Life with a Baby: 11 Months



Oh boy, this update is late! Sixteen days late to be exact. Life with an almost 1 year old sure is busy. =)

My little monkey ZOODLE, that’s what I call her when I get her from a nap. haha. Adriana is going through so many incredible changes. It’s an amazing age, yet challenging too. I can see her frustration with wanting to do so many things all at once, but not quite having mastered all the skills yet. I’m just trying to be there for her as much as I can and reassure her that she’s doing great. She’s just entering another leap so I can sense that she’s feeling a bit off lately, but aside from those challenges she is a very happy baby. She loves to giggle, smile, baby talk (oh my is it ever getting cute), and just generally being a stinker. She loves doing things to get a reaction! She is easy going when being held by new people. She went to a party the other weekend and was held by just about everyone and didn’t seem to care at all. On the flip side, she is learning to assert herself with mom and dad. She loves to put up a HUGE fuss when getting her clothes changed, face wiped, etc. It’s like end of the world dramatic.

She’s now pulling herself up to stand on everything. She’s always looking up…thinking what can I pull myself up onto? One of her favourite things is to crawl over to me or Eric and grab onto our hands and pull herself up to stand. We cheer her on and she just beams with pride, looking back at one of us as to say, did you see that!? It feels so good to be able to help build her confidence. She’s a super speedy crawler (I call it sprint crawling because she screams when she does it as if to rev herself up) – and always trying to get into things. She currently loves trying to follow me into the pantry – I have to be quick. And she zooms over to the fridge or dishwasher whenever I have it open. If I drop any food on the floor I can be sure she’ll have it in her mouth. The other day I found a piece of raw onion in her mouth….silly girl.

Breastfeeding and solids are both going strong. I’m still nursing on demand about 6 times a day. She has always been a milk lover. Her new favourite thing is to crawl over to me, pull herself up, and try to pull down my shirt! This could get awkward in social settings. She is also doing well with Baby Led Weaning and she gets 3 meals a day. I had many doubts and fears about BLW in the beginning (mainly choking), but it’s been incredible for her.

Here is our BLW story in a nutshell, taken from an Instagram post the other week:

We tried BLW around 7 months and she wasn’t interested in the food at all…just threw it around (which in hindsight I see was just part of the exploration process). So we switched back to homemade purees with very little success. She was NOT a fan of purees and mostly just pushed the spoon away from her face. We started to get discouraged…so then tried BLW again around 9 months old and never looked back. It started off very slow (with lots of gagging reflex) but after a couple weeks she started to figure things out. This time she was ready. Two and a half months into BLW and she’s so excited for meal times now. She screams with joy and will try absolutely anything. I’m sure this will change when she asserts "no" as a toddler, but I still hope it’ll help her develop a positive relationship with food. It’s been amazing to watch her learn on her own (and through watching us eat too). My own learning experience has been that all babies go at their own pace…try not to compare. Trust YOUR baby. this applies for everything, and as they say "under 1 just for fun".

This Baby Led Weaning book is incredible. I wish I read it months ago!!! Highly recommended.

Her favorite foods right now are: avocado, butternut squash, sweet potato, kidney beans, pastured eggs, zucchini, broccoli, apples (we can’t eat an apple without her anymore…or any food for that matter…she eyes us until we give her some). We let her try what we are eating and she’s enjoyed things like lightly spiced curry, chili, stew, veggie burgers, homemade fruit sorbet, etc. The only difference between our food and hers is that we don’t salt or sweeten her food. So if we make veggie burgers we will split the batch, salt our half and not salt hers. It’s a bit of a hassle, but not a big deal. I read that salt is hard on their kidneys at this age so I’m trying to avoid it.

The biggest challenge with feeding lately? She has been slamming her body into her highchair over and over like a wild animal wanting to be set free. She’s been doing this for over a month or so. It makes this huge banging sound and I worry about her hurting her head because she whips herself back so hard. She seems to get a real kick out of it because she knows it gets a reaction. Then she laughs and giggles like crazy, especially if I try to hold her head from doing it again! lol. If these walls could talk, eh? From what I’ve read online it’s very common for babies to thrash in their highchair. At least, that’s what we’re consoling ourselves with. We usually just take her out of the chair when she starts with the hijinks because I interpret it as a sign that she is done or bored, but then I worry she didn’t eat enough. *shrugs*

Nursing has it’s challenges now that she is more active. She loves to squirm, kick, pull my hair out (ouch), giggle, FLY OFF me when finished, etc. Such a stinker. Sometimes she just giggles and then I laugh and we’re sitting there laughing when she should be getting sleepy, but what can you do. I go downstairs and tell Eric I pretty much woke her up because we were giggling and being insane. I want to embrace all these silly moments because I know they won’t last forever. But I do absolutely cherish when she’s sleepy and calm, like before a nap or early in the morning. It’s my “zone out” and relaxation time and I can feel the stress melt away when she’s in my arms. Hello, hormones! It’s like a drug.

