My Vegetarian Toddler turned 1 today, that is, the blog about our extraordinary journey through becoming one of the youngest vegetarians and now our crossover to the carniverous way of life. It’s been fun and we plan on continuing to blog. Thanks to the handful of you that follow us!
I don’t always shred an ear of corn but when I do, I wear my monster bib and put my foot in the air!
Living with Toddlers: Our former vegetarian toddler is a foodie! She loves to eat! In fact, there isn’t much that we have tried that she has decided and that just isn’t having. She’ll even eat non-kid food items that my son would never touch, even now.
With my son, we had to really work with him to use silverware, especially the fork. He was much too happy filling his cheeks with one fist over the other, which is also a method that my daughter is well versed in. So for us, it’s hard to know when our daughter might be ready to handle using silverware and whether or not she will get enough to eat but feeding herself soly.
Well, as it turns out, last night I made linguini with garlic butter sauce and tomatoes - pasta - a very difficult thing for a toddler to master with silverware, especially the long stringy kind, which is what my son prefers.
A few minutes into dinner, my daughter reaches for my fork. Okay, so I’ll get her one of her forks.
She then proceeds to grab her plate, pull it in front of her, and fork away. She was actually using a fork to pick up these skinny pieces of pasta noodles.
So, maybe she’s known for a while and mom and dad are realizing that indeed, she is ready for THE FORK!
Living with toddlers, I believe, sets off a domino effect most nights. I am a creature of habit, and my bad little habit is falling asleep upstairs in the recliner. My four year old also is a creature of habit. His bad little habit is waking up in the middle of the night and curling up with mom. One: he is a wiggle worm. Two: my recliner is not big enough for us both. Therefore, domino effect: I go to sleep in the chair, he wakes us, tries to climb in with me, he goes to sleep, I do not, and I get a rotten night of half sleep.
Living with toddlers: Today after my lunch break, I’m walking back to my space with a squishing feeling in my left shoe. Back at my desk, shoe off, I have discovered my shoe contains … sauce.
I was so excited when I walked in and my children’s faces had lit up, I took my shoes on and got my cuddles. Well, my children were eating leftover chicken enchiladas and my little girl was covered in saucy rice!
Which, an hour later, was discovered in my shoe.
The smiles really were great!
Well, the day has come for my adorable little vegetarian toddler to permanently join the meat eating world. We received news that her levels are normal, normal! Not elevated, not low, not abnormal - my little girl has grown out of her condition.
I know there are parents all over the world who wish they could say the same with all of the conditions out there that plague our little ones and I wish that more parents could say the same thing. I breath a sign of relief and hope that yet others might be able to do the same.
However, now I believe I may have to rename my blog. Suggestions?
Today is the day we head to the lab to see if a month of protein and no B12 has been the ticket for our little vegetarian toddler. We probably won’t hear back until next week but I’ve got my fingers crossed that the results come back good. She is really growing into her own personality and is a joy every day.
And here is my picky eater who has decided lately that sitting down for meal time is, in fact, standing in front of his chair while he picks at his food and makes faces at his sister (my vegetarian toddler). He’s at least super cute and a St. Louis Cardinals fan! Give him food in a picnic outdoors, and he will eat anything!
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With my daughter beginning her journey through life as a vegetarian/vegan/protein controlled toddler, we tried a ton of veggies last summer while the produce was fresh! We discovered that the zucchini was the best veggie for our little girl: she loved it; anyway it was cooked, in whatever dish I made! We sampled loads of other veggies and she did enjoy them as well! She loves her veggies and I love that she loves her veggies! So this year, I decided to plant my own zucchini plant and see how it grows - now to buy the soil and pot to plant it in if I can’t find some ground space. Wish us luck as we attempt to grow a plant with this very black thumb mother :)
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