Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Toddler Food

Because Quinn doesn't do well with dairy or soy at this point, we have had find alternatives to the yummy foods that we love! I was visiting a mother's day out program last week when I saw a little girl eating spinach nuggets.. and loving them! I thought it was a great idea! Recently Quinn has been rejecting almost all veggies. He will take a bite or two and that's it-- on a good day! The teacher at MDO told me that the little girl's mom just bought them in the natural foods section of the grocery. So I checked them out, sadly, the premade ones had soy in them. So I googled a recipe and modified it for Quinn! While they weren't a complete hit, he didn't hate them. He did like to dip them in hummus and ate at least 3 or 4 pieces each time I've served them to him. I have a freezer full of them now so he will be having them for many more meals! They have almonds and flax seed meal in with the spinach so they are a little more dense and nutty than just plain spinach!

I thought I'd pass on the recipe. It's easily adaptable for those with or without food allergies. I subbed the cheese with rice cheese. I tasted them and they aren't bad! Definitely bland but not bad. Because I'm lazy, I'm just going to include the link.

Spinach Nuggets with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

After discovering this website, I found TONS of new recipes that Quinn can eat and that look good! It's seriously like a jackpot! So last night I tried a couple more recipes.

Homemade Banana Bread Larabars

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars

These are already a hit! I had to hide the rest of the bar this morning after giving Quinn a couple tastes before breakfast. I love them too! They seem like they will be a great snack to bring while we are out and we can even share! They both include very few ingredients and are overall pretty cheap to make! (The peanut butter one is just peanuts and dates!) The most difficult part is going to a place where they have all the ingredients available. I went to Whole Foods because I knew they would have everything, but I wonder if they would have it all at a normal grocery store. I just didn't want to run to two different places.

I am now looking for more "Larabar" ideas online. It looks like there are tons of options!

I really am all for convenience foods with a toddler. Especially because when they want to eat, it's RIGHT NOW. So we use the microwave almost every meal and then blow like crazy on the hot food so Quinn can eat it as soon as possible! But sadly there are only a handful of pre-made foods that Quinn can eat. So anytime I find easy recipes, I am so happy! I will try to continue to post new recipes as I try them. I know that feeding a toddler can be a frustrating endeavor and I know I've really enjoyed all the resources I've found-- so I thought I'd pass them on!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I'm Bossy...

I'm slightly embarrassed to show evidence of what we were doing this Saturday morning. Something online reminded me of this song and I had to listen to it. Quinn's reaction cracks me up. He LOVES dancing... and I love watching him!

Not for a moment...

Another song that has given me so much encouragement.... and has such a sweet and comforting message.

And I will be back later tonight with a slightly inappropriate video of Quinn... he cracks me up and keeps me smiling... and on my toes! :) 

 You were reaching through the storm
Walking on the water
Even when I could not see
In the middle of it all
When I thought You were a thousand miles away
Not for a moment did You forsake me
Not for a moment did You forsake me

After all You are constant
After all You are only good
After all You are sovereign
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Not for a moment will You forsake me

You were singing in the dark
Whispering Your promise
Even when I could not hear
I was held in Your arms
Carried for a thousand miles to show
Not for a moment did You forsake me
After all You are constant
After all You are only good
After all You are sovereign
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Not for a moment will You forsake me 

And every step every breath You are there
Every tear every cry every prayer
In my heart at my worst
When my world falls down
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Even in the dark
Even when it's hard
You will never leave me
After all

After all You are constant
After all You are only good
After all You are sovereign
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Not for a moment will You forsake me
Not for a moment will You forsake me

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cabo.. and life these days

We scheduled our trip to Cabo, Mexico in December... when I was still pregnant. The whole pregnancy I had been dreaming of a babymoon with friends. And it was taken away. I'm just going to be completely honest here... I enjoyed my trip immensely, I loved being around five other wonderful people, the sun on my skin felt amazing, and the view of the gorgeous ocean was breathtaking, but I never completely got the sinking feeling out of my stomach. This trip was supposed to be something completely different. Something that I had pictured hundreds of times in my head. I was looking forward to taking tons of pictures of my bump in my new swimsuit. I was looking forward to wearing all of my summer maternity clothes again. I was looking forward to time away from Quinn before we welcomed another baby into our lives. Instead, I felt chubby and awkward in everything I wore. I mean who schedules a beach vacation for a week and a half after they have a baby. I missed Quinn and just longed to be with him at our house. I just felt jipped. And sad. And self conscious.

Many people have tried with best intentions to paint a great picture of this vacation. It was just what I needed. A time to get away. A time to be in the sun. A time without kids. But it just didn't work. I would have rather been with Quinn. I would have rather been home and not trying to squeeze into a swimsuit that didn't fit. I would have rather been pregnant.
It's been pretty easy to move on when daily life has been the same. But when I was on the babymoon that I had been dreaming about it was impossible.

So that's it. Sometimes life just sucks. Even when you're with your favorite people in a beautiful place. Your heart can still hurt and your body can remind you of the place in life that you should have been. I tried my hardest to have a great time and I really did enjoy it a lot.... but it just wasn't the same. It was just missing the biggest part I had been dreaming about.

Now that I'm back home, I'm just trying to get back into the swing of things. We have an event in a couple weeks for an organization that Aaron started and I am trying to get excited about it. I am excited for it, just not for the dress shopping that comes along with it. It's just another time I had envisioned being pregnant and therefore it being much more fun and less stressful. Dressing a bump has always been SO fun for me. Dressing a lump that is left... not so much. But the day will come and it will be fun and I will try not to think about the way I thought I would look when I should have been 28 weeks pregnant.

I think I'm done being sad... today. I am just trying to be honest with myself through this process. Most days... in fact almost all days I feel so good; so happy and so positive with so much hope for the future. But some moments are rough. And I need to know that that is ok. And just be.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Snow Day

New Years Day we played in the snow....well Quinn and Aaron did.  

I can't help but feeling overwhelmed with love looking at these two.