Super Tough Week

This week has been super tough. It’s been 14 months in the making but hasn’t made it any easier. Big changes for Nell and Mumma – I went back to work and Nell officially started family day care. I had thoughts on how it would pan out but in reality I was fumbling for a torch during a blackout – anxious, panicky and wanting it to be over quickly.

After a couple of near ‘perfect’ (quote from the carer) trial days I was confident that the little pocket rocket would settle right in. She had grizzled a little when I left but ran away laughing when I came for pick up – she was having a blast – yipee no more boring Mumma!

But slap on some make up, don a dress/heels and she knows something’s up. Mumma is going somewhere without me, where she will have adult conversations and go to the toilet on her own (I almost forgot to close the door on the cubicle…). So the morning drop offs were pretty rough – loads of clinginess and tears. This was exactly what I was dreading. I stayed until she was happy….eating of course. And then glued my phone to my ear. Using super glue of course.

On arrival at work  I felt so strange. I’m talking like a 6 year old starting grade one strange. It was like I left half of my personality, my brain, my being, my reason for living at day care. I spent the day checking my phone every 45 seconds, talked about her non stop to anyone that would listen and honestly (sorry for any work peeps reading this) not caring an ounce about work. It’s the honest truth and I’m sure I’m not alone in this feeling. I made it hour by hour hoping no one would notice my many internal panic attacks of hysteria and pangs of Nellness (illness caused by no Nell being round).

So many Mums have told me about the rush of excitement when they go for pick up. I can tell you I was racing (like I used to in the 100m dash at primary school) through the pouring rain, blisters on both heels, up a mighty steep hill to open that gate. All I wanted was those miniature arms wrapped around my neck and that lollipop head resting on my shoulder. And boy was she happy to see me.

After only a week of this mayhem, I do know one thing. I’m savouring every minute of every day with my little bug. Every laugh, every poo (okay a bit drastic I know), every cry, every hug and every open mouth sloppy kiss I get from her.

Cause life is all about Nell.

IMG_1077(Photo is oldie but a goodie – she’s my mini super hero)

The Veggie Hiders

Nell eats like a horse – there’s no doubt  – our weekly shopping bill accounts for that. But lately she’s stopped eating fresh veggies – broccoli, peas (she used to pick each individual one with her pincer grip), carrot etc. So I need to find ways to hide the veggies without her knowing what’s going in her little gob.

A fellow Mumma in Mother’s Group put me on to the One Handed Cooks. Basically easy cooking with only one hand – I hear you – praise the Lord – I only have one hand to use…and one side of my brain these days.

So I gave the below Yoghurt & Broccoli Quiches a whirl. The recipe is so easy, pretty healthy and Nell loves them…and not an ounce of knowledge that she’s eating those green trees. Aha!

As a disclaimer – I’m using their recipe – but head over to their website for tons of different recipes. Note – photo of end product – slightly browned on the ends – might cook them on a lower heat next time but they were delicious.

Yoghurt & Broccoli Quiches

Tip: Try substituting the broccoli for any vegetable such as sauteed mushrooms, peas, grated zucchini, baby spinach, roasted pumpkin or sweet potato.

Ingredients

6 x sourdough, mutligrain or gluten free wraps 
3 eggs
1 cup yoghurt
1/4 cup milk (I used coconut milk if you want to cut down on the dairy)
1/2 cup loosely packed grated cheese
1/2 cup broccoli florets, chopped as large or small 

Method

Step 1

Heat the oven to 180 degrees. 

Step 2

In a medium sized bowl lightly whisk the eggs and milk together. Add the yoghurt and cheese and whisk to combine. Stir through the grated cheese 

Step 3

Cut the wraps to size (you will probably need to overlap 2 pieces per pie tin) and line individual pie tins or muffin trays. Add a layer of broccoli, or chosen vegetables, and fill with the egg mixture. Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes depending on the size of your quiches. 

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Without Nell for the Day

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 9.07.45 pmWowsers. Today was huge. Nell had her first day at Family Day Care today. Cue – breathe in, breathe out.

I’ve been preparing myself for this for a few weeks and felt like I’ve been Mrs Calm and Collected in the lead up. But yesterday evening her and I were playing on the kitchen floor, chasing each other – the usual giggling Gerties. She wander off and I said cuddles and she raced over to me and gave me the tightest cuddle ever and then looked up to me and smacked a big old kiss on my lips. I completely crumbled in a flood of tears – the reality of the big day had hit – after 14 months of living and breathing her – she was leaving me for the day.

