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astrid

Good luck with the souffles and flans! Sorry I can't help you out with recipes as I'm quite hopeless and without imagination in the kitchen. (Thank heavens husband has picked up his mum's interest in cooking otherwise we'd be in trouble :)

The pictures of Ayva in the previous post are just beautiful. And I'm sure she'd continue being just as adorable and healthy even though you're not feeding her flans and souffles! :)

Ps: thanks for the bookmooch tip. Had a look already and have started digging out all the books I have lying around.

Jennifer

Some Assvice.

A child in France doesn't need a pediatrician. Personally, I'm dead set against them. I once took my daughter to a pediatrician when she was around 2 because she wasn't sleeping through the night. I had been taking her to my regular GP up until then because his hours were more in tune with my own and was easier to get to.

The pediatrician, that bitch, didn't even touch my daughter. Didn't go through any of the motions of seeing whether or not she was physically ok. First time she had ever seen her. The pediatrician just looked at me, after I told her why I was there, and said "It's normal for her not to sleep through the night at her age." That was it. No suggestions on how to encourage her to sleep better. Nothing. Actually, the only other thing she said was "40 Euros please." I was furious.

Pediatricians are highly overrated. A regular GP will do. Honest.

Second, in France, a crèche is for the parents that work and need full time care for their children... however, if you go to the mairie or local counsel that deals with child services, you should ask about the "halte garderie" which is generally in the same place as the crèche (or it might be in a "centre aéré" - which means that it's a service that wouldn't be available during school holidays)... "Halte Garderie" is the name of the part-time day care that is for adapting small children to "la collectivité".

So custard is recommended for babies in Corsica? Insteresting... :-) Good luck.

Sarah

I don't think you have to worry about Ayva being shy as she grows up. This is just a phase that all kids go through starting at about 8-10 months and ending sometime after they turn one. Natsuki is going through the same thing right now. Ayva's been outgoing up until now so she'll probably go back to that once her "phase" is over.

Souffles and flans seem like a lot of work for a little baby. We give Natsuki lots of rice, noodles, bread and crackers in addition to her fruits, veggies and diary (yogurts and cheese). I haven't had much luck with getting her to eat meat or fish so far so you're doing better than me in that area. Also if there are eggs in either of those (I am not a cook) then you might want to be careful until she's one if there is a history of any type of allergies in your family.

Also about when little kids are playing together, they are too little to know how to play nicely but this is the perfect time to start teaching them. If Matteo's mom is there it might be more difficult but if you're watching them by yourself then keep a close watch on them and if you see him going to pull her hair or whatever stop him before he gets to do it. That way he knows exactly what it is you don't want him doing. Just hold his hand and say no while looking in his eyes. It doesn't have to be mean but they need to know you sincerely want them to stop. I usually smile a bit and shake my head while I'm saying no. I find that most of the time it's enough to distract them and then I re-direct them to some other toy or whatever.

If it's already happened and Ayva is crying, of course you know what's best or how much it hurt, but that type of stuff is going to happen a lot her in little life so you want her to be able to "roll with the punches" as it were. I usually just go close to my child, pat her back and say "It's OK" in a calm voice if I think she needs it and then go back to what I was doing. It's enough that they know I saw what happened but it's not so over the top that they start having an over-reaction just to get my attention. We have one lady in our church who has a 3-year-old son and she freaks out over every little bump and scratch so her son goes overboard everytime, too. Honestly, it's exhausting to watch!

In Japan we have a free check-up at four months for all babies. Around 40 moms go at the same time to the women's health center and we line up and go through about seven different stations to weigh, measure, see the doctor, get a immunization shot, etc. It takes the better part of two hours and it's hard to keep the babies happy through all of it. Anyways, I always get in trouble on that day for not having given my four-month-old tea/water in a bottle or consumme. The first time I didn't know what to say since usually at that point I'm only nursing and my babies are satisfied and growing but the second and third time I just said that I didn't think it was necessary. The poor health nurses almost fell off their chairs!

My point is that you know what's working for you and your family and if souffles and flans are too much then don't worry about it!

Nancy

I heartily agree that souffles and flans sound like a crazy amount of work for a baby. I can imagine that everyone around the world has different opinions about what works for babies, but you're the only parents of Ayva! I'm with you on the embarrassment over comments over weight. When I was seeing a new specialist after my surgery for Crohn's, she said "you must have gained a lot of weight since the surgery?" Thanks! It's sometimes hard to blow those comments off! It's great to hear stories of another N. American living abroad and living life through a second language! Sounds like you're doing well. . . It's taking too long for me, though I'm doing ok with my Portuguese.

Heidi

I just simply scramble an egg (minus the milk) and put a litle bit of shredded cheese on top for Fynn and he is good to go. I can't imagine spending the time to cook a fancy egg soufflés for him. Ha! I'm all about the easy/practical methods. :-)

Miss ya!

Jen

I was being silly one day and decided I actually would try a souffle. I made it in a shallow dish instead of trying to make the fancy tall thing that I would worry about falling. (Any glass or ceramic baking pan works if you grease it - and I add grated parmesan to make a bit of a crust and help it get out of the pan). It wasn't perfect, but my son couldn't get enough of it. I made it later when my daughter was eating with us, and she gobbled it down too. I can't find where I got the recipe at the moment...do you need an exact one? It's easier than people would lead you to believe...it's basically a cheese sauce with egg yolks added after it's made, throw in steamed brocolli or spinach or chicken or whatever, and fold it into beaten egg whites. Bake in a greased pan (get fancy and sprinkle parmesan on that grease) and eat. And when you're doing a flat one you'd never serve your french in-laws, the amounts just don't matter! And it's flat, so who cares if it falls?

Now everyone thinks I'm just one of THOSE people. *sigh* Oh well, guess I am! lol

Be well.

meredith

Hmm, flans or souffles were never suggested to me by my pediatrician. I did eventually make fluffy kind of omelets for my girls, though.

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