Couldn’t help but do up a kids beach version quickly but before I knew it everything I liked had a pattern on it. We would be the most mismatched family at the beach, but all these things are amazing so who cares!
I’ve been asked this question a few times lately. What do the kids like to eat, what does Sonny eat for lunch at school? To be honest this always intrigues me about other kids too. When I’m putting Sonny’s lunch into his classroom fridge I just want to have a sneak peek at what’s on the menu for the other kids that day!
Both my kids have been raised vegetarian so far and eat pretty (what I would consider) healthy. We’re currently tossing up the idea of introducing fish to their diets so if anyone has any advice on that subject please leave a comment below!
It can be a struggle at mealtime some days. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to feed them before or as they are getting hungry otherwise they’ll lose interest or be tired and won’t want to eat at all, ahh the frustration!
So I thought I’d share some of our most successful foods for the kids;
First off there’s the favourite – Sushi
A great way to hide vegetables or meat. Sonny loves the classic avocado roll, but it’s so easy to sneak other things such as cucumber, capsicum, carrot, tofu and sun-dried tomatoes. Make it for dinner then put a few extra rolls aside to send for school lunch the next day. It’s actually so easy to make as it’s mostly raw but the rolling may take a few goes to get perfect.
Every child likes Pasta
Sonnys personal favourite is Ravioli, so we just jam pack the sauce with veggies such as mushroom, zucchini, capsicum, tomatoes and eggplant. That’s always a school lunch leftovers winner. Basil pesto is also awesome for hiding extra greens and getting them to eat some nuts.
Hide the vegetables in Bakes
In the cooler months a quinoa bake was a staple item for dinner and lunches. I’d make up a huge batch of quinoa in the rice cooker (makes life so much easier) steam up potatoes and broccoli. Then make a tomato based sauce with onion, garlic and grated zucchini, mix all together and bake with cheese on top. Super easy and healthy :) Also there are some great macaroni and cheese recipes that are made from boiled veggies and cashew cheese. Another easy way of hiding veggies for fussy eaters.
Sonny attends a no nuts or egg school so ‘no egg’ or mashed pumpkin is a great option if you need something to bind your creations. Pretty straightforward ingredients; grated potato, zucchini, corn kernels, onion, garlic, steamed pumpkin flour and egg or no egg. Yummy with some fresh avo, chopped up tomato and lime on top.
Your kids may surprise you and love curry like ours do. You can get a lot of mild curry pastes or powders, then steam up a bunch of veggies, make a coconut rice, some pappadums, some yogurt and that’s a huge dish with lots of left overs. Great way to incorporate beans, lentils and chickpeas into their diet as they can be tricky ones to get kids to eat. Just be sure to check if your paste contains nuts or not if you’re planning on sending it as left overs ;)
Then there’s just whole pieces of Fruit
At Sonnys current age he’s really into being able to do things all on his own, so he likes his food to be whole instead of cut up most of the time. A little apple, banana, kiwi fruit, strawberries, peeled mandarin or orange always make him feel important., independent and he’ll usually eat almost all of it.
Daisy would live off plain avocado if I let her, we just spoon feed her out of half an avo and she’s happy.
All these meal options are very straight forward and I’m also no nutritionist so these are just a list of some of the things that work for us :) I love new food ideas and inspiration so please leave below some of your kids favourite foods!
Sonny also loves his multivitamin in the morning. You can get some yummy tasting vitamin c, zinc and multi vitamins for kids now which can be used as a ‘treat’.
But you can win Sonnys heart with a piece of cake, typical kid!
Where to start? I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve written anything down, amazing memories are being created in front of me every day but I’m just too in awe of everything to document like I should be so I don’t forget these special times! The love has been extremely strong. My heart feels as though it’s grown to a whole new size because of these children I am so lucky to call my own.
Sonny is surprising me everyday with the hilarious and smart things he comes up with. Meanwhile Daisy the overachiever started walking at 10 and a half months and there’s no stopping her, she is too capable for my liking ;) Of course with the good days and feelings come the bad days and moods but overall I have far more to smile about than dwell on.
Daisy began sleeping a couple of weeks ago. The first night in her own room I woke at 2.30am with a gasp and fright. ‘Is she ok? Why the fuck has she not woken up yet? I’ve got to go in and make sure she’s ok!’, there she was as peaceful as I had ever seen her. She’s gone from feeding up to 20 times a night while co sleeping to sleeping 10-12 hours a night in her own room with maybe one feed. So that’s helped me feel more human and patient. She’s still obsessed with breastfeeding in the day so I’m happy to continue on past 1 and see what happens.
