MAKE BABY MEALTIME FUN

Baby Eating

There reaches that time for every mother to introduce food to her baby. It is medically recommended that babies should be introduced to solid food the moment they make six months, but the problem that they usually have to face is the babies’ failure to easily get used to eating food alongside breastfeeding which they enjoy doing the most.

It is heartbreaking for any mother to see their baby crying whenever they try to feed it yet they have to do it or risk the baby becoming underweight as breast milk alone can’t be enough. Those who cannot afford to convince the baby to eat suffer the consequences of not feeding the baby solid food alongside breastfeeding. Some mothers do the worst by weaning their babies with the hope that the baby will have appetite for food; which is so dangerous as breastmilk is so important for the baby’s nutrition and growth, so nothing should ever make you to wean your baby early even if you are pregnant.

It is so hurting to find a baby almost making a year or a year and above but is only 6kg. Such a baby is so underweight but the excuse the mother gives is that her baby doesn’t like to eat anything else apart from breastfeeding. Underweight babies are not happy babies and are not pleasant to look at as they look malnourished and sick to many; if you move with your underweight baby and no one comes to play with it or request to carry, then as a mother there is something you need to do about your baby’s weight. It is so embarrassing to find two healthy looking parents with a very tiny underweight baby. You may claim that you don’t care about what the world says about your child, but the reality is there is no way you will pretend that the other people’s opinions about how unhealthy your baby is doesn’t concern you; therefore as a parent you need to pull up your socks and feed your baby well.

Some mothers do the worst by forcefeeding their babies with solid foods which is detrimental to the baby’s health and life. Mothers hold the baby so tight on their chests and press the cup on the babies mouth while pouring food in the baby’s mouth who is crying so loud like one in the slaughter house. Force feeding is so dangerous that it can make the baby suffocate, choke to death or become obese.

Many babies have died as a result of forcefeeding when they are accidentally suffocated or choked to death. This can be a very hard blow to the parents, make one guilty for life and never to forgive him/herself for forcefeeding the baby and the baby ending up dead. Additionally obesity in babies which comes with its own side effects is so common as babies who are force fed are given food more than their bodies need. Babies don’t need a lot of food in their small stomachs; all they need is frequent small meals of solid food not big meals like adults. You can feed solid foods to your baby after every two hours; their hard bellies can tell you when they are satisfied and still hungry. Don’t overfeed the baby to make the belly to become too hard as anything “too” is negative.

Remember that all healthy babies can enjoy solid food if the person feeding them is patient enough to feed them. Babies love entertaining people to feed them and one who is very patient with them. Don’t expect to feed a baby in 20 minutes or expect them to open there mouths and take in anything you give them when you are not entertaining them. Baby’s don’t know the advantage of food, they don’t know that one has to eat to become satisfied though they will cry so hard when they are hungry and to your surprise they will cry when you are feeding them in addition to turning away their head from the food you are trying to give them. So a parent who gives an excuse of not feeding the baby solid food by claiming the baby hates solid food or has low appetite for solid food and only has appetite for breastmilk is a lazy one. You cannot dance to your baby’s drum beats especially if the beats are not good to dance to and puts its health at risk. Your baby’s health and wellbeing should be put at the forefront.

Therefore, to easily feed any baby well, do the following:

(i) Be ready to be patient with the baby for over an hour. So spare enough time to feed your baby to avoid becoming impatient and wanting to feed the baby hurriedly.

(ii) Prepare enough toys or tools to use when entertaining the baby during mealtime.

(iii) Sing for the babies different songs and make different noises for them so that they find eating interesting. You can make noises of different animals or any other funny noises that grabs their attention to you and the food.

(iv) Dance and jump around for them while singing or talking or making different noises for them so that while they are eating they gaze at you or ask any other person in the house to stand infront of the baby to dance, jump around while singing, talking or making different entertaining noises.

(v) Talk to the baby while feeding them by praising the food and praising the baby; baby’s are very good at reading emotions and expressions on the face. Call the baby all the sweetest names and make promises to them which you will fulfill if they finish eating the food.

(vi) Point at different things around the house which is also helpful as mealtime will turn into play time and learning time.