Sleep has made progress in some areas and setbacks in others. First, the good: She is sleeping through the night about 3-4 times per week (knocking on wood here). *insert praying emoticon here* Now, this doesn’t mean that she doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night, but she’s able to fall back asleep on her own after a brief cry or fuss. It’s awesome, especially after almost a year of getting up between 1-3 times a night. I think there is so much emphasis on having babies sleep through the night at a super young age, it’s easy to forget that it’s normal for them not to (just like it’s normal for some babies to sleep through the night early on!). I remember feeling like we were doing something wrong because she wasn’t sleeping through the night when my other friend’s babies were, and now I see how silly that was. Now, the not so good: bedtime. Whomp, whomp. She fights bedtime so much for the past few months and it usually takes a minimum of 1 hour before she’s asleep, sometimes two hours. Sometimes she just plays in her crib and chats while other times she cries and we have to go up there to soothe her. Naps have been pretty awesome (when she’s not skipping them). On a good day, she’ll nap just over an hour in the morning and up to 2 hours in the afternoon. This has helped me get so much work done which has been great because my second cookbook manuscript is due end of Sept.*insert praying emoticon here*

She went through a period where she had a meltdown every time one of us tried to give her a bath in the baby tub. It was stressful. So I remembered what some of you said and I tried having a bath with her instead. Oh man, does she ever LOVE it! No more tears after that. Bath time is fun again. Baby tub is OUT. I guess she just wants to be a big girl now? Her favourite thing is splashing the water and soaking me. Why would she want to go back to a baby tub after that? I sure wouldn’t.

I forgot to mention the state of diaper changes! They went from being easy breezy to feeling like I’m wrangling a wild animal. It’s so hard to change her now that she’s so active and mobile. She will often flip and start crawling away in the middle of it (when we’re changing on the floor, that is). We have less issues when using the change pad (with a belt) in her nursery, so maybe I should get one of those for downstairs too. I’d love to hear any tips on how other parents wrangle their kiddos! ;)

I’m gearing up for her 1st birthday party. I can hardly believe it. Our house is going to be packed with friends, family, and Adriana’s friends. Somewhere in the crowd there will be a mom creepy-staring at her baby while hiding her eyes welled with tears and smiling. Yup, that’ll be me. I’m going to lose my shit when we sing her happy birthday, I just know it. It should be fun. Here is a sneak peek of the colour scheme. Who says the 1st birthday party is mostly for the parents? ha….I would be guilty as charged. I’m having way too much fun planning the décor and food. My mom and stepdad are coming for a week around her birthday and I’m so glad they will be here to celebrate with us. Only 2 weeks to go now!! And just like that, my baby will be a toddler in the blink of an eye…what a beautiful, crazy, wild, mind-blowing year it’s been. It just keeps getting better.

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1 Melissa September 7, 2015

Aww, what a sweetheart! My “baby” is 14 years old, but my twin sister has a 2 month old, so I feel like I get to experience this stage all over again. She is exclusively breastfeeding, so I am going to get her the Baby Led Weaning book, sounds right up her alley.


2 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2015

That’s so nice you get to experience the newborn stage again via your sis! I hope she likes the book if she gets it. I really enjoyed it and it’s a quick read.


3 sue September 8, 2015

So nice to get an update! I love seeing/hearing about your little one’s progress. Glad to hear all’s well.


4 Sandy September 8, 2015

Such a sweet, heartfelt post. Thank-you for sharing your journey with all of us! It brings back memories to read about all these stages – they truly go so fast. My little fellow just turned 4 (!!) in August. I found your website because he was diagnosed with a cow’s milk protein allergy when he was only 4 months old and I was looking for dairy-free recipes (I was breastfeeding and had to be dairy-free myself). It seems like it was just yesterday, and yet I see how much he’s grown and learned and changed, it is amazing. I cried at his first birthday (and just a little bit at each birthday since then, lol). Enjoy and have fun and show us some pictures of the party, please! Sending you all good wishes.


