Category Archives: Addison

My Baby is 1! {Happy Birthday Smushy}

My baby is one. I am the mother of a one year old. Is she a toddler yet? Or does she have to be walking for that label? Time is ridiculous and I can’t believe a year has gone by since the first time I saw her in my arms. She has changed so much in such a small amount of time. We too, have changed; our lives and ourselves altered like we could never have believed.
Addison came to fruition very quickly. A week or so after I announced I wanted a baby, I saw 2 pink lines. I was shocked and happy and waited for Spouse to come home from his morning run in Malibu. When he got home he demanded to know how I knew, did I do the test on the internet? That was an interesting discussion.
I was so sick from Week 6 onward. I vomited from 6am to Midnight and lived off Sunkist and crackers. If I never see those orange cans again, it will be too soon. We decided to have her in Australia and I farewelled my beloved America. Now whilst she came to be quickly, Addison didn’t come out quite so fast. I spent 68 hours in labour. Finally on the Sunday morning I had an epidural (possibly the best decision of my life) and they broke the bag. She was posterior and stuck. I never got past 7cm dilated and at 9.05pm that night she was born via emergency c-section after a concerning trace. I was kinda tired after all that.
I don’t remember much of the early days now. It’s a bit of a haze, a happy one though and I have special memories of funny little times. The first time she rolled over and the shock on her face, the quiet late night feeds, where it was just her and I, alone in the world and the first time she smiled at me and my heart burst.
The second six months has been incredible in terms of her growing and changing. Addison is so happy and funny. She never stops ‘talking’ and she smells really good. She loves the water and books and has a slight obsession with Peppa Pig. Addison loves my chicken and apple meat balls and picking up and eating Rice Bubbles one by one. Being outside is her favourite thing and if she finds paper, she’ll eat it. Addison is terrified of the vacuum cleaner and is no fan of broccoli. She loves music and can bust a move like no other.
Happy Birthday Addison Grace. I hope you continue to find as much joy in living and the world around you as you do now. I wish you love, laughter and happiness for every day of your life. I am a better person for knowing you and the world is a sunnier place with you in it.  We love you so much baby girl. To the moon and back again.
Mama and Dada.

{We survived the first year! Champagne!!}

Time is flying {And Smushy is almost one…}

Remember when long weekends involved three days of sleeping till noon and consuming 3 bottles of wine and 14 packets of Cheezels in one afternoon? Yeah, me neither. These days, public holidays mean an extra pair of hands for an extra day. Always good round 5pm thank you very much. I honestly had no idea it was a long weekend until Thursday night when someone mentioned it on Facey. Not working (As in, not working out of the home. Let’s not go there shall we?) means I often have no idea what the date is. 2013 is speeding by and our little baby is fast becoming a toddler.
Spouse and I lay in bed last night discussing our life now versus pre Smush. We’ve been doing it a lot lately. I think as we approach her first birthday we’re both reflecting on the changes she’s brought to our lives. I cannot believe it’s almost a year since she was born. Time is crazy. She is such a little person now and I adore her huge personality and funny little ways. And for me? I am more and more able to see myself again. Beating the sleep demons has helped immensely but even before that, the passing of time and her growing more independent and gaining new skills has helped me get a handle on life again. The shock of childbirth and those early days are slowly dissipating and mostly it’s a bit of a blur now. Though I doubt I’ll ever recover from 14 people all crowded round the errrr, end of the bed area. 
I can see past the baby brain and into the future. That feels good. Making plans for the 3 of us is nice, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Making plans for me is good too. There is no harm, only benefit, in looking after myself also. 
 Life will never be the same but that’s absolutely fine by us. In fact, we wouldn’t have it any other way and honestly, I wouldn’t trade her in for all the sleep ins in the world!
All together now…awwwwwww.

Noms on a Friday {Sneaky Greens}

I am becoming my mother. Yes, I am now actively seeking out ways to hide vegetables in food. Sigh.  (You’ll be happy to know I have not yet crossed over into the ‘wiping my child’s face with a tissue that I just licked‘ territory.) Anyhoo, bombarded with messages of child obesity trends and the old perfect parent brigade I’m feeling I need to get more veggies into her. Right now she’s having her orange period. Carrots, steamed sweet potato and pumpkin ‘sticks’ abound. However I’d like some more variety in her intake.
Honestly though, how the heck does Smushy know that a vegetable is a vegetable and the whole ‘reputation’ that a vegetable has? She’s been alive for 9 months and 4 days yet she can sniff out a sneaky green a mile away. I swear I actually watched her sniff the spoon once and when she figured out it was fruit and yoghurt she ate it. I tried to switch up the spoon with potato and broccoli and she clamped her mouth shut the minute it got near her.
I don’t blame her really.
I’d rather eat my own arm than broccoli.
So, I’ve been testing out some new finger foods. These two muffin recipes from The BLW Cookbook pass the veggie sneak test and are delicious  I’ve tweaked them a bit and am happy with the result. So is spouse, he tried to steal a whole bunch. (If you do want to eat some, try with a spread of butter on them. Yummo.)
Carrot and Apple Muffins
200g half wholemeal, half white flour. (Or whatever you have.)
60g butter, melted.
2 large eggs, beaten.
2 large carrots, grated.
2 apples, grated.
3 tbs milk.
Juice of 2 oranges. (Optional, but it adds a lovely sweet flavour without having to use added sugar.)
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees, line or grease 12 muffin tins.
Sift the flour. Combine eggs, carrots and apples in a separate bowl. Add butter and mix well. Add wet ingredients to the flour, fold together gently. Add milk to soften mixture. Spoon into tray and bake for 10-15 minutes. Voila! I freeze these for a rainy day too.
Cheese and Spinach Muffins
Tbs Olive Oil
Small red onion
1 tsp cayenne pepper (Optional- use your discretion, I lessen)
175g plain flour (I use half wholemeal/half white)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
110ml milk
125g grated tasty cheese
60g baby spinach or frozen spinach if preferred
Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees. Fry the onion. Sift the flour, baking powder and pepper. Beat the egg, add the milk to the egg and then fold into the dry ingredients  Add the cheese, onion and spinach, gently mix and then spoon into tray.
Bake for 15-20 minutes and then allow to cool. Yummo. I freeze these too.
Happy almost Weekend!