Last week I celebrated my 33rd birthday with my family.
It was a great time to appreciate the things you have like health, happiness, safety, and security.
When I reflected on how my life is… I started thinking about the time when I was 16yo.
Maybe you can relate.
When I was 16yo I remember lying on my bed staring at the ceiling in my room thinking… “what is my future going to look like?”
“I wonder when I’ll get married”
“I wonder what my husband will look like”
“Will I ever find the right guy?”
“I want to get married before I’m 25”
“25?? Wow… that’s SO old” 🙂
“When will I start having kids?”
These questions continued on and off from when I was 16yo until well into my 20s.
I remember praying everyday that I would meet someone that would genuinely love me.
The real me.
The Belinda that blushes bright red when I have a simple conversation.
The Belinda that can’t spell too well.
The Belinda that is a simple home body.
The Belinda that works in a factory.
The Belinda that loves her family and supports her community.
The Belinda that is happy with the simple things.
I thank God everyday for the life I have but I had to put the intention out there for the universe to understand what I wanted in this life 🙂
So as I reflect on my 33rd birthday I am grateful for all the things that I’ve experienced.
I’m now double the age from when I was staring into my bedroom ceiling as a 16yo and I smile about the things I was thinking about then and how I am now.
I have a loving husband, 2 beautiful children and we are happy and healthy in our own little house in the suburbs.
If I were to give myself advice knowing what I know now this is the Top 3 bits of advice I would say to 16yo Belinda:
Be kind to yourself and don’t try and please everyone
Be the person you want to attract
Live your life today and don’t dwell in the past
Be kind to yourself and don’t try and please everyone
So here’s the thing.
As a hormonal 16yo all you want in the world is to be liked by everyone.
I know that trying to tell a teenager that everything you are going through, the things you’re feeling, the stresses of your school life, the pressure of you family life the weight of expectation you put on yourself… it’s all in your head.
Talk a breath and just relax.
The number one person to worry about and look after is you – 16yo Belinda 🙂
The more you can improve yourself and learn from your experiences then the better adult you’ll develop into.
Be the person you want to attract
Let me tell you a true story.
Earlier I mentioned that every night when I was 16yo I’d lie in bed – I would pray to God to help me find the man of my dreams and to help me understand my future.
I don’t know if that was just a hope that something was going to happen for me or if there was some divine intervention that would deliver ‘prince charming’.
Anyway I prayed every night without fail.
Then I would go to sleep and wake up and continue on with what I was involved with. School, my Catholic community, many family events and celebrations.
Fast forward to when God brought Leki into my life my prayers have changed from helping me find myself and my future to being thankful and appreciative of the life I live now.
Thank you God for the blessings you have given me.
Live your life today and don’t dwell on the past
I have a past.
My husband Leki has a past.
That can be a limiting factor in some relationships because the past weighs heavy on what’s happening today.
Leki and I believe that trust is something that you spend a lifetime building and only takes a moment to lose forever.
We can move on to enjoy today and embrace tomorrow because we have learnt the lessons from yesterday 🙂
That’s not a good or a bad thing – it is what it is.
I can’t control what’s already happened but I can control how I feel about things.
Live for today Belinda.
Well, that’s the messages I would give my 16yo self if I had the chance.
I remember the confusion, excitement and promise I had as a 16yo and even though I’m in my 33rd year I feel like I have more energy and expectations of myself now then I did then.
As they say – the only person you should be comparing yourself to is the old you.
Love yourself Belinda and work on the things that make you happy.
Hmm.. I wonder what would the 50yo Belinda tell the Belinda of today?
Our daughter Emelina will be 21 and our son Kyneton will be 18.
Will we have more children?
Do we live in Gisborne still?
Am I happy?
Do I have my body still or have I let myself go with menopause 😉
Exciting post for you today as I’ll do my best to compare two very popular holiday destinations for Australians.
Bali in Indonesia and Phuket in Thailand.
This is our personal experience and your results may vary although we had a heap of fun at both 🙂
I’ve been fortunate to travel to both hotspots within 4 months of each visit earlier this year in 2018.
I’d like to present a comparison from the perspective of a family of 4 – Mum, Dad, 3yo Emelina and 9mo Kyneton.
Apart from accommodation – flights are the one of the biggest costs of a holiday.
