Meal ideas for a fussy toddler

Meal times. One of the most stressful times of late in our house. What is it with toddlers and food? They are quite happy to eat a piece of dirt off the floor or a Wotsit that has dropped down the side of the bed but when it comes to wholesome cooked food they take one look at it and throw it on the floor! Sound familiar?

When we first started to wean Katie nearly three years ago she was always such a good little baby, she ate all her mashed up veggies and enjoyed her carefully chosen meats and never made so much as a murmur. Even as she grew bigger we never had any real issues surrounding meal times and now she generally eats what we eat without (much) fuss or bribement.

Dylan on the other hand, lord have mercy! That boy and meal times are unreal! Actually, that’s a bit unfair, it’s not ALL meal times. Breakfast and Lunch he eats wonderfully and without much hesitation. But come teatime (or dinner time if your not from up north like me) it’s a proper battle. He is SO fussy. He takes one look at the food in front of him and decides that he doesn’t like it before it’s even touched his mouth! Then cue 5 minutes of me and hubby gently trying to coax him into eating something before he flings it all on the floor. Leaving me no option but to give him a yogurt for tea (for the 3rd day in a row) and all my handy cookery skills going in the bin!!!

If you read my monthly updates on Dylan (latest one, here) you’ll know the struggles I have.

I’m telling myself it’s a faze and deep down I know it is a faze but it’s still frustrating and most importantly it’s worrying because I don’t want him to have just a yogurt for tea! A yogurt’s nutritional value isn’t really up there with fish and veg is it!? But lately we’ve made a bit of a brake through and I’ve managed to compile a small list of meals which actually goes down well with my fussy little monster and I’m hoping to share them to give you a bit of inspiration if your out there struggling too. This list isn’t anything fancy pants or anything that hasn’t been done before and usually takes me no more than 30 minutes to do (who’s got time to spend hours in the kitchen!? Not me!) No records will be broke for culinary imagination here, but they work for me and hopefully they will work for you too!

Sweet potato cottage pie.

From the Joe Wicks Lean in 15 “shift” recipe book. This seems to be a little gem in our household. Relatively easy to do, the sweet potato makes a nice change and if you follow the recipe from the Joe Wicks book, it’s full of hidden veggies and the kids don’t know about it! Mwahahaha! Plus you can make extra portions and freeze it for another day. Winner!

Toad in the hole.

Sausages seem to be a good choice in my house lately. Teamed with Yorkshire pudding and gravy it’s a northerners dream and fairly simple to do.

Spag Bol

Quick and easy to do. The kids enjoy getting their hands in there and sucking the pasta up. A bit messy but nothing a bath doesn’t fix afterwards plus you could add some hidden veggies in the bolognaise if you really wanted to.

Chicken/Steak pie

Home made or shop bought depending on time restraints or what you prefer with mash potato and peas. A small amount of gravy makes the meat nice and soggy and usually quite tasty for my little ones.

That’s my small list at the moment. I find that my meals are based around what the weather is like so it’s all about the home cooked stodge at the minute for us. Do you have a fussy eater at home? If so, what do you usually cook for them as a go-to meal? I’d love to hear from you for some inspiration!

XOXOXO

 

 

Dylan – You are 16 months old (A letter to my son)

My darling Dylan,

I haven’t written to you for the last few months as I thought now that your 1 years old I’d let you know what you’d been up to every few months, I hope that’s ok!

These last 4 months have been brilliant sweetheart, you are progressing so much. You took your first couple of wobbly steps the week before Christmas (at 15 months) and now there’s no stopping you! You are toddling about the house much more confidently now and much more regularly although I still think you prefer to crawl as it gets you there faster!

You are responding more to communication and making relevant noises when we ask you questions. Your favourite word at the moment is “yeah” – you say this in response to almost everything.

Katie has noticed more of a change in you than anyone I think, as you can fully play with her now although there is a little bit of frustration on her part when you brake/rip/throw her toys whilst your playing and I have noticed I’ve had to intervene a couple of times! She currently enjoys asking you what “ra-ra does” as you always respond with “Roar”! She finds this very funny.

You are taking much more of an interest in things now and you like “In the night garden”, “Thomas the tank engine” and “Ra-Ra the noisy lion”. You enjoy playing with cars and dinosaurs too.

Sleeping through the night is still a bit hit and miss darling, we’ve had the odd night lately where you’ve slept from 7:30pm-6am but usually you still wake once or twice during the night. Your quite easy to resettle though so it’s not too much of an issue just yet. No matter how much sleep you’ve had (or lack of) you nearly always wake up at 6am.

Meal times for you are the same every.single.day! Breakfast and lunch time you eat like a horse then come tea time you eat absolutely nothing!! You won’t even try it, your so fussy! I’m hoping it’s just a faze and you grow out of it soon as it can be quite stressful in the evening when all your doing is throwing food on the floor!

Your cheeky mischievous side is still there and growing by the day, your becoming aware of what you shouldn’t be doing (like drawing on the walls!!!!!!!) and doing it anyway! But you then laugh and then we laugh…You get away with murder!

We still have to be careful with you sometimes though sweetheart as you have a temper like a raging bull! Some days, particularly in the evening when your tired you can have some almighty temper tantrums where you throw yourself on the floor in dismay! It makes me smile though as I like to think it’s your fiery side coming through and surely that’s not always a bad thing!? Like everything though, I’m sure it’s just a faze.

I think that’s about it for now my darling, we all love you so much.

