Food and Your Toddler

I’ve been a little unsure about how much of everything I need to feed Alex.  How many servings of meat, veggies, how much milk etc.  I’ve really just been trying to ensure he gets all four food groups at all meals and that he gets enough milk.   However I just received an update on Nutrients and Toddlers from babycentre.com that I thought was pretty good.  It breaks down how much Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Vitamins A, D, and C is needed, and how much of each you will find in various foods.  Anyhow – I thought I would share in case you other new mothers are wondering too.  There is also a short age by age breakdown here.  If you have a good source on toddler nutrition please share too!

Victoria Day Weekend

This past weekend was Victoria Day weekend – which is bizarre since Queen Victoria’s birthday was May 24… which is next weekend.  I guess it is celebrated the Monday before the 24th.  Anyhow – we went away to Matt’s family cottage, something we usually do every May 2-4.  That is how we refer to the weekend – May 2-4.  The cottage is 4 hours north- and on the way there Alex was pretty good considering the length of time he was in the car seat.  We left at 7pm Friday so that we could take advantage of his bedtime – and it worked pretty well.  Only a few melt downs – our boy likes to spread out when he sleeps – and well, that doesn’t work very well in a car seat.

When we arrived, everyone was sleeping – Matt’s parents and his nephew Tyson were there – so everyone got up and we hung out for about an hour – Alex included.  Let’s just say his sleep schedule was thrown way offthis past weekend.  Too much to do, too many noises…  Saturday Matt, his Dad, and Tyson went fishing, and since it was raining, Matt’s mom and I went to “town” with Alex and bought some junk food.  The ladies in the grocery store thought Alex was great – I don’t think they see very many Korean people in Burk’s Falls!  We hung out the rest of the time in the cottage – and Alex didn’t take his afternoon nap until about 5 when I insisted he needed to sleep.  Every time we laid him down he freaked out and wouldn’t stop crying – I think he was just overly tired.  Even though we were stuck indoors it was really fun since Alex was into walking way more than normal.  He had been walking to and from us quite a bit before the weekend – but now he is trying to go everywhere on his own.  He still crawls a lot, but walking seems to be becoming his travel method of choice.

Sunday was a beautiful day – blue skys… but cold.  I’m talking when I woke up there was snow on the ground.  Just a dusting, but it was still snow!  We took Alex on his first ATV ride – which he thought was a real hoot.  Matt and I also took a nice long drive on the back roads of the Almaguin Highlands looking for moose, deer… but no animals, but beautiful landscape.  I think the lack of sleep and excitement caught up to our boy however because Sunday night – he was up at least 7-8 times crying uncontrollably.  Perhaps he was cold, he was confused about where he was, or his molars were acting up – but whatever it was cause everyone in the cottage to have a very sleepless night. 

Monday was the nicest day at the cottage – warm, blue sky… but BLACK FLIES!! If you don’t know what a black fly is, thank your lucky stars you haven’t encountered them yet.  They are tiny little flies that bite your skin and leave huge welts… you literally are wearing nets when outside when they are around.  We don’t have them in Stratford, but up north they are a real pain in May and June.  Bug spray doesn’t work either.  So we were stuck inside for much of the day.  I don’t know what was up with Alex – but let’s just say he dirtied 4 diapers before noon, and 3 between lunch and when we got home.  The last one I had to change was at a coffee shop on the way home – and it was the worse one I have ever had to change ( He is much better today thank goodness!).  BTW, did I mention I was sick the whole weekend? 

This post probably seems like we did not have much fun – but we really did.  When we go North we always look forward to amazing meals and perhaps a bottle glass of wine or two.  We also enjoy just relaxing and enjoying the scenery, the fresh air, and just being away.    Mason is also in his element.  He just runs and runs and looks so very happy – just look at the pictures below.  However it is just so much different when you have a child there.  Things aren’t baby proofed for instance – there is a wood stove in the middle of the living room for instance, so you are extra paranoid about what might just happen.

Mommy and Alex

Mommy and Alex

Mason - look at that smile!

Mason - look at that smile!