I hate gadgets

Unfortunately as our lives are now a days we cannot survive without gadgets of one sort or another, but they really are something I dislike.

When you go out for a meal with friends and they can’t be away from their phone for more than 10minutes, checking on line every few minutes, probably most commonly on things like FaceBook.

Walking down the street and hearing music blaring out from someone elses ‘personal’ music player.

To name just a couple of reasons I dislike gadgets.

But if I had to name one gadget that is my favourite it would have to be my food processor

DSCF3550Personally I prefer to make everything by hand, I used to watch my husband get the food processor out to make cakes and pastries, but I always loved the time spent mixing and kneading things, and I never found for most things it too much longer doing it by hand, particularly when you take into account getting all the bits out and all the cleaning afterwards.

So what has made me change my mind?

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Well where I can do things quickly without a food processor Sammy finds it more difficult, but he is a very independent little man who likes to do everything completely on his own, when we are working in the kitchen together I am regularly told to leave him along as

I can do it mummy, don’t touch!

so I have had to learn to stand back and let him be independent, in most family kitchens I am sure that the children are given the job of preparing the cake tins, laying out the cake cases etc, I certainly know that was the sort of thing that I was allowed to do by my mum, and if they are lucky under very strict supervision they maybe allowed one or two stirs of the mixture in the bowl.

But not so in our kitchen.

 

With the use of our food processor Sammy is able to do all the mixing and decorating to create his own cakes.

 

 
 
 
This blog post is my  entry into the Tots100/PartSelect ’Love Your Appliance’ competition
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Easter is finally here!

Easter is finally here!

This week Easter has finally arrived, having had to stop eating all forms of dairy way back in January to be able to continue to breastfeed Tim, he has finally stopped breastfeeding, the first couple of days went well, the for some reason he started trying to pull at my top yesterday, but there is no going back, he was happy to stop at the beginning of the week, I’m not letting him change his mind now.
So later on I will be tucking into my first Easter egg of 2013, need to make sure I get it eaten before I have to start on the Christmas treats!

Being paid to breastfeed!

Who has seen the news today?

It is really is a sad world when breastfeeding seems soo much more important than the poor people suffering at the hands of the weather.

So I apoligise now that this post is about breastfeeding, so for anyone who wants to know how to support the victims of the Haiyan Typhoon go to the Diasters Emergency Committee website

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But for me anything about breastfeeding is very prominent at the moment as I have now managed over 36hours without feeding Tim, which as I have wanted to stop for a couple of months now it is always in my thoughts.

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As I start to write this I haven’t yet bothered to actually read anything about the ins and outs of this £200 payment to people who breastfeed for 6months, I haven’t had to there has been soo much about it everywhere on the social networking sites that I feel I already know all about it. From everything I have seen people seem to have very definite views about it, now normally a statement like that suggests some think one thing and some another, but I have only found people against it. So it would be easy to assume that it is people who didn’t breastfeed for whatever reason that are against it, well yes they are, but so are the avid breastfeeders, this might at first sound odd, why not be happy to get some money for something we are doing anyway?

Well those  who are passionate about breastfeeding would much rather the money be spent on helping those who are struggling to breastfeed. I have saved enough money already by not spending it on formula, and all the bottles, sterilising equipment etc. far more than the £200 they are offering to pay!

So I guess before I actually publish this post I should go and find out what it is really about and decide what I think about it myself.

 

Well I’ve been and had a bit of a read around and so far it is all still a bit vague really, as there are reports of health visitors saying that they won’t really know whether someone is breastfeeding or not so will just have to hope they don’t lie. There are concerns over the vouchers being spent on cigarettes and alcohol, and that’s just a couple of points.

Whatever the reports say I still think that Breastfeeding although it should be the norm, (don’t forget there are NO benefits to breastfeeding!) it should not be something that people feel pressurised into doing. If they do not feel happy about breastfeeding they are never going to bond well with their baby and have a good relationship, they could start to resent their child, and the thought of people starting to feel this way just to try and get a small monetary incentive seems wrong to me.

 

So lets try and remember although Breastfeeding might be an important subject, there are a lot more important things out there for us to be thinking about

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Big John’s

This weekend we visited a new (to us) restaurant Big John’s in Leicester.