Stay mischievous , no one likes a boring baby!

XOXOXO

 

Diary of an imperfect mum

Siblings (January 2017)

There is 2 years and 3 months between my two and for every day that goes by I feel like that age gap is closing in. Dylan is toddling around more and more each day and for longer periods of time. It still amuses Katie when he stands up to walk and although the novelty has worn off for us a little bit, Katie still squeals in delight when he walks,  like it’s the first time he’s done it! She literally is his number one fan! She’s always encouraging him to do more and being really supportive when he does something new. They are able to play together now in a way that they’ve never been able to before. Dylan is no longer the boring baby that can’t do much whom Katie has to be gentle with. We still ask her to be gentle with him…it doesn’t work and Dylan weighs nearly the same as her so he gives as good as he gets now.

Photographing them together this month has been HARD WORK.  Firstly the weather has been either too wet or too cold to spend long periods outside and when I’ve managed to get my camera out in the house Dylan doesn’t sit there long enough for the flash to go off. I’ve deleted umpteen photos on my camera these last few days because they were too blurry from where one of them had moved!

They still absolutely adore one another like they always have. Except now I feel (if possible) that their bond is even closer because Katie has a partner in crime (or someone to blame if it all goes wrong – Dylan did it!) She still plays Mother hen to him and is very cautious of his safety. Always making sure the stair gates are closed and helping him walk when he’s feeling a bit wobbly. She’s so kind and caring when it comes to anything like that. They really are the best of friends. I love my siblings so much and can not wait to see how their relationship grows over the next 12 months.

XOXOXO

 

 

The Me and Mine Project

Introducing…Katie and Dylan!

Ever since I started my blog back in January 2016 I’ve tried to be as honest and open about my family life in my posts as I possibly can but one thing I have never disclosed is my children’s names. From my very 1st post I’ve always referred to them as K and D and I honestly don’t know why. I felt like I almost needed to protect them from the internet which is ridiculous really given that their pictures are up there for everyone to see and a lot of people who read my blog and follow me on social media know their names anyway! I’ve always found it difficult when writing about them to just say “K” or “D” and I’ve slipped up on a few occasions over on Instagram/Twitter. Plus if you were to look on my husbands Twitter you’d blatantly see their names on his bio anyway (he’s Stateside84 if anyone cares to give him a follow! 😉 )

So I thought I’d do a little blog post and introduce them, my beautiful little children that you read so much about.

KATIE GRACE

Katie is 3 years old (going on 13!) she’s outgoing, bubbly and very intelligent. She likes to talk ALOT and can be quite bossy at times. We chose the name Katie Grace purely because we liked it and not for any other reason. We didn’t know when we were pregnant with her what sex she was so if she was a girl, she was Katie and if she was a boy, she was Jake. It’s as simple as that. She is our beautiful first born, the daughter I always wanted and the little girl we adore.

DYLAN ALEXANDER

Dylan is 15 months old and our miracle baby read here. He has a smile that could melt the hardest of hearts and a temper like a raging bull! (I’m hoping it’s a faze haha!) He is just full of gorgeousness. We found out we were having a boy at our 20 week scan but it took us 5 days after he was born to give him a name. He was labelled “baby boy” for the first 120hrs of his life. We wanted to make sure his name fitted his personality and I think it does just that. He is beautiful with his thick blonde hair and large eyes. Our little fighter, our baby and our son.

XOXOXO

Our family Christmas 2016

Christmas day feels like a life time ago now that we are in January but I am only just catching up with blog posts since December so better to blog about it late than not at all.

Christmas for us has been at home since K was born. Before we had children James and I used to spend Christmas morning alone together then go to his parents for lunch one year then alternate it the next year to my parents. Since the kiddies came along we now don’t go out at all and since we moved in to a bigger house with more room we now host Christmas day which means both sets of parents and my brother come to us. To say it’s busy is an understatement but it’s so lovely and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Christmas morning started at 7am when the kiddies woke up and we went downstairs to see if “he’d been”. K was super excited as she’s at the age where she’s fallen for the whole Christmas magic so it was wonderful to become wrapped up in her enthusiasm and poor D still didn’t have a clue what was going on!

We spent the next hour opening all the presents that Santa had brought. We were all super spoilt this year, like every year and I couldn’t see our living room floor for toys! I spent the following week buying storage solutions and trying to tidy all the new toys away!

Christmas dinner was lovely (even if I do say so myself) eating food, pulling crackers and telling jokes and we spent the rest of the afternoon playing with games (mainly Twister) and toys. Both K and D relish having parents, grandparents and uncles all under one roof and I’m hoping it’s something that happens year in, year out so they have the greatest memories of us all together.

I did a small buffet in the evening for anyone who was hungry and we spent the evening relaxing and drinking lots of alcohol. K went to bed at around 9:30pm but D couldn’t stay up past 8pm bless him! Everyone stayed over at our house so they didn’t have to worry about getting home. It meant that we all woke up together on boxing day morning which again, was really lovely.

I didn’t take that many photos of Christmas day as I was too wrapped up in the moment, which is never a bad thing, but before the kiddies went to bed I did manage to quickly whip the tripod out to take a photo of us all together. It truly was a lovely day filled with fun, laughter, family and memories which is exactly what Christmas day should be.

I can’t believe we are in 2017 now! I have so many hopes for this year and hope it will be really special. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas like I did and I hope 2017 brings you health and happiness!

XOXOXO