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I’m constantly working on giving my family more of what is good for them and less of what is not. Our children are limited to one “junk” item a day (and sometimes I try and skip that when they’re not looking) and I try and give them as many vegetables as I can. My husband is still one of those that believe a meal consists of meat, potato, bread and a veggie. Yeah right! As a working mom, I don’t have time to whip all that up at 5:15 and have it ready by 6. No way. I do try and make a somewhat traditional meal once a week for the whole crew. Last night was traditional night. I made meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn. (no bread - because, really, no one needs all of those carbs) Both of my children like corn and only my vegetarian toddler will eat mashed potatoes (of the two children). For some silly reason my son loves potatoes but will not eat them mashed. It must be a texture thing. Last night, however, I made the potatoes healthier by adding a bag of cauliflower about 10 minutes into the boiling process. Did anyone notice the difference? Nope! My vegetarian toddler gobbled hers up, I had some and even my husband did not notice the difference. The only difference he saw was that there were a couple of little lumps - jerk! But they were really good. So many times we see something that could increase the health of our meals and we think, “Well, that sounds gross” and we don’t try it. We are all about trying things in our house and it really was good and it blended so well, no one could tell the difference. So, for those of you out there that are doing the cooking at home, if you want to make those potatoes a little lighter next time, only use half and make the other half cauliflower.
The Blackberry. So I have tried my best to swing somewhat of a vegetarian lifestyle because I don’t want my vegetarian toddler to go it alone. There are times when I eat meat yes, and I eat more eggs now with the B12 deficiency, so my protein intake is more than hers. So, I bought some blackberries to toss in with my salad at lunch and of course, allowed both my vegetarian toddler and non-vegetarian preschooler to try the blackberry. He ate it, she didn’t. It’s the seeds. So, what does this momma do, I blended one container of blackberries with a container of strawberry yogurt, added a few pieces of ice and a dash of milk. Blackberry smoothie? Yes please. So they both were slurping until there was no more! I’m gonna start sneaking in some baby spinach, now that I know smoothies are a fave for both my children :)
During our last visit to the pediatric genetics clinic, we were encouraged to increase the amount of protein given to my vegetarian toddler to 30 grams per day.
Currently, she is fighting a fever and a double ear infection on top of cutting four teeth, so needless to say, she is somewhat … cranky. So last night, we needed a fast dinner so that we could get to the doctor. Being sickly, she typically doesn’t eat much, but she was starving so I made her a scrambled egg.
Daddy starting giving her bites with a spoon, but that wasn’t fast enough. So he ended up putting the rest on her tray and fist over fist, that egg was down in seconds.
I love the fact that even at nearly a year and a half, she is so willing to try new foods and is into so many different textures of food. It’s been tough, but day by day, we are learning the skills.
Well, when you go shopping for your vegetarian toddler, why not take your 4 year old and let him push the cart?! No, the eggs aren’t for my protein controlled angel, but the almond milk is. We also picked up some So Delicious coconut yogurt which only contains one gram of protein for the entire container. Pricy though and so far we haven’t tried it yet. Was hoping Silk would come through for me with the yogurt, but theirs is higher in protein than typcial yogurt. Strange.
I made veggie quesadillas with tomato, zucchini and yellow squash with a little bit of pepper jack cheese for supper. Here’s the crazy part: my vegetarian toddler would not eat it! She couldn’t get past the outer shell but the one person in our house who is the most carniverous (my husband) loved them!
Well, okay, so we learned a few new things yesterday at the pediatric genetics clinic: 1.) That I no longer have to jab my vegetarian toddler to pump her with B12, I can give her an oral suppliment; 2.) That we can increase her intake of protein from 25 grams to 30 grams per day (we also learned that if the lab results for this time and next come back clear, like they have been, they are going to just tell us to feed her without any restrictions on her diet, therefore I may need to change the name of this blog); 3.) That she is being cautious about walking on her own and that she has a very strong core; and 4.) It may be all my fault!
As a mom, you never want to hear those words, especially coming from a team of doctors. Okay, so they didn’t say that specifically, but that’s what it may boil down to.
My new specialists deciding to check my B12 and not just blaming my current issues on thyroid, may have uncovered a gem. If I have been B12 deficient for a while, as in pre baby (which would explain why I haven’t felt right since she was born) then I was probably the contributing factor in her being B12 deficient. Being a mother who is ad deficient as I am and then nursing your baby, will cause the baby to in turn be B12 deficient - per the pediatric genetics team and nutritionist. I nursed my vegetarian toddler for 6 months when stress caused my supply to dry up. With that 6 months, I probably made my sweet little girl B12 deficient and her body is just now pulling itself out of the throngs. Awesome news for her while packing a bit of guilt on mom.
I nursed both of my children and am happy about the benefits they both received from it, however, if I would have known that I would make my child sick by doing so, would the other health benefits outweigh the bad? Nursing did help us connect and helped her preemie body get stronger while she was in the NICU; the benefits are great. But I do have to wonder if it had been better for her through formula.
There’s no clear, yes, it’s all my fault at this point since she is nearly a year and a half now. But one can’t help but wonder…
What’s better than a spaghetti face? Well, that would be a spaghetti face while sporting a stylish new hairdo. Still not sure how daycare got her to sit still enough to put her hair up.
Okay, so my vegetarian toddler is nearly 17 months old. Wow, don’t know how that snuck up on me so quickly! She is B12 deficiant and I am doing my best to be sure that she gets what she needs to keep her body going and her muscles strong (which included giving her B12 injection by myself once when Dad was gone - NEVER AGAIN!). She certainly is strong, as she can buck and squirm fear into both her parents when the needle comes out for our weekly ritual. As the needle inserter, I am stricken with panic when she tightens those little leg muscles so much so that I have to really focus to keep the needle in place until she has received the full injection. YIKES!
It’s strange to me, seeing the little defined muscles on my vegetarian toddler, especially since her older brother was such a tub at her age. He had chub to spare and walked at 18 months.
Well, my husband finally decided to increase my own anxieties by going out and buying our daughter a walker so that she could practice getting around on her own. She pulls up, holds onto everything and gets herself around on her own two feet. She stands on her own and has taken steps. Yes, she has taken steps. So, why all the anxiety Mom?!
Well, this B12 deficiency freaks me out a little and I know that her muscles are a constant battle, which is one of the reasons I let her scale the staircase from time to time. It’s like I’m her trainer. “Come on baby, you can do it, just a few more to go!” I can see the muscles under her porcelain skin. I can see them. But still not walking, stepping, not walking.
So again, I need to try and tell myself, “Calm down Mom!”
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