It’s here! It’s here! It’s here!
Now that Elliott is mobile, grocery shopping has become a lot more difficult. She doesn’t like to sit still and the grocery store is full of colorful distractions. Lately I’ve had to become a lot more creative when it comes to grocery shopping. Here are my top 3 tips of how to grocery shop with a toddler:
1. Let them help | Whenever it is appropriate, I try to let Elliott pick out what I need from the shelf. She loves to help pick up an apple or a box of macaroni. Just make sure it is something small and not too heavy. If it is too heavy, it will likely end up dropped on your foot instead of in the cart. I don’t know from experience or anything.
2. Snacks | Eating is always a good distraction for Elliott and, lucky for me, she loves food! Make sure you bring something that is easy and is relatively mess free. There’s nothing like needing to clean a sticky, gooey mess of smushed and slobbery chocolate bunny graham cracker off a cart when you are done. Ask me how I know this. One of our favorite snacks is Gerber lil’ Beanies. I love that it is made from navy beans, has protein and fiber, it is mess free, and Elliott can feed herself with little help from me. Elliott loves them because they taste good! Again, ask me how I know 🙂 We got ours at our local Publix.
3. Turn your groceries into toys | Beyond just helping me pick things off the shelf, a lot of times I’ll let Elliott hold onto it as she is sitting in the cart. She’ll usually play with it for a while and then when she is done, I have another item right there for her to move onto. A box of macaroni makes a great musical instrument. So does the can of Gerber lil’ Beanies. A package of string cheese makes a great crinkly noise and, because it’s refrigerated, has a different feel to it. A small bottle of club soda can be fun to shake and watch the bubbles (just make sure you set that one aside for a day or two before opening)
As soon as Elliott reached six months old, we started introducing solid foods to her. After extensive research on my part we decided that baby led weaning was the best approach for our family. While we don’t feed Elliott purees with a spoon, that doesn’t mean that purees can’t be used if you decide to try baby led weaning.
How does one begin a blog post that is about 9 months overdue? I am not really sure how to start. I never intended to take such a long break but here we are and it is already the middle of July. I kept putting this off with the intention of re-launching the blog with a new facelift but that hasn’t happened yet. I figured I should jump back in, regardless of what it looks like around here, and get to re-decorating later.
I decided that it was about time I try to document this pregnancy at least a little bit. Instead of boring you with recapping each week individually so I decided to do it by trimester instead.
How far along: First Trimester
Due Date: Originally December 13, 2015 but moved to December 7, 2015 at our 11 week appointment
Name: We decided on a girl name about 3 days after we found out we were expecting but can not agree on a boys name to save our lives!
Movement: My placenta is anterior, meaning it is between baby and my stomach/belly button so I likely won’t feel anything for a while. We did get to see baby moving and kicking on all of the ultrasounds so far. Baby is either going to be a soccer player or a handful… or maybe both!
Maternity Clothes: I’m still able to fit into the majority of my regular clothes as long as they aren’t too tight in the chest area. I did pick up some sweaters and maternity leggings during the end of winter sales that were still going on when we first found out but they are all still way too big!
Sleep: I’ve been sleeping a lot but unfortunately not well. I had a week in there that I got the best sleep of my life but that didn’t last. I’ve never slept well so this isn’t anything new though. I’m up about 4-6 times to use the bathroom each night but can usually fall back asleep quickly.
Best moment this trimester: Getting to see our baby for the very first time on the ultrasound at about 9 weeks and see him or her moving its little limbs around! I was so nervous for the first ultrasound but it was the best feeling when the doctor showed us it’s beating heart! We also got a wonderful ultrasound at 13 weeks during the first trimester screening where we got to see baby on the high tech ultrasound machine kicking and squirming away for about 30 minutes while they checked out the brain and all the organs.
Missing anything: My appetite for most of this first trimester and beer! Normally I’m a wine drinker but all I’ve wanted is a big beer!
Cravings/Aversions: This has been the strangest part of being pregnant so far! My tastes have changed pretty drastically. I haven’t really wanted sweets at all which is SO unlike me! Instead, I’ve wanted Mexican, pizza, or anything spicy. I have never liked spicy in my life but now, give me all the texas pete! We’ve eaten tacos about twice a week from about weeks 7-11 and pizza at least once. I haven’t wanted anything to do with grilled or baked chicken or bananas, both of which I used to eat regularly. Oh and orange juice now makes me incredibly ill, again something else I used to have almost every morning!
Looking forward to: Telling our friends the news! We told our families pretty soon after we found out and a few very close friends. We can’t wait for everyone to know though!
I love flavors that are bold and spicy, especially now that I am pregnant! I also love recipes that have rich history and tradition behind them and using the best ingredients to recreate these recipes.
Nana’s Spaghetti Sauce
- 3 – 29 oz cans of Hunts Tomato Puree
- 1 – 12 oz can of Hunts Tomato Paste
- 1 – 12 oz can of Hunts Tomato Sauce
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed
- 5 large onions, chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 5 tsp. oregano
- 3 tsp. sweet basil
- 1 tsp. fennel seed
- 4 lbs. of Italian sausage or meatballs
- 2-3 tsp. of sugar (optional but trust me on this!)
- Brown the Italian sausage and/or meatballs in a little bit of olive oil and set aside; reserve oil
- Saute the chopped onions in the same oil as the sausage and meatballs until translucent and soft
- Combine all ingredients, except sugar, in large pot
- Cover and simmer on low for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally
- If the sauce tastes too acidic or like it is missing something, add a bit of sugar. I know it sounds weird but just trust me, it is exactly what the sauce needs
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