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Last week catch up


I hesitate to jinx myself with this claim, but I *think* it may finally be Spring?!?!?  We keep having moments of nice weather followed by insane downpours.  It’s unprecedented!  I grew up in the East Bay so I am familiar with these climates, and this year has broken the mold, and then once more over.  I need the rain and cold to stop already.  Anyway, I may be finally getting my wish.  At long last, the forecast shows only suns and no clouds for the week ahead.  Phew!

Bring on the park time!

I made extra bacon wrapped dates for the sole purpose of hoarding them for my kale salad lunches.

I promised my mom the Easter Bunny I would share this bar with Kyle (and I even waited until he was back from his business trips to open it!), but then I made him cookies instead so he said I could have it.  I promise.  It was very rich and paired PERRRRFECTLY with candied ginger.

So I may have spoiled my kids when I bought this orange juicer the other day.

I wanted one all last year and then the season ended and I forgot about it, but here we are again in the middle of my parents’ citrus tree explosion and I find myself cursing the lemon/lime juicer every time I try to make it work for an orange.  Then one day at Target I actually remembered that I wanted one and so I just bit the bullet and bought it for myself (for the record it’s very unlike me to do this – I would usually wait for a birthday and then ask Kyle to get it for me).  I was feeling equal parts proud and guilty for for treating myself to something so non-essential, but I’ve already used it 4 times in the first week since we’ve had it!  Namely, squeezing fresh juice for the kids to have in the morning with breakfast.

Yeah.  And now they are requesting it every morning. Eye roll.  It’s my own doing, I realize, but sheesh!!  I wish they had a clue as to how lucky they are.

I made us banana bread too.

I know I’m complaining, but it’s mostly in jest.  I’m actually pretty thrilled that they like such healthy food – it could be way worse!  And I like being in the kitchen, so it’s kinda a win win. 🙂

Breakfast: waffles

Lunch: kale salad

Dinner: gobble meal kit (sirloin steak with bearnaise sauce, roasted potatoes, and pan fried snap peas.

We had a tee ball game that kept us out late, so we ate dinner after we usually do.

Luckily I had planned out to have the gobble meal that night so even though the meat was made right before we got home, it was still very quick to prep.

Both kids LOVED the meat, and since I ordered 4 servings sizes, we had leftovers, too.  Yay!  The potatoes all got polished off no problem, because they were amazing.  But I only made 3 of the 4 cuts of meat, so I still have one filet left, as well as a whole meal’s worth of bearnaise (because I didn’t do dairy for the kids’ plates).  I’ve been testing my gut lately with dairy and it’s kinda hit and miss all over the place so I have no idea what’s going on.  I was thinking of doing a reset with my gut along the lines of the SIBO protocol, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.  I had told myself a while ago that I would wait until I was done nursing V before doing any antibiotics, but now here I am, months after weaning, and I still haven’t made any moves.  Still trying to decide if it’s worth it. Some days my gut is fine, so long as I generally stick to a low fodmap approach, and other days it’s a total mess.  And admittedly, I’m not watching my diet as well as I used to, so that may be the root of the issue, but I don’t know…it’s very tempting to see if an herbal antimicrobial may do the trick too.

Anyway, the bearnaise sauce was deeeelish and was pretty worth the minor symptoms that accompanied it.

Looks pretty gourmet huh!?

Ugh.  This kid and his sleep issues.  We are IN IT with him right now.  I can’t even talk more about it because it’s just too much.  Maybe if and when we come out the other side!?!!?  GAHHHH.

I think I skipped dinner this night! Baby steps!  But I am pretty sure I had dessert every night the rest of the week.

Waffles again (made a batch of three days’ worth) for brekkie.  And kale salad again for lunch.  I finished off the mac nuts (SHOOOOOOT I JUST GOT BACK FROM COSTCO AND FORGOT TO GET MORE) which were salty as all ^&%$ because it was the bottom of the barrel where all the best stuff lies.

We went to farmer’s market for dinner and I got the poke bowl from Zumapoke.  They have a brick and mortar downtown but their presence at market is new, and I was a fan. I got the sampler, which included the ahi poke, the spicy ahi poke, and the octopus poke.  The octopus was my fave!  I can’t recall if I’ve ever had octopus (probably on a dare from my dad of something!?) but I liked it.  There was a lot of rice, so – get this! – I shared it with the kids.  BOTH kids.  As in, my son with deadly food allergies, ate some food from a street vendor!!  To be fair, I checked that there was no dairy or peanuts in any of their menu items when I was ordering it, but still!!  He is doing SO WELL in oit it’s blowing my mind.  He now consumes 10 ml of whole milk twice a day.  Who would have ever thought…!!!

