Wiwi Blockade of 2013

First let me start by saying “wiwi” means kiwi in our house. I realize that it could mean other things so I needed to clarify.
Leia has historically loved kiwis and eaten many of them.  She survives off fruit, yogurt, almond milk, and peanut butter for the most part. Oh and brown rice from Chipotle because that’s her pregnant mom’s favorite food right now.
Suddenly she won’t eat wiwis! The same thing happened to the avocado!  For someone who doesn’t seem to want to try new foods like at all right now it seems a poor strategy to give up the few foods you like!!
Anyway, I’ve had some success with eat this then you can have this or you can do that. Yesterday she wanted a muffin or cake as she calls it so I said eat your wiwi and you get your cake. A battle of wills I was not prepared for ensued. I admit she did not eat the wiwi. Have I marred our relationship beyond repair? She didnt seem to really get the epic battle going on really. Usually she’s pretty good at accepting no. I hope to not start fights I can’t finish in the future! Have you ever backed down when faced with a toddler’s will?  How do you get your kids to eat?  I take some comfort in the statistic I read that said the majority of 16-24 month olds most eaten vegetable is the french fry!? And that they eat fast food daily. Well leia won’t eat fries so there! And she doesn’t eat fast food except for a couple chick fil a incidents.


Getting Real

The baby moves are becoming more frequent and recognizable,  and the big ultrasound is just around the corner. In my mind all baby preperations have been suspended until the ultrasound I mean I just am not into gender neutral and if it’s a boy obviously we will need clothes if it’s a girl I need to paint a room etc.  When I was pregnant with Leia all I could think of was that a baby was coming, now I have plenty of other things to think of namely my toddler. It’s definitely different but nevertheless it’s slowly becoming more real that a whole new person is just waiting to come out.
I feel it really impressed on me right now to have an open life, open for Leia open for others for fun and love. This openess means taking breaks, playing the day away instead of just letting life be a to do list. Part of me wonders why this is being impressed on me now when a new baby is coming, a person who will be nothing but needs and I have this fear of its arrival, like a precipice when I go over it all the fun stuff I do with Leia or the time I’ve carved out for myself is gone until I can get a handle on having two. God shouldn’t I be getting ready and shouldn’t you be getting me all about survival rather than you know, living and loving and all that?
Obviously God has a point. I don’t know what life will be like with a new baby and a toddler it may very well be many things! I imagine good and bad! My calling to rest in God and love my kids and everyone else, that stays the same, breastfeeding or no 🙂  I need to be intentional in wasting time playing with leia or talking with friends or spending time with God now more than ever. That wastefulness I am now convinced is where life really is, yes I have to clean and cook and take care of my body and finances but those are not the things I want my kids to remember me doing all the time. I want them to remember the welcome I gave them into my life, that I didn’t make them feel in the way of all the stuff I was trying to just get done, and the real messy love I had for them. With this new little bean things may get really messy no matter the detailed to do list I slave over, maybe its better I learn to get rid of it now 🙂