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Well hello Dragon Fruit it is very nice to meet you

The beautiful Dragon Fruit

Today, while my toddler Son and I were in the produce section of our local supermarket, my eye caught these beauties. I had no idea what they were, and when I read the accompanying sign Dragon Fruit, I still had no idea? But fascinated, I picked them up and took the home with me anyway. Lately, I have noticed a lot of fruits and vegetables available in stores that I am not familiar with, which has sparked a curiosity to develop my palette of healthy foods available. Not just for me, but for my 3-year-old Son too.

I follow a plant-based vegan diet, and my Son follows a mainly a vegetarian diet, with some fish at most twice a week. I’ll be honest, if I had my way, my Son would be, at the least, strictly vegetarian. But, as my husband eats meat, it was the compromise we made in bringing up our enlightened little spirit, together.

Not too sure

Little Munchkin and I were talking about the Dragon Fruit all the way back to our apartment. We talked about how we were going to eat them for the first time together, what we thought they would taste like and how healthy and pretty they were. You know, regular kind of chitter-chatter.

What happened once we arrived home was kind of funny!

Once I placed the fruit on the table, it became clear that my 3-year-old thought there was a real dragon inside the fruit! He has such an imagination, and it was so cute. Like too-much cute. He was very hesitant to go anywhere near the fruit or touch the fruit, so he opted to hide behind a chair and watch from a distance instead.

Dragon Fruit also known as Pitaya, is a tropical cactus plant which is very low in calories; love that! It offers many nutrients; high in Vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, iron, fiber, vitamin B’s, antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fats (found in the 1000′s of seeds). The fruit is made up of a majority of water so yes it is great for hydration of the whole body.

To me, it tasted like a crunchy kiwi-fruit or maybe a melon? It was juicy and refreshing, and really easy to prepare; another plus being a busy Stay At Home Mum. Never enough time in the day is there.

How To Prepare the Dragon Fruit

  • Take the Dragon Fruit and cut right through it, halving it
  • You will see the flesh, in this case white, with edible black seeds inside it, this is all in the form of a soft firm solid
  • Scoop it out with a spoon, separating the flesh from the outer skin
  • Place on cutting board and chop into bite size pieces
  • Spoon back into shell and enjoy raw, noting that the outer skin is not edible

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Four Halloweens and Counting

When, my 3-year-old Son was born, my husband bought me my first iPhone. The main reason for this gift was so I could use one of the breast milk calculator APPS; you know one that counts how many minutes you breastfeed on each boob for, per day per feeding!

My husband likes to keep track of everything, he is a numbers guy, and this was a way he could keep in tune with how his wife and baby were doing. It was also really handy information to have on a digital spreadsheet for when we visited the Pediatrician. Welcome to the future! At a glance, our Doctor was able to see whether Miles Storm was drinking a healthy amount of breast milk. And, I have to tell you, having to nurse every 3 hours to feed Miles I was of no help in remembering how much milk he was drinking, I was more like a walking sleep-deprived zombie! It was all such a blur. Yep, those were the good old days.

Another thing that my husband signed me up for around that time was the relatively unknown Iphone APP known as Instagram. Yes, I have uploaded photos of my life on Instagram for 3 years, and that time has flown by. I am actually really grateful for this introduction for many reasons. One being that I have dated visual memories that I can go back and visit at any time, and being a Mummy Blogger this is incredibly helpful at times, like now. Social Media; how would we live without it.

From a cute little Father Christmas to this year’s IronMan; I am so looking forward to seeing my Son’s Halloween costumes progress over the years to come. I invite you to enjoy the different stages of my little munchkin growing up through the 4 Halloween’s he has experienced in his young life so far.

First Halloween
Year 2010
Father Christmas
Brooklyn NY
Miles Storm was around 6 weeks of age during his first Halloween. I had planned to take him to a Halloween Party with my Mother, who was visiting from Australia, but it did not work out as planned. Instead we dressed him in his Father Christmas outfit, which he posed for with our Bulldog Mohawk, a few weeks later.

Around 6.5 pounds

Second Halloween
Year 2011
Kangaroo and Joey
Rhinebeck NY
1-year-old; one of the best ages for Halloween, from a Parent perspective anyway. Miles Storm had just started walking, and did not mind whether that he was dressed up as a cute kangaroo. I was also happy to represent my homeland of Australia. Not to mention, everybody just thought that he was adorable.

