Tuesday Toddler Update: “No, no, no, no, no, no, NO!!!”

Vegan Goodness:
Today we ate:

  • Breakfast: Green Smoothies for Mom and LP while dad slept in a little, followed by cream of wheat with raisins and toast with butter.  Dad had some toast and juice when he got up.
  • Lunch: For lunch mom and dad enjoyed udon noodles with some wonderful thai basil pesto that dad made.  LP thought the pesto was a bit spicy, so he finished off our leftover falafel and then enjoyed four ripe cherry tomatoes from our garden.
  • For snacks dad and LP enjoyed some crackers and tofu spread.  Mom ate way, way too many chocolate-covered almonds (with turbinado and sea salt) from Trader Joe’s.
  • Dinner: LP had an avocado, some grapes and a piece of bread with butter for dinner (all of his choosing) while mom, dad and LP’s aunt got a special treat – takeout from Veggie Galaxy!  This was a special, special treat that was a gift from my parents – thanks Mom and Dad!  We celebrated LP’s aunt’s birthday and our baby that is on the way – hopefully tomorrow!

Money Matters:
We made a run to Whole Foods and Costco to finish our pre-baby stocking up, and the G-man also made a Home Depot trip to get our version of a “toddler night clock” – an outlet timer and a nightlight.  We’re trying to get LP to stay in bed until 7, and we hope that a special light that tells him when it is time to get up will work.  We’ll keep you posted!

  • $10.82 at Whole Foods (soymilk and grapes)
  • $44.54 at Costco (onions, pita chips, crackers, etc.)
  • $22.98 at Home Depot (for our “toddler night clock” which was going to cost at least $37 online!)

Tuesday Toddler Update:

LP definitely craves his routines and structure, and he also wants things done his way.  He has already declared his ownership over various things in the house (“goo goo’s tools,” “goo-goo’s plants,” and, my personal favorite, “goo-goo’s car.”  This does not refer to his fun toy truck – this refers to our Honda Civic”)  He decides what goes into our morning smoothie (it must have ALL the fruit, no matter what mom is in the mood for).  He has his bedtime routine (story and/or smoothie-making, cuddles and songs, big hugs, blowing kisses and saying “night night”) and if we forget any of it, calamity ensues.  For example, the other night he forgot to blow kisses, and when we closed his door we heard a loud “uh OH, UH OH” followed by a hysterical “NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!”  We opened the door, he blew a kiss, and then all was well.

This is becoming a problem in some day to day activities.  When we are playing or making lunch, or really doing anything, LP has a way he wants it done.  And when we aren’t doing things his way he erupts with a “NO, NO, NO, NO NO”  Sometimes (especially when he is tired) this results in him getting so upset that he can’t focus and explain his concerns, which often leads to a time-out.  We are trying to figure out a way to get him to explain how he feels and what he wants (which he can pretty much do once he calms down) but we still have a long way today.  Often it really does feel like raising a little caveman.  Good thing he is so darn cute!

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