Hey Babe!

Two boys are fighting over me. Yes, this almost-30-year-old has two very cute guys vying for her attention. You’re probably looking for advice on how to become this sought after. Let me tell you my secrets. It must be those greys sprouting up & my new reliance on hair dye. Maybe it’s my less-than-toned tummy, or the fact that yoga pants, sports bras, t-shirts, and pony tails are oh so irresistible! Perhaps, though, it’s the fact that I’m a youngish wife to a man who drools at the drop of cake batter and newish mother to a sweet toddler boy.

Yes, I’m currently raising a tiny mama’s boy.

A very jealous mama’s boy.

On any given morning, Mr. C will leave for work before me, giving me a goodbye kiss on his way out. Normal? Yes. A disaster waiting to happen? You bet. Baby C grabs my legs mid-smooch and pleads, “mommy up?” As soon as I give in, I get a toddler hug & smooch. This is a double win for me, and a twinge of sadness for Mr. C, as a toddler hug and kiss for him takes more coaxing.

A typical Saturday morning means a coffee date on the couch while the little guy plays at our feet. It really sounds like a sweet scene, doesn’t it? In all actuality, this scene involves hand grabbing, (as if Mr. C should even try to hold the hand of Baby C’s true love!) pulling, and pleading of “peeeeaaaaassse Mommy pwwwaaay!” Do I give in? Usually. Who can really resist that sweet voice? Poor Mr. C.

In addition, we constantly hear, “no! Mommy do it!” This mommy can do anything and everything in Baby C’s eyes and Daddy, well, I guess he’ll do if I’m not around. Again, poor Mr. C.

If Mr. Cupcake ever needs an ego boost, however, he just needs to remember that our son mimics his every move. He is watching, listening, and studying how to be a great man, just like his father. And what an amazing example he has. In fact, thanks to his daddy, Baby C has recently starting practicing his pick up lines on me. Ladies and gentlemen, your daughters are in trouble.

BabyCakes-a-Saurus

My toddler has a slight obsession sorry, an infatuation with anything dinosaur related.  It all started when he was given the book, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolan, for his 1st birthday.  This book is cute and fun to read.  So fun, in fact, that we read it every.single.night.  Mr. C and I have even been known to do a duet-recitation of the ever popular children’s book when dealing with a fussy toddler in the car.  The obsession, however, does not stop there.

Baby Cakes thinks that dinosaurs have a raspy, growly voice.  We’re not all that sure where this started, but you can ask him “how does a dinosaur say ______” and he will repeat whatever has been requested in his little growl.  It’s been an extremely fun party trick, especially when we decide to ask him how a dinosaur says random words such as “spatula” and “ladle”.  Our friends and family giggle when they get him to say their name in the famous dino voice.

We love our little dino so much, that we thought it appropriate to purchase a new winter hat, courtesy of the Etsy shop, Mrs. PTB Makes.  These hats are customizable by color, and she even has other animals to choose from.  Our little dino loves his hat, and loves seeing himself on video.  Here is his latest “flick”.  Enjoy!

An 18 Month Brag Post

 

Baby Cakes is now 18 months old.  A whole year-and-a-half!  Baby Cakes has always had huge personality, but now Mr. C and I are truly seeing the comic, the scholar,  the sweetheart, and the rambunctious spirit come out in the boy that we have spent the past 18 months (well, 27, really!) getting to know.

I don’t know when kids are supposed to show their sense of humor, but BabyC has his stand up routine down pat.  He has a signature “Dinosaur Voice” in which he will repeat anything you say in a low, gravely growl, as long as you ask, “How does a dinosaur say ____?”  Of course, this is the funniest thing in the world to him, so he always has to throw his head back to force out his toddler cackle.

Our little 18 month scholar is learning letters and building his vocabulary.  People have asked me how many words he knows, and honestly, it would take a long time to create that long list, and I’m sure some words would get left off. Recently, I purchased magnetic letters for the fridge.  He immediately took to them, started pulling them off one-by-one and to my surprise, he was naming them (correctly!).  Thank you Cookie Monster, for your letter of the day.  You have truly made my child a literary genius.