5 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2015

That’s amazing you found my site back when your little guy was just 4 months old. I hope the recipes helped! Thanks for following along :)


6 Catherine @ foodiecology September 8, 2015

So sweet! I hope you’ll share her first bday theme & *some* of the details.
I’m nodding my head in agreement (nursing and diaper challenges, speed crawling, etc) because my little guy is almost 11 months!
Isn’t motherhood incredible-crazy–stressful-inspiring-fun-exhausting?!!! :-)


7 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2015

Yes I will for sure share some pics!
Happy almost 1 to your little one. :)


8 Alina September 8, 2015

My babies are 3 and 6, but I still call them my babies :). Not in public, of course, as my son would be profusely embarrassed.
I agree with you, birthday parties are for parents too, especially when the kids are young. In our house we still celebrate them with family and friends (not only kids) as we love to catch up and enjoy a happy afternoon together. What better reason to see our loved ones than to celebrate a new year in our kids’ life?
I love reading your updates, Angela, and I am looking forward to the next one.


9 Lana September 8, 2015

Angela! I can’t believe both of our girls will be one in less than 2 weeks. Time has flown, filled with incredibly highs and some stressful times, but all worth it in the end. And believe it sister, I will also lose my shit during the Happy Birthday song. I say we’re allowed to be creepy because we gave them birth :) Much love, xx


10 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2015

Very true! happy birthday to your baby girl! Glad I’m not the only one who’ll be emotional. Pass the wine!


11 Carlene September 8, 2015

My daughter used to do that in her high chair as well – it drove me nuts! Her high chair would actually move across the floor she did it with so much force. She did it for a good four or five months before she finally stopped.


12 Anna Lee September 8, 2015

I can’t believe she’s almost one! It feels like just yesterday I was reading your ‘Welcome Home Adriana’ post. Wow. That onion in her mouth had me laughing so hard. And her over the top, dramatic reactions to getting changed or cleaned up. She seems like a very do-what-i-want kind of girl. When she begins to talk, look out! Haha.


13 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2015

haha yes she has a stubborn streak like her mama I think ;)

It honestly does just feel like I just wrote that post! Thanks for reading :)


14 Mieke September 9, 2015

Happy almost birthday to your little girl! A year flies by.
I’m 13 weeks pregnant today and I already got tears in my eyes when I read you will be feeling emotional at the happy birthday song! Hormones!!
I love reading the pregnancy and baby posts, how you are honest about your struggles and how you emphasise trusting yourself and your child. Gives me confidence!
Thank you and a warm hello from the Netherlands!


15 Katrina September 9, 2015

I changed my first two on the floor. When they got too squirmy I put my legs over their arms up by the shoulders. It basically locked them in place for the minute it took to change a diaper. Now, with my third, I exclusively change him on a counter and if he gets fussy I give him the sudocreme container or wet wipes to hold.


16 Allison September 9, 2015

Oh my gosh, reading this brings back memories (my daughter is 2.5). She would love to slam herself back in the highchair over and over while we freaked out! Finally we started to ignore it and it finally stopped (mostly…) now she refuses to sit in one at all. Oh and the DRAMA. my goodness. it still continues. wiping her face apparently is torture to her.

I’m very curious about the BLW, and want to try that with my second. I hope that one day you’ll consider doing a toddler food chapter or entire book! I know she should “eat what we eat”, but with working full time, we don’t really eat dinner (true confession). I pack her lunches and snacks for daycare and always looking for interesting and healthy options!


17 Amy September 9, 2015

My almost 16 month old also has her squirmy moments when being changed! I’ve found that if I hand her a “special” toy, usually a knick knack off her bookshelf, or a clean diaper to hold, she stays quite still for me. She also likes putting the knick knack back on the shelf


18 Sarah September 9, 2015

Angela, I love reading your blog specifically for the baby posts. I have a 7.5 month old son, and have been following your baby posts since before he was born. I love hearing about what I have to look forward to! It seems that sometimes you use the baby blog posts to ask other moms for advice or tips. I just wanted to let you know, I am getting so much good advice and tips from your accounts!! Thank you for paying it forward. Hearing about your trials and tribulations, especially with breastfeeding in the beginning, really helped me!


