I recently shared with you that for 2015 I was slashing my schedule and obligations, including some of my daughter’s (many) extracurricular activities. However, one of the classes we opted to keep, for many great reasons, is her karate class. It’s great for her development in multiple ways including self-esteem, confidence, mental discipline, exercise, and of course, self-defense skills. The dojo we visit is one of the best in the area (Scottsdale Martial Arts), if not the best.
I’m not much of a social butterfly, though I pretend to be one sometimes (because deep down I wish I were more extroverted). But I’m a mom now, and, well, Kamea needs more human interaction than just from her parents, right? Add homeschooling to the equation and the pressure increases to expose her to people and situations so she doesn’t grow up to be a hermit.
Therefore, the hunt to do more with others began for us.
To start, it seemed like a good idea to enroll Kamea is various classes where she could learn skills, enjoy herself, experience new activities, and meet other kiddos. I put her in classes like music, gymnastics, dance, swim, etc, but I learned that in those structured environments it’s kind of difficult to really meet and get to know the other kids. Not to mention it’s hard to strike up a conversation with other parents who usually have their noses in their smart phones. Err… not that I would ever do this myself.
So, I did what I always do when I’m trying to figure something out… I went to the internet. It works for most things, including introducing me to my husband years ago (thanks, eharmony!), so why not see if I can learn how to make more friends for us with it?
Omnivore Food Journal…
A snapshot like this into my day doesn’t tell the whole picture, because I try to eat with “a week in mind” (though you’ve seen that I’ve had many days started with Decaf Bulletproof Coffee, it’s not always the case). Here’s a day from my journal for Kamea (my 3 yo) and myself.
- Kamea had Cinnamon Paleo Bread spread with organic grass fed High Vitamin Butter Oil as well as a dish of frozen organic cherries and a scoop of grass fed bison braunschweiger. She’s a fan of braunschweiger and liver. Personally, one way I find it easier to get down is by eating a small bite of it with something else. Most people would use crackers but since we don’t eat crackers often, I have it with sliced cucumber or a berry or olive. Kamea’s vitamins for the day: Vitamins (d3/k2) pill.
- My breakfast was: Bulletproof iced coffee. This version was using the upgraded beans (mix of both decaf and regular) blended with 1 teaspoon high vitamin butter oil, 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil, 1 tablespoon MCT oil, 2 tablespoons Straus European grass fed butter, and the upgraded vanilla. I then pour it over ice (during the summer). Delicious. This is a common (first) breakfast for me because it’s so easy to do and keeps me satiated until I have more time to figure out a meal. Sometimes I crack in 1 to 2 pastured organic raw egg yolks. If I’m not having Bulletproof coffee, I’d say the usual for me is cooking pastured eggs using my Sous Vide Supreme and veggies. Or, I’ll join Kamea in some Paleo -style bread, organic fruit, and organic raw nuts. A very easy breakfast too.
Quick delicious lunches are my kind of thing when my schedule is full or I’m just too tired to be extravagant.
Here’s a lunch I tossed together for Kamea (my 3-year old) that definitely pleased her taste buds. This made two servings, which I had planned on giving Kamea the second serving for her lunch the following day. However, I woke up and found that Greg had eaten it in the middle of the night. He said it was awesome, so all is forgiven. ;)
With the weather warming up in Arizona, we find ourselves indoors more than outdoors. As such, we try to find activities where we can hang out with air conditioning. Oftentimes this lands us in the bookstore. Pictured below we are at Barnes-N-Noble playing with Kamea. She took a liking to the Elmo doll and Cookie Monster doll (it’s amazing the number of toys available in the bookstore), which she carried around for a good half hour before we stealthily distracted her and hid them. A few moments later, as we were making our to the door she sat down for a moment and had this look on her face like… Hmmm… I think something is missing but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
I had actually toyed with the idea on getting her an Elmo doll because she’s very much into the color red and she likes Elmo from her Elmo books (but the doll is anything but eco-friendly by looking at the materials and seeing it hails from China. Still, we do buy such things from time to time. I’m pragmatic in motherhood – I confess, we have our share of plastic shit). Plus, she loves this fork and spoon set (it’s been instrumental in getting her to eat more solids so I have three sets – home, mom’s, and one set for my purse). Anyway, I planned on getting the stuffed toy via Amazon here, but I’m a bit dismayed on some reviews about his eyes breaking. Kamea’s fairly gentle with her things though so maybe all will be good. (On the topic of dolls and eco-friendly ones at that, I LOVE these custom handmade waldorf nursing dolls and plan on getting them this year.)
Potty training in our home has been, oh, I’d say… well, we’ve attempted a variety of things from (various) potty stools to sign language to elimination communication to organic cotton training pants.
I had dreams (big dreams) about doing the elimination communication thing, but I gotta say, I wasn’t cut out for it – at least for the most part. Humbled for sure. However, we did implement some parts of it. Maybe you could call me a part-time EC-er. Part of my problem, I think, is that I read the book while pregnant – with plans to reread my highlighted parts when the time came – but that time never came (I read this book on the topic).
So, basically, it goes like this. I’m home almost all the time with Kamea, and after she started walking (I’m guessing that’s the time but who knows, might have been earlier), I started having her go diaper free in an attempt to potty train using the groovy Elimination Communication method. It never really worked as great as I’d hoped, most likely due to user error, but I suspect it’s helped us a bit. At least Kamea was able to move around without a diaper on all the time, which I imagine is nice for her.
