Toddler Meals – Breakfast Edition

Alternatively titled, “No, I did not realize I had banana in my hair.”

Jake’s been eating solids for a long while, but he’s only been eating “table food” for a little while. We do still give him baby food, but we have started trying to give him more “whole” food so he can feed himself. He thinks it’s fun to feed us, too!

For breakfast, here are some of our typical options.

Earth’s Best Organic Blueberry Waffles and cut up bananas. I like these waffles because they are the 4 mini waffles that are stuck together, so rather than having to cut it up, I just tear them apart and he eats the mini waffle. He can’t eat all 4, so we share.

Plum hello morning! Quinoa Oatmeal with fruit. We’ve had the banana-blueberry flavor, and the apple-cinnamon flavor. We serve with a side of fresh fruit – blueberries, mandarin oranges, or cut up grapes.
Scrambled eggs with sautéed onion and bell peppers. We typically do a sweeter breakfast, but we occasionally like savory as well!

We also sometimes do a fruit purée pouch or jar from Earth’s Best, Sprout, or Plum, when we need convenience. We were originally really anti-pouch because of all the negative press, but we squirt it out onto a spoon, smell it, and taste it before Jake eats from it. We feel like that’s a healthy compromise since so many companies have started using the pouches and they have a wider variety of options in pouches than jars for many brands.

I think now that J is eating “real food,” it forces me to think a lot more about what I’m buying and what I’m cooking. I hope it will mean a healthier lifestyle for the whole family!

12 Month Breastfeeding Update

So, here we are. Can you believe it’s already been a year? I can’t. Well, maybe when I’m attached to the breast pump I can. (J is 53 weeks old today, which means I’ve been pumping for 48 weeks.)

Breastfeeding was a really big deal for me as a mom. I wanted to make it work until his first birthday come hell or high water, and I actually did it. I have to say, breastfeeding as a working mom is so hard. There are a lot of challenges that stay-at-home moms just don’t have to face (unless they have to pump and bottle feed). I don’t want to discourage anyone from breastfeeding in any way, because it was an incredible experience, but it was tough at times.

I’m happy that I was able to nourish his body with the best thing I could offer him for his first year of life, and honestly, if I didn’t have to pump, I would want to keep doing it for longer. But as it is, working full-time, not even getting a lunch break, having to pump while I work, standing on my feet 14 hours a day? I’m ready to quit. My body is just so tired.

In an ideal world, I would nurse until he was about 2 as long as he wanted to continue. I would settle for continuing for the next 6-ish months at nap time and bedtime. If I can swing that without having to pump while I’m at work, I totally will. We are going to work hard at getting rid of the bottle, since it isn’t good for his teeth and I don’t want to keep pumping much longer. He was with his dad for 9 hours, and only had food and a cup with water/organic apple juice, so he can definitely do it. I just have to get the kid drinking some liquids! I read that toddlers between 1 and 3 should be consuming a liter of liquids a day, and he definitely isn’t since he’s started slacking on breastfeeding. His poop is getting hard, and I’m convinced it’s because he isn’t drinking enough liquids. He just isn’t interested in a cup. He will take a few sips and then he throws it across the room – water or juice. It’s so frustrating!! Maybe trying breastmilk in the cup will help? We just hesitate to do that, because he wastes most of whatever we give him in the cup, and I don’t have extra breastmilk to spare.

To sum it up, breastfeeding = good, pumping = pain in the butt. The US needs to get on board with the rest of the civilized world and give longer maternity leave benefits. Actually, so does the company I work for… Anyway, we have definitely had an awesome, if sometimes challenging, successful first year of nursing!

Work-Related Meltdown

So, it’s after 10pm on the night before my son’s first birthday party. I am nowhere close to being ready for tomorrow, even with the simple theme we have. I have had so much work stress already this week, including having to work extra due to a meeting. I just got a call from work an hour ago that is about to give me a full on nervous breakdown. Like, I just want to cancel the whole party and stay in bed for 2 days. Because now, due to circumstances I really can’t explain here, I have to go to work tomorrow.

And Wednesday? That’s my son’s actual first birthday. I took off to be with him. Now, I probably have to work that day too.

Happy 2015!

I can’t believe it’s 2015. The past year has been a whirlwind. 2014 brought both blessings and challenges, but I know both helped me to grow – as a Christian, as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter. I can only imagine what this year will have in store!

I always love the new year, somehow it seems like a fresh start. This year it’s bittersweet, because Jake’s birthday is coming up soon and I am simultaneously thrilled and terrified. He is healthy and handsome and smart and sweet. But it has gone so quickly, and I wish I could slow it down.

Resolutions? Hmmm. I’m never great at making or keeping them. I always have some vague idea – “be a better wife” or “be better at housekeeping” or “save money.” This year, I think my resolution is to give myself some grace. I’m never going to be perfect, life will never be in perfect balance. I need to let that go sometimes. Not that I can’t always strive to be my best, but that I shouldn’t guilt myself about every little thing when I fall short.

What are your hopes for 2015?

A New Normal

We have done a week of this new normal, and so far, it is still tough. Jake and I have been enjoying some quiet mornings at home, and Brian has done a great job getting Jake to bed at night. I really miss my husband, because with me working evenings this week, we just sleep in the bed together, but don’t get any time to hang out together. On the positive side, I get way more done around the house when Brian is gone, and when I’m on days next week, we get almost everyday together.

It’s definitely a huge adjustment, but I’m hoping it will keep getting easier.

We’re Baaaaack!

After a long break, I’m back.  Our lives was pretty chaotic for the past several months, and honestly, I spent the first few weeks after my little guy was born just being in love with him.  Now that things are getting back to normal (although, definitely a new normal) for us, I’m looking forward to jumping back into blog-land!

So, I will try to post some more detailed updates on all of this soon, but here’s a brief overview of our life the past few months:

-We bought our first house!

-Our little man was born! !

-My maternity leave ended and I went back to work

And here’s a preview of some of the other things I hope to be posting about soon:

-Our birth story!

-Our parenting learning curve – products we use, things we are learning, and things we are looking forward to

-Being a working mom – struggles and coping

-Our journey to try to live a healthier lifestyle – for ourselves and for our baby

-Our home – now that we are moved in, we are in the process of making it ours

 

I’m glad to be back!!

Sorry! Technical Difficulties!

So, for the past few weeks my laptop has been acting up (the power cord is trying to die, I think), so I’ve been blogging from the WordPress app on my iPhone. Only I didn’t realize that NONE of my posts were syncing from my phone to the site, so y’all haven’t gotten anything I’ve been doing lately! No Sunday Scriptures and no Weekly Bumps – BOO! I’m so sorry it seems like we fell off the face of the earth, but we are still here, and we are all just fine. I hope to figure out what’s the disconnect between my phone and the site ASAP, and will try to use the laptop as much as possible also. Hope to be back to normal soon!