Happenings, 18.1.16

January 18, 2016

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Hi, folks.

Things have been busy over here, with Christmas, moving house and overseas visitors in amongst the general business that comes with raising a little human. We had a lovely summer break with lots of sunshine, fish and chips and family cuddles in bed. And we’ve had fun settling into our new home, finding space for our furniture, scoping out the local shops and learning the route to the bathroom in the middle of the night without making noise. Joan has had a virus, poor bubba, which meant lots of nappy changes, naps and extra snuggles. She’s feeling much better and things are getting back to normal, in the sense that Ben is up for work at 6 and I’m home with Joan, organising and washing and cooking and making appointments. I’m doing a bit of writing too and have finally started reading books again. I’ve also had an urge to blog. I’ve missed chatting in this space, sharing what’s happening in our world, so here I am, with a page of happenings. I came across the idea of listing what’s been going on lately via Linda. The original “taking stock” idea comes from Pip, and I wanted to bring it to my space in an altered, personalised form, as I found it to be an enjoyable way of documenting and reading our “latelys”. I might do this every now and then, we’ll see. Here are our happenings in the middle of January, 2016, with our four and a half month old baby.

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DOING: right now? Sitting outside on our deck with Joan. She’s in her pram and I’m drinking sparkling water with my computer on my lap, typing and quietly giggling to myself as Joan talks to the trees and tries to kick her toy rabbit off the pram. She either tries to ferociously eat her toys or throw/kick them. No cuddles for bunny.
HEARING: Joan talking. She sounds like a dinosaur these days when she talks and it’s hilarious. A pterodactyl, to be precise. Also, who knew that’s how it was spelt?! I typed terradactle into Google. Wrong.
COOKING: one pot beef stews with carrots, potato, canned tomatoes and red wine. I cook it for hours, let it sit in the fridge for a day, and then serve it into two-person portions before tucking it away in the freezer for those “it’s going to be a busy one” days. It’s inspired by a similar recipe in Apples For Jam.
EATING: Greek yoghurt with chia seeds, walnuts and honey. It’s my new favourite snack.
DRINKING: sparkling water with a squeeze of Meyer lemon (bless my parents’ ever fruitful tree). And smoothies. Ones like this. And this.
READING: It’s Not About Broccoli. Bubs and I are going to be entering the world of Baby Led Weaning in the coming months, and I am hungry (he he) to absorb all the information, or, more accurately, inspiration I can. It’s Not About Broccoli came to me via an Amazon recommendation, I believe, and so far I am enjoying the read. It encourages parents to allow their children to develop a healthy attitude towards food, which is a good and important thing.
WANTING: A king size bed. No explanation necessary.
LOOKING: at trees. Every day, the view from my window is green and I adore it. Bubs does too and feedings are now taking twice as long, as she’ll stop halfway to talk to the trees outside the window while gazing lovingly at the shadows.
PLAYING: The Beatles. Bubs loves watching me dance like a nutcase to “Twist and Shout”. Side note, we played that song at our wedding after we were announced to be husband and wife.
DECIDING: on ways to convince my husband we need a king size bed.
ENJOYING: Coffee. Slowly sipping my morning coffee may be my most favourite part of my day.
WONDERING: when we may get to travel as a family of three. We’d love to take Joan to Italy. I’m also wondering when we will buy a house. The latter answer will dictate the former dream, so I guess we’re real grown ups now.
LOVING: when Joan rolls over on her mat, pushes her torso up with her arms and looks for our eyes…”Well done, Joanie!”….enter the biggest, most proud grin! She’ll do it again and again and again, always searching for our reaction and always smiling so bright. It’s the best. I’m also loving weekend mornings with my family of three. They involve feeding Joan in bed, coffee, and walks around the neighbourhood to look at trees and flowers. I suppose that’s what I do every morning, but on the weekend Ben is there too and that makes it all the more sweet.
BUYING: Bananas. I let them go ripe and then slice them, pop the pieces in a snaplock bag and freeze them for smoothies (see above).
PLANNING: my return to work at the end of the month. I’m feeling a little anxious about starting up at the clinic again, even though it’s only for a handful of hours each week and I luckily have my mum to look after bubs while I consult with clients. I am aware that it’s not really a big deal, it’s only for a short time and bubs will surely be fine (I’m also aware that she picks up on my vibe so make sure to manage any stress about it with a hearty dose of perspective). The thing is she already has a bit of separation anxiety, so it’s on my mind. Nana KK will be ready to distract her with all her favourites – a walk amongst the trees, toys to put in her mouth and belly kisses, and in between clients she’ll get the boob. What a life.
WATCHING: Making a Murderer. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I’ve been loving murder shows lately. The Fall, The Killing, Broadchurch… So good, so awful.
CONSIDERING: starting a weekly menu plan. I tend to go on my mood regarding “what’s for dinner?”, but these days I find myself scratching my head when starting meal prep after breakfast (so as to avoid an 8pm toast situation) and I feel that a menu plan will help in numerous ways. It’ll assist my less sharp than usual brain in knowing what task to tackle first, now that I’m (pretty much) a stay-at-home mum. It’ll also make food shopping less wasteful (though I rarely waste anything and am proud of that) and importantly, it will allow me to perhaps be a bit more adventurous in trying recipes that have been on my mind for some time (like this one).
WEARING: leggings and singlet tops. As a rule, my daily uniform is grey leggings and a white singlet. If I’m going to the shops I swap the leggings for jeans or shorts because pregnancy left me with a little more junk in my trunk and even though I like the junk, I don’t fancy people staring at my booty, which invariably happens when you wear leggings, am I right?!
CRAVING: barbeque. The Aussie style (though Texas BBQ gets me going too), with snags, lots of salads (green salad, potato salad, tabbouleh, tomato salad, coleslaw!), a big bowl of cherries, beer and cider. Lately, whenever Ben and I take Joan for an evening walk we smell sausages on the barbie coming from at least one backyard, leaving us with severe cravings. Last weekend I bought some preservative-free sausages (that were demonstrably less delicious than preservative-full ones – does anyone have a good brand or butcher they like?!) and we had ourselves a little backyard barbeque. Side note: did anyone else grow up calling tomato sauce “dead horse”? My grandpa got me calling it that and I never questioned the name until I asked Ben to “pass the dead horse” one day.
SAVOURING: these moments when I get to know my baby girl. It’s after the newborn stage but before she starts to talk (well, properly talk), and I’m getting all these little hints at her personality. She’s bright and sensitive and shy around people she doesn’t know, she’s ruthlessly determined and curious and intense, and she’s also sweet and patient and funny. And Joan is getting to know me in new ways, as her brain grows and those neurons develop and she makes all these glorious connections. We’re figuring each other out and falling even more in love, and it’s so sweet.
FEELING: blessed. I look around our new home and I cannot handle how blessed I feel. I love and am loved, and I have the most beautiful gift, a healthy baby. These are the days, folks. These are the days.

