Jillian R.
Look, I am not writing this on my phone for a change! Let's see if I can write this post without being interrupted by the following:
- Toddler tugging on my shirt and/or "helping" me type
- Husband talking to me (I am rubbish at having a conversation and doing anything at the same time)
- Toddler pushing my chair away from my desk (I am on a wheeled office chair)
- Distracted by Facebook (aren't we all?)

*Okay, toddler has finished her milk and is now running around the nursery, also attempted to push my chair but I used my feet as suction on the floor*

Suction? I guess my feet don't suction, they anchor??

Anyway, this post is about changes one has to make with a growing toddler at home.

My daughter is now 15.5 months old. In other words, she's really (almost) a fully functioning human being!

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April 24, 2015 (writing on the iPad)

Fast forward three months later, I saw this draft sitting around, don't remember the points I wanted to write about and have no idea how to finish the post. The toddler is now 18 1/2 months old, turning two at lightning speed. She started talking about a month ago. She had always been a little chatterbox but she never really said anything with purpose, it used to be "Jesty" (our dog's name is Jester) for all animals, "cheese" for all food, and random sounds for different things - there was a lot of guessing involved.

Suddenly, it seemed like overnight it all clicked into place, she started saying words that mean things! Brings me her leftovers and saying "Jesty" means she's done and wants to give him her leftovers. "Kikies" means milkies (milk), pway (play), swing, raunch (lunch), e-phanT (elephant) and sooo many more words. And me, I feel so surprised, proud and a rainbow of different emotions every time I hear her speak!

It's time for bed now, will write more soon.

Jillian R.

Ok, I don't know how racist this would sound but I really have no intention of being so.

Silly Bunny isn't feeling well so we went to see a pediatrician. He is from India (was informed when I made the appointment, didn't just assume). His accent was so thick that I could only understand 20% of everything he said. He was a very nice man and probably a good doctor but I wouldn't know!! He was talking about Paracetamol (the drug) for a good number of minutes but I thought he was saying "breastfed"! So I answered, "Yes I still breastfeed her", which I could imagine how weird I sounded to him!

In any case, Scarlett has a viral infection and is probably teething - she has 6 teeth and ALL the rest are coming NOW, allat once. She never complained before and up until 2 weeks ago I didn't even know she was teething until I saw the top molars as she laughed while being changed.

It's 10.30pm now, we were just woken up by screams of pain WHILE experiencing my OWN sore throat which Scarlett has generously shared with me.

Good night!

Jillian R.
After such a long hiatus, I know it's a little weird that my comeback is about cheese crackers!

Well the story is, Scarlett is 15 months now (I know, she was just an itsy bitsy baby when I last posted!) and we have recently started joining play groups in our community. At the last one, I saw the kids snacking on some Goldfish crackers. It's been a long time since I've had any of these so I too, ate some. They were yummy of course, but they were really high in sodium AND coated with salt. 

Of course, Scarlett wanted some too and hence, I was the gross, weird mom sucking off all the salt before giving her some. I know at some point she will need to eat like a normal person but she is barely 2 and I don't want her to get used to eating food that contain too much sodium. 

So today, I made some cheddar crackers without all the added salt. These are just as tasty if not tastier.


Ingredients:
1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese
1 cup Wholewheat Flour
1 tsp Italian Seasoning  + a pinch Oregano
6 tbsp cold, unsalted Butter

Whole Milk

Preheat oven to 180 C.

Pulse everything except the milk in a food processor until it comes together. Add milk to moisten the dough enough to shape. I'd say about 2-3 tbsp (I just poured without measuring).

Pour dough onto a floured surface and roll unto 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes. Bake for about 10 mins or until golden brown. Enjoy!

Be careful not to eat too many of these yourself, leave some for the baby!
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