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What’s so Bad About Wearing Shoes?

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IMG_0641As soon as he turned 10 months old, Joey started walking. He’s now been running and climbing everywhere. And since he’s now a seasoned “walker” he’s almost ready to start walking in public places holding our hand. But there’s one problem- he won’t wear shoes!

We were so excited to get him his first pair of shoes (especially my husband). Once we came home with him and showed them to Joey, he seemed really interested in them. But then, I put them on his feet. As soon as I stood him up, it was like he completely forgot how to walk. He wouldn’t bend his knees. He laid on the ground and did this weird donkey-kick kind of a move to try and pull them off. He held onto furniture as he tried to slowly walk around the room. Honestly, it looked like I put him on ice skates for the first time.

We figured he just had to break them in, so I started putting them on him for a little bit of time each day. He can walk a little better in them now, but he has a hard time figuring out how to climb anything with them on. This results in him attempting to climb his toys, raising his leg up and down, and yelling at me in frustration until I help him or take the shoes off. Even after days and days of practice, he still doesn’t walk “normal” in his shoes. His favorite thing to do with them is to try and pull them off (he won’t keep socks on either).

I am sure he will warm up to wearing shoes eventually. And the good news is since it’s the middle of winter, it’s not like he’s outside running around in the grass right now. I just hope by spring I can get him to like them!

Workout Wednesday: Straight Leg Lowers

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Workout Wednesday: Straight Leg Lowers

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If you are looking for a way to really target your core (especially your lower abs), this exercise is great! Plus it’s fun to do (and your baby can even help you!).

 

To get started, sit down on the floor with your baby seated on your lap, facing away from you. While balancing on your tailbone, raise your legs off the floor into a V-sit position. While keeping your upper body still and heels together, slowly lower your legs towards the floor (but don’t let your feet touch the floor). Now, slowly raise your legs back up to a V-sit position. Repeat 10-15 times.

 

Am I Raising a Baby or an Animal?

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bearHave you ever asked yourself this question about your child? I hope I’m not the only one! I think my son is the cutest thing ever and I love him dearly. But at times, I really wonder if he’s a baby or an animal haha. It’s funny, but when I talk to people who have pets, Joey really does seem to have so much in common with their animals! I guess babies and pets really are quite similar!

I’m not sure exactly when it started, maybe around 6 months old, but Joey figured out how to growl. It’s a crazy, deep growl at times. And rarely is it an angry growl. Instead he growls when he’s excited, when he’s laughing, or even when he wants to show affection. I love his growl, but when he starts to loudly growl as we shop for groceries, I do get quite the stares from those around us!

Growling isn’t the only reason I feel as though Joey’s an animal sometimes. For instance, try feeding him. He grabs the spoon and won’t let go, leading to food being splattered everywhere (I feel like I’m fighting with a dog over a bone with the spoon fights). He loves to bite any type of cloth and carry it around in his mouth. For instance, if I’m folding laundry, he will come over, put a washcloth in his mouth, and carry it away! We find it hilarious, but really, I would expect this more from a puppy than my baby. Oh well, I love him and he’s a happy little guy- even if he does seem to be part animal!

Kitchen Mania Monday: Cinnamon Carrot Sweet Potato Bites

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If your little one is like mine, then he most likely insists on feeding himself. This can be a challenge, especially when trying to get him to eat foods packed full of nutrients. Joey loves pureed vegetables, but he can’t feed them to himself. However, when I give him cut up pieces of some of his favorite vegetables, he tends to stick them in his mouth, suck on them, and then pull them back out (very gross I know!). Most likely he does this since he isn’t fond of the texture of these foods.

 

To help him get in more vegetables and fruits, I have been wracking my brain to come up with healthy finger food recipes that he will like and eat up. One that has been a success is this easy to make recipe. In fact, the whole family really enjoys it! It’s packed full of vitamin A, fiber, and even protein. Give it a try and see if your little one is a fan as well.

 

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes

1 cup fresh or frozen carrots

1 ½ TBS cinnamon

½ cup cottage cheese

¼ cup butter, softened

1/3 cup all purpose flour

2 large eggs

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 F. Clean sweet potatoes, puncture with a fork, and wrap in foil. Place your sweet potatoes in the over for 45-60 minutes, or until soft. Remove from the oven, remove skin, and place insides into a large bowl. Using a fork, mash the sweet potatoes until all the large clumps have been removed.

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Steam carrots until soft. Once soft, place into a food processor and blend until smooth.

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Add the mashed carrots into the sweet potatoes and mix to blend evenly. Add in eggs and mix thoroughly.

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In a food processor or blended, mix together softened butter, cottage cheese, flour, and 1 Tbs cinnamon and blend until smooth. 

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Add blended mixture into vegetables and mix until all ingredients have been evenly distributed.

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Lightly grease a large baking pan. Pour mixture onto pan and using a spatula, evenly spread mixture over the pan. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon on top.

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Bake at 400 F for 35-40 minutes or until edges are light brown and crispy. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and cut into small bite size pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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