ARCHIVE: May 2015

Nesting?

May 26, 2015 | 0 Comment

How early in a pregnancy can you start nesting? I swear, since I was about 8 weeks pregnant I have become this crazy neat freak. This is not normal for me. My house has always been moderately clean by a usual standard but nothing like it is now. I’ve always been a ‘holy crap my mother-in-law is coming over’ cleaner and I cram it all in the day of, then delight in how good it looks before letting it get a bit dishevelled again. Nowadays though, anyone can drop by whenever, without notice, and I don’t have to do the mad scramble. I’ll even have beautiful fresh flowers and a scented candle burning.

Natural Nest on Weathered Board

You know how the longer you live somewhere, the more crap you accumulate? Although moving sucks, I’ve always enjoyed how ruthless I get with anything I don’t want to pack. If I cant be bothered moving it, its getting thrown out. I’m so looking forward to this new baby because it means transforming my husbands’ study into the amazing nursery that I have designed. Our study is currently the junk room. We all have one, don’t we? If you don’t, well done! I couldn’t be more excited about cleaning it out and getting rid of all the books we don’t read anymore, CD’s we have in iTunes and no longer need, and all my husbands Star Wars paraphernalia that he assures me are “collectors items, honey!” Ok, so I’m kidding myself if I think we’ll be getting rid of those but hey, I can assure you they’ll be moved and stored away somewhere else.

So, back to my crazy cleaning. I’m going to chalk it up to a few things;

  1. I’m so desperate to demolish our current house and build on this block (that’s our 3 year plan) that I do whatever I can to make this place look good.
  1. Trying to be more organised with a toddler around, because if I don’t I’ll find the keys in the toilet, my purse in the recycling and a brand new block of chocolate in the bin (yes, that has happened and was a very distressing and stressful time until I thought to check the rubbish and there it was. Haha).
  1. Pregnancy nesting. If I say on top of what needs to be done it helps with my sense of ‘holy crap I’m going to have a 2 year old and a newborn, what were we thinking?!?’

I’m currently just over 22 weeks pregnant now. This pregnancy is FLYING!

Belinda x

Toddler Approved Recipe #1

May 19, 2015 | 0 Comment

“There’s no harsher food critic than a cranky toddler” – Quote by me.

It’s fun isn’t it? You get to the end of the day and your toddler is (if anything like my 21 month old) getting a bit tired and ratty and its time to cook dinner. I actually really enjoy making a home-cooked meal but there’s nothing worse than dodging a whinging toddler around the kitchen only for them to reject that very meal you’ve worked hard to make. Actually Jack isn’t too bad, he’s usually so wiped out by the end of the day that he will happily sit down on his little couch and watch ABC kids.

I wouldn’t say I have a fussy eater. He chows down as big a bowl of cereal as my husband and will eat whatever we put in front of him for lunch but by dinner time he’s fussier. In fact, I think he just stores his other meals and snacks and just doesn’t need much dinner, depending on the day.

Anyway, lately I’ve come across a few things that he’ll eat no matter what. Some are commercial recipes, some my own and some family ones. I’m going to start with Julie Goodwin’s Zucchini Slice. What I love most about this recipe is that it sets well, so it can be cut into small cubes for Jack to feed himself. I love to give him fresh vegetable soups etc in winter but although he’s mastering his spoon really well, he still can’t eat without supervision or we’ll all be swimming in soup. Meals like this slice allow me freedom to leave him to it so I can clean up the kitchen or start to prepare side dishes for hubby and I.

Ingredients

2 Zucchinis, grated

1 Large onion, finely chopped

3 Rashers of bacon, finely chopped

1 Cup tasty cheese

1 Cup self-raising flour

½ Cup oil

5 Eggs

Salt/Pepper to taste

Hint: I also add a 125g tin of sweet corn, drained

 

Method

Preheat oven to 170’C. Grease and line a non-stick lamington tin. I use a rectangular glass pie dish.

Combine zucchini, onion, bacon, flour and cheese in a large bowl. Add oil and lightly beaten eggs and mix. Season with a little salt and pepper and pour into your tin or dish.

Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden and set. Allow to cool slightly before cutting.

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So quick and easy, a fairly healthy option, always tastes delicious and perfect served hot for winter or light enough with salad for summer.

Please excuse my food photography, these were taken in a rush last night in my kitchens crappy lighting. I’ll work on it.

Belinda x

 

 

Second Pregnancy Essentials

May 13, 2015 | 0 Comment

This second pregnancy has been so interesting. It’s almost like this baby made me sicker just to remind me that he or she is actually there. Like “pay attention to me, Mum!” Seriously, when I started feeling better at around 14 weeks, but before I began feeling kicks 3 weeks later, I barely had time to remember I’m pregnant. Now I’m constantly aware, because this baby is active.

I love the kicks. Maybe because Jack was a small baby, born at 6lb10 (2.99kg), or because I have a long torso, but I never got those uncomfortable or painful kicks in the ribs, or the feeling that a tiny foot was wedged in there. I was able to just enjoy the movements, and I’m loving them now just the same. I’m not a pregnant worrier (which is probably good, because if my amazing obstetrician was anymore relaxed, he’d be dead! Haha) but it’s a long wait between 12-18 weeks (I don’t have any appointments in between those two ultrasounds) so I like to starting feeling the kicks to know that little one is still progressing well. He/she is kicking me as I write this. Hello little one, I love you!

I haven’t even opened up a pregnancy book this time around. Last time I would follow along with Up The Duff and What To Expect When You’re Expecting but this time I haven’t felt the need, or had the time, to do either.

Want to know what I’m super thankful for this time? NO HEARTBURN YET! Even though I had an easy pregnancy with Jack, that was my most annoying and debilitating symptom and I swear I had it by now with him. So far, so good. Here’s hoping this time I’m spared.

This brings me to my pregnancy essentials. Or top three anyway! I’m always fascinated by what people crave or do during this special time. So here are mine;

essentials

  1. On Becoming Babywise (Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep) by Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam

A good friend of mine actually recommended this book to me and boy I’m glad she did. I’ve never functioned well without sleep, so if I could arm myself (before he arrived) with as much information as possible to get my baby into a good routine that encouraged healthy sleeping and feeding, then I was all for it. I’ve got 20 more weeks, give or take, to read it again and refresh. It’s full of sensible information and really worked well for the pattern that Jack and I naturally settled into.

  1. Fanta

Or any orange flavoured soft drink. I only had one craving with Jack, and that was cordial. I hadn’t had it for years before getting pregnant and I haven’t had it since he was born, but during his pregnancy, I needed it! I’m weird, its drinks with me, not food. My food preferences don’t change.

  1. Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil

Again, something I was fastidious about last time that I barely remember to do now is massage my belly with oil. Though I’m getting better at remembering as my tummy is starting to grow. My genetically blessed Mum was spared of stretch marks during both her pregnancies and fingers crossed for me too, though I am prone to them on my hips so I was surprised not to get any. Most importantly, I found last time that massaging my belly with oil was a lovely way to bond with Jack.

So tell me, what are your pregnancy essentials or cravings?

Belinda x

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