(vii) Understand your baby and know their best eating position. Some babies enjoy eating while running around the house, walking around the table, crawling, dancing and jumping around. Some love eating from outside the house and not inside so that they can look at different things.

If you are ready to do the above or some or all of the above for you and your baby to enjoy mealtime then you are ready to enjoy your baby’s mealtime. There are times when you will feel tired to do the above, but don’t be tempted to lose the patience; if one fails try the next and keep trying one way to the other until you feed your baby as motherhood is a lifetime commitment and lifetime job without pay. The only pay is the happiness plus wellbeing of your baby and once you have the baby you have to be ready to go to the greatest school of creativity together with patience where your baby is the tutor who must be obeyed at all times for its and your peace of mind.

Enjoy motherhood and make mealtime bonding time plus fun time with your baby.

Rowney

HOW TO COOK ONION LEAVES

Freshly cut onion leaves

If you have got onion leaves with you then do not throw them away as this can be of great use to you in your kitchen. It can be used to make vegetable sauce since it has great onion aroma. All you need is to:                                                      (i) Cut the onion leaves off the onions.  

 (ii) Place it in a container you are to use for washing because it may contain some soil most especially sand.  

(iii) Pour a lot of water that cover the onion leaves and wash the leaves in the water delicately by just shaking the leaves in the water so that all the soil gets off and goes below the leaves, leaving the clean leaves floating on the water.                 

(iv) Remove the leaves from the water to another container ( Don’t just pour away the water as this will leave your leaves with soil which went below  the water when you were washing), pour there “new” clean water, rewash and remove as above.                                                                       

(v) Cut the leaves into small pieces, slice an onion, green pepper, carrot, tomatoes and prepare  any spice you would love to put in your vegetable sauce not forgetting salt.                        

(vi) Heat the saucepan to become hot, pour frying oil which you leave to become hot, add an onion which you leave to turn golden brown before adding your onion leaves.  

(vii) Keep turning the leaves until all the water is dry and add your other ingredients down on the pan so that the leaves cover them. Leave them to get ready before mixing everything  and adding salt.                                              (viii) Boil for a minute after adding salt before serving with any food of your choice which you enjoy eating with fried vegetables.       

Enjoy your beautiful meal from Rowney’s kitchen to your kitchen.          

HOW TO FIGHT DEPRESSION AFTER C SECTION.

C-section incition

There is a very high chance of feeling depressed after having a C-section especially when it wasn’t planned. You are likely to feel disappointed, less of a woman, a failure for having failed to bring your baby normally to the world. You will blame yourself for ending up with a C-section forgetting there is no woman who is an expert at giving birth.                                                                        Therefore, stop having negative thoughts about C-section and start by hailing yourself for coming out alive  and bringing your baby to the world alive not forgeting that there are only two ways for a woman to give birth; if normal delivery fails then you have to undergo C-section to save your life and  that of the baby. And once you become pregnant, it is reasonable to be prepared for both as you can never tell what may happen even if you have ever had ten normal deliveries.                  Additionally you should know that it isn’t the weak who end up with C-section as there is no expert mother at giving birth. Imagine what would have happened if you didn’t undergo C-section; maybe you would have died or the baby would have died if you didn’t.                    Than seeing yourself as one who failed your child, see yourself as a hero who saved your baby’s  life and most importantly  your own life as there is nothing more important than being alive.                                                              Remember to stay healthy for your baby as you cannot attend to your baby well unless you are healthy right from your mind to your spirit and body.                                                               Therefore, whichever way you bring your child to this world; the gift of motherhood should be celebrated and appreciated the most; remember it is a blessing from God to experience motherhood by being able to carry life in you and bring it to the world.                                                 To the negative energy around you who tend to stereotype mothers who deliver by C-Section as too posh to push, proud, less of women or weak; turn a deaf ear towards them as it is you who knows the truth and they need to be educated about the true causes of C-section delivery. It is these people who tend to make mothers who have C-section to feel bad about the whole process because they fear being stigmatised. Don’t forget it is your “one” health, body and life, so once you lose it there is no spare plus you will leave your baby or children orphaned.                    Fight depression from the way you think as C-section is a major surgery that needs the good health of the mind and positive attitude for your body to heal fast.