 

Heidi xo

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Linda Uzu January 18, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Lovely list! I’m glad you felt inspired to do your own. It’s so great to be able to jot things down without having to worry too much about flow and structure, especially when there’s a small person demanding most of your time!

    As I was reading your list, I kept nodding and thinking, “yes!”… anyway, we did BLW with our girls (and will do so with Remy when she’s old enough). Anouk was a fussy eater from the get-go. She didn’t really eat a meal until she was 12 months and even then it was only a few things she was keen on. We kept persevering though and she’s a much better eater now at four. She’s more adventurous and will actually eat mixed food like pasta sauce or stew, although the only meat she’ll eat is sausage. Delphi, on the other hand was keen from four months and we had to hold her back until we just couldn’t be bothered anymore. She has always been the adventurous one and is only now (at 2.5 years) telling us she doesn’t like certain foods. I think it’s a control thing though as she changes her mind about what she does and doesn’t like daily. The most interesting thing about Delphi was that when we started BLW she would cry and cry because she was so into food and couldn’t get it in her mouth or chew it fast enough (she didn’t get a tooth until she was 13 months!). I found that by actually giving her a couple of spoons of mushy pouch food she would calm down enough to eat her BLW meal properly. It was very weird but seemed to work.

    Anyway, I’m a huge proponent of the BLW thing. It makes like so much easier when you don’t need to prepare more than one meal at a time. We are a bit old fashioned in that we all eat dinner together, even though it means the kids go to bed later. A lot of days we also have family breakfast. I think BLW really lends itself to that kind of lifestyle. The best part now is that the girls have a varied palate and will eat things like smoked salmon, olives, smelly cheese etc like it’s going out of fashion… that said, they’d live on chips if they could ha ha.

    Oh and Italy! We’re thinking of going this year… I’m ignoring the nightmarish thoughts of flying with three kids, because, ITALY!!!! Ha ha. I think travelling with little ones is pretty easy if you’re organised and take an iPad. Seriously, those things entertain for hours if you need them to. We’ve done a couple of OS trips with the kids and it’s never been too hard as long as there is enough food, a few fun activities (iPad and non) and cuddles whenever needed.

    Linda. xx

    • Heidi January 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Oooooh yay for you all, Italy this year! How fun. Good on you. I’ll be doing my first flight soon, a short trip to sydney. I’m excited! Provided she’s sitting on me I think she’ll enjoy it. I could absolutely be kidding myself, we’ll see 😉 & I am super excited to enter this BLW world! Thanks for the encouragement x

  • Alice January 18, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    If you like murder mysteries you should check out The Jinx! (Don’t google it).

