The year to come

I haven’t commented on the fact that it’s now 2014. Or that I’ve now reached the mature age of 32. Or that it’s been five months since Aiden came flying (literally) out of me. None of these facts are insignificant to me of course, but neither have they made a huge fuss about them. But I think it’s time for a bit of reflection & create some visions for the year ahead of us. I am terribly excited about this year – 2014.

In 2014 I will finally reclaim my body. I think I somehow thought this would happen after giving birth – that I would feel like me again. And I hear it’s like that for some – not for me. The body I got back after giving birth was weak, destroyed and flabby (although I think the last point is pretty common). I wish I could feel like some that my body is awesome for going through a pregnancy & producing a baby etc etc. I mean, the process of childbirth is amazing! The fact that women can carry and grow a whole new human being is one of creation’s most extraordinary functions. But I do not like what it’s done to my physical abilities (or physical appearance but that’s secondary and less of a worry). Anyway, 2014 I will get it all back & more! I will regain strength, flexibility and energy. And I will not be ashamed to get undressed on the beach (in Mallorca if I get my will) – stretch marks and cellulites and all.

We will also get to know our baby boy a lot more this year. People always tell you to enjoy babyhood cause it passes and I’m trying to, but I’m also SO EXCITED about the future little person this baby will turn into. We will see him develop into a meter+ little being with thoughts that he can hopefully express in two languages and little legs that can carry his little steps after us around the house (and away from us even quicker, I expect). Tiny little hands that will seek our hands for guidance and comfort. I can’t wait!

Soon our little “plutt” will be 6 months, which is a milestone. I will introduce him to a healthy, balanced diet and have already started a little. That – with an active outdoor schedule will hopefully make him enjoy his night-time sleep as much as we will.

In 2014, Jon and I will take up our training together again, for the benefit of both our relationship and waistlines. We will invest in a FitbitĀ each as we’re equally gadget crazy and this will provide motivation to keep moving and keep healthy – providing a good example for our son. He will see us move and see this as a normal part of life. He will join in, in a playful way when he can.

I will continue on the track I’ve been on regarding web development focusing on WordPress development and responsive theme development using Sass library for design. It’s so much fun!!!

I will continue balancing life’s all parts and hopefully do it more efficiently to get the most out of things. We’ll keep working on our family routines in priority order and give ourselves plenty of time for just living. Although I’m pretty bad at that – just being, enjoying, living.

In March Jon & I will have our fifth anniversary. With a third person in our family now, we need to give extra care and attention to our marriage. Hopefully we get a chance to do something just the two of us to celebrate these five years. We’ll see what happens.

And concerning the blog, I so look forward to my new blog design. I look forward to developing my photographing & editing skills for blog photos.

That’s a few things I look forward to in the year to come. There’s other and more important things as well, but this is what gets shared on the blog. Now; bring on 2014!

First porridge

Spelt porridge with mango puree, served in a lovely bowl he got from an elderly lady we know in Maidstone.

We got the lovely bowl from a lady we know in Maidstone. She had eaten from it when she was little kid and her sister as well as her niece. But since she doesn’t have any children herself and wouldn’t therefore have any grandchildren she wanted someone to have it. When she found out I was pregnant she came up and asked if I wanted it. I felt really unworthy of it in a way, you know. As it was clear it was very precious to her. But I could not say no, when she so kindly offered and picked me for some reason. Good thing is it’s being used and we think of her. Lovely Marjorie.

Made Aiden some porridge after this recipe, and translated to English it goes a little something like this:

  • 1 tbsp ground organic pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp organic spelt flour
  • 100 – 150 ml of water
  • unsalted butter or rapeseed oil
  • Mango puree

Basically you just mix the first 3 ingredients, bring to boil – add butter/oil if you want and serve with mango puree.

Aiden looking sceptical

Chia seed pudding

Chia Pudding

 

Of course I HAD to try this hyped chia seed pudding/porridge thing out there everywhere on all health, exercise blogs. Especially since I’m trying to introduce high protein without meat/dairy products. More about that later!

This first one I did following this recipe, in English it would be:

  • 2 tbsp organic chia seeds (I didn’t have organic this time though – next time!)
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut flakes
  • ~12g saffron
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla essence (again didn’t have organic this time…)
  • 200 ml unsweetened almond milk (gaah! didn’t realise they would sweeten it, found unsweetened one now so will buy it from now on)
  • 2 finely chopped dates for sweetening (I didn’t have dates so just used some maple syrup)

Anyway, you mix it all and refrigerate overnight and serve with berries and maybe some almond milk.

So my verdict? It’s not bad. Not awesome either though. But that could have been because I expected it to taste like passion fruit, cause this saffron version looks like passion fruit.

I’m trying cardamom and cinnamon and maple syrup for tomorrows porridge.

Lasts days in Portsmouth

The last days in the UK I didn’t take many photos. Not being a very good photographer I find it hard to take photos when it’s too dark and indoors. So that was part of the reason. I did drag “my” camera with me everywhere though. So unfortunately we didn’t get many photos when Jon’s sister & husband arrived. Here’s a couple after a walk and we stop for a drink at Wetherspoons.

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The Men Who Made Us Fat

The men who made us fat“The question is not why there are so many fat people […], but why there are thin people in an environment that is leading us all to be obese”

 

I’d like to highly recommend this 3 part BBC documentary called “The men who made us fat”. So interesting! Never put your trust in government guidelines, recommendations or food company labelling/marketing to educate you on what’s healthy! There’s to many conflicting agendas and the main priority is not to recommend that is best for us humans. (there’s also; The men who made us thin)

The men who made us fat BBC documentary
The men who made us fat

 

No place like home

Even though we’ve had a great time away and time just flew by these fifteen days at my in-laws, it is good to be back home.

I got up at 3 am after trying to get Aiden back to sleep since around 1 am. And he did, just a I had to get up. We caught the bus to Gatwick and both Aiden and myself slept most of the bus trip. I tried to blog but felt sick, so thought I’d catch up on sleep.

Security & check in went smooth, although I had to throw away some breast milk I’d pumped earlier and carried with me. They would have let me keep it if I tasted it. I didn’t really need it though, as I was planning on feeding Aiden, but just had it with in case.

I felt relaxed flying to and from the UK. So pleased as it seems most of my anxiety when it comes to flying is gone. Still have some but not at all as bad.

And Aiden, what a good boy he’s been. So calm and happy. He’s back in his cot tonight, let’s see how this night turns out after everything we’ve put him through…
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Oh well I’m turning in early. Good night.

Untasty owl slippers

I found these shoes on eBay before Aiden was born. It was very early in the pregnancy. Before we even thought of ‘it’ being an Aiden. It’s sometimes risky to get stuff on eBay (at least when it’s cheap and mass produced far away from here). But these were so lovely!

And Aiden seems to like them as well – not the taste of them though that was very clear.Owl shoes

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“It wasn’t me!”

Look away – more baby photos! Almost five months on and he’s still my favourite photo subject. (He’s completely overtaken all my “selfies” through the years, believe it or not!) But he’s just so photogenic! And he’sĀ my baby.

Here he is on grandma’s floor, in a baby grow from auntie Abbey and drewl bib from auntie Pernilla and various genes from mummy & daddy.

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