Phuket in June 2018 for 10 days
Cost us $6,000 for a couple and 3yo (our 9mo was free)
Flew with Jetstar (although we had almost a year to plan this trip)
Flight was $2,600
Accommodation was $2,125
$1,500 for spending money
Bali in October 2018 for 6 days
Cost us $5,500
Flew with Garuda (we planned this trip in 2 months)
Flights were $2,116
Accommodation was $2,240
$1,000 for spending money
Garuda offered a full service and we definitely enjoyed the shorter 5 hour flight!
Jetstar was a struggle. Although it was clean and comfortable the 9 hour flight with 2 little kiddies was a massive buzz kill!
We were big fans of the food on the Garuda… not so much Jetstar 🙁
Garuda to Bali is definitely the winner here!
Bali 1 – Phuket 0.
We stayed with my family at the Graceland Resort in the northern beaches of Patong (Thailand). It was clean, the staff were friendly and we were a short walking distance from everything you need like markets, food stalls, massage parlours and the beach.
We’ve just returned from Padma Resort Legian (Bali) and it too was clean and close to everything.
In terms of what both resorts offer – they have a lot of activities for families and the pool facilities were awesome.
I must say the pools, extra curricular activities and general set up of the Padma Resort wins out here again for our little family.
They have a fully staffed kids club where your kids aged 4+ can be supervised and entertained while making new friends as the parents relax and unwind.
The pool areas within the Padma was also superior.
There are 3 types of slides that kept our little 3yo Emelina very busy and Leki also had his fair share of fun too 🙂
The entertainment and in-house restaurants offered within the Padma were great!
We participated in themed dinners like a Full Moon festival with cultural floor shows, a Japanese night and cuisine and a local Indonesian dinner.
The biggest kicker was the babysitting services available at The Padma Legian.
We hired 2 x babysitters through the Hotel to look after Ky and Eme for 3 hours while Leki and I finished off our shopping and got an hour long massage together 🙂
Although we were a bit tentative we were relieved that it all went to plan and both Ky and Eme didn’t even notice we were gone!
Bali 2 – Phuket 0.
In Phuket we managed to visit the markets in Patong, Karon and Kata beaches. We also travelled to the night market only available on Friday nights.
I was able to fit a lot of fitness clothing, tops and sets for the kids, shoes and bags. The cost range from <$5 for an item (small tee shirt) to ~$40 for 4-6 items.
It was helpful to walk around with the calculator and dividing every Thai Baht number by 25 to convert to my Australian currency.
In Legian we visited the local market plus travelled to the bigger Kuta market.
Not as many things to buy compared to Phuket but the shop keepers were a lot less aggressive which I enjoyed.
Sure they want to make a sale but as you turn to leave they allow you to leave without trying to hassle you down the street like they did in Phuket.
I’d give this one to Phuket just because they have a larger range of things to buy.
Bali 2 – Phuket 1.
Let me just start by saying that as a family we’re not super picky about what to eat.
We have preferences to eat things that are healthy and will give us energy rather then take our energy away (like sugar and bad carbs).
The great thing about both Bali and Phuket is the fresh food!
The fruit platters, fish, vegetables and juices are all freshly supplied by locals.
You can taste the difference and it gives you more energy to attack your day!
A little note – our 3yo Emelina developed a mild allergic reaction to (we think) satay or peanut sauce and we woke one morning in Bali to swollen eyes!
We were able to source some steroids (in liquid form) which quickly settled her symptoms after the Clarytyne didn’t help.
The major deciding factor for me were the readily available fruit and crepe stalls that are around every corner in Phuket.
In Bali you can order all sorts of drinks and food within a restaurant but I really missed the roadside carts.
Close one but I’ll give this one to Phuket 🙂
Bali 2 – Phuket 2.
Both areas are prone to Mother Nature and drunk people.
In Thailand most of the recent ‘troubles’ have been in Bangkok not so much Phuket (which is a southern island).
I would say Phuket is definitely the busier night scene with dance bars and Bangla Road being a crazy part of Patong!
Bali is mostly a Hindu region but Indonesia is a 90%+ Muslim country.
Many Australians in both Bali and Phuket are respectful and courteous but there were some Aussies that didn’t do the right thing which reflected poorly on the rest of us.