    • Heidi January 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      I’ve heard this!!! Thanks for the push to watch it x

  • Julia @ Chic To Do January 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    We upgraded to a king size bed last year when we moved from a unit to a family home and got lucky with a 4.5m wide x 4m long bedroom. It was practically begging for a gigantic bed, so we got one and it. is. heaven.

    The separation anxiety will come and go in phases over these first couple of years, so no matter when you go back to work or for how long it will probably come and go. But know that as emotional as she gets when you leave, she’ll probably be okay after a minute or two. My daughter would dissolve into tears some mornings when I dropped her off at family day care, and the day care lady would text me five minutes later to tell me she stopped as soon as I pulled out of the driveway, the little monkey! But yeah, it’s hard at first. Maybe do some trial runs with leaving her with your mum for half an hour or so to see how she goes?

    • Heidi January 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Wise words, thanks lovely. We’ve been having my mum look after bubs a bit more these weeks (while I’m in the other room doing housework & stuff). Just to get her used to it all. Unpredictable meltdowns aside (I mean, they can always happen regardless of who she’s with!), it should hopefuly go pretty smoothly. And re the king size bed, DJs have a sale on at the moment – very tempting!!! x

  • Ros January 18, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Lovely post Heidi 🙂 Enjoy the BLW adventure, it’s so wonderful seeing them experience foods for the first time. We did a combo of BLW and spoon feeding and I’m lucky to have two good eaters, though the almost 4 year old is in a bit of a fussy stage but his one year old sister hasn’t yet met a food she doesn’t like! We took our two to Italy last year at (age 3.5 yrs and 7 months old). We stayed on our family’s farm so we had lots of space and and a real local experience.

    • Heidi January 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Oh how magical, Ros! I love that idea. We may go in a few years, maybe with baby number two as a fresh bub if we are so lucky x

  • Lucy January 18, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I’m delurking to recommend my friend Sally’s meat and sausages http://www.colinandsallys.com.au. We used to work together when they first bought the farm. I think they were featured in The Age’s Epicure recently for their products. I’m confessing that I’ve never eaten their meat but that’s because I now live Brisbane and they don’t supply interstate, yet! Anyway love your blog.

    • Heidi January 21, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Lucy that’s awesome, thank you so much! They look amazing. I will definitely be ordering, thank you thank you thank you x

  • jac January 19, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Great post – I love a ‘newsy’ post. Also, your new home looks lovely – lots of windows and light for an inquisitive little girl 🙂

    • Heidi January 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks, Jac! Indeed, she loves the light and the trees and looking at it all, taking it all in 🙂 x

  • Sig January 23, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Love this list style! Been craving to get back into blogging as well – more writing for a creative outlet than business. Currently enjoying newborn snuggles (oh how I missed them!) with my one week old baby daughter, Layla and figuring out how to juggle the almost 3-year old adventurous boy at the same time. Have hubby herefor the next few weeks so all good.

    We did BLW with Rehan when he was 6 months and he loved it – as a toddler he does have his fussy periods but is pretty good about trying new foods and eating a variety of things. The book Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley is a good start point as well and has some recipes at the back as well eg. Porridge fingers, banana pancakes etc.

    We also travelled around Europe with Rehan his whole first year while we were living in the UK and did Italy when he was about 16months on our way home to Australia. Italy is great for kids – he ate what we did – pizza, pasta and gelato haha – and the lifestyle there is so much more friendly for kids. We ate outside so nobody minded him running around and were almost always stopped by Nonnas wanting to say hello to the ‘Bella boy’. We stayed in AirBNB apartmens for our whole trip – easier when Rehan went to bed and we could hang out in the lounge area and have a kitchen/ laundry facilities.

    We stayed in a suburb called Trastevere about a 30 min walk from Rome central for a lot of our trip – local, great food, a playground nearby, a fairly big expat community and decent walking distance to the sights.

  • Sian Therese January 29, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I love this. Yes to a king bed! We don’t even have a baby yet and I want one, and have ever since I started sharing a bed. It took me about a year to get used to sharing a bed, my husband was forever pushing me back or putting up with me taking all the room but wasn’t getting any sleep. Now as long as I always sleep on the left side things are fine, but I still dream of all the extra room for stretching out. Oh Italy, it’s the dream isn’t it. We’re off to America in April for a family wedding but Italy is next, whenever that may be. We’re in the throws of finding a house too, ideally a small property out of town but we’ll see how that goes. The market is a little crazy at the moment, things disappear so quickly. Thank you for sharing your beautiful life with us. Have you decided what Joan’s first food will be?

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