Everything in the house is sleeping (although I daresay the ants who are invading in honor of spring are still relatively scampering about – take note, dear ants, I will be the winner of this battle!) and now is the time to take advantage of the peace and do something.
We are finally all moved in to our house. I officially emptied out our rental’s fridge on friday and here we are eating the food we have, sleeping in the beds as we find them, skirting boxes and piles of belongings and generally enjoying the concept of having space, being outside, losing things, and springtime yard work (who knew grass grew so fast?? It’s almost time to find a lawnmower).
Our house is lovelylovely. We keeping finding more fun things nearby. 3 minutes to and from the interstate (we were pleasantly surprised), literally 3 minutes to the nearest grocery story, less than a mile to two different parks – one huge and full of picnic tables, playgrounds, and trails for running and one smaller playground park for tromping.
We have a yard surrounded by trees (even though we have no trees), flowerbeds with growing things (I’m still waiting to see what everything is..so far a strawberry plant and some primroses have given up their identities). Ranger loves the outside space and has quickly learned what ‘want to go outside?’ means.
On friday we got back from a week at the ocean with my family. The oregon coast is usually much colder this time of year than it was last week and we were pleasantly surprised by the lovely weather and warm beaches.
Somehow between moving, packing, and traveling I have not found time or energy to run or blog, sadly. But I cannot wait to share pictures and stories of it all (Ranger’s birthday, the coast and the house spaces especially!).
We finally had the internet installed yesterday morning. I had the honor and surprise of being veryvery productive with cleaning and moving in during our dearth of distraction. I’m hoping to keep my productivity high while still enjoying some connected time on the webs and here.
(Do any of you have internet use rules in place for yourself to keep your time well assigned and worthwhile?).
This morning I’ve decided that learning to feed this little family well could be a full-time job.
Because of this second pregnancy my production of breast milk has slowly gone downhill – not completely gone yet, but getting there. We’ve been giving him bottles with whole milk in them as an alternate, but my little guy is in need of food he’ll actually eat, as filling up completely on cow milk is an option I’d like to avoid for various reasons (diaper rash, family history of a milk allergies (i’m sorry child that was me), and not wanting to overexpose or upset his tummy.). He tends to be a skimpy eater at home, but while we vacationing he ate and ate. And slept!
While we were at the coast and one night before we enjoyed some nights where Ranger only woke up 1-3 times! It was surprising. I think it had something to do with having plently of people to play with (thus getting extra tired), more of momma’s attention (more solids), someone cooking three meals a day ( more solids), and less access to the easy quickfix bottle (again, resulting in more solids!). Hopefully I’ll be able to cook something up to help him stay interested in food and able to sleep more soundly at night.
Some things I’m going to try are:
- Putting more work into preparing and planning meals for my child AND my poor husband. Planning is the key, I think.
- Cutting Ranger’s food into bitesize pieces. You’d think this would be obvious, ut I’ve only recently discovered how dreadfully lazy I am. My poor child only has four teeth and may appreciate this.
- Challenge myself to have good healthy toddler accessible snacks on hand instead of always handing out the easy and overused cheese and milk. I’m off to the store later to stock the larder (or pantry, if somehow your vocabulary has been deprived of such a singular word).
Any mamas out there have tips or tricks for feeding the littles well without resorting to baby food or junk?
Places I’ve found grace recently:
- How to live life through the messy ~ Ann Voskamp
- A Tisket A Tasket, Does it Matter What’s in the Basket? ~ Megan @ Fried Okra
- I used to be a good mom – One Thankful Mom