Arthur is 34 months old

Arthur is now 34 months old.
Arthur is 34 months old

This month has gone by like a flash.
The first half we had Mark home with us as it was school Easter holidays, Arthur always loves it when Daddy is off work!!

Daddy is big favourite to Arthur right now, he must say Daddy at least 100 times a day!

During the Easter holidays We had our amazing trip to Silhouette island where Arthur had an absolute blast.  He still talks about going to “our little house” now which I love!
Arthur is 34 months old. Silhouette island

Arthur is 34 months old. Arthur and Daddy

Arthur had an unplanned couple of hours at school this month as I had to take Freddie to hospital (he’s totally fine but more on that here!)
Mark took him into the class and apparently he was as good as gold and had a great time.  When I went to go and pick him up he was happy to see me but wasn’t ready to go home!!  I took that as a good sign for when he starts in June!

The following couple of days Arthur napped on the sofa at lunchtime!!  I was SO excited at the prospect of nap time returning but it seems it was just a random couple of days!!

I’ve been a little worried about Arthur’s eating recently.  He is pretty reluctant to eat a full meal most days and just wants to get on with playing (Mark’s mum tells me he was exactly the same!!) he seems happiest with smaller meals and snacks throughout the day.  Obviously I want to make sure he has enough to eat but at the same time I don’t want him to just snack all the time…. It’s pretty frustrating!

We had a couple weeks of at nighttime accidents.  Changing sheets every day grew thin quickly, but things seem to be back on track now.  Not really sure what caused it.  Apparently it’s really common up to 6 years old to not be dry at night so I need to remember just how good Arthur has been doing so far!!

Arthur has always been very shy with strangers and often will hide or pretend they aren’t there!!  We have noticed a little shift in Arthurs shyness this month, he has started to open up to people a little more, showing him the toy he’s playing with or something along those lines.  It’s not all the time and not with everyone but I have been really amazed and proud of him for it.  It may not be a big deal to everyone, but knowing just how painfully shy he can be it is a big deal for him!!

This month we’ve started to see Arthur testing and pushing boundaries quite a bit, doing things he knows he shouldn’t be and trying out new things!  There has been lots of “NO MUMMY” “NO DADDY” and running away if we tell him to stop doing something, or just outright ignoring us!
It’s been tough, but he’s quick to turn it all around with a big “cuggle” a kiss or even just a cheesy grin!

Arthur is 34 months old

Mark and I are definitely noticing that Arthur is becoming a lot braver with his little adventures whether that’s just in the garden, at the beach or anywhere really…he climbs a bit higher, wanders a bit further away, just generally gaining confidence with everything he does, it’s great but scary for us too!
Arthur is 34 months old. Arthur at anse lazioArthur is 34 months old. Splashing at anse lazio

He’s been a proper little parrot this month, I think he’s taking in lots of new words (so we’ve really had to watch what we say!!).  His speech continues to develop all the time and some of the things he comes out with really amazes me, and often makes us all laugh too!

I have had days where I have found it really tough to keep him entertained all day, for me it’s final confirmation that he really is ready to be in school!!   It’s really not long until he will be there now, so on those days that are tough I’ve been trying to remind myself to make the most of it all!

No bake peanut butter balls

Arthur is a little snack fiend…..more specifically he is most definitely a Cookie Monster!

I wanted to satisfy his cookie cravings while knowing he wasn’t eating total garbage!  So the ‘no bake peanut butter balls’ were created!!

No bake peanut butter balls recipe

My immediate thought was to use oats, filling and healthy!  Peanut butter would be a good binder and honey would add sweetness!

I then thought that I could literally use just these ingredients and not actually have to do any baking!!

You can add pretty much anything you’d like to these to make them a little more exciting!  I usually add raisins.  Bananas are good in them too if you mash them up well (although it’s difficult for bananas to be around for more the a day here, as Arthur loves these too!!). You could also add apple sauce, I’ve also used chopped apple.  Basically, any fruit would be yummy!
Chocolate chips would be nice, but then it would kind of go against our healthy ‘cookie’ goal wouldn’t it!?

As an extra bonus these no bake peanut butter balls are so simple to make, so it’s a great way to get little toddler hands in the kitchen!  No bake peanut butter balls great way to get toddlers cooking!
Arthur loves these cookie alternatives! They are also proving to be a great pregnancy snack for me! They are filling, yummy and healthy!

No bake peanut butter balls
 

 

No bake peanut butter balls
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These easy no bake peanut butter balls are a perfect snack for your toddler (or for you!) they make a great pregnancy snack too!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup of quick oats
  • 3 tablespoons of smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • To taste
  • Raisins
  • Chopped apple (or any fruit you like)
  • Mashed banana
Instructions
  1. This couldn't be much easier!
  2. In a mixing bowl add together all your ingredients
  3. Mix, best done by hand to bring the ingredients together (using hands also makes for more fun for toddlers!)
  4. Separate and roll into balls, approximately ping pong ball size.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze until needed!
  6. Or if you (or your toddler) can't wait, eat straight away!

There you have it! Easy peasy, and super versatile depending on what you have in the fridge!

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Mini vegetable frittatas recipe

I whipped up these frittatas for Arthur this morning and shared a snap on instagram!  I’ve been asked for the recipe a few times so I thought I’d share on here!!

Mini vegetable frittatas
 

They would be great for a snack or as a main meal.  I served a couple up for Arthur’s lunch and of course I sneaked a bite, they were yummy!

Easy, quick and healthy what more can you ask!?
So here you go mini vegetable frittatas recipe:

I like that they are muffin sized, it’s great for portion sizing!

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These mini frittatas are great for big and little people alike! Easily adaptable to whatever veg you have in at the time! Add some chilli to spice it up!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of grated cheese (I used cheddar)
  • ¼ cup frozen peas
  • 1 small onion (I used red but white is fine too!)
  • 1 half pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 cubes of frozen spinach defrosted and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees c
  2. Chop onion and garlic finely
  3. Chop pepper into small cubes (I did about 1cm2)
  4. In a saucepan fry onion, garlic and pepper for a couple of minutes until onion is translucent. Leave to cool for a few minutes.
  5. Add cheese, spinach, eggs flour and cooled onion, garlic and pepper into a bowl and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Pour out into muffin tin. Mine is silicon, I didn't grease it and they popped right out.
  7. Place in oven and cook for 20 mins.

 

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