Yesterday was Aaron's birthday! Wyatt & I were busy little bees all day doing birthday prep—making an awesome cake (not pictured, but trust me!), doing last-minute birthday shopping and wrapping gifts. Aaron's birthday also happens to be Wyatt's half-birthday, so April 29th is always a really good day at our house. We even got our family photo for April...Wyatt's little hand on Aaron's hand is killing me. That kid is too much. Ohhhh I love these boys. Happy birthday, Aaron! ♥ ♥ ♥
Sunday, April 26, 2015
These photos were taken on Wyatt's 17-month mark last month (March 29th). He'll be 18 months on Wednesday (what!) so I figured I'd better get my act together and edit & post these before I get too behind. The title of this post comes from our modified version of the song "Danny Boy." I sing it to him most every night, but instead of saying Danny I use Wyatt's name. I can't remember exactly when I started doing this but I know it's been since he was just a tiny newborn. It's "our" song, whether he likes it or not. The last line of the verses is of course my favorite.
Monday, April 13, 2015
I'm a little late on posting this, but we took our monthly family photo a few weeks ago for March. Wyatt's little face in this photo depicts his personality perfectly these days. Nothing too exciting to report for Aaron & I (or nothing that I can remember) but a little update on Wyatt...
Seems to be getting more and more energetic by the day, definitely wants to be more independent at times, babbles all day long, can spot a basketball court/hoop from a mile away, has a little bit of a mischievous side, hit his 17-month mark, gives me random hugs throughout the day, loves going to storytime at the library, can spin around and touch his toes and stomp his feet on demand, turns into a fireball of energy on Sundays especially, and starts nursery in a few weeks! Also, when we go to the park he will chase down any kid he sees (of any age) that has any kind of ball. And still a little scared of the waves. He's the best. <3
Monday, March 16, 2015
Let's talk...toddler food! Since weaning Wyatt (which you can read all about here), he has become quite the little eater. He can definitely be picky at times, but overall I would say he's really great at eating the food that I give him, and sometimes I swear he eats as much as I do! The past several years I have tried to make vegetables and "whole foods" more of a priority in my own diet, so it's been a fun challenge for me to try to pass that down to Wyatt. I definitely do not want to give the impression that Wyatt eats absolutely anything I put in front of him, because he definitely doesn't, and I do not consider myself an expert on toddler food either, by any means, but that being said....we've found a lot of foods that work for us and that I feel comfortable feeding & nourishing him with, so I thought I would share in case it might help anyone looking for new ideas for what to feed their toddler. And if nothing else, I love preparing food for Wyatt and documenting some of our go-to meals at this stage in his life is a fun little memento for me.
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Most of what I am showing are just Wyatt's lunches. For breakfast we usually stick to the same things...I usually feed him either oatmeal with banana or blueberries & a little cinnamon, or the banana egg pancakes (see recipe at the bottom of this post) with almond butter. He'll eat a scrambled egg, but not usually voluntarily (unless he is really hungry)—so I have to basically feed it to him myself, which takes longer so I don't do it as often.
Wyatt has 4 teeth on top and 4 on bottom, and no molars yet. I keep telling myself this is why he basically refuses to eat any kind of meat that I try to give him. (He knows it will be hard to chew so he doesn't even bother??) To make sure he gets enough protein, I will usually mince up some meat and mix it with mashed avocado or sweet potato (see meals #2, 6, and 8) and sneak it in that way. We'll see if anything changes when he gets more teeth. (He also refuses to eat broccoli and cauliflower. I'm assuming it's just a texture thing.)
One of Wyatt's favorite veggies is beets. I'll eat beets, but I don't love them, so I'm always amazed that he eats them so enthusiastically. I buy the pre-cooked baby beets from Trader Joe's so all I have to do is slice them up for him. Soo easy and convenient and he's crazy about them. Also, when I cook him sweet potatoes or butternut squash or acorn squash, I'll make a lot of it and use the leftovers for the next couple days. Anyways, those are some of my time-saver tips. :)
Wyatt doesn't have any allergies and I try not to keep any food groups away from him (besides processed foods & sugar, mostly), even though there is controversy about things like dairy or wheat or whatever. We go out to eat for dinner twice a week, usually to Mexican restaurants, and we usually just get Wyatt a quesadilla and rice & beans, which he gobbles down. I figure if he eats fairly healthy the rest of the times, that a greasy, cheesy quesadilla every once in a while isn't so bad.
Here's a little breakdown of the meals that are pictured above:
1 // strawberries and banana & egg pancakes (see pancake recipe below) with almond butter
2 // butternut squash, mashed avocado with chicken, peas
3 // turkey sandwich, cottage cheese, leftover sweet potato fries (recipe here), and "red pepper relish"—something I just made up that Wyatt really likes...diced red pepper and mushrooms sauteed in olive oil with salt, pepper, and granulated onion & garlic.
4 // homemade corn & black bean chili, avocado slices, cheese, peas
5 // avocado, steamed carrots, peas, beets, homemade meatball (like I mentioned before, he doesn't usually eat meat, but somehow he was okay with taking bites of this meatball. Go figure.)
6 // zucchini, beets, avocado mashed with cauliflower, banana
7 // avocado, cheese, blueberries, mexican quinoa (recipe here)
8 // grape tomatoes, cooked asparagus, mashed sweet potato with chicken, grapes
BANANA & EGG PANCAKES
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 Tbs coconut flour
lots of cinnamon
a sprinkle of salt
(mash banana well, then add rest of ingredients and mix until just combined. makes 2 pancakes.)
Any other food that your toddler loves?? I'm always trying to give Wyatt a good variety, and I've been feeling like I want to introduce some more things to him but not sure what. Would love to hear your ideas!
Monday, March 2, 2015
We're 2 for 12 for our monthly family photo! But, confession: we actually took this yesterday (March 1st.........), but I'm still counting it as February because the short month and all. Here's our update:
AARON & WHITNEY
took a trip to Las Vegas a couple weekends ago (without Wyatt) and had the best time!! we did things like ride a roller coaster, see Hoover Dam, drive all the way to the Grand Canyon to find that the views were completely blocked by clouds & fog, went cosmic bowling, ate the best food, watched the Bellagio fountains show a million times, saw a movie in the theater (my first time since having wyatt!), went hiking at Red Rock, and tried our best to sleep in past 7am (unsuccessful). Suuuuch a fun trip.
had two more teeth cut through on the bottom, learned how to climb up onto furniture (currently he can only get himself up onto one chair, but he's aaaalmost mastered the couch), will catch any ball you throw at him (most of the time), follows directions, goes down for his nap and bedtime without any protest at all, sleeps the whole night through for 11-12 hours every night, squeals and giggles when i act like i'm about to chase or catch him, will randomly take breaks in his day to play a few notes on the piano, always wants to be reading his books or outside pushing his little car around, points to his hair/ears/nose/teeth on demand, will make dog and horse noises, and making his mama the happiest woman in the wooorrrrld.