TGIF

Thank god its Friday. Its been a very long week for us. Jasmine was off school ill last Friday with a cold and cough – which she has now given to me. Yuk! I kept her home on Monday and Tuesday as she was up a lot during the night and I didn’t feel it was fair to wake her up early. She was absolutely fine during the day and as I started to feel ill it was very tiring, all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and all she wanted to do was run around and play. I decided that Wednesday she would be fine for school but still felt that if she didn’t sleep well I wouldn’t want to wake her up. We phoned her teacher who said it would be absolutely fine to bring her in mid morning instead. I was a little anxious about this – previous to this Jasmine had only just started running into school happily (she used to hang onto my leg until the last moment and I would have to walk her in as this is her first year) but for the last week or so she has been wanting to go and wait with the rest of the children in her line until its time to go in. I was worried that with her having the time off and not feeling 100% that she would go back to how she was before, but she was fine, when I dropped her off I got to walk her to her classroom with the caretaker, all her class were lined up to go out to the playground so she just let go of my hand and joined the queue – I didn’t even get a kiss or a wave goodbye.

Yesterday was the first time I saw Jasmine run into school and then join in play with a group of her class mates. This is a major breakthrough for us. She’s a shy one, and I have been told by her teacher that she doesn’t talk much in school and keeps herself to herself. When she went into school yesterday to join her queue a few of the girls from her class were playing chase, I could see her watching awkwardly and smiling at them and I knew she wanted to join in, bit by bit as I watched she slowly edged her way into the group and started playing too. It warmed my heart. I was so proud to see her finally beginning to come out of her shell. I have worried a lot about her being shy and hated the thought of her being left out so hopefully now she will start to make some more friends. She is only 3 after all and this is all still quite new to her so I expected it to take a while but hopeful she will continue to progress like this and gain a bit more confidence. I was a shy little girl and I hated it, so I live in hope that Jasmine will be a lot more confident and outgoing than I was.

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Is it time?

It was the Christmas holidays when Jasmine had her first friend round to play. This was the first time ever id looked after someone else’s child and I was honestly quite nervous about it. It turned out completely fine as the girls went upstairs and played together and I managed to sit down and actually drink a whole cup of tea.
As I listened to the girls playing and giggling together it suddenly hit me… Why doesn’t Jasmine have a brother or sister yet? Have I been putting it off for too long that id simply not thought about it? Am I denying my daughter of having a sibling to play with? The thought saddened me. Yes I had wanted to wait until she was a little bigger as I wanted to appreciate my time with her and just her, I never wanted to be too busy with a new baby and not get chance to experience her growing up. Now I look back and part of me wishes that id had another when she was 2 so that they could now play together. It had me thinking alot about having a baby #2, Is now the right time?

Honestly I don’t think there is ever a set right time or a wrong time to have another baby, I think it depends on when you feel ready. And im starting to feel ready (atleast I think I am) Jasmine will be 4 in September, shes at preschool full time and shes a lot less dependant on me. My baby girl is growing up…fast.

We´ve decided to leave it up to fate, stop trying to “prevent” it and if and when it is supposed to be, it will be. Excited.

Ps- Ive already googled a million pregnancy symptoms since the word go… Ooops!

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The trendy kid

My daughter enjoys choosing what she wears each day, some days she will look ridiculous but others she will look like a trendy little model. I like to let her choose her outfits, it gives her a sense of freedom and a way in which she can express who she is. Each morning when she wakes up she will pick out what she wants to wear for preschool. By doing this I feel it gives her a wing of confidence and excitement for the day ahead.

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5 things we did this weekend

Now that my daughter goes to pre school weekends are our main chance to spend that quality time with her as when she gets home from pre school she is normally too tired to go anywhere. Therefore when the weekend comes I like to get out and do things that she would enjoy. I hate the feeling of a weekend passing and not doing anything, even if it’s just an hour in the park,  a walk with the dogs or a movie afternoon on a rainy day. As each weekend approaches I like to plan what we will do and I hope to dedicate my Monday blog posts to sharing with you  5 things we did over the weekend.

1 – Our weekly shop. Saturday is normally our weekly shop day which I hate doing and try to get it over with as soon as possible so we can get on with our weekend. Little Miss seems to enjoy it though and normally comes home with a Kinder egg.

2 – Cooked a new meal. Not so much on the fun side for my daughter but I like to try to encourage her to try different foods. So this week I cooked “salmon baked in foil with green beans and pesto” from Jamie Oliver’s, Jamie’s home cooking skills website. You can read my “Mummy´s meals” post about this here which includes the recipe and cooking instructions.

