Archive for February, 2012

So much for potty training

My 3-year-old is a very tall very sweet strong-willed little girl.  She loves having mommy to herself all day long and is for the most part easy-going. It didn’t take me long to potty train her once she started waking up dry every morning. I started her off by sitting her on the big girl potty when she woke up and she was only given her “milky” after she made pee pee. took her a couple of mornings to get that one down to a fine science.

We bought some pretty panties and had a couple potties in the house here and there until she got the hang of it and then the potties slowly disappeared until there was just the big one left. I waited until the summer before she turned 3 because I had, had so much trouble with a couple of my other children.

I started babysitting my one year old niece last month and noticed that after the first few days my daughter started having accidents. At first I thought it would just stop if I ignored it but, no I was wrong. Then I tried talking to her but that didn’t work either. I realized after the second week that she started this shortly after the baby started coming everyday. she didn’t like having someone take up so much of mommy’s time.

I didn’t think that these accidents would ever stop. so much for potty training! unfortunately for me she wouldn’t wear her training pants any more. going to have to wait it out. My daughter does not like having the gates up across doorways, she doesn’t like having to wait for the things she wants..snacks, sippy cup or what ever, and doesn’t understand why the baby grabs things out of her hands, pulls her hair or bites her when she is mad.

Because my sisters work schedule is divided into different shifts, I have not had to babysit for the last 2 weeks. Guess who is back to her old self but I’m not going to hold my breath because I figure she will regress again when the baby comes back. I will admit though, that the last few accident free days have been amazing!! pretty sad when a great day in mommy’s point of view is a day without having to play “hide and seek with a pile of nuggets” lol

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It’s all in the cookie cutters at our house.

It’s all in the cookie cutters at our house.

A couple of months ago, I realized my own boredom, when it came to packing my kids’ lunches, was starting to affect which foods were going to school. I was falling into the trap of choosing “convenience” foods because they were easy. It was a disappointing realization, because I really believe in teaching my children the value of good and healthy eating; I was a mama who made all my own baby food, after all.

In the New Year, I declared a change was in order. I went online, I read blogs, I floated around on Pinterest. I found beautiful lunches, that I wanted to eat myself! And more importantly, I saw beautiful messages in those lunches. They seemed to say, “I picked the best and healthiest foods for you because I love you.”

And so the, lunchbox revolution, began at our house. I opted for the Bento Box style so portions are appropriate for their appetites and healthy choices are on display as soon they pop the lid open.

Since my very rudimentary beginning, I’ve continued to find inspiration online, but I’ve also started to throw in some of my own ideas. Mini cookie cutters are my new addiction. At least one of them comes out to play each day: high fives for test and presentation days, a wee heart to ease worries, and a wiener dog when some giggles are in order.

I also stared packing fun mini-muffin liners with treats like popcorn or jelly beans, because I feel the small portion helps them to appreciate the idea these foods are a treat, not a food choice. I think they also show the kids how much fun you can have with food.

The best outcome for me is the fact my kids’ lunchboxes are coming home empty and even better, the notes from teachers about my son having a rough day have disappeared – it seems the fact he used to leave his lunch uneaten was taking its toll.

If you’re struggling with filling lunch boxes, find a great starting point; there are many. Just start reading, there’s inspiration and heart-shaped cheese everywhere!

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Louise Gleeson is a freelance journalist and mother of four. Her professional portfolio can be viewed at www.louisegleeson.com and you can follow along as she shares stories from everyday life on her blog at www.latenightplays.com.  You can also find her on twitter @louisegleeson

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Our school ritual-every morning

Trying to get my 3 school age children off to school in the morning and my 3 YO daughter ready for her day every morning has become a daunting task. I get up a little over an hour before they do so I can get a shower in, and get their lunches made and have a coffee and feel human before the chaos starts.

I try to make mornings run as smooth as possible but that doesn’t always work.  we are in fact a rather large family by today’s standards. I have also taken on the responsibility of babysitting my 1YO niece during the week which means my morning rush has gotten a little busier.

I came up with my routine a few years ago….ok so 8 is a little more than a few but it works and I refuse to stray from it even though doing the exact same thing, at the exact same time, every day for 8 years becomes monotonous. The only thing that has changed is the number of kids thrown into the mix but they adapt quite well.

They get up at 7 am every morning, get themselves dressed, come down stairs and make their own breakfast, they go back up to wash their faces and hands, and brush their teeth and hair. At 8:30 they get their snow suits on and wait to leave for school. every morning I check their homework and agenda’s and pack their school bags so there are rarely any surprises.

