Last night may have been our last house showing. We won’t know for sure until Friday, but even though it is not 100% guaranteed I already feel like jello. I feel better than if I’d just received a two-hour massage, all because there’s a possibility I will soon get to stop planning my life around real estate. For the past few months I have:
Speaking of food, our misadventures in trying to sell our house has not deterred me from my sacred mission to find new and interesting things that Katie will eat. I have found that one of the most effective strategies is to let her help select the produce at Whole Foods (this week she picked out some deep purple heirloom cherry tomatoes), but sometimes it takes a little more creativity. Here are my two latest loves, humbly offered to your child’s palate for approval ; – )
Maybe you are thinking to yourself: “Wait! She already covered popsicles!” And you would be right. But the thing is, that was just one recipe. It took me awhile to start making them myself because I wanted stainless steel popsicle molds, but they weren’t in my budget. When I found these cheap BPA-free ones from Bed Bath & Beyond I decided to compromise, and boy was it worth it!
I discovered just how versatile popsicles can be. You can blend kale into them (or in Katie’s case, raw calcium and a daily dose of supplements) and kids think you are giving them a SPECIAL TREAT. I love that my daughter oozes with gratitude and affection when I hand her a nutrient-laden pop. She enjoys it, and I enjoy getting those supplements into her without having to make a huge production of it. Maybe I can finally put those tap shoes away now.
Plus the Texas summer heat lasts until mid-October, so we have plenty of time to enjoy the new recipes I’ve run across. Here’s my new favorite from a book I recently reviewed called Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers. Oh, and just FYI, Anni is coming out with a whole new book just devoted to popsicle recipes!
Rigel’s Rockin Fruity Veggie Pops
Other great recipe ideas:
Nature Mom’s Blog has two recipes: The Almond Banana Smoothie (which is sweet enough without the honey), and the Green Pineapple Paradise (which I haven’t tried).
As I mentioned in my other post, there’s also The Nourishing Gourmet’s Homemade Creamy Tropical Popsicles
I’ve mentioned the benefits of seaweed before, but I wanted to bring this particular brand to your attention for two reasons. First, the way it’s packaged makes it very portable. I keep one in my purse at all times ; – )
I know it sounds crazy, but kids like these! When I pull one out for Katie at my mommy group on Wednesday morning kids start swarming. I kid you not.
Second, my friend Esther just showed me how to save some money ordering in bulk, which drops the price from a measly $.99 per package at Whole Foods to a super-measly $.67 – $.79 per package with FREE SHIPPING TO YOUR HOME on Amazon! Why do I feel like I just did a mini-Geico infomercial with that statement?
To get the best deal, order two cases of 24 (to get the free shipping) and sign up for autoship. You can set the intervals anywhere from 1 month to 6 months, so it’s not like you’re going to end up with way more than you need. Or you can pass on the autoship and still save money without having to make a trip to the store. It’s a win-win!
So what have I missed? Please share your toddler snack ideas in the comment section!
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In almost every spy movie or tv show I’ve ever seen, someone at some point has to diffuse a bomb. Jason Bourne, James Bond, or Jack Bauer deftly cuts the blue, red, or black wire right as the timer hits 1:00 minute left. The clock stops. Everyone in the theater exhales the breath they didn’t realize they’d been holding. And then the clock starts counting again, only more quickly than before. Oops, wrong wire! What now?
There are so many reasons I would make a terrible spy. I am the type of driver that gets lost 20 minutes out of my neighborhood, not the kind that “loses” the bad guy while speeding off in my super fast Aston Martin. I am probably the last person you know that learned to text, so I’d have no luck with all those fancy spy gadgets. But the biggest reason I would be a terrible spy is that I don’t think clearly under pressure.
Which is unfortunate, because that would be a nice talent to have right now even if I’m not actively committing espionage. What the heck am I rambling about? I’m talking about the fact that I thought I had more time. My plan was to write an ebook, finish a series on Real Food for Busy Moms and another on Real Food for Less, prep for another giveaway and write a few inevitably controversial posts here and there. Four to six weeks is enough time, right? Apparently not.
That ticking clock that I’ve been keeping rhythm with sped up over the weekend. Or was it me that slowed down? I think it’s the latter. I went to bed at 8:30 pm on Saturday night and slept for 12 straight hours, THEN managed to take a two-hour nap a short time later! How am I going to get it all done on THAT kind of schedule, especially when daily life also means cleaning for house showings, trying to dig our baby stuff out of storage, and driving to the ends of the earth to find a glider/ottoman set? The short answer is that I’m not.
So . . . please bear with me. I love blogging and I miss you guys like crazy when a day goes by and we don’t chat about one subject or another. But some days I am just going to have to live with that and get ready, because this baby has given me a few warning contractions just to prove he/she is serious about this whole birth thing. So if posting is a little light here and there, it is only so I can finish researching for a few posts that really matter to me (and hopefully to you).
