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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

21 MONTHS OLD

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Caroline turns 21 months on 8/26/16! I just did an update at 20 months, so I actually wasn't planning on a post at 21 months, but she happens to have a lot going on! 

Schedule/Sleep 
There were some minor changes to her schedule this month. I pretty much just follow her lead at this age, and adjust accordingly. She's working on getting all 4 eye teeth at the same time, and is STILL working on getting her molars all the way through. I swear they've been moving at a glacial speed. I think the major teething this month has contributed to some eating and sleeping issues, which is why we've adjusted the schedule slightly.

Eating- She's simply not wanting to eat much (most days). She even points to her gums and says "uh oh" to tell me it's hurting. As a result, she's been on Ibuprofen and Tylenol, and I'm trying to give her

Monday, August 22, 2016

THE NOT SO GLAMOROUS PART OF PARENTHOOD

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You know the noise. The stomach curdling, forceful throws of vomit. And your instinct is to get out of the way. Well, not anymore. That was before your parenting days. Now you run towards the noise. Now your job is to comfort your toddler that has NO IDEA what is going on and just keeps saying "oh no, oh no mama" as she throws up all over you. You can't just tell her to go kneel in front of the toilet as you would. You have to hold her and help her and comfort her. You have to refrain from throwing up yourself, or join in...whatever works LOL!

Friday, August 19, 2016

FOOD FRIDAY 8/19

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My big goal right now is to find quick, easy, HEALTHY meals to add to our usual rotation of meals. Quick meals aren't always the best for you. Healthy meals contribute a chunk of change to your monthly food bill, for sure. It is so important to find a balance, however.

Caroline really doesn't tend to like and eat meat that is offered to her. As a result, I'm really trying to find ways to boost her iron and protein intake. Sometimes that is as simple as giving her peanut butter or beans in her diet. But I'm trying to be more creative with this, since we can all benefit from the added iron. We really aren't a big meat eating family to begin with, so all of us can use a little boost!

I am also focusing on trying to reduce dairy and gluten. I have fibromyalgia and it is causing me to have a lot of pain and fatigue. Diet is pretty much the only thing left I have to try as something to help me with this journey. I'm being realistic in that I can't do an all out elimination diet- not right now. But I can focus on changing up our meals to be healthier. I'm hoping to do an elimination diet this winter, but it's just not in the cards as a right now solution for me. Small changes can make a huge difference, however. So I'm starting something now.

I wanted to share with you some of the meals that I have already tried or am planning to try. 
I have a couple of Pinterest boards that are focused on food. This one has some great breakfast ideas, and here I have compiled some dinners and sides to try out. 

Some of my favorites that we've tried already:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS

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School lunches. I hate even thinking about them. It's so annoying to pack school lunches, and I always struggle with ideas of what to put in them. I hate making them so much, my husband used to make mine for me when I was teaching LOL! So, while I'm no longer working and we don't have any school aged children, we do send Caroline to a Mother's Day Out program once a week. This is something we need to send lunch along for. I'm counting my blessings that I only have to do this once a week for now! Although I struggle with lunch ideas at home sometimes too! haha

Last year, Caroline was eating solid foods, but everything had to be cut up into bite sized pieces since she was so young. This made packing lunch even worse! This year, she'll start the school year when she's 21 months old, and she can handle biting into her half sandwich, thank goodness!

Ok, so this post is almost for me to just get all of my ideas out on paper. I always figure other moms can benefit from be brainstorming out loud, as well!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DRY PULL-UPS DURING NAPS

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June 11th of 2016 we started our official potty training! It is now exactly two months later as I write this. It is amazing to look back and realize how much time has gone by already!