End of year footy trips and the boys were getting to drunk and rowdy, others were bogans from the suburbs, some didn’t show any polite etiquette being plain rude.
I hope the locals understand that not everyone behaves like them!
The road traffic appears chaotic with cars driving in the opposite direction, bikes zooming and weaving between cars and people jumping out of nowhere to cross the road.
We saw the crazy traffic in both Phuket and Bali.
Although it seems random there is a sort of ‘give way’ courtesy that the drivers offer one another.
It’s like they know when they should wait and give way or when it’s their turn to move forward/turn. Funny to watch!
At the entrance to both Resorts (Graceland and Padma Legian) there’s always a security check and they verify every car and taxi that enters the resorts.
This always helps keep things in good order!
With all that said I felt safe in both locations.
Bali 3 – Phuket 3.
If you’re after some night spots with a group of friends or a nice quiet drink with your partner Phuket would be my recommendation. It caters to all types of people.
We have travelled to Phuket as newlyweds, with a group of young adults and with a large group booking with many families and kiddies.
Thailand caters to all your entertainment needs.
Beach activities, family activities, adventure tours, relaxation, massage, bars and beaches it has you completely sorted.
I got the impression that Bali is a little more conservative with their way of life.
You can see it in the market stall vendors, the friendly staff that wait on you at a restaurant or the guys at Padma.
The Balinese just seem nicer.
There may be a lot of entertainment available in Bali but we didn’t see it.
We were happy to mostly stay within the Padma resort and be entertained there 🙂
Given that we are a family of 4 and been to both locations I would call this one a tie.
But, if I was a single girl wanting a big week with the girls or travelling with a few friends and their partners I would most likely recommend Phuket just because there’s more to do.
If I was older and wanted more a relaxing holiday minus the hustle and bustle I would recommend Bali.
This one for me is a tie.
Bali 4 – Phuket 4.
It really depends on what you want.
Given that we will be in family mode for the next little while if the opportunity to go overseas presents itself we’ll most likely pick Bali over Phuket.
A big factor is the 5 hour flight and it’s cheaper spending wise in Bali.
The flights and accommodation are pretty much the same unless you pick up a great deal 😉
We don’t mind missing out on the adventure and party stuff for now – we’d prefer a nice family resort like the Padma Legian again in the future.
But, once the kids are old enough and it’s just Leki and I again… we may have to return to Phuket and have a party LOL
There’s been another reason why I’ve been wanting to lose weight.
It’s to fit nicely into a bikini while I’m in Bali.
When am I leaving?
Yep, I jump on the plane with my family and we’re having a little getaway with my in-laws (my hubby Leki’s family) staying at the Padma Resort.
I’ll have more feedback for you about the resort and how we find Bali because we are big fans of Phuket (have been 3 times so far) and it’ll be interesting to see what the differences are from one to the other 🙂
I like reporting on things that were helpful and challenges with my weight loss strategy.
It helps to keep me accountable by reporting things to you plus I like being able to review the story especially when I find things are difficult.
I’ve been fortunate to be on this journey with my husband and together we can ‘hack’ was works and what doesn’t work for us right now.
So… I’ve reached all the goals I’ve set out since Jan 2018.
♥ I’ve lost weight
♥ The lovely size 10 summer dress is around the corner (no thanks to my frumpy pear shaped body)
♥ I’m in a bikini and feeling sexy
Well, after a little bit of thought about what I want to achieve next – here it is:
I want more energy
⇒ Energy to do things I want
⇒ Energy to be more patient when I’m frustrated
⇒ Energy to wake up and attack the day
⇒ Energy to take setbacks and bounce back to my feet
⇒ Energy to address some of my mental health worries like not feeling good enough
Who couldn’t do with more energy?
So how will I get more energy I hear you ask?
Here’s a little insight into how my husband and I will make it work:
Given that my husband Leki is very active with driving our health plan I’ve invited him to write about it. Enjoy 🙂
I work in the health field as a physiotherapist and I can tell you that a love of learning can help.
I’ve always been a curious person and when I finished playing competitive sport as a 29yo I noticed that my health was not as sharp as it once was.
What made it worse was when we had our first child – Emelina – in 2015.
I knew drastic measures had to be taken and quickly as both Belinda and I were getting quite unhealthy!
