I am blessed.

If I could give the last four days a definition it would be “the hardest year of my life” even though it has only been four days, it feels like forever.

As a wife and mom of two I think I just blithely forgot how blessed I am with my hubby who is ├╝ber involved in our family life. He cooks, looks after crying toddlers in the night and takes the first shift of feeds for the baby at night too.  He’s amazing, oh, and did I mention he has his own I.T. business too?  

So when we heard he had to have minor surgery that would leave him on “light work” for three weeks I cried. I cried because I knew I’d be on my own and have to dig deep with kids and home and taking him to and from the hospital in our neighbouring city.  I would have to be the toddler soother, carry to bed, rock the baby to sleep person till he is strong enough to lift heavy things. 

It has been a rough weekend, and I am grateful for ladies in my life who took it upon themselves to bring dinners to help ease the load.  I am grateful to our nanny for being available and staying over to help with the kids the first two nights, I am super grateful that the operation went well and he has come home in one piece.

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How to: Baby food

So my son is eating solids now, he’s Five and a half months, chomping like a champion.  I try make all his food, especially the first foods, cause, well, then I know exactly what’s in it and it’s a bit more budget friendly.  I thought I’d include a little “how to” on the blog for those that were asking.

You will need: 1 x small butternut peeled, de-seeded and chopped into small chunks.

A small pot and a little water for boiling.

Boil the butternut till super soft and squishy, take some water off – I leave about half a cup of water for a small butternut. Using a stick blender, blend till very very smooth.  It should be the consistency of custard, this will freeze and defrost well.

I store in plastic 70ml containers in the freezer but you can also use ice cube trays, clean glass jars or freezer bags to store.

Defrost in microwave gently, stir well to make sure there aren’t any hot spots.

Don’t keep longer than a month iiton the freezer to be safe, and always taste check before giving to baby to make sure it’s still yummy.

So far we’ve done butternut and sweet potatoes with our second one, we’ll be moving onto home made oats soon.

Some veggies I’ve done before: zucchini/baby marrow – not very popular, but mixed with some butternut it goes down well. 

Mashed potatoes – make it quite runny so it defrosts nicely.

Pease, corn, carrots, and peppers (not too much, this can be a flavour addition to other veg)

Fruits are so easy – apples, pears, berries, peaches, plums (go easy with the plums they are, after all, baby prunes).

Bananas you can just mash and give straight, but see how their tummies respond cause they are prone to cause constipation.

Avo – probably the best thing ever, just mashed plain is amazing.

When baby gets bigger and used to single foods you can start blending them and adding spices to make it super delicious.

Do you have an amazing recipe for baby food that you use? Share it with me! 

 

Monday

What is it about Monday that is so difficult to get the wheels turning?!  Perhaps the lazy weekend? Or perhaps the mental leap of looking after two kids over two relaxed days to managing an office and staff for five is quite a jump?

Any way you slice it Monday will always be there, so get the coffee on, and give it your best shot.

Friday Fun.

So it’s the second morning waking up before 05:00 because my son is changing his sleep patterns.  Bonus extra though is that he’s been off his reflux meds for a whole week. A. Whole. Week. That’s a HUGE deal for us and a significant growth milestone for him. Happy tears are shed regularly.

Feeding of solid foods to my little one is going well, if momma just remembers it would be a bit more regular.

Second week of being back at work with my hubby. Good idea, bad idea. Got to make the most of it and hopefully we’ll make a great team when the initial getting used to phase is over.

Got to photograph a graduation event yesterday, not usually my cup of tea, but this crowd are good friends and great fun so it was worth every minute.  I’ll post some snippets on my photography page over the weekend.

Lastly, we are having a day off to go see a surgeon in PE for hubby, so fun day off, not so fun day off. 

Hope your weekend is amazing! 

I do not have a clue.

I recently started doing a series of videos on my photography page aimed at helping folk photograph their hand-made goods for social media with their cell phones.  It’s a fabulous idea, there are so many folk out there who have no idea how to translate what they imagine into an image that represents their brand or item well plus have the budget to hire a photographer. So I thought some 101 was in order.

I did not realise how much work would be involved in putting these tutorials together. So, #goodideabadidea .  

The planning, prepping and making yourself NOT look like you had three hours sleep is heavy! I’ve been taking inspiration from some of the bloggers I follow and I have a renewed respect for what they do, long term.  It is not easy putting all that content together, and I do not have a clue, not even a small one, and now I’m knee deep in video tutorials and I have to see it through, on the cusp of just starting a regular half day job ontop of my own hand-made originals business, I do not have a clue what I have got myself in for.

So wish me luck as I attempt to complete my video series strong with at least two or three more tutorials, find my feet in my day job and figure out the way forward for my little business as well.

I do not have a clue!