The kids ate a real dinner too, which I made and packed for them, between dancing to the music.

And after we got home and put them to bed we got our chocolate on, per usual.

I shredded zucchini and added it to their pancake batter and they liked it so much!  They didn’t even ask for butter on them!

I made the batter the same as I typically do otherwise with mashed bananas to sweeten it and eggs, oil, almond milk, whole wheat flour, salt and baking soda.

I had zucchini bread, which I had pulled from the freezer the night before.  It was the second loaf that I made the previous week that I forgot to add sweetener to.  So I added NuNaturals’ chocolate stevia syrup.  Yup.  I did that.  For breakfast.

Kale and avo and miso dressing.  I added an entire avo since I was out of nuts. Gotta get the fats in.

I had a bunch of these sweet plantain chips from TJs on the side.  I got them as a treat to bring to Fremont for oit snacking, but P didn’t really like them, so I claimed them as my own.  They are sweeter than the other TJs plantain chips, but not as salty and addictive.  I still managed to eat half the bag, but that’s better than the whole bag.  I got a delivery while they slept too. Have you guys ever heard of HYLETE?

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I got this shirt for free (!!), which I rocked while squeezing in a morning weight session before Friday OIT.   #HYLETEnation

Kyle had to be in Davis on Friday for work, so I went to my parents’ house with the kids per usual but he stayed home.  My mom made us a feast!  My sister came over too, and we all ate salmon, roasted potatoes, and veggies together.

The next morning she watched V while my big boy and I went to his appointment.

Here’s the end of my workout…crunching until I couldn’t do another.  The invex II bottoms have a thick waste band, but they don’t cut into your stomach at all.  It’s not high rise either (which most of my GapFit apparel is).  It’s truly a perfect fit and doesn’t have me pulling it up all workout long (which I find myself doing with my cheaper C9 gear).  I have my eye on the nimbus caprite next…

Off to Fremont!

This kid is such a trooper.  He definitely complains about the driving on the way home, but that’s the best you could hope for after tolerating 5 hours of people poking and prodding you over and over again…feeding you things you have been told to avoid your whole life…

We have been filling our time with the same old same old – books on cd (discman compliments of my hoarder parents keeping things from my youth), tracing and writing practice, crafts, plus one new and special little something.

This is from the Easter Bunny and it immediately went into the Fremont activity bag.

I really try to pack one EXTRA exciting thing – either a treat food I know he loves or a new book or activity – just so he has something super special that makes him forget about the task at hand.  I spend most of the time reading to him, playing with him, or feeding him, but I do get to dork around on my phone too in between psycho analyzing his health. Way more than I would at home, at least.  I do try to stay really present with him though, as tempting as it is to deep dive on the internet, because (a) it’s really our only time alone and (b) I have to keep a really close eye on him watching for early symptoms.

The time really flies by though.  And before I know it, he’s had his last dose, and we are waiting to get the all clear to hit the road.

To Whole Foods!  For our special lunch dates, followed by shopping trips with my list of items I can only get at my beloved grocer.  This time it was soy yogurt, salami, and daiya cheddar blocks. Can you believe I can’t find bulk tubs of non-dairy yogurt in Davis??  Moreover, all the salami (Columbus is local so that’s what every store carries) has nonfat dry milk powder in it.  Not applegate though!  That’s his favorite, so this time I bought it for him to enjoy right then and there.

Which he did, with a tortilla sun butter and jelly that I brought for him too.

I pack soooo many snacks for him to eat at the clinic because you really have to pad your stomach for the allergens.  It’s always a super snacky morning for him that I like he doesn’t get a proper meal until dinner that night.  At least the salami was some major protein and fat.  After apple sauce, bananas, cereal, etc. he needed something real.

I got a very random meal!  Not the slaw part – that’s 100% my scene and I’m pretty sure I got it last week too.  The deviled eggs though. They were delicious!  And if you asked me the last time I had a deviled egg I may say 4th grade.

We made it back to Davis in decent time.  P slept half the way, but still whined about the trip being too long for the remaining hour (I don’t blame him, we hit some traffic and it wasn’t fun).  V also cried on and off (mostly on) for much of the drive home.  So that was fun.  Not.

But Kyle got off work early and I had already made potato salad and so he grilled us hot dogs while we all played in the yard together.

Strawberries taking off.

More applegate love.

I roasted green beans too.

This potato salad was LEGIT.  Probably because I made it Thursday before we left town so it had a whole 24 hours post marriage to get all flavor things going on.

