Training with Tildy. 

 

Family stretch time
 
**I use the term training loosely!

I’ve just started getting back into semi-regular training with Matilda in tow. 

It’s slow going that’s for sure. But I’m enjoying it much more than I thought I would!

I’ve got my sights set on the Mudgee Half Marathon in August and maybe one other run prior to this if I can get my shit together! 

I don’t think Tildy will be joining me on the run – I think 2 hours in the pram would see her screaming like a banshee! 

It might make be pick up the pace a little though…!

 

We made it to 5km!
 
I remember when we were looking at prams I said to Nate let’s get a running pram even though I know I’ll try once and probably hate it. 

I imagined it to be like running with a backpack or something else just as awkward and annoying. 

Well, we reached 5.5km last week so it can’t be THAT bad!

It feels good to be slowly getting back into the swing of things. Matilda’s feeding is still pretty awful and her sleeping was shocking but it’s just started to improve, so it’s important that I have a release.

Pre-Tildy I would have scoffed at running anything less than 5km on a BAD day and was regularly disappointed in my pace. These days I’m stoked to get over 4km and pace is more out of curiosity than any sort of gauge…

It’s refreshing to have this perspective on training. I’m much more grateful just being able to get out of the house. It’s no longer feeling like I HAVE to exercise – I WANT to!

I have also realised how important it is for me to get out and about with Matilda. Having started training again, feels like I have a piece of my pre-Tildy self back and it feels nice. Anyone who has kids can tell you that your whole world is turned upside down when you have a baby, and it’s nice to start piecing together a new, modified version of myself!

I’ve also come to realise that by taking better care of me, I can take better care of Matilda. 

Since we’ve started running again, I’m finding myself eating a bit better, actually feeling like I have more energy and just a more positive outlook which are all super important. 

I know Matilda is too little to remember these days, but I like to think I am setting a good example for her and laying the foundations for her love of sport and exercise. 

I think the next addition will be a bike with a seat for Tildy! 

xx

Brickie 

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Vegan Chocolate Cake with Tahini Cacao Icing. 

  
Mmmmm cake. 

My diet has been less than perfect lately, but when you’re running on broken sleep and now have a fiancé with a broken wing – you deserve cake. 

Can I just say, massive respect to single parents. 

Nate has a suspected broken scaphoid bone in his wrist that apparently doesn’t show up until about a week later so he’s in a cast until further X-rays confirm what’s going on. 

Matilda has decided that this is the perfect time to be a pork chop at night times. The first night after Nates accident at soccer she woke up every 2 hours and screamed and had to be rocked back to sleep. 

While I know how bad Nate feels and I know it was an accident – I’ve warned him at night time I’m probably going to want to kill him until he gets the all clear. 

So Nate can’t even pick her up and it’s really hard! But if I put it into perspective, he’s still managing to help out even with one arm. He’s still there to bring me nappies, water, coffee and just listen to me whinge! I can’t even begin to imagine how much harder it would be if he wasn’t around. 

Single parents, I salute you! 

This recipe was adapted from a recipe shared in my colic support group for all the mummas going dairy free. 

I read that this called the depression cake back in the day as the recipe came out in the depression era when butter, eggs and milk were hard to come by! 

The bits and pieces 

1 1/2 C wholemeal SR flour

3 Tbsp cocoa powder 

1 C raw sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp white vinegar 

7 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 C water

Tahini Cacao Icing

3 Tbsp hulled tahini

2 Tbsp maple syrup 

2 Tbsp cacao powder

1-2 Tbsp boiling water 
Preheat oven to 180 C. 

Grease a round cake tin. 

In a bowl add dry ingredients. Mix well. 

Make 3 wells in the mixture. In the first well, add the vanilla. 

In the second, add the oil. 

In the third, add the vinegar. 

Pour water over mixture and stir to combine. 

Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 25 minutes. 

For the icing, combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well. 

Once cake is cooked, ice and add some raspberries or strawberries. 

Enjoy!

Brickie

Xx

Tips From a Colic Survivor. 

  
I think I can say it without jinxing us. We are now happily post colic.

