Baby food only goes so far when you can't metabolize protein.

23rd April 2014

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Dinner ultimatum

So there is an unspoken rule within our household, okay, so it is spoken; the rule is: I cook and the husband cleans. I work full-time and get home at the same time as the rest of the household and go straight to work on dinner for the family so that it can be done by 6 so that my two young children won’t get overly cranky. Last night, I made grilled chicken breasts, caesar pasta salad, and sweet corn. YUM! I used three pots and the dishes we used to eat from. Needless to say, I cooked, but no cleaning.
So the ultimatum - I don’t cook if the kitchen isn’t clean!
Will there be dinner tonight? Find out after these messages :)

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17th April 2014

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The great dairy debate

Since my vegetarian toddler has gone non-vegetarian (for her trial run) one of the great debates in our household is milk; or, in fact, non-dairy milk. Since going from breast milk/formula, we have given her almond milk, which she really enjoys.

My take on the matter is, why switch her off since she likes it. It’s like all the veggies she’s gotten used to and loves; why is there any need to change her diet so drastically to more of a “kid” diet when she already enjoys those foods that are better for her.

The only difference maybe, in the eyes of her daddy, is the price. The cost of one container of almond milk is equal to the price of a full gallon of regular milk and granted, I’m not trying to keep dairy away from her because she is a cheese-loving lady. I also don’t want to take the chance that it will bind her up with a sudden change.

So for now, I’ll continue the almond milk and give her a little milk here and there to her own liking, because really, kids are going to eat/drink what they like.

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15th April 2014

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My completely beautiful daughter! Vegetarian for the first 18 months, now we are packing the protein!

My completely beautiful daughter! Vegetarian for the first 18 months, now we are packing the protein!

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11th April 2014

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Power in Protein

So my vegetarian toddler has been non-vegetarian for a little over a week. Knowing nothing about the medical profession, I will risk saying that the additional protein in her diet has effected her in good ways. A little girl with super sensitive skin, she was prone to horrible diaper rash; just horrible. I’ll take another risk in saying, even though it might make those without diaper-wearing children uncomfortable, that we have not had to apply butt cream in that same time frame. Coincidence? I think not. I believe her body was telling her that it wanted more protein and now that she has it, her digestive track has slowed down a big and her stomach is better equipped to fully digest the foods she eats.
Granted, we still load her up on veggies! She likes them and I see no reason to cut back on her intake of foods that are good for her. If only I could get more veggies in my 4-year-old son.
Parenting is a constant uphill battle :)
Happy Friday!

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7th April 2014

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Stuffed shells - 1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed and drained; 8oz cottage cheese; 8 oz ricotta cheese; 1 egg; 1 cup mozzarella; and 1/4 cup of Parmesan 
I cook the shells first and then stuff, bake at 350 for 20 minutes with added tomato sauce on top! A big family hit!

Stuffed shells - 1 pkg frozen spinach, thawed and drained; 8oz cottage cheese; 8 oz ricotta cheese; 1 egg; 1 cup mozzarella; and 1/4 cup of Parmesan
I cook the shells first and then stuff, bake at 350 for 20 minutes with added tomato sauce on top! A big family hit!

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2nd April 2014

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No Meds

Well, this little vegetarian toddler has been given the go-ahead to stop taking her medications AND she has been lifted from dietary restrictions! Seems as though she is vastly improving. Now we just need to decide what to try and give her. Her brother requested biscuits and gravy for dinner tonight, so I guess that’s the first go.

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31st March 2014

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Room for improvement

So I get a call from our pediatric genetics clinic today because my vegetarain toddler had some labs done last week to check her levels. Well…the are both below the desired mark — which means, ladies and gentlemen, that (at least for now) we are OFF B12! Just to be certain you get that, we are OFF B12! Her labs are coming back so well that our doc believes that this is in fact something that was caused through momma (unknowingly) being B12 deficient and nursing her angel for 6 months. So on one side I feel bad because, even though breast feeding is best, in this case, I made my baby sick through it. Then, on the other side, she seems to be pulling out of it nicely and may not even need to be restricted in her diet. Awesome news for this momma.

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27th March 2014

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Up and Walking

So apparently when you learn to walk and use that method to get yourself around you use much more energy and are hungrier than before you were walking. From experience, I have found that a hungry baby is a cranky baby :) and it seems as though I have a cranky baby on my hands about 10 minutes before I can get dinner made. Who knew?!

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25th March 2014

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Plate-O

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. — Plato

Our little vegetarian toddler is…active. So, typically, when it’s time for her to eat, we place said food onto said high chair tray. She likes to give a little look and proceed to drop items onto the floor just for fun. She is however, a year a half and we thought maybe we should push into the unknown. We gave her a plate!
I thought for sure that she would launch the plate and all of it’s contents across the kitchen floor, but, she did not. She ate like a little lady, so to speak, and proved to her momma that she is in fact getting too big.
*As a side note, her brother, upon his first experience of the plate, picked each item off of his plate and set back on his high chair tray: denied!

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20th March 2014

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Saw this on Twitter this morning from @Mommybites and could not agree more. This is me every time I get on the phone.

Saw this on Twitter this morning from @Mommybites and could not agree more. This is me every time I get on the phone.

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