Morning Walk

We decided to go for a quick morning walk.  It was beautiful out and not too hot.  It just seemed the perfect way to start the day.

And not to brag or anything, but there’s a pretty nice state park mere miles (less than 5) from where we live.  And while the trails aren’t particularly strenuous or long, they are perfect for one very pregnant mama and one two-year-old SweetPea.  So off we headed.

Running! (If only I could put that in SweetPea's voice, it would really make the caption).

Running! (If only I could put that in SweetPea’s voice, it would really make the caption).

Getting some snacks in.  Proper nutrition is important during these strenuous outings.

Getting some snacks in. Proper nutrition is important during these strenuous outings.

Rock climbing!  Don't worry, Dad is right there waiting to swoop in if need be!

Rock climbing! Don’t worry, Dad is right there waiting to swoop in if need be!

The best way to travel, especially if the trail starts getting steeper.

The best way to travel, especially if the trail starts getting steeper.

Hanging with Dad

Hanging with Dad

Checking out the view...not the best view of the walk, but certainly a sweet spot to sit.

Checking out the view…not the best view of the walk, but certainly a sweet spot to sit.

We got to see a rabbit up close and personal!

We got to see a rabbit up close and personal!

Hanging out on the bridge.

Hanging out on the bridge.

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Proud Moments

I’m proud to say my kid likes beet hummus, carrot hummus, broccoli/cauliflower/garlic puree, and occasionally veggie nuggets.  She also eats her weight in fruit every day.

I’m proud that I married a man who can make my kid a batmobile.

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I am not so proud that my house looks like it’s auditioning for Hoarders…however we’re getting ready to move so we have boxes packed to go, furniture sold and gone, and a growing pile of yard sale stuff.  So I guess I can overlook this hovel for a couple more days.

Baby Books

I’ve passed the halfway mark of my pregnancy.  21 weeks down, only 19 to go!

As I get further along I keep thinking about things I did while pregnant with or shortly after giving birth to SweetPea that made things easier for me.  And while there are a lot of things I did, a few books keep popping up.  These are the books that I keep recommending to my pregnant friends and kept mentioning to husband/family/friends about how they saved my life/sanity/marriage.

I’m a pretty laid back mom, and I like to think that some of that relaxed attitude rubbed off on my daughter, because she too is pretty laid back.  But maybe I just got lucky…either way, hopefully I can maintain that attitude and infuse this next with some of that low key vibe.  But as laid back as I was, I still try to do my very best, and sometimes that involved the help of others.  Especially people with more experience with kids.  Such as the authors of these books.

So I have three books that I think are quite possibly the best books for new parents.  Seriously, the best.  So if you’re looking for some good advice, knowledge, or recipes…this is what I recommend.  Not that there aren’t other amazing books out there, these just happened to teach me exactly what I needed to know (at least at the time).  Without further ado…

1.  Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth.  This book helped my sanity so much.  There were so many things about babies and their sleep that I just didn’t know.  For example: I thought babies would just fall asleep when they were tired…I didn’t know that if you put them down to nap it might take a few minutes but that they would fall asleep.  And most importantly they needed that sleep.  Another example: babies/kids/adults who get overly tired will have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep.  So putting babies/kids/parents to bed earlier will enable them to sleep better throughout the night and to sleep longer into the morning.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Now maybe this book is full of hogwash.  All I’m saying is that my kid rarely fusses about going to nap or bed.  And she is happily in bed and asleep from 8pm until 7:30 or 8am (sometimes as late as 9am).  And I know how lucky I am.  I also think that this book helped us get on that sleep schedule, and for that I am eternally grateful.

2.  The second book I needed to read was The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp.  This book was amazing.  The tricks we learned from this book worked more often than not.  They also helped us feel a little more empowered during the time when our entire existence seemed to be controlled by a 5 pound twerp.  This book gives several methods to calm a fussy and crying baby.  And as we all know, a fussy and crying baby leads to a fussy and crying mom (or was that only in my house), so having methods to minimize the fuss is priceless.

The Happiest Baby on the Block

When we were in the hospital after delivery we had to watch the dvd for this book.  I must admit, that dvd was even better than the book.  Actually seeing/hearing some of the methods was incredible.  The shushing is so much louder than what I imagined it while reading the book…it’s actually kind of harsh to my ears, but it was sweet music to my baby.  If you have the opportunity, you should watch this dvd.

3.  The last book is one you probably won’t need too much during that first year, but if you’re interested in cooking healthy foods that your toddler (and husband) will actually eat, this book might just be your ticket.  The book is Weelicious by Catherine McCord.  The recipes in it are very healthy.  They also are presented in different ways to keep kids interested in trying new flavors and textures.  Also, a lot of recipes make pretty big batches, so you can freeze a bunch and keep them on hand.  It’s pretty nice to have a stocked freezer ready to go for those days when I’m not so motivated to cook.

Weelicious

This book also has a website, called Weelicious.com (easy enough).  So if you want to check out some of the recipes I highly recommend you head over there.  There are lots of recipes not found in the cookbook on the website (and some in the cookbook that aren’t on the website).  It also has some videos going through recipes.  It’s a really good resource for toddler food.

I also mentioned a weelicious recipe in another post, you can read about that here.

So there you have it.  If you or someone you know is having a kid (or recently had a kid) here a couple pretty amazing resources.

Feeling Used

SweetPea’s been a little under the weather the past few days.  And like most people who are under the weather, her appetite has been lacking.  As in, I could barely get her to eat ANYTHING.  So if she said she wanted something, she got it.  And hopefully she would eat a few bites of it.

Well…this stance appears to have backfired.  She’s beginning to feel better.  And she’s making some rather unreasonable demands.  Unreasonable being she makes the demands then refuses the goods.

Yesterday she asks for a banana.  I get her a banana, and “nooooo,” she doesn’t want her banana.  Then she asks for milk, I bring her milk and she pushes it away. Then she asks for raisins, I get her raisins and she doesn’t even look at them.

Today she asks for eggs for dinner.  I make her eggs, she eats a couple bites and says she done, but she’s still hungry.  She wants jelly.  No, not on bread, not on a crepe.  Just jelly.  So I tell her it comes on either bread or a crepe.  And she decides on bread.  I cut the crust off, put the jelly on (and I put a generous amount of jelly on), then I cut it into more manageable slices.

I deliver the jelly with bread. And all I hear is a resounding “NOOOOOOO.”

So, now we’re at a stand still.  She refuses to eat.  And I refuse to feed her…bring on the feelings of guilt.  Goodness gracious.