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Baby (who is 2.5 now) comes out of his bedroom, diaperless, saying ” I didn’t poop on the floor mommy”
Me: “you didn’t poop on the floor?”
Baby: “No”
Me (very suspicious now): “Did you poop on the floor?”
Baby: “No”
Me (as I’m walking to his room, careful to watch for poop): “Did you pee on the floor?”
Baby: “No, I not pee on the floor, I peed on the wall”

Sure enough, he had peed on the wall while looking out his bedroom window………The joys of potty training……

Went into the kitchen and found this……

Guess I shouldn’t have left the gate open :)

Baby Eating Nectarine

So I had left the nectarines in a bag on the floor and I guess he figured out that they were good to eat!

The funny thing is, I found him like this, picked him up and started to take him out of the kitchen, and then thought “Oh,, I should get the camera!” So I set him back down where he was, and ran and got the camera! Isn’t that sad? LOL

And you know what? He ate the whole thing! I couldn’t believe it. He just devoured it! I picked him up off the floor and he was munching on it all the way to his highchair! The only thing left afterwards was the seed he had thrown on the floor and maybe a few little pieces that had dropped from his mouth :)

And I just realized this post goes well with my previous post….

Is my baby eating too much?

I’ve  heard this quite a lot lately and can only assume that it’s because people are so concerned about childhood obesity these days. Childhood obesity is a big problem, there’s no doubt about that and we do need to be concerned. I just think that most times many are over concerned about whether their baby is eating too much. As long as you are offering healthy foods, you really don’t need to worry. I have 3 boys, and our second and third wanted to nurse A LOT.

I never was concerned about them eating too much, though. Every baby is different and has different needs. Some just eat more than others. Especially with breastfeeding, I don’t believe they can eat too much.  Your baby should be allowed to nurse “on demand” up until probably at least 10 months. This is when I started slowly cutting back on nursing with my first 2 so that they could wean at 12 months. With my 3rd, I’ve decided to continue breastfeeding him past 12 months and still allow him to nurse pretty much “on demand” since he just turned 1. He only nurses about 3 times a day and sometimes only 2 times if we are out and about. He also nurses a couple times at night still.

Once you start feeding solids, you still shouldn’t worry too much. Just make sure to know the signs of when your baby has had enough. Sometimes it will be turning his head away, closing his mouth so you can’t put the spoon in, losing interest, pushing the spoon away with his hand, spitting the food out (although, that could be because he just doesn’t like what you’re feeding him lol). I used to believe whole heartedly that starting a baby on solids at 3-4 months was perfectly fine, and I did that with our first 2, but with our 3rd, again, I did things differently and I think it has worked out better. I didn’t start Baby on solids until he was 6 or 7 months old and I think it’s better in the fact that they can let you know more clearly when they’re full.

Just go by the saying: You decide what he eats, he decides how much.  I still do not limit my older kids in how much they eat(unless it’s almost dinner time and they say they want a snack, then I make them wait :)  and as you can see in the pictures, neither one is over weight. The are allowed plenty of exercise, and I am very conscious of what they eat.

  • Make sure they get fruits and/or vegetables at every meal(peas,broccoli,corn,nectarines,apples,oranges,bananas,salad,tomatoes,green beans,bell peppers,pears,etc…..)
  • Make sure they get whole grains at every meal(unsweetened cereal,whole wheat bread,rice,oatmeal,etc…)
  • Make sure they get some sort of meat or protein at lunch and dinner(yogurt,chicken,beef,turkey,peanut butter,nuts,cheese,milk,etc….)
  • Make sure they get some sort of dairy at least 2 meals a day(milk,cheese,yogurt)
  • Make sure they drink lots of water, and not much juice, and very rarely soda.

So the list above, lists many of the things I feed my kids that are pretty quick and easy. I’ve never worried about them being overweight or eating too much. They go through phases. Some days they seem like they are always hungry, and other days they don’t eat much. You just go with the flow.

If all you offer them are healthy food choices, then that’s what they will eat!

If your older child won’t eat any vegetables, then don’t let him get up from the table till he’s taken 2 bites. That’s what I always did with my boys when they’d go through a phase where they didn’t want to eat the veggies on their plate. I’d say “just eat 2 bites and then you can be done.” They usually would, but if not, I just made them sit there till they took 2 bites or let me spoon feed them 2 bites. You can’t give in.  The phase would pass and then they’d be eating their veggies just fine again :) It’s also good to make sure you have a couple choices for them, so they can choose which vegetable or fruit they want. That makes them feel like they have a choice in the matter and they’ll be more likely to eat their choice.

And if your older child doesn’t want to eat what you’ve prepared for dinner, then let him go without. Pretty soon he’ll get hungry enough that he’ll decide he wants to eat. Skipping a meal won’t kill ’em!

I also always emphasized to them how important veggies are to our bodies and that they help us grow healthy and strong. That has really helped a lot with my kids. They are pretty diverse in what they eat, and will eat most vegetables that I serve them. There are always going to be some foods that they don’t like, and I don’t force them to eat those as long as they’ll eat an alternative vegetable, then that’s fine. For example, Nboy(6) does not like bell peppers, so I don’t make him eat them. I have him try a bite if he hasn’t had one for awhile to see if he might like them now, but if he doesn’t then I don’t force him to eat them. Ekid doesn’t like tomatoes, so I don’t put those on his salad or sandwich. Occasionally he will taste one to see if he likes it though. But it’s really great because my kids will always at least taste something once to see if they like it.