       

CORONA INVASION

Dear future,

This is a year 2020 when an epidemic struck Wuhan, in China. We heard that people were dying like chicken with cocodiosis around the month of January. They said the syptom of the disease  was flu-like. Here in Africa we watched news reports about this new disease called Covid 19 caused by Corona Virus. People died in China day in and day out to the extent that China had to buil a makeshift hospital with 30 intensive care units in just 10 days to treat her patients. According to the news, medical personels moved accross the country  to Wuhan to treat the overwhelming number of patients suffering from disease. Foreign countries that managed to evacuate their citizens tried to fly them out of China as it was believed a crisis had struck the country and those who remained were always sending videos explaining how hard life in Wuhan had become as malls, schools, religious places; infact daily activities outside homes had been closed. Every  one was advised to use supplies sparingly including food as it would be hard to access necessities. Here in Uganda we were seeing everything as a horrific scene in a horror movie.

News showed empty streets without people, whereas this was going on here in Africa business was as usual as we saw China to be very far from us and there was no way the epifemic would reach us.

Future, during March 2020 news reports showed that the disease had crossed borders to Europe mostly Italy and then it crossed to America and then suddenly it was discovered that the disease was across the globe hence proving the global village phenomenon. Whereas it being in all continents, there were lies being spread that the virus couldn’t kill the young or even black people, but as days moved by Corona Virus proved that all humanity is same, black or white as all races were succumbing to the disease.

Future, the disease was incurable. It killed people like we have never ever seen and was spreading like a wildfire during summer time. Most especially in Italy, medical personels became exhausted, they counted daily deaths until they got tired of counting. The prime minister of Italy said the eyes are now to the skies, God. This was distressing, to everyone in the global village.

Future, borders and airports of countries were closed, businesses, schools, churches, mosques, gatherings, people were advised to stay at their homes to avoid contracting the virus. Some companies layedoff their staff as no one knew how long this pandemic would last and prices of goods were hiked. We were scared, infact we thought the world had come to an end; It was indeed a tense, dangerous, scary, worrying time.

Future, when Uganda announced her first case on 21 March of a 36 year old man who had traveled to Dubai four days earlier. Everyone  felt tense and angry towards the man for not heeding the government’s warnings not to travel outside Uganda. On 23 March more eight cases were confirmed, all having gone to Dubai earlier which indicated that Dubai though not mentioned in news as a dangerous spot of Corona virus was indeed dagerous as everyone who had traveled their could have been exposed to the virus. The government then released  a list of names of people who had been to Dubai during the epidemic. People became more worried since they realised that there was a possibility of having infected people amongst them.

Future, for the first time in a long time there was no political wars in the country as everyone was more concerned about their health than anything else. The Health Minister of Uganda, Dr. Aceng was hailed by everyone. And for the first time everyone waited anxiously for the presidential adresses on the media platforms on the status of the disease in the country. Opposition was encouraging the public to heed to the words of the government. For the first time Uganda was one while in America the president called the virus Chinese virus because the virus is believed to have started there in November 2019 and China also supported conspiracy stories that showed that the disease started in America. America and China pointed fingers at each other. People of Chinese descent were stigmatised as many saw them as carriers of the disease which angered many.

Media platforms showed abandoned streets with people’s expensive cars parked on them with no or few persons on since people were heeding to the warnings of the governments to “STAY AT HOME.” This was not the case for Africa as most had to fend for themselves outside their homes or else they died of hunger. They said people had to self isolate if they suspected that they had been exposed to the virus. How could one self isolate when they stayed five people in one room and how could one self isolate when had to get out to go hustle for the day inorder to eat? They talked of people washing hands with soap everytime they finished touching something or use sanitizers. The problem was, some people saw soap as a luxury and talk of the sanitizers which cost a leg. Many people stayed in slums which were typical of congestion and  the mere thought of the disease spreading in Africa caused shivers and sorrow  as it was this same Africa which had poor health conditions.  Many Africans especially the poor said that they had left everything in God’s hands since the living standards dictated so much on their fight towards the virus. Future, people migrated back to their villages upon hearing the first case in Uganda reasoning that it was better to die from their birthplaces incase they got infected with the virus plus upcountry was less congested and there was easy access to food.

