Σάββατο, 29 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

More problems...

Long time no posting again...

It was not my intension, but it happened. After our laptop charger's death, I tried to blog using an old netbook with a broken backspace button and a couple of other buttons not working properly. My son was not helping with this. But, I was trying and things seemed to work for a bit. But no! I have to pay for all the sins I've done in my lifr RIGHT NOW, so the universe made my internet  slower than a chicken lately (I can't even upload photos on the blog, that slow)and gave my son fever (I can't do anything when he needs me...that's pretty much all day).

Jesus what else?

He's been sleeping for more than 30 minutes now. I made a cup of tea to help me relax. I hope he'll sleep well for the rest of the night. Yesterday was not good. Me sleepless=oh, no!

The good thing is that he wants me to hug him all the time. And you know, he hugs me too. And he's so sweet. I loooove to take care of him.

Other than that, our days have been good. A lot of good food, good friends and an amazing baby doing crazy things all day long. Oh we had a party, too! Nereus's first birthday party! I'm trying to put things in an order and as soon as I can I'll be sharing this story plus many more. I'm in the middle of creating a schedule for my blogging activity. I'm also trying to make my blog look nicer. Wish me luck!

Σάββατο, 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Problems...problems...

I'm quite sad lately. I was trying hard to blog as often as I could. And things seemed to go well. And then our laptop had a problem and we can't use it anymore. We can fix it, but it needs money (of course) and we don't have any at the moment.

Right now, I use a veeery slow netbook with many problems.  I don't have my pictures, my tools, anything. Blogging is very hard this way. My previous post was a premade one. I made it one day, that I had some time, and kept it for a bad day. It's been a bad week and it won't finish.

Maybe I could have made some progress with the laptop-blogging issue, if my son wasn't teething. He has been more grouchy than any other time and his sleeping schedule...well, it's not a schedule anymore...he just sleeps whenever he wants (not much). He leaves me with zero free time.

The good thing is that things with my baby's upcoming first birthday party are going well. Plus my aromatherapy seminar works fine, too. Oh and despite his grouchy face, he's been amazing.

I''ll fix this thing as quick as possible and get back to work with the blog. I have big plans for it. Soon...

Τετάρτη, 19 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

My baby's hairstyles!

Something I have always loved is putting someone's hair over someone else's head and see what happens. I've done it to check if a certain hair colour suits me or a friend. I've done it to check if a certain hairstyle suits me or a friend. Or just for fun! Of course my baby didn't have the chance to come through this old habbit of mine.

[caption id="attachment_352" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This is the first one I took when he was 3 months and a half. I thought I should respect his first months of life. Ok this is not a hairstyle...it's a dread mustache!!! Blurry...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_353" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 4+ months with my brother's hair!
How does my brother treat his hair? They look gorgeous!!![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_354" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 4+ months with a friend's hair
Sleepy baby, totally not in the mood!
(I'm sorry baby)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_355" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 6 months and 5 days with my dreads!
I wanna laugh, jump, shout, cry, fall down and everything when I watch this photo...it's just cracks me up!
Have you seen a rasta baby before...?[/caption]

Κυριακή, 16 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Busy...

I've been really busy lately...I just realised I haven't showered for 2 days and my eyebrows are going to become one eyebrow if I don't do something soon. Gross I know, I had to be honest. You might think why? What makes a SAHM so busy. Well, I have to inform you, that just being responsible for a baby makes you have no time. Especially if you don't have much help, like me. But I'm not just a SAHM who happily raises her child at her nice home, with the financial support of her husband. My life is way to far from this. I currently live with my parents because we had a lot of problems when we were renting and the economical support from Phillip is almost non existent. He tries hard, but it's so hard to find a proper job. And seriously we are not looking to be rich. All we want is to be able to have our own house, pay for our food and everything and live with a little integrity. Something so difficult to have in Greece, these days.

Ok, now that I expressed my concerns, let's go to the more creative part of this post. I've been into many things lately. I do many many stuff during the day. Want to know what they are?

