What the heck do you feed her? 

I get this line whenever someone sits and really listens to Bonnie’s allergy story. 

Every time, I sit back and think ‘I have no idea – this is so hard!’ However, in our everyday lives of course I am substituting and reinventing constantly and don’t give it a second thought. 

Let’s start with what Bonnie can’t have – wheat, eggs, peanut, hazelnut and coconut.  (she has other environmental anaphylactic allergies too which we will save for another day.)  

She can eat fresh veg and an aray of fruit, meat, seeds, almonds, cashews, macadamia and pistachios (which are given regularly to avoid allergies to all nuts.) 

The biggest thing we soon discovered was how much wheat is contained in store bought products – regardless of how healthy they are. From this discovery and the constant fear of buying something someone else prepared – out houselhold is now probably 90% homemade from scratch. From sauces to wheat and egg free breads to buy butters and dips. 

Yeah it’s a big job making it all from scratch and it can be expensive but thing we ever did on this allergy journey was buy a Thermomix (this is not a sponsored post.) It meant I could crush rice, quinoa, dry chickpeas, almonds into a flour in the blink of an eye and at a minuscule cost. I am also assured nothing extra has been added to the ‘flours.’ 


With this magical machine I make our own millet breads and homemade tomato sauces, bliss balls and more. The best bit is our Thermie chops everything in the bowl faster than you can get a knife out – and with a toddler this is just an extra benefit. My husband nearly fell over when I first told him the price, but I arranged for a consultant to come to our home and my husband attended and it was him filling out the details halfway through the presentation! 

Anyway, I digress on my love for our Thermomix. Coming up with new meals regularly has been a challenge for me lately, I have felt drained of inspiration to constantly vary her meals – intotalky admit it. 

Yesterday, wasn’t one of those days and dinner was a beautiful array of foods. Nitrate free bacon, spinach, sauerkraut, pickle, olives, tomato, cheese, avocado some roast potato (not shown – it was cooling) and other little bits. She was so excited to be presented this! I would say she ate about 3/4, she didn’t want to the pickle, spinach (she did suck and chew on them a bit), or the sauerkraut tonight – and that’s just normal toddler behaviour which we also need to cater for. 


Bonnie’s not a huge meat fan either and we never force it in her. We eat pasture raised, organic meats and nitrate free hams and bacon, sometimes she will eat it but mostly she doesn’t want to – and that’s cool with us. 

Today I am making some almond bliss balls for snacks – they a great filling protein, gets the almond nuts in and are an easy snack to pack. See the link for the recipe below… we sub the coconut oil in the recipe for butter or ghee (today its butter) 

http://www.quirkycooking.com.au/2015/09/raw-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-balls/

If you don’t have a Thermomix you can still make these- buy almond meal and pop them in your blender. Or you could chop the dates by hand and hand mix the lot. 

Are you on an allergy journey? What are your restrictions? 

Sunny smiles 

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a journey and a rebirth

well, I have missed some time on here…oops. I had so much to say and so little time. So much has happened and we are such a different parenting path than I imagined we would be.

 

I am using this space to re-ignite the flame (for in the kitchen!) Sounds strange on it’s own, but not for our little family.

Our little blessing, Bonnie Mae, now 2 years old has multiple anaphylactic food and environmental allergies.  I will write a big post on it all explaining how we first came about it all but as it currently stands she is anaphylactic to coconut, egg, dog (a rare one to be anaphylactic to), and allergic to wheat, peanut, hazelnut, dust/mites and cat. Yep, it’s quite the list.


Food wise, it’s been a journey for us. I have learnt new skills in the kitchen, combining this and this to substitute that. I feel lucky for already having confidence in the kitchen, but I still remember the beginning of the journey feeling like I was in a mind field.

Needless to say, its been a big year, with two anaphylactic shocks and survivals and the devastating rehoming of our dearly beloved pets, we are feeling tired as we enter the festive season. Lately, I have been very uninspired in the cooking department (something I used to love.) I think a combination of constantly substituting recipes and developing my own (a very new experience) and sourcing tried and true recipes that suit Bonnie’s needs and keep our palette entertained.

That’s where you come in. For a good twelve months now, various people have encouraged me to write down my allergy food knowledge, to share my findings and learning’s and of course stumbles! What a perfect way to re-ignite my inspiration in the kitchen and hopefully help another mumma bear (or papa bear) out on their allergy journey.


So stick around and get ready for delicious dishes and story sharing of life with an allergy kid.

xo

Change table organisation

I completely forgot to take a ‘before’ picture but I will describe the state of our changing table. The top had all sorts stuffed down the sides of the mat from rogue socks to different creams that had been gifted to us that I had meant try.