Belinda has written about our first weight loss effort in 2015 – HERE.
So what are our couple goals 3+ years into our health journey?
My goals are about longevity and quality of life and Belinda’s is to have more energy to do the things she wants.
So how do we achieve these goals in a cost effective and timely manner?
With monitoring the quality of food that’s on our plate.
Let me explain.
Early on in our health loss plan our primary interest was to lose weight.
Now we have lost weight and both our bodies have achieved something called ‘adaptation’.
Adaptation means that our bodies are able to tap into multiple sources for energy consumption efficiently.
Our bodies can run on carbohydrates, fat and/or protein depending on what we have in supply.
If your primary energy source (food you eat) is from bread, wheat, rice aka gluten foods then your body’s primary fuel source is from carbohydrates/sugar.
If you subscribe to a low carbohydrate diet (paleo/keto etc.) then your body will be using fat/ketone bodies as your body’s fuel source.
There are many studies showing the benefits of a low/no carbohydrate diet producing benefits such as:
Once we had the discipline to stick to our paleo/wholefood diet and then layer intermittent fasting on top of that we were able to achieve adaptation pretty quickly.
We can cycle in and out of being in a ketogenic state (using ketones as our primary energy source) because we have achieved appropriate adaptation.
For example, if we are ‘good’ for 5 days of the week from Mon-Fri then we can afford to refuel carbohydrates aka cheat meal(s) because our bodies are very efficient in using up the newly supplied carbohydrate energy source (over Sat-Sun) and then we can revert back to ketones over the working week.
I hope that makes sense.
To achieve our set goals of losing weight (Belinda) and longevity (Leki) we both agreed that it should be ingrained into our lifestyle.
It shouldn’t be a chore, it should be something we are excited about.
We are genuinely happy to prep our meals together.
Yes it can be repetitive and a drag spending 2 hours on a Sunday cooking meals but we look at it as a wise investment of time.
Investing 2 hours cooking on a Sunday will give us 4 hours of freedom every work day = 20 hours for the week to pursue whatever we want.
If you’re a stay at home Mum – think about the prep time to make lunch and dinner everyday… it takes a toll on you and your time doesn’t it.
After time well spent on the weekend all Belinda has to do is pre-heat our prepped meals and away she goes!
For me – I get to eat good nutritious food which will keep my mind and body happy plus I save money on spending on take away food.
Another big part of our week is our exercise routine.
Granted, we both could be better with our efforts but we try and get regular movement going daily.
Belinda’s ranges from walking to the local park/shops for 1 hour or her home-based HIIT exercise program.
I really enjoy my body weight training and all the guess work is taken out of the equation as it’s a ‘plug and play’ type system.
Today I thought I would write about how I’m observing my kids develop over time.
Kyneton is 9 months old
He’s still been a struggle with short naps throughout the day (averaging 30-60 mins 2-3 times per day) and wakes 3-4 per night (5-10 mins each time for comfort feeding).
Not much progress here other then maybe getting some relief with topping up my breastfeeds with formula after he’s 1yo.
He’s getting around very happily with his walker but is a very lazy crawler. He can hold his head comfortably while lying on his stomach and looks side to side especially when he sees me and he’s hungry 🙂
He can sit independently now although when he starts to lean one way too far he hasn’t learnt to correct himself and sometimes falls over.
Ky is still learning about potential hazards and doesn’t understand the risks he takes… yet.
We do know that he learns from pain.
Like playing is a toy then he jams his fingers which causes him pain. Or putting his fingers in my mouth and then I lightly chew on his fingers. The next time he tries and sticks his fingers in my mouth he’s more careful and avoids it! Smart little cookie monster. 🙂
I am absolutely blessed that Kyneton doesn’t appear to have any allergies and enjoys most foods we give him.
We alternate his breakfast as we previously documented and he eats a smaller portion of what we eat throughout the day.
He loves his little water bottle and looks forward to his morning booster shake with Eme and I 😉
It’s a bit early to talk about how we discipline Ky because we don’t really know what to do.
Apart from telling him “no” to certain things – like when he bites my nipples when feeding, or if he’s clawing out at other kids, trying to push away food because he doesn’t want to eat etc.
We are looking to start smacking Ky around the 12 month mark.