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

Third Halloween
Year 2012
Pirate
Rhinebeck NY

Halloween, was for the most part, cancelled in New York in the aftermath of the devastating, Hurricane Sandy, which had hit landfall a week earlier. Miles Storm had picked his costume out, and was very excited about it all, so instead we took him to the Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market where he strutted his stuff. He was loving life this day, literally as proud as punch. As you can see, a picture speaks a thousand words.

Ahoy Matey!

Fourth Halloween
Year 2013
Ironman
Brooklyn NY
Sigh…. this year Miles Storm was adamant that he must be dressed as cartoon character Ironman. It took him hours to choose his outfit from a catalogue which came in the mail, and while my husband and I tried to convince him otherwise, he would not budge! From a cute fluffy kangaroo to a superhero that wants to save the World. Such a boy! This was also his first time Trick or Treating which he just did with the other children in our apartment building.

Ironman, what next

What are the varying characters that your child/children have dressed as over the years? When do children stop wanting to dress up?

Happy Halloween Everybody, and here is to many more to come!

THANKS FOR READING MY BLOG!

Did anyone, like me, consider a Water-Birth that never happened?

It seems to be common knowledge, if you are a holistic-minded mummy in New York City, that there is not one hospital on the Island of Manhattan that approves of water births. There is a birthing tub at St Luke’s Hospital but it is apparently there ONLY for relief before a mother gives birth, rather than for a mother to give birth in?

The Pro’s for having a baby in water seem endless – promotes relaxation, speeds up labor, reduces blood pressure, reduces the need for drugs and intervention, and is a gentler welcoming for a baby (among many other things).

I was 100% per cent dedicated to having a water-birth, amplified by the quite renowned Neugarten Family Birth Center  located in the country town of Rhinebeck where I spend weekends upstate New York. The clinic opened in 1985 as the first hospital-based birthing center in New York State, which is very impressive! The water tubs were not added until 2000, but now on average annually 800 mothers travel from near and far to give birth at the facility. And why not, Rhinebeck is such a beautiful little town.

My husband and I took our official tour at Neugarten Family Birth Center months before Miles Storm was even close to being born. It is a lovely facility. I especially loved that the babies stay in the rooms with the Mummies after birth.

As I live between the city and the country, I had great plans of seeing my pregnancy through with my city Ob/Gyn Dr Andrea Dobrenis who delivers at New York Presbyterian Hospital in NYC, and then moving to an upstate mid-wife when it was closer to my delivery date. But, a few things happened A) I fell in love with Dr Dobrenis’s attitude and approach, and B) Miles Storm was breech.

Approximately a month before my Son’s deliver date I went to the hospital for a routine check-up and was told I had hardly any amniotic fluid in my body, and as a protection mechanism his body had started shunting blood to his head resulting in his head getting bigger. If I hadn’t been lying down, I would have fallen down from shock….. and the nurse was so casual about it all!!! It was all so unexpected. Long story short; I was directed over to the Labor and Maternity ward to have an emergency c-section!

Miles Storm was born just over 5 pounds perfectly healthy, and I made it through the ordeal just fine too. I had a great experience at the hospital, and I love Dr Andrea Dobrenis – she is one in a million!

The question is – if I ever have another baby will I want to try the water-birth thing again? The answer is – of course absolutely.

Miles Storm 6 days of age.

Nothing like a CAT Scan on a Sunday morning!

Last night when Miles Storm finished up bath time and was getting towled off, he slipped on the wet floor, fell backwards and hit his head. I tried to catch him but didn’t make it in time. He was really upset, but eventually calmed down and went to sleep for the night. This morning when he woke up, I breastfed him and not long after that he started vomiting every 10 minutes. After about an hour of this we knew we had to take him to the hospital. One thing you learn being a new parent is that children fall, and they are usually okay. When he was born we freaked out about everything and have been known to take him to the ER for things that seem a little silly, (in retrospect).

At the hospital, he had a CAT Scan to check that he did not have a head injury – it was an awful feeling to see him go into one of those big machines. Thankfully, he was okay and the Doctor ruled that he had a stomach virus and that the vomiting had nothing to do with his fall. We sat there with him for over an hour waiting for this information. It was such a relief to hear.

The experience this morning made me think back to 8 months ago when Miles Storm was in his crawling/learning to walk phase. We have very hard floors and after watching him have one too many falls, I Googled “Crawling Helmets”. Surprisingly enough, I found a UK infant safety hat called “Thudguard” which I eagerly ordered immediately. I admit, at first I did feel a bit silly having him in a helmet while he was exploring and learning how to use his body, but once I had seen the Thudguard save him just one time I was confident that I made the right decision in purchasing one. I had great peace-of-mind knowing that there was that extra safety barrier in place if he did fall.