Dear Future, the virus taught us that nothing is more important than life itself as everyone wanted to stay alive in this moment so that we would testify to our children in the future.

 

 

POLITICAL MADNESS

When the nation runs mad, the people in it to survive run mad too. For the state of mad leaders, the citizens to survive must run mad or else be ready to suffer in the hands of mad minority leaders. Sanity can  then be only achievable if the leaders gain back their sanity. Animals are able to survive in the jungle because they are animals.  The insanity of the leaders is so contagious to the extent that the normal majority masses upon contacting it become harmful to everyone even those who passed on the disease.

When the mad leaders dry the thick jungle when they are  inhabitants too, the drop of a matchbox consumes all sparing none and nothing can extinguish the fire; when the leaders dry the nation with their callous escapades yet they are too inhabitants makes the majority poor to light it to burn and only the lucky ones survive in such a jungle since everybody is a victim here leader or not leader.

The fury of the majority, poor masses planted by the greedy leaders is beyond the control of those who plant it and even those who receive it, for once it ripens after planting it breaks to plant more seeds on the fertile grounds available hence history judging those who planted it.

The biggest incurable diseases of political leaders are amnesia which eats up their brains that they don’t remember their promises in their political manifestos at the beginning of their political career, vaulting ambition which leads to greatest destruction of mankind fear and pride; this fear to lose status, luxury, property makes them slaves of their own selfish interests and not servants of the majority poor whom they lead and entrusted them with power. Since they are sick the people led become sick with fury, they become a volcano ready for eruption and upon reaching eruption period not even the mightiest men of planet earth can stop it. Where the magma passes, destroys the target because none can stop the fury of the majority poor masses, they only stop when the target is extinct. King Louis the xvi, Napoleon, Hitler, Mussolini,  Emperor Hail Selassie, Gaddafi and many powerful world political leaders failed to stop the volcano of fury they started until they were extinct, the majority masses didn’t  stop to erupt. The fury of the masses makes them to sacrifice their own innocent lives to get rid of the unwanted contagious mad leaders. The eruption usually catches the target unaware and no matter how they try to retaliate by killing some, children of Adam do not all extinct.

At the end the target is always gotten rid of by the majority powerful poor.

MAKING A LIVING FROM RECYCLING POLYTHENE BAGS

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Residents of Kawuku in Entebbe zone are making a living from  polythene papers locally known as ‘Buvera’ got from dumping site which are sold off at 10,000/= for recycling.

Those earning from this activity are mostly women and their children who pick dumped papers at dumping sites and wash them for sell at 10,000/=  per the mosquito net size. These women and their children are making a living from these polythene papers as well as conserving the environment against pollution from these bags. Azoyo who hails from  Arua but now stays in Kawuku earns a living from picking and washing polythene papers. She happily talks of her business to be her good source of income, ” When I wash the polythene bags which are packed in an old mosquito net, i earn 10,000/= from the buyer. the money I get from this sustains my living. All I do is pick the papers from the dumping site here and wash them for sell”.

Kawuku is found in Entebbe zone a few kilometres from Entebbe Airport.

 

 

 

 

HOW TO USE ASH TO REMOVE UNWANTED HAIR

WOOD ASH FOR REMOVING UNWANTED HAIR

Are you tired of developing pimples after a shave? Have you looked for a lasting yet inexpensive way of removing unwanted hair? Worry not, because you have a best friend near you who has been used from time immemorial. And that friend is  the ash; that very one you always get from the charcoal stove and fire wood after burning out.  You can use the ash to remove under arm hair and hair from the bikini area plus any other area like the chin, neck and other parts. This guarantees you from having no hair in those areas for more than a month and that hair which grows after is thin hence saving you from tough and thick hair which grows after a shave. This is so because the hair is pulled from the roots.

All you need is the dry ash and  fingers for pulling by yourself or the help of a partner; the following are the steps to take when removing the unwanted hair with ash;

  • Get cold dry ash
  • Find a place of convenience (privacy); most definitely the bathroom
  • Apply the ash on the dry unwanted hair
  • Hold the hair and pick it out ( this may hurt a little at the beginning but the next time of picking cannot because the hair after is softer and easy to pick)
  •  Finally rinse the area with warm water and you are ready to rock the look.