Dylan has his first appointment with the dietician coming up soon!
I’m not entirely sure what to expect but if they can give us some advice on how to encourage him to move off this diet of toast, mince and rice crispies would be great!
I don’t have any concern about his weight really as he is pretty sturdiy and healthy looking boy, but eating a diet that is very minimal isn’t going to be the greatest for his inside.
We have to remember to do his food diary for three days before we go, but I’m pretty sure I could fill it in today and it would be right for then as we have tried everything we can think of to get him to eat other things!
To try and encourage him to have a more varied diet we have done from lots of messy play (which he really dislikes) too trying to sneak tiny bits in.. he spots it a mile off! At our first appointment with the CDC team we were told to do lots of messy play as your mouth is very closely linked to your hands with the feelings that they both feel.
We have persisted with the messy play, but he is still on dry pasta, sand and painting has recently been accepted but unfortunately that is about as far as he is willing to go at the moment. If we try him with things like shaving foam or anything even slightly goopy/sticky he will just leave the room and not come back in until it has been cleared away.
It’s hard work, but at least he eats something and isn’t wasting away.
Fortunately what he does like to eat is very healthy too.. though I’m not sure how long you can eat mince meat for dinner before it gets bad for you as I’m sure all that iron isn’t the greatest!
Have you any hints or tips to try and encourage him to eat a more varied diet?
Dylan has recently got extremely good at writing the letter A, generally with both hands at the same time! As soon as he goes into the back garden he is looking for the chalk and tries to ensure that ever single gate panel has an A on it.
Amellia loves it when he writes the letter A, as she says that he is looking for her when he is doing it. I adore the fact that she is starting to enter his world and accepting that he interacts in other ways, and I for one will not be telling her that he just has a huge love for the letter A and writing it and that it doesn’t mean this!
He can also write a few other letters, but A is in a strong first place at the moment, along with his favourite colour; brown.
We all went to the park the other day and had such a lovely time, Dylan had me going down the slide and climbing up on the cargo net so that I could help him, well by help, he was clung to me like a limpet.. it made manoeuvering him to the slide pretty difficult but with daddy close by we made it safely!
We then went on the swing basket, after a while I told Adrian that it was his turn!
Look at this beautiful capture I got! I love it!
Amellia snuggling into him with the most beautiful smile while she held his hand and him accepting it, Dylan playing with her hair and daddy with them both safely beside him with the most loving & happy smile on his face!
Perfection, the three most important people to me, all having a lovey time together and I have this wonderful snap to look back at and smile!
Though I must say I’m pretty jealous he didn’t snap a picture of me with the pair of them.. but he is a man, this is why woman take selfies, otherwise they wouldn’t be in any pictures with their kids! lol!
Recently my lovely friend who I went to visit in Newcastle recently that I told you guys about here, came over to visit her family and to see me and my wonderful two!
It was a lovely surprise, as she had told me before that she was over but I had completely forgotten what date we were at with Amellia being off school the days seem to all just merge into one!
When she messaged me the day before asking me what I was up too, I had to hold in the excited squeals and stop myself from jumping about so that Amellia didn't ask what was happening! I decided not to tell Amellia so that it would be a big surprise for her as she hadn't seen her in a long time and is always really excited to see her and enjoys talking to her on Skype!
We decided to head up to lovely park that is close to her mums house where she was staying, what we didn't know though was that it was rose week and they had a fair and everything going on! Thankfully we arrived early, so it was very quiet and we got parked easily and the park was quiet.
We went for a lovely walk and we spotted some really beautiful roses and had lots of fun pointing out the different colours! Louise & Amellia also both really enjoyed rolling down a hill together! (Can't believe I wasn't quick enough to grab a snap of it!)
Amellia enjoyed smelling all of the roses and other flowers around, though from this picture it looks like she is about to ingest this one! She really enjoyed seeing the flowers, and was really pleased and surprised whenever she knocked on the houses door and out came Louise!
We all headed over to the park for a little play after we had admired all of the flowers, had races and rolled down hills! It was great that Louise was with us as she went off with Amellia and I was able to follow Dylan about to ensure that he was safe and concentrate on taking him to where he enjoyed and could put him in his pram when it was all getting too much.
I placed him back in his pram after a little while of going over the bridge and down the slide over and over again, and headed off to find where Louise & Amellia were!
We then headed back to the pram, but some of the food stalls had opened so, Amellia got to have a lovely little lunch of a crepe followed by an Ice Cream that Louise treated her too! =]
When we got back to the car after enjoying a lovely lunch the place was starting to fill up and people had just abandoned there cars left, right and centre. I think we got there and left at a perfect time, as its never fun trying to relax and enjoy a walk if a place is full of people! As we then drove back towards Louise's mums house Dylan fell asleep in the car and Louise suggested that we stop off at a little park close by and she would take Amellia out for a play and I could sit in the car!
They seemed to have a lovely time and I rather enjoyed just chilling in my car reading my book knowing that Dylan was happily sleeping and Amellia was off having a blast!
I can't wait to see her again and neither can Amellia!
Thank you Louise for a lovely day!
Dylan has been getting on really well recently!
I was really worried that with Amellia being off school that he would be overwhelmed by her being here all the time as she is a rather noisy and active little one and with his routine changing up with no early starts and leaving the house to take her to school etc but he has done wonderfully!
