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GETTING YOUR PICKY EATER TO EAT

i remember when we were in the hospital with jack.  after his open heart surgery we had a lot of struggles with getting him to eat.  i nursed him and when he was put on a feeding tube i pumped.  until he had a leak in his lymphatic system and had to be put on fat free formula.  he hated it, it upset his stomach.  he would scream and cry for hours.  i remember the nurse telling me “heart babies are difficult babies.”  i was eventually able to nurse him again thank goodness because he had a very sensitive stomach and couldn’t tolerate any formula.

so we nursed and nursed and around six months i introduced solid foods.  he loved them until he didn’t.  he’s a picky eater.  he has texture issues.  he can gag on a dime and throw up even faster.  he will gag at the sight of certain foods.  so we get creative.  i don’t push foods.  i know if i push him to eat a green bean everything else he ate will come right back up too and then we are back at square one.  we had a food therapist come in and she told me to take the pressure off.  make eating fun.  she put food all over the table which is not something i ever would have done.  but when you’re dealing with a baby falling off its growth chart you will do anything they tell you.  so i lay back and i let him choose.  i put out healthy options and i wait.  somedays he eats great and others he barely eats at all.  i’ve come to the realization that the less pressure i put on the situation the better for us both.

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anything i can do to make eating fun i will.  when i saw this nuby monster plate and spoon set i knew jack would love it.  he’s into anything monster right now.  he gets so excited for his monster plate and if i can make eating an enjoyable experience my job is done.  i love the side grips on the plate making it easy for him to carry.  the fork and spoon are perfect for little hands and make learning to use utensils easy.  i love the bright colors and design.  if you want to purchase these product you can find them here and here.

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i was sent this product to review, but all opinions are my own.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE GRILL

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white chocolate grill in scottsdale, az is a favorite of ours and when we take our friends it becomes a favorite of theirs too.  when i find what i like at a restaurant i don’t venture out much, unless i get a recommendation and then still i’m hesitant.  i typically stick with that same item and go to that restaurant for that specific craving.  wch grill has a few  favorites and i rotate between them.

first ivan and i both get the tomato gin soup.  its a tomato soup with mushrooms + bacon and spices.  its our favorite soup and even friends who don’t like mushrooms love this soup.

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spit roasted turkey sandwich with mushroom gravy and a side of carrots.  this is the first thing i tried at white chocolate grill and i still really love it.  the sandwich is amazing.  the turkey is thin sliced with melted cheese and the bread is delicious.  it comes with a dipping gravy and the carrots are the best i’ve ever had.

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filet mignon cobb salad.  lettuce + blue cheese + eggs + mushrooms + tomato + bacon + filet mignon + avocado.  everything a salad should be.  its huge so you can easily share it.

banana cream pie  i’d come just for this.  a waitress gave me a free one of these to try once and i’ve been hooked ever since.  its graham cracker crust + vanilla cream + bananas + white chocolate shavings + caramel + whipped cream.  i’m not a big pie person but i think because this isn’t a traditional pie crust i love it so.

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next time you’re looking for a new place to eat give white chocolate grill a try and let me know what you think.

 

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LIFE ACCORDING TO MY IPHONE

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got these new illesteva sunglasses.  i absolutely love them.

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initially the chickens made her really nervous.  now i see her out there holding them, petting them.  its really sweet.

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our neighbor gave us goose eggs to paint for easter.  if you haven’t seen one in person they’re huge and heavy.  the kids had a lot of fun drawing on them.  they ate them too and said they were good.  i’ll take their word for it.

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jack loves watching kinder egg videos on youtube.  its becoming and obsession.

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cheering ava on at tennis.  he just yells hi ava the whole time.  its really cute.

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it was all fun and games letting jack crash into them with the baby doll stroller until henri got it good.  that’ll teach ya!

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ironically we didn’t have church on easter we watched it on tv.  so this was our week before easter church picture.  minus new easter outfits.

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he’s finally starting to pretend play.  i love watching his imagination grow.

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i love this swing in the yard.  so does jack.

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elle’s date night at zin burger.

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catching up on missed homework from being in mexico.  neither one of us was very thrilled.

 

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we had cousins in town for easter.  jack and amelie on the piano.

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elle doing ami’s makeup.

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ava, always the animal lover.

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date night with ava, i love that she still loves little girl things.  i know these days are numbered so ill take as many as i can get.

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would you believe me if i told you we are finally celebrating henri’s birthday.  only 4 months later.  christmas day is just a hard day to have a birthday.  anyone else with a christmas birthday out there have any advice for me?  im struggling.

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FETA DIP

i love this as an alternative to traditional bruschetta.  its a quick easy lunch or the perfect snack or appetizer.  i found this recipe years ago on pinterest.  i tried to source it and my best guess is it came from clover lane but im not positive.  wherever it came from its a keeper.

 

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3 tomatoes

1 small bunch of green onions

olive oil

block of feta, crumbled

3 tsp cavenders all purpose greek seasoning

loaf of bread, i prefer french

 

dice up your tomatoes and onions, layer on a tray

cover with olive oil

crumble feta over the top and sprinkle with 3 tsp of cavenders

dip your bread in and enjoy!

 

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