October 24, 2014


Genius: Listening to my gut on Wednesday and taking Liam back to the doctor even though he had just been there on Monday. Turns out he has asthma and now we have much better treatment for it. I’m hoping he’ll be looking much better by next week.

Fail: Well the morning I documented last week felt like one big fail! But also, we are struggling with dinners for Meredith. Right now I am cooking mostly paleo, but Meredith doesn’t want to eat just meat and veggies. But if she doesn’t eat, she gets suuuper cranky. And I also don’t want to cook her something different every night. I don’t want that to be the norm. Any ideas?


administering breathing treatments.

elbow-deep in diaper rash cream.

speed-reading this book for book club.

vacillating about whether or not to do week in the life.

borrowing a Spider-Man costume for Meredith.

missing my maintenance runs this week.

craving a real cold front.

eating this pork tenderloin and these mashed potatoes.

thinking about a short bobbed haircut like this.

loving that I can convince Meredith to “do my hair” for fun.

praying for complete health for my family.

gearing up for an overbooked weekend.

wishing you a happy Friday!

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    From alisa beth:

    I’m so glad you trusted your instincts, but so sorry Liam has asthma. Your “fail” morning does not sound like much of a fail to me (of course, this is all subjective, so I don’t mean to belittle your hard morning — I only mean to offer you encouragement and say that compared to our crazy mornings, you guys are doing awesome!). Simon (who will be 4 next month) is finally beginning to eat more things (he’s been very, very difficult since he got super sick with the rotavirus when we lived in the UK around his first birthday). We have tried offering him a meal “replacement” if he chooses not to eat what we are having for dinner (a banana — and sometimes cut into pieces with peanut butter on top depending on how his eating the rest of the day has been). We’ve moved into the reward/bribery phase — such as “if you are brave and try what’s on your plate then you will get an M&M or get to watch an episode of Daniel Tiger before bedtime.” I’m sure it’s not a good habit for us to have gotten into, but it’s worked really these last couple of months and the child has now eaten chicken AND turkey! When I am feeling less generous I institute the “you will eat three bites because you are three years old” policy and then offer the banana after he complies. We do a sticker reward chart for him for staying in bed. Maybe something similar could work for mealtimes with Meredith? Good luck!

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    From Nora:

    When the girls didn’t want to eat what we made for dinner they were given the option of cereal for dinner or making themselves a sandwich (with our supervision, of course). Once we empowered them to make their own choice and they realized they would have to do the other 2 things on their own, they usually buckled down and ate what we made. Granted, they are a bit older than M so not sure if this would work with her or not? But maybe the cereal thing especially if there is one she loves? Keeps you from making multiple dinners.

    Hope you have a great weekend & that Liam gets well soon!

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    From lauren w:

    That book likes cute. Let me know how it is.

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    From Melanie:

    Hope Liam gets to feeling better!
    Maybe you could cook a bunch of noodles, keep them in the fridge for M and offer those with her meal? Offer a piece of toast, yogurt, fresh fruit with what you are eating? I agree, cranky kids are no fun, neither is cooking multiple meals!

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    From Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout:

    If it were me, I’d probably just throw a piece of bread or a roll on her plate and call it good. No extra cooking necessary. =) Hope you have a relaxing, healthy weekend!

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    From Holly:

    I hope Liam feels better soon! When Topher doesn’t want to eat his dinner we tell him that’s fine but he also won’t be able to have a bedtime snack. That’s usually enough to encourage him to eat at least a little bit of whatever we’re having. We have a one bite rule: He has to try one bite of everything, and if he really doesn’t like it, he can have whatever leftovers are in the fridge or plain bread. I don’t have the energy to make multiple meals! Hope you have a relaxing weekend :)

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    From Elizabeth:

    Good call listening to your intuition! :) I got the same feeling with a slightly swollen fingernail when my youngest one was 2 weeks old that required 2 days of IV antibiotics, because he was so little. They seemed impressed I noticed it, but I was just thankful he was ok. God is good!

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    From jenna @ dearest love:

    That pork tenderloin recipe looks delicious!
    I hope Liam gets to feeling better!

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    From Tina:

    Praying for Liam <3 your family. Yay for borrowing costumes! :)

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    From Audrey:

    We have a tough time with toddler dinners sometimes too. If they don’t eat what we eat (and sometimes they won’t and I’m full aware in advance, but I still want it for myself & hubby)… I’ll put together something cold for them- I won’t “cook” them a separate dinner. Things like cheese, crackers, and lunchmeat/pepperoni with fruit/applesauce, PBJ, cold leftover pasta, canned spaghettios, etc.

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