Nothing heavy handed, just a flick of the fingers if it’s unsafe or a tap on the bum if he’s doing something dangerous.
It seemed to work with Eme and we’ll observe how it goes with Ky until we can hold a simple conversation and when we can start him in our local Montessori school at around 18-24 months.
Emelina is 3yo
Eme is a dream when she’s asleep at night. She can power through pretty much uninterrupted from 8:30pm to 7am most days. Some days if it’s been full on she may have a nap in the car driving about and can close her eyes for 1-2 hours if it’s really needed.
We have found that when she watches some programs on TV/ABC Kids or sees something on the ABC kids app on the iPad she can start ‘seeing things’ during our wind down time.
She can be a struggle to put down to bed because there are ‘monsters around’.
This may happen 1-2 per week. Leki and I try and remain strong to avoid her sleeping in bed with us so we often resort to lying in bed with her to calm her down, read a couple of books and then creep out quietly once she’s fallen asleep.
Our ideal night routine involves tucking her into bed snugly, saying her nightly prayer and blessing her family then she has a stack of books next to her that she reads.
Often after 15-20 mins she’s fall asleep with the books lying flatly on her face. We’d then return the books to the shelf and switch off her night lamp and then we’re free 🙂
Eme has almost completed her first full year of gymnastics. She loves it!
I remember watching her in the early lessons and she would not listen to the teacher.
She struggled to follow instructions.
Fearful of climbing horizontal ladders and scaling the ladder wall. She also had a hard time following the other students because she was one of the older kids in her class and the ‘smaller kids’ were struggling to perform the tasks properly.
Fast forward 6 months – she’s improved so much.
A lot less fearful of the obstacle course. She can keep her balance on a beam much better and can swing, hang and jump without too much trouble!
We are so proud 🙂
Eme is doing a lot better on the discipline front.
A lot of her development is due to our self-education.
We have reduced our need for smacking and started to talk more about her feelings. We have found that sometimes she screams because she’s in pain or she’s angry or that she’s scared. But to us all we hear is the ‘scream’.
So before we jump the gun and assume it’s always the ‘same’ scream we ask what’s she’s feeling and try to describe it.
For example – in the morning if it’s cooler then normal we ask Eme to put on her robe. When she’s trying to put her arm through the sleeve she used to scream. We would then ask her to try and explain what’s wrong and she’d usually say:
‘Arm stuck… please Mama help.”
Or another example is when she’s not listening when we ask her to do something. Like putting toys away she either ignores us or doesn’t respond. Instead of making her feel unsafe and scared by smacking her we would speak to her at eye level rather then talking down to her and explain why we need her to pick her toys up.
If she listens then she’ll do what we ask. If she continues to be difficult we then send her to her room to sit it out for 10 mins.
After a while she realises that all she had to do was do as we ask and then she can continue to have fun instead of sitting in her room bored.
We’ve noticed the next time she is asked to do something – she pauses and thinks for a couple of seconds – and then does what we ask. We think it’s because she doesn’t want to be banished to her room again 🙂
Discipline is always a work in progress.
Montessori Report card
We have been enjoying Emelina’s progress through her Montessori school.
HERE – is Eme’s mid term report to give you an idea of how our little 3yo is developing 😉
Leki and I find this report as a fantastic guide for how we can developing our parenting style.
It’s on our Montessori teacher’s recommendation that we explore Emelina’s understanding of feelings so that we can help guide her development.
As always – it’s a work in progress for Emelina and ourselves as parents!
I plan to update the development of the kids every 6 months.
It’ll be to document how they grow and change over time which seems small and insignificant but over time they change SO MUCH!
For example in the week that I was away from Eme (in Tonga for my Grandma’s funeral) she had seem to grow so fast in those 7 days.
Similarly Leki observed that Ky had more hair, 2 new teeth poking through the gums while being overseas.
We’ll continue to hold our kids close before they think they’re too cool to be around us 🙂
To be honest it is a struggle to bring you new information because the theme is still the same.
I’m trying to lose weight.
I’m currently 69.5kg which is AWESOME as my target was to reach 69kg by the time I fly away to Bali on 24 Oct and fit into a size 10 dress by Christmas.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED 🙂
Not to sound ungrateful but I’m struggling BIG TIME!
