Andy’s big day

Andy took his first 3 crawling “steps”, sat up for the first time sit-up style (rather than from belly to crawl position to hiney) and pulled up to a standing for the first time on my leg as I sat on the couch…all today. Wowee!
I’m gonna miss his army crawl. 😛
I am now on day three of AF (after only 3 weeks??) and it’s the big bad one. Haven’t had a true period like this since November 2005. LOL. Guess I’m due.
Andy is on a formula/milk/water strike. He will not drink anything hardly by bottle or sippy cup except some gatorade or juice. This has been going on about 3 weeks now and it is so frustrating!!! I even tried adding some chocolate milk and serving it warm and cold. Nope. He just doesn’t like it and will hit the cup/bottle away with a wild, wide, fisted swing.
What can I do? I still nurse 3-4x a day and he gets at least a few ounces that way. Not sure how much but he only has very small wet diapers afterwards. He’ll drink a few ounces gatorade or juice here and there.
He eats food so well that I’m not worried about nutrients except for calcium and maybe vitamin D. I bought him some YoBaby yogurt and I’ll have to step up the cheese. Perhaps he’ll drink formula if I add a full amount of chocolate syrup.
I hate to do this AGAIN. Brendan is this way and I have been fighting it with Andy. But he won’t drink more if he’s really thirsty. Sigh… at least Brendan drank water.
Did I mention Andy snaps his fingers? Real honest to goodness popping snaps. It’s amazing. LOL.
Brendan has been amusing himself with an X-Box snowboarding game. It’s fun! He calls it the “Splashing Guys”. Haha.

Andy claps

Andy claps his hands now!! It’s kind of wild looking but there! He also snaps his fingers (without the “snap” though, lol). He is getting really close to crawling but he’s pretty quick with the belly scoot now. He is also fully into size 18 month clothes- I packed the 12 month clothes away yesterday- and is getting close to needing size 4 cruisers. Did I mention he popped out his 2 center top teeth? Can’t remember.
So far, okay on the diarrhea. He did have one questionable diaper today but also a good one and yesterday he was fine. He is drinking from a Nuby soft spouted sippy now. You have to be careful how you assemble it- the spout has to be just right in the 2 side notches and it be tightened not loose but not tight either or it leaks. It’s pretty much a bottle with a different shape but from the public eye I guess it is a cup. Baby steps.
Going to the in-laws for a long weekend. I’m trying to convince myself to stick to the diet while away but I’m not being successful so far. :/ One fried chicken meal with a really rich dessert would be heaven right about now. LOL.

Sugar free strawberry shortcakes

The almond extract is what makes these special. Vanilla would work fine too though. They are about 300 calories each. I know I’ve posted a shortcake recipe before but it was full of cream, butter and sugar. I don’t miss it at all with this recipe.
Sugar Free Strawberry Shortcakes
Makes 5 or 6
Mix together:
2 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 c splenda
1/4 c canola oil
1 c milk
1 t almond extract
Spoon onto greased cookie sheet in 5 or 6 mounds. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Split warm shortcakes in half and fill middle and top with toppings.
Splenda sweetened fresh cut up strawberries (or try light peach pie filling or canned peaches with Splenda)
sugar free strawberry gel (found next to store bought sponge cake)
sugar free cool whip