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When eating out with anyone with allergies life becomes a lot more complicated and this is the first time that we have eaten out with the new additions of soya and egg to the things Tim cannot eat.

So what did we eat?

burgerDaddy and Sam have it easy they can look at a menu and choose just what they want, so they both picked burgers and chips, I’m informed that their burgers had quite a kick, I think that Sammy might have found it a bit overpowering, but Daddy really enjoyed his.

Then things got a bit more difficult, it really is the soya that is causing bother, an awful lot of the food contained soya so we started to struggle. In the end they were able to adapt things to cater for Tim

fishBecause the fish is prepared and battered on site, they were able to provide Tim with a portion of unbattered fish and chips, which he really enjoyed and anything that he didn’t eat got polished off by Sammy!

I am happy to eat most things, but fish has always been the one thing that I am not keen on, and as I am still breastfeeding I needed to make sure that what I ate was free from dairy, soya and egg. It reached the point that I was ready to give up and just have a portion of chips, when finally they looked at their sheek kebab and discovered that it was suitable.

kebabIt is really unfortunate that the selection of dishes that are suitable for Tim is really limited, but that cannot be helped, as it is something that you realise early on you just have to come to terms with.

What was wonderful is the time and effort that the staff put in to trying to find things that could be eaten by all of us. They could easily have looked at a couple of things and then just told us that nothing would be suitable, but even though they were busy, they spent time with me going though all the options until they were successful.

 

The only negative point

ketchup reactionunfortunately Tim reacted to the ketchup that they serve there, so I guess this is another thing that we will have to start watching out for.

 

 

 

 

I apologise for not putting any pictures of the actual food that we ate, but we were running late for lunch and as soon as the food arrived the kids wanted to dive straight in, this requires some very fast work on the part of mummy and daddy to ensure the cheese burgers go in the right direction and not towards Tim, so pictures are the last of our worries. I would say that all the food looked good, the portions of chips were huge, we bought some home and had chip butties.
 

 

humpty dumptyAs I mentioned in my last post a bad week, things had not been going very well.

We had been having issues with Tim being in pain and had to work out what to do about it.

I spoke to the dietician, who really wasn’t much help, she agreed that yes he needs to be referred to the allergy specialist, but her best advice was to leave things unchanged until we see the allergy specialist, but who knows how long that might take so we had to go on and try something, it just isn’t fair to leave Tim in pain and discomfort for an undefined length of time.

When we first met with one of the other dieticians she asked if we had stopped soya as well as dairy, we hadn’t done as no one had told us how closely related the 2 are, she explained that it is often a good idea to stop both but as just stopping the dairy had rectified his issues we could continue with what we were doing (so just stopping the dairy and not soya) as things had now changed I decided that it might be worth stopping soya.

We had also wondered about egg for a while, we had found that on a day that Tim had egg as egg (boiled egg, rather than in cake etc) we seemed to have a rough night with him, this then seemed to happen if he had several days in a row of things like cake. In the past his paediatrician had also suggested egg was something to watch out for. When all the discomfort started with Tim this latest time, I had eaten a couple of fried eggs a few days before (we hadn’t been having much in the way of egg due to our concerns). Whether linked or coincidence we do not know.

 

So the decision was made as well as not eating dairy I would stop soya and egg in both my diet and Tim’s.

It seemed a big step to take, but I had to try something, there is no way of knowing whether stopping them did the trick or it was just a fluke, but within a couple of days he was going down to bed as easy as anything at 7pm, getting up just the once in the night for a feed and sleeping right the way through, even making it until gone 7.30am some mornings.

Since then we have had bad days and nights, but they have been a different sort of bad, even if the dietician asked

how can you tell he is in pain!

it is easy to recognise the difference, no writhing on the floor, just trying to chew on anything he can get in his mouth, dribbling, starting to eat, then suddenly stopping and crying. Definitely looks more like teething to me.

 

So today I have had my first attempt at egg free cake, following the suggestions of thousands of people we tried the sprite recipe, I don’t know whether  it was because we tried a cheap packet of cake mix, but it was a disaster.

The next attempt will just be to a recipe, not from a packet!

So if anyone has any tried and tested recipes that are dairy, egg and soya free I would love to give them a try.