Just a minute in 2013: I have an attitude of gratitude

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

 I was laying in bed a few nights ago just feeling so incredibly overwhelmed by all that I have to be grateful for this year. Honestly, as December draws to a close my mind is so firmly fixed on what an amazingly profound year it’s been for us.

The highlights reel reads as follows:

January: We spent the beginning part of this year in the beautiful country town of Greyton, family time is the best time after all. I also turned 29, last year of my twenties yo!

February: Back at work after the holiday leave. My belly was growing and truthfully summer kicked my arse plus dealing with all the belly touchers at work and in public really unnerved me. I was so awkward. I got to help redo a house for a family in need in the Capricorn township. Being pregnant the help I could offer was limited but being there really moved me.

March: I took a work related trip to Jo’burg. I was 35 weeks pregnant. The trip and work stressed me out so much. When I went to the gynea for a scan I found out there was a significant drop in my amniotic fluid and it shocked me into realizing that I need to rest up.

April: 1st of April was my last day in the office. My feet were swollen, my spirit was broken. I was so ready for Sophie to be born. When I went to the hospital for a check up on Friday the 12th I had no idea I would be admitted for high blood pressure and that Sophie would be born early on Monday the 15th. Guys, April literally rocked my life to its very core. Giving birth, becoming a mother, all those emotions. Oh my gosh. I feel teary writing about it now, it was complete magic.

May: Regan turned 35, I regret that his birthday was a bit of a non-event because it was so close to Sophie’s birth. May was such a beautiful month, Autumn was settling in and Regan and I were navigating our way through our new roles as parents. The initial shock was gone and we were just so elated to have this amazing little girl as the center of our world.

June: Regan’s paternity leave ended, the cold set in, hello winter. It fucking snowed (or was it sleet?) Everyone freaked out regardless. I watched a lot of Master Chef, made a lot of delish dinners and got super fat.

July: Sophie laughed for the first time. It made me ugly cry tears of happiness. I felt like I waited so long to hear that little chuckle. Now she laughs everyday, it makes my heart so glad. Sophie’s spikey hair also started falling flat, finally, her trademark pineapple hair style was gone. My gran turned 80, I’m so blessed to still have my maternal grandmother and both my paternal grandparents in my life, every time they see Sophie I wish I could bottle the joy I see in their eyes.

August: My mom turned 50! Oh my word, what a spring chicken. Honestly guys, knowing that my mom is still around and still active and living her best life, being such an awesome granny, ag I just want to be that way when Sophie has a baby of her own one day. August was the month that Sophie mastered both the art of rolling over and the art of sitting up perfectly straight.

September: Spring and flowers and play time and oh my glory Sophie is 5 months, how did that happen. I felt like the first 5 months flew by, I wrote this post about being a mom. Teething began seriously and we also started being much more social as a family, by that I mean we actually left the house to do shit.

October: Fat, fat, baby. Sophie and solid food became fast friends, fast. She really is my child. Little glutton. Sophie & I reached our 6 month breastfeeding mark -- YESS!!! We spent a butt load of money on her new summer wardrobe. I hung out with my grandparents so much, cups of tea and paging through photo albums.

November: No filter Friday happened and I took a picture of myself and realized how much grey hair I have! For real!

December: Sophie’s first Christmas! She was totally in awe of the Christmas tree, the wrapping paper her new toys. I never knew the magic of Christmas until now. Sharing this holiday with a baby makes it so much more. We hosted lunch, my family and Regan’s. I made duck and a bunch of sides, there was gammon and trifle and over consumption for days.

Can I just say, as far as years go, 2013 rocked.

I’ve also read so many amazing blog posts, posts that have moved me so much, guys you’ve made me cry, you’ve made me happy and angry and excited and you’ve left me in awe of the human spirit. If you want to feel some of what I’ve felt read on:

There are two posts that I read and re-read constantly, this one and this one. I don’t want to say much about them, or how they made me feel, but I will say, the first time I read Diana’s post my heart felt raw with pain her. One thing I have learned this year is that motherhood is more than just you and your baby, it’s a bond you share with women all over the world. We laugh together in the good times and when it’s time to cry, you’re not alone, we are all crying with you.

I’m so grateful for everything I have guys. I’m looking forward to January, Adeline is coming to visit and I’m turning 30! So here’s to a ridiculously magical 2014!


