It's been about two weeks since I've finally been able to go home! These two weeks have been difficult, rewarding, amazing and challenging. Learning how to function again from a wheelchair, to cook, even to play with Y has become different.
All of these things are still possible of course and I'm so excited to be able to be Y's caregiver again, but they are different. Cooking means more stretching, more planning, and struggling to reach ingredients that the Husband or other folks put on the highest shelf in the fridge.
I don't know how many of you really want to read in depth about life now, or how much I want to share about my spinal cord injury, but to keep it short: these two weeks have really taught me about patience. I need to be patient with myself especially as I take time to figure out how to do things again in a way that works for me.
Most things, I can still do, do well, and do independently. Taking care of Y is such a blessing and brings so much joy! But being with him everyday, I notice how much I miss simply playing on the floor with him. We can sit on the couch together, but in order for me to get from the floor back into my chair, I need to build more muscle so I very rarely get to do that.
This past weekend, my lovely husband was home and this happened:
It may not seem like much, but for me - being able to play with my son on the ground was unbelievably special. In the past six months, I have only been able to do that three times, and it breaks my heart. Being able to spend about an hour on the floor with him was unbelievable!
Y was also so ecstatic to see me on the ground with him! The kiddo literally climbed on me for the first 15 minutes before requesting I build a garage for his trucks. His request was happily granted and we spent a lovely evening playing with legos!
Now, as for the food! Today is the first Thursday of the month which means it's time for another round of Munchkin Meals! As I said, these past few weeks have been pretty tough for me. This means that when it comes to feeding Y, I have been looking for quick options that really don't take much effort to throw together.
On the other hand, now that I am back, I have been making it a priority to get extra veggies into Y's diet. Whilst I was away, I know that Y wasn't getting as many healthy meals as I like. Especially on the days he ate at the centre, we didn't have many options except for takeaway. Now, I am focusing on getting those habits under control and replacing french fries with oven baked sweet potato fries!
Anyhow, here is a look at some of the healthy but quick meals that I have been preparing for Y!
Breakfast pretty much every single day is oatmeal and fruits. Usually, Y enjoys helping to prepare his breakfast and now uses a child sized table and chair to do so!
We use almond milk or full fat cow's milk with steel cut oats, chia seeds, and then fruit either on the side or in the oats.
Y rarely let's me prepare something else for him other than the oats, which is okay with me for now.
Lunches and dinners
Most days, there is not too much difference between his lunches and dinners except for the occasional sandwich during lunch time. Here's a closer look!
Avocado chunks, a meatball, and dutch mashed potatoes
Tortilla with ground beef, cheese, and olives with raw carrot sticks
Leftover tortilla, cucumber slices, and a spring onion.
Y has been into trying spicier and more flavourful foods. He wanted to eat the raw green onion, but changed his mind after a few bites. The rest of the plate however was devoured.
An almond butter sandwich, cucumber, raw broccoli, and a peach.
Leftover meatballs, cucumber slices, and fruit salad
Corn on the cob, raw broccoli, steamed sweet potatoes, and a sausage
Snacks are pretty dull around here as Y eats quite well at his meal times and rarely requests food in between. His snacks are all accessible for him to grab whenever he wants, and I don't usually remind him of it.
Something new for him is that he has been enjoying sunflower and pumpkin seeds. I have them in a container at his level, and he grabs a spoon and bowl to pour himself a bit if he wants them. Again, I don't need to help him with this.
Other than that, he also munches on fruits or ice cream...
Y has been loving ice cream lately! It started at the rehabilitation clinic, where Y would get treats of the store made variety. Now that I'm home, he still wants cool, tasty treats, but I really, really, reaaaally don't want to give him so many sugary treats anymore.
The solution has been to make our ice cream at home. Basically, we just make frozen smoothies of sorts, which end up being absolutely delicious, and totally guilt free! I may or may not have even agreed to let Y eat one of these with his breakfast (shhh!). Given that the ingredients for these treats consist purely of fruit and milk, I'm kind of okay with that.
Be sure to checkout the Munchkin Meals link up hosted by Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life for more yummy kids meals!
More Toddler Meals
Another collection of toddler meals
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