Happy 1st Birthday

Cameron’s first birthday was this month. He was also christened on the same day so it was a very big celebration with the family. Leading up to the big day, I was going back and forth about what to do for his cake. Cameron hasn’t had egg whites yet, and we weren’t sure if he reacted to egg yolks a month or so ago, so we have been avoiding eggs altogether. Therefore, a traditional birthday cake for him was not an option. I turned to www.kellymom.com first, which has great breastfeeding advice, and found some discussions about what other mom’s had done. I also did a google search and found some other websites with recipes. I finally decided on a Sugar Free Applesauce and Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting. I must say, the cake turned out more like a dense banana bread. Of course a little bit of baker error could have contributed to the dense issue. The frosting was great though. Cameron didn’t really care either way. He had fun playing in the frosting, but as I suspected he didn’t really eat much. He gladly accepted frosting from my finger, but wasn’t much interested in the cake part. It was a great party nonetheless enjoyed by four generations of my family.

Cameron’s 1st birthday

Now that we’ve passed the one year mark, I will probably start weaning during the day as pumping twice a day at work is getting laborious. After all the trouble we had the first few months with breastfeeding, I’m just thrilled I made it this far. Persistence and determination paid off. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed breastfeeding – it is truly a bond and an experience that is indescribable. Of course with all of the health benefits to both mom and baby, it was never a question of whether or not I was going to breastfeed but if I could and for how long. I have no end date in mind, but will just play it by ear.

Our plan right now is to get more aggressive with the cup. We haven’t been very good about getting Cameron to use one. And of course we will continue to broaden Cameron’s horizons in the food department. He is still fairly finicky with his eating. Some days he does great, but most days he isn’t much interested in eating all that much solid food. But with persistance and patience (on the part of his parents, I hope) he will come around in his own time to eating. From time to time, I pick up my copy of Ellyn Satter’s Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense to remind myself of that.