June 30, 2011 (9:21 pm)

Kamea’s 1st Birthday – No Cake For Us!

by Kristen Suzanne

Over the weekend we celebrated Kamea’s first birthday. WOW! What an experience that was. It was a day filled with emotion as I thought back on the day of her birth. I knew it would be a special day, but honestly, I didn’t know how awesomely special! It was really cool… my baby is now ONE! :)

In preparation for her birthday, I was asked, mostly by family, “Will you be having a birthday cake?”

My response, “Why would I give her a sugar filled cake?”

Kamea has been primarily consuming breastmilk for the past year, exclusively breastfed for the first 8 months. Since then it’s primarily breastmilk along with some pure and healthy whole foods, many of which are raw, introduced slowly to taste and play with. It’s only now, around 12 months, that she actually takes a few bites of things. We’re more or less following Baby Led Weaning so I make things available. Sometimes she’s interested and sometimes she’s not. There is one thing she seems especially fond of… my delicious nutrient filled smoothies.

No apologies here for not giving Kamea something filled with sugar just because it’s her birthday. I know some of my family rolled their eyes at me, but come on… she’s one! I see no reason to load her itty bitty system with processed sugary crap, I mean shit, I mean stuff. Some of you might wonder why I didn’t make her a raw vegan birthday cake. I opted not to do that because that would’ve been filled with dates and nuts, better than the traditional cake to be sure(!), but it’s not something she would’ve truly enjoyed – she only has about 7 teeth in the front and wouldn’t chew well on hard items like nuts. Plus, we haven’t ventured much into nut territory yet. She’s had some sips of almond milk and cashew milk, and she recently has taken a liking to hemp seeds (yeah! so good for babes), but that’s pretty much it.

So… how did we celebrate her beautiful birthday in my counter culture style? We took her for a special birthday gourmet raw vegan SMOOTHIE at Chef Sara’s Raw Cafe. Her smoothie was filled with fresh coconut, coconut water, spices, and other wonderful goodies that are perfect for her digestive system. We also had a fabulous raw lunch there. It was so good! New York might have Pure Food & Wine, but we have Chef Sara’s Raw Cafe. I can’t wait to go back!!!

Here are some photos. We had some from the restaurant, but I’m waiting for Greg to send me those. In the meantime…


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  • http://TheRawDIfference.com/blog Candice L Davis

    What a cutie! Sounds like the perfect birthday celebration. Hoping more parents will decide what’s traditional isn’t always best. 

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thanks! My thoughts exactly :)

  • http://veganza.com Renée MBM

    No one is a bigger raw cake fan than me, but SHEESH. You give kids what they’re ready for and what’s good for them, not what everyone else thinks is “normal” or “cute.” Nicely done.

    Lovely photos. :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thanks :) it just made sense to me, ya know? I felt really good about it.

  • Agnes

    My goodness what a beautiful little cutie!!!!!

  • Natasha

    My family gave me a hard time about not giving my oldest daughter a cake for her 1st birthday. Well she is now 10 years old and it surely didn’t hurt her to “miss” out. Now that I have a 3rd baby, I think my family knows that I won’t be giving her any cake!

  • Jen

    Happy Birthday Kamea! I cannot believe it has already been a year! It sounds like she had a great day.

  • Brooke

    Kristen, I completely agree with you that one years old is far too young to be overloading their system with all that white, processed sugar.  Put aside the fact that you are health-conscious and raw vegan.  It just makes common sense to not feed that kind of food to baby when she is slowly coming off breastmilk and just now incorporating other foods into her diet.  It might be cute to watch a baby get all messy with frosting and a cake the size of their head, but they won’t be happy a couple hours later when their digestion can’t handle all that sugar.

  • http://gingeristhenewpink.blogspot.com/ Lauren519

    What great pics! Love what you did for her celebration! She is so beautiful and her and A have very similar hair color!

  • http://wicwoes.com Lynn

    LOL, I love it!  I exclusively breastfed my first two kids until they weened themselves (wanting what we were eating, taking it slow, etc.), but I had to ween my third early (at 16 months lol) because of food sensitivities.  That being said, we did give her ice cream cake when she turned 1 year old.  As much as I agree that we eat way too much junk in our society (and I wholeheartedly agree with you on that!), I think a little junk from time to time isn’t such a bad thing (plus we got the cutest pictures of her digging into her cake face first!).  But to each his own!

