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Its off to work I go!

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After almost a year of being mummy I’m about to step into the working world again which means my baby girl will be going to nursery! Thanks to my dear husband I am able to go back part time and little ludoo will be at nursery just 2 full days a week… But that’s enough to make me nervey! I’ll be working every Sunday too unfortunately, but at least that means one less day of childcare and baby girl will have a day with daddy!

So the nursery we chose is around the corner from our home and en route to work for me. They can give her breakfast, lunch and an early dinner which means on working days I wouldn’t need to worry about her food… Provided she eats everything they give her! Nursery do dinner at 3.30pm?! Am I naive in thinking that’s extremely early? I’d guess she’ll need a snack when we get home before her bedtime milk.

Anyway, we’ve had numerous settling in sessions and every time I leave… She cries! Every time I return, she also cries! But only once she sees me back in the room, she’s a little rascal. I think she does it to make me feel bad for leaving her! Eeyore seems to be a favourite at the moment, he makes everything better! I tend to leave him in her nursery backpack and the teachers say whenever she’s upset they give her Eeyore and she calms down. He’s a pretty cute little cuddly, I think she enjoys tugging on his ears!

Due to the tears (from the babe AND me!) I’ve had her start nursery a few weeks before I return to work, that way she’s fully settled and I’m not pulling my hair out at work fretting about whether she’s doing ok. (I’ll probably do that anyhow!) So far I’ve tried not to call more than once a day to check on her. The nursery have a communication book between home and nursery so we can read what she’s been up to on her days there and how she’s eaten etc. It does put my mind at ease reading it after picking her up, especially when it describes the cute things she been up to! This one after her first day made me smile πŸ™‚

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I know I’m not to first or last working mummy, and let’s face it, in today’s day and age very few families would be lucky enough to survive on just one salary… Those bills won’t pay themselves! At least that’s the case in our household. On the flip side, childcare is like taking out a second mortgage in itself! I knew the first year of childcare would be a lot, but wow! It really makes you realise the advantage of living close to family who can help.

I don’t know how the role of working mummy is going to be for me… So far it feels like juggling a whole load of balls! But I think the art of keeping all those balls in the air is being super organised!

I used to hate my husband for wanting to plan out all our meals for the week… But I’ve finally seen the error of my ways! Planning in advance means less trips to the supermarket, and knowing what I’m doing when I get home from work, rather than rummaging through the fridge to see what I can find. Allocating a day of the week to do the laundry and shopping online wherever possible are a couple of other changes! And cooking in bulk! If I’m cooking a chilli or curry I try and make double what I need and freeze a portion for the following week.

If there are any mummies out there with helpful hints on how to manage work and home life successfully please share!!! I’m sure I’ve got a steep learning curve ahead of me and many mistakes will be made… GULP!!!

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Our Weekend

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Hey hey! We’ve had another enjoyable weekend attending one more Indian wedding! (Did I mention I love an Indian wedding??) This one was a Sikh wedding so my little Ludoo attended the Gurdwara for the first time. Even though she was attending for a wedding rather than prayers it was a touching moment for me as I attended the gurdwara regularly with my parents as a child, and found it to be a place of peace which gave me time for reflection. I am not a Sikh, but Sindhis do have a great deal of similarities with the Sikhs as we come from North India and also believe in Guru Nanak.
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Anyway, she was super duper cute during the ceremony and watched intently… I think she was a little confused as to why daddy was sitting on the other side of the room but she remained happy nonetheless!

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The wedding reception was my main worry… she had a really good nap in the afternoon so I was hoping she’d last til 9pm at least so we could enjoy the speeches, food and have a little boogie too! And my darling daughter partied with us until 10pm god bless her! She loved it, watching everyone dancing and creating a little racket of her own! She took hold of two dessert spoons and enjoyed banging them together for most of the night πŸ™‚
We put her in a dress from Next which the bride had bought her as a gift – I thought it’d be nice for her to see her in it, and she looked a beaut!

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Sunday was a day with the family and she was in her element with her big cousin! I love that she loves to socialise and enjoy the company of others… shes less like this at nursery unfortunately… read my next post to hear more!!

