kiddo update

The little baby monkey

Age: 17months in 2 days
Weight: 24lbs 12oz
Height: 33in
Clothing: 18m and 18-24m depending on brand
Shoes: 6
Foods: Anything except most grains though. We are still working on that one. Or maybe we should just go complete Paleo instead of GFCF?? His favorites are raisins, carrots, broccoli, fries, chickpea nuggets, coconut yogurt, and black beans.
Activities: He is into trains, cars and airplanes right now. Watches Elmo like his life depends on it, and loves to bounce around all over the place. My baby is no baby anymore! *sniff*

The big-little monkey

Age: 5y 4m
Weight: 44lbs
Height: 4″ tall
Clothing: 6 slim fit
Shoes: 13
Foods: Banana, pumpkin, oatmeal, toast with sunbutter and jelly, Annie’s GFDFSF mac&cheese, broccoli, green beans, carrots, applesauce, chickpea nuggets, and chocolate coconut milk
Activities: Video games! Oh and he loves to play Sorry! with us. I think when the weather is nicer, I will really try to get him to go outside more. I don’t like him being indoors so much because all he does is screen watching (tv, ipad, gameboy, etc)

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Our Feingold debut!

I have pretty much kept this whole thing secret, but we’ve been doing a lot of coming and goings to doctors’ offices and hospitals lately to get my oldest a diagnosis for his behaviour issues. Turns out it is classic ADHD symptoms and we are now being sent for a psych evaluation to get the official Dx. The thing is, it is a 1yr+ wait list for our public health system to see him, or we pay 1000$ out of pocket for a private clinic. Eeeek! So as we wait, I have decided to look into other alternative options to help him. I DO NOT want to medicate him. So I stumbled upon this awesome thing called the Feingold ADHD Diet. By removing artificial dyes/flavours/fragrances, preservatives, and salicylates (on stage 1 only), you embark on an elimination diet journey to get rid of the unwanted symptoms. I’ve already mostly de-crap’ed our house and we now use organic natural household items only (the ones approved by the diet) and we are starting the strict diet on Friday. YAY! I plan to go about it a bit differently though, being that we are already Vegan and Gluten-Free, we shall start off by going Stage 2 first. I cannot remove everything in my child’s diet. He would be surviving off of water lol. So he will enjoy his salycilate foods until we are well into this new diet journey. Once we have attained a good routine in a few months, I might consider going even further and removing those problematic foods IF needed. So here we go!

Happy New Year!

Wow! Can you believe it is already 2014? Where has 2013 gone? Geez! My kiddos are now 1 year older and the loves of my life right now. 

My NY’s Resolution? To blog so much more often. So this shall be a first of many posts by this vegan mama. Are you excited? I am! haha

So to update you all, we spent an awesome Christmas/Yule time with family. Kids got so much stuff, they haven’t even opened some of it yet (Sam got 2 big Playmobil kits from my parents). Now it is cold, and I mean VERY cold here, so we’re stuck inside while this -40 weather passes us by. What do you do on cold/rainy days??

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Gluten-Free Vegan Pancakes

This is my easy go-to recipe for those mornings when the kids want pancakes and I don’t have much time to make a complicated batter.

Pancakes (Gluten-Free/Vegan)

Makes: 10 pancakes (serves 1 adult and 2 kids)

  • 140 grams AP Gluten-Free flour mix (approx. 1cup)
  • ½ tsp xantham gum (omit if your mix already contains)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut/raw sugar
  • 1¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (i used the almond-coconut blend by Almond Fresh, but anything will do, I think)
  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and sea salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix the applesauce with the vanilla and whisk until well combined. Add the milk and keep whisking.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Heat a lightly greased large frying pan or griddle over medium heat, and drop pancake batter 3 Tbsp at a time. Cook first side 2-3 mins until bubbles start to form on top. Flip over and cook another 2 mins.

12 months… and 5 years??

Okay, first off, my bebe is 1 year old now! How has it already been 12 months? I mean, it seems like just yesterday I was a big whale, waddling around the house, trying to get him out at 40wks pregnant. Now, Elijah is a rumbling tumbling toddler. His birthday was October 28th but I haven’t had much time to update lately so I’m sorry for being over a week late on this post.

So yeah, he is now 21lbs 2oz heavy, which puts him at the 50th percentile for his age… and 30.25in tall, on the 70th percentile curve. Nice growing, bebe boy!

