Posted in Healthy Eating

Easy gluten free egg muffins

With having such a restricted diet – no gluten, no sugar and a little dairy I have to get creative. I am busy during the day so I have to make something easy and quick.

Now, I am not a big fan of egg to start off with, but if you make this recipe right it does taste way better than scrabbled eggs!

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 mushroom

Pieces of bacon

Tomato (chopped)

spices and herbs (I use Ina Paarman’s Veg Seasoning) and some parsley, but you can really use what you want.

Cheese

*You can add whatever you want in these. They really work well with any meat / herbs

I put them in little muffin papers as the children then eats them because – cupcakes! YEAH ! But you can just spray a 6 muffin tray with spray and cook. Whip the eggs with a fork and divide the mixture between the 6 pans. I then throw in the rest of the ingredients.

Pop it in the oven for 15 minute at 180C.

And serve with a salad. The children loves them (and Sky refuse to eat any egg).

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Posted in Random nothings, Sensory play

How does an older sibling deal with a special needs sibling

I get asked that question a lot and my answer is always the same – I do not know how I would have coped with Abby, without Sky. She might only be 2 years older than her, but she is such a mother hen to her little sister. She makes sure Abby does not get into things she should not – and trust me that is very very often. She makes sure Abby is safe when she is out of my sight. She makes sure Abby wipes  – long story but she has appointed herself as toilet police!

This morning our garden services arrived. I did not really expect them, so I was caught off guard. Any parent that deals with a child that is noise sensitive knows garden services are the pits. And noise sensitive autistic children really takes it bad. Not only is the noise crazy for them, but also having to deal with strangers in their space. Abby goes into total panic mode. She holds her ears, cries, runs, hides and she is shaking from pure fear.

She hold on to me for dear life and everything comes to a hold. The whole household goes into action to make sure she is okay.

So me being caught off guard, I had to run to open the gate for them. Take down wet washing I just put on the line. I was worried because now Abby is alone with Sky in the house. I get inside, run to her, just to find Sky (my FOUR year old) has taken her into their room. Closed the door. She could not find Abby’s earphones and phone to block the sound out, so she took her own phone that she HATES sharing, put it on full volume to block the noise from the machines out and is sitting on Abby’s bed, holding her.

I just cracked. I burst out in tears. I could not have asked for a better older sister for Abby than Sky. She really made this momma proud. Yeah for older siblings!

Ps, don’t be fooled into thinking that they get along. They are real siblings that fights about everything!

Posted in Healthy Eating, Weight Loss

The post I didn’t think I would want to share…

 

Weight is always a tricky subject. Especially if you have been overweight your whole life. I have a condition called PCOS – poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. It causes a lot of weight gain and it makes losing weight very hard.

Sooooo…..

Talking about my weight is not something I do in public. But hey, facing your fears head on is something I have always believed in. So here we are.

Back story – Thursday (about 2 weeks ago) I got up and lost all feeling in my legs. I was standing and held onto the cupboard, but I could not move. I stood there for 10 minutes. Not able to move. My legs gave in. And I couldn’t pretend that I did not know why. My weight has shot up the last few years due to stress about Abby and the fact that I don’t have time to prep meals or have time to eat properly. Having a child that won’t eat, or eat out of my plate, or puke out all the food while we are eating, tends to mess your meal times up. Also the fact that I have a c-section with Abby. There was some complications afterwards and I had another operation 8 months later to save my life. A year later another operation that almost ended my life. So physically I am just ‘done’. Every part of my body aches all the time. I can’t walk properly. I can’t bend – my one hip is busy giving in. My knees is giving in. I am dizzy and nauseas all the time.

I contacted a friend that I know will give me advice. She understands me – that I won’t take medication to loose weight or even, like a doctor suggested, get a gastric bypass. I told her – you either help me, or in a year I will be one of those women who has to get her husband to wipe her ass, and that – is not happening!!  She excepted to help me if she was allowed to shout at me. I think shouting was the only way at this stage, so I excepted her challenge.

We decided that the GAPS diet would be my best option with a fasting period every day. I hate breakfast so we decided that I will eat at 6pm and then again 12pm the next day. It works for me as I can’t eat in the mornings and it makes me sick in anyway. Further – no sugar, no wheat and minimum dairy. I have been struggling wit Candida for a few years already and it needs to be treated with diet as well.

The first 8 days I lost….. 4.7kg! Yes, I lost almost 5kgs in just over a week! But more importantly – I feel better. I do a 5km every day – where I used to not be able to walk to the gate. I actually had a race with my kids on Sunday and I ran!! Like ran!!!! I know… SHOCK!

The aches are mostly gone, I can almost bend again. The hip is still sensitive but not nearly as bad as what it was. In 2 weeks!