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Hope you’re all having a great week so far!
xxx

Our Weekend…

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Sorry this is a slightly later weekend post than usual, but our weekend was fab! πŸ™‚
Me and the hubster will be married 5 years this week and so he surprised me with an afternoon in London and a meal at Sushi Samba, where I have been wanting to go since I was pregnant… But we held out so I could fully enjoy the experience… And I certainly did!!!
He was a clever cookie and got Granny and Granddad to babysit. They drove down from Worcester the night before… And I was 100% relaxed on our day out as I know the little munchkin is always happy spending time with her grandparents!
We started off visiting the Tower of London to see the ceramic poppies which looked amazing in pictures, but just breath taking in real life! It’s so hard to believe that many people lost their lives in the war… And how delicate each life is… It’s obviously touched a lot of people as we could see from the crowds that day. Amazed that there are still more poppies to be added.

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The next stop was Sushi Samba (yayyy!) which is on the 38th floor of Heron Tower. They have a glass elevator to the top… Not to be attempted if you’re afraid of heights!! (But a friend of mine who is was able to use the service lift instead!!) The view of London is usually pretty spectacular… Unfortunately this was one of the foggiest days we’ve had all year!

Right, the important bit FOOD! It was sooo delicious! The pork belly had been recommended to me so that was the first thing we tucked into and it was heavenly! We could have ordered a second round but refrained! Next was the sea bass tempura… YUMMY! Teriyaki chicken Robos and then the Samba London sushi selection, again delic! And for dessert With Love from Rio… OMG only the best dessert ever!!! A coffee flavoured mousse with chocolate ganache and caramelised macadamian nuts, my idea of heaven!

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The drinks were just as lush, I started off with a Kaffirinhia cocktail (fragrant Kaffir lime leaves infused in cachaΓ§a, churned with lime and sugar, served short over crushed ice) and we then shared a bottle of sparkling sake which was recommended by our sommelier. We were sceptical at the recommendation as it was more expensive than the wine we were planning to order… plus it was named “moon rabbit”! Not a drink I would immediately hop,skip or jump at having! But WOW it was worth it! The perfect compliment to our meal, I like my wine a little sweet so this was lovely!
And our babe was an angel for Granny and Granddad, they even took a little walk with the pram around our hometown and got her to have a full afternoon nap! I couldn’t have asked for more!!!
Love my family!!! Hope you’re all having a happy week so far!
xxxxx

Sweet Potato and Spinach Paratha

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So I’ve been struggling to think of some fresh, tasty non-dairy finger foods for my bubba. I had done the usual toast, rice crackers, etc and then thought what about some Indian finger foods… And the sweet potato and spinach paratha was born!

Paratha literally translates to “layers of dough”. Its an Indian flat bread which North Indians traditionally have with a bit of butter on top and a pickle/yoghurt on the side. They can be stuffed with pretty much anything! But usually it’s potatoes, leaves, or maybe paneer (Indian cottage cheese). As bubs has CMPA I omitted the usual ghee and butter from the recipe and decided to go with a stuffing of sweet potato, spinach and onion. But really you could try any of babies favourite veggies!

The ingredients were as follows…

1/2 a sweet potato diced
1/4 small onion finely chopped
A handful of spinach leaves finely chopped
1/4 tsp of grated ginger
1/4 tsp cumin powder
2tbsp vegetable/rapeseed oil
1 cup of flour*

*I used a multigrain flour as I thought this would be the most nutritious. You can pick this one up from most Indian stores or large Tesco stores in the Asian food aisle.

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1. Boil the diced potato until soft and fork through.

2. Mix this with the chopped onion and spinach, then add the ginger and cumin powder.

3. Add the flour and oil and begin kneading the dough until it all comes together. It should be quite solid but still soft. (So you should be able to leave a thumb print in the dough). Add a little more oil if the dough doesn’t come together.

4. Divide the dough into 5/6 small balls and roll them all out evenly into a circular shape as below (or you could be adventurous and do a teddy or dinosaur paratha?! Anything to get the kiddies eating them right?!)

They don’t need to be very thick… Around half the thickness of a pound coin.

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5. Then cook one at a time on a hot frying pan around 1min either side. I put a touch of oil onto the first cooked side and flipped it over doing the same on the second side.

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And then they’re done! I think my little ludoo enjoyed hers…

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Let me know what your little babes think of this recipe!

xxx

Baby weaning

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I had always vowed not to be an uptight mum when it came to weaning my baby. I had visions of giving her bites of my food from my plate, a lick of my ice cream on hot sunny days in the park, but weaning my little ludoo was a bit of a stressful task. It wasn’t the usual messy tables and throwing food around…unfortunately when trying to wean her off the breast to formula milk we discovered she had a cows milk protein allergy (CMPA). She was projectile vomiting, wheezing and her eczema rash got crazily worse and came up all over her body. We’ve ended up continuing to breastfeed, as the formula milk our paediatrician recommended was quite bitter in comparison to breast milk… So little ludoo was not prepared to give up the good stuff! (She also became extremely resistant to the bottle after having a couple of horrid vomiting episodes… So I couldn’t even get her to have expressed breast milk like she used to!)

