Thursday, November 30, 2017

Red Lentils with Butternut Squash for Baby

As much as my son is loving his ground pork with sweet potatoes, I like to feed plant-based protein packed meals too! Red lentils are super easy to prepare for baby because they will actually fall apart while cooking. Besides being packed with protein, red lentils contain fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, and folate. Butternut squash is a great flavor compliment and is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C.

Read on for my easy recipe!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Baby at Eight Months

I am so sorry about no posts this past month! If you're still following my blog, I really appreciate you sticking with me! 

It has been a very busy time. We went on an out of town trip...take a just crawling baby and a 2-year old on vacation, it will be fun...said no one ever! But we all survived! In case you were wondering, yes, my toddler still gets carsick... Also before, during, and after the trip my kids and occasionally my husband and myself have been sick with a persistent cold which has had us all trying to get some extra sleep.

Time has been flying by though so on to eight months, including Lucas's current schedule!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Baby at Seven Months

Oh my! It seems like I was just writing the 6-month post...days are flying by! I've had a few "downs" this month... I realized the difficulty we were having getting Lucas to take milk from a bottle was all due to frozen milk. He loves fresh milk and will tolerate milk that has been in the refrigerator a few days but he hates the frozen milk... More on that below...and other happier things we are up to including Lucas's current schedule!

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...