19 jennP September 9, 2015

My daughter’s babysitter when she was younger had to deal with lots of squirmy kids… and her trick? she changed their diaper while they were standing! She mastered that technique! Maybe that would be a good trick for Adriana?
I love reading your monthly updates. My daughter is 13 now and I miss every single age ! childrens are so precious ! I find that past age 1, it is even better because they start communicating more and more.
Can’t wait for your new book!!


20 Nicolle September 9, 2015

Always enjoy your Baby posts/updates!


21 Emily R September 10, 2015

Oh my goodness, where has the time gone? Adriana is doing so well. Soon she will be able to stand on her own and help you out in the kitchen ;0) My Son loves to be at the counter with me while I’m cooking. I will bring him up on a child safe stool and give him a mixing bowl with some veggies and a spoon. He will just mix away and say ” I help momma” it blows me away on how much fun they are and it gets better and better.
My son went thru a similar sleep pattern as Adrianna at night. I had read that much like us adults, babies have a internal clock and after sleeping for about 4 hours they will wake up and need to figure out that they can fall right back to sleep. Us adults do this as well but we have become adjusted to this that we just flip over and fall right back to sleep like it never happened. She will figure it out and soon you will have that 8 hours stretch =0)

Happy Almost Birthday Sweet Girl.


22 Jessica September 10, 2015

I find that giving a toy or singing a favorite song helps a lot with diaper changes. :-D


23 Amanda September 11, 2015

Angela, i can almost hear myslefing saying the exact same thing over here! LOL They are getting big! OMG it is been almost a year since our girls (or Adriana and my Gabriela) arrived. And what a year!
Happy first birthday to you girls!


24 Sara September 11, 2015

Ah, yes. The crawling diaper changes! I’ve found with my 14 month old I either need to give her a small toy to amuse herself with or I do the “leg over the shoulder” things someone else mentioned. Recently, just changing her on the couch instead of on the floor seems to be working. Maybe just a change of scenery? Who knows with these babies!


25 Deanne September 12, 2015

Way to go on still breastfeeding! I struggled like you did in the beginning, but I am still going with my wild almost 15 month old! (Yes, they get even more active during feedings!) I think the challenges make it even more rewarding! Congrats on having an almost 1 year old!


26 Leah September 13, 2015

Aww I loved this update. She sure is great with other people. I was slightly nervous before I held her that she would cry her eyes out but nope, she gave me a goofy grin and made my heart melt. She is such a sweetie, can’t wait to see the pictures from her 1st Birthday!


27 christina September 14, 2015

My baby is 11 months too! I sometimes struggle with what to feed her. She is currently eating a vegetarian diet with very little dairy (raw goat’s milk only). Do you steam your broccoli, zucchini and apples for her? Or, how do you cook them? Any chance you might be doing a baby/toddler cookbook or posting recipes? Happy 1st bday to your daughter!


28 Amber September 16, 2015

My girl will be 1 on the 19th! They are so close in age. I give my girl something to be distracted with when I change her bc I was having the same problem. It’s usually her toothbrush.

You’ve probably answered this, but why do you include eggs?

Thanks for your perspective!


29 Robyn September 16, 2015

Hi Angela
My son just turned 2 on Monday so I totally know what you mean. Time FLIES by! Enjoy every second. If you do not have a bedtime routine already, I would suggest that to help her go down. We’ve always done bath, milk, brush teeth and snuggle. Now he’s not keen on sitting still to snuggle so for awhile now I have been taking him into his room and reading him several books. We read by a lamp instead of the bright overhead light. Then we turn out the lights and lay on the guest bed while I sing his prayer song and good night song I made up and he snuggles on my chest. I snuggle with him til he falls asleep. I know I probably shouldn’t have started that habit since he would go right down before on his own but I enjoy it and I know I don’t have much longer that he will let me do it. Soak of every minute.
As far as the changing diapers on a bucking bronco, the only thing that works for us is for him to have a toy or something to hold or we just keep him distracted singing songs. I think all kids hate having their diaper changed.


30 Masha September 17, 2015

Hi Angela!

