Three Things Thursday

  1. Let’s address the big elephant in the room. I’m back after more than a month away! My absence was mostly due to our trip to the States and Colombia in August (one word: exhausting). Here are some pictures if you want to see.
  2. Colin is 29 months old today. His language is exploding and he’s making four word sentences left and right. This week he started saying “Thomas” (After Thomas the Tank Engine). We started potty training this month (slow potty training), and while he gets the concept, we are still working on executing said concept 😉 #funtimes
  3. My chiropractor seems to double as my therapist. Last week, we had the below conversation.

Chiropractor: You Look Tired. And dehydrated, your lips are chapped.

Me: I am tired (and feeling guilty about the coffee I just had).

Chiropractor: How far along are you?

Me: Thirty Weeks. Yesterday I was talking to the hubby, and when I converted 10 weeks to days (70), I was like that’s.a.long.time.

Chiropractor: Snap out of it. Do you know how miserable these weeks are going to be if you continue with this attitude?

Me: Good point…

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“He had not been back to Nigeria in years and perhaps he needed the consolation of those online groups, where small observations flared and blazed into attacks, personal insults flung back and forth. Ifemelu imagined the writers, Nigerians in bleak houses in America, their lives deadened by work, nursing their careful savings throughout the year so that they could visit home in December for a week, when they would arrive bearing suitcases of shoes and clothes and cheap watches, and see, in the eyes of their relatives, brightly burnished images of themselves. Afterwards they would return to America to fight on the Internet over their mythologies of home, because home was now a blurred place between here and there, and at least online they could ignore the awareness of how inconsequential they had become.” – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  1. Today, I spent my day dealing with Egos at work. Egos that involved Emails being sent with explanation points and ASAP written all over them. And then, I got home to a toddler wanting to go to bed with flip flops. I’ll leave it up to you if you think that I fought him. 😉
  2. I’m reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I’m absolutely loving the book. Some of the passages are so vivid and so real.
  3. Self-care is so hard, especially when you’re a mom. But during this second pregnancy, I’m finding it so important. My must do items when I’m feeling stressed / tired are : Manicure, pedicure, Chiropractor, Pregnancy Yoga, Sleep, Eyebrow and / or Lip Wax. Here’s to being able to do one of these things when Baby #2 arrives. #forreals.

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  1. I’m on a Pregnancy Yoga Kick at the moment and have attended a class at Canada Waters Studio, another one at work, and another at Yoga Creation London. I still think it’s important to get my heart rate up during pregnancy (this weekend, I tried this workout on YouTube and loved it), but I feel in less pain and less creaky after stretching it out at Yoga. Yay to having 17 weeks left!
  2. I’m seeing a Chiropractor during this Pregnancy as well. About two weeks ago, I felt a bit down because I had hip pain and I just envisioned a miserable 20 weeks ahead of me. Instead, I decided to do something about it, and made an appointment with a Chiropractor and I’m in love. She aligned my Pelvis during our first appointment, recommended a birthing ball, as well as a hypnobirthing book.
  3. I recently got myself some Pip and Nut Squeeze packs and they are to die for! The peanut butter tastes delicious!

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  1. This boy completely and utterly melts my heart. I think it was Monday, he advised me from the bottom of the stairs, that my coffee “tete” was ready. (I only really understood “Baba (Mamma)” “Tete (Coffee)” but that was enough to get me out of bed STAT.
  2. I went to a Pregnancy Yoga class on Tuesday and really enjoyed it. This pregnancy, I have focused more on Cardio and Lifting weights, but going forward, I will add Pregnancy Yoga as much as I can. Throughout this class we did Squats! Planks! Pigeon Pose!
  3. Recently, I donated to Alton Sterling’s Family GoFundMe. It wasn’t much, but I realized that just reading about Racism and being horrified about everything that’s going on in the States isn’t enough. If you want to learn more about institutional racism, read this, this, and this.

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  1. Last week, I went to a Pediatric fist aid class for Babies and Toddlers and realized how naive and ignorant I was about what to do when a baby or toddler is choking. Did you know that you’re not supposed to put your finger in a baby’s palette if they are younger than a year old as its underdeveloped and your finger can go straight through? I also had no idea that to prevent toddlers and babies from choking on their own tongues you have to tilt their heads back.
  2. We are on an official eBay spree to get rid of things we don’t use, and no longer need. It feels so good to ship things onward to people who will use them more.
  3. I’m a big fan of cooking at home, but the recipes I’ve followed recently have given me a gigantic batch of food that has felt endless in my refrigerator. This Zucchini bread lasted for two weeks without going bad, but I felt bad if I didn’t eat some every time I opened the refrigerator. Likewise, this Ginger Carrot Apple Soup was amazing (and quite gingery), but I made so much, that I felt very overwhelmed by the food that I had to go through. Ultimately, I finished everything and was quite proud of myself, but I’m implementing a new policy. Going forward, I will half every recipe I cook. I will keep you posted on how this works out for me!

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  1. ‘I’m Sorry, No More Ducks’ is a beautiful written article about how to cherish some of the inconvenient phases that children go through.

