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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Coldstone Creamery: FREE Ice Cream (Tomorrow 9/30!)

I want to start with a shout out to Kari at Shining 2 Save which is where I found out about this event....if you don't already follow you need to go check out this blog.  It is one of my favorites - I have gotten some great deals just from following her blog.

Now onto business:

Join the world’s largest ice cream social tomorrow night at your local Cold Stone Creamery.  Be part of Kate's Wish (Make a Wish Foundation) and visit Cold Stone Creamery between 5-8pm September 30 (tomorrow).  You will receive a FREE 3 oz. portion of Kate’s Creation: Caramel Apple Ice Cream mixed with chocolate shavings, graham cracker pie crust, and apple pie filling.

For those of you who may not know about Make a Wish...This Foundation makes wishes come true for terminally ill children....from creating an ice cream flavor for Cold Stone Creamery as part of the world’s largest ice cream social to a family vacation that the child has been dreaming of to meeting thier favorite sports star / actor - Make a Wish is a wonderful foundation that makes wishes come true for these children.


Visit Cold Stones website for additional information about Kate and Make A Wish Foundation.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Foods...

You would think that this post would be about the baby....but no - it is about my 5 year old. He is a VERY picky eater and will not, under any circumsatnces try something new. If you tell him that he needs to try a bite or he can go to bed - he will get up and walk straight into his room.

So on Saturday I made a Turkey Meatloaf with apples and cranberries. I was sure he would at least give it a shot....its turkey not anything out of the ordinary. Well - he refused to eat it...

On Sunday I tried again with a Squash Soup...also containing apples and cranberries. I don't know why but when fall is in the air apples and craberries seem to fit into anything...He tries one bit and decided he didn't like it. This was a big accomplishment just getting him to TRY something new. He then decided that the soup would taste good mixed with applesause and after mixing the two ate a whole cup of the soup. I didn't complain - he got veggies and tried something new...and the applesause was just apples that I cooked down in the over (no sugar or anything) so in my opinion that was a healthy meal.

Last night we were in a huge rush. They picked me up at the train at 6:15pm so by the time we got home we needed to hurry up with our dinner and baths so both boys could get to bed. My husband usually feed them before they pick me up when I am getting in after 6pm but it just didn't go as planned last night. The baby was having leftover soup - but I knew we weren't going to be able to get the 5 year old to eat that for two days in a row so we made him some Chef Boyardee (rings with meatballs). I never thought that I would say that I was happy to see him eat it - but I was. He tried something new...and for the most part he did it on his own - we did a little convincing at first but he ate it...and they say that there is a serving of veggies in it so thats a bonus too :)

I am sure that this is not a sign that he will magically begin eating whatever we put in front of him....but I can WISH can't I???

Monday, September 27, 2010

I can't believe that it has been 10 months.

It seems like it was just yesterday when we brought him home from the hospital....but it was 10 months ago - and now his first birthday is right around the corner (Thanksgiving day to be exact). It is amazing how much they change in such a short period of time. Just a few short months ago his big accomplishment was a smile (which I absolutely love - don't get me wrong)....now he sits, crawls, stands, walks along the furniture, claps, waves, kisses (and blows kisses) and even says a few words. It all goes by so fast....

Now for the monthly recap:
He had just begun really cruising in the 9 month period. Now he is on the go and into EVERYTHING!!! He has also learned to clap (he may have started right at the end of last month) now he will clap when we sing if your happy and you know it to him and will always clap if someone says YAY...He is waving (he waves with his hand pointed toward him instead of facing out)...I love when babies first start waving and do it backwards because that resembles what they see you doing toward them. He is obviously cruising around like crazy - he lets go but I think he gets scared becuase he will immediatly reach for something once he realizes he is standing on his own. That is fine with me...he gets into enough as it is - I have no problem if he holds off on the walking for a bit.

What is he saying?