I’ve been following your baby posts since your early pregnancy. Our babies are 2 weeks apart so it was very interesting to follow. I have an 11 months old very active boy. Seems like our babies are very alike. My son hates changing clothes and its a wrestling war every diaper change. He also just started sleeping through the night a few days a week and i felt that i was doing something wrong when he didn’t and all my friend’s kids did. My ped said its becasue breastfeed babies sleep not as good as formula fed.

I saw that you are feeding eggs to Adriana and wanted to ask if you also feeding diary or fish? It is difficult to find a lot of information about vegan infant/toddler diet. Do you think that eggs are essential for infants? If you have any good books/articles that you can recommend on the subject of vegan diet for toddlers it would be great!

Thank you


31 Isa Mora February 9, 2016

I’m having the same issue with vegan diet, I can not find enough information about what to give them. Now I am just giving her what I eat and she is very strong!


32 Rikki September 18, 2015

I saw that you’ve been feeding Adriana “pastured eggs”… Like chicken eggs? :( Are you not vegan? Just curious.


33 Scarlet Markle September 21, 2015

Hey Angela!

I love reading about what your little girl is up to! My baby girl is about to be 11 months on 9/29 and it has just flown by! They are so fun at this age, aren’t they? My daughter, Meadow is a little jokester right now! She loves to make us laugh and I love to see her smile and hear that adorable giggle. When she wakes from a nap, I love seeing that sleepy smile she gives me. I totally get the dramatics with diaper changes. Meadow is the same way! End of the world lol.
I love how she can just crawl over to me now and she loves to pull herself up with my leg and stand there. I am constantly cheering her on all day for things that she does and she seems so proud of herself.
I was cracking up when you wrote about the dishwasher and fridge bc that’s exactly what Meadow does. When I have the fridge open, she loves to rush over to the gap and look at me and smile and laugh from the other side.
I’m feeding Meadow 3 times a day now too. At first, it was a little daunting but now it’s a breeze and she loves trying new things.
She will be 1 year old next month and I am blown away at how fast time flies! I will definitely be shedding some tears that day but it will great to see her eating her cake and enjoying the day!


34 Kate September 21, 2015

Oh I hear you about the diaper changes!! My daughter just turned 18 months, and we have tried toys, singing, ANY random item to hold (diaper cream, wipes, baby thermometer, hand lotion, kleenex box, etc etc etc), which all worked for awhile, but now I think she’s onto us! Now the only thing that works is watching short little videos of herself on my phone (bad mom!!). Doesn’t matter if I change the venue (floor, couch, change table), the little monkey just flip flops around like crazy. She really does like watching silly videos though, so that may work for Adriana as well. Love the updates. I agree that it just keeps getting better. My favourite age thus far has been 15 months until now – hands down. My child was never a great sleeper, but when she hit 15 months things just sort of fell into place and she went to bed like a dream and slept through the night (which is a bloody miracle let me tell you). So glad to hear how much you are enjoying your little one. They really are incredibly fun (even when they are stinkers) aren’t they?


35 Frank September 22, 2015

It’s nice to see how the little ones progress. My daughter is 18 months and she is so busy. It’s great to watch them learn something new every day. We are surley blessed to be a aprt of it.


36 Monica September 23, 2015

What a sweetie! I have to add that refined salt is bad, but it is very heathy and beneficial to add pink himalayan or celtic sea salt to food (good for all ages). There are many beneficial trace minerals our bdies need. Check out the weston a price foundation for great information on feeding babies. :)


37 Liz September 27, 2015

My daughter just turned 11 months so we’re also planning a 1st birthday right now! I was wondering if you were doing some sort of cake for her. And if so, would you be able to share the recipe? It’s been difficult finding a healthy but tasty looking recipe for a 1 year old. I was thinking of doing something with pumpkin since she likes pumpkin and it’s the perfect time of year for it… Any suggestions? Thanks!


38 Catherine B. October 2, 2015

Hi there!

Primo : thank you for sharing such yuminess!!

Secundo : our daughters are about the same age! She will turn one next week and I was just peeping to find that yummy coco cream recipe to use as icing on her birthday cake! I was just extra curious to maybe have a sneak peek at what type of cake you will prepare!

I was thinking of icing a cake with the coco cream and maybe also some avocado raw chocolate pudding and adding some fruits as cute toppings.

It’s very fun to read you and I’m gonna wish your little stinker a very happy birthday and congratulate you on your first year of being an awesome mommy!!

Cheers from Montréal!