So much so that I find it helpful to put my main struggles down so I can work on them.
SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES
Our newborn son Kyneton is 9 months and is a terrible little sleeper… compared with our 3yo daughter Emelina.
He’s down at 8pm, gets up for a feed at 10pm, cries for some comfort at 1am and again at 3am before the morning hang out time with my hubby Leki at around 6am.
This might be the ‘normal’ routine for some babies according to the local health nurse but it’s such a difference from Eme.
She slept all the way through the night from 8pm to 8am.
I just assumed that he’d be the same – guess again!
Something I’m looking to play with is expressing for bottle feeding.
I’ve been slack in trying to express after each feed so I can feed him with the left over when he’s hungry or so Leki can help.
Another thing I need to think about is the food Ky eats. He now eats what we do but it’s mashed through our Vitamix blender.
If I can get him ‘full’ with food and then load him up on breastmilk then I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that he’ll be more settled at night and I can get my sleep!
I’d really love your advice on what works for you if baby isn’t sleeping too well at night! Send me a message on Messenger please – love to hear from you 🙂
It is the SAME THING I keep complaining about.
I just get lazy when I start thinking about any type of exercise.
In my mind I think that I’ve been busy enough for the day and if I’ve been really good and disciplined with my food then I’ll be ok.
I know my hubby Leki keeps reminding me of the other health benefits of regular exercise even in small doses.
But, again, I always think it’s such a bother.
Some people struggle with the food discipline but that’s the easy part for me.
I’d probably struggle to exercise even 1-2 times a week at this stage.
What’s your exercise routine? Is it something that you just love to do and look forward to everyday?Little help! I’d love to hear what works for you hit me up! 🙂
I have always hated clothes shopping.
I have this figure that’s frumpy around the waist but skinny in the arms and legs. Pear shaped is what they say. I’ve written about my struggles with online shopping because of my funny body shape – HERE.
Well, as you know I’m going over to Bali in late-Oct with my in-laws and I’ve been slowly getting some summer clothes and swimsuits to take over!
What a struggle!
Trying to fit into something that makes me feel sexy and not reveal my unflattering parts (tubby stomach and muffin top) is always a challenge.
On top of that having an active 3yo and a sooky 9 month adds a bit more difficulty trying dresses on in the little cubicles.
Part of my weight loss journey is to feel good but in all honesty the majority of my efforts is to look good!
When I get an outfit that I like and I snap a quick picture to send to Leki I know he’ll tell me the truth. If it’s ugly he’ll tell me, if it makes me look fat he’ll tell me and if he likes it he’ll give the green light 🙂
I like shopping at the big retail shopping centres so I can have a good look around and try things on. My go to is usually KMart, Target and Forever New for everyday things but for nicer dresses I like Myer.
Where do you shop? Let me know if you found a place that good for frumpy Pear shaped ladies! Where are my pear-shaped ladies at 🙂
I’d like to lose another 2-3kg and be around 67kg heading to Christmas!
After Christmas on Jan 2019 I would have kept this weight loss journal for ONE WHOLE YEAR! Read my very first edition on Jan 2018 which was 4 days after I gave birth – HERE.
I’m going to show you how our usual morning routine looks.
I first wrote about this topic 18 months ago. A LOT has changed. We’ve moved house, changed some of our food habits and had baby no #2. Read about it – HERE.
It’s always a work in progress but this is how it is 80% of the time in the average week.
It’s really my husband Leki that drives the mornings because I’m up a couple of times over the night depending on how our 8 month son Ky is sleeping. Our 3yo daughter Emelina sleeps like a champion 🙂
So I’ve invited my husband Leki to write this blog and how he manages it all until I can drag myself out of bed 😉
My mornings usually start around 4:30am to 6:30am depending on Ky’s sleep.
If Ky’s last feed was at 8pm then he usually needs a few short 5-10min nursing moments at 2am-3am. (Belinda does a great job as I’m knocked out cold).
So let’s say he’s up 5:30am.
I’d spend time with him in the morning as I usually get up at 4:30am. (I practice biphasic sleep which allows me to wake early)
So between 4:30am-7am I’ve got 2.5 hours to myself to read, study and think. Plus when my son wakes up I can spend some quality time together because my work hours are usually 9am until 8pm.