I have a weight loss support group on Fb and we have been recording my progress there. And I have had so many people saying that, me being open about my struggle is giving them the courage to do also start. And hey, if I can help one person feel better, why not!?

 

Posted in Activities for little ones, Homeschooling, Sensory play

Water Experiment for Toddlers

Yes, we do ‘do’ school, even if we don’t ‘go’ to school!! I get asked a lot of times so what do I teach my children.

So here is a day in the lives of toddler homeschoolers.

They stayed in bed until 10am. They were awake and they came out of their rooms to each grab a phone. They went back to bed watching “Word Party”. A Netflix original. They love it, especially the little one. I will post a decent review some time about it. But it is very cute and very helpful.

So they had their language lesson in bed.

Our theme for the week is water, so we then bottled some water beads that we will need for our lesson tomorrow. But that does not stop them from playing with them so long. So they had their sensory lesson.

We then did their science lesson. We made an experiment with water and what effect it has on different objects. They had to tell me before the time what they thought would be the effect on the object. Will it change, or will it stay the same.

We used:
Macaroni

Rice

Fruit Loops

Paper

Sugar

Bread.

We put each object in an empty yogurt container and covered it with water.

They then had to tell me if the water had any effect on it. We also came back to it half an hour later to see if anything changed. They loved that the sugar just disappeared. They both tasted the water.

They then asked if they could play ‘house’ with it. Resulting in some real messy play. They mixed up the bread and fruit loops with the paper. Making this weird gooey paper paste. YUK! But they did enjoy playing with it and seeing how the water changed the objects.

At the moment they are doing imaginary play by playing “magic show”. They have a hat and are pretending to pull magic things from the hat.

It has been a full day for these two. In between they played in the sand pit and had a race around the garden and learned how to pump up a inflatable pillow – learning how the air goes from the pump into the cushion.

 

Posted in Homeschooling

Newton College Open Day

Tomorrow will be Newton College’ Open day. They are hosting a lot of parents that are considering home schooling or parent’s who are looking for a tutor for their child struggling with a specific subject, or even people who never got their Grade 12 and need to study for it later, tomorrow and we will be popping in to support them.

I love the idea of a place that is a ‘school’ without it actually being a school. A place that I know I can fall back on later when my two are older and mommy can’t deal with their maths. Yes it will be maths, trust me.

The concept is that you can hire their teachers to tutor you at an hourly rate. So you work with your budget – if you can afford one hour a week, that is what you get.

I am not sure about that the hourly rate will be, but we will pop in to have a look tomorrow and let you all know. Or if you are in Port Elizabeth and interested, pop in as well. We could always meet up for a chat!!

We met up with Leah, who runs the college and she seems like a lovely lady. They will be hosting lessons tomorrow to show everybody what their plans are. It might get your child’s creative juices flowing by seeing what others are doing. Well, one can but hope right!!

When we spoke to Leigh she mentioned that they have a schedule where home schoolers can do their Grade 10, 11 and 12 in two years. That sounds like a great option to me as my two will be able to get that done in a heart beat (no I am not bragging, I just realize that we have 2 gifted children and we are very blessed! How many 4 year olds do you know that can read?)

So we are excited to go check out the college and have them as a back up plan for when our kids are older.

 

Posted in Random nothings

Living with Autism Level 1

Autism Level 1 also known as Aspergers or High Functioning Autism, is a complex syndrome. You aren’t ‘autistic’ enough for people to realize you have it, but you aren’t normal enough for people to not notice you are ‘weird’.

And that is where we are right now. Abby’s results came in and she has Aspergers (yes we have know the whole time, but an official diagnosis was needed). So the official diagnosis really does not change anything, we are treating her the same, loving her the same and struggling with the same things.

Just an insight into her ‘world’ – she is 2 years and 10 months old – but her mental capability is that of a child 19 months older than her. So she is extreme intelligent and has the vocabulary of a child older than 4. But emotionally, she is only a year and a half. And this extreme gap causes her to have the knowledge of things around her, but not have the ability to react to it. Think – Sheldon Cooper of Big Bang Theory. So yeah us, we are raising a pretty, girly Sheldon that is in love with dinosaurs and trains!

We are carrying on with therapy and I will blog more on what I found is working for us and what is not at a later stage.

I am really feeling for her at the moment. The last 2 weeks I have been very busy and there has been a lot of customers coming in to pick up products. This has totally thrown her system out. By Saturday evening she was a total mess as I have been at a market the whole day and she was left with hubby. Sunday she was even more clingy and slept with me the whole night, holding on to me. We wanted to go out for some ice cream but I realized that taking her out in public the way she was, would be a disaster. So I sent hubby to do the ‘chores’ part of our trip and stayed with her. I wanted to brush her (I will explain brushing in a different post) but her brush just felt too hard for me. I was desperate to give her input, so I remembered a back massager  that my sister in law gave me as a gift a few years ago. I found batteries for it and gave it to her. The amount of instant relief it gave was amazing. She was rubbing it on her legs, arms, tummy and even put it in her mouth. She loved the input she got. By the time hubby got back, she was calm and we could go out and have ice cream. She was VERY busy while out, but on average, it was a good outing. So yeah for massagers!

