Going back to work … 

I need to grow some balls, and grow them quickly! ! 


Today I am going back to work 😢I can’t even tell you why am I so upset. Is it because I had to leave my girls ? Is it because I know that I won’t see them all the time? Is it because I am going back to work ? It is because I won’t be the first one to see every single new thing that Skylar will do? Is it because I am worried that Skylar won’t know what is going one? Is it because I worry that she will think that I abounded her ? Is it because I won’t be there for my girls all the time, and every time that they needs me? It’s probably all of the above. I know that the nursery is good for kids, they learn a lot there, do loads of things that I wouldn’t do with them at home, teaches them social skills etc. But the truth is : no one, no matter how amazing they are (girls do have an amazing grandparents) will be able to look after your child as well as you are. 

I know that after few weeks we all will be fine, settled in to our new routine, making the most of our new life … but until then I will have a cry here and there … 

NAPS –  WHY BABY DONT LOVE THEM AS MUCH AS WE DO ?????😊

Chloe never was a sleepy baby. Everyone tells you newborns sleep all the time … Not Chloe! From the beginning she was awake for around 4 hours or more at once. As the time went by and she was getting older and older she was awake more and more …. And some more. 

I mentioned before that the key for us to get Chloe to sleep nicely and easyly without waking up crying was longer naps (apparently 30 min 3 times a day isn’t good enough). I also mentioned that it wasn’t too hard to get Chloe to nap for 1,5 hour …. Spoken to soon !!! 

 If you are struggling with getting your little one to nap for longer than 30-45 minutes, don’t worry! Most of us are!If you aren’t then you are really lucky! There are days when Chloe naps like a dream! She always wakes up after her first sleep cycle but going back to sleep is a hit and miss. Sometimes it takes few seconds and she is back asleep, sometimes 5 minutes of her talking … sometimes 15, sometimes 5 minutes crying … Sometimes 30 minutes. If we have one of the bad days I give up after 20 minutes and take her for a walk. That way Chloe gets her sleep (takes 5 minutes in the pram and she is out) and I get my coffee and magazine break in Coffeeshop 😊 

I tried all of the advice that you can find out there on how to get them back to sleep:

– sussh and pat ( she doesn’t want to lay on her side to do it 😊)

– having good routine (we always go to sleep at this same time)

– making sure that naps are when Chloe needs it and when she is tired (you can establishe it quite easily by observing your baby)

– staying in the room with them ( doesn’t work, Chloe things that I am there to play with her)

– speaking to Chloe about the need to sleep to have more energy to play (some reason she doesn’t ether understand or agree with me)

What works best for us is to keep coming in to the room, putting her comfort blanket to her cheek, dummy in to mouth and leaving the room. Sometimes I need to do it 100 times but 90% of the time it works. 

Good news is apparently it will get much easier when baby is 6 months old !!!!!!

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MEAL … MINI BURGERS WITH SWEET POTATO CHIPS

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MEAL …

MINI BURGERS WITH SWEET POTATO CHIPS.


Ingredients:

– 250g of turkey or chicken mincemeat

– 70g of breadcrumbs

– 1/2 apple (grated)

– 1/2 onion

– 10g of parmesan cheese

– 1 tsp of sauce

– 2 tbsp of ketchup

– handful of parsley

– 1 sweet potato

– thyme
Cooking Method :

Prepare your oven at 200C.

Put all of the ingredients in to the food processor and mix until well combine together.

Form small burgers (you should be able to make around 20 of them) and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake for 10 minutes, turn them round and bake for another 10 minutes (you might also need to flatern them as they grow quite a lot while cooking).

For sweet potatoes chips just cut your potatoes in to a desired shape, place on a bakin tray (with baking paper on it) sprinkle with thyme and a little bit olive oil. Bake for around 15min.
GROWN UP VERSION

 Ingredients:

– 250g of turkey or chicken mincemeat

– 70g of breadcrumbs

– 1/2 apple (grated)

– 1/2 onion

– 10g of parmesan cheese

– 1 tsp of sauce

– 2 tbsp of ketchup

– handful of parsley

– 1/4 chilly

– salt & pepper to taste
Cooking method:

Exactly this same as the Mini Burgers it you will have to cook them for a little bit longer 15 minutes on each side. This should make you around 8 burgers.

1ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS !!! 

Months of planing, weeks of preparation, lots of stress, excitement and happiness … And now Chloe is one year old ! 