  • I'm having online aromatherapy seminars in a few days!! I'm so excited about that! I love the fact that simple and natural things can help us relax, energize and even cure our bodies and minds. Instead, we keep using toxic (for us and the environment) meds. The reason we do that? There are many reasons...doctors' terrorism, habit, ignorance. I hope, one day, to manage to be as independent as someone with kids could be. That, includes me being the one who finds/makes my own food and meds. This seminar will bring me a little closer to my dream.

  • I'm studying to get my proficiency in english language. I want to make sure I know english very well, as long as I'm planning to teach my boy as he grows up. If everything goes well and get my degree, I will be able to teach english to kids next year and to contribute financially to my house.

  • I'm organizing my baby's 1st birthday party!!! This is the best, seriously! I want to make sure everything will be perfect this special day. The food, the guests, the home...everything! I'm so stressed, but in a good way...

  • Trying to figure out how to sew some cloth diapers. I wanted to cloth diaper my son from the beginning. But I had a million things on my mind and Phillip hated the idea. I just couldn't fight for another thing that moment. Now I can. And Phillip feels silly now, when I mention how much money we would have saved if we used cloth diapers (for me it's more for the environment, but saving money is something that will convince most men, believe me ).

  • Trying to put my life in order. Being so loose about everything doesn't help. I have to make a routine for us that includes Phillip, who has a crazy job with no program. It's making me crazy, but I'm sure I'll find a way.

  • Working hard to make my blog better. Design and content. No help and no knowledge on how α blog is being set up, has good design and quality content. Just trying to figure it out by myself.

  • I'm working on something new. I find ways to reuse/recycle many things of mine. Treasures that I have collected through the years and for years they just wait on my shelves to be used. This is also a big thing, although it's pretty new. More on that soon...


  • I'm working on doing something nice for a good friend, while I help the environment, too. It's something I've been thinking for some time now. It's inspired by how people face the crisis and what my point of view is and what I want to do about it, combined with that food obsession I have lately. More on that soon (er), too.

All this while I'm cleaning, cooking and playing with my lovely boy. He's going to be one on 27th of September. I can't believe how fast he grew. I can't do anything but being amazed by him...

Παρασκευή, 14 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

We went to work !

I don't think I have ever mentioned that my mom and dad sell children clothes. I used to work with them actually. That was before I get pregnant.

The other day, they asked me to work for a couple of days because they were busy with other stuff. It was a pain for me, I have to admit. I was busy at home ,too. You know taking care of a baby and a home and being a blogger also. There was no chance to say no. It's the less I can do for them, for everything they have done for me so far. I decided to do it and have fun with it!

So, one morning I took my baby and our diaper bag (full of toys and vegan snacks such as dried fruits, rice crispies and nuts) and my brother (we needed him to help if the baby didn't want to cooperate) and headed to work.

[caption id="attachment_723" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Filling my body with fuel aka coffee...baby running-crawling on the back...[/caption]

It wasn't as bad as I thought. It seems, once again, that if you think positive, positive things will happen! There wasn't too much job and Nereus was very happy and very very naughty. See a few of what he did.

[caption id="attachment_725" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Destroying the shopping bags...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_726" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Destroying the shopping bags part2[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_727" align="aligncenter" width="600"] We had a visit from dad...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_728" align="aligncenter" width="600"] And eventually, he ignored the great diy floor bed we made for him and slept on the floor while he was hugging the shelves...[/caption]

Τετάρτη, 12 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Vegan BLW: Soup

Ok I have to admit it. I was so scared to give him soup! All that blw food mess was too much for me. I thought about waiting to see any signs of readiness, but I don't know if there would be any. I was constantly avoiding making soup, because of the fear of cups, spoons and soup of course eeeeverywhere in the house.

And then, one day, I craved lentil soup. So, I made one. And although I was planning to strain some lentils to offer him, the last minute I decided to offer some soup and see what happens. He didn't know how to use a spoon or dippers and I didn't want to confuse him more. I served his lentil soup into a plastic cup and hoped for not much chaos. And guess what...he did great!

