Ok, so I might have been a bit absent of late.
Truth be told, I’ve been working on a special recipe these last few months.
In fact, this special recipe (aka my bun,) won’t be ready until next year at least… In April!
I’m going to apologise firstly because nausea has won out most days, especially for the last few weeks. Soon to be followed by morning sickness and food cravings etc, you know the dril.
In fact, this all started the night I returned from China (eons ago, I know.)
My sweetheart & I went out for a seriously decadent steak dinner not! my guy eating his romantic steak for one, I ate a baked potato that night and blamed jetlag for my lack of appetite.
Cue a day later, a nice big sizzling pan of honey, soy & ginger chicken wings! Surely a pan of my favourite type of meaty comfort food, could be my cure all!
A few days later, one pregnancy kit, a blood test and a lot of internal #happydancing later, it was confirmed!!!
Amazing!!! So blessed and so very happy that day, (cue Pharrel Williams!)
I keep joking our child will turn out orange, as I have a new found love for cantaloupes, Orange Juice, Sweet potato & Carrot soup.
Other vices include Toast with tomatoes and amazingly fresh salads, green smoothies and the occasional musk stick. I thought I was raising a vegetarian for several weeks, cause the little one couldn’t stand meat!
On the other hand, I might be raising a pescetarian, as fish n chips are always a steadfast favourite.
So regardless to say, there’s a big shift in the air.
#Flasback to a few months ago… Can’t even imagine what I would have looked like as a third year Apprentice Chef, running around in my final trimester, cue hilarious! Thank my lucky stars that I’ve just graduated from my Culinary studies.
Truth be told, I feel as though I’m taking the most important test in my life! Ironic isn’t it, after three years of studying to be a chef!
Now we’re in the race for a different kind of test. Only I’ve been told this is neither a pass or fail scenario at the end. Just the enduring race, journey and unconditional love that is parenthood!
My sweetheart and I met at work, as so many folk do. In fact, we were kind of set up, but officially first ‘met’ back stage at a Gilbert & Sullivan party, (at work.)
So we’ve happily been in bliss these last 7 years. Early on, we moved in together and set up camp at casa Alice & (Sweetie.) Lol, he still doesn’t want me to use his name on the blog, even after 3 years!!! still shy!
Funnily, he & I are both the eldest in our families. We each have a sibling who is a parent. My sib has two little dumplings, his with three.
We’d sort of dreamt of our ideal timeline. Planning to (eventually) move to his home state, settle down into our first home. Renovate my lifelong dream kitchen!
I’d kind of had day dreams of getting hitched in our new home, in the quaint little courtyard I’d imagined. With the cutest, fluffiest dog you’d ever seen!
Now!!! In the space of just three days, I see the kitchen being swapped for a nursery! A very pregnant me, packing up our two bedroom flat in my very last trimester. A big logistic nightmare moving interstate 3 hours away yikes!
Most importantly though, I picture a very happy & oblivious baby, nonetheless wiser to the amazing chaos, wonder & unbelievably happy chain of events, that he/she has caused!!!
It’s incredible to think this little person to be, has rsvp’d into life with us! That all my lazy baking days, which led to a love/hate affair with my butt & hips, has disappeared.
I had heard of women having a new found love & respect for the human body. Let me say, that the moment we saw the flickering heartbeat of that teeny tiny blueberry (7 weeks) or plum (12 weeks,) things suddenly got real! Apparently I’m carrying something the size of an Avocado nowadays.
Suffice it to say, I feel like I’m carry the whole fruit & veg section at our local supermarket inside me ;)
In fact, we feel an enormous sense of pride, relief, terror and amazement at what is about to occur!!!
To this amazing new chapter, which even I can’t believe and we’re nearly halfway!
To you the reader, my biggest of hugs & thanks for taking the time to follow my journey thus far. I hope you continue to do so!
This blog is literally about to go, from girrrl, to family in a food frenzy (which doesn’t quite have) the same ring!
I’m going to ask a huge favour of you all! Any wonderful pearls of wisdom & parental advice you have please feel free, to write below!
I welcome any wonderful stories you might have, either of yourself or another, friends or your beloved partners.
Bizarre food cravings? The one thing you couldn’t have lived without during your pregnancy! The thing you loved most when you saw your darling other half, transform into a baby wrangling super person!
I’m reaching out to learn from you!!!
Ps. I love you cheese & pickle sandwiches!