Poor dude had a ROUGH night.

After his dose he started feeling bad fairly immediately.  He got congested and complained of a stomach ache and had one single wheal appear on his arm.  I gave him an antihistamine, an inhaler, and a topical steroid and then stayed with him while he got better.  It took a bit for him to calm down but finally he was relaxed and then eventually asymptomatic.  Unfortunately he never got fully to sleep and woke up a bit later and continued his anti-sleeping-four-year-old-regression-that-makes-his-parents-lose-their-minds for the rest of the night…until 5 am, when he finally went to bed in his bed. W. T. F. Makes you lose your mind.

Chocolate helps.

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Easter weekend

Why not start off with chocolate?

This dessert plate has Lily’s crispy rice chocolate bar, TJs chai almond chocolate bar, TJs golden spiced chocolate bar, and TJs firecracker bar. I had odds and ends to finish off so I just took care of business.

I didn’t take a pic of either the banana bread I made, but that’s because the banana bread was for my man so I packed it up in his lunches.  And this was the only shot I got of the zucchini bread I made (for myself), because I’ve had a hard time plating my breakfasts lately.

I went back to the cashew butter, after a brief foray with the mixed nut butter jar.  The rest of the days I ate this, I just unrolled it from the tin foil and stabbed it with a fork quickly until my stomach was set (or we had to run out the door).

I meant to show you this brilliant technique that we did at V’s school!  Ziplock bags with dye! Then you add a hard boiled egg…voila!  No mess 🙂

Doesn’t everyone dye eggs in fairy wings, ballet skirts, and pearls?


Plus an obscene amount of mac nuts on top of these.  I think I overdid it this time.  I always think that though…and then I find myself hungry by dinner time so obviously it’s all an ok amount, right?

Dinner at my parents’ house – because errrryone loves a taco bar.

I made mine nacho-y with chips, and accidentally made my kids’ tacos bigger than their heads. Oops!  They didn’t really mind.

The next morning was oit.  I went on a run and came back to a fully awake household.  A few hours after the end of each oit session I feel like I finally exhale, and that’s when I realize I am so stressed and tense throughout the process. I know it’s not healthy for me to do that, but it’s obviously subconscious.  Anyway, I know that sweating in the morning helps me.  P is such a champ during the appointments, and I’m sure it’s hard for him.  But he’s also young enough that he doesn’t totally get the significance of what he’s doing.  Or the danger.  But I take all that on.  I know the risks and I watch him like a hawk, analyzing every little sneeze, eye rub, ear scratch, etc.

Before we headed to Fremont they opened Easter presents from my parents.  Cars band-aids and Larabars for the win.

Dosing it up.

We had a little hiccup, but not a set back.  As always the clinic was cautious and played it safe before forging ahead.

Now we are up to > 1 tsp whole milk twice a day!  Can you even believe it!?!?! Trying not to get too ahead of myself.  Baby steps.

Celebrated with a burrito (that I made and packed from yesterday’s leftovers) and whole foods hot bar for me!  I got miso lime tofu and pulled pork with cole slaw, but the pork was so bland. I wish I’d only gotten the tofu.  It was salty and delicious.

Back at my parents’ house we waited for V to wake up and picked some oranges.

My padres sent us home with SO MANY oranges.  V is doing her best to finish them all in as little time as possible!  This girl is a citrus fiend.  All she wants for breakfast, lunch and dinner are oranges.

We had leftovers for dinner…which resulted in a major fridge clean out.  I love that!  I love it when all the small portions get finished off.

Our Saturday was so crazy packed.  We had two birthday parties and a tee ball game.  Kinda much for a 2 and 4 year old, but what can you do??

The first party had a bounce house, so they were exhausted for the day by 11 am.  Ruh roh.

We had to leave early to get to the Rockies tee ball game on time, which V was bummed about. But she was pretty ok with it all once she found out the party bag had animal crackers.  I let her have them during the game because it’s a holiday weekend so she can have a treat.  I swear I’m not a total tight a$$ of a mom, but I really try to avoid processed snacks.  They love fruit, so why give them anything else?  Anyway, I’m finding it harder and harder to dodge these days with all their group/team activities.  Now don’t get me wrong, we are in Davis, so the things parents are bringing are far from offensive…but…ugh…I don’t think this is worth my time and energy to stress about..??  But if there’s one thing this food blog should emphasize, it is that food is really super important to me!!!  Ok, don’t think I’m a freak for this.  I just love my kids and want the best for them, like every other parent.  So if I want to worry about the non organic wheat and soy crackers my daughter is eating then nobody can stop me.  🙂

This is a good look no?