The revolutionary Thudguard was designed by a mother – it figures, what a great idea – and is available in either blue or purple. It retails for about $50USD + shipping. It is very lightweight and has holes for extra ventilation. I also love the “baby cute” little ears. Miles Storm never complained about wearing it either. You can order one directly from the Thudguard website.

In my opinion, it is Just Better To Be Safe Than Sorry!

Miles Storm wearing his Thud-Guard crawling helmet.

So you want your baby/toddler to be a model…. This is how my Son became one.

I get a lot of questions from Mothers asking me how they can get their babies/toddlers into modeling like Miles Storm. My Son experienced his first day of work at 3 months modeling for “Babies R Us“. I thought I was special getting my first job at 16 years of age, but nope I am not as clever as him!

While I was pregnant with Miles Storm, I was lucky enough to sign with the top maternity modeling agency in the world, NYC based Expecting Models, and what a pleasant eye-opening journey it was! Indeed being very different to when I modeled for Chadwick Management in Australia where I had to be a VERY VERY skinny girl! With maternity modeling it is always about making your tummy look bigger – the bigger your tummy the more work you get – makes sense! Of course, your tummy has to be the only part of your body that grows; I still had to work-out, eat healthy and look after myself.

It worked like this – every 4 weeks I had to go to the agency and have digital pictures taken in a bikini which were then uploaded to the agency website; this way the clients can see what your tummy looks and how you are progressing with the pregnancy. A lot of big companies (like GAP for example) book the models months in advance for shoots. There is obviously only a short window to model though and most of the work comes in one’s third trimester.

Miles Storm is now modeling, as one of the really cool things about Expecting Models is that he was ALSO signed to their growing children’s division when he was in my tummy. This was a condition in my contract and there was no way around it.

If you are interested in pursuing a modeling career while pregnant you can contact Expecting Models through their web page. It is better to do it this way, I do not suggest you call. They usually only accept established or experienced models. However, occasionally they do accept newbies onto their books.

Me in Week 34 of my pregnancy modeling with “Expecting Models”

Brekkie at “Egg” on North 5th!

Me and my husband have tried to eat at Egg for about 4 years now, seriously! Every time we visited; they were too busy and the wait was too long. Not today though, we were there right on opening at 8AM and able to get a table! Amazing. Apparently others had the same idea as within the next 20 minutes the restaurant was full. There were another 3 families with Little Ones and thankfully there were enough high-chairs to go around.

I love Egg because they grow most of the food they sell at the restaurants themselves upstate NY on their very own space known as Goatfell Farm.  Goatfell Farm provides over 100 varieties of organic fruits and vegetables which is very impressive! I wish I had a farm and could live off the land…. one day! Otherwise, they  buy locally. There are not many restaurants that you can eat at and really feel comfortable knowing where the food has come from. I had the steamed kale and the organic braised tomatoes and it was so yummy. I felt so good eating such a healthy breakfast.

Miles Storm loved Egg because of the complimentary donuts and the crayons that are on every table. He was also flirting with one of the waitresses which was really cute. All the staff are friendly and helpful. He was in heaven. .. which means my husband and I were in heaven and could enjoy our Brekkie! It was a great vibe all around.

The restaurant is open Monday – Friday from 7AM to 6PM and Saturday – Sunday from 8AM to 6PM. It is also CASH only.

Miles Storm eating Brekkie at “Egg” on North 5th.

Baby Boot Camp. Let’s Get Physical.

Wow, was Miles Storm a terrorist or what today at Baby Boot Camp? All of a sudden he is super interactive with other babies…. pity all the other babies at class were younger than him and just not feeling his vibe!

I have been looking for another exercise class to do in “Willy B” on the alternate days to which “Mighty Mamas” run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a while now – exercising only 2 days a week is not enough for me. Thankfully, having started 6 months ago Baby Boot Camp  is executed at Caribou Baby and the Betz Method Gym in Greenpoint on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the week. Perfect compliment to “Mighty Mamas”.

I went to my first class last week and I am happy to report it was extremely challenging physically. Big points here because as if us Mums have time to dilly-dally. Let’s get our bodies back in minimal time with maximum effort!

Jody Camarra heads up the group in the WIlliamsburg/Greenpoint Chapter. Having recently had a beautiful daughter, and not wanting to go back to work she started Baby Boot Camp in September of 2011. I am so happy she did, and I know that a lot of other Mummies in our neighborhood are also grateful.