    P.S. Your daughter is so cute!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thank you!

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  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Lol! My family is learning, too!

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  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thank you!!!!!

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  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    It’s a great question. I think you need to plan, think ahead… talk
    with the teacher so she understands. And, if you want to strictly
    adhere to a certain diet, perhaps you need to give your baby girl
    other “reward” type things for skipping the junk at school? I don’t
    know… just thinking off the top of my head. And, making sure she
    understands why the foods she eats are so good for her. My friends
    routinely talk with their kids about why they eat the way they do and
    the kids really seem to “get it.”

    Anyone else have suggestions????

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Research I’ve done online and my own intuition since it’s not a food
    people tend to have allergies too. Personally, I think those sips are
    just fine! I didn’t start offering her hemp seeds until a week ago.
    They’re nice and soft, great texture, small for her. And, they’re a
    bit “tacky” so they stick to her lips a bit giving her time to move
    them to the inside of her mouth, if that makes sense.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    And in Dr. Cousens’ book he lists it at 8 months. :)

  • http://www.frugalveganmom.wordpress.com Frugal Vegan Mom

    Thank you, for standing your ground, setting an example, and sharing with us…  My first baby is 4 mo. old now and I’m dreading the interference at future holidays from family about what she eats…

  • Rose

    Nice! I just started solids (BLW here too!) with my baby at 8 months. She is 10 months today and doesn’t eat a whole lot, but I am still nursing full time =) I am not sure what we will do for her birthday, but I can tell you that if she does consume sugar, it will be made by Mother Earth herself (ie, fruit!).
    Can’t wait to start the green smoothies. Have you ever given her one with Vitamineral green?

  • Raluca D

    Happy birthday!  Health and hapiness!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Hi! No haven’t used that in Smoothie.

  • http://www.rawdorable.blogspot.com Anonymous

    Happy 1rst birthday Kamea!

  • Teresa

    Good for you for sticking to your beliefs when it comes to cake…. and who cares if others roll their eyes and so on.  I think sugar is evil.  Yah I might be over the top but honestly I see kids at school with all sorts of cookies, puddings, and junk and that’s what they end up wanting since they aquire a taste to it.  The smoothie sounds like a superior alternative.
    Happy Birthday Kamea !!  Hugz,     Teresa

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Hugs back! Thanks for your support :) ) XO

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  • Katie

    Hi Kristen! I totally worship your blogs, and I am especially grateful for them since I’m expecting my first child November 4th!  I’m drinking tons of veggie juice and eating lots of hemp and sticking to as much raw as possible.  I never eat refined sugar while pregnant and I don’t see why I would feed it to my tiny one-year-old (or two-year-old… or three-year-old…:).   Social pressure is intense when it comes to birthday and other cultural traditions, but I figure when this baby is here, if my family wants to bake a cake, they can do so and then eat it themselves.

    I’ve had lots of comments like “If you try and be too strict with what your kid eats, (s)he is gonna go nuts the second (s)he has any freedom and become a junk food junkie!”  Do you ever get this little gem of wisdom?!?? Sheesh.  I don’t even know how to respond.  Other than “OK, either that or (s)he’s a junk food junkie for his/her whole life…”  I don’t know.

    I feel so passionate about nutrition and ESPECIALLY children’s nutrition, and I’m so glad to have your blogs as an excellent resource on my journey with my new baby.

    P.S. I got terrible skin with this pregnancy, and switched to Dr. Alkaitis — and now my skin’s never been better in my entire life.  What would I do without you? :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Awwwww! You are so super sweet! Thank you :)

    People haven’t said that to me directly, but I suspect they think it
    sometimes. Here’s the thing… I’ve heard from so many families who
    communicate with their children about healthy eating and they kids
    “get it!” They know why they eat healthy and they think of the other
    food as junk food that they don’t want because they respect their
    bodies. I think if you continue to have this open and honest dialogue
    with your kids then you’ll pleased at the choices they make. If they
    do have some junk food, they won’t feel good(!) and it’ll be a
    deterrent. Get them in the habit of healthy eating and they’ll stick
    with it. :) But, keep the dialogue going and keep them excited about
    how great they feel and strong from eating so well :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    So glad she has your support!!

