Confinement Snacking After Snapping!
The day Valerie checked out of the hospital, she was in tears. Although I tried to console her, she was unable to find peace until a professional tells her the same thing as I did. That made me recall how I treated my mom’s wisdom.
New mothers forget their moms had brought them up healthy enough to become one themselves or they think their mom’s way of bringing up children are outdated. I, myself, was a culprit some 26 years ago.
The car ride home was cheerless. I sat in the back beside an empty infant car seat and focused on Valerie.
I knew she was stressed out, mind and body, with her hormones readjusting to pre-conception levels, the lack of proper rest due to visitations from doctors, nurses, friends and relatives. The episiotomy and 2 to 3 hourly breastfeeding regime had left her bruised, swollen and very sore. She managed to cope through all that until now.
Valerie put on her sunglasses so that no one could see her puffy eyes. I didn’t see the tears but her contorted open-mouthed facial expression (viewed from the car’s side mirror) and jerky shoulder movements alerted me. My baby was breaking down in silent tears. Tae Jin could not go home just yet. He had mild jaundice and was to go under the photo light as a preventive measure. That was the final straw for her – to return home to an empty nursery. I leaned forward and gave her an assuring squeeze.
“Are you hungry?”
“Does it matter? I still have to eat, right?” A curmudgeonly reply snapped back!
After attending to Valerie’s needs and advising Ryan what to do for the rest of the evening, I left. I went to a food court even though I had not much appetite but like Valerie said, “Does it matter? I still have to eat, right?” At the Cookhouse @ White Sands, an item on one of the food signages caught my eye. Double Fish Steamboat!
The ingredients were generous with tofu, tomatoes, two types of fish and two types of vegetables. I opted for evaporated milk to go into the broth. What made this ordinary tasting dish value-for-money to me was that it brightened my day with its pleasant visual appeal. That day had been plagued with hostility but while I was having this meal, I suddenly felt tension leaving my rigid shoulders. I
slouched relaxed a little and dug into my first meal.
Half an hour later, Sam P texted that he would be cooking and if he should prepare my share. I said yes! Was I bingeing? Anyway, Sam prepared an Asian meal as per Vanessa’s request. While Sam was cooking, I went into my room and fell into deep slumber. I have never felt so tired before. Vanessa woke me up when dinner was ready.
Later in night, I recalled how wonderful a good meal (visual appeal and taste) had saved my day and decided to make Valerie a snack that will incorporate both elements even though she has a confinement caterer.
Yesterday’s mood was easy going, cheery even! Tae Jin was discharged and his jaundice level was significantly lower. After breastfeeding him, Valerie and Ryan sat down to enjoy a peaceful lunch. They also took a much needed nap, afterwards!
While the young parents and baby were resting, I prepared Valerie’s snack. There’s no recipe and I am not even sure if this would be frowned upon by confinement nannies but here what I conjured:
This was the first time I made the U-Mian Chicken Noodle Soup and there’s no exact measurement for the recipe which I will be posting separately. I guess you can say that this is a “Confinement Snacking After Snapping!” dish, lol…
By the way, on that evening itself, Valerie apologised, “Thanks for helping out today even though I was grumpy, mom.”
Happy eating and bonding 🙂
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