11 Best DIY Gift Wrap Ideas from Pinterest

Sunday, December 15, 2013

This Christmas is so different from past Christmas' for so many reasons, firstly it's Sophie's first Christmas, (I feel so much pressure here guys) and also it's our first Christmas with me being a stay at home mom (oh my god the pressure is actually killing me). I grew up in a family where Christmas came with a few traditions but for the most part the main focus was family. This is exactly hat I want for my little rosebud. Obviously I've gone into Mother Christmas over drive, trying to craft-diy-homemade myself into an early grave. The madness has to end.

But the last stage of my "Nikki is supermom and can/will craft the shit out of anything and everything" phase is wrapping paper. I so want to get creative this year with my gift wrapping. Naturally I dived down the Pinterest rabbit hole and can I just say, people are muchos loco to be making gifts that look like this, this, this or this. If I ever gave you a gift looking like that, best believe the box is empty because the wrapping is gift enough.

Through the craziness I did manage to find some beautiful, simple ideas for DIY gift wrap. Here are my 11 favorites:

Happy wrapping guys! So looking forward to my late night Instagram searches on Christmas eve to see how everyone's wrapping looks, here's hoping mine is worthy of at least one jealous "like"


The Lazy Mom's Guide to Making Baby Food: Apples

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A small confession, Sophie's been on solids for 2 months now, but this week is the first time I'm making her food from scratch. I've been buying the pre made Olli Organics and Hipp Organics baby foods which are delicious. I started off buying food because I was so clueless about how to make it from scratch and my first attempt at sweet potato ended up in my face (Sophie spat it out). Now I'm braver and ready to tackle this homemade baby food thing!

American's refer to this as applesauce, to me its actually just stewed apples? It's very simple to make and babies seem to love it.

You will need:
♦ 10 small red apples
♦ 1 cup of water
♦ a pinch or a stick of cinnamon

♦ peel the apples
♦ slice around the core - big apples should yield 8 slices per apple, the small ones yield about 4 slices
♦ toss into a pot and pour over the cup of water - the water doesn't have to cover the apples
♦ bring to the boil
♦ stir frequently to ensure the apples don't burn
♦ the apples are cooked when you can easily mash them with a fork.
♦ mash/blend to the desired consistency and serve

This recipe can be frozen for up to 3 months, or 48 hours in the fridge.

The following foods go great with apples, mix any of these with the stewed apples for a flavor boost:
♦ Rice, Oatmeal, Barley and Mixed Grain Homemade Baby Cereals
♦ Bananas
♦ Avocado
♦ Blueberries
♦ Pears
♦ Sweet Potatoes
♦ Carrots
♦ Summer Squash - Zucchini, Yellow

Check out Weelicious for awesome first food ideas/recipes and also great family meal plans!

For Good Times: In Good Company's new party planning book - WANT!

Sunday, December 08, 2013

If you haven't visited In Good Company yet (either online or in the real world) you are missing out. They stock the most darling of all the party supplies. Honestly I cannot walk into their shop without wanting to plan a party. Now they've just launched their very own party planning book 'For Good Times'.

Owner of the store, Julie Gallager describes the book as follows: 
“Following in the footsteps of In Good Company’s in-store experience and daily blog posts, here is a book full of exactly what we love to do all day – share stylish design inspiration and decor ideas for parties. What’s more, this book combines easy-to-execute craft activities, simple step-by-step recipes and “push print” stationary; all with a keen attention to doing-it-yourself”.
 I'm off to Cavendish Square now to go and get my copy! My hands are itching to page through and start planning Sophie's 1st birthday!


Just A Minute in November: Thank God You're Over!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Sophie tries to eat her night light every morning, I've given up and now I offer it to her instead of waiting for her to grab it. 
November was a long and tiring month. Sophie's teething is cray cray out of control and Regan has been working like an ad machine to get ready for his 20 days of leave WOOOOT!! So if this "Just a Minute" seems a little dull its because, well November was quite a dull month for us :) 

Visiting: Kirstenbosch Gardens for walks and picnics and just to you know, revel in the utter beauty that is Cape Town 
Planning: My Christmas gifts, I have a few left to get so I am quite happy to be this far ahead. Last year all gifts where purchased on the 23rd because yolo. 
Watching: Brooklyn Nine Nine (so funny) and Girl Most Likely (you must watch this, its awkward and Kristen Wiig is fantastic as usual.) 
Listening to:  Not much, I am dying to get some new music. Haven't downloaded anything since before Sophie was born. 

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Hello December! I'm so happy you're finally here!! 


Oh & in case you're wondering I am suffering for motherhood blues right now

I try to shy away from rant type blog posts because I know that what I care about you might not care about, what bothers me might not bother you. I know emotional diarrhea can be off putting and send you clicking in the opposite direction but I actually don't care. I just have to get this out.


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