Monday, March 16, 2015

What Wyatt Eats.


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 egg
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

february | 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.

WYATT
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. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sir Wyatt Ellsworth



  



My little man is 16 months old today. He is every good thing wrapped up into one very small package, and I can hardly believe he's mine, he's so darn perfect. He was 100% meant to be a part of our family, and sometimes I just sit and stare at him in awe over how wonderful and delightful he is. He brings me such joy and happiness and every second with him is a gift. I could gush all day long about this boy. He is an absolute dream and these 16 months with him have been the best of my life, by far. Love you like crazy, Mr. Wyatt. <3

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

valentine's day 2 0 1 5

  


photos from our valentine's day

In years past we've used my homemade advent calendar* as part of our Valentine's Day festivities (starting on February 1st), but I never got around to putting it up so February 14th really snuck up on us this year! We still really enjoyed our day together, though, with a little gift exchange in the morning, a yummy breakfast that Aaron made for us, a long walk, a little shopping, and some burgers & fries for dinner. Aaron & I both agreed that we missed having the countdown, so we won't be making the same mistake again—Valentine's Day 2016 better be ready for us! <3

*valentine's day advent in 2012 and 2013

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

a million thank you's.




We said goodbye to grandma (my mom) this morning & sent her off with hugs and kisses and a million thank you's. She flew out here last week to watch Wyatt so that Aaron & I could take a little trip (just the two of us) to Las Vegas for the weekend. She took such good care of Wyatt while we were away, not to mention the home repairs, kitchen organization, weeding and back patio makeover she did while she was here! Her & Wyatt were best little buds, and it was so fun seeing Wyatt getting to spend some quality time with her, since we live so far away and our visits are fairly few and far between. We were sad to see her go, and I don't think I'll ever be able to say thank you enough times. You're the best, Mom!! <3