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Getting Out the Door in the Morning: Am I Sabotaging Myself?

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Around 8:15 each morning, I’m running between the bathroom and the kitchen, putting on my makeup, cleaning up the breakfast mess, and urging Mason to get a move on.

Mason, come on, it’s time to go play with your friends at school! Let’s put your shoes and socks on. Meanwhile, Mason continues to zoom around the apartment on his Bat Mobile, completely ignoring me (pictured, left).

Five minutes pass.

Boo boo, time to get your shoes and socks on! Let’s go! Now he’s crawling around on the kitchen floor with his buses, making zooming noises. He pauses, looks up and gives me a huge grin. Then he turns his attention right back to his toys.

Five more minutes pass.

Mason (voice pleading) we’re running late, c’mon, let’s go!

He starts inching toward the door where he shoes are, but his eyes are still glued to his toy cars.

Mason! Would you like a time out? Shoes! Now!

He hops over to the door, helps me put his shoes on, then runs down the hall to the elevator. I trudge behind him, schlepping the stroller and my bag, frustrated that we’re behind schedule once again.

Of course lots of moms have the same experience every day. I met up with a group of friends at a local Mexican restaurant last night–a rare mom’s night out–and we talked about our crazy mornings. One of the women mentioned that her son is starting preschool next week and she’s looking for some ways to simplify her morning routine to get everyone out the door on time.

I shared with her that I still hadn’t figured out any solutions, even though Mason’s been in school now for a year. Breakfast can take up to 45 minutes. If it’s the high chair that’s stressing you out, why don’t you just get rid of it in the morning? she said. Give him something he can eat on the go!

She had a good point. If breakfast is our biggest time suck, why aren’t I making changes to remedy the problem? This morning I pulled together something Mason could take on the train with us–cut up fruit and whole-grain cereal–and gave it to him. He looked at it, looked at me and then ran over to his high chair and said Toast! Apple!  So I fed him PB&J toast (his favorite) with some fruit and  milk. Twenty minutes later than I had hoped, we finally got out the door.

Did I make a mistake by scraping my plans and catering to his demands? Or did I do the right thing? Is it just a matter of changing my mindset and accepting that having a  crazed morning is part of being a mom?

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Snapshot from Breakfast This Morning

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Mason loves to rub food into his hair while he’s eating. I have no idea why. It’s totally strange. But something about it makes him very happy, so we roll with it! And we take lots of pics.

This morning he mugged for the camera with a bowl on top of his head; it was filled with Cheerios until he dumped them out on his tray. His little face is covered with jam because his “real” breakfast was a PB&J cinnamon-raisin bagel (he only wanted the cereal after he saw daddy eating it). Remember how enamored Mason was with the tiny Os when he was first tried them at school?

There’s a pic of him wearing his French toast during Father’s Day brunch last Sunday on the High Chair Times Facebook page. I’d love to see more of your favorite messy food photos with your kid–the last round was awesome! Share them on FB today.

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Granola My Tot Loves

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Mason finally likes granola. In the past, he’s refused to eat it, the texture seemed to bother him. But he stuck his little fingers in my dish while I was snacking on it last night, and helped himself.

I was eating gluten-free Kind Healthy Grains Oats and Honey Clusters, so I’m wondering if maybe there was something a bit different about this granola’s texture since it’s gluten-free? No idea. But this stuff might be worth a shot if your tot has rejected granola in the past.

Granola can be a great source of whole-grains such as oats, and some granola also has Omega 3-rich flaxseed. And it makes a great topper for yogurt.

*Note: I do not accept compensation for product coverage. If I blog about a product that my family has personally enjoyed, it’s done purely as a service to my readers.

Photo: Kind Healthy Snacks

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Best Gluten-Free Raisin Bread

Monday, March 26th, 2012

As an editor, I get samples in the mail all the time. It’s impossible to write about everything, so I only cover the stuff that’s really delish. Enter Canyon Bakehouse’s Gluten-Free Raisin Bread, the latest foodstuff to arrive in my mail.

We’ve been in a breakfast rut, so I was psyched to try something new. I toasted a few slices of bread with a little cream cheese for breakfast yesterday since Mason finally woke up fever-free. No sense having him try something when he’s sick and not in the mood to eat.

The bread was moist and soft, not dry and crumbly like so many GF baked goods. And it wasn’t greasy either (some bakers put extra fat into their breads to try to combat the dryness). Toasted, it was chewy with delicious sweetness from the cinnamon and raisins. I absolutely loved every bite–and so did Mason. It was one of the rare times that I wasn’t crawling around his highchair picking up scraps of whatever he was eating after the meal was over. Bug isn’t gluten-free, but he eats a lot of GF products since I am–and he definitely knows what he likes!

You can pick up a loaf at Whole Foods, or order it online, if you’d like to try it. We’ll definitely be stocking up on it in our household.

 

*Note: I do not accept compensation for product coverage. If I blog about a product that my family has personally enjoyed, it’s done purely as a service to my readers.

Photo: Canyon Bakehouse

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Gluten-Free French Toast From Your Freezer

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Lately we’ve been in a breakfast rut. I feel like we’ve always eating some combination of these breakfast ideas or muffins, and Mason seems as bored with our staples as I am. This morning I decided to make, er, heat up frozen, gluten-free French toast sticks that I discovered the last time I was at the grocery store. They toasted up crisp and were lightly spiced with cinnamon. I added a little bit of organic maple syrup…delish! Even Mason ate almost his entire serving. They’re not a replacement for homemade French toast, which we’ll keep making on the weekends, but they’re a great solution for us on busy weekday mornings. Yum!

What are your go-to breakfast ideas for weekday mornings?

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