Wednesday Randomness: Six Things
- Ryan’s Pre-Baby Hair Challenge
I don’t know how I’ve failed to mention this on the blog but Ryan is about six months into growing his hair out! This is not motivated by a desire to change his hairstyle at all – I mean this is the same guy who brings out the buzzer and periodically asks me to “just buzz it all” and spends .02 seconds on his hair every morning – but his challenge began when we first found out we were expecting again. Once we made it past the first few nerve-racking prenatal appointments, Ryan realized he had yet to get a much-needed haircut and then decided maybe he should just roll with the longer locks since they’d served us well so far. Now you can expect to see longer and longer hair on Ryan for the next few months until our little one makes their debut early this summer. For what it’s worth, I think Ryan has fantastic hair (I have major hair envy because his hair is so thick and beautifully wavy) but we laugh at his new look regularly when he experiments with different parts and styling that often look like they’re straight out of the ‘80s.
- All Kid Music, All the Time
I never thought I’d be a mom who played “kid music” at home or in the car but the moment I introduced Chase to the likes of Raffi and Nancy Cassidy, there was no turning back. (I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because I LOVED this music when I was little.) Chase adores kid music and we play a LOT of it in our house and in the car. In the same breath, by the time Chase goes down for his nap, I often find myself in need of a little Jack Johnson or Dave Matthews Band to bring some chill back into my life and mellow things out after the 10,000th round of “Baby Beluga.”
- Potty Training Prep
We’re getting ready to tackle potty training over here! (Well, I say that but I also just ordered another diapering bundle from The Honest Company on Monday… so we’ve got some time. Ha!) I took your advice to heart on my last Chase update post and ordered the Oh Crap! Potty Training book and I’m hoping that once I take some time to flip through it, I’ll feel ready to tackle this beast head-on.
I do have two rather specific questions for the potty training veterans out there before we begin:
1.) Did you use a mini potty or train your little ones using your adult-size toilet? I am rather tempted to just use our large toilet because I feel like that’s the most real world applicable (and less messy!) and I’m curious if the Oh Crap! book has any thoughts on this, too. I’ve seen the toilet inserts that let you make your adult toilet seat accommodate a little hiney as well and I really like that idea!
2.) Did you use pull-ups for naps and nighttime or diapers? (I have zero ambitions to potty train through the night for a while.) Chase’s preschool teacher said she thinks pull-ups can confuse kids a bit during naps/nighttime sleep since they mimic the movement of underwear and this makes a ton of sense to me. I feel like introducing underwear and pull-ups at once might be confusing and just doing underwear for daytime and sticking with diapers at naptime and nighttime when Chase will be in a pee-friendly zone makes more sense in my mind. Thoughts? Any personal experiences to share?
- Two for Two: Meatless Meals
We’re two for two on this week’s meatless meal plan adventure and going strong! Monday night’s homemade broccoli cheese soup was a hit and last night we dug into The Minimalist Baker’s Vegan Sloppy Joes. While they were quite sloppy (especially when we tried to serve them on top of whole wheat buns), they were incredibly easy to make and absolutely delicious. The whole thing took me about 30 minutes to make (and that includes the time it took to cook the lentils) and I’m planning to eat the leftovers for lunch sometime this week in a bowl topped with plain Greek yogurt and cheese since the recipe felt a little chili-esque to me as well.
On a less healthy and completely unimportant note, I’m dying to make a batch of these chocolate chip cookies after dinner one night this week. My friend Melanie shared the recipe on Facebook and gave them rave reviews and now I need them in my life.
- Easter Excitement
I had no idea Easter was April 1 this year until I saw it in my calendar this week and it seems like it’s coming up SO fast! We don’t have any big plans for the holiday and will be staying in Charlotte which is 100 percent fine with me! I am already looking forward to hiding eggs for Chase, the Easter service at church, making Easter baskets for my boys and decorating eggs with friends. As far as Chase’s Easter basket is concerned, I haven’t given it a ton of thought yet but have been gradually accumulating a few goodies here and there, including another Water Wow! pad, a new Dr. Seuss book and a Paw Patrol toy. I’m planning to add some fun sweet treats to my next Thrive Market order to round everything out. I just LOVE this kind of stuff!
- Afternoon Cereal Fiend
There’s something about cereal and pregnancy that go hand-in-hand for me but the weird thing is that I almost always find myself craving a bowl in the late afternoon rather than the morning. Something about cereal just calls to me around 3 p.m. and I find myself snacking on a few handfuls or pouring myself a bowl of cereal nearly every day. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
And on that random note, it’s time for me to sign off for the morning! I’ll catch up with you guys in the comments section of this post throughout the day and hope to share a Wednesday recap on the blog tomorrow. Have a great day!