Full Day Of Eating: Piper Edition

Piper's eating habits have changed drastically over the last couple of months. She used to be an AWESOME eater, and would eat a ton of great food. Lately, she's become a little more opinionated in all areas, but especially with her food. 

Her pediatrician warned me at her 2 year appointment that kids generally stop eating as much between 2-3 years old, and to not be worried about it. It's a little frustrating sometimes when I make her lunch, and she won't touch any of it *eye roll*, but I keep offering, keep providing lots of options on her plate, and I don't ever make her something different if she refuses to eat. If she doesn't eat anything, I just put it in the fridge and give it to her again later. 

She turned 2 in May, and while she definitely doesn't finish everything, here is a day of eating for her that's pretty typical of how she normally eats: 

BREAKFAST

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1 pasture-raised egg, 1 sprouted ezekiel toast with mashed avocado.

SNACK

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Yogurt from Trader Joes. She used to looooove yogurt, but now only takes a few bites. 

LUNCH

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Cucumber slices (her favourite), 1/2 slice of sprouted toast with peanut butter, a few slices of banana, carrots, and turkey slices. 

SNACK

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Chicken sausage, apples, and cheese slices

DINNER

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This wasn't her plate, obviously haha, but this was my dinner, and she had a bowl of sweet potato, black beans, corn, and avocado slices. 

Potty Training Piper

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If you’ve ever wondered what potty training in style looks like, you’re looking at it.  

I had ZERO intention of potty training Piper before she turned 2 , because I had way too much on my plate already, but she started being very aware of when she peed or pooped in her diaper. She also started taking the poop out of her diaper during naps/bedtime, and wiping it EVERYWHERE. It was horrific, and it would be all in her hair, her clothes, the walls, her sheets, the crib railings...seriously everywhere. I decided enough was enough, and I was going to take advantage of this terrible awareness she suddenly had, and start potty training her. 

I asked for any advice on potty training on an Instagram story, and about 90% of people recommended "Oh Crap! Potty Training". I bought it on Amazon HERE (it's a really easy, entertaining read), and I can't recommend it enough! It answered every single question I had, and also questions I didn't know I would have as I went through it all. It's still a draining and frustrating process, but this book laid it all out, and I just followed the steps. I can honestly say it was 100x easier than I thought it was going to be. I've had tons of other mums message me on IG saying they bought the book after I recommended it, and also raved about how easy it was (considering it IS potty training after all) and how well it worked. 

The book breaks each stage down into phases. Each kid goes through the phases at different paces. It's not a day one, day two, etc. type of layout. We all learn differently, and at different speeds, so you just go to the next stage when your child is ready. 

The first day, Piper was completely naked the whole time. We didn't go anywhere, and I was supposed to keep my eyes on her THE WHOLE TIME. This was the hardest part for me, because I also had baby Jack who needed breastfeeding, diaper changes, etc. I swear whenever I would go put him down in his crib, or start changing his diaper, she'd start peeing. The whole point was to watch her EVERY move, look for her signs of needing to go to the bathroom, and rush her to the potty before then, or as soon as she started to go. I missed A LOT of her cues, and there were a lot of accidents. By the end of the first day, I thought it was a total failure, and I should maybe do it when Jack was a little older and not so dependent on me. 

The book talked a lot about making sure YOU are ready, not them. The next day, I decided to man up and just keep at it. Instead of letting her roam and play like she normally would, I turned on Shrek (to keep her still and in one place), gave her a drink, and had her sit on the potty the whole time. If she really didn't want to sit on it the whole time, I wouldn't have forced her, but she rather enjoyed her nice little chair, and when she went all by herself (without me rushing her over to it), it all clicked. She still had occasional accidents, but she connected the feeling of needing to go to the bathroom, and going in the potty. I FREAKED out when she did it by herself. I'm talking jumping around, clapping, kissing, high-fiving. I was so proud of her, and I made a HUGE deal out of it every time she went. She loved it and always got so excited. 

After the second day, I put on clothes (she was still commando though), and we did the same type of thing (Phase 2). She got better and better, and there were fewer accidents. By the 3-4th day, she was wearing panties and would tell me when she had to use the potty 90% of the time. 