39 Cat G. October 2, 2015

OMG with the head banging. We never had an actual high chair, just a booster on a wooden chair, but my daughter started banging her head on the wooden chair back around a year old. She would start banging her head backwards and if we didn’t take her out right away, she would throw any leftover food on the floor. I would tie tea towels around the top of the chair back, so she couldn’t hurt herself. It was so frustrating. I finally gave up on the booster around 18 months and just let her sit on the kitchen chair.


40 Kristin October 7, 2015

Hi Angela! I am also a mom to a 4 year old and 10 month old and recent follower to your blog just curious if you already do or plan to have your daughter also follow a vegan lifestyle?


41 Rose O'Reilly October 13, 2015

Loved this post! Can totally relate to it :)


42 Becky October 18, 2015

I’m new to your story but can identify with your worries and challenges described here. My son (now 3) had very similar eating and sleeping habits. One suggestion, teach her sign language. It was so much nicer to have my son sign for milk, instead of pulling my shirt down. He self weaned at 16 months. Thank you for stirring up the memories.


43 Katrin October 21, 2015

My daughter was exactly the same. She is now 8 (her birthday is close to Adriana’s)! She refused to eat anything off a spoon until she was 16 months old and didn´t show any interest in food. Then turned around and self-weaned within 6 weeks, during which I taught her sign language which really changed our nursing relationship and made it much better – really recommended it!


44 Carrie October 20, 2015

My little guy will be 1 in two weeks and I’m trying to figure out what to make for his party. I’d love to hear what kinds of food, cake, etc. you made for Adriana’s birthday! Will we be getting a post like that soon? No pressure! :)


45 Bobbi October 26, 2015

Hi Angela,

I have a 8.5 month old and I am also doing BLW with breastfeeding. Your comments resonate with me. I was worried about my son not taking to solids too (he refuses me putting a spoon in his mouth so purées have been out). He finally started becoming more interested in solids at 7 months. We have been doing BLW. It was nice to catch up on your blog. I began reading your blog when I was pregnant last year, to get some recipe ideas to increase my iron and protein intake. I’ll have to continue following. As you know being a FTM, life goes sideways with a new baby and I haven’t had a lot of time to cruise the internet except for baby related sites :)


46 Christina November 5, 2015

Maybe the clean hands changing pad will help with your little ones diaper changing time


47 Amanda November 6, 2015

Can you post the recipe you used for your girl’s birthday?? My son is about to turn one and everyone wants to get him a cake, but there’s no way I’m letting him near all that sugar. I would to know what you did as an alternative!


48 Delphine November 14, 2015

Hey there,
I love your website, keep up the hard work!
Would you share the recipe you used for the cake?
Thanks a lot


49 Laura Finnegan November 28, 2015

When my son was young and would hardly be still for diaper changes, I would either put on the Wiggles, which were big at the time, or, if we were in public bathroom, I would sing to him. It’s a matter of distraction.


50 Mary Brade December 4, 2015

Morning everyone. I pop in every now and again to see how life with baby is going, she’s growing so big now and the developmental changes will come every day, it’s such an exciting time.
Thank you for continuing to post, for those of us who like a little visit, I would miss not reading the baby posts.
Love, love your recipes and your web site. I look forward to seeing what your agile mind and extreme talent in the kitchen will produce for us in the future.


51 Jennifer December 6, 2015

Hi! I just read your post and I have a question about pastured eggs… I saw that you do let your daughter eat eggs and I’m wondering if you and Eric have also been eating eggs? I thought you were 100% vegan. The reason I ask is that I’ve been struggling with this a bit myself… I’m striving to be 100% vegan but my husband still eats animal products. My youngest son loves scrambled eggs but I have been feeling bad about giving them to him. I feel like if I’m not eating them, I shouldn’t give them to him… I’m curious to know how you guys are dealing with it with a little one :) I guess I have been feeling like if I’m eating a certain way for my health and for environmental reason, people will think of me as hypocritical because I let my kids eat differently…. however, this is new for me so until now, my kids have been eating the way I was brought up…. a standard Canadian diet. I would like to transition them to a vegan diet, but its really hard! Any thoughts? I need to ease my mind!! hahaha :)


52 Véronique December 14, 2015

Dear Angela,

Thank you for these stories. I am not a mom (yet), but I aspire to be soon. And reading your baby stories, how you learn as a family, as a woman with this little bundle of life is so reassuring and inspiring. Often, I will laugh or get tears to my eyes. All the goodness that you give your baby, I am certain that it allows her to bloom every step of the way.

