Toddler Meals

Happy Tuesday! Turner and I have both been struggling with the nasty sinus and cough bug. Lots of napless days and nebulizer treatments! But I think we’re on the mend.

As Turner gets older, it seems harder to get him to eat healthy foods. Now that the weather is warmer, it’s definitely easy to disguise greens like spinach or kale in smoothies. Here is a link to our daily green shake. I’ve also been compiling some photos of meal ideas that I wanted to share with you for your finicky toddlers!

Working from top to bottom, left to right:

1) Fish Sticks, Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas, Guacamole 2) Sliced Cheddar Cheese, Grapes, Banana with Peanut Butter 3) Grilled Cheese Squares, Roasted Butternut Squash, Grapes, Cucumber Slices 4) Honey Roasted Turkey Breast, Roasted Butternut Squash, Roasted Baby Carrots 5) Fresh Berries, Cottage Cheese, Chicken Nuggets 6) Spread almond butter on banana, roll in chopped granola and freeze.

Hope your kiddos enjoy these ideas! Feel free to share your favorites with us!

17 Weeks

 How far along? 17 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 11 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? I just broke them out of the attic. I swapped out summer and winter and organized what I will fit into throughout the summer along with some maternity gems (like jeans in this pic from A Pea in the Pod).
Best moment this week: Painting Baby Girl’s room and taking Turner strawberry picking.
Miss Anything? Feeling well and having the energy to enjoy doing fun things with Turner.
How are you sleeping? Like a rock. I went to bed at 8:30 last night and slept until 8 this morning!
Movement: Not quite. I just feel her shifting around.
Food cravings: Pretty much the same. I still don’t love food. I’m just trying to pack some good stuff in so I can feed this baby!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still feeling a bit queasy. It doesn’t really stop me from functioning (that’s the exhaustion), but I’m still on Diclegis. Hopefully I’ll be able to stop soon and maybe get some energy back!
Have you started to show yet: Yes. Someone came up to me at the gym this morning and was like “Congratulations! I was wondering if you were pregnant” So I guess I’m past the I-look-like-I’ve-been-spending-too-much-time-at-Dunkin-Donuts phase.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy. I wouldn’t say I’m moody, but I definitely get discouraged when I have rough days because I expect that I should be past the feeling crappy stage. But expectations always set me up for failure, so I’m trying to just focus on the moment!
What are you excited for? I’m excited to decorate Baby Girl’s room!

Play Room Makeover

Well, since Baby #2 is on the way, we need to make room for her! Our FROG (furnished room over garage) was our guest room. But last weekend we moved my office and playroom up there and cleared out my old office for the nursery! It’s so much cooler than my old office! There’s much more room for Turner to play too. We even hooked up our second TV so I can have food network on while I work.

It’s a win-win. Turner is occupied for hours and I get so much work done! He has his basketball hoop and ball-pit up there too, so now we have less clutter in our house. That makes this momma very happy!

Strawberry Picking

It has been raining for a week straight. That gets me down as it is, but having a stir crazy toddler makes it even more difficult. We’ve been finding plenty of things to keep us busy in the house, but it’s always nice to get out!

Saturday, after Turner’s nap, the sun finally came out! It just so happened to be the weekend that our local Strawberry festival was happening! So, the second he woke up, we headed out! I think I was more excited about the strawberries and Turner was excited about the mud and puddles.

When I go strawberry picking, I’m all business. I am on a mission. Turner helped for a little but quickly got side tracked when we got to a very muddy spot. That’s when Daddy took over Turner duty so I could continue my strawberry raid!

Overall, it was a very successful trip! We got lots of strawberries and got extremely muddy to boot. Thank goodness for that little pocket of sunshine in our weekend!

