I have been extremely lazy with my updates. Since returning from our vacation, there has been way too many things to document and I just don’t know where to start…
All I can say is that the vacation was a much overdue one for me… my last break was in November 2007 when I was already in my very early pregnancy and didn’t even know it. From then on, it was work, work and work for me non-stop as compared to my usual habit of taking a short break twice a year from work.
I was afraid about the flight to London since I was all on my own… but my worries were unfounded as little jj behaved extremely well… of course, there would be those restless moments here and there, I mean who wouldn’t, right? Even an adult wouldn’t be able to sit still for a full 12 ½ hours flight. But she was alright… she slept when she’s supposed to, played on her own in her bassinet, sat in the bassinet nicely while I fed her the 2 meals given on board… and best of all, she let me ate peacefully when my meal came. There were not much interruptions from her except during those times she was awfully restless and I had to play Toy Story on the in-flight screen over and over again just so that she could focus on something instead of crying for no apparent reason.
But, if you were to ask me to do it again, I might hesitate… I wouldn’t be twice lucky and I think that belief may be true since little jj gave us a whole lotta nightmare during the flight home… it was either that her daddy was present and she knew there was an extra set of hands to take care of her, or she was very insecure with the darkness throughout the flight (as the flight home was a night flight). She barely slept 2 hours in 2 occasions, but that was also contributed by that drug we got from her paediatrician for her to relax during the long haul flight. So, basically, all throughout the balance of 10 hours when she's awake, I could clearly hear her crying and screaming in daddy’s arms while all I could do was to get better quick - I fell sick immediately as I board the plane and my body temperature shot up in an instant. Everytime I felt better, I took her away from daddy and all she wanted to do was to hold on to me.
It was truly very tiring.
little jj's bad hair day - 10hours of crying, screaming and struggling
while sweating profusely once we touched down at KLIA
But, despite her usual nature of not trusting strangers and unfamiliar environment, she warmed up instantly to London’s cold air and allowed us to toughen her up by taking her out almost an entire day, every day thru the entire week of our stay… I fed her where ever we decide to take a rest from our journeys that she has somehow gotten used to being fed out of the comfort of her home instead of every time wanting her usual chair and that familiar environment at home.
little jj and abang noah, warming up with the battle
of the pacifier, just after we reached their home in London.
I guess that vacation somehow wasn’t just a good one for me but brought out the best in her as well.
For more details on our vacation, I would rather let little jj update her blog, yah ;D soon… she says ;P (update: little jj has updated her blog)
When we got home, I got busy with unpacking and doing the laundry in so many batches… there were those of the one’s from the pile at home, those from the trip, my clothes, little jj’s worn clothes and little jj’s new clothes. I practically only managed to finish everything in 4 days! It helped a lot that my parents were kind enough to volunteer taking care of the little munchkin that day we arrived so that we could all get our rest.
Then, there was cooking for little jj as her puree stock has either depleted or expired and so I turned to Annabel Karmel again for the next phase of puree recipes – 9-12 months.
As we all recovered from jet lag (with little jj affected the worst), I could only prepare them purees after 10pm with only 2 days to whip up her food as the home made chicken stock could only last for 48 hours in the fridge. With jet lag, and a baby who’s cranky all the time, coupled with bags and stuff strewn on the floor of our living room, cooking 2-3 types of food after 10pm was a chore for me. But, we’ve all lost weight from the amount of walking that we’ve done, and I just had to take that step so that we could stuff little jj back to her normal baby fatness (eheh!).
So… as you’re all always eager to see what I whipped for little jj, enjoy the photos….
First, there was that 'First spaghetti Bolognese' which I didn't manage to take any pictures since it was already after midnight when it was ready and I was dead tired. I only made one meal the first day due to tiredness...
Yummylicious 2: Carrot, cheese and tomato risotto
clockwise from top: onions, tomato, rice, carrots & chicken stock
not in picture: cheese & unsalted butter
Yummylicious 3: Creamy chicken & vegetables
clockwise from top: all-purpose flour, milk, button mushrooms,
carrots & chicken stock (onions at center)
not in pix: vegetable oil, cooked chicken & cheese
Yummylicious 4: Tasty chicken Bolognese
clockwise from top: chicken, chicken stock, onions & garlic,
grated carrots, dried thyme on spoon, tomatoes in a can
not in pix: olive oil, pasta
as usual, i used alphabeto for the pasta hehe...
Yummylicious 5: Chicken with tomato & rice
clockwise from top: chicken, tomatoes in a can (cooked rice on top of can),
chicken stock, carrots, potatoes, apple juice, onions & garlic
More to be made this week - which entails fish and lotsa vege...