Luckily we were doing all this when she was 5 months old, so we found out about it before she was weaned on to solid foods. She at least has the prescribed milk in her cereals/porridge, as she’s never really tasted any different! She is generally more of a foodie baby than milky so from about 9 months I’ve only had to breast feed her once at night and she gets everything else from her food. CMPA means she can’t tolerate butter, cheese, milk and basically any dairy! But it’s fairly mild so we were pretty lucky.

As I’ve discovered a lot of weaning recipes and ready made pouches/jars contain cheese/butter/milk to make them more flavoursome. So I’ve been trying to conjure up some yummy non-dairy foods whilst weaning and thought I would share! I do have to say the Phillips Avent steamer/blender has made my life with weaning SO much easier! In the early days I’d just throw everything in, steam and whizz! And even now I tend to steam fish, meat and veggies with it to keep in those vital vitamins and nutrients.

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I’ve been trying to do a mixture of traditional Indian foods alongside classics like baby bolognese and a not so “chilli” con carne! So I hope you all enjoy some of the recipes I’ll be adding to the blog and if you do try them please give me feedback so I can improve the way I make things/write the recipes! πŸ™‚

I’m backkkk!!!!! :)

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Wow ok I’ve been totally MIA for a while!!! Things have been a little crazy, I’ve started to ease myself back into work on Sundays leaving LO with daddy… (I’ll post more info on this soon!) Then we had a few days with the in-laws and THEN ludoo got sick 😦 I just thought it was a really bad cold which wouldn’t shift… She had a runny nose for 4/5days and was generally under the weather. On the 5th day she was falling asleep in her highchair as I fed her dinner, which was really weird as she’d just got up from a nap and she LOVES her food! She woke up at 6am the next morning with a temperature of 39.2 so it was then pretty obvious something wasn’t right! She’s never had a temperature that bad before so it was really heartbreaking seeing her so upset! A dose of calpol, breakfast and cuddles with me for a couple of hours brought it down to 37.5, and then I bundled her in the car and off to the Drs.

Apparently she had tonsillitis, which would explain why she was wolfing down all the cool smooth fruit purΓ©es and not really enjoying the rest of her food! So we’ve been giving her antibiotics for the past 5 days… which are such a pain to administer! Anyone got any hints and tips for an easy method so it doesn’t all land up on my blouse?! But thank goodness she is now returning to her old bubbly self! She’s become really cute and cuddly the past week or so… I don’t know if it’s because she was unwell or just a little more of her character coming through… Either way I’m not complaining!!! Love my little girl to bits πŸ™‚

There’ll be plenty more posts coming up this week to make up for my absence so watch this space! πŸ˜›

Happy Monday everyone! xxx

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Just getting started…

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So this I my first ever blog entry! I’ve been wanting to start a blog since I had my baby girl in November 2013. It’s such a life changing experience having a child, this little being you create consumes your whole world and it’s a love like no other! Totally indescribable. But there’s no manual!!! I had no idea if I was feeding her right, holding her right, putting her to sleep right?! While I don’t anticipate creating a manual, I thought it would be fun and useful to document my experiences as a first time mummy in London!

Ok so baby girl is 9 months old already, so I will be writing some of my blogs in retrospect, but I’m hoping it’ll be insightful nonetheless! It takes 9 months to grow a baby and I think it’s taken 9 months for me to learn to be myself again and still enjoy the things I used to, as well as be a mum! Becoming a mummy has really made me value my own parents and all they did to raise us as well as they could. They were both first generation immigrants, my mum came over from Kenya and dad from India… And their story started here in London where they both met. My husband’s family are born and bred in and around Worcestershire for the last 3 generations at least! So our baby girl is half English and half Indian… And unlike maybe 30 years ago, children of this mixed race are much more common. It is socially more accepted to have a mixed race background (I believe!) and I hope we can raise her to understand and appreciate the best of both worlds!

So this blog is for my baby girl and my late mum. It’s sad that you’ll both never meet… But being without my mum has taught me to learn things FAST and also appreciate what a valuable role I have to play in my baby’s life. So here’s to being the best mummy I can be!!! And I hope you enjoy hearing about our adventure! πŸ™‚
xxxxxx