Baby C has turned into such a little person, with his own opinions, style, and sense of humor.  We can’t eat one meal without requests of “ah-deh?” (that’s Adele for those non-toddler speakers) and “dancey?” as Rumor Has It blasts in our kitchen.  Everything is a show while Baby C is on the go, yet I live for those moments when he winding down for the night.  He will fake “ni night” and snuggle up close with his “B” (his little lovey blanket).   Being a mom of a little boy is such an immense joy.  I can’t wait to see all of ways BabyC will continue to amaze us as he is over the  hump and on his way to a big 2 year old.

 

Another Toddler (and Daddy) Tasty: Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

As my summer time at home is winding down, I thought I’d make some treats for the few “Daddy Daycare” days that we have coming up.  Here you have Strawberry Shortcake Muffins — Dashing Dish.  These were very easy to make and require only a few simple ingredients.  The only things that I had to go out and buy were the fresh strawberries and old fashioned oats.

Stirring in strawberries after blending ingredients

Fresh out of the oven

Yum!

BabyCakes approved!

Messy, Messy (A Ziti Post)

Every week, I try to make one dish that will last for many lunches and those lonely dinners when Mr. C is in class.  This particular ziti dish  from Better Homes and Gardens has been a big hit in our house with both of my favorite guys.  In fact, Baby C was under the weather this weekend, and  is also getting those terrible, horrible, no good molars that I have been dreading.  Let’s just say, his appetite was non-existent and this meal changed it all.  If you know how sad I get about the tiny state of my under-10th-percentile child, you know that this was a huge win on my part!

This meal is also going to be a lifesaver for the ever-approaching hectic days where both Mr. Cupcake and I are working full-time.  I’m also thinking it could be a good staple for some families I know with babies due any day now!  Who doesn’t like food dumped on their doorstep?

In somewhat related news, Baby Cakes has been starting to mimic.  It’s actually a hilarious stage, but we have to REALLY start….seriously, I mean it this time, watching what we say.  Apparently I complain a lot about things being messy.  I didn’t know I used that word so much, until one day he approached me with a towel and said, “Messy, messy.  Face? Hands?” and proceeded to wipe me in the proper places.  Enjoy this little clip of Baby C eating his ziti.

and no, the nose picking is not something that he is mimicking, at least not from me!

Toddler Tasties

 

I have been attempting to meal plan each week and in this plan, I try to include something that I can make in bulk that not only we can eat for dinner, but that I can have on hand for Baby Cakes to eat whether he’s with me or off to his nanny.   The old Mrs. C would have baked up some bland chicken breasts or broken into the frozen stash of emergency (why-did-I-even-buy-these) chicken nuggets.

Two recent hits were these turkey pesto meatballs (recipe calls for chicken, but I had ground turkey and it was delish!) and homemade chicken nuggets from Skinny taste.  Like most toddlers, Baby Cakes is Mr. Independent and wants to hold and bite his own food, so both of these options are perfect for his little hands!

Skinny Taste nuggets, perfect for toddler hands

Enjoying the pesto meatballs

“Oooohhhhhh” “mmmmmmm!”

Baby Cakes is a very expressive eater (like his daddy) so we always know when he is enjoying something.  These recipes will definitely be repeats!  If you have any other faves that you make for your toddler, send them my way, thanks!

 

The Cheese Chef

There are a few obsessions in the Cupcake household these days, especially by the littlest member.  When a toddler is infatuated with something, you listen, or pay the price.  One huge obsession: cheese.  As soon as that refrigerator door opens, and you hear that sweet pitter patter LOUD thump, thump, thump, you should be prepared to give into the pleas of “CHEEEESE!” or else…

Baby Cakes is also very interested in cooking, or rather, interested in mommy when she’s cooking.  In the past, this has been my excuse not to cook anything complicated, but remember that new leaf i’m trying to turn?  Last night, I had an AHA moment, as my cling-on was getting dangerously close to the stove and oven.  Combining two things that this little man loves: cheese and cooking (or watching his mama cook), I put him to work and gave him a little snack while I was at it.

 

I know, this is probably not rocket science, but finding ways to entertain a toddler so that you can actually complete simple tasks, can make you feel like a genius.  If anyone has other suggestions to keep a highly energetic, mobile, lightening fast, 16 month old occupied, let me know!