Shit. She’s crying. Shit.

Kidding, she’s snoozing!

Matilda’s colic disappeared after we had her tongue tie released. We are still having some troubles with that and it’s still too raw for me to write about. But I will get to it when I feel I’m ready. 

I’m in a support group on Facebook for mums with bubs with colic and a lot of mums talk about having PTSD from colic. I can vouch for this and say I can see how it can happen. Sometimes when Matilda will have a legitimate meltdown because she’s hungry or tired I can feel myself tensing and thinking oh shit, here we go again. Then I remember it’s been three hours since she slept or ate!

I thought I would put together a list of tips to survive colic – because we all know how awesome MORE advice is…

How to survive colic

1. Purchase a fit ball. 

You know those massive balls we all have in the garage from when we were really going to focus on our core? Dig it out. And get bouncing. I would bounce the absolute crap out of Matilda and sometimes she would even stop screaming and fall asleep. Even if she didn’t, at least I was working on my summer body. You know, for NEXT summer when I might actually be able to leave the house. 

2. Get fit. 

This mainly relates to if you’re pregnant, because if you’ve already had your colicky baby you will not have time you’re in the thick of it. 

Do a thousand squats a day, and when you feel like you can’t do anymore, do a thousand more. Refer to point 1 if you’re wondering why. This might help you prepare for the hours of bouncing and rocking and patting you’ll be doing for the next 3 months. 

Also throw in some arm work. You’ll be carrying your baby all the time. Plus Nate discovered this ridiculous swing action that Matilda loved every so often – it was like the most exaggerated football pass you’ve ever seen and I’m sure sometimes he thought about just letting her go and watching her fly out the window. 

3. Find something that works and then find 10 other things as well

If you find something that soothes your baby – awesome. But make sure you have a list of about 10 other things just in case because I can guarantee you when you try it again they will hate it. 

4. Buy every over the counter colic product and then pour them in the kitchen sink. 

I know some people swear by gripe water, infants friend, Infacol etc but for us I don’t think they did anything. They’re basically just sugar water so maybe you could make yourself a cocktail to cope with your baby SCREAMING for eight hours straight.  

5. Make sure you have a supportive group of friends. 

Make plans to see friends often. Then cancel these plans, as I can guarantee your baby will decide to have the worst day on the day you make said plans. 

If you have a supportive group of friends they will forgive you for constantly cancelling on them. Plus they should be grateful you won’t subject them to your baby’s screams. 

6. Take up drinking. 

Even if you haven’t before, now is your time to enjoy some booze. 

Seriously,  every afternoon I would crack a beer in celebration that I had made it through another day without trying to return my daughter to the hospital where she was born. 

7. Invest in earplugs. 

Nate and I finally got to a point where we busted out the earplugs. I don’t know why we didn’t do this earlier. Noise cancelling headphones would work well too. Not only will it block out the screaming it’ll also block out the white noise you purchased on a ridiculously overpriced app.  

8. Take shifts. 

In the beginning  when Matilda was an angel baby – this lasted for about two weeks, Nate would lovingly get up with me and get me water and just be awake while I fed Matilda to keep me company. 

We soon learnt if we were going to survive without killing each other we had to take shifts of sleeping and rocking our baby. 

Ladies, if your partner works – they should also do shifts in the night. They get an escape by getting to go to work everyday – hand that baby over to them, pour yourself a colic calm cocktail and try and relax. 

9. If you’re breastfeeding, go vegan. 

Go vegan because a) it’s better for you ;) and b) the list of foods you are told you shouldn’t eat as they are the cause of your baby’s colic is pretty much a vegan diet and it’s of course somehow your fault that your baby is colicky. 

I can make light of these things now and I’m sure there’s many more I could list but if you’re currently in the thick of colic it’s the real deal. I definitely think I had some symptoms of postnatal depression and why shouldn’t I have? I had just completely lost my identity by becoming a new mum and my poor baby wouldn’t stop screaming at me and there was nothing I could do to help her. 

I used to hate it when people would say this but it DOES get better. 

I don’t know when – but it will. Know any 7 year olds with colic?

Brickie x