The thing about elimination communication is that it takes diligence in constantly watching your baby for cues before she’ll pee or poo. For the life of me, I couldn’t pick up on any, and after time went by with me staring at her non-stop, I’d go do something and moments later…. we’d have a “miss” where I missed the cue and she went on the floor. Kamea never had set times when she’d go to the bathroom. Some babies always go potty upon waking or while breastfeeding, for example, making elimination communication a bit easier to manage. Not our girl, though. Kamea has never had any designated times for it, which makes EC a bit challenging for me. I admit, I probably didn’t give it a long enough (or concentrated enough) go at it, but for the times I have (and still do)… there’s no magic formula for us yet. I haven’t totally given up, but it’s not the only training option in our arsenal.
I was offered the opportunity for Kamea to get her hands on one of these cute organic flap happy floppy hats. That’s something we can use year round here in sunny Arizona. I jumped at the chance.
Trouble was…. I couldn’t get her to wear it. She’s going through a no-hat stage right now, but that’s ok. I know she’ll grow out of the phase (fingers crossed) and the hat will still fit when she does (fingers still crossed).
In our attempt to get a pic of this adorable hat, I offer you this “action” shot. You’d never know that a nanosecond after we got the shot, she took it off because she sure looks like she’s loving it. I know I am!
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I’m all about doing as much as we can with respect to organic, eco-friendly clothing for my family. Although my closet is a work in progress (too much to overhaul all at once), Kamea only wears organic (or at the very least, clothing made from eco-friendly, non-toxic, and sustainable materials).
I get asked repeatedly about the foods Kamea eats. It’s hard to post, because it’s forever changing. What she eats a lot of one week, she might not even touch the following week.
She’s been teething molars lately so it’s TONS of mama snuggle time while she breastfeeds and she’s backing off the solids as a result. So, it always, always changes.
Past faves? For awhile she was really into dried fruits (Bija goji berries were eaten by the handful). Another period she took to black beans. Another period it was a lot of protein shakes, smoothies, and apples. One day it was oranges, since then she hasn’t wanted any. For a few days, she enjoyed Nana’s homemade soup. There was a time she liked tofu, but she turns her nose up to it now. She doesn’t want avocado. Ever. And, she shakes her head “no” to bananas, but she likes them in smoothies… when she’s in the mood for a smoothie.
Always changing. So. Basically, I make available all kinds of organic, mostly raw / some cooked foods and she either eats or she doesn’t. And, she’s always loading up on mama’s milk. :) I enjoy following her lead. She’s mega healthy, happy, and doing wonderfully.
One thing she’s taking a liking to this week: chlorella tablets.
There are a lot of things to learn with a first baby-turning-toddler… High chair or not? Co sleeping options as baby grows and rolls? When to introduce solids and what solids to introduce… Baby Led Weaning or not? Sippy cup or straw cup? When to allow watching TV and what programs, if that!? When do I start tooth brush training? What is the best way to potty train? Should we work on sign language? The list goes on and on and on.
So… In transitioning Kamea to drinking fluids on her own when not breastfeeding, we opted for two kinds of cups. We went with a straw sippy-type cup (I’ve read that traditional sippy cups can cause speech problems and experts recommend straw cups instead) … and the brilliant Doidy Cup.
Let’s start with the Thinkbaby straw cup. It seemed to be love at first site. It passed the eco-mama issues (BPA free, etc), it was a straw cup (importance of that detailed above), and Kamea took to it with the first attempt. I thought we were home free for a while, I was bubbling over with excitement at how well she used it. Such a proud mama! But, when it came time to clean the darned thing, problems! I’ll put it mildly… it’s a pain in the ass. Nonetheless, we still use it occasionally because it (kind of) works for smoothies better than a traditional cup.
A couple of things: For the most part, it keeps the beverage in the cup and not on Kamea’s shirt (notice I wrote “for the most part” – that’s because it’s not spill proof depending on what the contents are, but the spills that have happened are not catastrophic). And, I like that it’s pretty much airtight so her smoothie doesn’t oxidize if she takes her time drinking it. I’ll be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with this straw cup, so I recently ordered another brand to compare. Maybe all straw cups have the same issues… I’ll see and report back.
The next cup that I really love, and what this post is about really, is the Doidy Cup. This cup meets the eco-mama issues and is brilliant in helping your child really learn to drink from a regular cup. I LOVE IT! It’s an awesome transition cup because of its unique design where she learns to drink from a rim cup without having to force her head back. First things first, right?
I think the aforementioned straw cup is useful because she likes to carry it around, dangling from her hand. So, that cup has its place in our lives for now. You couldn’t do that with the Doidy Cup unless you didn’t mind the contents being all over the floor. But, Kamea can’t always drink out of a straw cup, right?! She needs to learn how to drink from a regular cup eventually, and the Doidy Cup is great for that.
Here are some details I grabbed from Amazon about it.
- It may look strange! but for teaching your child to drink from a rim it is the best!
- The DOIDY Cup was scientifically designed with its unique slant to teach children to drink from a rim and NOT a spout.
- Weaning ~ The DOIDY Cup is an ideal aid to weaning as the natural mouth action used is the same as in breast feeding.
- The DOIDY Cup is made from food safe HD Polyethylene and is Bisphenol free.
- This proven 40 year-old design helps your baby learn to drink safely from a cup with fewer spillages along the way. The DOIDY Cups are UNICEF baby friendly and they are sold by the National Childbirth Trust in the U.K.Product DescriptionThe Doidy cup is an ideal aid to weaning as the natural mouth action used is the same as in breast feeding. Babies as young as 3 months find the two handled cup easy to hold and use but with Mum’s help the cup can be used from birth. The unique slant of this cup enables your baby to drink easily as she moves from breast to cup. Starting with a small amount of liquid she will soon become adept at drinking from it. Complete with resealable bag for travelling. Dishwasher (top shelf) and microwave safe. Imported. Designed and made in the U.K.