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Catatan: Simbok

Hampir lima bulan terakhir ini, saya telah menjadi seorang ibu. Hal yang sama sekali tidak terpikirkan oleh saya satu tahun lalu karena saya terlalu menikmati pekerjaan dan hobi saya. Belum lagi saya berencana untuk meneruskan kuliah di Kanada setelah saya diterima di University of Toronto. Tapi, apa boleh buat. Kata orang yang percaya dengan adanya Tuhan, Tuhan punya rencana lain. Saya hamil dan lahirlah baby A awal Januari lalu, my monkey fire baby.

Meskipun tidak direncanakan, jujur saja, saya sangat menikmati menjadi seorang ibu apalagi setiap kali menyusui. Somehow, it comes across as a very special moment between myself and him. I even often say to myself “I will do anything to make him happy and healthy. I will always be there for him” As they say, breastfeeding helps a mother bonding with their child. So, I guess it is true.

Kalau boleh berterus terang, awalnya menyusui adalah sebuah momok bagi saya. Mengapa? Well, baby A lahir melalui operasi caesar di mana tim dokter harus memberikan bius lokal di tulang belakang. Efek bius tersebut sangat amat mengerikan, saya terus menerus muntah setelah melahirkan. Bahkan saat saya memberikan asi untuk pertama kali, saya pusing tujuh keliling dan muntah. Bayangkan saja, bukannya saya bahagia melihat baby A untuk pertama kali tapi malah muntah-muntah karena efek obat bius tersebut. “What kind of mother am I?” Saya sangat frustrasi kala itu. Sampai-sampai, sambil menangis, saya bilang pada perawat yang membantu saya malam itu “How can I breastfeed my baby if I cannot even sit up right and I continuously throw up?

Tidak hanya efek obat bius saja yang membuat saya takut menyusui tetapi juga my engorged breasts. Pada hari pertama, payudara saya langsung membengkak karena produksi ASI yang cukup tinggi atau oversupply. I did not know whether I should consider that as a blessing or a curse because it was very painful. I even got angry, “Why nobody told me about this horrible breast engorgement?” Well, it’s easier to blame on other people, right? 😁

Kebayang dong, masih dibawah pengaruh obat bius, payudara membengkak dan harus belajar menyusui baby A. It was very stressful and frustrating. Untungnya, dengan sabar para perawat dan konsultan laktasi terus membantu saya bagaimana untuk menyusui baby A dengan benar. Tetapi jujur saja, entah mengapa rasanya sulit sekali untuk menyusui saat itu. Bahkan, saking susahnya, setelah pulang ke rumah, saya sampai harus memanggil doula ke apartment untuk kembali mengajari saya bagaimana untuk menyusui baby A dengan benar.

Lucunya, meskipun baby A belum punya gigi, saya takut digigit; sehinggasaya pun membeli peralatan perang untuk menyusui mulai dari nipple cream sampai nipple shields yang pada akhirnya pun enggak pernah saya pakai.

Boleh dibilang bahwa setidaknya dua minggu lamanya saya mengalami kesulitan dalam belajar bagaimana menyusui baby A dengan benar tanpa menderita. Bukan cuma itu saja, dalam dua minggu pertama tersebut, saya pun sempat kena mastitis dan harus bolak-balik ke konsultan laktasi di rumah sakit. Thankfully, setelah berbagai kesulitan tersebut selama dua minggu pertama, sekarang baby A langsung ‘nemplok’ tanpa digiring setiap kali mau makan. And, I must say that I do enjoy breastfeeding him. Again, it’s a very special moment especially when he looks at me, smiles at me and hold my shirt so tight as if he doesn’t want to let me go. Bahkan, saya kadang takut kalau nanti dia sudah tidak mau minum susu dari saya. I guess, this is the joy of being a mother.

But yeah, I swear to God, it was very difficult at the beginning. I even thought that nine months of pregnancy was actually way easier than the first three days of being a mother. I vividly remember, there was even a moment where I even had a breakdown and cried “I have never been so dependent like this,” because I could hardly do something, I couldn’t even get a glass of water for myself or just take a look at my phone. 

Anyway, boleh dibilang, meskipun saya sangat menikmati setiap detik menjadi seorang ibu karena bisa terus berinteraksi dengan baby A dan juga melihat perkembangannya, saya juga sangat rindu dunia kerja. Entah mengapa saya jadi merasa sedikit dungu akhir-akhir ini. Oh well, I really need to get the wheels turning either by going back to work or doing some study.

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Kitchen: Cauliflower Spinach Pizza

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Cauliflower Spinach Pizza [2016:EO]

Ingredients:

  1. 3 head of medium size cauliflower
  2. 6 tbs of grated parmesan cheese (divide into two for the dough and toping)
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1/2 tsp of oregano
  5. 6 cloves of garlic (finely chopped and divide into two)
  6. 60 gr of block cream cheese
  7. 1/2 cup of skim milk
  8. 1 tsp of butter
  9. 1 package of spinach

Directions:

  1. For the cauliflower based pizza dough: Cut raw the cauliflower into small pieces and place them into food processor/blender. Pulse it until the cauliflower becomes the small grain of quinoa;
  2. Pour the cauliflower grain into a microwave safe bowl and cook it for 5 minutes until the cauliflower is soft (If you do not have microwave, you can steam the cauliflower in medium high heat for 7 minutes);
  3. Place the cauliflower grain into cheese clothes/ clean thin dish towel, let it cool and dry.  As it cool,  remove the cauliflower’s water by squeezing and twisting the towel; (the dryer it gets, the better crush it will turn out);
  4. Transfer the drained cauliflower grain into a mixing bowl; add the half of the finely chopped garlic, egg, parmesan cheese as well as oregano; mix them well together;
  5. Preheat oven to 200 C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, cover it with butter. Place the cauliflower based dough and spread it with finger in the form of circle with 1/4 cm thickness;
  6. For the cheesy spinach toping: In a frying pan, melt the butter over medium low heat and place the left finely chopped garlic for 30 seconds;
  7. Add the spinach and stir until the spinach soft for approximately 2 minutes over medium high heat;
  8. Add the cream cheese, followed by  skim milk and mix them well together over medium low heat for 5 minutes.
  9. Place the cheesy spinach on the top of the cauliflower based pizza dough, add the grated parmesan cheese. You can also sprinkle it with oregano and chile flake if you like it. Bake it for 15 minutes until the crush turns brown. You can add extra parmesan cheese and baked it for another 5 minutes.
  10. Transfer the cauliflower spinach pizza into a serving plate and serve it with chili flake.
  11. PS: do not expect that the cauliflower based pizza dough will be as crispy as the flour or wheat based dough.

Happy cooking!

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