[caption id="attachment_698" align="aligncenter" width="600"] First, he wanted to see how the cup tastes...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_699" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Then feel the soup...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_700" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Taking out the excess...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_701" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Tasting again...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_703" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Grabbing the cup...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_704" align="aligncenter" width="600"] ...aaaand...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_705" align="aligncenter" width="600"] ...he drinks it!!![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_706" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Then, he holded the cup with his one hand...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_707" align="aligncenter" width="600"] ...and ate the rest of the lentils, with his other hand![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_708" align="aligncenter" width="600"] He had so much fun...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_709" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Instisting to share some with mama...[/caption]

There was some mess, yes. But not that much. I really thought it would be worse. If you give food to your baby to experiment, either by practicing baby led weaning or not, among others, offer him foods that seems difficult to handle. You never know when your baby will be ready for a certain food and he may surprise you. I regret that I didn't give him the chance to try this before. It was such a pleasure to watch him figuring out how to eat soup!

I am amazed by what a little baby can do! On 11 months he had made a huge progress with feeding himself. I'm working on some other great blw posts, I'm planning to post soon. I'm so excited!

Δευτέρα, 10 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

About calmness...

When I was on the ship, coming back from my magical island, I met a girl. I was breastfeeding Nereus on the floor, in a sleeping bag. She was walking with a baby on her arms, I think she was breastfeeding, too. She smiled at me (it was that sweet, innocent, divine smile that a woman who breastfeeds gives to another breastfeeding woman), I smiled back and got lost into my baby's hug. I must have been smiling for several minutes.

Although, I thought that he would sleep, he didn't. So I took him to walk around the ship. I met her again. She said ''He's restless right? Just be calm, it's only one night.'' while she had that sweet smile on her face. I knew that I would travel alone and I was prepared for a hard sleepless night. I already knew that if he wanted to sleep, he would, no matter what time and me getting nervous wouldn't help. I was ready to have a ''difficult'' night and I have decided to have fun with it. She didn't teach me anything new, that I didn't know already. She made me remember what my way of thinking is and should be. She made me more sure about what I do here with this child. I am surrounded by nervous, almost hysterical women and many times I have found myself to be affected by their attitude and act like them. It's important to keep in contact with yourself and don't forget who you are. Her calm face made me realise that I'm not alone, that there are other mamas out there who find happiness everywhere.

I'm talking to everybody out there...Don't wait for a nice moment to come...CREATE IT!!! Time runs out and don't forgive, create nice moments! Find the happiness inside you!

Κυριακή, 9 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Recipe: Pasta with tomato-carrot sauce

I usually spend a lot of time on cooking each day. Firstly because I like to take it slow and secondly, because I have many breaks to play, hug, breastfeed and generally satisfy my little baby's needs. But there are some times that I just have to make something quick. Like yesterday, that my brother had an early football practise and had to have eaten early. In these days, spaghetti saves my life. This is something I make relatively often.




Ingredients:



  • 1 carrot

  • 1 big onion

  • 1-2 cloves garlic (More if you like, I like garlic a lot and I use more. This time I used one and half of these babies. They are grown by my grandma.)

  • 4 fresh tomatoes (highly recommended) or  (if you are in a hurry just like I was) commercial tomato pulp

  • salt, pepper, herbs

  • pasta


Directions:

Cook your pasta, according to the instructions on the packet.

Shred the carrot. Finely chop the onion and garlic.



Saute in medium heat for about 5 minutes.



If you use fresh tomatoes, first of all good for you and second of all, now is the time to throw them in a blender and turn them into a pulp. Now, add the pulp to the veggies and give them a good stir.





Now turn your fire to low, cover and let it simmer for 15 minutes. If you do blw, remember to put some sauce on a plate for your baby and then, season the rest with salt, pepper and herbs of your choice. I used dried basil, thyme, oregano and sweet paprika but you can use whatever you want...the combinations are endless. Turn your fire on high, stir it well and let it boil for about a minute. That's it, you're done!

Toss some spaghetti on a plate, put some sauce on them and enjoy!



I sprinkled mine with nutritional yeast! Delicious!