Aaaaand more mac nuts. One of these days I will figure out a proper serving size for them, but until then I will continue to serve myself a normal portion followed by heaps more once the salad is gone.

Hop hop hop!

Party number two of the day was at gymnastics.

Followed by an egg hunt at the park.

P was starting to hit a wall at this point (duh!! he didn’t nap!!), but Kyle and I still decided to be extra ambitious and hit up Costco that evening.

I came up with this dinner last week and had been waiting to make it until I got a chance to try hazelnuts on P.  It’s hard to find good times to try things with him since I don’t want it to be around a time he will be sleeping, at an activity, away from me (at school), which leaves not many options. That said, I had his blood tested a while back for hazelnuts and it came back negative, so I wasn’t really thinking it would be an issue.  Still, it’s something I get a little anxious about. Anyway, no issues.


  • roasted sweet potatoes with avocado oil (new LOVE!) and salt
  • crushed roasted hazelnuts (SOOO many)
  • maple syrup + olive oil + apple cider vinegar
  • dried cranberries (I wanted roasted grapes but there aren’t organic ones available yet)
  • chickpeas (for the kids)
  • baby kale (for the adults)

Obviously kids and adults could have either or both, but I wasn’t in the mood for more fodmaps and lettuce sounded good.

I didn’t have dessert this night, but did drink some tea while watching a movie with Kyle.  We rented Hidden Figures from apple.  I am trying to sorta maybe a little kinda limit my chocolate eating to 4-5 times a week??  I’m not keeping track, but every other is a decent way to figure it out, and I knew for sure I was going to eat LOTS of Easter candy the next day.

Happy Easter!

Oh man are these three my favorites.

We started the day with an egg hunt, that lead them downstairs to baskets.  Since this was their second of three egg hunts, I made sure it was very low key.  And the baskets were just an excuse for them to get some gardening tools and seeds.  Now mama has helpers for our Spring gardening!  Thanks Easter bunny!!  😉

I made a triple batch of pancakes for breakfast, so we would have enough to get us to Tuesday. Then I hard boiled some (WHITE) eggs while Kyle got them dressed for church.

Family photo ops in front of the house as we loaded up in the car (it was sunny for the moment, so we had to capitalize).

Our neighbors took a family photo too, so don’t worry mom, I’ll send you that one.

After church (which had another egg hunt!) we dyed eggs.

And then they ate 6 (!!) for lunch.

I don’t blame them though, because I made 7 minute eggs and the yolks were perfectly creamy and soft inside. Gooey yolk porn, for sure.

I had some on my salad because they looked heavenly.

The Easter bunny knows the way to my <3  A whole box of Scotchmallows!!!!

First attempt at roasting ham was a major success.

I roasted green beans too.

Check it out!

I basted it with glaze to take it over the top, and the kids couldn’t get enough of it.  No shock right? Since it’s basically bacon…  And there are mega leftovers, which I have already used to make a quiche.  Oh and I realized I should probably do something with the hock (that’s what the bone is called right?) so I added it to the crock pot with a bunch of water and some chopped celery and bay leaves that night.  And then the next day went to get a pound of white beans to cook in that ham liquid.  I hardly need to go grocery shopping this week since I have gobble meals arriving tomorrow!

I had a major brain fart while baking zucchini bread and forgot to add sweetener…and then realized my mistake after pouring it in the pan.  So I quickly sprinkled some NuNaturals stevia on top hoping for the best.  One loaf had chocolate chips in it, so that could be enough I guess, but the other loaf was plain.

Oh hey there massive loaf.  I can’t wait to eat you in the morning.

Family band jam sesh after dinner.  The usual.  These days I have to kinda remind him to tone it down since he isn’t supposed to do anything too active after his dose, but man is that hard for a 4 year old.

I had seconds after this because it’s Easter and that’s all I have to say to justify it.

A little lazy

I have had a doozy of a week.  Parenting is hard, yo.

I feel like I’ve been cutting a few corners in the kitchen as a result.  It’s sink or swim and in order to stay afloat I’m enlisting the help of the middle aisles in the grocery stores.  And home delivery meal kit services.

Ok, first off, I got this coconut yogurt at WF last weekend.

It’s plain, but still tastes sweet enough.  You can’t find bulk non-dairy yogurt here in Davis anymore, so I have lists of WF things for my weekly Fremont trips (the WF is across the street from the oit clinic).  I also got bulk bin candied ginger. Anyway, I don’t think I’ve given them cereal for breakfast more than 3 times in their lives, but if ever there were a time, this past week was it.

