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Vegan Dinner Challenge

I took on the challenge of preparing a completely vegan and gluten-free friendly meal and I’ve shared the process in this post.

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New Updates

For the last week now, Z has been more and more inclined to wear underwear during the day. He manages to hold in his pee and in fact, we have to remind him to pee so he does not have accidents. It’s great not having to clean up after him for #2’s. They are super messy. I’ve been doing the same with V and putting her on the potty for #2. So far, it has been successful. I think he is going to be diaper-free before he turns 3 for sure. Yaya! /p>

Sleepwise, naps for Z are still easy – as long as I’m the only one home. If M is home, too, it changes things. After he brushes his teeth, I kiss him and tuck him in his crib and walk out. Night time is a little different. He wavers back and forth between me and M. But the screamings in the mornings are gone now. A sleeps for about 10.5 hrs and has been napping for about 1.5-2 hrs during the day. V naps in the swing and I try to watch the time to make sure she is not overtired – I.e, not staying up for more than 2.5 hrs at the most. Today was a great day for her – 3 naps for a total of 2 hrs 50 min altogether. I feel great.
Another development is with Z’s tooth rushing. Ever since we let him use the kids’ fluoride toothpaste, Bucky Beaver’s cotton candy or bubble gum, he has been so enthusiastic about brushing his teeth. He even takes his time to brush and spit. Z also stopped biting the bristles so I think we will not be buying replacement toothbrushes as often.

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Grandpa came for a visit and stayed longer after lunch. M had to run an errand so I was home with three sleeping people. As i heard Z’s little footsteps, I walked over to the stairs to meet him. V woke as soon as she heard his voice. Then we checked on gramps in the spare room and he had just woken, too. They were all happy.

It takes V a while to warm up to people but when she does, she is the sweetest little girl. She even went to gramps on her own and sat on his lap. So cute.

March Break nub

New Developments 

W is turning 6 mos soon – in less than two weeks. I can’t believe it. Apart from the rough nights due to teething, there has been many wonderful changes with her. 

Firstly, she’s out of the swaddle – almost a week.  It all started when I got frustrated with trying to nurse her and having to unswaddle and reswaddle her after feeding at night. She took maybe two nights to adjust.  

In fact the second night she moved around 4-5 times without waking herself out. I felt so proud. 

Another thing is that she’s discovered her fingers and hands. I catch her examining them up close as she turns her hand about. She gets cross-eyed when she does this. It’s so cute. 

She seems to also have mastered sitting in her own. And she loves to play with toys while I do things around the house.  Picking up, pressing buttons and pushing things. So much fun for her. 

Teething Times

Considering it was her first night sleeping without a swaddle, W did really well.  She stayed in her crib the entire time – though she wasn’t sleeping the entire night. In fact she had a period when she was awake – from 1:45-3:45.  Brutal.  

Tonight I was hoping for the same deal – her in the crib.  But to no avail, she kept waking up crying after I leave her.  She had a short unrestful nap for her last one and had been up since 3:30.  So 5:30 pm was her time to go to bed. 

The time when Michael and the kids come home is a very hectic time.  In the midst of getting dinner ready and trying to entertain W, I’m frantic. I can’t imagine going back to work like this.  

W usually eats her dinner, enthusiastically opening her mouth for the next spoonful of cereal.  Tonight was not the case.  She was too tired. I took her up and got get ready for bed.  It took an hour to settle her and now she’s in the big bed. 

The older kids were disappointment because we usually read books there.  Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.  

I hope w sleeps tonight.  

And so it begins…


Today, I’m home mostly on my own except this morning when we went to Violet’s Shabbat at school.  Willow is playing in her excersaucer while I work. I’m taking off some kitchen cabinet doors today. 

Day 40 – Camp and Canada’s Wonderland

The morning was pretty tense. V was still having some issues with going to camp. For most of the ride, she was in tears which created a very stressful moment. By the time we handed her off she was fine. Z was trying to cheer her up again telling her that she had already gone to camp the day before and that things would be fun and easy. She wasn’t convinced. L had to carry her right to the gate which was okay.
At lunch, when we picked her up, she had the biggest smile and a look that said “oh, my. Mom and Dad are here to pick me up! They remembered to get me!” We took her to a Japanese Ramen house on Yonge st. that recently opened. It was extremely good. I will post the name and location on a different entry. We might go back with Z.
While V was sleeping, L and I went for a walk around Eglinton. We wish we could live in this neighbourhood, but the cost of the houses is too high for such a small place. We couldn’t carry a mortgage that big without being house poor. Wish I could win the lottery.
In the evening, after we picked up Z from camp, we headed to Canada’s Wonderland. Not the best ideas, I’ve had but not the worst. We went on a number of rides especially the Ghoster Coaster that Z is very fond of. That was the problem. The line-up was so long. Z stood there excitedly and waited. I was concerned about L. She and V were waiting and my phone was dead. I felt bad and wanted to go to them but Z was adamant about going. He loved it. It was a 60 second ride that made him giggle and laugh and scream and want to go again. I had to tell him that it was impossible for us to go again because the line which made him a little sad. It took us almost 15 minutes to locate L and V. I had to borrow someones charger to get my phone to work just enough to send L a message which turned out not to be necessary because I found her in the crowd.
We needed to get dinner so, my next bad choice in retrospect was Jack Astors. Z was so distracted by the screens that it was impossible to have a calm meal. He was also really tired.
Tomorrow’s plan: work. Stay home. Eat home cooked meals.

Day 39 – First day of camp for both of them.

The kids started camp today. I was stressed out in the morning. I was anticipating both of them freaking out. V already had started the day before complaining that she didn’t want to go but we convinced her that it will be good.

After some tears and separation anxiety, both kids were at camp and we were off to purge some of our things.
When we picked up V, she told us that she saw Z who came up to her and gave her a hug. We think she was crying and Z came up to her to cheer her up but she wanted mommy. It was a really sweet moment. He’s been really good with her for the last little while. They still fight sometimes but they get along and play together. They make each other laugh.

Tired After All

Our day started a little late – breakfast closer to 9 am. We spent the morning doing light cleaning and tidying on the main floor. Both kids played happily while we got busy.

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Here as you can see they were snacking quietly. I had to check on them just in case. Mika made me because they were too quiet.

By the time we had them fed for lunch and got out the door, it was after 1pm. We drove to Yorkdale to attempt to nap them in the stroller. However, our plan didn’t work exactly because both kids were wide awake and didn’t want to sleep.

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V was so energized. I don’t know where she got all that energy from.

Nevertheless, we headed out around 3:30pm as we needed to drive down to Terroni’s to have dinner with my family for 4:30pm. On the way down, Z made it clear that he wasn’t tired and that he didn’t want to sleep. As it turned out, he fell asleep first. V was up for a little more, happily singing along to Sesame Street. Then it just happened. She went quiet. And now I’m sitting in the car with them, waiting for them to wake up from their naps.

I’m just glad they ended up napping after all. (Z just opened his eyes and asked where Mika was. He still feels groggy.)

Mika is inside waiting since we have reservations for 4:30pm.

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