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Friday afternoon

23 May

I am tired, despite all the caffeine and sugar I’ve had today.
Zoe’s either still jetlagged or she found out that crying at 3 am gets her milk and, if she cries again, the middle part of our bed. So I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in 2 weeks. Can baby jetlag really go on for 2 weeks?

But thank you, it’s Friday. And it’s time for another coffee with this sweet little guy.


Have a good weeekend folks.

Should I listen to the child psychologist?

2 Oct

So Zozo’s assistant maternelle went to the Relais yesterday. The Relais is a place where the AMs go to meet once a week to do activities with the kids and to talk with the other child minders and child care professionals.

She said that Zozo loved it there. The moment they stepped into the room and she saw the toys and other kids, she started to get excited. The other child minders loved her, well, mostly her wild hair and huge eyes. There was also a child psychologist who evaluates the kids and gives advice on how to improve their development.

She evaluated Zoe and she said that she’s A-OK except for the fact that her motor skills are not “there” yet. She can sit alright but apparently she’s “blocked”. She wants to move, but can’t and so she just sits there and looks around. She said that Zozo’s not ready to be sitting up the whole time yet and we should choose to put her on her tummy more than letting her sit and to try to help her crawl or get onto all fours.

When the AM told me about the evaluation I was obviously flustered. My first thought was “Oh no, Zoe’s not gonna be able to walk, ever.” Ok, I know it was a bit exaggerated but I honestly got nervous right away. Is she that delayed? I know she’s able to support herself really well sitting down and can turn and can reach for things sitting down – but is that a bad thing? I suddenly felt like a bad mother – honestly. Are we hindering our child’s development? Should we have done something else or did we do something wrong?

All those questions were entering my mind while I was walking to work this morning. I talked to G about it and he said all babies develop the skills in their own time. I know that – but I’ve also read that if your child isn’t reaching his/her milestones then you should talk about it with your doctor. I also talked to a friend whose 1 year old son is now walking around. She said that the psychologist said the same thing about her son when he was younger – and her son just stood up and started wobbly walking around just like that in 1 day.

So I’m confused. I don’t know if I should be worried or not.  I’ve been thinking of new exercise games with Zozo to motivate her to sit or crawl on her own but every time I put her on her tummy, she rolls to her back and stays like that.

Am I putting too much pressure on myself? On Zozo? Or is there really something wrong with her development?

Broccoli and Sweet Potato Puree

21 Sep

This is a super simple recipe for baby food. You can give this well pureed from 6 months as long as baby has already had broccoli or sweet potato before.

Now that Zozo’s bigger, I don’t puree it as much as I did before. And I add some meat or cheese just before serving it. I usually make a huge batch and freeze it for later use.

Some people have a BabyCook but we already had a steamer and a hand mixer, so why spend more $$ for something that’s gonna do the same thing anyway?

There’s really no real measurement for this recipe. If you want the more broccoli taste then add more, if you’re not a fan (or your baby’s not a fan) then add less.

Here’s what I used:


1 head of broccoli

2 sweet potatoes

a bit of water to thin down the mixture (the sweet potato’s a bit starchy) – use formula or breastmilk if you prefer.




1. Cut everything up as evenly as possible. This way, the veggies are cooked at the same time.


2. Put in steaming basket and steam for 20 minutes or until everything is soft.


3. Put everything in a bowl, or your blender if you’re blending, and mix away until you reach your desired texture.


4. Add your preferred liquid to thin down the mixture.



I usually thin it down a bit more using water/formula and add a bit of olive oil just before serving. If I’m adding meat, I cook the meat separately, puree, then add it to the mix.

This time I added parmesan cream cheese.



I bought a pack of 3 ice cube trays to store Zozo’s food in. Once they’re frozen I transfer them to freezer bags labeled with what’s in them and the date they’re made.


Easy peasy.  I only spent maybe 3 euros for this batch. And the best part is – Zozo gets to eat fresh food make with love.


Where did the summer go?

19 Sep

Where did the summer go?

We didn’t even have time to make the most out of empty Paris in August. And now it’s grey and rainy already. Where’s that indian summer they were talking about? I want the sun back!! Boo!

Spell Tired. M-E

17 Sep

Has it been 9 months already? How fast time flies and at the same time it feels like it has been forever. I am dead tired.

Between work and household chores and a whining baby – I sometimes just feel like I don’t have any energy left to do anything else. Even watching TV feels like a chore. I’m just thankful that Z has been doing her nights since she was 3 months old – if not, then I would definitely just be plain dead.

But there are also times when all that work seems like nothing and I have the energy to go all week being super mom. It’s weird. Maybe I’m becoming schizo. Or maybe that’s just how being a mom is.

Recently the little monkey has been more of little monster. She’s having separation issues – always needs to be near me or in my arms. Plus she’s becoming more mobile – rolling all over the place. We have to make sure she doesn’t fall or hit her head somewhere.

I started her on solids when she was 6 months, only during lunch. And now she’s also eating dinner with us. She used to love everything we give her – but now she’s tasting everything first before deciding if she’ll open her mouth for the next spoonful. And then doesn’t open her mouth at all if she doesn’t like it. She also prefers to eat our food, it seems, more than hers.

Sometimes I feel want her to go back to the way she was – when she’ll just sleep after every feeding and just played by herself lying down. And sometimes I want her to start talking and walking so we can play more.

And all those schizo feelings make me tired. T-I-R-E-D. Physically tired. But despite that, I absolutely love this stage in my life and will not exchange it for anything.

Now where did I put that vitamin C?…