Merci for sharing,



53 Jones January 3, 2016

I think that Nursing offers it is difficulties since she is much more energetic. The girl enjoys in order to squirm, quit, draw my tresses away (ouch), laugh, FLY OFF me whenever completed, and so on This kind of stinker. Occasionally, the girl simply giggles after which We giggle as well as we will seat generally there having a laugh whenever the girl must receive tired, but you may be wondering what are you able to perform. We proceed downstairs as well as inform Eric I quite a lot woke the girl upward because, i was giggling as well as becoming crazy. I wish to accept each one of these ridiculous occasions because, We realize these people will not finally be permanently.


54 Jones January 3, 2016

I’m new to your story but can identify with your worries and challenges described here. My son (now 3) had very similar eating and sleeping habits. One suggestion, teach her sign language. It was so much nicer to have my son sign for milk, instead of pulling my shirt down. He self weaned at 16 months. Thank you for stirring up the memories.


55 Jones January 3, 2016

I thought you were 100% vegan. The reason I ask is that I’ve been struggling with this a bit myself… I’m striving to be 100% vegan but my husband still eats animal products. My youngest son loves scrambled eggs but I have been feeling bad about giving them to him. I feel like if I’m not eating them, I shouldn’t give them to him… I’m curious to know how you guys are dealing with it with a little one :) I guess I have been feeling like if I’m eating a certain way for my health and for environmental reason, people will think of me as hypocritical because I let my kids eat differently…. however, this is new for me so until now, my kids have been eating the way I was brought up…. a standard Canadian diet.


56 Emily G January 5, 2016

She looks like a cutie! Jealous you get to enjoy a little babe all the time, can’t wait to get to that point in my life. Just curious, are you not showing her face in photo’s on the blog/media for a reason? Or is she just too squirmy to get a good shot? haha


57 Laetitia January 7, 2016

Hello Angela, I wish you a Happy New Year full of joy and inspiring recipes!

I have a question. And I’m asking you because I can’t find answer anywhere! I’ve had your book for a while now, and in the mean time my baby has grow into a one year old. She wants to taste everything I eat or drink and I was wondering if it was ok for her to try things containing chia seeds, hemp seeds, maca and other superfoods or my green monster!

Did you share your drinks with your baby? I find it difficult to say no ;)
Thank you !!!!


58 Jacqueline January 12, 2016

Hello from Toronto Angela: I have never signed up to follow anyone or anything before & Mukha (14 yr. old Siamese) and i are working from home today. We happened upon you via your kale chip recipe. Somehow, i noticed Sketchie at the bottom and clicked on. Is it ok to ask how is he doing? Besides being adventuresome with your recipes, having a child, writing a book, i could go on….. i noticed your heart is gentle and kind. Sooooo…. this e-mail is not intended to by any means make you sad, just can sense a soft side to you and hope things are healing. Much admiration, continued success and joy in 2016. Your newest follower, Jacq Ox & Muks (till Jim gets home and tastes your version of kale chips)


59 Nicole January 13, 2016

Is there a 1y update? Maybe I missed it, but couldn’t find it on my mobile. Would love to see the -what’s certain to be amazing- first birthday celebration!


60 Sandra Azar January 19, 2016

My son has had problem with foods too, but of course every child has to undergo that kind of situation. Now my son LOVES eating, especially fruit and chocolate :) I wish your family the best in raising your lovely child!


61 Stacy February 2, 2016

You’re ready for The Honest Toddler! Friend them on Facebook and bookmark their website: for the next 2 years they will be a-speakin’ your language!


62 Isa Mora February 9, 2016

Hello!!! Omg, I’m in the same phase as you with my 11 month baby!! I’m reading you and it seems that I write it lol!! I baby Lead Wening and still breastfeeding! I’m feeding her just vegan food, and she loves it :)


63 Shamma February 11, 2016

Hi Angela!

I have just been so excited to explore your blog – it is so informative, honest and welcoming, and your recipes are DELISH! I was wondering if you have any plant-based, nutritionally rich recipes for baby smoothies or meals on the go? I have an 11-month old and I can tell that you are the one to ask!
Please keep up the amazing work and blessings to you in 2016!
With gratitude,


64 Natalie February 18, 2016

Im newly vegan and doing my research on wjat kind of milk ro give my baby after the breastfeeding stops. Any advice?