Speaking of posts that really matter, here are the ones that you made matter with all your awesome comments and debates! If you want to pick up any of the debates feel free ; – )
Oh, and I am still doing the giveaway! Details coming soon.
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This has been such a fun contest! I’ll admit I did quite a bit of lurking on your facebook pages to get to know you better, and all I can say is this: Ya’ll are an incredibly diverse and interesting bunch! There’s Rena, whose post on the awkwardness of manners had me laughing and thinking of how Katie says “Oh yes please. That would be WONDERFUL!” Then there’s Julie, a self-described “childless by choice” New York lawyer who never fails to impress me with her analytical prowess and willingness to lovingly engage with people who don’t necessarily share her views. And of course there’s Nara Walker, a professor of Mathematics (how cool is that??), who happens to be our giveaway winner!
Congrats Nara! Both you and Cindy Haggerton (who told you about Mommypotamus) will receive your very own copy of Anni Daulter’s Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers!
For those of you that didn’t win, don’t worry! My next giveway is totally unique. I’ve never heard of another blogger giving one of these away, but I think you’ll like it!Read More »
Hey, cruncharoos, Daddypotamus here. With 4-6 weeks until Babypotamus makes his/her grand entrance, I’m starting to wonder how this one will be different. The mystery’s gone… I know what having a baby at home LOOKS like. And I’m starting to vividly remember the challenges of getting our Katie girl to sleep. Rookie mistakes and all. But man, getting her to sleep was brutal!
With Babypotamus, we know we’ll do some things differently. There will be no walking the baby to sleep! Mark it down. For the love of all things holy, DO NOT get your baby in the habit of depending on walking to sleep. I can’t think of a more tortuous night time ritual. At the time, we didn’t know any better. All we knew is that we wanted her to go to sleep, and carrying her while walking and patting her on the bottom and making shushing sounds was what worked first.
But by month #2 of re-walking her to sleep several times a night, we were both at our wit’s end. Heather was so sleep deprived she would smack herself into door frames from time to time. It barely seemed to register. PLEASE. NOT. AGAIN.
So, hopefully we will be wiser about which sleep rituals to go with, but now there is new territory: Co-sleeping as a family of four. Will the baby wake up Katie? Will Katie wake up the baby? Will any of us get a good night’s sleep? I’m not going to answer this one, but I’m optimistic.
Tandem nursing will definitely different experience for Heather, but I’m not sure what, if anything, I can do to help out in this department. I don’t know that this will be much of a problem… but I really DO feel sorry for parents of twins or triplets or more. I can only imagine what it must be like to have so many hungry mouths to feed.
Gigi has been a godsend in more than one area. But with a newborn, watching the kids just won’t be an option until the baby’s nursing schedule spans out a bit. And when does that even happen? I can’t remember. So while I don’t want to curse us, I’m guessing our date nights for the next few months will consist of sneaking off to the spare bedroom to watch a movie on the laptop – private enough to get some time alone but close enough for Heather to “be the boob.”
Even though the baby will be fine sleeping and nursing most of the time, making sure Katie has a life will be an ever-increasing priority. Trips to the park, shopping, playdates, etc. On some level, I think it’s everyone’s temptation to focus on the baby to the detriment of the older sibling(s). So our challenge will be loving on Katie so much that her heart is always full, no matter how much coddling and attention Babypotamus gets.
One of my favorite moments comes right after Katie has been corrected. She’s so quick to look at me again with admiration and love. She doesn’t feel ashamed or emotionally separated from me. So she and I are hugging and cuddling and tickling very shortly after. I know that comes from the amount of love she constantly receives from us. Her heart is full, and she knows she’s loved. So when we correct her, it’s never a question of whether she’s still loved or accepted. We’ve made it our goal to ALWAYS communicate those things. So it becomes a matter of making sure she still gets that attention. I’ve pretty much settled it in my heart that whenever I see the baby getting lots of attention, I will be holding and loving on Katie so she’s never stuck watching and wishing she could have what Babypotamus gets.
With one child, I can take Katie to Starbucks, the mall, the park, or the dog park for a while and give Mommy a much needed break. Giving breaks has become one of the ways we love on each other. But with a newborn, will I still be able to give her much of a break? I think it’s possible, but I could use your help.
The baby’s not here yet, and I have no idea how this all fleshes out in the real world. God is faithful to answer our earnest prayers. So I’m confident we can do this. But you have all been such an awesome community of friends that I thought I’d put the question to you. You know, in case I have a blindspot (which we all know, of course, I do not).
What did you find to be the biggest difference in handling baby #2? Or if you’re working on #2, what are you planning on doing differently? But most importantly, what did your husbands do to that was most meaningful and/or supportive during this transition time? Or what do you wish they had done?Read More »
I don’t eat a lot of seafood because I’m concerned about mercury and other contaminants. (We do buy Wild Alaskan Salmon once a year in bulk, though.) But. I. LOVE. Seafood. And every once in awhile I just can’t help myself.