The class differs slightly to “Mighty Mamas” in that it is not encouraged that children are out of the pram, if possible. Miles Storm was a little confused about this at first…..

On Fridays the class is held at the Betz Method Gym and it is not entirely baby proof. I had to EVENTUALLY let my Little One out of his pram as it was too much for him to sit and watch us all run around the room. He threw a small fit – Fair Enough – he wanted to explore! To compromise, all the Mums and the instructor helped me to make sure he did not get into too much mischief. TEAM WORK!

The Wednesday class at Caribou Baby is a lot more relaxed if you have an older baby/toddler, and it is not so necessary that Little Ones are kept in their pram from a safety standpoint.

If you are interested in attending a Free Trial class  you can email Jody directly at jody.camarra@babybootcamp.com and she will happily send you more information.

Up and At ‘Em “WIlly B” – hopefully me and Miles Storm will see you in a class soon!

Miles Storm helping me out with my Plank position.

Revisiting Frolic Rock n Roll play space!

So happy to write that me and Miles Storm were able to revisit Frolic Play Space again for a second time today, and the experience was nothing short of perfect!

We were warmly greeted by co-founders Carey and Julia who started on their dream of opening a Children’s community-feel play space 2 years ago! That’s a long time waiting for the doors to finally open on January 9th just past. It is also so exciting for them, and for all the children in the “Willy B” area who are lucky enough to spend time Rocking out at their venue!

As soon as we walked in Miles Storm took off, at speed, to the Jumping Castle in the back room – he loved it. Not to mention the Ball Pit, the restored awesome VW bus, the Rolling Stone inspired slide and his favorite “Creature Symphony”.

What is Creature Symphony I hear you ask? It is a state-of-the-art custom video wall where animated creature movements are reflected by the children moving in front of the screen. The creatures all make different sounds so children can create their own music, if they so please. It is very cool and unique. I would love to have something like this in Miles Storm’s bedroom!

Frolic is a members only club. There are 2 different membership options available which are moving like hot cakes – ALL ACCESS (pay in full): $948 annually ($79 per month) or I’M WITH THE BAND (pay in full): $1,320 annually ($110 per month). There are different perks to each subscription which you can check out HERE.

A great time was had by all, and we are looking forward to many wonderful times at Frolic in the future.

Miles Storm tripping out at the Creature Symphony.

Singalong at The Knitting Factory with Lloyd from The Deedle Deedle Dees!

Miles Storm LOVED Sing-a-long at The Knitting Factory – he was literally dancing on the table, which is quite a sight to see!

Sing-a-long is held at The Knitting Factory at 361 Metropolitan twice a week on Wednesday and Fridays at 11AM till around noon. The cost is $3 per family – Bargain! Lloyd Miller from The Deedle Deedle Dees a Brooklyn based educational rock band hosts the Sing-a-long on Wednesday only; on Friday it is somebody different. I have heard various opinions about which Sing-a-long is better, however as I have only been on a Wednesday I really cannot comment.

I know that Miles Storm had a wonderful time, he really enjoys music thus this was really up his alley. Lloyd is quite popular it seems and was surrounded by Little adoring fans screaming, shaking their hands and stomping their feet! It was very cute.

The harmonica playing, guitar slinging, one-man-band sang all the typical songs like “You are my Sunshine” and “If you’re happy and you know it”, as well as songs I had never heard before. Lloyd has been in the business of entertaining Little Ones since 2003, and it shows! I too really enjoyed his music having a mountain country kind of vibe to it (if you know what I mean)?

I do recommend you get there early as the venue was packed to the rims, there was easily over 100 people there! And, unless you leave early do not expect to get out in a hurry either, as once everybody locates their pram, puts their jackets on and gets the children ready it is some time before you are out the door. You have to pay Lloyd directly, and if you do not have time to do it when you get there pay him as you are leaving.

If you want to check Lloyd out before heading over to one of his Sing-a-longs you can see him in action on his youtube page HERE.

Miles Storm dancing on the table with his hands in the air!

Sepascot Home Farm – Rhinebeck

My family is very fortunate in that we live upstate NY in Dutchess County every weekend, and in the bustling city of Williamsburg during the week. We have been doing this for close to 6 years now.

Upstate, we live very close to Sepascot Home Farm and buy as much food as possible from them. The animals are treated kindly and are very well looked after. They are also out on open pastures and are only fed organic feed, other than what they find in their environment. My husband makes raw milk yoghurt from the dairy cows milk and we buy all of our eggs there too. We never buy eggs from a supermarket!

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