Morning broke and we collected our things and set off. During the car ride I explained what she would be doing and how much fun should would have (without me of course :(. She just smiled and continued to bounce along to Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (me – I’m your Mumma don’t you forget it!). I almost broke down again but wanted to hold it together for the carer not to see my eyes bloodshot and red (like she hadn’t seen it before – cue – breathe in, breathe out).

We arrived and placed all the belongings in the usual spots and headed straight to the play room. Her little friend from Mother’s Group was there so an instant playmate. She hung on for dear life but after 15-20 mins slowly crept down to play with the toys (A-mazing by the way – like an old school toy library – endless amounts of fun). I left the room for a milli-second and she didn’t freak out (hurrah). The little ones sat down for morning tea and she was cool as a cumber – as of course it involved food – her favourite pastime. So I made my break – kissed her goodbye and said I loved her. She didn’t shed a tear – major hurdle overcome for Mumma.

And there it was before me – an entire day to do ‘stuff’. But I had nothing to do. I was without my little mate, my side kick, my best friend, my bubba. I was lost. So I rang about 30 people – majority didn’t answer as it was the middle of the day. Visited my brother-in-law, my friend, cooked dinner at 1pm and went for a run in the hot day sun – very random!

The carer rang and said to come pick her up at 3pm – she had been fine all day but cried around her nap – sounded like a semi successful day – total surprise! I entered expected her to bound up to me with puppy dog excitement but when I arrived….she looked at me and smiled and ran off laughing…the usual cheeky monkey that is Nell!

So it wasn’t all bad – she survived and I barely survived. I know it could have been a lot, A LOT worse. I’m feeling confident going in to tomorrow (even as bold to book a long overdue hair appointment). I’m slightly hesitant about going back to work next week (how on earth to people focus in meetings without breaking out into Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for god’s sake??!) but feel comfortable that she’s in a loving, caring environment with the carer.

So another day of breathing in and breathing out – she will be okay. I will be okay.

Nell’s Shop of the Month – January

Put your hand up if you like to online shop? I’m an addict and scour the web for the coolest stores, finding something unique and value for money (Mrs bargain hunter right here and boy can I deliver).

So here comes the first regular feature – Nell’s Shop of the Month.

First up for 2015 – is Tiny Tribe. This Aussie brand ticks all the boxes for the little trendsetters – cool and simple. And as the brand name suggests – all for tiny prices.

Here are Nell’s top 5 picks…umm and bonus they are all on sale!

1) Thick Strap Swing Top in Chambray  – $9.48 (Nell has this already for next summer)

Chambray Top

2) Relaxed Legging in Chambray – $11.48 (nothing wrong with some double denim)

Pants

3) Tee with Vintage Deer Print – $9.48 (oh deer this is too cute)

Deer Tee

4) 3/4 Seamless Sleeveless Tee with Blue Stripe Print – $10.98 (also available in red)

3:4 Top

5) A-Line Dress – $18.48 (yes she does wear dresses on occasion :))

Dress

www.tinytribe.com.au

Video Hits: Nell’s Top 5 Music Clips

So we have a little bebopper on our hands. Nell loves music and shaking her little booty. Please find below her top video music clips. All on You Tube – her generation’s version of Video Hits (oh remember every Saturday on Channel 10 – those were the days and god I feel ancient).

To kick it off here is a sneak peak of her moves (wait for the pauses…) including the priceless roll of the hips.

1) Jack Johnson: Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – she listens to this practically every night while eating dinner. Despite the lyrics being about a personal dating ad – she thinks lights up and grooves whenever it comes on.

2) Super Simple Learning: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – with 433 million hits this vid is the perfect calm down solution. The animation is lovely and the buddy friendship between owl and star is cute as pie. Additional ones to watch on this channel: Little Snowflake and Sweet Dreams. Equals – some seriously chilled out kiddies.

3) Craig Smith: Wonkey Donkey – written and performed by a Kiwi – with the sense of humour of a Kiwi. She was introduced this by her Den Den (granddad) and bounces up and down as soon as she hears the donkey’s ee-ohh.

4) Hippo and Dog: The Lion Sleeps Tonight – nothing better than watching animals sing right? Can’t go wrong with an animated hippo and dog. Educating her early with 60’s music – one cool babee.

5) LadyBabyBum: Wheels on the Bus – okay will drive parents nuts but this is an oldie/goodie people. Oh and there’s 4 parts – 54 mins long each….

Love DJ Nell. x