16 Weeks

How far along? 16 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 10 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Not yet. I’m wearing mostly my yoga clothes. I have a few pairs of drawstring shorts that are awesome, and I’m definitely rocking dresses.
Best moment this week: There have been a few great moments. The best was probably having success in potty training Turner! I love seeing how proud he is of himself! I also loved going to the birth center and hearing Baby Girl’s strong heartbeat!
Miss Anything? Having energy, feeling well, and coffee.
How are you sleeping? Great. I could sleep for days straight.
Movement: I feel some pressure shifting but no kicks!
Food cravings: I love cheddar cheese and crackers. I found out this week that my iron is really low, so I’ll have to do a better job of getting iron into my diet along with taking my iron supplement!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve still been queasy, especially at night. My days are ok except for being exhausted. I’m still on Diclegis and will continue until I don’t feel any sign of queasiness. It’s amazing how different this pregnancy is! Although, if I felt this way while I was pregnant with Turner, I probably wouldn’t have done it again!
Have you started to show yet: Definitely. I’m expanding all around instead of straight out like I did with Turner.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: So happy! We watched Nashville last night and Juliet just had her baby. She has been a moody B*@$*. So, I looked at Stew and said, “don’t you feel lucky?”
What are you excited for? We just moved my office to the FROG (furnished room over garage) to make room for Baby Girl’s nursery! We bought paint this morning, and I picked up a few furniture pieces last week. I can’t wait to get started on the decorating.

Fruity Green Smoothie

Since I’ve been pregnant this time around, vegetables have been the last thing on my mind! I’ve gotten better lately, but before this week I was surviving off this Green Smoothie. It’s the only way I could sneak greens into my diet. Not only did it work for me, but Turner was a huge fan too! So I make a big one and split it between the two of us!

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Potty Training Part 2

Remember a few months ago when I tackled potty training?  Well, after Turner and I both got sick with sinus infections, and then my morning sickness hit like a ton of bricks, training didn’t last very long at all. I took a 2 1/2 month hiatus and told myself I’d try again when I was feeling better. I had no idea my morning sickness would last this long (and would still be lingering by the way). The thought of doing anything, let alone following a toddler around asking him if he has to go pee pee, was daunting to say the least.

Thursday night, as I perused Pinterest, I saw one of those “train your toddler in 3 days” jobs. So, I read it and it motivated me to try again. I committed to staying in with Turner Friday, Saturday and Sunday to give it a go…

Day 1: I put Turner’s little potty in front of the TV so he could sit on it and watch his morning Peter Rabbit episode. Then, it was time for breakfast. He will not sit in his high chair bare bottomed, so I told him I was going to put on his (insert gasp) “BIG BOY UNDERWEAR!” He seemed excited at first, and then screamed when he realized I wasn’t putting a diaper on him and was in fact putting “big boy underwear” on instead. He yelled, “DEEDEE DIAPER”. Now, WHY he wants to wear a dirty diaper is beyond me. So, I wrestled him to the floor and got his underwear on him. Then, miraculously, he was ok. He spent the morning playing, and I carried my laptop to wherever he ended up, so I could keep an eye on his diaperless behind.

The first time he peed, he went a little in his underwear and looked at me with a worried face and said, “DO PEE PEE!”. I quickly grabbed him and sat him on his potty. And he actually peed A LOT! I made a huge deal and gave him one raisinette.

Later that day he actually went to the potty and peed all by himself. I didn’t even have to warn him. Then Stew came home and was in the living room with him while I was upstairs. I came down to Turner sitting on his potty, grunting, saying “BIG BOOP”. Well, I’ll let you interpret that one. But he did it all by himself!! So we all cheered for Turner, and I gave him a special treat for The Big #2.

Before bath-time, he said “Do Pee Pee” so I grabbed his potty and he peed again before his bath. Amazing! He must have definitely been ready this go around.

Day 2: We still put Turner in a diaper during the night. So, when he woke up Saturday morning, I took off his diaper and sat him on the potty to watch Peter Rabbit. This day was a bit less stressful. He seemed to know the deal. So, we picked a few house projects to keep us busy and just kept his potty in whichever room we worked on.

Turner went on his potty all by himself in the morning. He won’t pee on command, so when I tried to get him to pee before his nap, he wouldn’t. This meant a wet bed after nap-time. It didn’t bother me so much since he was so good all day. That afternoon his best friend, Duncan, came over. I was nervous he would be embarrassed in front of him, but he ran around naked like a champ. He even ran to his potty and peed while they were playing. It was so awesome!

