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  1. Teddy’s Seven Month Update

    November 18, 2015 by Victoria

    Seven months old. Already, can’t believe it, too fast, cliche cliche cliche. But really. My baby is getting less babylike by the day.


    I’ve had it confirmed by multiple people that he is literally the world’s happiest baby. He’s super smiley, particularly with Cormac and Larry. Cormac can do no wrong in Teddy’s eyes, even if that means taking his toys or trying to drag him by the arms. Teddy is usually just thrilled that Cormac is paying any attention to him at all. And when Larry licks him or shakes or sneezes, Teddy loses it into a fit of giggles.


    His sleeping has improved so much! He sleeps about 12 hours straight at night, usually 6:3/7 until 6:30 or 7am. Glorious! And he’s finally figured out how to nap for longer than 20 minutes. He usually naps for about an hour in the morning, and then 1.5 hours in the afternoon, which I try to overlap with Cormac’s nap/quiet time.


    I’m still nursing him, and in that regard he is a much better eater than Cormac, usually every 3 hours or so during the day. He’s eating solids 2-3 times a day, and loves bananas, sweet potatoes and pasta. He eats avocado but I don’t think it’s his favorite. He also loves those mini pancakes I mentioned in my last post. Overall I think he just likes sitting at the table with all of us and being part of the meal. His pincer grasp has developed quite a bit and he can pick up those little baby puffs pretty easily now.


    He’s still fairly long and thin, weighing in at just about 17lbs.


    He likes his jumperoo but not nearly as much as Cormac did at his age. Teddy mostly just likes to watch Cormac play and his favorite toys are any toy that he recognizes as Cormac’s toy.┬áHe’s kind of over his playmat. I think it’s too stationary for him. He’s rolling and army crawling but, try as he might, he can’t seem to coordinate any movement while up on his hands and knees. He can definitely get where he wants to go though, which usually seems to be under furniture.


    His next ultrasound for his kidneys is sometime in December, and if the enlargement is still present, the doctor has already told us to expect more invasive tests, so we’ve certainly got our fingers crossed.

  2. What Do The Boys Eat?

    November 10, 2015 by Victoria

    Teddy, (now 7 months old!), has taken to solids just as well as Cormac did. He loves them, AND he loves sitting in his high chair giggling at Cormac as they eat. Cormac has always been a pretty good eater, but he’s definitely gotten a bit more of that cliche toddler pickiness in the past year. I’m definitely always looking for ways to subtly up his veggie intake. And as for Teddy, I’m just loving this fun stage of introducing his to new flavor and textures.

    So what have they been eating? Breakfast is by far Cormac’s biggest meal. He inhales a banana within 2 minutes of leaving his bedroom. Literally every single morning. Then Brent usually makes him two fried eggs, maybe with some toast, or some avocado slices.


    Sometimes we do steel cut oats, and we’ll put a little bit of grape jelly in Cormac’s. Truthfully when Brent isn’t around to make us all breakfast, I usually just give C some plain Greek yogurt and more fruit while I guzzle coffee and try to stay awake.


    That’s a look of pure joy, is it not? Another super quick, easy way to get some veggies in him for breakfast or lunch is a green smoothie, usually banana, milk, frozen mango and two big handfuls of baby kale and/or spinach. Cormac calls it “yummy green juice,” and will seriously chug two bottles full. (See above)

    And obviously when we have more time, he loves making and eating pancakes with me on the weekends.


    Teddy eats mostly just finger foods now. So for breakfast I usually give him some banana slices or avocado slices. I coat them in oat cereal or crushed puffs to make them less slippery for his not so coordinated fingers. He also loves a mum mum dipped in some mashed avocado, clearly.


    Recently, I also made a big batch of these super easy, four ingredient pumpkin pancakes. Who knew eggs, banana and pumpkin could make a pancake? Pinterest did, obviously.


    These are cute, tiny 2″ pancakes that I froze, and now just heat up a couple at a time for Teddy’s breakfast or lunch. He loves them. I’m thinking I’ll make a batch of muffins with some shredded veggies baked in for both of the boys to nibble on throughout the week.


    Lunch is always more scattered for me. I admit I’m awful about eating it myself most days. Cormac’s usual is pita and hummus. Kid cannot get enough pita and hummus.


    If not pita and hummus, maybe a cheese quesadilla or a peanut butter and jelly. Lunch is usually rounded out with a veggie (roasted sweet potato fries, roasted beets, avocado, green smoothie are his usuals) and fruit (clementines, grapes, apple slices, raisins).

    Dinner is always Cormac’s lightest meal (unless it’s pizza, in which case he chows down big time). Dinner is pretty much the same for everyone in the house, but we just don’t expect Cormac to eat much. The biggest symptom of food pickiness Cormac has these days is that he doesn’t like his food all mixed up. So he’ll eat pasta with sauce, but will eat around the veggies in it. Usually he’ll eat a couple bites of whatever protein we’re eating and maybe a few bites of veg, and usually plenty of whatever carb we might be eating. He loves rice and bread, and especially pizza.


    Salmon is probably his favorite protein choice. Other favorites are sushi (egg tamago), quesadillas, mashed potatoes, and chicken tenders (dipped in ketchup). I find I can usually encourage him to eat a bit more if there’s some kind of dip involved.

    Teddy will nibble on anything we’re eating that’s soft enough for him. A little bit of pasta or some pizza crust, sweet potato fries, avocado.


    I know some people have concerns about choking or other concerns with baby led weaning, but it’s a good fit for our family and I like having everyone in the family eat the same thing.

    Overall, I try to encourage both the boys to try nearly everything and try not to limit them to “baby food” or “kids menu” items. Sometimes it’s a struggle but I try very hard not to focus on how much they eat (though it can be so hard not to encourage Cormac to eat “a couple more bites” when he’s not into a meal). I just focus on giving them a variety day to day and I just explain to Cormac “Well, this is what we’re having for dinner. I’m sorry if you don’t like it.” It works a majority of the time, but there are definitely occasional meltdowns. I just feel fortunate for the most part that they’re both pretty good eaters and I’m loving getting Cormac more involved in the kitchen with me!

    If anyone has any brilliant or creative veggie ideas for a crazy three year old, I’d be more than happy to hear them!