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The weather turned cold this week! All of my capsule wardrobe planning had to be set aside as we pulled out warm clothes and even turned on our heater for a few days! Looks like it will be warming back up this week, and we are ready for sunshine and warmth again!

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

Liam and I are starting a project to overcome his aversion to eating eggs. One morning when he was 3, he decided that he hated eggs (after eating them almost every morning before then), and he has maintained that decision for the past 7+ years. Of course, David and I have tried the usual parenting tricks: everything from not letting him have anything until he eats what’s on his plate,  to punishing him for not eating them, trying to sneak new dishes (quiche, breakfast pizza, etc.), testing for food allergies or texture aversions (he has none), to not making a big deal about it, not cooking anything extra and offering eggs every day, hoping he would grow out of it… Ah, the mistakes we make with our firstborn! :) It was finally this week that Liam agreed that this was a mental block, and that he could choose to like eggs. Our current plan is to try a special recipe every weekend that Liam and I pick out and prepare together. During the week, he can experiment with sauces on his scrambled eggs (we have eggs for breakfast pretty much every day), and he only has to try a bite. We’ll see how this new strategy works, but it has been a touchy issue for a long time – living with a real “Green Eggs and Ham” situation. I’d appreciate any advice and especially prayer for us all as we work through this. I don’t want to make this a bigger deal than it should be, but it has genuinely been a hard issue for the entire family, and we want Liam to be free of this hang-up he has been stuck in.

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

We had a very busy week of focusing on the business. As I mentioned before, we’ve been tweaking the system to figure out how to get things done more efficiently. The tweaks have been working, but we have started taking in more inventory (which is great!) and that has translated to lots more focus on the work. Because we are all so heavily involved in the business, it is very important that we get as much done as we possibly can before the baby arrives and I drop out of the picture for a month or so.

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

Speaking of the baby, I’m 31 weeks along in this pregnancy. I don’t know if you have noticed, but I have not been able to blog as often as usual. It’s not for lack of ideas or books to review! :) I have been increasingly tired, and, of course, our focus on the business has taken more time away from any of my usual activities. I had a midwife appointment last week. She tested my iron levels (anemia could be a reason why I am so tired), and my blood was normal and healthy, so I guess working hard, raising kids, and growing a baby is just making me a little more tired these days. David has been the best about making sure that I take time to put my feet up and rest in spots throughout the day. The baby is staying very active, which is fun and tires me out at times. Liam and the girls are convinced that the baby is a girl, and only Paul is hoping for a boy. Liam says he wants it to be a boy, but that he thinks it’s a girl. Either way, we will find out in about 9-11 weeks from now!

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

That’s what we have been up to this week! How was your week? Any advice about working through food aversions with kids? Any predictions on the gender of this baby? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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