Merry Christmas !

Just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from Oz land !!! 

  
Our Christmas card 😊.

We are in Dubbo this year with friends and family. It is Chhori’s first road trip so I will share all our experience in another post.

Till then take care and enjoy the holiday season.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Bring your baby to the movies

As a new mum, we do everything for our bub but at times you want to do things for yourself too. For me, it is my regular massage but I have wanted to go and enjoy movies in the cinema for a while.

The problem with a little one is that you never know when they are going to cry or want to crawl. So it is impossible to go to a normal movie session. Thankfully in Sydney, all the major cinemas offer baby and mum sessions.

I wanted to watch the new James Bonds movie so AS and I decided to go and give it a shot. Neither of us were sure if we would be able to enjoy the movie. On top of that we realised that the session is nearly 3 hours long only after buying the tickets.

I was so sure that we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the movie so I was determined to take Chhori out of the theatre if she started crying so at least one of us would enjoy the movie. To get her to sleep, I fed Chhori before we went inside the cinema.

The session was in a normal cinema so we were not allowed to take the pram inside but had to park the pram outside. When the session stated they didn’t turn of the light like normal but just dimmed it a bit probably so we could feed and check the baby.

The best thing about the “Bring your Baby” session is that if your little one feels the need to cry or to make some noise, all the other movie-goers will understand because they have little ones too. As we went on a weekday afternoon session, the cinema was not crowded so it was great for everyone to stay far from each other.

Once the session started, I fed Chhori and she went to sleep on my lap. I was sure she wouldn’t sleep for so long but I concentrated on the movie.

I enjoyed the movie as it had been almost a year since I had been to a movie. Almost an hour into the movie Chhori started to stir which meant that she might wake up so I dream fed her hoping she would go back to sleep and lucky for us she did.

So she slept through the whole movie and I woke her up once the movie was over. We were happy with both our Chhori and the movie too.

So if you have a baby and thinking of going for a movie, please do some research and I am sure you will find something similar around you.

Have a great day everyone.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Jaulo : Nepali baby food

Since I started solid food for Chhori, I have given her Jaulo, Nepali rice veggie puree which is high in nutrition and quite filling too. It is so easy to make and versatile that I thought it would be helpful for any mum so I’m sharing the recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 4 table spoon of rice
  • 2 table spoon of red lentils
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)(optional)
  • 100 gm of broccoli (replace with any veggie your child likes)
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

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Methods

  • Heat the pressure cooker on medium heat and add ghee. Let it get hot and add turmeric powder.

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  • Wash rice and red lentils.
  • Add the rice, lentils, broccoli and salt to the pressure cooker.

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  • Add 2 cups of water, close the lid and let it cook.
  • Let it press for 5-6 whistles.
  • Once done, check if the rice is soft.

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  • Put the mixture in a blender and make it a fine puree for baby under 7 months and coarse for baby between 7- 10 months. Older kids can be given the jaulo mashed using a spoon.

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  • This can be made with any other veggies or lentils so it will be very versatile options for the baby and easy for the mum.
  • Store in container and can be used up to 3 days when store in the fridge.

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Take care,
M from nepaliaustralian
XOXO

Enjoying Zumba

As I mentioned in my last post, I have joined a gym and every Thursday I look forward to the Zumba class.

Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo.

As I love dancing, it is the perfect workout for me and I enjoy it so much.

I had heard about Zumba for years but had never joined one; now I am so glad to be going to one.

The first time I went to the class, I was a bit scared as I didn’t know what to expect but one hour in a room with people who were psyched about having a good time and dancing around to high-energy Latin music was a great experience. The class is full of men and women of all ages and sizes. You don’t need any dance experience or skills, only the willingness to enjoy the fun class.

I enjoy the class so much I feel as if the one hour has just gone too fast. I sweat so much that I know my body had good workout. I am still learning so I don’t do all the steps well but that doesn’t matter as I know I will get better with time.

Anyone who is into Zumba, do give me a few tips that was useful to you and those who have never tried one, do join it if you love dancing. You don’t feel like you are exercising and you will be having a great fun workout.

Take care,
M from nepaliaustralian
XOXO

Gym and childcare

As I have mentioned in my post a while ago, I had joined a gym and was working out 3-4 times a week. I was feeling great and my body was enjoying the benefits but after a while I could not go as often as I liked and then I did not go for 6 weeks.

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To go to the gym I had to wake up at 5:30 am, feed Chhori and get ready by 6:00 am to start gym by 6:30 am. I need to be back home by 8:00 am so AS could leave for work. It was a good arrangement and AS could look after Chhori while I am gone.