Παρασκευή, 7 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

11 months



Wow, I can't believe how close my baby is to become one year old! He's so tiny and big at the same time. I mean he's a tiny little man, but he already says words, eats a lot (not always) of food, plays wildly and communicates with us in a whole different way. He also got really tall these last two months. I believe his last month development is beyond any previous. I love the way he plays with us. He had turned to excactly what I wanted...a little monkey who makes a mess all the time. Believe it or not, when he sleeps (that's when I get to do something for me, which I don't cause I have to cook, clean etc. ), and I face this chaos in the house that I have to tidy up, I feel nice and smile cause I know that whose responsible for this is my biggest love. Having a baby leaves you with no time, especially if you don't have much help, as I do. But, the reward is so great that makes you forget anything else. I love him more than ever.

Δευτέρα, 3 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Baby's name announcement

Yes, it’s true…we have a name! After a very long time, we finally decided to get a real name and stop calling him baby. Ok, we’ll still be calling him baby because we like it, but with a name next to it.

Contrary to the greek tradition, we didn’t want to give him one of our  fathers’ names. We have decided to choose something special from the very beginning. We couldn't decide wich name to give him, thought. Phillip had some names in mind like Poseidon, Orion, Platon and others. I wanted something more rare. I have suggested Helios, Anemos, Ocean. We just couldn’t agree.

I suggested to let our baby ''choose'' one of the names we had in mind, with draw or something. In my mind, this is still the best option, but Phillip didn't seem so excited about it. Way to many times we’ve said that we wouldn’t leave the table if we didn’t pick a name. Way to many times we left. And then we went on vacation and the day we got on the island, I told Phillip that I’m not going anywhere if we don’t find a name. That was it. We have a name and this is Nereus.

Nereus was the oldest god of the sea, in ancient greek mythology. He was a titan actually. Father of Nereids, whith whom he lived in Aegean sea. Half man and half fish. He was known for his truthfulness and virtue. People imagined him as a wise, peacefull old man who never forgets what's the right thing.



My criteria for choosing the right name were two...

1. It had to sound nicely.

2. It had to carry good energy.

With picking this name, I have both. Plus, he loves the sea so much just as much as we do. Maybe it took as ages to name him, but his name suits him so well...

Σάββατο, 1 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

22 before 22...

After a lot of thought I came up with these 22 goals, that I want (and plan and hope) to accomplish before my 22nd birthday in July 13 2013. I’ve been writing this list for quite a lot of time. I’m in a weird situation where everything around me is solid, while things inside me change rapidly as well.  You can see here some of the unaccomplished goals of my 21 before 21 list and some new ones. Some of them are here to wake up my creative self, some to do something nice for people I love and the rest to make me a better person and get me closer to my dreams.  I’m pretty excited actually and I can’t wait to share my progress on the blog.

  1. Exercise at least three times a week. (but at least I tried)

  2. Open an etsy shop. I'm gonna write about it soon.

  3. Get some blog readers. Done! At last!

  4. Find a name for my baby. Done. Read about it here.

  5. Sew a mei tai.

  6. Sew cloth diapers.

  7. Get a driving license.

  8. Make sure Maya (my mother’s dog) gets more attention. Done. Nereus and I go for walks with her and we also took advise from a dog trainer.

  9. Finish those scarves I’ve been knitting for 3 years.

  10. Reuse all those old magazines that hide all over the house.

  11. Try make my own vegan yogurt. Done!!! I'm so excited and proud! Check my recipe here.

  12. Get my english proficiency degree.

  13. Give my mom a great gift on mother’s day.

  14. Attend cob house building seminars.

  15. Educate myself in bio agriculture.

  16. Find a way to live with Phillip again, in our own house this time. Done!!!!

  17. Have a birthday party for my son’s first birthday. Done with success! More here.

  18. Have his name tattooed on me.

  19. Be a better person/treat everyone around me with more respect/be less hysterical. Done.

  20. Have baby swimming lessons with my son. 

  21. Do something special for my two friends P and M for what they’ve done for me on my vacation.

  22. Plant a tree on a pot, then replant it on the ground in my new house’s yard (when I get one).
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Read my previous list...


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