Lunches can be tough sometimes, especially when all my kids are very different and all like different things. Not to mention the fact that I have to be conscious of the ingredient list on everything that goes into their lunches. Their lunches have to be peanut/ tree nut free and now shell-fish free…who sends shell-fish to school with their kids anyways? I also like to go a step further and try very hard to minimize my children’s sugar intake just so that they aren’t behaving like wild animals at school.

Despite the lack of things kids can take to school ( and my children’s dis-like for all things that look like sandwiches) they do have great lunches. here is what my kids take to school ( with very little variation)

– cheese string ,yogurt tube (frozen)

– clementine, whole grain crackers

– bear paw cookie, fruit snacks

and they get milk at school.  Every now and then we switch things up just a little but not a whole lot. Once in a while i send a luncheables with them but it’s usually just the ones that are cheese, crackers and meat, I’ve tried to send pizza bagels or grilled cheeses, but they don’t eat them. I never put anything loaded in sugar.

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February Love with Food

Love with food! Need I say more its February after all.

I would like to share with you some great news. February has marked 1 year for Baby Yums . It has been a great year and I’m looking forward to 2012 as a more rewarding year. Now that I have all the nuts & bolts and foundation to where I am now vs where I was one year ago it’s a big accomplishment. I would like to Thank-You my customers, fans, family and friends who believe in Baby Yums and most of all believe in me.

Where my love for food comes into play! Before my two beautiful boys came into my life I always enjoyed being in the kitchen. I’d rush home from work thinking what can I make tonight for dinner. Fridays where the best because I knew I could make something extra fancy and fun and really sit down relax and enjoy the meal that I was about to eat. Lets fast forward a few years from then two children after my love for food is still the same. My love for food has changed to making baby food for babies and toddlers. I don’t make the fancy meals that I made before my children came into my life as much as I did before. The cook in the house now is my husband when it comes to making dinner. I still do my share of dinner time and yes the meals are still great and homemade. For some reason my passion and love has gone into making Baby Yums.

I would like to share a few of my favorite Baby Yums recipes with you and a few of  my own favorite adult dishes. At the bottom of this blog post there is a comment box. I would love for you to share any of your own recipes that you love or dishes you’d love to try. I will post three dishes one that is great for babies, toddlers, and one that is great for adults. Show us your love for food!

Here are my top must try recipe for kids (I will post 3) One for babies 6+months, one for toddlers & one adults

The first recipe posted is for beginner eaters “Asparagus & Applesauce”

You will need:
Fresh asparagus
1/2 homemade applesauce *recipe below EASY*)

Directions:
1. cut off woody bottoms of the stocks and keep the tender portions
2. steam asparagus for about 7 minutes after time is up rinse under cold water to stop cooking
3. puree the asparagus in food processor or blender until the texture you would like for your child(ren)
4. add a little applesauce to smooth and sweeten the puree.
5. you can store in fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months

*applesauce recipe*

You will need:
3 gala apples (just my choice) but you can use what you’d like this is a non  bitter apple and good to cook with
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

directions:
1. wash & cut up apples you can leave the skin on if you’d like (your choice)
2. steam apples when soft remove from heat
3. put apples into blender and if you’d like add your 1 tsp of cinnamon
4. puree
5. you can store in fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months

The second recipe is for toddlers “Orzo & Vegetables”

You will need:
1 cup orzo pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup fresh-cut up veggies (peas, carrots, green beans, corn)
2 tbsp pesto
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
fresh lemon juice as needed

directions:
1. cook orzo according to package
2. warm oil add vegetables and cook medium heat, stirring often , until heated though, about 5 min reduce the heat to low
3. add cooked pasta to vegetables  add pesto, and cheese
4. stir over low heat until the cheese is melted drizzle with lemon juice to taste
5. can be stored in fridge for up to 5 days

This recipe is for you to enjoy a nice adult dinner for two sun-dried tomato Chicken Pasta

You will need:

1 pkg fettuccine
1 cup cut up sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 jar alfredo sauce
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup swiss cheese
2 1/2 cups of snow peas
2 chicken brest cut up onto bite size
flavoured olive oil for dipping bread (optional)
sourdough bread

directions:
1. toast pine nuts (set aside)
2. cut up sun-dried tomatoes (set aside)
3. steam snow peas (set aside)
4. grade both cheese (set aside)
5. cook up chicken once chicken is cooked add snow peas, pine nuts, alfredo sauce
6. cook pasta once pasta is cooked add to chicken then add sun-dried tomatoes, stir and toss in cheese
7. serve and enjoy with a nice piece of sourdough bread and a glass of vino!
ENJOY!

Here are my photos of the finished look to of the meal

Feel free to post your favorite “Love for Food” recipe!!!

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