But the morning after the nights Chhori woke me up more often, it was really hard for me to get up so early. There were days when it was hard for me to get up so early but I would have time the whole day but there was no one to look after Chhori for even a few hours while went to the gym thus I couldn’t enjoy working out.

But the problem was solved when I discovered a gym with childcare. Yes it was such a blessing to find one near me as well. We have a Fitness First gym near us where they have childcare facility. You need to pay $5 a day for this service which is a fair amount for the help you are getting. You can leave your baby for 90 minutes a day while you work out. They open from 9am till midday and it is just perfect for me.

So I joined this gym and I am happy to report I am exercising again after a 6 week gap. I am so excited at the thought that I will get back to my normal self again. They also have a swimming pool which is great for the hot weather.

I was a bit worried about Chhori and how she would adjust in the childcare as I am her primary carer since her birth. The only person who has looked after her beside me is my husband, that also not more than 2 hours at a time.

But I am so relieved to see her doing well at childcare. The girls there are great and very friendly and Chhori is well looked after. There are so many toys there that she easily gets distracted when I leave her there. It is only for 90 minutes so I don’t feel too guilty either.

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In that 90 minutes I manage to either run, do some cardio, zumba or swim depending on the day. I am just loving my new routine. I wake up in the morning at the same time with AS. We all have breakfast together and then AS goes to work while Chhori and I go to the gym. Perfect as it can be.

Hope this new routine will get me into shape and I will be a healthier and happier person again.

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If you are in a similar boat like me and your new bundle of joy is stopping you from exercising, this is the perfect solution. I am sure you will find something similar around you and believe me it will be an effort worth making at the end of the day.

Happy exercising everyone.
Take care,
M from nepaliaustralian
XOXO

A year older, a lot wiser :)

On 28 October, I celebrated my birthday. A year seemed to just fly away so fast. It feels like it was just a few months ago that I celebrated my last birthday. It is always nice to look back on old birthday celebration posts in my blog. If you haven’t read them before here are some of the ways I celebrated my birthday in the past, 2011 ,2012, 2013 and 2014. Anyway it was my first birthday as a mum and it was just fantastic.

AS took a day off from work to spend the whole day with me so it was a lazy morning for us. We woke up late and went for a brunch to a really nice cafĂŠ with a cool decor and a good menu.

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AS ordered his big breakfast and I ordered Egg Benedict. I have to say the food was yummy and the coffee was good too.

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I was already full from the breakfast when AS surprised with a cake. It was a red half dome orange and chocolate cake. I was happy that AS even put a birthday message on the plate. I was one happy birthday girl for sure :).

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The best birthday gift I got that morning was from Chhori who slept through the whole brunch and some more to give me some time to spend with AS.

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In the evening, we were invited to my brother’s place for dinner.

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I got a surprise celebration there with a yummy birthday cake with my brother’s family and cousins too.


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Today, few of my friends came over with gifts and sweets to celebrate my birthday. It is really naice to be surrounded by such caring people.

I am just happy to be another year older with my love (AS) and my life (Chhori) by my side.

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I am sure I am a lot wiser too as I have become a mum this year which has taught me lots of new things in life.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Halloween.

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Take care everyone till the next post.
M from nepaliaustralian
XOXO

Chhori’s first time in pool

As it is very hot this spring, we decided that it would be a good time for Chhori to start going swimming. Of course, she won’t swim but I wanted her to get used to water.

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Normally when she has her bath she loves it so we thought it was a good sign. I bought a few swim suits for her even before she was born. The excitement of having a baby girl took me shopping many times while I was pregnant and on one of those trips I bought a beautiful one piece suit.

To make it easy for her, we went and bought floaters so we don’t need to hold her all the time and she too will be free to enjoy the water.

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We got her ready at home with her swimming nappy and the new swimming custom. She seemed excited already.

At the pool I took her into the water so she could get used to it before getting her into the floater. She was a pro, playing and kicking with excitement. The only bad thing was she wanted to drink the water and kept taking her tongue out. :)

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After a while, we put her in her floater and we swam while she enjoyed floating around. She was thrilled to be in the water and her expression was priceless.

We plan to take her to swim classes soon but in the mean time we just want her to get used to the water so she will learn how to swim quicker when the time comes.

Just a quick question for everyone with kids; what is a good age to send kids to swimming class? And when did your bub start swimming on their own?

Take care everyone till the next post.
M from nepaliaustralian
XOXO