Day 3: This morning, I had to be out early to sing at church. So, I packed Turner a change of clothes and told Stew to tell the Sunday School teacher that he was potty training. Turner had a little accident while they were outside playing. But then we came home for lunch and he went and sat on his potty and peed! He stood up and screamed “TREAT!” He was so proud of himself. Luckily that happened to be right before his nap so he didn’t pee in his bed this time. After nap-time, Stew stayed home with Turner while I ran to the grocery store. I got home and Turner peed again before dinner all on his own. It’s amazing how he just picked up on it!

Moving Forward: So, I think all of those articles that tell you that you can potty train your kid in three days are sort of true. First of all the child has to be ready. But more importantly, the parents have to be ready and 100% committed! After three days of intensive training, Turner definitely knows that he needs to go to the bathroom on a toilet and not in his pants. But he waits until the second he needs to go potty rather than planning ahead like you or I do.  And I’m definitely not staying in the house for the rest of my life to ensure that there are no accidents. Now, my plan is to go about our day as usual, but bring his potty with us. No more diapers, except for night time. I’ll bring a change of underwear and clothes when we go out, and I’ll just keep asking him if he needs to go to the bathroom. Like I said, he knows when he has to go, but he won’t necessarily initiate it.

So, all in all, it was a very successful weekend! Potty training and house projects all at once! It was so much easier this time around. What a difference a few months makes! Wish me luck tomorrow on my first day out and about with a “potty trained” toddler!


We’re Having A…

How far along? 15 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 8 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Not officially because I don’t have that many. I did a lot of dresses last time and plan to do the same. I’m using the rubber-band trick for my regular bottoms and also love elastic band shorts!
Best moment this week: Finding out we’re having a girl!
Miss Anything? Having energy and loving coffee.
How are you sleeping? Like a rock! I wake up to go to the backroom and pass right back out.
Movement: Not yet!
Food cravings: I’m realizing I don’t love sweets (and I’m usually a fanatic). I could probably eat cottage cheese and hard boiled eggs all day.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m not as bad as I was. I had to go back up to 2 Diclegis pills at night because I was still pretty sick. Maybe a few more weeks on that.
Have you started to show yet: Yes. It’s not that easy to see from the side but I’m gaining all the way around my center so my clothes definitely don’t fit.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: SOOOOO Happy!!
What are you excited for? I’m excited to organize the house, move my office, and start working on Baby Girls’ room!

Favorite Iced Mocha

Since I’ve been pregnant, coffee has been my least favorite thing on the planet. That is so unlink me, because I am a self-proclaimed coffee addict. I just have a hard time accepting that I can’t drink coffee though! So, I’ve created the perfect coffee concoction to make it tolerable. Plus, it gives me a little boost of energy. Although, to be honest, I could probably fall asleep immediately after chugging this.

Here’s what I do…I brew some coffee and shake it down in my cocktail shaker with some ice to cool it down immediately. Then I pour it in a glass (no ice or it will get watery) and set aside. If I’m not drinking it right away, I put it in the fridge to hang out. Once I’m ready to drink, I add ice, a splash of half and half, and, the star of the show, Chocolate Hazelnut Milk. I do equal parts coffee to chocolate hazelnut milk, but the ratio is really up to you. This is SO good! It’s not too sweet and not too strong. I will definitely continue to drink this, even post-pregnancy!

Happy Easter!

Easter has to be my favorite holiday. We started the day off with Turner opening his Easter Basket in our bed. His favorite show on earth is Peter Rabbit. It’s all he watches. He watches an episode every morning. So finding things he would like for Easter was easy!

After opening his basket, we had breakfast and went to church. It was an amazing service that really reminded me how this holiday is so different than every other one. I can’t wait until Turner is old enough to understand that!

I spent the day baking for our big dinner at my mom’s house. I made hot cross buns to send home with everyone. They came out really good! I used this recipe. I also made buttermilk biscuits, deviled eggs, and cannoli dip. Mom had a feast of course. It was so delicious! We had a total of 14 people at her house. Turner ran around like a crazy person, soaking up every ounce of attention he got! It was such a fun and relaxing day with my family. It was even more exciting because Turner was loving every second of it! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Easter too!