Showing posts from April, 2014

Week 10

10 weeks - double digits! 30 (or thereabouts) to go! Wow - if i think about it that way, that's a quarter of my pregnancy gone by. As i found out at some point after 4 weeks though, i've only known i'm pregnant for 6 weeks, which is why the first trimester seems to go by so quickly.

And a montage of my side view photos so you can see the progression in my belly. Started last week and has expanded more this week. Lucky the weather has cooled so wearing jumpers (sweaters) at work will help me hide my expanding middle until we're ready to announce.


How far along:10 weeks.

How big is baby: a prune.

What is baby doing this week: Congratulations! Your embryo is now called a fetus, which means 'offspring'. She is about 3.1cm long from crown to rump and weighs less than 4g. She may be small, but she's very active, swallowing fluid and kicking her new limbs.

Her vital organs – liver, kidneys, intestines, brain and lungs – are fully formed and functional, while h…

Work/life balance: healthy diy instant oats

I'm rather excited - for some reason it's just occurred to me to write a series of posts on my work/life balance. Not my struggle with that, as i'm sure it's something most working mums (and stay-at-home mums too) know only too well, but rather anything i've found that helps me maximise my time and organisation without costing too much. Hopefully these tips will help you as well.

My first post in the series will be a breakfast shortcut: instant microwaveable porridge/oatmeal. I came across it on Pinterest and thought it'd be fantastic. The ones we can buy in the shops cost around 58c each, so not overly expensive, but not as much range and not as tasty/good for you as ones you can make yourself. Plus they're full of sugar. I normally have a spoonful of golden syrup on top of my porridge, but if there's fruit in it i can make do with a teaspoon of raw sugar sprinkled over the top for a bit of sweet crunch.

The basic plain DIY instant oats cost 23c per ser…

Anzac biscuits

Anzac biscuits are a tradition, for me, to make around Anzac Day. The story goes that the wives/mothers of men sent away to war (WW1 specifically) made these biscuits to send to the soldiers. They don't spoil easily, plus are yummy and very energy dense, with the high oat content (plus sugar and golden syrup of course!). You can buy them in shops but i much prefer the home-made version - and it's so simple, why would you bother with store-bought?

For my American/Canadian readers, i don't think you can easily get hold of golden syrup? Correct me if i'm wrong. Golden syrup is made from a reduction of the syrup from sugar cane, a step before treacle which is much thicker and blacker. I would expect the best substitute would be a mix of (light) molasses and honey. Should have a slight metallic/iron-y taste.

Anzac Biscuits


1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted (i used a mix of white and wholemeal)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup caster sugar
3/4 cup desic…

Week 9

Taken at 9+1. Amazing the difference in lighting between last week and this week - last week it looked like i had lovely dark brown hair, this week it shows it actually appears in natural light - a washed out reddish brown caused by my hair throwing copper tones when dark brown permanent colour fades. Only option is to continue dyeing it or grow it out - i'm opting to grow it out and have switched to a semi permanent to cover greys (my 'platinum' highlights!).


How far along:9 weeks.

How big is baby: a green olive.

What is baby doing this week: By the end of this week, your baby measures about 2.3cm in length and weighs less than 2g. His eyelids, now completely covering his eyes, are fused and won't open until week 26. Tiny earlobes are now visible.

Your baby's essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Already he looks more like a tiny human being. His wrists are more developed, his ankles h…

Happy Easter! Iced biscuits

Earlier this week hubby did the toddler's night routine so i could ice biscuits for a work morning tea. Got to bed at half 11 after finishing them and cleaning up the kitchen, but i also cooked dinner in the middle of it so didn't take as much time as it sounds.

Royal icing:
5 cups icing sugar
5 tbsp water

That's it! Mix, separate evenly into bowls for however many colours you want, add your colour, mix well, and place half of the contents of each bowl in a separate piping bag fitted with a small round tip (size 1 or 2). I didn't have any so used a ziplock sandwich bag with a tiny corner cut off (after i spooned the icing in).

Then use the piping back to ice round the edges of the biscuit (i used Arnott's Milk Arrowroot here).

