March 14, 2019

What My Toddler Eats in a Day: Part One


Once we moved past the puree stage and moved on to full-on finger foods and learning how to use utensils, I realized how picky my child is. Or is she? I've spent so much time thinking Nova was a picky eater and would typically end up giving her only the foods I knew she liked. After doing a lot more research and spending time talking to a few different dietitians, I've come to realize I don't have a picky eater. It's possible that you don't either! 


I've learned that my toddler just needs many opportunities to try something before she decided whether or not she likes it. We offered her cucumbers maybe once or twice when she turned one. She would give them the side-eye and throw them onto the floor. "I guess that's on the dislike list!" About two weeks later, we were cutting cucumber and she reached out for it. She gave it another taste, this being her third time trying it, and discovered that she liked cucumbers! Nova now eats them about every other day. We've continued to offer her different types of foods that she has refused in the past. Some times she learns that she likes them and other times she really just does not enjoy them! This system has worked for us and has given me a better understanding of this stage in her development. 

Even though it feels like we figured her out, every day is different. She could absolutely love chomping a banana one day but refuse it the next. I've just learned to be okay with it! However, it does make planning her meals difficult so I try to take it day-by-day with a good idea of different options we can offer her. Hopefully this can give you some good ideas too! Here's what my toddler eats in a day, part one:



It seems like the very first thing Nova thinks about when her eyes open is FOOD. She is immediately ready for some breakfast and usually asks for seconds. I have a few different meals we rotate through but today, she ate a scrambled egg with a little bit of cheese on it, a handful of whole-wheat Cheerios and about 6 oz. of peach yogurt. I'll usually give her one parts juice and two parts water in her sippy cup!


About 2-2.5 hours after breakfast, she is ready for a snack! This day she got a special snack because it's the end of the week and I do our grocery shopping on Saturdays. So by special, I mean not as healthy or nutritious as I would like. She had raisins and a handful of peach yogurt bites in her cup. Once she was finished, she had about 5 oz. of homemade carrot, mango applesauce


Lunch is without-a-doubt my favorite meal! Nova is typically pretty hungry once lunch time rolls around which means it's incredibly easy to please her! This day she had a ham and cheese quesadillablueberries and few slices of cucumber. I always offer her water with her lunch and dinner. Breakfast is the only time she gets any time of juice. She gets milk before her nap and bedtime. 



If she finishes all of her food, which today she did, I give her either crackers or like you can see, some veggie straws. She likes the ranch flavor but it does make her breath smell ALL DAY! so, be aware. 


About 20-30 minutes after she wakes up from her nap, Nova is ready for a snack! I typically offer something I know won't completely fill her up but keep her pleased until dinner time. If I give her too big of a snack, she will most likely be really picky for dinner. A few slices of apple and a couple crackers did the trick! 


Usually if there are any leftovers from lunch or the day before, I will put that on her plate with anything else I make that night. Typically, she just eats whatever we eat but it just so happened that this night, we had frozen pizza and her stomach doesn't do well with pizza yet. So, instead, she had some peeled green grapes, a handful of frozen peas and cut up chicken nuggets. She asked for seconds so she got a few more nuggets and peas!


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Depending on how this post does, I will most likely do a part two next month! There are so many different meals I rotate through with Nova and I'm eager to share them with you. For the longest time, I would search Pinterest or Instagram for toddler meal ideas. Now that I have a good rotation, I'm throwing my hat in the ring ;) Hopefully this helped you have some ideas for your toddler! Thanks for reading! 



March 10, 2019

My Mental Health


This past week on Instagram, I shared a little bit of the struggle I've been going through as of lately. Depression and anxiety have been something I've dealt with since High School, maybe even earlier. However, it hasn't affected me quite as severely as it as in the past few years. It comes and goes and thankfully, it goes more often than it comes. It's been harder during this pregnancy than I expected it to be but that's exactly why I'm talking about it. 

When we moved to Texas, I was on top of the world! I was so excited about being in a new state and city. We knew we would have more opportunities here for our family and have really loved it. When I found out that I was pregnant (at 10 weeks), we had only been living here for a few weeks. I really didn't think I was pregnant but knew it was a possibility. We signed a lease for an apartment thinking it would work until we could find a home. Unfortunately, this apartment is on the third floor! After several appointments with my Doctor, he classified my pregnancy as "high-risk". This basically means that I have to take it extremely easy. Which in turn means no stairs, let alone carrying my 25 lb. toddler up and down those stairs.

I'm able to get out about once a week on my own and on the weekends, Ryan helps so we can get out of the apartment. Don't get me wrong, I really like our apartment. It's spacious and it's been so cold lately that getting out doesn't sound desirable anyway. This doesn't stop me from feeling trapped. I feel as if I have zero control. That leaves me feeling empty. This all triggered the depression and anxiety, as you can imagine. It's exhausting to feel this way and frankly, I just hate that this something I have to struggle with.



When things get this low, I've learned to do two things. Feel what I'm feeling. It's okay to not be okay. It's okay to have bad days but remember to talk to someone about it. I always call my husband if he's at work and just tell him how I'm feeling. It helps get stuff off my chest and even though it doesn't make it all go away, he knows where I'm at and is better able to serve me. The second thing is to pick yourself back up with the help of our Savior. Knowing that there is a Heavenly-being who loves me, knows me and has felt the pains I am feeling, brings me so much comfort. 

My favorite thing to read on the hard days is a quote said by a leader of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Jeffery R. Holland said: 


That's really all you can do during any struggle, trial or challenge. You keep going, you don't give up and you trust that this will out work out in the end. Sitting here, on this Sunday evening, I realize how much better I already feel. It's only been a couple weeks going through the thick of it and here I am on the other side. This won't be the last time that my depression or anxiety strike me for a long period of time. It will happen countless more times in my life, I'm sure. I just find so much peace knowing that there is "help and happiness ahead."




Happy Sunday, friends. Thanks for letting me share my heart with you.




March 8, 2019

What's in My Diaper Bag



As requested, I am sharing what I carry in my diaper bag for myself and my 17-month-old! I'm going to keep this short and sweet because really, a simple list is really all you need. Everything in the list is linked to my favorite product so be sure to check those out! 




Extra Outift + Socks

A Variety of Snacks (Applesauce pouch, raisins, crackers, etc)

Favorite Toy, Book or Stuffed Animal







Travel-size Lotion

Dreft Stain Stick




Hand Sanitizer

Water

Granola Bar or Snack

Wallet + Phone


Travel-size Tylenol

Feminine Products (you'll thank yourself later!)

Hair Ties + Bobby Pins



So, that's about it! It tends to change a lot with the seasons and as she gets older, I'm finding myself needing a lot less for her. Pretty soon, however, we'll have two little girls to pack for! I will definitely be updating what's in my diaper bag once little sister arrives. If you're more interested in what diapers we use, head over to Abbyandfinn.com! They provide amazing, affordable diapers and wipes delivered straight to your door. They have a free trial or you can use my promo code, FULLERTON10 for 10% off your first box! 


Did I miss anything that you find to be an essential in your diaper bag? Let me know!