    Sometimes it took 30 minutes; sometimes it took an hour or more. Each time, I wedged myself into the chair in the corner of her room, angled for her comfort and not mine. Once she was curled up on me, I’d sit very still in the darkening room. The ground rules were clear: No talking, no coughing, no checking my phone. My legs would go numb. If I made even a small move before she was completely unconscious, she would jolt awake and grab my shirt like a baby monkey. “Hug!” And then, more quietly, like an echo of herself, “Hug, hug, hug.”

    That first week, I literally counted the seconds. I was desperate for dinner and had work to finish. I’d become used to a routine that gave my wife and me an hour or two to ourselves in the evening — a luxury for parents of young children. Now I spent most of that time motionless in the dark with a toddler draped over me.

    Was she finally asleep? It was hard to tell. Twenty minutes of silence would pass — 1,200 seconds — then I’d move too soon and we’d have to start all over again. The fatherhood manual didn’t include instructions for this step.

  2. Colin turned 26 months yesterday. I received this picture from his nanny, yesterday, after he jumped into the ball pit and was upset because he didn’t realize there was water in there. I couldn’t get enough of his face. Last night before going to bed, he said, while flipping through a book “I see a car,” “The cars,” amazing us with how his language is developing on a daily basis. Some of his favorite things right now are Yellows (Rocks), Pretending to Fall and having us make a big deal, and obviously, Choo Choos and Trucks. Things that are super debatable are: teeth brushing, bath (depending on what mood he’s in), and food variety.IMG_6316
  3. I participate in an Online Book Club called The Art of Activism with Patti Digh. That’s why a lot of the books I’m reading this year are historical and deal with inequality and issues that a lot of people just rather not talk about. When I stumbled upon these pictures by Cape Town-based photographer, Johnny Miller, I was heart broken, and at the same time hopeful, that he’s sharing a reality that’s quite common in many countries at the moment.

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1. On Sunday, I made some Zucchini Bread, following Stephanie’s recipe. Even though I made some changes to the recipe, it still came out delicious. Instead of regular sugar, I used coconut sugar, instead of regular flour, I used coconut flour, and instead of oil, I used cacao butter. You can get these substitute ingredients at Indigo Herbs.

2. I’m in the middle of listening to my brother’s podcast with Quest co-founder Tom Bilyeu and there are some amazing bits of wisdom that I took away. For example, Tom Bilyeu was never an athlete, but to get the body he wanted, he knew he would do whatever he could to protect his wife. During his workouts, he would eye the fittest guy at the gym and aim to be stronger than him. And that’s how he got the body he wanted.

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3. Last week I got these puzzles for Colin (with 2, 3, 4, and 5 pieces), and he’s doing a really good job at completing the ones with 2 and 3 pieces. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with trains, buses, tractors, and cars, and I was right! #parentwin



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  1. This weekend, we’re going to our first UK Wedding. In typical parent style, we only secured a babysitter last night, and I’m still sourcing ideas for a UK appropriate wedding gift. What do people give to newlyweds on this side of this ocean? Any ideas are welcome!
  2. There has been a lot of news about the outcome of the Stanford Rape Trial. Even if you’re not into the news, you should read the victim’s letter, whether you’re a girl, a boy, and especially if you’re a mother or a father. I read Missoula by Jon Krakauer a while back and if you’re interested in learning more about how rampant rape is in College, and how little the Justice System protects women, read it. (Pretty much anything by Jon Krakauer is amazing)!Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 7.53.09 AM
  3. Ah, screen times and toddlers. Let me just backtrack a bit and say that I read three books to Colin every night and that this is one of his favorite parts of bedtime. I let him choose his books, and he’s currently in a phase where he just wants me to read 1 or 2 books “again” and “again.” But for the last couple months, I haven’t been that disciplined in the morning and if I’m tired, I usually put on some Youtube videos and call it a day. I’m proud because for the last few days, I have managed to go without by preparing a Large Cup of Coffee and just letting the Living Room and the Kitchen go to pot until we need to to start getting ready for the day. Note: This does not mean that I will never again use screen time in the mornings 🙂


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1. We went to Alicante, Spain over the long weekend and loved the hot weather (can you tell we live in London?) We stayed at the Hospes Amerigo and the breakfast was plentiful (it had cava! and jamon iberico!) and it was a five minute walk from the beach. It was the first time Colin got his own seat on the airplane and he was loving it. Below are some pictures, if you want to see.

2. I’m reading The Luckiest Girl Alive and really enjoying it. Do you know that film rights were already bought by Reese Witherspoon?


3. This weekend we have our first baby christening in the UK! When I asked friends for gift recommendations, one recommended commemoration coins, and now I can’t wait to get some for Colin.


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  1. Thanks to this book, 150 + Screen-Free Activities for Kids, I have become obsessed with doing arts and crafts with Colin. Have no fear, screen time is still allowed in my household, but preparing these activities for Colin make me feel like a child again, and seeing him touch, listen, and engage his senses is just so cool. IMG_5934

2. Being a working mom, I have to schedule time to be active, without necessarily, scheduling it. For example, yesterday, I took the stairs from the third floor to the 30th at work and I walked home three miles instead of making it to the gym. I also find these dvds to offer quick and effective half-an-hour workouts that I can do while Colin naps.

3. I go through major stages where I take 1,000 pictures a day of Colin or life (mostly Colin), and then I fall off the planet and don’t. I’m currently going through the stage where I’m not taking many pictures, but here’s the adorable mother’s day card that he made for me. Unassisted, of course. 😉