Water down the remaining icing in the bowls (not too much... just enough so it flows, probably a bit like honey). Spoon carefully into the centre of the biscuits and spread to the edges using a toothpick. The edges should be fairly dry before…

Avocado pesto

Came across this recipe while searching for 'creamy avocado alfredo' - a recipe i'd seen online but failed to pin it... bad move. I never did find it again. (Edit - i found it again - i'd pinned it on my personal account! silly me. it's pretty much the same as this one). But, this recipe made it all better; it's absolutely delicious, is really creamy but without any bad fats, and it made a meal our toddler ate. Score!

Also, it takes less time to make than to cook the pasta to go with it!

Avocado pesto sauce - from something brought you here

1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup basil leaves, tightly packed
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste
parmesan cheese, to serve

Process basil, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor until the basil is roughly chopped.
Add the avocado flesh and salt and process until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down sides if necessary.
Taste and adjust seasoning, then st…

Apricot chicken with coconut rice

The mildly sweet taste of this coconut rice sprinkled with Indonesian toasted coconut complements the sweet and savoury apricot chicken. The apricot chicken recipe is from Taste, the coconut rice recipe is my own. This is a dinner that's a hit with toddlers (well, used to be - he is going through a refusal stage at the moment) and children as well as adults, and the chicken freezes well - rice not so much but it's easy to pop on the stove while doing other things, if you freeze extra portions of apricot chicken and decide to make the rice fresh.

Apricot chicken -
Serves 4

1/2 cup plain flour
750g chicken, cut into bite size pieces
oil for frying
1 large brown onion, peeled, cut into thin wedges
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon Moroccan seasoning blend
405ml can apricot nectar
1/2 cup dried Apricots
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Put the flour in a bag and season with some salt and pepper, then add the chicken, close the top of the bag and shake to c…

Week 8

I've caught up this week - week 8's photos were taken on 8+0 and i'm posting the same day - whoo!


How far along:8 weeks.

How big is baby: a yummy raspberry!

What is baby doing this week: This week, many changes take place in your baby, who now measures about 1.6cm. His embryonic tail is just about gone, and all his organs, muscles and nerves are beginning to function. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. Your baby's hands now bend at the wrist, and his feet are starting to lose their webbed appearance. His eyelids cover more of his eyes and tastebuds are forming on his tongue.

Your pregnancy is changing your figure as well. Your breasts may have grown large enough that you'll need bigger bras with better support than your old ones. You may notice your waistline expanding as well, forcing you to pack away your favourite jeans until next year.…

Week 7

I've now finished sewing the dress that i'm going to do all my antenatal photos in; more on that later. I missed week 6's photo - although technically the week 5 one was taken at 5+6 so almost 6 weeks itself! But now that the dress is done i've no excuse not to make the effort to take a weekly photo.

Layout of the statistics below shamelessly stolen from The Art of Making a Baby.


How far along:7 weeks.

How big is baby: the size of a chick pea.

What is baby doing this week: The embryo has distinct, slightly webbed fingers and toes. It's a jumping bean, moving in fits and starts. The liver is churning out large amounts of red blood cells until the bone marrow forms and takes over this role.
The eighth week marks the beginning of a very busy developmental stage. Between now and 20 weeks, your baby will be growing rapidly, and body parts that formed in the first few weeks of life (such as the heart and brain) will become more specialized and complicated. Right now,…

5 weeks pregnant

It's been a busy week at work, so busy in fact that i still haven't booked in holidays like my boss asked me to do. I've got 6 weeks holidays accumulated from a few years (we get 4 weeks a year) that HR are on his back for me to clear, so i'd better get onto it. I think at this stage that i'll do a day here and there and then blocks of a few days, as we really have no money to go away.

Getting trades in on the new house has used up all my savings, and we still need to save up for the cost of our midwife. IMs in Australia vary in rates but mine is around the middle at $5000. We also will be booking a doula at $850. She was actually my hypnobirthing instructor last time round so i'll really have the advantage of using hypnobirthing fully during this birth. It kept me calm and focussed last time round during the CS. I've contacted her to check that she's available for our EDD and am just waiting to hear back from her.

I've contacted my midwife, she is …