Bella had her first lot of jabs yesterday, she was a brave girl and screamed for about 10 seconds and then was fine. But no one warned me that the vaccine that is squirted into their mouth might make them projectile vomit!!! Bella refused to swallow it, then when she did she threw it back up along with a huge amount of milk – all over me and her!! So my tip is to cover yourself in a muslin just in case!
So i’m a bit of an avid baker, and whilst pregnant and on maternity leave I was baking cakes every week (and definitley adding to the pregnancy weight gain!) but now my baby girl is here, and i’m sure others would agree – that it is very hard to get any time to do anything when you have a baby, let alone bake a cake! So I thought I would share with you my super quick cake recipe, that can be tweaked to incorporate different flavours, yet still takes only around 10 minutes to prepare.
200g golden caster sugar (can use normal caster sugar if you prefer)
200g butter – softened
4 beaten eggs
200g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
Beat all the ingredients together until you have a smooth batter.
You can either divide into 2 tins so you have a sandwich cake an bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden (at 170 degrees – fan oven), or why not add the mixture into a loaf tin and bake for around 40 mins – until golden and a skewer comes out clean.
Now that was the recipe for the plain cake, perfect for a Victoria sponge – but if you fancy trying something different and adding in extra flavours, here are some ideas:
Lime & Coconut – add in zest of 2 limes and 50g desicated coconut to the mixture. When cake is cooked, prick the top and spoon over the juice of 2 limes, mixed with 1 tbsp sugar for a crunchy zesty topping.
Raspberry & white chocolate – add in chunks of white chocolate, and some fresh raspberries to the mixture.
Lemon – adding the zest of 1 lemon. When cake is cooked, prick the top and spoon over the juice 1 lemon, mixed with 1 tbsp sugar for a crunchy zesty topping.
Chocolate chip – add in chocolate chips to the mixture, you could add in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate for a triple chocolate mix!
Banana – mush up 2 ripe bananas and add to the mix. You could also add some chocolate chips for a banana and chocolate chip cake.
I found it really helpful during pregnancy to be part of a birth club forum, for people due in the same month as me. It helped me see that I wasn’t the only one experiencing certain symptoms, and it helped answer questions I wasn’t sure of, and helped me learn about things I wasn’t aware of.
The best forum I found was baby centre
I would highly recommend joining your birth club, it helped me so much.
I have struggled post birth to go out and about on my own with Bella, even though she is a really good girl. I find it hard getting out of the house to a set appointment, in case her feed coincides. I have therefore found it impossible to take her to the weigh in clinic to get her weighed. If you are feeling the same, and just can’t bring yourself to do it – then why not buy some baby weighing scales to double check your baby is gaining weight? I picked some up from Amazon for £37 – so worth the money and my friends even come round and use them too.
Here they are – they are now £41
So I have found I have quite a bit of spare time now I am on maternity leave, and I seem to have become slightly addicted to entering competitions on twitter. They are all easy to enter by just following and retweeting – if you want an easy place to see all the competitions that I have entered so you can enter them too, then follow me on twitter – @miss_em123
Is an absolute saviour if you are formula feeding!! There is no waiting around for bottles to cool to the correct temperature – bottles are made to the perfect temperature in under 2 minutes. Here is how it works:
- You select the number of ounces you need
- You place the bottle onto the machine
- You press the go button
- A shot of boiling water is dispensed into the bottle and beeps once done
- You remove the bottle, add the correct amount of formula – swill it around till is dissolves and place the bottle back onto the machine
- Press the go button again
- Then cooler water is dispensed into the bottle to fill it up to the correct level, and ta da you have a bottle ready for your baby!
Some retailers sell this for £120, but you can pick it up for around £60 at Amazon or at certain baby events at babies r us or Asda.
This is well worth the money, and probably our favourite abby product we have bought.