  • Anais

    Happy Birthday to Kamea!  Good thing for her to be still mainly on breast milk! My baby just turned 10 and hasn’t really started eating yet either. We just gave her some bananas and other soft fruit, but after the first couple of days she lost interest. She also got very restless and seems to be in pain, especially at night, so I stopped solids again to make sure to give her digestive system some rest if that is what it needs.

    I have a question for you, though. I would love to give her some of my smoothies but am afraid about introducing more than one fruit at a time. Do you just make very simple smoothies for you or is she being fine with lots of ingredients?

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I’ve done it both ways and at the age of 10 months it’s easier, in my opinion, to offer variety then at say 6 months. I think it depends on baby though. In my experience with Kamea, the first couple green juices and smoothies she tasted were mild with a few ingredients. Then, we went more complex and she did great.

  • http://www.rawdorable.blogspot.com Anonymous

    I just noticed that Hayden has that same Paddington Bear book. 

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    A friend bought it for her in London. :)

  • http://www.rawdorable.blogspot.com Anonymous

    She’s got good taste in books.

  • http://welshgirleats.com/ Sarah

    Happy belated birthday, beautiful Kamea!  I can’t believe she’s one already.  I remember following you on your fertility journey.  Isn’t life amazing!  Hope you’re having a great weekend x

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Awww! Thank you for your support. It’s been such a journey. I just now thinking I can handle two lol! I’m all caught up on sleep and energy. I wonder if we will need to go on another fertility adventure next year.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    We transitioned so slowly that it never became an issue. Because I
    followed baby led weaning, that might have made the difference. Her
    favorite first food that she would lick and take a couple of bites
    from was apple. I just took a bite of the apple and put it up to her.
    She licked it a few times in the beginning. Next time, she took a
    little bite. Sometimes I picked a little chunk off without skin and
    put it in her mouth. That was kind of the routine. She didn’t take to
    liking banana or avocado like many babies. But, she likes guacamole
    now that she’s a bit older. A couple of times she took a bite or two
    of some puree I made from soaked dried fruit. All in all though, she
    didn’t get into solids until well after 8 months.

  • Deb

    …just saw this post!…(catching up since vacation and 8 year olds final (yay!!!) foot surgery for bi-lateral clubfeet…)…Kamea is such a darlin’ and the way she is transitioning to solid foods is just awesome..Kudos to you Mom! You are doing a wonderful job with listening to your instinct and her too….I just LoVVVE how you handled her B-Day cake, you are such an inspiration to all of us, especially for the mommas- to- be and those with babes just a bit younger than Kamea! :) Happy belated Birthday Kamea!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thanks so much. I love your encouraging feedback and appreciate it. Sending you and your healing babe love!

  • Deb

    ….Thank you! he is doing great :)

  • Jocelyn

    Hi Kristen!  I am a fairly new follower to your blog and website (about a month).  Happy belated birthday to Kamea!  I live in Casa Grande, so it’s wonderful to have raw food gurus like yourself close by!  Thank you for posting about Sara’s cafe.  My hubby and I had NO idea any raw restaurant in the Phoenix metro area still exists.  The one in Tempe closed down several years ago and we were so bummed about it.  Cave Creek is a little bit of a drive for us, but we’re in Glendale, Peoria, and north Scottsdale every few months.  The next time we’re close by it, we will definitely have to make plans to visit!  Just glad to know about it.

    Thanks again!  :D

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    She is closed thru August for travel.

    Have you been to Chakra4Herbs in Phoenix?

  • Jocelyn

    No I haven’t.  Is it a restaurant?

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Yes! With many raw options. :)

  • Gina

    Hi, Kristen! Wanted you to know I saw a doll for little girls that is slightly different than the regular bottle fed baby dolls we all grew up with.  This doll responds to sensors in a nursing top that the little girl puts on and the doll makes sucking sounds so little girls can play at feeding their doll babies the natural way.  On Amazon…http://www.amazon.com/Berjuan-1502-Bebe-Gloton-Breastfeeding/dp/B002QIWRA0.  I LOVE YOUR BLOG for both Raw Food and Green Mommy.  You have helped me have a positive experience with lowering my husband’s high cholesterol.  We’re both in our 40′s and have been SAD Dieters…We are having an impact on both of our daughters with their food and product choices now so you are single handedly changing GENERATIONS of people!
    Your Recipe Books are AMAZING.  Thank you so much!  Your career choice is a real world changer!!!
    Gina Williams

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thank you so much for the compliments. :)

    I saw that doll advertised a long while back. Groovy, eh?