  • Still mostly a bunch of noises that don't mean much to any of us...though it probably means something to him :)
  • He says "dada" and "mama"....somes times he says it intentionally and sometime he is jsut making sounds.
  • He makes a sound that I insist is meant to be "brother" based on when he says it and where he is looking....but it isn't clear enough yet to be sure.
  • He say "up" and it is almost always intentional. He says it when he wants to be lifted up, when he is standing himself up, when he is reaching / looking at something that is up....and in the last week or so he started saying it as soon as we stop the car - meaning he wants out of that car seat now - and he will get lounder and more demanding about the way he is saying it until he is out.
  • He says "ba" when he sees his bottle or really any bottle, can or cup
  • He says "more" when he is eating and the other day my husbands grandmother was eating oatmeal in front of him and he was looking at her saying "mmm" basically telling her he wanted some.
His favorite toys are:
Tooth Count:
We are still at 8 teeth...I think we have some molars that are on there way. He is biting like crazy and his gums seem to be a bit swollen.  When we were at his last appointment the pediatrician seemed to think that the molars were on there way too.

What is he eating?

EVERYTHING!!!

Not really everything but he is now at the point where he can eat just about anything. At his 9 month appointment we talked to the pediatrician and since he has no history of allergies, his brother has no history of allergies and niether my husband or I have food allergies in our immediate families that at this point we could move on to feeding him just about anything. Obviously we are avoiding Honey and nuts and chewier items that can't be broken down easily, but at this point he can handle most small dices.

New Foods this month:
  • Turkey Meatloaf (I made a turkey meatloaf with apples that he LOVED)
  • Fish
  • Eggs (we made him a brocolli omlet a couple of weeks ago that he really enjoyed)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Squash Soup with apples
  • he tried a bite of pancake....that was all I would let him have
  • he chewed on some pizza crust while we were at dinner the other night (he didn't really eat anything - mostly just a teether)
  • he tried a couple of bites of my husbands smoked turkey leg while at the fair
Favorite Foods:
  • Everything...he likes eggs (scrambled or with vegies as an omlet)
  • meat (chicken / turkey)
  • all fruits: his favorite is probably peeches
  • all veggies: his favorite is sweet potato and squash - but he will eat any veggies we put in front of him
Least Favorite Foods:
NOTHING...I seriously have not fed him anything in the past month that he wouldn't eat or didn't seem to enjoy

Homemade Baby Food: Turkey and apple meatloaf

I found a similar recipe on the "finger foods" section of wholesomebabyfood.com and decided to adapt it something that we could not only serve to the baby, but to the rest of the family as well.

This was just attempt one, so I will be playing around with the seasonings....since the baby was having it for the first time I wanted to keep bland and we seasoned ours after cooking. As the baby gets more used to flavors / spices / seasonings I am sure I will have many variantions.


What you need:
  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • Bread crumbs (I made my own...a few pieces of bread spinkled with olive oil in the oven to dry out and the crush into the turkey mixture)
  • 1 to 2 diced apples depending on the size
  • Dried Cranberries ( I left a couple of pieces worth without the cranberries for the baby)
  • Walnuts (if you are making for an older child who you know does not have nut allergies)
  • Veggie Puree / dices, as desired
*If additional liquid is needed add chicken stock, water or a veggie puree (I like chicken stock to add some flavor)
*If it is too moist add some additional bread crumbs

Directions:
  • Combine Turkey, egg, bread crumbs and veggie puree (as desired) until you have the right consistency - when you can just for it into a loaf
  • Add apples, and cranberries, walnuts
  • Form into a loaf and cook at 350 for about 45 minutes to an hour (basically until you stick you knife in the thickest part and it comes out clean)
Serving suggestions for baby and toddler:

- For you beginner eater: pop a small piece of meatloaf into the food processor with veggie puree of choice

- For your self-feeder: Cut into strips / small pieces for feeding and served them fruit / veggie puree with meal

- For your toddler: serve with warm apple sauce / apple compote and veggie sticks

Serving suggestions for the adults / older children:
 - A Thanksgiving Panini any time of the year:  Get some crusty bread and make some cranberry mayonaise.  Spread the mayonaise on the bread, slice the meatloaf into sandwich size pieces and put the sanwhich into your panini press (no panini press - wrap a brick in tin foil and put it on top of the sandwich to a similar effect).

*Not into the mayonaise??? Spread the bread with a homemade cranberry sauce with apples in it. I have a great one that I make for the Holidays...keep an eye out for the recipe!!!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

AWARDS!!!!

Thank you to Heather at mommyonlyhastwohands and Dawn at mom-a-logues for my newest blog awards.  First I would like to apologize to both of them for taking so long to accept the award.  Work has been crazy and my poor blog has been suffering.  I truly appreciate both of you giving me this award.



