut butter, raspberries, coconut and cinnamon.