This is one of those posts where I am looking for some advice! I know I am a pediatric dietitian and am supposed to be great at feeding kids but I just struggle with what to feed Ben for breakfast. He eats just about any breakfast food so that is not a problem. The problem is finding quick and easy things. Most mornings it is either a cereal bar or a frozen waffle and some fruit. In the picture above he is eating applesauce and goldfish because that he what he wanted. I am wanting to add a little variety to what he eats in the morning and am needing some suggestions. Don't suggest eggs and bacon because I am not going to cook that in the morning! With school starting back in a couple of weeks our morning time is going to short so it must be quick. Any suggestions would be great and I know Ben would appreciate it greatly!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I am starting to join the land of the living again so hopefully I will do better about blog posting! I hope to update the blog this week and do lots of posts. With not feeling well I have taken a grand total of about 20 pictures this summer so I need to get caught up!! On to this post...
We started a fun tradition in our family about a year ago. Every Saturday morning that we can we get up and drive over the mountain to Panera for breakfast. We all get a bagel and sit and enjoy hanging out for about an hour. It started because we were getting up early with a little guy and figured we might as well do something fun if we were going to be up early on a Saturday morning. The people at Panera know us by now and we get the exact same thing every week so we have our $9.46 ready. Ben loves "bagel day" as he calls it. We have even made Saturday morning friends because there are other people that do the same thing every Saturday morning. It is lots of fun!! I think it is so great to start these traditions as a family.
Posted by Emily at 11:17 AM
Monday, July 20, 2009
We are in a state of shock here at the Eckley house! It's a Girl!!! We are super excited. I don't know why we are so shocked. We really didn't care if it was a boy or girl but both Matt and I were speechless when it came up as a girl! I think we just thought that it was a boy. And all of you voting bloggers were right. I didn't believe you all either (even though it was pretty overwhelmingly girl!)
She is perfect. Everything is where it supposed to be and working great. She is still measuring like she will be here Dec 4-9thish. That is always such a relief to me to see everything is ok. Ben is super excited. He is just walking around saying girl baby!
Now the fun part for us. Picking a name! We are really bad at that. Hopefully we will have something by December. For now here are some pictures!
Posted by Emily at 8:01 PM
Monday, July 13, 2009
We have had some room movement going on in the Eckley house over the past few weeks. About 3 weeks ago we put up Ben's new big boy bed in his new room for him to try out. We were very apprehensive about how he would do in a big bed. I had read horror stories on other blogs about weeks and weeks of finding kids roaming the house when they transitioned to big beds. Those fears were all unfounded. Ben did awesome in the transition!! He loves his new bed. He got up only a couple of times the first night but since then he has done great. He was sad to leave his crib at first and would cry for his "baby bed" but he is now in love with his big boy bed!
Since the move to the big bed went so well, we decided to go ahead and finish up his new room. I have been planning this room since I think he was 9 months old. I picked out the bedding at Pottery Barn over a year ago since it was on sale. One of friends asked what I was going to do if he didn't like trains and I said "he will like trains - I will make sure of it!" Kids this age are so gullible so I just made him like trains since I knew that was going to be his big boy room. We had the room painted several months ago and when I first walked in and saw the blue I started crying. It looked so grown up. It is not a baby blue. It is sort of sad to give up all his baby stuff! But he loves his room and all we have done with it!!!! He is so proud of it and shows it to everyone that comes into the house. I think it turned out perfect!
Here is his nightstand. Funny story about the night stand. My mom picked it up several years ago on the side of the road. Yep free off the side of the road!! We have actually gotten a bunch of furniture and other things off the side of the road. It amazes me what people will throw away!
Speaking of things thrown away. Note the very cute Anywhere Chair from Pottery Barn Kids. Yep, that also came from the side of the road. It had a different cover on it but the insides were great so we just had to order a slipcover to match the room. But it was a $60 inside that we didn't have to buy. Amazing that someone would throw it away. You can sell it people or give it away.
Posted by Emily at 1:44 PM
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Posted by Emily at 3:11 PM
Monday, July 6, 2009
We had a fantastic long weekend. Very rarely does Matt get a holiday off but due to being out of town for some meetings the week before he got to be off on Friday. So it was a wonderful weekend at the Eckley household. Saturday was a low key day for us. Nothing too exciting. We went to our normal breakfast at Panera and then did some things around the house. We ate lunch at my parent's house and then got ready for our big neighborhood block party. This started last year and it was a great success so they had it again this year. All the neighbors get together and bring food and we grill out and have pools and slides for the kids. The kids all bring their bikes and decorate them for the 4th and have a parade down the street. And then it ends with a big fireworks show (well as big as you get on your street - it is illegal by the way which freaked me out). It was lots of fun and of course Ben had a blast!!! There were probably 75-100 of our neighbors there so it was fun to meet some new people and visit with our friends. Here are some fun pics from the day!
Ben in his decorated car for the parade!
When the fireworks started Ben was not a big fan. He got in his car and took off down the street. He did not like how loud they were. So Matt pulled out his truck in our driveway so that we could watch them from our house (just down from the cul de sac). He still wasn't a big fan but he tolerated them.
Posted by Emily at 11:15 AM