Wow. I can not believe my little Weezy will be TWO in a month!!! Michael and I decided that we will just have immediate family over for her birthday, and that he and I will take her to Disney on Ice! We got really great seats and we’re SO stoked for the show! Hopefully she lasts at least through intermission.
I also just signed her up for ballet, gymnastics and swimming classes! And she will be starting school twice a week. Mommy is going to need a valium or the natural equivalent when that happens. I know it is what will be best for her, she needs the social interaction and the structure. It’s just going to be really hard leaving her with strangers and seeing her hyperventilate, because that WILL happen! The good thing is that her school is open to me bringing 100% of her food in, so I don’t have to worry about that aspect. It’s everything else I will have to worry about until she adjusts to the new schedule!
Anyway, speaking of her food—here are some things Weez has been munching on lately…
Thanks, Brittany for hosting Munchkin Meals!!!
Sometimes she just wants a banana and sunbutter or apple and sunbutter. I will usually sprinkle some chia and/or hemp seeds if that’s the case.
She’s also REALLY been into carob milk lately. I stopped buying her milk from the store because of the carrageenan, so I make it all now. One day I added some carob powder, now she goes in the drawer, gets the carob, then grabs the milk and asks me to make her some. I created a monster. Ha. It’s okay though because carob is pretty healthy and does not have the stimulating effects that chocolate has so I have no problem giving her a cup or two of that a day!
Lunch we do wild planet tuna or salmon salad with mashed avocado or leftovers from the night before. Sometimes we have sunbutter apple sandwiches (use apple as bread fill with seeds/nuts/driedfruit), cheese, etc. Many days she eats more like two snacks because lunch always runs in line with her nap so it just depends on the day and how hungry/tired she is!
PS—pickles and olives are two of her favorite things ever!
She still snacks on kale crackers (now I have a home made recipe!)
or apple chips:
And of course there are treats! I LOVE baking and making home made, delicious baked goods with NO GMO ingredients…however…there is something about going out for ice cream every now and then that is special. I am right now practicing the balance between Ella eating good, nutritious food that is going to be healthy for her body, give her a strong immune system and grow up to be a healthy adult—AND at the same time show her the true meaning of moderation so that she has a healthy relationship with food. I believe there are always better options when it comes to GMO candy and such. I would rather her eat high quality, GOOD tasting chocolate or home made dessert than a bag of artificially colored jelly beans or M&M’s for instance. It’s my plan to educate her, but have that healthy balance so it doesn’t go to an extreme.
I would prefer that I am the one that shares treats with her so that she sees that I will enjoy them in moderation. Much rather than relatives or others giving her junk food and I having to say no all of the time. That right there can create a big issue and huge battles at meal times and it’s luckily a place we haven’t had to go.
(Michael said to me yesterday that I need to do something with her hair before school haha. I actually FINALLY got all the sides up in tight pigtails, but that doesn’t mean it won’t fall out and get messy after a couple hours)
Ella is still a great eater, I see a little pickiness coming out now and then but I don’t make a big deal over it. Sometimes she doesn’t want to eat her breakfast, and other days she makes Michael heat up 2-3 more muffins from the freezer. I know she won’t starve herself, she always makes up for it either later that day or the next day! I do not believe in giving her option B, C, D if she doesn’t want ‘A’—what’s provided for her. That is creating another big issue and feeding into a formula for a picky eater. We have been lucky that she will eat what we eat for the most part—and if she doesn’t I always have to remind myself to not react, and just roll with it. If she wants dessert but barely ate dinner one night, fine. As long as that doesn’t happen every night. We don’t have dessert daily so I don’t see it being an issue.
(Dinner on the go for E—salmon baked in a foil pouch with kerrygold butter, borsari seasoning and a side of roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus):
My biggest thing right now is that I am working every single week night now, and I am not there to share dinner time with her. So I have to trust that others will continue to roll with and respect my beliefs and values in this department. Give her what I sent her with and not what they feel like giving her. It has been working for us so far, and I have been lucky to have family that respects and follows my instructions which is great! I love my job and am grateful to have the clients and classes, but at the same time I love sharing meals with me family—but it’s a sacrifice and I do my best to prepare ahead so that they’re not stuck eating out every night! I spend my break in the middle of the day, or just get everything ready when I get home after she’s taken care of at night. Even if it means I am in my kitchen until 11pm, it’s worth it to me. There is no other option in my mind!
Side note: while many of you may think I come across as “extreme” on here, I am not as bad as you think. I have a few values and standards on how I shop and vote with my dollars, but I still “get it” and will enjoy food good for the soul now and then. The voting with my dollars thing goes deeper than just healthy too. I have a huge issue with Big Food and how farmers & animals are treated and I do the best that I can with the knowledge I have to make the best choices for my family. We are by NO MEANS perfect because we do eat out but I do my best to bring things into my home that will do good for not only our bodies but for a greater cause. I just hope to spread the word and educate others as much as I can so that every family makes even a little change to send a message to these corporations that are corrupting our food supply. Our children’s futures depend on it!
There you have it! See you next month when Ella is TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!