I can’t stand picky eaters, and so far I think I’ve done a good job at raising our boys to be adventurous in the area of food and not picky(like their daddy lol).

So as far as babies that are ready for finger foods, here is a list of easy, healthy things that I feed my baby:

  • Peas. I also just feed them frozen because it’s nice when they’re teething.
  • Bananas
  • Toast(100% whole wheat),you also can do frozen bread
  • Crackers
  • Pears, cut up and fairly soft
  • Cooked broccoli cut up small
  • Macaroni noodles
  • Cheese
  • Cooked carrots
  • Peaches
  • Avocado
  • Kiwi
  • Cherrios
  • Mini wheats (older babies that can chew well)
  • Cut up chicken,turkey,hamburger

Well, there’s a list of what I could think of. I’m sure you could think of more stuff, these are just pretty much what I feed and have fed, my babies, as far as finger foods go.

So I hope this was helpful and if there’s anything I’ve missed or if you have any other finger foods that you feed your baby, please feel free to comment! :)

The fun we had: Baby’s first birthday!

Saturday was the big day! Baby is now 1 year old. He can crawl at the speed of lightening, he can walk several feet at a a time, and is starting to climb like a little monkey. He knows what “No!” means and actually listens most of the time….Oh, yes, and he’s gotten a sense of humor about him, not to mention he knows how to flirt!

I feel kind of bad, because we did not have a party planned for him on Saturday. There was just too much going on that day. In the morning we went to a church youth rally which was 45min. south of us. Then the kids and I booked out of there as soon as it was over, skipping lunch, to head back north about 2 hours to go to my mom’s company picnic. We got to the picnic at 3:30pm and had a ton of fun, eating lunch, going on rides, eating ice cream bars, snow cones, cotton candy, and elephant ears,,,, All of which were all FREE by the way! Yeah, can you imagine? I’m sorry to say that I think I had 3 ice cream bars and 2 cans of pepsi, plus I grabbed two more to take home toward the end! Oh, and we must not forget the Strawberry Shortcake!! Yummmmmmmm.  It wasn’t just any shortcake, it was layered! Talk about almost Heaven!

So enough about the Strawberry Shortcake.

After the picnic, we headed back to my parents house while my mom and my nephews(who were there also. 3 boys. My brother didn’t have any luck having girls stopped and bought a little cake and some ice cream so Baby could have a little celebration and we could take pictures to prove it!

Yes, I remembered my camera this time…..And the battery…fully charged……

I really wanted to make him  a cool cake myself, but, you know what? I’ve just been running pretty thin lately and I decided I just wasn’t going to get it done, and I’m not going to stress about it. He won’t remember a thing anyway!

Baby's First BirthdayYes, that is a tealight (courtesy of Homemade Candle Creations) we are using for his candle. My mom forgot to buy candles when she got the cake (-:

And one rule of first birthdays: Just take the shirt off before the cake devouring begins. Maybe even the pants too. :)

It started with this……

Then progressed into this…..

And ended with this….

And earlier that day…..

No, he did not eat the whole thing by himself :)

And then the rollercoaster…..

All in all, it was a great day! I even went on a ride with Ekid and it was fun, though I was a little concerned at first about the spinning because it was kind of like the teacups ride, only strawberries instead. The poor girls riding with us most likely didn’t get to spin as much as they would have liked! They were very nice about it though!

Sleeping on the Floor, in the Livingroom….

No, my husband didn’t kick me out of bed, and I didn’t sleep on the livingroom floor because I was mad at him either, although there are times I’ve felt like it.(Well, maybe not the floor, but the couch).

No, I got my co-sleeping baby who is now 11.5 months old down to sleep about 11:30 last night. That is his standard bed time in case you were curious. I know it’s late, but it works for us for now. I don’t have the energy to fight with him to go to sleep earlier than that and that’s the time he falls to sleep most easily and stays asleep for a while.

So I normally stay up late after everyone goes to bed so I can actually have some peace and quiet while I work on stuff, or just relax and eat ice cream and oreos(like I did last night..hehe).

The last few nights I’ve been working on texturing and painting the older boys room so Nboy(6.5) and Ekid (3.5) have been sleeping in the livingroom this past week. A few nights ago, I decided to try and see if Baby would sleep longer if I just slept out in the livingroom instead of in the bed with him and Chris. Well, I’m happy to say that it actually worked! He didn’t sleep all night, but he did sleep for about 5 hours straight! Usually he wakes up about 2 hours after going to bed and then he might sleep for 3 or 4 hours before waking up again, or sometimes it seems like he’s nursing all night!(that’s usually just when he’s teething though).

So I tried it again the next night, but it didn’t go as well. But last night I slept on the floor with Nboy(because Ekid was taking up the couch) and Baby didn’t wake up till around 3 or 3:30 so, that’s still progress! So I think I’m going to try just doing that every night till he is consistantly sleeping longer without nursing because it does seem to be working.

Anyway, just thought I’d share that. If you have a co-sleeper/bed sharer, and you want to start gently getting them to sleep longer, you may want to try that. If the buffet isn’t right there for them to think about, then they may just put themselves back to sleep on thier own :)