We have been trying to think of ways to let him know what is coming up, and what to expect during the day, with little to no verbal communication and very little and no understanding for what we are saying to him this was going to be a challenge. We first of all tried using PECS but he just had too much fun pulling them on and off the Velcro and even with actual pictures of the things he enjoys he couldn't link them, so we are thinking that when he is a little older these may work well. So what I decided to try next with him is to show him the actual item that we use for certain things, for example when he is given his much-loved bunnies he knows that it is bed time, and usually this works well and he will walk to the gate and wait for you to lift him up and do his night-time routine. Other times he just throws them away, but will generally still accept that it is time for bed. I am currently trying to teach him that when he sees a nappy it is time to lay down and get his bum changed, as he will be in nappies for a longer period of time than most children so when he is larger it will be a lot easier if he will lay down and not wiggle. This isn't going great, but we are getting there!
One of the things that he has really picked up on with a meaning though is the jingling of car keys and being shown them. When he hears you even more the car keys now he will generally jump up from what he is doing and go and stand by the gate and jump up & down and flap in excitement for what is going to happen next as we have been really working on making sure he enjoys whatever we are going out to do so that going out or the thought of going out isn't a stressful and upsetting thing for him. Unfortunately though this means even if I am trying to nip out by myself even if the keys make the slightest of noise he thinks he is coming with me and will be at the gate and then gets very upset by me leaving, though is generally quickly settled.
The other morning though he was a very cheeky little man! I had left my keys on the table and when we came down in the morning he found them sat on the sofa and started to show them to me and jingle them.. he got rather upset that it doesn't work both ways and that we couldn't go out at 6am! Even with his persistence jingling and running to the gate!
This though was fantastic as really showed to me that he knew exactly what it meant when he was shown the keys and heard their noise! Fantastic! It was doing exactly what we had intended and we had cracked some form of communication!
Now to try to keep going with the nappy one and he will hopefully pick up on that too!
We have been trying to teach Amellia how to ride her bike for the past few days, at the start I thought it was never going to happen! She couldn’t stop nervous laughing, singing and just messing about!
We started off with the being really nice, patience, singing along and joining in with all her jokes. Keeping on the flat and slow pushing to start with.. until we realised this was getting us no where apart from a little girl who just couldn’t stop laughing!
We told her that she had to take it seriously if she wanted to learn and we were a little tougher, though reassuring, giving her all the compliments and the encouragement. This seemed to be the best way forward! By the end of the first day she had so nearly got it, but she had got tired and was asking if she could go and play in the park so we decided to call it a day and try again tomorrow!
The next day she more or less had it! But it was very apparent that her bike was pretty tiny for her and was making it more difficult to pedal! We told her if she would like, we could get her a bigger bike as an early birthday! She was ecstatic and just couldn’t wait to get the cycling down really well so she could head out to find a new bike!
This is the bike she picked and as you can tell by her rather excited face that she really loved it! We went round all of the local shops and typically she had her heart set on this one from the very first shop. It is based on one of her much-loved Disney movie The Descendants, we even managed to get her a matching helmet and bell, she couldn’t wait to pick it up the next day! Lucky for her though, the lovely man called me when she had just gone to bed to tell me he had already built it and if I wanted to pop over and get it I could, she was completely over joyed when I produced it the next day without having to go to the shop to pick it up!
She couldn’t wait to take it out for a spin, and we couldn’t wait to see what difference it made being on a bike that wasn’t for tiny little ones!
Off she went, with daddy by her side and the bike that was the right size made all the difference!!
Super proud mummy & daddy right now! =]
Look at her go!
So my advice for teaching your little ones how to ride the bike;
– Let go when they think you are still holding on!!
Hope you are enjoying your summer, I’m loving having both my kiddywinks together! =]
This is the wonderful view from our home for the next week, I don't want to leave. Ever. ❤
With it being the summer time I am finding it nearly impossible to keep snacks and drinks in the house, aren’t you?!
My little girl is an eating, drinking, talking and moving machine, so whenever the lovely team over at appy kids co asked me if I could review some of their new drinks and snacks that aren’t even out in the shops yet, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them for the kids to enjoy!
Whenever the drinks and snacks from appy kids co arrived Amellia was super excited that they were covered in minions! We love the minions movie in our house. It always provide us all with giggles, smiles and quality time together. Having a much-loved film on healthy snacks and drinks is also a great way to encourage children to eat them. Thankfully for me though, Amellia will try anything at all and enjoys near enough everything! With Dylan, it wouldn’t make any difference what was on the packaging etc, it just depends on what the actual food looks like.
Amellia got stuck right into the juice as soon as we opened it, and she really loved it! She finished it right up and she then polished off a pack off the Mulberries & Raisins and had another two packets and gave her little brother a pack too! She tried to give her brother a drink too, but unfortunately this ended up him covered in juice as he just squeezed the pouch! Though with a little help with his next one he really enjoyed it, and was trying to get some of his sisters on too!
These drinks and snacks were thoroughly enjoyed and I am always glad to be giving my children healthy alternatives! Unfortunately only one store in Northern Ireland stocks them, but if I am ever in the direction of the shop I will be sure to pop in and grab more!
You can find out where stores near you are that stock them and what other items they do over on their website at; www.appykidsco.com
Disclaimer; These products were sent to us free of charge in exchange for a blog. These are my own thoughts and opinions!