I really enjoy the mornings because that’s the only time during the week where we are all together. During the day I’m working and Belinda and kids have their own schedule to keep.
Some families sit down over dinner together.
Our family meal is in the morning.
I eat lunch and dinner at work and Belinda and our kids eat at home.
Because we bulk prep on Sunday’s we are pretty organised for the working week with the main meals.
My job is to ensure we have our quality morning routine which is preparing a hot breakfast at 7am.
It takes me 30-45mins to organise.
Here’s what’s on the menu:
3 x lightly pan fried eggs for Belinda and I plus Eme and Ky have 1 x lightly pan fried egg each cooking in coconut oil
grass fed butter
Belinda’s breastmilk booster shake which Eme and Ky also have
ground cinnamon powder
Belinda’s boobie cookies and fenugreek supplement
Water and lemon water with apple cider vinegar
Bulletproof coffee (blended together)
1 tablespoon of ground coffee
grass fed butter
I cook with Ky watching me in the pram and then Eme usually gets up at 7:30am because of the noise.
Ky is ready to have his morning feed from Belinda at 7:30am and when Eme rises I get her to wake up Mama for breakfast.
I then spend 15 mins getting ready for work and then we sit down for a good 20 mins together to eat a nice hot breakfast.
Eme says grace and then down the hatch 🙂
Eme and Ky have 1 x pan fried egg each (as described above) with a bit of the smoothie along with water.
Belinda has 3 x eggs with a glass of water, boobie smoothie, a fenugreek supplement and boobie cookies. (Remember Belinda has fasted from 4pm the day before so she’s hungry in the morning)
I make the 3 x eggs but I pack it to have with my lunch. I add the eggs together with my pre-prepped lunch around 1:30pm and I eat dinner at around 6pm. (I fast from 6pm to 1pm the next day) At breakfast I drink hot lemon water with apple cider vinegar then 15 mins later I enjoy my Bulletproof coffee.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into our usual morning routine.
It’s not really important what we do or what we eat in the morning.
The point of the post today is actively setting the time to be there for each other in the morning.
I think it’s important to spend as much family time together daily even if it’s only for a short time.
There will be a time that our kids will be ready to move out of our home and be independent young adults.
At that time Belinda and I will wish to be able to sit down over breakfast one more time together as a family. (Belinda wrote an awesome post about this earlier – read about it here)
We are all busy but we actively try and prioritise our mornings to spend quality time together and be happy.
The problem with holidays is the preparation, bad enough if you are a solo traveller but many times worse if partner and children are involved. First is the decision of what each member of the family believes to be essential for their future comfort and happiness. I was reminded of this yesterday while waiting to be served at the bakery. A four year old child watched in disbelief as the last chocolate donut (with sprinkles) was handed over to ANOTHER PERSON. He screamed “ No! That’s my donut. Mummy that’s my donut! Why has that woman got MY donut?”
He was outraged and obviously angry that his mother had not snatched it out of the hand of the woman who had taken HIS donut. His embarrassed mother tried to shush him and distract him by offering all the other delights on display. He wasn’t having a bar of it and sobbed even more loudly as each delicious treat was offered. Didn’t his mother understand that a chocolate donut (with sprinkles) was the only cake or biscuit acceptable?
I couldn’t help wondering if this occurrence marked a turning point in his relationship with his mother…..obviously she was not the all-powerful woman he had believed her to be. In later life would he talk about the horror of that moment ?
My two older sons still speak in hushed voices of the time they were left for an hour in the Royal Women’s Hospital crèche while I attended a prenatal clinic….their sense of abandonment still lingers forty years later. Many would find that laughable compared with so many who are in childcare constantly but to them it is very real.
How many parents have accidentally left behind that essential item their child cannot live or sleep without. We left Oggy Doggy on a fence post more than an hour’s drive away and when we realised managed to obtain another one identical to the original. Was our child happy? No he was disgusted. Didn’t we know Oggy Doggy smelt different?
A friend decided to let her child pack her own bag rather than face the inevitable arguments only to find she’d packed books, pencils and socks but no shoes other than the sandals she was wearing, no underwear at all and no tops. Neither was happy but the child did learn consequences.
And let’s not forget the adult male in the mix…..always insist he packs for himself!!!!