65 Angela Liddon February 29, 2016

Hi Natalie, my daughter refuses to take any milk but my own (I’m still nursing), so I don’t think I’m the best to give advice on this! :) We’ve tried almost every kind of milk with her and she just doesn’t like any yet. Our paediatrician said to give her water in addition to the breastmilk, and when I stop breastfeeding to emphasize foods that are rich in calcium, iron, etc. Anyway, I know this doesn’t help much, but I would talk to your paediatrician about it.


66 Jen February 26, 2016

Love your recipes and blog. My little guy is about to turn 1 – sniff* and I was searching for a recipe to make his birthday cake. While we are not vegans per se, but enjoy vegan meals a few nights of the week, our friends and their children who are attending the party are. Instead of making 2 cakes and singling them out I will just make a vegan cake but was having difficulty finding a recipe that is both vegan and sugar free (or naturally sweetened with fruit ) for babies.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me out! Many, many thanks!!


67 Stephanie March 3, 2016

I just came across this free box of baby goodies thought you readers might want to know:


68 Baby Bottle March 14, 2016

Really love your article,waiting for your update


69 Shawn Hansen March 29, 2016

My daughter is 2 year old-now. Her every talk and many activities are surprised me all the time. When she was 11/12 months, she was starting to surprise me and all of my family members. After reading this article, I’m finding many similarities between Adriana and my daughter (oh my daughter name is Jeniya). She is also talent like your little angle. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and very informative article. :)


70 Vanessa April 3, 2016

Hi Angela, I always love ready about your babies progression and how you approach things. My baby is just turning 12 months and I’m trying to broaden her horizons past veggie purees and also find recipes that we can all enjoy. Are there any recipes in your book or website that you recommend? I am also trying to avoid salt and sugar like yourself, which is tricky when she wants what I’m having.


71 Angela Liddon April 8, 2016

Hey Vanessa, We tend to give Adriana whatever we’re eating, but usually when I make a dish, I will portion out her serving(s) before I add the salt and things like cayenne or red pepper flakes. She really loves many of my pasta dishes on the blog and in the book. I like to use a spelt rotini pasta as it digests a bit easier and it has quite a bit of protein/fibre in it. She also enjoys a lightly spiced chili (especially the red kidney beans), pancakes spread with coconut oil instead of maple syrup, my blueberry spelt muffins (I’ll often reduce the coconut sugar by half), roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes (one of her faves!!), tofu, and of course fresh foods like smoothies, avocado, apple slices, oranges, banana, etc. I hope this helps get the wheels turning!


72 Vanessa April 11, 2016

Thanks so much for your reply Angela! Its great advice. My baby won’t let me eat anything without her now so I will try some of your recipes out and see how she goes. xo


73 Angela Liddon April 12, 2016

You’re so welcome! Good luck. :)


74 Melissa April 19, 2016

Hi Angela ! I am wondering what the best plant based milk is to replace dairy milk for a one year old ( if baby stops breastfeeding at one ) thank u :):)


75 Kathy May 7, 2016

I hope your daughters birthday party went well :)
My daughter is turning 1 in a month and just wondering what cake you had as I’m trying to find some ideas and there’s nothing appealing to me. Everything is either loaded with artificial colours or sugar or it’s so boring and bland.

Could you possibly do a post on your daughters 1st birthday party?

Thankyou. I love all your recipes and snapchats.

Kathy from Australia, Brisbane. oxoxox


76 Natasha Wilton May 23, 2016

Lovely Post.!! 100% agree with you.Really they are happy when we celebrate their birthday party as a family.Our family culture is different with others family culture.I don’t mention this now :) Only one thing I can tell you we celebrate everyone birthday, ha ha ha ,age doesn’t matter at all.


77 Sharon Hamlin May 23, 2016

Great thing you noted,It remind my past when I was a kid,and celebrating my birthday with mom,dad and brother.They gave me gifts like cute dolls, toys, and many more things.Celebrating birthday is also important to build a healthy relation with other family members.


78 Renee September 3, 2016

Hi Angela,
I follow your blog and I love what you post! I’ve been eating a plant based diet since 2006. I had a baby a year ago and my question was what do you feed your toddler?


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