Friday, October 20, 2017

Five on Friday ~ Embracing Being Mom

1. My Mom Anniversary. So this isn't a real thing and I'm a little late on blogging about it...but several weeks ago was what I considered to be my "Mom" anniversary - the day which marked a 3-year period in which I have now been either pregnant and/or breastfeeding. I suggested to my husband that he should buy me some flowers and he came though with a beautiful bunch of sunflowers and fall seasonal flowers (pictured in part above). But really, reflecting on this has made me realize how quickly the time has gone by. It seems I am seeing or hearing this quotation everywhere lately, "The days are long, but the years are short." 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Vegan Family Meals

My husband thinks meat is a food group...I'm not so sure. I used to do a lot of vegan cooking, but I found lately our dinners always centered around a meat protein and our weekend breakfasts always centered around eggs. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that! But I was interested in varying our selection and finding some new vegan recipes.

My main source these past few weeks was Oh She Glows and the Oh She Glows Cookbook. I've had good success! Her recipes are pretty easy to make, although most involve a lot more prep work than I am used to. 

Here's what we've sampled so far...along with my toddler's reviews...but keep in mind he's a toddler and each toddler has food peculiarities totally unique to themselves...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Simple Purees for Baby's First Foods

I have realized my second son does like to eat solid foods! I was simply feeding him at the wrong time. He's now approaching his meals with an open mouth and a little more gusto!

Read on for tips about scheduling feedings and basics on first purees!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Baby at Six Months

Wow, six months! Lucas is almost sitting up reliably, trying to crawl, loving the jumper, and starting on solid foods! He is still a champion breast-feeder and sleeper. He watches everything his brother does so closely, I can almost see him filing away the information for later use ;-)

Here's what we've been up to, including Lucas's current schedule...

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Baby's First Bites ~ Starting Solid Foods!

Lucas is just shy of six months old so I decided to start solids this weekend! I'm also making my (perhaps final) big push to get him taking breast milk from a bottle. These two things kind of worked together so it seemed like the stars aligned! 

I'm using bananas as Lucas's first food because they are SO EASY and slightly sweet. My toddler eats part of a banana for breakfast every morning so I have some already ready for Lucas too. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Super Easy Weekday Toddler Oatmeal

On weekday mornings we are usually in a bit of a rush getting Henry in his booster seat and breakfast on the table. Luckily, he LOVES overnight fruity oatmeal.

Here's my super easy recipe!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Decoding Baby Skin Problems

A few weeks ago after going out for an evening walk, I noticed red spots on my little one's legs. He was still riding in his carseat/stroller travel system then so I had watched him during the walk and I knew there was no way mosquitoes had gotten my little one that many times! A few days later after another walk, more spots! Then Lucas started sleeping on his stomach and things rapidly deteriorated from there.

What to do if you notice spots on your little one...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Baby at Five Months

It's hard to believe that Lucas is already five months old! I remember back to the days struggling to get him to take naps, but now he is just rolling over to his stomach and going to sleep most of the time! He is also quite the mover, already trying to pull up onto his knees. I typically find him at the other end of the crib in the morning. Perhaps he enjoys a change in scenery :-)

Besides rolling and moving, check what else we are up to including Lucas's current daily schedule...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mid-Week Musings

For the past week I've been reflecting a lot on time. It's an odd thing to stop and think about because thinking about time takes time and we all know there there is never enough time in the day, the week, the month, the year... 

My husband and I are embarking on a new project together which has me trying to structure my day better and reflecting on how I spend my time. I love the quote with my picture above. I find my toddler to be the embodiment of that quote. He wakes up each day with a smile and seems to have no concerns about anything that happened yesterday, he is always ready to embrace the new day!

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Daily Mom Diet ~ Four Months Post-Partum

A friend of mine is trying out a new diet plan. She jokingly mentioned wanting to die the first day of the diet so I asked curiously how many calories she was allowed. 1100. We are around the same height, plus she still breastfeeds her 2-year old three times a day. That sounded completely not doable for me so I started wondering how many calories I consume in a typical day

I have never been a calorie counter. I step on the scale most mornings. If I want the number to go down, I try to eat a little less and exercise a little more.

Weighing myself most days helps keep me accountable to myself. The scale is not the only number which is important, but it's an easy number to use. 

I'm not advocating calorie counting! Daily calorie counts is probably something I will never do. But this post has really helped me take stock of where my calories are coming from. My husband and I are very committed to being active and keeping our respective weights at healthy levels. But eating a healthy, varied diet has other benefits than weight control!

Luckily (I jest), being a creature of extreme habit, I eat basically the same thing every weekday so counting my calories was pretty easy...