The second shelf wasn’t too bad but the ‘dirty’ container for our reusable wipes was forever overloaded because I would forget to put them in the wash with nappies (once our front loader starts there is noooo stopping.) Nappies were piled but not really neatly and I forever digging to find one.

The bottom shelf was the biggest mess with a myriad of STUFF. Nipple pads, cotton wool balls, disposables that had been given to us, blankets… I honestly can’t tell you what else there was – just STUFF. Basically it wasn’t working and my fears were coming true of owning a nappy change table! A big fat mess!

Sorry the photos are quite dark. It is a steaming hot day here and we closed all the heavy curtains to keep the heat out! I also snapped them on the iPhone as I was rocking Bonnie off to sleep.

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The ‘after!’ It is so much neater and more organised and I feel in control when I go to change her now! Whereas before I would panic slightly knowing stuff wouldn’t be available to me.

Let me take you on a your of our change table.

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Here’s the top.
The change mat is minky, backed with PUL. I love these as I can easily whip it off when it gets soiled and throw it in the wash. I have three – two for here and one I keep in the car in my emergency pack. I keep coconut oil and the paw paw balm I spoke about the other day tucked at the top as I use these two the most. The amber bottle is a natural hand sanitiser. I get weird, ouchy skin burns from other regular hand sanitisers.

Now we move down a shelf. On the left at the back is a small pink basket where I keep things I might need at hand. A digital thermometer, Perfect Potion baby moisturiser, nail clippers, baby sun cream, baby room spray etc.

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In front of that sits the cheeky wipes ‘clean’ container. This houses bamboo cloth wipes, water and lavender and chamomile essential oil. We love our cloth wipes and find them very easy to use. We also have the ‘dirty’ container but as I mentioned above are trying without!

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On the right sits a wicker tray with pocket nappy bamboo inserts, including the night inserts.

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And my wonderfully newly organised bottom shelf! The two wicker baskets are from Kmart at $10 each… I love them. They hold our cloth nappies. One holds the fitted, sized nappies and the other holds our osfm (one size fits most) pocket nappies. On the far right is a pack of disposable nappies that were put in a gift basket for us – we haven’t yet cracked them.

I really hope it stays a bit more organised now – it was a bit crazy there for a while!

How do you organise your change station?

x

Welcome back to me…2015

Yay! Our Internet is finally all fixed and we are back in touch with the cyber world! We did really miss it but it was also good for us not to have constant access to email, social media and www. It wasn’t us that broke the net here it was something at the exchange box (I don’t really know) but we are backkkkkk.

Hoping you all had a jolly Christmas and festive New Years. Ours was a hectic whirlwind with visiting family members and a new baby.

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Bonnie (now 13 weeks) was so spoilt with gifts we were so incredibly blessed. We decided to share the love and donated a box of her things to Assist-a-sista. We aren’t trying to offend any wonderful gifters however,  with her being born in October then having  Christmas 10 weeks later we were heaving under the love and genorisity of family and friends. We felt we could help others by sharing the love around. Assist-a-sista is a volunteer community who support survivors of domestic violence rebuild their lives. This time our parcel went to them. You can check them out on facebook too.

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Have you made any goals for 2015? I gave up calling them resolutions in 2014 and tried to set a goal every month last year and put it in a jar so I could look back on it come year end. I really loved the idea and made up a chart like the one below. I modified it so we both fit on one chart (nb-I pinned the below goal chart from Pinterest but the link to the original source does not exist anymore.) We had a weekly and a monthly. I lasted about 3 months last year- hope you can do better! This year we have one big goal in the pipeline but I won’t share it just yet as it is still in ‘goal creation mode.’

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I have quite the list of things to talk about since my little break…you can expect a post at least every second day this year – unless the Internet wants to break up with me again…

Share your 2015 goal…..x

Internet woes

I haven’t fallen off the edge of the earth…promise.
We are having Internet woes here. It teases me by pretending to work again then rips the security blanket from under me And crashes out again.

I’ll be back, when cyberspace allows it to be so!

Hope the mumma bears are well!

We seem to be starting a routine here and I am starting to understand her wants and tears a lot more… Yay!

Talk soon x

Working Out After Baby

Hello lovelies.

Today my little precious bundle is eight weeks old. The actual birth is a fading memory, yet I can’t believe she is two months old already. A fortnight ago I got the all clear from my OB to start working out again but she warned me to take it slow and not jump into anything heavy straight away. Somehow a fortnight passed and I still hadn’t done anything, until today.