3 – Cardboard box dolls house. It was raining Saturday afternoon so we didn’t go anywhere. We have recently moved house and I saved a few of the empty boxes for days like this. We stuck 2 boxes on top of each other and began snipping paper from furniture catalogues. Admittedly we only managed to decorate the floor before she was bored and hungry but it gives us an ongoing project everytime we’re stuck for something to do.

4 – Nanas house. We normally go to visit my mum on Sunday if we don’t have any plans to go anywhere. she cooks  us a huge roast and we spend the afternoon catching up, and normally making things out of playdoh.

5 – Cuddled up on the sofa and napped. My daughters been under the weather this weekend with a bit of a cold and cough so she didn’t sleep very well Saturday night. By 3 o’clock she was exhausted so we cuddled up on Nanas sofa and she fell asleep on me. Ahhhhhhhh. A nap is a very rare occurrence in our household so I really enjoyed this moment just cuddling my sleepy baby.

So there’s my weekend, what 5 things did you do? I’d love to hear.

For the love of frogs

Ever since my daughter was tiny she has always been attracted to frogs, I don’t even know why, maybe its their big funny eyes or the bright green but she always seemed to have a froggy toy by her side. Even now at 3 years old whenever she sees anything to do with a frog she must have it. She even sleeps with them. Most little girls want puppies and rabbits and pets, but not mine she’s asked for a pet frog. So for this years Carnaval outfit which was last weekend she dressed as “the princess and the frog”.

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Mummy´s meals: Pesto Salmon with green beans

I am always searching the web for simple yet tasty and healthy meals which are suitable for both daddy and I and little miss fussy eater too.

I’ve never been much of a fish eater but part of this years new years resolution to eat healthier was to include fish regularly into our diet considering all the health benefits there are to eating oily fish, especially salmon.

I recently came across this Jamie Oliver recipe for “Salmon baked in a foil parcel with green beans and pesto”. It looked simple yet healthy and tasty at the same time. I tried it out tonight and that is exactly what it is, just a few ingredients, easy to prepare, quick to cook and absolutely no mess (the meals are cooked in foil which benefits hardly any washing up to do – bonus!). Perfect for the busy mum and let me tell you that it was absolutely delicious.

First of all you need is:

  • Tin foil
  • Salmon fillets – one for each member of the family
  • half or 1 handful of green beans per person depending on how much you like your beans.
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Half a lemon per serving
  • A tablespoon of pesto per serving
  • Sprinkle of olive oil on each foil parcel

To prepare the meal:

  • Firstly pre heat your oven to 200ºC or 400ºF (gas mark 6)
  • Bring to the boil a large pan of water for the beans
  • Wash and trim your beans and boil them in the pan for 3-4 minutes
  • Whilst they are cooking halve your lemons and prepare the tin foil for each serving, large enough to wrap the salmon and beans
  • Once the beans are finished, drain them off and place them onto the tin foil for each serving
  • Place each salmon fillet skin side down over the beans and top with a tablespoon of pesto on each one
  • Drizzle olive oil over the fillets and squeeze half a lemon juice onto each one (or less depending on how much lemon you prefer on your fish)
  • Season with a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper
  • Scrunch up the sides of the foil so it makes a parcel, although not completely flat so the air can move around inside.
  • Place each foil parcel onto a baking tray and cook in pre heated oven for approx. 15 – 20 minutes. *I checked my parcels at 15 minutes you can tell when the fish is cooked because it flakes off easily with a fork.
  • Then serve. Either as they are in the foil or or onto a plate. * I took little miss fussy eaters one out of the foil and flaked it all off of the skin, also flaking through my fingers just to double check there were not any bones. I (on her request) added a side of cherry tomatoes and chopped olives.
Just about to go into the oven

Just about to go into the oven – this was the little ones version.

The final result

The final result

The toddler version

The toddler version – minus the olives, she ate them all before I got to take a picture.

You can also get the original Jamie Oliver Version from here. (His pictures look a lot more appetizing than mine)

Song of the month

When a toddler likes a song, they really do like it don’t they, shes learnt all the words to this one and it must be on repeat in every car journey we take. Whenever I listen to each of her favourite songs from the past it takes me right back to that moment in time.

Ed Sheeran, Thinking out loud is her favourite song at the moment and will always remind me of our car trips to and from school in her first year.