The book explains each stage in more detail, but those were the general steps I took to potty training her. I never got around to buying her a sticker chart honestly (oops), but whenever she went to the potty I acted like she won the lottery, and got SO excited with her, and let her have a little treat every time at first, and then every now and then, and then just a big hug and a "I'm so proud of you". Now she uses the potty by herself, proudly takes it to the toilet while whispering "I'm so proud of you" to herself, and walks herself to my mum's cookie cupboard before I stir her in the other direction ha. She did REALLY well and I'm so proud of her. 

I don't think potty training is a one size fits all type of thing, because every kid is SO different. This was a pretty brief summary of the process, but to sum it up, go buy "Oh Crap! Potty training!" haha. 

Friday Favourites

Another Monday where I share "Friday Favourites" because I forgot to post it last Friday. It's hard to say if I'll ever get my act together. Oh well. Happy Monday!! Here's to a new day, a new week, and a fresh start.

THE DOTTI SHOP

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I got a couple of outfits from the DOTTI. Shop, and they are DARLING! I can't stop squeezing Piper and taking pictures of her in them because they are soooo so cute. I got this Louise Shimmer Pearl dress that Piper is wearing (it's on sale right now!) and the Blake Matching Set from the spring line which is SO cute! I got a size 2, but it was actually a bit too small for Piper, and it accidently got washed before I could exchange it. I'd learn from my mistake and properly check the size chart before ordering! They're all so cute and perfect for summer. You can use BECKY20 for 20% off your order too!

BUMBO

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I use Jack's bumbo multiple times every day. He started sitting in it around 3/4 months, when he was totally able to hold up his own head. I feed him in either his bumbo or the high chair, and he honestly just likes chilling in there. He loves seeing what's going on, and it's nice being able to keep my eye on him while I cook meals, and while we eat our breakfast/lunches. I know it's so well known already, but if you haven't heard of them yet, I love mine and highly recommend it!

INSTANT POT

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I finally got an instant pot for Christmas, after hearing everyone rave about it, and let me tell you...THE HYPE IS REAL. Especially if you are a mother. Holy moly. I can make a full blown dinner in record speed (20 minutes in the instant pot vs. 4 hours in the crockpot), and you can steam or sauce veggies, make hard boiled eggs, greek yogurt, and so many other things I haven't even figured out yet. It can also be used as a rice cooker or crockpot! It's totally worth it, and everything I have tried has turned out perfect! This sounds like an ad haha, which it isn't. It should be though, because I think I'm doing an awesome job at selling it. Really though, my instant pot has been a life changing for pulling together quick meals.

LOWER BODY WORKOUT

I've been really into this type of set up for my workouts lately, because it does such a good job at getting in a good sweat without requiring a lot of time. This is the lower body workout I did at home last week, and I loved it!

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I bought this charcoal face mask for my mum a couple of months ago, but really it was a present for myself because I love it and use it all the time! She's so lucky to have me living with her again. I've brought up self care a few times on here over these past few months, but it means more to me now than ever, and is something I think is so important in general. With two little ones, I'm not able to put myself first 99.9% of the time, but doing little things to show myself some love helps me stay positive and feel like I can handle difficult situations. This mask feels amazing, and it does a great job at cleansing and getting rid of the toxins in my skin. Just a simple self care product I like incorporating once a week!

2 Years of Piper

My sweet Piper is TWO years old now, and is growing into the sweetest, sassiest little girl. She's so spicy, and although it's hard at times, I love her independence and stubborn nature. I'm trying to teach her to share, be kind, be quick to apologize, to forgive, and to love, but also I'm loving all these natural personality traits she has that are coming out. 

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She is SO smart and chats 99.9% of the day. I love having conversations with her, and listening to her express what she is thinking and feeling. She has to say bye to everything she sees whenever she leaves a room - so it's a long list of "bye lamp. bye shoes. bye chair. bye water" whenever we go anywhere haha. It's the best.

She LOVES drawing and colouring, and begs me to draw "tiny socks" all day long haha. I honestly have no idea where that came from, but I'm getting really good at drawing socks. 

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She is still the messiest eater I've ever come across. It's unreal. I hoped it was just a phase, but it doesn't seem to have improved so...yippee. 

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She LOVES Jack. Like really, really loves him. She requests to see him as soon as she wakes up, and aggressively kisses him all day long. Whenever he cries she says, "OH HONEY!", and strokes his head over, and over again. She is so compassionate, and whenever anyone is sad, or whenever I hurt myself, she drops everything to offer a hug and comfort.

