When trying to come up with new ideas for finger food to give my daughter recently, a friend mentioned they’d given their baby eggy bread and it had been a hit. I thought it would be a good way to up her protein intake and be something a bit different, so I gave it a whirl.
I looked up a recipe on the internet. I do consider myself a good cook, but sometimes the simple things elude me. (I still can’t actually boil an egg successfully, but I can make a three course meal for ten people!). Whilst keeping my daughter content with some other assorted finger foods, I set to making the eggy bread.
Egg on my face
Now, I’m a big fan of scrambled egg, but struggle a bit with it on toast sometimes (don’t ask me – I think it’s the dryness of the toast next to the texture of the scrambled egg). So what could be better than egg already mixed into toast??? GENIUS!
Aside from maybe once at a Brownie pack holiday – why have I never had eggy bread before??
It got me thinking of all the other things you discover or rediscover once you have a baby. Also – the things you want to pass onto your child from your own childhood – whether they were things you had, or just lusted after.
She’s on the phone
Whilst I was pregnant, I bought my daughter a Fisher Price Chatter Phone. This is clearly a throw-back to my own childhood memories. At seven months old, she started playing with it, although I have to say both she and I get a little bit frustrated with the health-and-safety-gone-mad changes that have been made to it.
The string holding the receiver to the phone is so short, she can’t even put it up to her ear without taking the whole handset with her! It seems a bit ridiculous to me. Mind you – I’m not sure she’ll ever really understand it’s a telephone, seeing as no modern phones even vaguely resemble the Chatter Phone these days!
One of the nostalgic purchases I’ve been most happy with since our daughter arrived is buying her a Glo-Worm. I used to LOVE my Glo-worm (affectionately called Glowey) which I was given on my third birthday. He came everywhere with us; on holiday, to playschool, to relatives’ houses. I even had a Glo-worm shaped birthday cake!
Now Glowey sits atop a (high) shelf in our daughter’s nursery, watching over her, while Glowey 2.0 takes up the mantle of being fondled and chewed and thrown all over the place. New Glowey even plays tunes!
And I have to say, Glowey 2.0 has been an absolute Godsend! I don’t know why in particular, but when nothing else will settle her, Glowey comes out and sings his lullabies and shines his little round face, to settle our little one in the same way his forefather did for her mum!
Swiss Roll and Baked Beans
And then there are the opportunities missed in life due to not being given the ‘right’ toy for a birthday or Christmas. Everyone has ‘the toy that never was’. For my sister-in-law, it was a Mr Frosty. We had one. It was rubbish. I agree wholeheartedly that it was one of the most disappointing toys of the 1980s. .
For me and my sister, it was the Bluebird A La Carte Kitchen. As the original advert still taunts me – WE NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO MAKE SWISS ROLL AND BAKED BEANS FOR OUR DAD! I’m sure he’s rather glad.
Time’s a great healer
I’m not sure my sister and I will ever get over the lack of an A La Carte Kitchen. In fact, I’m sure as soon as our children are old enough, they’ll be bought the modern day equivalent whether they want one or not. Nope – it’ll be some other toy which will be the one that got away. It probably hasn’t even been invented yet. Or maybe it’ll be a re-hash of a toy we had (or didn’t have) as children!
What was the one that got away from you? Would you buy your child the toy you never had??
What other things are you rediscovering from your own childhood since having a baby?
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