There are relatively safe and environmentally sustainable choices out there, even in landlocked suburbia. Monterey Bay Aquarium has a Super Green List of recommendations on what’s healthy for us and our environment that I like to go by.
Last week when I broke down and asked the guy at Whole Foods if they had any caviar, he looked at me like I was a three-headed piranha. He told me caviar isn’t in season right now. I told him to tell the baby that.
No dice. So I went with option #2: scallops and chopped clams. While scallop and saffron soup is usually served in a delicate broth with all the veggies strained out, I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I mean, seriously, throw away veggies? After trying it with the herbs and veggies, I have to say those people are missing out! Here’s the recipe:
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner
Have you ever met someone and felt an instant connection only to find out you’re totally different . . . and then discovered that you like them anyway? That’s what happened when I “met” Anni Daulter, author of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking For Babies and Toddlers.
When Anni emailed me about the opportunity to review her book I was star-struck. Gywneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and Ricki Lake are just some of the big names that have given glowing reviews. Not that I am really into big name endorsements, but maybe I would be if they were for my book (that I haven’t written)!
When it arrived Katie tore open the package and together we pored over the vibrant pages. Warm colors, beautiful food and photos of little faces mixed in felt like an invitation to see cooking in a whole new light: To let love for those we are cooking for be our inspiration.
It was an invitation I wholeheartedly accepted.
Before I tried the recipes I read through each chapter to better understand Anni’s nutritional philosophy. She started off by gently introducing the idea that breastfeeding should remain the central focus up to at least a year, and then went further, saying:
The average age worldwide for weaning a baby from breast milk is between years 5 and 7. Mothers around the world choose to wean at different times; breastfeed your baby as long as both of you feel comfortable.
What an unexpected and welcome way to start a book on feeding babies! But then things got sticky. For example, if breastfeeding is not desired/possible, Anni recommends using DHA enriched formula. I disagree. DHA and ARA obtained from natural sources like a mother’s milk and/fish oil are vital to healthy brain growth, but the substances made in labs can be toxic. A recent report, Replacing Mother: Imitating Human Breastmilk in the Laboratory,
details research questioning the alleged benefits of adding “novel” omega-3 fatty acids, produced in laboratories and extracted from algae and fungus, into infant formulas. The additives raised health and safety red flags during preapproval testing while aggressive marketing campaigns by some infant formula manufacturers appear to have encouraged new mothers to give up nursing for the questionable infant products.
“When I worked in the hospital’s neonatal ward, the nurses all called it “the diarrhea formula”,” says Sam Heather Doak, LPN, IBCLC, from Marietta, Ohio. “We’ve seen infants, tiny little humans, with diarrhea that just wouldn’t stop after being given this formula.” For infants, virulent and long-term diarrhea is considered a serious and life-threatening medical episode. Source
I don’t want to blow one little statement out of proportion. My reason for even bringing it up is this: While I don’t agree with every aspect of her nutritional approach (more details below), one thing is sure: Anni knows flavors. She’s a culinary genius. Of the handful of recipes I selected to try with my family, two shot straight to the top of family favorites that we will be making again and again. So this is my disclaimer: If you buy (or win!) this book, please substitute ingredients and methods where you feel it is appropriate. If you’re interested in what adjustments I would make they are listed at the bottom of this post.
But rather than review the outcome of each recipe we tried, I’ve decided to share with you our absolute favorite. Hot weather, cold weather, rain, sun, or monsoon. It doesn’t matter. I will always love this soup!
This is one of those meals Daddypotamus couldn’t get enough of. In fact, he was eying the leftovers greedily while I typed this post. He’ll eat this one again and again, because it feels like comfort food! That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
Are you still reading? Fantastic, because now I get to tell you that Anni has generously agreed to give away not one but TWO Organically Raised cookbooks! The goal of the contest is to make new people aware of the Mommypotamus blog, so…
“Hi there! [Your Name] just introduced me to Mommypotamus!”
This Sunday, I’ll draw a name from the new people who have both liked and commented on the wall, and if your person is picked, you will BOTH win a copy of the cookbook!
For more information on Anni and her passion for food, check outwww.consciousfamilyliving.com and http://www.organicallyraisedcookbook.com.
Here are the ways I would adjust recipes to fit my nutritional philosophy:
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Ahoy matey! This here is Blackbeard, Captain of the Splash Pad and Fearless Marauder of the Fruit Bin. Today the Captain is helping me finish up a baby/toddler cookbook review. As you can see, the kale-infused popsicles did NOT have to walk the plank! Check back soon for a giveaway!Read More »
If you read I Kissed Toothpaste Goodbye and couldn’t get the Toothsoap coupon code to work, here’s your second chance. I emailed the company and they sent me another coupon code. To get 40% off your order through August 8th, use the code FAMILY.Read More »