And if you add nuts and seeds and fruit (along with the cereal) it isn’t a total sugar bomb.  They ate this a few times this week.

I can’t find Earth Balance’s vegan mac ‘n cheese here in Davis either (I used to get it at WF – how sick are you of my whining about not having a WF in town anymore?!?!).  I got Annie’s only vegan options at Nugget and the kids love it!

I was nervous at first because I wasn’t sure how good pumpkin and sweet potato are at mimicking cheese, but they were into it, so yay!

I added frozen peas and boom – lunches are served.  I made real meals for the rest of the week, but it was definitely a relief to have this as a pinch hitter for a few days.

Heaping on the kale per usual, only swapping in smoked salmon for mac nuts for a few days.

Still can’t resist those salty nuts though…

Here’s how quiet time has been going.

That’s his cd player he’s cuddled up next to…

Gobble meal kit numero dos!  Maple balsamic pork with sauteed pears, prunes and butternut squash risotto.

The portions are really quite generous.  I gave the kids some of the meat, pears and prunes, and still had plenty.  The risotto had dairy so none for P, but I actually ate some and it was reallllllly good.  Hashtag worth it.

I made it pretty quickly, too, although not quite in under 10 minutes.  That’s hardly any time!  And I’m fast in the kitchen, so I don’t know who could possibly be doing things that fast.

But guys this was so GOOD!!

I really have nothing but good things to say about gobble and I wish we could afford to keep it in our budget, but alas, it’s going to have to be reserved for weeks that I need a break. It’s super awesome because I still get to cook and the recipes are amazing and we eat cool new exciting stuff that I get to pretend I kinda made.

Dessert followed by hours of dealing with my new non-sleeper.

A new day, a new attempt at patient parenting.  😉  And a banana muffin eaten in haste as we attempt to get to open gym on time.  As I loaded the kids in the car, P said “I’m sorry you didn’t get to eat breakfast mama, but you can have lunch and dinner.”  Sooooo close to being sweet.

I made a few loaves of banana bread on Sunday (for a friend who recently had a baby), and the batter had enough extra for a couple of muffins.  I’m really glad I didn’t freeze them for later because they were perfect to stuff in my mouth on the run!

Arts and crafts, library fun, and park play…all in a rainy day’s work.

Thanks goodness we got a peak of sun that evening.

Lately he has been trying to come up with recipes and I’ve been so impressed with them!  For lunch this day, he came up with wild rice, dates, sunflower seeds, and turkey. Not bad right?  We had been brainstorming during breakfast and they both agreed lunch had to include dates…so I asked him what else and he pretty much came up with the rest on his own!  Full disclosure: he wanted wild rice and quinoa but I told him to pick one or the other.

I put wild rice in the rice cooker then and there and so the rest came together in no time. Both kids loved it, too.

From the left to the right in a cool 10 minutes thanks to gobble.

Ok, so it actually took longer, like it always has, but I divided up the work this time.  Gobble seems to rely on a microwave for at least one step per recipe – usually steaming something that’s already been par-cooked.  Anyway, I don’t mind since I have a bunch of glass mixing bowls.  So during nap time I just got everything ready to assemble into bowls later that night.

I love that the produce has so clearly been recently picked (locally), because it is fresh and crunchy and usually still has a little dirt on it. Like that cute little romaine!

This was actually a tricky night because we had Pattycakes’ open house from 6-730 (aka when they are eating dinner and then going to bed).  Moreover, it was preceded by his swim class at 5. Soooo, I decided to go unconventional and bring dinner to swim class!

Look at her!  I went to the front desk to pay, leaving them in the play area before his class started. For. Literally. A. Minute.  And in that time she swooped on his goggles and put them on, while doing puzzles. Hilarious.

After his lesson, I got him dried up and dressed and then fed them sweet potatoes, turkey patties (I made a bunch in bulk during nap time – and froze the rest), and green beans. I brought his milk dose too, so once he was good to go, we walked next door to his school.  🙂

He was such a proud big brother strutting in with her hand! And as you can tell, she was on the same level with her excitement.

Which only grew once she found out she could play with all his school stuff AND have a cupcake.

This little one…

Kyle met us there and we stayed until each kid was 90% melted down, and then I got to drive them both home…yay!  Kyle met me back home though, and as soon as we got them in bed, I served us up.

The real reason I have been liking the gooble dishes is the sauces and dressings that go on them. Because obviously I could make a Mexican bowl just fine on my own. But the chipotle ranch dressing and cotija cheese takes it over the edge into MEGA yum territory.  And the sauce don’t have fillers and crap that you’d buy in pre-made stuff at the store, so it’s still home-made but just not by me.  I find that to be the most important distinction between gobble and other delivery food prep kits.  The sauces and dressings are already made for you.  So you can cook the protein and chop veggies and all that, but then it gets elevated to fancy pants when you add the sauce.