Today she was very needy. I had to stop my work often and go to bed with her. She just wants to be in bed hugging me. And it so difficult with a cheeky 4 year old in the mix that demands attention. But hey, tomorrow is a better day. Also – as an Aspie parent, you are always tired. Like always. So send coffee!! And chocolates!

We really want to thank Lorryn at The Mouse House. She has been amazing with Abby and we could not have asked for a better person to do the evaluation.

Posted in Random nothings

A day in the life….

I am pretty sure I am living in a bad sitcom. Nobody has this much chaos around them in a ‘normal’ household.

My day started just before 5am with a very warm feeling down my back and Abby screaming: Mommy I’m wet!!! I got up, cleaned the bed (thank goodness for waterproof covers), cleaned us, got her back in bed. She then asked for a bottle so I went to get her a bottle. We slept for a while after that again. She woke up just after 8 and was in a horrible mood. I had to rush to the bank to deposit some money. Those who knows me, know I don’t drive. I have this irrational fear of driving. There is a word for it, but let’s just keep it at ‘fear’. So I take the Uber to the mall. Get to the mall, realize that I forgot the bank card on the dresser. Luckily I had the bank details and could make a deposit. And yes, I did put in the reference as “Dumbass” while making the deposit…. So now I have no money with me except for a bit of cash that I had in my purse. I take the Uber back, no point in staying at the mall.

Get home, all my wet washing is on the grass. The washing line snapped. I call our carer to come help. I have to hold the line with wet washing up while she takes it off the line. The two girls join in, hanging on the line that I have to keep up. Running under the wetting washing playing hide and seek.

Get everything under control and go into my office, after telling the girls to play outside and stop watching Youtube. 10 minutes later I am on the phone. Sky comes into the office and starts demanding to talk to me. I put the phone call on hold (luckily it was my mom). She wants to watch Youtube. I swipe her out of the office and carries on with the phone call. Finish the call and comes into the house. As I step into the house I see my wings I use for props on the kitchen floor. I get into the dining room, there is clothes and toys everywhere. Sky has trashed the house because she was upset with me. I follow the trail of toys and clothes to her bedroom, she is in bed (this is now 11am) with her wet grass feet, watching Youtube! I ask her what happened in the house. She starts crying screaming she will fix it. I am so upset that I walk out to my office. Sometimes it is just better to walk it off.

Lunch time Abby refuses to eat again. I tried giving her a sausage. She took the sausage and broke it into tiny pieces and covered the dining room table with it. We clean up and I go back to work. They played outside for a while with lot of screaming and fighting between the two. Every few minutes Abby comes into the office and demands I pick her up. Cries until I give in and picks her up.

I have customers coming in and out the whole time in this chaos. Orders streaming in for Father’s Day. I have to print and take orders and answers phones.

Hubby gets home and Abby asks for a smoothie. I make us all smoothies. Abby walks into the lounge with hers, slips, hurts her toe and spills everything on the floor. We try to give her some of ours, she refuses. Screams like somebody is killing her. She is so upset about the smoothie that she pukes. So now I am covered in spit, puke and smoothie.

Before dinner I quickly have to go drop a few things all over town and I go with my friend while hubby keeps the children home. Before the first stop hubby send me a message. Abby in pain because she asked Sky to stop playing her little guitar, it was hurting her ears. So Sky hit her with the guitar. Leon punished Sky now both girls screaming.

I just stopped at the first stop and hubby send me a message again. Abby’s safety / comfort toy broke. It is a soft toy and the tag (it is the tag that is the most important to Abby) broke off. I just dropped another item and rushed home. I phoned home in the mean time and talked to her. She was sobbing so much she could not really hear me. We rushed home and I fixed the toy. At least hubby got her to hold the tag while waiting for me and it did calm her in the mean time.

At least we are at dinner now. I dish out. Kids see there is broccoli on the plate. Abby starts: I don’t like broccoli, I hate it, it is yukky. Sky sits with a long lip, she hates it as well. Abby spits all the food except the chicken out. Now she demands my chicken.

She finishes my chicken and now wants to do their stickers (they get stickers every night to put into their sticker collection). But Sky is sitting on her plate like she has nowhere to go. (She can go 2 hours without a problem). We carry on with the stickers and Sky joins us later. Abby has mostly duplicates and now demands her sister’s stickers. There is some slapping and screaming.

It is 8pm now and I am done. Forget bathing them. They are both in bed by 8:15.

Screw this day, Screw screaming kids. Screw life….