The Attachment Parenting Turncoat

Like every other first-time-pregnant, obsessive-middle-class-white-woman-with-a-blog, I spent my pregnancy reading all the birth and parenting books, watching all the birth and parenting docos and bookmarking all the birth and parenting blogs. What quickly became clear to me was that there were two types of parents: Attachment Parents, and lazy, selfish parents. So I signed up….

What Vegan Babies Eat Part 2

Anaïs has two tiny teeth! As cute as her very small toothbrush is, teething has been a bitch so in desperation I have become the type of person who makes homemade popsicles and teething pastes: Banana Ice Bites Blend: 1x banana, a dash of organic soy or almond milk, 1-2 teaspoons of chia seeds and…

What Vegan Babies Eat (NZ winter edition)

Screw the WHO. OK so they’re very well informed and their recommendations are generally useful but my baby wanted food at 4 months old and after two whole weeks of ignoring all her readiness signs because “she’s not supposed to eat solids until 6 months old” I decided to follow my babe’s lead and started…

Happy Noodles

Food you think you’ll eat while at home with a young baby: Risottos, homemade pasta, gyoza, cassoulet, smoked garlic soup, cauliflower pizza, raw cakes … Basically anything that takes longer than 10 minutes or is a pleasure to cook. Food you actually eat while at home with a young baby: Noodle Soup. Or Toast. enter:…

A Good Excuse For Cookies

I’ve actually never been a sweet-tooth, give me salty or smoky food any day. But the chocolate cravings I’ve been having since breastfeeding put my pregnancy cravings to shame. Plus, since the 6-week mark (and with the hot weather) pumping has been difficult and well, mama needs her freezer supply for wine tastings. Enter: Lactation…

Flip’s Tips: How to enjoy summer with a newborn

I am solar-powered. If I don’t get enough sunlight each day I last about as long as an iPhone – dead by dinnertime. But like so many things, spending time in the sun is bloody hard to do with a newborn. It’s February and I have swum in the sea just twice, which for me…

New Earthling Announcement

Introducing… Anaïs Tara Dihya Iskrane Fact: The final four weeks of pregnancy are the slowest example of time passing that exists. And the first four weeks of motherhood are the quickest. To be fair, I probably made it slower than it would have been. As my impatience and general dislike of being pregnant grew to…

Fun with Fake Meats

A while ago I bought some vegan abalone from Chch’s Vegetarian World. It has since taken up a permanent position in my freezer, creeping me out. Honestly I had no idea what to do with it so eventually I delegated the task of preparing it to the Frenchman. I’m still not sold on vegetarian seafood in…

Food That Tastes Like Hugs

Reasons pregnancy is like one long regression into baby/toddlerhood: You become increasingly clumsy and off-balance You discover the amazing comfort of floating/balancing belly-down in the bath You want your Mum Cuddles, stretching, massage all feel 60% better than usual During the 1st trimester you can’t stand the idea of vegetables and have to sneak them into…

The Superhero Diet

Flip’s Vegan Pregnancy ‘Go-Suck-It-Old-School-Preggo-Books-And-Un-informed-Doctors’ Diet – Winter Edition At 22 weeks I am finally winning at pregnancy. I totally thought I was going to be a whinging pain for nine months but I was only a whinging pain for three, now I’m annoyingly perky. (I’m keeping some whinging in the bank for late pregnancy, don’t worry)….