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He is using a lot of sign language to communicate with us lately. He can sign “milk”, “eat”, “all done”, “more”, “tired”, “thank you” and we’re working on “diaper change”.

He also likes to run everywhere and be into everything. The little booties, even being on backwards, don’t stop him. Oh, by the way, we hopefully get to take them off on December 9th at his next appointment. He has learned to climb the couch now, so we gotta be extra careful watching him in the living room or he’d fall off… That means I have all my attention towards him 24/7 now… Big brother Sam feels a bit left out. Poor kiddo. I’m trying to change that though. I bought him 2 Kindergarten workbooks for us to work on this month. Oh and he loves to play Rayman Legends on the Wii U with his mama. Thats OUR thing. When daddy gets home, the boys are all over him. Playing “pretend Mario” with their stuffed animals.

Overall, we are doing great. Our only big issue now is finances I guess. I am thinking of starting the Zero Spending month tomorrow. Thoughts? Anybody done it before? How did it go? Anybody wanna do it with me??

http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/31-days/livingwellspendingzero

Anyway, last update for this post? My big guy, Sam. He is gonna be 5 yrs old on the 24th. I just can’t believe how fast it is going. Holy moly! He’s growing into a fine young man. I love my boys!

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Luigi for Halloween

Munchkin Meals (11 months old)

So here it is, finally! My MM baby post 🙂

Our day went as follows…

5:30 Wake Up. Way too early for me, but he had fallen asleep at 7pm the night before. He is usually an 8:30-6:30 kinda guy. But yeah, our day started early… We cuddled in bed and then went downstairs to watch some TV.

7:00 I nursed my boy and then we went on with our day.

7:45 Breakfast time! Eli had applesauce oatmeal and ate most of it 🙂

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9:15 Time for another nursing and then we got dressed with some cute clothes mama bought the day before at Walmart

9:45 Snack time! Rice-oat cracker, raisins and cucumber pieces… He ate everything but the cucumber. Not a fan of that one, really, I guess. Oh and I gave him a taste of 1oz coconut milk mixed with 1oz almond milk… he didn’t like it. But that was expected. We will try again. I just hope he starts to take it soon as I know my supply is low and he is not getting enough from mama anymore 😦

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10:20-11:00 Nap time. It was more like a catnap that day, but he slept long enough that I didn’t try to put him back down when he woke up 40mins later.

11:45 Lunch of tofu “fish” sticks and tartar sauce, and grapes. He ate mostly everything but did not touch the sauce. He devoured the grapes though!

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12:30 and 1:45 Nurse again

2:15 Snack of Nutrios cereal that he carried around the living room in his little cup while playing with his brother’s toys

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3:00-4:00 He took another nap. Short again, but I guess with teething, the new casts, a growth spurt and a tummy ache the other day, he is not in a napping mood.

4:00 Nursed him again and then we played on the floor together for a bit with daddy who just got home from work.

6:00 Dinner is a bit late today. We usually are ready to eat by 5:15-5:30. Tonight he had a mix of brown rice, red lentils and carrots mashed up together. He tried to feed himself with his spoon. It was cute!

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6:45 Nursed again and then I changed him into pj’s for the night.

7:30 Up to the bedroom we went and cuddled while watching Netflix on TV. I nursed him to sleep.

8:15 Down for the night… Well, he is far from sleeping through the night and he still wakes up a gazillion times for feeds, but bedtime was at this hour. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about our day and I will see you again next month for the 12 month (holy moly!!) Munchkin Meals post. Take care everyone!

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Doctor Appointment Update

Doctor Appointment Update

Well, I was super happy about my boy walking early, at 10 months old. That didn’t last very long. We had a visit at Shriners Hospital on Monday for possible clubfoot issues, and came out of there with casts on both feet. Now he will not stand on them and doesn’t want to revert back to crawling, so I carry him everywhere. And he is a ton more whiny too. I am not liking this 😦 Doctor said we will have a series of casts put on, and then he would need some braces or the booties/bar thing (Ponsetti method) to correct his clubfoot.

My husband was devastated when we were sent to the casting room right then and there, at our first visit. He didn’t want Eli to go through what he did for 3-4yrs of his own child life.. But it’s been almost a week now and we are trying to adjust. Eli is slowly trying to stand now. And eventually he will realize he CAN walk with them. It’s just a matter of time.