This was heavenly and I went balls to the wall on it, knowing I wasn’t going to have dessert that night (because we were eating kinda late).  I had chips too, and it was fabulous.

I would eat this 10 times again this next week and if I could buy the chipotle ranch dressing I would get that as well.

Sadly gobble doesn’t post their recipes (just the ingredient list) online.  I wrote them and asked for the recipe though, so we will see if they get back to me.

See, look!?  I just ordered more meals for next week!  (Kyle’s out of town again)

Zucchini bread and moon juice for my breakfast. The vanilla fig fix was SOO insanely sweet I couldn’t even stand it.  I added it to a cup with 4 parts plain almond milk to drown out the pucker inducing sweet situation.  I have a major sweet tooth, so for me to say this is big.  It was very figgy, though, which I appreciated.  But definitely too sweet.

Pancakes and strawberries for the wee ones.

They like using the teeny tiny ones I make as eyes for pancake faces 🙂

Easter prep fail because brown eggs?????  They ended up working ok, but I’ll have to go get white ones before I do it with both kids on Sunday (I did some with V at her school already).

More lazy corners being cut with prepared pizza dough.

Vicolo and Simple Mills because I like both and couldn’t decide which I wanted more.

P has been my nap time cooking buddy so he did the marinara, cheese and topping portion of this meal.

[He didn’t do Kyle’s cow milk pizza]

First time in the side by side seat cart at Target and they were loving every second of it.  I loved this book from the children’s section.  Well done! And speaking of the Supreme Court, when will more of my favorite podcast episodes be returning (if you haven’t heard More Perfect, it’s awesome).

Set my oven to cook these bad boys while we were gone at t-ball practice….and came home to a really good smelling casa.

This meal was also Pacman’s idea.  Did I already mention that?  He wanted bell peppers and day cheese.  And next time he said mushrooms and pepperoni.  I think pizza night could be a regular thing because of what a hit it is.  How typical of us.  Family pizza night.

My portion.  Round one.

I saved a few slices for lunch leftovers.

Yes!  Recommend.  Yes.

Waiting room…

Turns out he has 20/20 and all is fine.  Phew!  Not that there’s anything wrong with glasses, but it’s still hard to hear about ways your child isn’t 100% healthy…

He was so interested in every different tool and machine, and the MD was patient and awesome and answered every question and talked with him forever.  He was quite smitten with my little guy and appreciated how well behaved he was.  Silver lining to OIT?  P is a champ with medical staff and procedures.

I had this waiting for us at home, which P helped conceptualize and cook. He actually came up with most of the dish.  I had bought sausage at the store, which he knew, so he requested that in a meal.  So then I asked what else we should put it with.  He said “quinoa and lettuce, maybe kale?” so I said done and done.  Looks like he’s caught on to my lazy formula of green + grain + protein.  It was dreary and rainy all morning so this was my quickie back up to farmer’s market.  When will the weather finally get warm!  It was in the 40s and rainy AGAIN for most of this week.  Boo!  Hopefully Easter will be nice because I think the Easter Bunny has plans for an egg hunt  😉

OIT update

I just figured I should pop in and give an update.  OIT is going well…slow and steady…

The Thursday evening driving is not my favorite, but on the days he doesn’t have t-ball we can leave at a decent hour and so I don’t arrive at my parents’ house feeling like a scrambled egg.

I’ve given up on naps, but he still so clearly needs some mid day sleep since he passes out in the car anytime we drive somewhere after 3 pm.

On this particular day he fell asleep before we even left the garage.  While V was screaming her head off.

Which leads to…

Late middle of the night flashlight reading. Ugh.  We were at my parents’ house, and I was sharing a room with him (Kyle was out of town), so I was just like fine whatever read some books even though it’s 4 am.

My parents have been the most amazing grandparents ever…watching V on Fridays while I’m with P in Fremont.  It’s nice to have some QT with my big boy, too.

I got him a treat at Starbucks.

And then we got busy with crafts.  I feel like I could write a whole post on non-screen time activities to entertain a 4 year old.  I have been finding it far easier than I thought, to be honest.  I even forgot his headphones for his books on cds this past week (FAIL!) and still found the time flew by.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned ALEX products before on the blog, but if I haven’t here’s a link to the “little hands” crafts on amazon.  We have done almost every one (each set comes with 5) and P loves them SO MUCH.  I asked for them for Christmas this year and last year and they are so inexpensive, so we have a bunch that we fly through.  He begs to do them all the time.