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I started potty training her a few days before her second birthday, and she has transitioned SO well! She picked it up quickly, and made it so easy on me. I think she owed me from all of the poop massacres I've cleaned up from her taking off her diaper during nap/bedtime. Don't worry - it's only happened 10 times. She just wears diapers for naps and at night now, and takes herself to the potty during the day. It's so nice only changing one baby's diapers now.

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She's definitely entered the "terrible twos", and is probably one of the bossiest kids in town, but I love her to death, and I am so grateful for her. She brings so much happiness to my life, and I can't wait to continue watching her grow and develop into a little girl. 

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Current Favourites

Well. This is embarrassing because I intended to get this post up on Friday (aka Friday Favourites), but one thing led to another, and here I am on a Monday finally getting to it. I'm not cut out for this Instagram/blogger world, I'll tell ya. 

Anyway, I still wanted to share some of my favourite health-related things right now! A lot of my favourite things come from things others share, so I'm passing on the love, and hopefully someone finds this helpful!

Happy Monday!!!

CRIO BRU

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I've never had coffee (I don't drink it for religious reasons), but I've always loved the idea of having a hot drink in the morning to get the day started. Some friends made us Crio Bru one evening a couple of years ago, and I really liked it, so I finally ordered some on Amazon, and have been drinking it every morning. It's made from 100% roasted cacao beans (the grounds smell like dark chocolate!), It's super high in antioxidants, is a natural source of energy, stimulates the metabolism, and is packed with vitamins and minerals. Crio Bru is by far my new favourite thing right now!

BAMBO NATURE

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I switched to these diapers a couple of months before Jack was born, and whenever I have to use another brand (if I run out and have to borrow one or something), I'm reminded of why I love Bambo Nature diapers so much. First of all they're eco-friendly which is amazing, second, they work SO well. Piper's had hers completely filled with water before, and it still somehow stayed secure. Most importantly, they are free of harmful chemicals and all known allergens. I've mentioned this a lot, but Jack has super sensitive skin, and has trouble with eczema, and he's never once had any kind of diaper rash or sores, but did immediately when I had to use another diaper brand. I love LOVE this company, and I also use their mineral sunscreen for my babes!

IDEAL RAW

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I talk about Ideal Raw ALLLL the time on Instagram, but it has been a favourite for a long, long time now. They have TONS of products (protein, superfood, green powder, matcha, coconut oil, chia seeds, probiotic, etc.), and they are all made with clean, organic ingredients. I used Ideal Raw protein throughout my whole pregnancy, and still use it while I'm nursing. Protein powders can be PACKED with artificial ingredients, and this is one of the few I felt comfortable taking while growing, and now nourishing, a little babe (make sure you talk to your own doctor before taking ANY supplement). It's also a plant based protein, which is great while nursing, because often whey protein often upsets babies tummies. 

My favourite flavours are 1. chocolate peanut butter 2. superberry (AMAZING in smoothies) 3. chocolate and 4. vanilla. I drink them after a workout, add them into oatmeal, smoothies, energy balls, pancakes...pretty much anything haha. You can use my code "SWOLE" for 10% off any of their products!!

FAMILY LASER

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How cute is this cutting board?? I got it from Family Laser, and I'm obsessed with it. They do custom designs, so a common one is to have your family last name, or a significant date, or something like that, but having Good For The Swole on it makes me feel pretty legit, not gonna lie. 

COCONUT OIL

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I use coconut oil for E-V-E-R-YTHING. I mean it. I cook with it, add it into my Crio Bru (if I'm feeling fancy), add it into energy balls, put it in my hair every now and then before showering (I'm bad at remembering to do this, but when I do it's the best), and use it in the shower (I rub it all over my body, and let the water take some of it off, and leave the rest on. It's the best moisturizer, and my skin feels incredible afterwards). It's also great to use on the belly during pregnancy to help with the itching and stretch marks. Also, I use it to shave my legs! There are so many great uses, and each one reaps the benefits that coconut oil has to offer!

Also, has anyone heard of oil pulling? It's this new trend where you swish coconut oil in your mouth for 15 minutes, and it's supposed to help reduce toxins and also whiten your teeth. I haven't done it yet...but there's another use!