The first day of school

My facebook feed was swarmed with friends posting photos of their child going to school – nursery, kindergartens, primary schools. It must have been a very nerve-racking experience for both parents and child. After all, it is a whole new experience and like many have expressed, “My child has grown up!”

So while the rest of the world were getting excited about school, I was getting ready to train Faith into settling into a routine. Not that we did not have one previously. Just that I wanted her to learn to get into sleep herself without having to have us cradle or pat her to sleep.

And I suspect babies do understand when we tell them certain things. I was telling Faith that she needed to fall asleep by herself and when I did that, for the rest of the day, she practically achieved that! I was amazed!

Definitely, the book – The contented little baby book- that I was reading helped in setting the routine. Though I couldn’t follow the timing to the letter, I was already contented that Faith could rely less on us to sleep, leaving me with pockets of time to do the household chores in peace.

So, with that, my achievements for the rest of the day were:
– Cleaning Faith without much crying (she, not me)
– Washing and drying her laundry
– Mopping the floor
– Ironing the hubs’ clothes
– Reading to Faith (without much success; she isn’t that interested)
– Tummy time for Faith and with her landing on the face (bad mommy!)
– Cleaning and sterilising bottles
– Wash dishes
– Bake!

So, with a window period of 1 hour after her morning feed, I was thinking it would be a waste of time if I just relax and drink my milo. So, the hands started to itch again and decided to bake! Anyway, I need to have something to munch during breaks (do mothers always eat when they are at home? I do!)

Decided to do something simple since I know she would wake up not long after. It’s chocolate muffins from the hummingbird bakery cookbook. The result is a moist and decadent eat! I like! Please use good quality chocolate if you intend to bake this.

And I am pleased that Faith was able to sleep throughout the night (from 10.30pm to 4.30pm) which was a far cry from her previous routine in which she would wake up at around 1 am to be fed. Please stay this way! Hurray!

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2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
2/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
155g unsalted butter melted
113g bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

MAKE IT

PREHEAT oven to 170C.
Line muffin tin with 12 paper liners

IN BOWL OF STAND MIXER fitted with paddle attachment, cream eggs and sugar for 3 minutes on MED speed.
IN SEPARATE MEDIUM bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
IN SMALL BOWL, combine milk and vanilla extract.
ADD FLOUR MIX AND MILK MIX in 3 alternate batches mixing just until just incorporated.
STIR in melted butter and chocolate until evenly dispersed.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.
BAKE 30 minutes – toothpick inserted in center should come out clean.
LET COOL 5 minutes in pan then transfer muffins to cooling rack.

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