 I have spent a lot of time making all birthday decorations, birthday cakes and food. This are the results of Chloe’s two birthday parties. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

CHLOE IS 1 YEAR OLD !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETHEART !!! ❤️ 

 
 It has happened Chloe has turned 1 today! I cannot believe that my little princess is already 1 year old! Where did the time go ??!! When did the year go by ?? Yes in the past year I have been constantly tired, haven’t had many good nights of sleep and have been worrying all the time  about everything. But it has been the most amazing, wonderful year filled with happiness and so much love that I found it overwhelming!!!! Chloe has come in to this world at the saddes time of my life and made me the happiest person on the planet !! Every day I would look at her cute little face, see her gorgeous smile and I would feel so happy, blessed and loved (even in the middle of the night after being up for 18 hours). 
 Chloe turning 1 was very emotional, a chapter of my and Chloe’s life has been closed! She officially isn’t a baby anymore …. She is a toddler! 

 Happy birthday my little princess! Thank you for being such an amazing baby and making me and Daddy so happy ! 

  
  

 
 More about Chloe’s actual birthday and her parties in few days time! 

BREASTFEEDING… Time to end this amazing emotional bond …

  
I have been very lucky to be able to breastfeed Chloe straight away without any problems… Once she got hold of my breast and started sucking she didn’t want to let go for 12 hours  !! This very painful 12 hours were a beginning of an amazing, emotional bond that I had with Chloe. 

 I loved every minute of it, every feed, every cuddle which came with it … And it made my life so much easier; I didn’t have to worry about having formula, sterilising bottles, making milk in the middle of night while baby screams for food…  

 Now that in few weeks time Chloe will be one and I will be going back at work it’s time to stop it… Naturally the amount of times I breastfeed Chloe has been dropping slowly over the last few months as she started to eat more and more solid food. We are now on 2 feeds a day, one in the morning and one in the evening . This week I have started to give her formula in the evening and only breastfed her in the morning . It has made me feel very sad and emotional … Especially when in the middle of the day she would start pulling my top down looking at my breast and say in her baby talk : give me my milk ! I never thought that this will be so emotional ! 

 My baby girl is growing up ….. 

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MEAL …SWEET POTATO AND APPLE MUFFINS (NO SUGAR) !!!

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MEAL …

SWEET POTATO AND APPLE MUFFINS (NO SUGAR) !!!

 

Ingredients :

– 1 small sweet potato (around 70g grated)

– 3 apples (skinless and grated)

– 75g of flower

– 1 egg

– 1 tsp of baking powder

– 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon

–  2 tsp of vanilla sugar

– little bit of water

Cooking Method :

Get your owen ready at 200C fan.

Mix all of the ingredients together with a mixer until the consistency is nice and creamy. Divide in to muffin forms (around 35 mini muffins) and bake for 15 minutes. Chloe loves them and I hope that your baby will also!

 

SNACKS BOX CAN LOOK GOOD ! 

Now that Chloe is becoming a little person, she starts eating like one as well:-) She loves her snacks and she loves to have a nice verity of them. I was on a mission to find a nice way to store those snacks. This is  what I found : 

1.BOON TRUNK SNACK BOX 

  
 

2.HAPPY JACKSON LUNCH BOXES

 
3.LEGO LUNCH BOX  
  
  

4.  JUMBOX CLASSIC SNACK BOX  

5. MONSTER MASH UP SNACKS BOXES 

  
6. ALL CHANGE SNACK BOX  

 

7. CATERPILLARS STACK SNACK BOX 

  

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MEAL … COD FISH FINGERS

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MEAL …

COD FISH FINGERS

This is an adaptation of Annabell Karmel recipe. As we know we all need to eat a lot of fish and this is a great idea to introduce fish in another form. This recipe is so yeasty that it’s a dinner for the whole family !

Ingredients:

– 300g of cod filets

– 75g of breadcrumbs

– 75g of grated parmesan

– 1 egg

– a little bit of flower.

Cooking method :

Cut your fish filets in to strips. Mix breadcrumbs with grated parmesan. Get flower, egg and  breadcrumbs mix on to separate plates.

Cover you fish strip in flower, then egg and then coat it well in your breadcrumb mix.

Fry on the frying pan with olive oil 5 minutes on each side or until golden.

Serve with vegetable couscous.