This one took a while.

And despite his face in the photo, he was THRILLED when it was done.

Pistachios and connect four.  He doesn’t get connect four yet, but I suspect it’ll be no time before he is beating me.

Per the advice of OIT veterans, we know to keep his belly full any time he is being dosed, so I bring a ton of snacks for him.  I try to encourage him to eat fairly consistently over the course of the 4-5 hours we are there.  I also don’t dose him at home until he’s had most of his meal (breakfast for his am dose, and dinner for his pm dose).

I spy books from the library and vtech number games.

His first Highlights mag!  I remember getting these when I was little – I loved them so much!  My parents got him a subscription for his birthday 🙂

The activity I have been the most surprised about how much he has taken to it, is tracing. I showed off the Kumon books I got at Target a while back, and he is so into them!!

No idea if it’s doing anything for his writing skills, especially since I haven’t done much in terms of correcting his pencil hold (should I be?) but he really loves it and it passes the time in a productive way so that’s a win in many ways.

As of last week, he is currently tolerating 0.4 ml of whole milk.  It’s insane to watch.  This doesn’t mean he can have that amount whenever, but it does mean we are working our way towards maintenance.  He started with a 1/100 dilution of water and milk, so to see him advancing is amazing.  I’m a little worried about jinxing it with this post, but it’s out of my hands.  He’s been a stellar patient.  They alternate between a nurse doing an assessment and an aide taking vitals, so someone sees him every 15 minutes, but he handles it all like a champ.  The usually do 3-4 up-doses per appointment followed by an hour of waiting just to be extra cautious. And at the end, we get to have a date at WF.  While I watch him like a hawk (for the rest of the day).

He wanted to try the lemon flavor larabar and I was realllllly skeptical that he’d like it, but he insisted and so I succumbed (it’s healthy, so I didn’t really mind that much) and guess what?!  He loved it.  Moral of the story: trust his taste buds.

Look at my hot bar score!

They (rudely) listed the calorie count for the veggie potstickers right on the label, so I put a few back…each one was 360 calories?!?!  What the what!?!  Is that normal??

They were really dang good though, as was the zucchini.  I love zucchini, but I don’t get enough because someeeeeeebody in our family doesn’t like them.  🙂

P fell asleep on the way back to my parents’ house and didn’t wake up when I stopped the car so I just loaded V up quickly and set back off to Davis.  It was not ideal with the Friday evening traffic – everyone trying to get to Tahoe – but we powered on.  Books on cd, snacks, facetime with Kyle, and more books…and finally home sweet home!

They played in the toy room so nicely while I made dinner.  It’s like they were so happy to hang out with each other after being apart that morning…

I made tacos because it’s an obvious win.  And without Kyle, I needed all the help I could in facilitating an agreeable evening.

Sleep that night was, in a word, hideous.  This was the beginning of a very very troublesome phase, that I didn’t know was only going to get worse and worse…I’ve been troubleshooting but BLAG^&(LDKJN)(*&D(*#^( I can’t talk about anymore.

She was unaffected, obviously. Lucky girl.

LA LA land, day 5

Alternate title: We took the kids to DISNEYLAND!!!!!

I don’t know what to say that can adequately describe the magic of this day.

I packed a bunch of food for the kids, including muffins for breakfast, and both of Pattycakes’ OIT doses in a mini cooler.  We asked vendors for ice a couple times over the course of the day to keep it chilled, which worked out nicely.  I think I saved a decent amount of money by bringing so many bars and such, but we also bought plenty of fresh stuff throughout the day.

Kyle and I didn’t eat anything until we got to the park, so we made our way to the Starbucks on Main Street as quickly as possible once we arrived (after meeting Pluto, of course). I think the Starbucks staff at Disneyland is the best of the best.  I say that as an experienced ‘bux customer.  😉 I can tell when someone understands my order, and when someone is going to mess it up.  This lady knew her stuff and I could tell it was going to be made right.  And it was.  Boom.  Automatic points for Disney.  Side note: why is decaf SO HARD for normal Starbucks employees. It’s not like I’m asking for anything complicated, but it literally gets made wrong 75% of the time.

Watching the clock at “It’s A Small World”.

My parents spent the weekend in LA just to join the kids in their Disneyland debut.  It was so special sharing the day with them…and invaluable having so many extra sets of hands to help.

P spotted the kale (in Goofy’s garden) and asked me if he could have some so I said sure.  Next thing I knew, he and V were downing lettuce.  Free greens?!  Why not!?