 
Now for the rules:

1.) Post award on your blog

2.) Thank the blogger who sent it to you

3.) Award 15 other bloggers this Lovely award

4.) Tell them all you think their blog is Lovely

Here are some of my favorite Lovely Blogs:
mommy only has two hands
wholesome babyfood
florida hogan family

Monday, September 13, 2010

Weekend Wrap up....

Once again - my blog is suffering...I have no time :(

Anyway...we had a semi-busy weekend. Our Friday started with our older guy misbehaving on the bus...GREAT!!!

Then, I was out of work at 2pm and home by 3pm so we went to do some shopping (I love this meat market near up...we get amazing deals and it is always good). From there we went fot Pizza and to this Italian pastry shop that I love. We went home and had a relatively uneventful night from that point.

Our Saturday started with me finding a birthday party invitation in the 5 year old's backpack. The party was for Saturday afternoon - WHAT???? It was sent home from school on Friday for a party on Saturday, are you kidding me. Well, I had my husband call to tell them that we couldn't go - I just didn't want to deal with the rushing around. Well the mom guilt trips my husaband (the child is 5 and has never had a birthday party, she works multiple states away and is only home on the weekends, this is why invites didn't go out until last minute, the child was sick when he was younger and that is why he hasn't been able to have aparty) needless to say my husband ended up bringing the 5 year old to the party....it was the baby's nap time so I got to stay home with him :)

On Sunday we went to this childrens festival in the town next to ours. It is a relatively small event, but was fine for us. My husband popped a tire on the way in...so when he was changing the tire we went and the 5 year old went on the bouncy obsticle course (for what seemed like forever) and played with some hula hoops. Then when my husband was done we played some other games, got a balloon sword, entered some raffles, watched the magic show and then they did a "cake walk". This was like musical chairs...with the prize being cake. Basically, the numbers were set up in a circle (1-12) you picked a number to start on, walked number-number while the music was playing and then once the music stopped, they would pull a number between 1 and 12 and if you were on that number you won a cake (or some other treat) - The 5 year old won carrot cake...he was so excited. From there we had to visit the grandparents / aunts and unclues to sell some cookie dough for school - they gave us about 2 days before the sent home a flier with things to sell - FUN!!!

Other than that there was some cleaning done (not enough) and some quality time with the boys and that was about it.

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Couldn't make it two full weeks at school.....

Without getting in trouble.

Yes, we are talking about my 5 year old. Today starts week 3 of school (now remember that he went home sick one day, stayed home sick the following day, and had two holiday's last week)....and on Friday he got in trouble on the bus. I could not believe it. When my husband went to get him off the bus the driver asked my husband to come over to the bus and explained that Brady was jumping around on the bus and when she asked him to stop he ignored her and continued jumping around.

Brady knew he was in trouble - when he got off the bus he couldn't even look my husband in the face. He was spoken to by both my husband and then myself (later when I got home from work). When I was asking him about it he said "well, the little girl should have gotten in trouble too because she was doing it with me" to which I had to give him the conversation about making your own decisions and not just following what others are doing.

Well he was punished - no TV for the weekend and we decided not to take him to the outdoor movie that our town was putting on Friday night. He was upset...on Saturday night he said "I am really sad that I wasn't able to go to that movie because of my bad behavior...it sounded really fun" - of course I felt horrible but stood my ground and responded "Maybe this will help you to remember that you need to be on your best behavior at school and on the bus."

Honestly, I don't even care that much about the jumping around the bus - what I do care about is the fact that he was disrespectful to the bus driver. She asked him multiple times to stop jumping around the bus and he basically ignored her and continued to so what he wanted to do.

Having said all that, the real reason that I think he was acting this way was to show-off in front of the little girl. He sits with her on the bus a lot and talks about her a lot too. I don't KNOW that this is the reason he was acting this way - but I have my suspisions!!!





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Sunday, September 5, 2010

My baby is 9 months old...

I can't believe that my baby is 9 months old (well he has been 9 months old since August 25th, I just haven't had time to write this post). We have had a VERY busy month.

What is he up to now?
He has been sitting for a while, but now he is really steady and can sit himself up without any problems. He does sit-up's when we are trying to change his diapers and also sits from crawling position. I think that would be the easier choice, but for some reason he likes to go with the sit-up option. I love when he is sitting and inches himself around in a circle to look at things.

