Sunday, January 24, 2016

I Got my Toddler to Eat Something Green!

Lately we've been working on getting Barker to eat the same things we eat at meal times. He was starting to get picky and not try new things so I figured it was time to push him a little.

The first food Barker decided he didn't like was green beans, when he was 10months old. Since that time he has also lost interest in many vegetables. 
Over Christmas though I discovered he will eat things that are round like a ball simply because he likes balls. Haha

Last week I actually planned and cooked all our meals from scratch! I guess the cooking shows we've been watching have inspired me. I think I'm finally catching on to cooking without the need of a recipe... (makes it feel less like work)

Anyway, I decided to try a version of something I saw on tv. In the food processor I blended spinach and mozzarella cheese. Then I mixed that with 4 eggs and added a little vanilla almond milk. Next, I poured the mixture into muffin cups and baked in the oven for around 25min.
Barker was pretty excited because they looked like cupcakes. I told him they were egg cupcakes. (I wasn't really sure what to call them but that sounded good for a toddler.)

These were obviously green from the spinach, but for whatever reason, Barker was excited to try them and he ate two!
 I also enjoyed quite a few myself. Now I have a yummy, easy treat to make that even gets us to eat our greens. Woohoo! I'm marking this in the win column.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Baby Sleep Schedules

Beckett is 4 months old today as as of Sunday, he is on a fairly predictable sleep schedule and even napping in his own crib now! Yay!

A few weeks ago we could tell he was super close to rolling from his back to his belly so I knew it was time to start weening him from the swaddle. Fortunately around that time he began to outgrow his colic.
I started with having him sleep with one arm out at night in his crib and both arms out in the swing for naps.
At the time I was putting him down fully asleep, so it was tricky getting him down without flailing arms to wake him up.
We had just gotten into a good groove when he finally rolled (complete from back to belly to back) last week. Time to sleep with both arms out!
It was tricky at first and the Saturday night I decided putting him down, fully asleep with both arms out was pretty much impossible. The next day we had to work on self soothing.

For his afternoon nap I settled him so that he was comfortable, drowsy with his eyes closed but not completely out. Then I gently laid him in his crib. He fussed and flipped, I waited five minutes then went back in to do the same thing. He went right to sleep!
Since then I have put him to sleep this way every time. Sometimes it takes a little longer than others and I've found it helps when I guide him to his tummy and rub his back, but he's doing really well! 
I'm not constantly rocking him to sleep and he is napping longer. 
I actually deep cleaned our master bathroom for the first time in months and I've been keeping up with the dishes!

Life is going pretty well over here. Now if I could get the 2 year old to be more consistent with his sleeping...

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