What a Week!

So, as I wrote last week, Turner had a stomach bug on Saturday. Luckily it only lasted one day! Before you get too excited, it was too good to be true. Sunday morning he woke up with the nasty post nasal thing. If that wasn’t bad enough, I got it too! So we had a very quiet week lounging around the house.

Between the two of us, we probable slept 5 hours the whole week. He coughed all night, and I couldn’t sleep either because, every time I’d doze off, I felt like I was suffocating and woke up! So instead of snuggling in bed each morning and doing our daily routine, we lounged on the couch and watched TV all day, which we never do.

It was a blur of resting, doing our (yes OUR) nebulizer treatments, eating, and resting some more. Luckily it was so cold out that we didn’t miss venturing out.

We both went to the dr early in the week. I got an antibiotic, which helped immediately, and Turner got a steroid for his cough to reduce inflammation. It seemed to work. His cough is getting better and the congestion has cleared up, thank goodness. Nothing a new hipster haircut and a bunch of tulips can’t fix!

Let’s hope we’re on the mend! Is it Spring yet??

Sick Baby

Poor Turner woke up super sick on Saturday. We all slept in until 8, which is late for us. I looked at the monitor and Turner was still asleep, which is very unusual for him. He’s usually wide awake, playing in his crib, by 6am!
We brought him into our bed to have our usual coffee and milk time. He drank a little milk and then wanted to lay down again. He wanted to snuggle, so I took full advantage (even though I knew that wasn’t normal).

Immediately after I took that picture, he threw up. My reaction was to sit him up and try to catch it. Seriously!? After that round, we stripped our bed and laid him down on a towel.

After some time went by, we brought him, his towel, and a garbage can downstairs and set up camp on the couch. We all sat there and watched TV. He got sick again 30 minutes later. Then he fell asleep on the couch around 10.

Poor little baby. It broke my heart to see him like that! Luckily that was the last time he got sick. He woke up from his nap and started asking for water. I held him off from eating or drinking anything, because I didn’t want him to get sick again!

By 12, I gave him some ice chips. He held that down and was begging for cheerios. So, by 12:30 we gave him a few cheerios. Luckily he kept those down too! He went into his crib by 2 to take a nap, because he was exhausted. He took a solid nap and woke up good as new. This did not happen the last time he got sick! It was a week solid of throwing up. I was so thankful he wasn’t sick for long this time! Let’s hope that’s the end of illness this season. Stay well!

Potty Training Part One

I titled this “Part One” because I plan to update you when I have a potty trained toddler, which I don’t see having any time in the immediate future. I mentioned the other day that we starting potty training. By that I mean, we took out the Lil’ Loo Potty and have been letting Turner sit on it while we’re home. I’ve read these “Potty Train Your Toddler in 3 Days” types of blogs, which has just made me feel like a complete failure. So, I stopped reading them 😮 It is definitely not happening that way. Sure, if I wanted to confine the two of us to a small space and never leave my house, it might have worked. But I need to get out for everyone’s sake!

I started the process Saturday, so it’s almost been a week. This is what our days have looked like…

Every morning, I get Turner out of his crib, and he drinks his sippy cup of milk in our bed while I drink my coffee. Right after that, I take off his pants and diaper and he sits on the potty. The trick to getting him to sit there for extended periods of time is to let him watch “BeeYooos” (a.k.a videos) on my phone or play a game on my Ipad, which he’s only allowed to do while he sits on the potty. So, after about 10 minutes, if he doesn’t do anything, we move on to his room. I bring his potty in there, so it’s close, and he plays with his toys. Every so often I say “Turner, do you have to go pee pee?” and he says “no”.

After about an hour playing upstairs, we head downstairs for breakfast. I lay a diaper on his high chair and sit him on that in case he has an accident. After breakfast, I put his diaper on and get him dressed so we can head to the gym.

Once we get home, I take his pants and diaper off again. He sits on the potty or plays while I get his lunch ready. Sometimes, he’ll eat his lunch or snacks on the potty. I figure, the more he’s on the potty, the more of a chance there is that he’ll actually go to the bathroom!

Then, I put his diaper on for nap time. After nap, the diaper comes off again. We really haven’t been going out in the afternoons, so we’ve had a lot of time to work on it. He basically is pants-less until he goes to bed, which has been nothing short of amazing.

He’s peed on the potty a few times and he gets a reward. Sometimes he asks to sit on the potty. But I’m not getting worked up about it. Usually, I’m hard core with schedules and such. But I’m gonna let this play out. I’ll put in effort, but I’m not going to drive myself crazy over it. I mean, eventually he’ll catch on!

Toddler Meal Ideas

I can’t even believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted! Life has been good, which I’m thankful for! We just started potty training two days ago (kind of), which entails Turner walking around the house naked and me following him around with his potty asking, “Do you have to go pee pee?” to which he replies “NO” and then pees on the floor. I’m not quite committed to it, because I don’t really have the time, so I don’t have an exact plan. I’m just sort of seeing if he takes an interest. If not, we might table it for a few months. I’ll keep you posted!

Turner and I have our daily routine, and a big part of that is food! I love to cook and experiment with food, so I try to come up with healthy meals and snacks for him when I have the time. As many of you know, Turner loves food. But lately, he’s gotten pickier with what he eats. I have to be extra sneaky about it. I guess he’s really becoming a toddler. I’m always searching pinterest and other blogs for toddler food ideas, so I thought it would be helpful to share a few of mine!

Breakfast Ideas:

~Scrambled egg, waffle, fruit
~Scrambled egg, breakfast cookie, fruit
~Healthy Baby Pancakes with fruit
~Plain oatmeal with a touch of Greek yogurt and cinnamon

Lunch Ideas:

~Peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread with fruit
~Egg Salad served with whole wheat toast
~Banana topped with peanut butter served and a few graham crackers

Afternoon Snack Ideas:

~Steamed carrot sticks with ranch dressing
~”Milkshake” (unsweetened kefir with cinnamon stirred in with a straw) served with “Breakfast Cookie
~Smudgies served with freeze-dried cranberries and fruit
~Greek Yogurt mixed with 1/4 tsp turmeric (lots of health benefits. Read up) and 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For supper, Turner usually eats what we eat. But in the case that he’s not into it, here are a few of his favorites:

Supper Ideas:

~Soups (minestrone, chicken noodle, lentil)
~Refried black bean and cheddar quesadillas.
~Small noodles with butter and cooked peas and carrots

I hope this was helpful! I stick with what I know Turner likes and modify it now and then. Feel free to share your kiddo’s favorites too!