Toddler Time – Change is Good…Right?

I knew it was coming. I knew EVENTUALLY, my daughter would either need to go to pre-school, we’d move, or some set of circumstances would occur where we’d have to change childcare providers, but I kept pushing that idea away, saying, “well, that’s way off”. Well, “Way off” has now become “next week”.

My little girl’s last day at her current daycare is this Friday. She’s been attending this home daycare since she was 12 weeks old. She’s had the same little buddies for close to 2 years– they’ve grown up together, been the closest thing to siblings that she has had (so far), and on Friday, I’m expecting her to say bye to them, because we’re moving and she’ll be starting at a new daycare next month.

I’m feeling so conflicted about this– really worrying about the whole situation. Will she be scared at the new place? Will she ever be as comfortable there as she was before? Will she make close friends the way she had before? Will she miss her friends and the daycare owner and ask for them? How can I explain the situation to her? What can I possibly do to make this transition easier?

My husband is falling on the other side of this coin, saying that kids are really adaptable and that change is good, that she’ll fit right in because there will be other kids around and I’m stressing out over something that will work itself out. By the way, this is always the case. I constantly worry about her… for everything. Is she the right weight? Is she sleeping enough? Do we read to her enough? Does she get enough outside time? This transition worry really is just another thing to add to the list but it’s weighing on me more than usual, probably because I feel like I’m forcing this situation on her… it’s our choice to move, and that choice is causing this “life change” to occur for her. And I’m freaking out a bit.

I’d love to hear about other people’s experience with this kind of change.  What can I expect? What is the best way to help my kiddo through this transition?

Ah, the joys of parenthood… Just learning as I go!

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Cooking with Kids!

My girls love blueberries and I had gone to Costco to get a five pound tray but we weren’t going through them fast enough….found this recipe. It is delicious! We had to make them into muffins because my daughter is obsessed with the princess liners :)

Blueberry Zucchini Bread – Courtesy of Parents Magazine (May ’11)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (I used 2 cups all purpose)
¼ cup packed light-brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. coarse sea salt
½ tsp. baking powder
3 eggs
¾ cup canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat the bottom of 4 mini 5-inch loaf pans or 1 9-inch pan with cooking spray; set aside. (I used muffin tins that were lined with princess muffin foils)

In a large bowl combine flours, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and baking powder; set aside. In another bowl, mix eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Add to flour mixture and stir until combined. Gently stir in zucchini and then blueberries.

Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake about 40 minutes for mini pans or about 1 hour for 9-inch pan or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of each comes out clean. (I baked the muffins for about 20 minutes). Allow to cool in pan 10 minutes before removing. Serve warm or let cool completely before slicing. Each mini loaf makes 8 pieces, while the large loaf has 12. Freeze extra mini loaves for up to 3 months.

Nutrition per 2 mini slices 185 calories; 3g protein; 11g fat (1g sat. fat); 19g carbs; 1g fiber; 30mg calcium; 1mg iron; 154mg sodium

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What’s for dinner Wenesday?: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

How often do you have one of those…I am so awesome as a mom moments? All the time – good for you! For me – not so much. But dinner the other night…definitely, you are an “awesome mom” moment!

Check out this dinner – unfortunately, I cannot take absolute credit for it…Parent Magazine gets the concept and recipe credit and Skip Hop gets the cutest dishware for toddler award for sure. But hey, I at least put it all together :)

Source: Parents Magazine – November 2011

Ingredients
Mashed – Potato Clouds
3 large baking potatoes; peeled and cut into cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk (I just used regular milk)
3 Tbs. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Meatball Raindrops
2 small shallots, peeled
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 lb. ground chicken (I forgot to buy and used ground turkey – chicken would probably be better :)

Steamed broccoli florets (optional) – As you can tell from my picture, I used green beansinstead.

Make it
Grown-up: Preheat the oven to 350; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Kid: Put the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover  by about 1 inch. Add a few shakes of salt.
Grown-up: Bring potatoes to a boil. Reduce the heat; cover and cook 12 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.  Drain and transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool  for 5 to 10 minutes.
Kid: Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Using a big spoon, stir in buttermilk, butter, salt, and pepper.

MEATBALLS
(make while potatoes cook)
Grown-up: Put the shallots and garlic in the food processor.
Kid: Add the Italian seasoning, Worcestershire, and salt to the mixture.
Grown-up: Lock the top on.
Kid: Turn on food processor and when everything is in tiny pieces, turn it off.
Grown-up: Empty the contents into a  large bowl. Add the ground chicken.
Kid: Using your hands (wash them first) mix everything together until it’s the same color.
Together: Roll the meatball mixture into 3/4-inch balls and place on the baking sheet. You should have approximately 50.  Everybody wash your hands. Bake meatballs for 10 minutes. Assemble  the dish. Spoon a few “clouds” of potatoes on the plate. Put meatball “raindrops” under the cloud.  Makes six servings.

My daughter and I changed it up a bit and decided that the clouds were turned into the tree leaves, with the green beans acting as the tree trunk. The meatballs turned into “rocks” and the green beans at the bottom of the plate was grass. Best discovery ever….the three year old likes green beans!


Happy Eating!

 

 

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Halloween Candy Hangover

Last night was the first time my 3 1/2 year old got the “real” experience of trick or treating! Needless to say, she had a great time. I told her when I picked her up from preschool yesterday that she would be allowed to eat as much candy as she wanted tonight. She thought that she had hit the mommy jackpot…little did she know what was to come!

My little sweetie, who I “protect” from sugary and processed foods as much as possible went buckwild and practically ate every piece of candy that got dropped in her bucket.  At the end of the night – we pulled out her little pumpkin bucket and looked at all her goodies. I told her that she had the option to either eat one more piece and she could “donate” the rest and mommy and daddy would buy her a small toy or she could get one piece a day until it was gone. I think this partly worked in my favor because she was so full of candy when I gave her the choice but she also is a sucker for new toys. Luckily, my neighbors are awesome and “treated” with a lot of other items besides candy…my favorite – seaweed & Cliff bars:

and also other items, like pencils, erasers, stickers (what kid doesn’t love them) so she didn’t feel like she wasn’t keeping anything:

This plan was great for all! She was able to trick or treat and eat candy AND we got all the candy out of the office so mommy didn’t eat it for the next week :)…not so lucky for my co-workers who I “donated” the candy too!

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