Caroline is doing great with everything. She goes in public restrooms without any hesitation, and she holds it and waits to go if we don't have access to a restroom. If she does have an accident (it's very rare), she stops herself and it only gets her clothes a little wet. She's finally saying "potty". She always got my attention in her own little way (saying "uh uh"). I realized that she is going to be in "school" (Mother's Day Out Program) in about 1 month, so she needs to be saying potty! I am catching myself now and making her say the word "potty" before I will take her. It's honestly hardest training myself to not just react to the "uh uh" noises. LOL!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

GOING TO SCHOOL BOOK LIST

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With the school year approaching, and even starting for many already, I wanted to put together a quick list of some helpful books to read to your children. Even Caroline (not even 2), will be going to her version of school (a Mother's Day Out program). It's only once a week, but I still want to prepare her for it the best I can. These books are all about going to school, and some about going to school for the first time. We have several of these, and others I want to make sure I remember so we can get them later!


Daniel Tiger Goes to School- This book has such a great message. "Grown ups come back". Daniel Tiger is sad that his dad isn't going to be with him. He is comforted by his dad telling him that he'll come back. It is also a great book to discuss what will happen at school, as well as helping others out.

Clifford Goes to Kindergarten- This is a cute book about going to school for the first time. The little girl in this book is feeling nervous. She gets to bring an item from home on the first day, which helps her feel more comfortable!



The Kissing Hand- This is one of my favorite books. It is just so sweet. I plan on giving Caroline a "kissing hand" before she goes to school. I always want her to feel strong and that she has me wherever she goes. This book will help that happen.

Llama Llama Misses Mama- This is a book that we actually don't have yet, but I've read it at the library with Caroline. These are just super cute, rhyming books.


If You Take a Mouse to School- This one goes without saying...we love all of these books and bought this set on Amazon of 5 of these "If You Give.." books. They are that fun!

Froggy Goes to School- The Froggy books are adorable! We love them all, yet don't own any of them yet LOL! This one is on our list for sure. Froggy has a bad dream about missing the bus, then leap frogs all the way there. These are funny and entertaining!

The Berenstain Bears Go To School- The Berenstain Bear books are great first readers, so they are good to have on hand for learning to read. We love the one where they go to the aquarium, and plan on adding this one to our collection as well.

The Night Before Kindergarten (Sticker Stories)- This is one that's going to be on our list as well for when Caroline is a little bit older (maybe for preschool or kindergarten). What better way to ease first day jitters, than with the use of a story book that also has stickers!?

Going to School (Usborne Book)- This book is only $1.99 and it is awesome! It talks about the different things to expect at school. Great little book to have for on the go reading (it's small enough to fit in my purse)! There are also mini books on going to the dentist and going to the doctor, which we love.



Monday, August 15, 2016

PROUD AND HAPPY MAMA

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Ok, so this is one of those posts that I have so many things to talk about, and they are all related, yet all random...meaning I have no idea what title to give to this post. I figured I'd just start writing and figure it out. Let's see if we figure out the title by the end haha!

I've had some proud mama moments lately, and some step back moments where I realize that my daughter is really benefiting from some specific things. I've loved kind of taking a back seat this week and taking it all in.

So, first of all... I recently wrote a post about feeling lonely. I kid you not, that same day...a mom I'd previously gotten together with (who didn't have my blog site yet) sent me a text and wanted to set something up again. I also happened to inquire about a moms group that day. Guess what!?! The same lady is the president of the moms club. How random is that!?! Other moms have started reaching out as well. I have no idea if they read the post or not...and I honestly don't even care if that was the reason. They cared enough to reach out and it meant the world to me. I've also started back up with meeting people and introducing myself. I'd stopped for a bit, but I seem to have a renewed energy with it again and a determination to find my people around here and friends for Caroline as well! Long story short, I've had the opportunity to get together with a few moms recently. In the process, I've noticed a couple of things.

1. Caroline is brave and so strong. I knew this already, but this week in particular I've noticed it a lot. Caroline picked up an empty case at the water fountain the other day. She said "way" (for away). She wanted to put it away. I pointed to two moms across the fountain and told her that it belonged to them. I asked her if she wanted to return it to them. She said "yeah", and then said "yaya" (this is her

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