I didn’t have much for breakfast, so I dug into this soft pretzel as a morning snack. Mmmmm…mickey pretzels!!  They’re vegan fyi.

P on his first roller coaster (!!!!) which he insisted on going on.  Kyle and I were very skeptical, but decided to take his lead, and he was pretty adamant, and….yeah, he liked it!  I did too, because I like roller coasters, but I never thought he would. So awesome.  My parents were with V while we did that, so afterwards we met back up with them.

With the Fairy Godmother.


For lunch, we went to Plaza Inn.  I had done research beforehand, and knew which restaurants had allergy friendly menus.  The park has an app which is super helpful btw – not just for the restaurant scene, but for ride waiting times, locating characters, etc.  Anyway.  We went to Plaza Inn, and I asked to speak to someone about the allergy friendly menu.  A spoke to a woman for a while (she gave me menus which we went over together) and she got me the chef just to reassure me further.  I felt pretty confident about their knowledge and after watching the service for a bit I trusted the way they served and how they avoided cross contamination.  So I ordered both kids the baked chicken leg and rice.

The kids’ meals come with water or juice and a squeeze pack of applesauce.  All for $6.99!  Not bad at all! I got both kids the same thing so they could share without risk of contamination.  When I ordered they had a special note pad that noted the allergy and they prepared it in a separate section of the restaurant from the normal buffet line.  Ordinarily they don’t use note pads to take orders (it’s not a waiter place) so I knew this was all a very calculated and systematic means of keeping people with allergies safe.  SO FANTASTIC!!  GO DISNEY!!

Here are the other allergy friendly menus, for anyone else to see.

As you guys know, I don’t trust anyone to cook for P.  The only restaurants he has eaten at in his whole life are Disney’s Breakfast with Mickey (a year ago) and Jamba Juice.  So this was huge.

They both enjoyed it and ate all the chicken, but I saved the extra rice and applesauce pouches for later that day.

I made the mistake of getting one orange juice and one water, thinking they could share both.  But obviously that didn’t happen and so I returned the water and they both got their own juice.  Whatever.  Everything is a treat at the land of magic.  Including juice!

Since you can get whatever you want, in whatever portion you want, I got one fried chicken breast and a salad.  It’s usually a Cobb salad, but I nixed the bleu cheese and asked for Italian dressing instead of ranch.  Done without batting an eye!  They toss it in front of you, and she must have known I was avoiding dairy since she grabbed a different bowl from the one she was using for everyone else’s (dairy-ified salads) to toss mine.

Watching him meet the characters was the cutest thing ever.  He was in awe in the sweetest most innocent way.  I was slightly worried that he wouldn’t know very many characters since he hasn’t seen any of the movies, but we have almost every Disney story on our bookshelf and while he has favorites that we read back to back to back to back, we have read all of them at least once, even the rare ones like Herbie the Lovebug and whatnot…and of course we check things out from the Davis library too. My worrying was for naught.  He was pointing out Tangled and The Princess and the Frog characters to me!  How does he remember this stuff!?!

He knows Toy Story pretty well because I got him the book on cd from the library a while back and he listened to it approximately 85 times.

V, on the other hand, only really knows the OG gang (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy…) but is super into them.  These are her favorite stories and we read them several times a day.

It was so hot out and I really wanted something sweet to treat myself that afternoon, so I got the new iced coconut mocha macchiato.  Have you guys tried it?  My sister had mentioned a while back that she had and liked it.  Whoa buddy was it every sweet!  I was watching as they added heaps of syrup – caramel and chocolate and who knows what else!!  It was decadent and I was happy as could be.

Thanks to the Disneyland app, we were good about keeping on top of the musical options.  The marching band captivated P.

And then later we watched Mickey’s Soundsational parade…just, wow.  Every character he could want to see, with live dancing and music!  His dream come true.  And mine to watch it all through his eyes.  V danced a bit too, before having a bit of a meltdown.  For a 2 year old she did great. And for skipping naps, they both hung on way longer than I thought they would.

We even made it to the 8:30 showing of the electrical parade!  V fell asleep halfway through, in my arms, which I didn’t mind one bit.  🙂

And as soon as it was done, P got in the stroller and passed out, too.

So we went to get chocolate candy and ice cream and heard the fireworks overhead as we left the park…completely exhausted but thrilled to no end about the day’s excitement.

Sadly the stroller did not get to accompany us back to the car, so we ended up hauling the kids for-eh-ver from the park to the bus to the lot to the car.  They slept in our arms the whole way, and then stayed asleep the whole ride back to Venice.  What a day!