This is my first week home with Noe by myself. Michael took the last two weeks off for paternity leave and my mom was here for a week after the baby was born so these are our first few days just the two of us. Like most things, the anticipation of being on our own was much worse than in actuality.
Noe is what I imagine a typical newborn to be, having not had much experience with newborns in the past, I’m just guessing. She sleeps a lot, fusses a lot, cries when she’s hungry, wet or wants attention. She’s a champ of an eater, luckily we haven’t had any feeding issues thus far. At her 2 week appointment yesterday she had gained almost 1.5 lbs since we left the hospital! She feeds every 2-3 hours for the most part, including at night. I’m usually up with her around 1am, around 4am and then again around 7 or 8am. Funny how your views on a good night’s sleep are adjusted with a newborn. If I can sleep in between her feedings I call it a successful night.
Love waking up to this face!
I decided that I’m not going to read a bunch of baby books or try to force a plan on the two of us. She’s 2 weeks old, I’m a new mom, we’re just going to wing it until something tells us that what we’re doing is wrong. This whole thing is like one big trial and error session, constantly trying to figure out what works, what doesn’t. One day she liked the Solly wrap, the next she screams her head off in it.
I’m just taking it as it comes and trying hard to savor each moment. Every mom I talk to warns how fast it all goes by. As someone prone to movement and getting things done, I’m trying really hard to slow down and enjoy this time when she’s still so little, stationary and young.
That brings me to this homemade apple sauce. Like most things, the anticipation of making it felt worse than in actuality. I’ve never made homemade apple sauce before. But it’s a synch to make. While my mom was here she and Michael made a run to Costco while I stayed home with the baby, and came home with a 16 pack of apples. I’ve been making my way through the batch but knew I’d never get through all of them before they went bad.
So applesauce it was.
If you search recipes for homemade apple sauce you’ll find the sugar called for can range from a teaspoon all the way to a 1/4 cup or more. I liked the idea of letting the natural sweetness of the apples come through and only added 2 tablespoons of brown sugar but adjust accordingly to your taste.
I’m sure we’re in for plenty more homemade apple sauce as Noe gets older, glad to start experimenting now.
- 5 apples, I used fuji apples, cored and peeled
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Peel and core your apples, then chop into small pieces.
- Heat a large pot over medium high heat then drop in your apples, water, lemon juice and salt.
- Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes.
- Sprinkle in cinnamon and brown sugar, turn off the heat and mix well.
- Using an immersion blender, blend the apples to desired consistency.
- I like my apples sauce to have some bite so I left it chunkier but feel free to blend until smooth.
One more of Noe and Dad.
Enjoy and Exhale!