Have you ever been at a point where the only thing you can do is to pray and be of good cheer. Literally. I mean there is nothing more that can be done in this Corona season because jobs = onge, money = onge, friends (or so I thought) = onge. But God, ever present.
My friends, open your phone book and take count of all your contacts therein. Just know one thing, know Jesus because 95% of those contacts are only there because they will benefit from you in one way or the other. One way is that you are supporting their lifestyle, or the other is that you are transacting business with them.
Onge means no, none, zilch, zero kaputt. Yeap 😦
So, where was I? Yes, broke, bursted but hidden in Christ.
In the midst of all these, a healthy 4 month old appeared miraculously. This means throw out all your plans for watching your weight. Now we watch our diet because one of the perks of exclusive breastfeeding is a healthy mix of healthy oils alongside everything else that should now be in my diet. Rather the household’s diet.
I raided my kitchen to see what can be of good cheer to my infant i.e. food for my tummy. Today’s case is different because I don’t have any patience for planning a proper meal despite steaming some okras and French beans last night. In hindsight, I would chopped some onion rings, crushed some garlic & ginger plus julienned down some peppers and carrots with the (already) steamed french beans in a quick fry then combined that with leftover rice. Down that with black ndufia tea, I mean black sugarless tea, then the meals become lighter after that till end of day.
Her sleep routine is such that by 9pm, she has a total knock out till when I ‘dream feed’ her at 1am then she wakes up anytime after 6am. Well last night she decides, as the boss she is, to keep me up till 3am. No, it wasn’t a case of colic but a serous smiling & playing game. I was at the of my wits by 3am, I made sure her ‘tank’ was full, left on some gospel songs to play on my phone & I asked God to watch over her. In short, I slept and left her playing by herself.
Imagine, she still woke me up at 6am.
I wake up, hungry, tired & confused but it’s alright just never use the term slept like a baby with me unless this is exactly what you mean. I try to keep to the daily routine but my body is not corporating. I mean after we have both showered, all I want is something that will go down….. I want it fast & I want it quickly.
So, I opened my fridge to find that the house manager had stocked up bread from the kitchen’s petty cash and some pork brawn whose chill by date is a month overdue. As long as it smells fresh, it is edible. The avocado was an afterthought since I have 3 avocadoes that ripened at the same time. I took the smallest.
3 slices of Bread Butter Brawn or any sandwich meat Small avocado Pepper or chilli flakes (optional)
- Apply butter on your bread. In my case, I used a cheese knife because the butter was cold.
- Slice your avocado and layer it on the butter.
- Take a slice of brawn and lay it on top of the avocado.
- Sprinkle some chilli flakes/black pepper/coriander (dhania) on top.
- Cover with a second slice of bread and repeat the 4 steps above and cover with another slice of bread.
- I cut my leftover sandwich bread diagonally for a cross section view of the layers.
Loved it because I downed 6 slices in less than 5 minutes. Then she woke up again when I was about to take my second mug of ndufia. If you are a nursing mother and are judging yourself harshly about your diet, or weight in that case, don’t. Let your little one grow with your healthy mindset and healthy diet, we will think about losing weight after successful weaning. Again don’t lose the weight too fast because breastfeeding is a journey, not an event.