Life is good. I’m feeling the time going so quickly, so I’m trying to figure out what I should do with life once these kids are less dependant. Study, work, be a lady of leisure (I wish) the opportunities are endless but a little daunting. I’ve been in full-time mum mode for 3 years now so I’m hoping my brain can keep up when it’s time for the next thing! I can’t imagine doing something different from ‘this’ but the time will come when I’ll need to find that next identity and that’s exciting! Daisy is 1 in almost a month today! This year has just been so huge. The best and most crazy by far. I remember when she was about 12 weeks old and I was in a really strange frame of mind. Anxious, scared to be alone, a bit sad, bordering on post natal depression but feeling super in love with my kids, then I look at the frame of mind I’m in now and it’s worlds apart. I’m so glad when I was feeling like that, that I reached out to close friends and family and got it off my chest. Almost straight away it would make me feel lighter. I guess the point I’m getting at is that having kids is huge, it’s the biggest and most important time in your life and will be for the rest of your life. But that first year is the test, it shows you your best and worst sides and forces you to grow and develop into the person, mother, father that you want and need to be. Safe to say I’m already feeling emotional that the 1 year mark is fast approaching. And I’m now rambling
Wow 9 months has seriously flown.
If you were a reader of this blog once upon a time then you may have noticed I very rarely write or post anymore. Lack of time and important things to say can be blamed for that. But I would like to write here spontaneously as a keepsake for my children and I.
Life with two, wow! It has been an amazing thing. My children are happy, healthy little humans so i consider myself lucky every day. Never the less, there has been rough patches, sad weeks and days that have felt like they would last forever. I’ve been blessed with an extremely happy and content second child, she would smile at almost anything and is so warm and loveable. She slept like a dream for the first 12 weeks but since then a night that involves 10-20 feeds is just the norm.
She co sleeps and is fed on demand and that’s what’s working for us for now. I’m sure things will change as she grows. It feels like she’s still my little baby I brought home from hospital. The days have gone too fast and the months creep up at a scary rate. I’m not ready to move her out of our bed or wean her off the boob. I’m happy to hold her close and breathe her in while I still can.
It felt like it took forever to get to this age with Sonny. Waiting for him to hit milestones and going through breastfeeding hell. I guess this time round I’m just busy. I made the life altering change from solo to mother already, so adding one more to the gang has been surprisingly easy.
We grew up and moved house. Upgraded from our 2 bedroom villa in a complex on the outskirts of the Gold Coast to a stand alone 3 bedroom house in the heart of Burleigh, walking distance to the beach. What a perfect place for us. Ben now rides his bike to work and I walk with the kids to play dates and groceries. It has been a soul cleansing change and I’m so proud of how we have all taken to our new home. Especially son child, i thought there might be some adjusting to be done after living in the same place from birth but he’s been amazing and it’s like nothing ever happened. Maybe it’s the type of home we live in now too. It’s warm and homely, not all sterile and new.
Things are good and we are happy.
Daisy is trying to outsmart us all and I won’t be surprised when she does. It may be a difference in girl vs boy or the fact that she’s the second child but she is developing at an alarming rate. She’s not far off walking, talking and getting her first job!
Sonny is the wild child. He is full of emotion and energy, it can be exhausting but hilarious. He’s such a character and his speech is developing so quickly now, he’s speaking in sentences when he can. It’s a proud mum moment to watch. My little man is growing up. He’s so affectionate and loves hugs so he keeps his mumma very happy.
I suppose it’s all a bit of useless information but like I said, i’d like to read back at where we were with the kids at different times so if it’s not of interest anymore please unsubscribe
Well that snuck up unbelievably fast!
Oh Daisy girl what a beautiful little being you are, I can honestly say it’s been the best 5 months ever! Who knew I had this big place in my heart for another little bubba.
You’ve grown like crazy and to me you seem much more ‘advanced’ than what your brother was at this age.
I just looked back on posts from when Sonny was around 5 months and it blows me away seeing the difference of how I was as a parent to how I am now. I feel like I am so much more trusting in myself and my choices this time around. I never second guess if what I’m doing is the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ thing to do, I just parent with my heart and everything else seems to fall into place.
Ever since you were 2 weeks old you’ve been so alert and checking out everything that comes in your view. You’re rolling, trying to sit and when you’re on your tummy you’re going in circles, I’m going to have to keep an eye on you because any day now you’ll be off.
You’re a boobie monster, you would feed all day if I let you but the thought that starting solids is creeping up so quickly is freaking me out!!
You’re madly in love with your brother, even when he roughs you up. It seems in your eyes he can do no wrong. He loves you too, he’s just learning how to share and show his feelings, he’ll get there. He also doesn’t know his strength so hugs soon turn to him almost crushing you..sigh! I was so scared somedays when pregnant that he would just not cope with sharing me and my love, but he is fine and maybe it’s because you’ve just been so super awesome and chill.
You’ve made my knees go weak with that beautiful smile. Your whole face lights up and you look so cheeky. You make strangers gush and laugh with that funny smile.
I can’t believe your ours, you fit so perfectly in our family I don’t remember what it was like without you.