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!
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.
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
When BabyCakes was 6 months old, I swore that was the best age ever. Then he hit 9 months, and I was blown away by the huge personality that was making its presence known more and more. Now that he is almost 17 months, I can honestly say that this toddler stage is amazing. He is still my cuddly baby boy, but the pace at which he is learning language and motor skills blows me away. Mr. Cupcake comes home each afternoon and is shocked to hear the new words and phrases that Baby C can say. This past week alone, it was “tache you” (thank you), share?, and try? among others. Needless to say, communication in our house is getting easier by the day.
Today, however, the best word that comes out of that little mouth is “su-shine”. Maybe it’s the way that his voice quiets when he speaks it, maybe it’s the meaning behind it, or maybe it’s because we always have to use yellow chalk to draw the “su-shine” on our sidewalks. Whatever the reason, it’s my favorite and I will always cherish the way that he “sings along” to our song, You are my Su-shine, of course!
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
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!
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!