47/366 – Cooking Up A Storm
I will at some point post more information on my stocking up the freezer marathon. I don’t know where the energy came from, but I spent five hours in the kitchen cooking up 16 dinners for after the family leave and it’s just us settling back into our routines. I was seriously impressed, too, at home much food I could get out of the remains of two weeks veggie deliveries, and a portion each of mince and chicken!
This was a feat for me though, because I’m usually not very good at ‘one pot’ meals or plan ahead cooking. The top picture has vegetables steaming in the colander over potatoes boiling in the pot, a curry and the start of the mince for cottage pie. Ameli helped too, for the first three hours till bed time. It was her job to put the veggie tops and tails in the food recycling bag.
I don’t know if it was yesterday’s exertions, but I was expectedly exhausted in the morning, and didn’t do too much in the afternoon. In the evening, I started having regular contractions that lasted most of the night.
I’ve been slowly getting everything together for the birth. My table is covered in bits. I need to sort them out, ideally, but at least it’s all there and together should we be in business….
49/366 – Happy Birthday Cake In A Jar
I woke up still having contractions, and really, really early, s0 decided it was time to get my act together and get a few things ready for the birth, should this baby decide to come today. S/he didn’t, but I managed to pull together another item for Ameli’s labour activity pack – something for us to do together. I’ll post more details on this another time, but it’s a Cake in a Jar, with the dry ingredients and eggs ready to go. We just need to add oil and water and we’ll be half way to a cake. Hopefully labour will last long enough for us to make a birthday cake for our new arrival. Oh, and the Love Hearts are for decorating the cake before eating it!
Oh, and the quote on the back says “Before you were conceived, I wanted you, Before you were born, I loved you, Before you were here a minute, I would die for you, Such is the miracle of love.” Soppy? Why not!
50/366 – Baby Shower
I had a lovely, low-key baby shower at just over 39 weeks. I was so tired, but had an absolutely lovely time just having a drink and amazing cake made by my friend Gloria. We played a few games, and just had a general chinwag and catch up. It was great, and I enjoyed it – and then went home and crashed onto the sofa playing a sorting game with Ameli for the rest of the day. I can’t believe how much energy things I normally relish are taking!
Games included: using anagrams of our names to come up with names for the baby, sculpting ‘babies’ from balloons, and using a piece of string to guess how large my belly is. Ameli had a few gifts from her god parents and from our lovely NPN friends, and she was convinced it was a party for her!
As with most dads, Ameli’s doesn’t always get to spend as much time with her as he’d like. Over the last month as both SPD and general tiredness have incapacitated me more and more, Martin has really stepped up to the plate and taken over much of the house and child care. I can’t say how much I’ve appreciated the ability to sit on the sofa with my swollen feet up.
52/366 – Learning Colours – Pasta
We’re in the throws of learning colours around these parts and I have plenty projects coming up (and plenty posts) that deal with teaching a toddler colours. We’ve been having fun with it, actually.
53/366 – Visiting
Our friend Yuri from Urbanvox was in the area today, so Ameli and I met up with him for a coffee. We also got to look through our maternity photos and choose our favourites – I can’t wait to share them with you! Ameli always gets really excited about seeing Uncle Yuri. It’s very sweet.
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