Today, I began my post baby body journey. I have already been really conscious of my eating habits since Bonnie’s arrival as I didn’t want to upset milk supply and I didn’t want to upset her little tummy. I did manage to make her uncomfortable with berries, but this seems to have passed for now.

I know I need to do some serious work on my core to gain back control and of my pelvis. At 26 weeks pregnant I was diagnosed with acute SPD (Symphiysis Pubis Disorder.) I ended up hospitalised for 5 days, then crutches for a month and was on rest after that, so I stopped work, yoga and all movement from 26 weeks. Everytime it hurt, I was aggravating the condition and making it worse.After lots of physio and accepting the rest I was able to hold till full term and birth naturally. I only have a bit of stiffness to work through now. Needless to say my fitness levels took a major nose dive.

Before my bedrest days I was a fan of swimming, yoga and pilates. As a former elite swimmer the pool still comes naturally to me (although slower now.) I have practised yoga on and off for years and had dabbled in pilates a small amount but not until two years ago when I discovered Blogilates. I seriously love this girl and her pilates videos and it is allllllll free! The app is brilliant as all her videos are right there organised. Every month she puts out a new exercise routine to follow. She is super upbeat and happy and always gets me moving. I hope to use swimming, yoga and pilates to get my core, strength, flexibilty and overall health back on track.

Today, I went back to Blogilates Beginner’s Workout calendar. I lasted about two minutes before I realised I needed to take it back a further step. It was too much for my pelvis and core to start with. Not yet defeated I hit pinterest. In the early hours of feeding I had pinned a heap of post baby workouts and stretches, the stretches were what I was after. Along with needing to build strength, I need to stretchhhhhhh. I can feel very sore shoulders and neck building, from breastfeeding I presume.

This is what I ended up doing (I have hyperlinked the images for you.)

I started with these simple yoga stretches. I felt stiff and sore as soon as I lay on the ground. I played some relaxing music in the background to help get me in the mood. Bonnie was (and still is) napping in her bassinet.

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I found these in my pinning pile after I realised my back and shoulders were sore and continued with the quiet music focussing on breath and engaging core.

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Then I started working on my core. I didnt push it but made sure I could feel things working. I did lots of pelvic tilts as I felt the strongest with these.

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Finally, I gave my back a really good stretch and this felt great! The towel really helped me open up my back and shoulders.

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From today’s experience I am not planning on doing anything different for a while until I can get a good handle on these moves. I would like to throw in a swim or walk where I can as well.

NB – Remember to seek clearance from your doctor before starting any exercise. I am not at all an expert on fitness. This is what I have chosen to do from my experience with yoga, pilates and my physiotherapist.

What has your post baby health plan been?

x

Today’s Achievment

I write today’s post feeling proud of my accomplishments as the day draws to a close. Today I showered and crumbed the chicken for dinner.
That’s it.
You know what though, I am proud of it. I did not think I would be able to prep dinner at all and was totally prepared to eat toast or a bowl of cereal.
Yep, it’s been tough in our house the past 72 hours and last night I had 3 hours of sleep before Miss Bonnie woke, cried and cluster fed until the break of dawn. The Wonder Weeks app I mentioned the other day alerted us that she was in the ‘patterns’ change but we knew something was awry!

Anyway I got her to have a sleep at about 6.30am. I showered, had breakfast and then had about 2 hours in dreamland with her. The rest of the day has been feeding, changing and feeding- all in bed watching telly. It’s just that kind of day.

About a half hour ago, she had a cat nap and I quickly prepped dinner for later (something I like to do as dinner time seems to be chaotic here now.) I was so happy I got this done I couldn’t stop grinning.

Today, I just had to let it go and accept my fate for the day. I wasn’t going to get to steam the tiles, or scrub the bathroom (both on my mental ‘to do’ list.) I stayed calm and went with the flow. For me, and I think a lot of mumma bears this can be a hard thing to swallow.

I like to keep things tidy. I can’t lay around and relax if there are jobs to be done. I like to clean and organise the home and then totally chill with my mental household list checked off. So being able to let go of a whole day was a big leap for me. Also being proud of the small accomplishments I did get done. Not cursing the ones that didn’t get done!

It just dawned on me I managed to wash Bonnie’s cloth nappies and hang them out too! Even more fabulous!

As for hubby, I got a good one. He will be giving me a high five that dinner got prepped and nappies got washed too. He will be ecstatic that mental list of mine didn’t get a look in today.

That’s today’s post feeling proud for crumbing Jamie Oliver’s chicken pieces.

How was your day?

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