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I am a first-time Mum to daughter, Lily, born December 2010 and am currently home on maternity leave. Also living in the Zoo with Lily and me is my partner Kai, the Jessie-dog and the Tippy-cat

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Motherhood Lesson #8

Motherhood Lesson #8: Meeting for coffee is never just coffee and it's never just an hour.... Unfortunately this revelation is directly linked to the realisation that there also comes a point when you must admit that the escalating readout on the scales cannot be blamed on the baby..... But can I still blame Starbucks?

On a more serious note, as a non-breastfeeding Mum, I no longer have the freedom to roam unrestrained up and down the junk food aisle at the grocery store.  In my heart, I knew the day was going to come when I had to sort out my bad habits, but i just didn't think it would be this soon!

In the early days of being home with Lily, I had no idea when I was going to get a shower, let alone eat a proper meal.  I grabbed anything I could make and eat one handed.  This included drinking more coffee than normal as I hadn't managed to find a way to squish the teabag one handed without burning my fingers. Also, as if preparing for Armageddon, when I did make something, like a toasted bagel, I loaded it sky-high with as many cheesy and buttery calories I could... just in case there wasn't to be another opportunity to eat for the rest of the day (or week, or month, or year)

But 10 weeks on, I can no longer claim it's still early days.  I can no longer blame the chaos on Lily.  She runs pretty much to schedule, so now it's time stop eating the junk.   But in someways, that's still easier said than done as most of my daytime meals still need to be eaten one-handed...

So, my faithful readers, I ask for your help.  Let's try to come up with a list of nice, somewhat healthy meals that can still be eaten one-handed (i.e. no knife AND fork required)...and there is only so much fusilli pasta I can face.


  1. This made me giggle, like we haven't already been through enough... Labour, birth, adapting and then wouldn't you know it we have to diet! Except for the joys of maternity leave, Women definitely draw the short straw! As for food,I say eat with two hands when Lily sleeps, far more enjoyable. Great blog am following you x

  2. Way to go Berta!!! On a serious note, Bananas are pretty easy - you just need about 2 nano-seconds to peel them and then it is a good one-handed snack...

  3. Apples, pears, carrots, celery, dried fruit.....you get the idea!

  4. found your blog, after reading comments on Tara's Sticky Fingers. Love the post about the dogs.
    Beautiful, beautiful baby. I've heard of people making themselves pack lunches the night before - to ensure they eat the next day!! I ate so much pasta and shop brought sauce because it was easy.
    To be honest, I think the 3-6 months is harder (so sorry) as they are awake moor and need more of your attention, yet are no longer seen as new borns so the world expects you to have returned to 'normal'. I'm not helping am I? X