Beyond the sitting he had been army crawling all over the place until he realized that it was easier to really crawl. He started crawling about 4 days before turning 9 months and immediatly you would have thought that he was crawling forever. He is all over the house now and into everything (especially his big brothers toys).

As soon as he started crawling he immediately moved onto pulling himself up (we found him standing in his bed less than two days after he figured out how to crawl). When I say pulling himself up, I mean on everything.....in his bed, on the tables, on the furniture basically everything that he can get to. His favorite thing to pull up on is one of our living room tables, which really freaks me out - I worry about him hitting his head.

Around the same time that he started crawling and pulling himself up, he also started clapping. He will clap on his own or when he is prompted to by someone else clapping at him. The funniest part is when we sing "If your happy and you know it" he will clap right along. I love it!!!

What is he saying?
Mostly babbeling...though he looks at you like you should understand him. Here are the noises that could possibly mean something, but for the most part I don't think that he is intentionally saying them yet.

- He says "dada" sometimes he is really trying to get my husbands attention, but for the most part he is just making the sounds.
- He says "up" and most of the time I really think that it is intentional. However, he says it when he wants to be picked up, when he wants to stand up, when there is a toy, light, etc...that he is looking at that is up or when he is grabbing at something that is up.
- "mama" pops out every now and then and it is only when he is crying so I don't think it is intentional at this point.
- He does how ever say something that sounds like "brotha" and that ONLY comes out when Brady walks away or isn't paying attention to him.

His favorite toys are:
- His Car
- His Keys
- His Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Puppy
- He is back to loving the Jumperoo and his Walker (but fights you when you try to put him in - once he is in he is happy)
- Lego's....only to chew on though, no actually playing is involved
- His squishy book
- His brother's dinosaurs
- Any stuffed animal....mostly so that he can chew on it
- Basically anything that we let him chew on is his most favorite toy at the moment

Tooth count:
We now have 8 teeth that are fully through. He is definately getting more, I can tell because I have bite marks all over my arms....By the way, if anyone has tips on getting a 9 month old to stop biting I would love to hear them.

New foods this month:
- Rice (he has had rice cereal, but we hadn't given him real rice until now)
- Baby Breakfast Rice Pudding
- Chicken and Veggies (he tried chicken at the very end of last month too)
- Cheese
- Yogurt
- Pasta (we...and when I say we I mean my husband...made a yummy sweet potato pasta for him)
- Split pea soup
- mashed potato

In other news from the food front....this child will eat just about anything that we are willing to give him. Since we are now up to 8 teeth he does a pretty good just with most foods, even things that need to be chewed. He will still eat puree's but only if they are on the thicker side....he fights you if you try to give him "liquidy" food. When I made the split pea soup I pureed some for him and fed it to him - he wasn't very interested. When my husband shared the split pea soup he was eating (not pureed) Ethan was in LOVE with it.

When it comes to fruit he will take a piece of fruit out of your hand and eat it (he eats peaches and plums completely on his own - with us watching very closely to make sure his bites aren't too big), he eats cut up pears (usually if I give him a pear spear he will do fine), apples he still gets applesauce most of the time, but I put apple dices in the Breakfast Rice Pudding and he did absolutely fine with it and as for banana's I usually cut them into small pieces though sometimes I will still mash them just because it is easier.

On the Veggie side they are still mostly purees, simply because I haven't tried them any other way yet. I am posistive that he would do perfectly fine with carrot or squash dices so I think that will be on the menu in the next week or so.

We are also working on the Sippy Cup with him. He is doing ok, not 100% there yet...but we still have a few months to practice before the bottle goes away.

Favorite Foods:
- Sweet Potato
- Mashed Potato
- Split Pea Soup
- Banana
- Peaches

Least favorite foods:
Honestly, I don't think that I have given him anything lately that he wouldn't eat. He loves food. He is going to be one happy baby celebrating his birthday with Thanksgiving dinner this year :)




 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Let the weekend begin

I am out of work and on my way home for a dinner date with my husband tonight.  We never go out...so it will be nice.  Then up early tomorrow to get the 5 year old to school (if he is feeling better-we found out that the reason he was sick earlier in the week was an ear infection) and get to the babys 9 month appointment. Then we will be hoping that the hurricane doesn't coe to disrupt the rest of the weekend.

Goal for the weekend - cleaning and organizing both boys rooms
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