January 27, 2015

in about us,facts about oliver

Ollie is officially 2.5…going on 5. I’ve admitted this to some lately but this is honestly my favorite age. Partly it is seeing the contrast with his brother. When Landon has complicated emotions about fairness and being frustrated at something tough, Ollie is just 2. He gets mad at stupid shit and I don’t feel like my every move is making or breaking his development. The meltdowns can be sidestepped with a shiny object or “hey Ollie can you help me go upstairs and get XYZ?” Redirection is so EASY with 2 year olds. I am also remembering this same stage with Landon. I loved it then too. I am waiting for 3. It’s coming….woooo boy is it.

Potty Training

An update from my previous post: Ollie is potty trained. Like fully. We are kinda blown away. He has learned to pee standing up (THANK YOU JESUS) and just goes on his own. We still try to watch to make sure he does everything right (aim) but he is golden. He will get up while watching TV, playing a game, in music class, at nap…and just go. He doesn’t wait until the last minute. He can even hold it when needed like when mommy was carrying bottles of booze in the liquor store to hear “mommy i need to go pee pee”. WONDERFUL! He held it!

And get this…he has pretty much potty training at night. I am still gun shy and he will be in pull ups for the foresable future, but I am waking him around 10 to go and then he makes it dry until 7am. He does NOT want to pee in that pull up. Reminder….Landon didn’t do this until 4! So yeah…gun shy.

I took a big load of his diapers to the women’s shelter and have another big batch to go. Way to go, Ollie Beans!


Meh. Ollie is not the rockstar eater than his brother is. Not even close but I know it could be worse. He isn’t picky as much as stubborn. We just stick to our guns and he gets the food we serve and nothing else. He seems to enjoy breakfast the most, now wanting daddy to make him a fried egg in the mornings. We have found in the last month that he enjoys baked sweet potatoes so  we are having those more honestly to make sure he gets something. Most food is consumed via reverse psychology (Don’t eat my beans) or we get lucky. He seems healthy and fine, so I’m not even bothering with stressing about it.

Brain Stuff

Kevin and I were just noticing this recently but this kid is really smart. I mean all kids are, right? But he just kinda comes out of no where. Like we haven’t worked on shapes with him really but the other night he basically read a book about shapes to Kevin. All of them. Even ovals. He can do 24 piece puzzles with no help in minutes. The other day he was just babbling and then counted to 10 in Spanish. Tonight he joined in our nightly game of Zingo. And won…and we didn’t let him win. Well, alrighty then.

I think this is a couple of things. a) being a little brother b) just being intelligent c) montessori. His 2 yr old class is noted as the most montessori at SAS. Almost jokingly so. Mrs Maria and Mrs Dana are miracle workers. Every day we go to pick him up, he is usually sitting on the floor with some activity (puzzles, manipulatables, blocks). The minute he sees us, he says “MOMMY!” and then proceeds to excitedly clean up. Everything. Roll up his little mat. Put his things in the baskets. All of it. Just pure routine. It is like watching a cartoon where the characters just magically clean up things.


They are true bros. There is snuggling and super heroes and rolling down hills in the grass and chase and light sabers and hide and go seek. They are learning to help each other. They share (most of the time). I’ve caught Landon drawing things Ollie asks and Ollie bringing Landon toys. Then the next minute they are fighting. They say ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’. Landon helped him even pull down his pants to pee outside one day. With pointers and everything.

They LOVE to wrestle though. Just rough as they can get until someone ultimately hurts themselves. It’s so predictable. Ollie will run like a wild boar at Landon and knock him over. It’s…something.

All About That Beans


  • Jake & the Neverland Pirates
  • Pikachu (he will crawl and go “pika pika pika pika pika….CHUUUUUU”)
  • Milk…so much milk
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Black Widow by Iggy Azalea
  • His crocs
  • His brother


  • Diapers
  • Not getting picked up
  • Water instead of milk
  • Socks at night
  • Not being first
  • Someone taking his nose
  • His brother

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About 2 years ago, while delaying with my hobo, I binge watched food documentaries. I learned a lot. Ever since, I watch more of what I eat. We eat way more vegetables. We choose simple lean meats for the majority of our meals. Progress!

I watched quite a few of these. Even some all about the sugar industry. Yikes. I am trying to find Fed Up in a Red Box currently but I think I already know. WE ALL EAT WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR. Unlike some of the other things people find intolerances and allergies too (gluten, dairy, soy, etc), sugar is in freaking everything. It’s not cutting back on the knowns of soda and cake…it’s ketchup…salad dressing…bread. Here is my coworker Kelly to tell you more about Hidden Sugar!

Note Kelly blogs for our company blog about nutrition. There are some great reads on there. I’m not just saying that because I work with the blogging program, promise.  There is even a recipe for homemade ketchup!

10 Day Sugar Challenge

Around the end of last year, the Whole 30(no dairy, no grains, no sugar, no soy, no legumes, etc.) buzz started. We saw people making dramatic changes to their diets and they were feeling amazing. By doing drastic food elimination, people were finding drastic things that they had no idea. This wasn’t fitting into jeans better. This was sleeping better. Chronic pain gone. SO MUCH ENERGY. Skin issues disappeared. Those people are now on the hunt to figure out which food is their trigger but they KNOW.

I watched all this with fascination. A lot of folks writing about it approached it from a “do you constantly feel tired? do you struggle to get out of bed? do you have chronic pain?” informercial type stance. I have to say no to all those things actually. I actually seem to have a lot of energy relative to other mother’s of 2 young children. But that doesn’t mean I don’t need to look at my eating habits. So in December our healthcare center here at work put out a registration for a 10 day sugar free challenge. The basic rules are:

  • No added sugar for 10 days ( no sweeteners*. Real or fake)
  • Only 2 servings of fruit max
  • *You are allowed a small allotment of sugar for honey or maple syrup only

To go along with it, our cafes will be offering more “no sugar added” foods every day for lunch (one entree, soup, sides, etc). So if all else fails I can just get takeout from work for dinner :)

So Kevin and I embarked on it this morning for 10 days of less sugar (the kids will get less by proxy). We have already been pregaming, if you will, this month. Eggs and fruit at breakfast. Kevin has cut back on sodas and candy. I’ve steered my snacking to nuts, popcorn and some dried fruit bars. I think we will be alright. I am curious to see how we feel in 10 days but even more excited to see us engrain some new staples in the routine to lower our sugar overall.

So this weekend I went shopping for the week like usual and found I could just skip entire aisles. I am going to live off sweet potatoes, avocados, kale and popcorn.  And with that, I give you week 1 of dinners for sugar free week!

Week1BTW I got a noodler the other weekend at Bed Bath and Beyond (remember those coupons don’t really expire!) and I am LOVING zoodles(zucchini noodles). I really could care less about spaghetti noodles and I can get a giant plate of them for like 80 calories. I also used it to shred sweet potatoes and made myself some great sweet potato hash-browns with just a touch of cinnamon!

P.S. I am really being tested out the gate as I woke up on day one with a scratchy throat and I can’t have cough drops. So whiskey, it is. Sorry, boss lady. JK



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