Baby #2

I’m just going to ramble some updates at you…

As you can see by the vast length of time between posts, I’ve been a little busy. My little guy is now 20 months old and he has a little brother on the way! Baby Jones number 2 is going to be a boy! I’m getting settled into my new identity as a boy mom. We plan to only have two children so boys it is! So far the biggest struggle is coming up with another boy name. Girl names were so easy. I’m glad that there will be no shortage of clothing for the little brother and the toy situation should work out nicely as well.

I continue to reflect on how great it has worked out being a part time substitute teacher and stay at home mom. Although I longed for a full time teaching job of my own, I continue to realize what a blessing it has been to have this time with my son. I now know that I want the same for my next boy and will not look for full time work until baby # 2 is at least a year old. Having my in-laws nearby, retired, and eager to hang with their grand kid has been a major help and allowed me to keep one foot in the teaching world.

Pregnancy number 2 has so far, and thankfully been exactly like pregnancy number 1. I was lucky to have no sickness or issues the first time and people continually reminded me that each pregnancy is different, to which I had hoped they would be wrong. So far they have been. Although perhaps one difference is that I am truly struggling with my cravings, which have mostly been for sugar and junk food. I just can’t seem to say no. I’ll blame it on the pregnancy for now and hope I can curb it soon!

My little man is pretty awesome. He talks a lot. Can’t believe I was worried when he didn’t say much at a year! He knows his colors and can point out a few letters and numbers. He’s addicted to Thomas the tank engine and knows the names of the trains better than his family members! He loves animals, especially our two cats (to their dismay). He’s starting to become a wildly picky eater. It’s hard at times and makes me feel like not getting those veggies in will cost him dearly. Trying to be like Frozen and let it go. He does have some good times with meals so I’ll focus on the small successes (continued love of peas, yay!).

I just got back from a dirty thirty cruise with my other lady friends who are also turning the big 3-0 this year. It was fun but a bit challenging being all pregnant and unable to truly party it up or do daring things like the flow-rider on the ship. Snorkeling in Belize was a blast, the food was great, and the company wasn’t too bad either! The hubs is currently on his man trip to compliment my lady trip, out in Colorado. He’s spending the week with his cousin skiing to his hearts content.

So June 19th is the proposed arrival of baby boy #2! Lots to do before then. We are working on (by we I mean my husband) remodeling two rooms of our house which will be our new room so the children can have what’s left over. I keep thinking that I can’t believe I’m going to give birth again. All of it seems just as scary as the first time. Maybe even more so, because I know what I’m in for! Wish me luck and hopefully I’ll update again soon!

Food: How To Share It with My Family and Prevent Picky Eaters!

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Being large and in charge, my main goal lately has been food. At 9 months pregnant, I have a voracious appetite, needless to say. I’ve been trying to stay away from simple carbs and sugar so that this wee one fits through the exit okay. It’s been a struggle. Turns out, sugar is in practically everything. In a previous post, I jotted down some great meal options that have gotten me through.

Well today I made an AMAZING smoothie. Simple ingredients but oh so delicious. I blended a banana, cinnamon almonds, all natural peanut butter, milk and a couple of butterscotch chips (I know, I know) and it was phenomenal. I often make similar smoothies with yogurt as well. I think this one tasted so great because I put in more peanut butter and less milk. It was such a tasty treat that I felt compelled to blog about it! 

On a similar note, I’ve been thinking ahead to the future when our little one is joining us a the dinner table. I’m expecting some challenges beyond the typical picky eater. You see, my husband is also a picky eater. Me? I’ll eat anything and I’ll try anything and I love practically everything. Of course, it wasn’t always this way. I had my moments as a kid, too. It was when I was in college and got a job at a fancy seafood place that I first really tried and liked seafood. Oh and my school was in NYC which really opened up my world to tasty and exotic foods. My husband has always been picky and college expanded his food horizon as well. But he was so particular before that the new things he learned to like (ex: strawberries) seem hardly worth mentioning.

Fortunately my husband agrees that our child should try stuff and doesn’t wish his pickiness on him/her. So he’s said that he’ll at least try anything I make for dinner. Can’t wait to see this in practice. I’ve of course, googled this topic and came across some great things to keep in mind and ways to introduce new foods. 

Picky eater prevention:

– Introduce one new food at a time and serve it with other familiar, enjoyable foods

– Insist on a taste of the new item but nothing more

– Limit sweets. The more they get a craving the harder it is to keep them on the healthy track. (I feel like this applies to Mom and Dad as well)

– When appropriate allow children to help cook the meal or choose ingredients

– Re-try foods. Explain to children that taste buds change and different ingredients can alter flavors. It’s important to keep trying a food several times before writing it off forever

– Set a good example: children watch and mimic what you do. Finish your plate, make meal time enjoyable and relaxing