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The One Who Didn't Like to Cook

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The One Who Didn't Like to Cook

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

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There are way too many people who are into taking self-potraits nowadays. From work-out selfies, getting-ready-for-the-day selfies, I'm-taking-a-vacation "thighs selfies", to of course me-and-my-baby selfies. Ain't nothing wrong with that, but sometimes I just want things that are more inspiring to be on my instagram feed! So I decided to explore the social media and stumbled upon this extraordinary momma's instagram called @peachpiku that's got pictures of cute food like the one below. Screen shot 2014-08-07 at 9.05.11 PM

As it turns out, this particular mom promotes making homemade meals for your own child in the most creative ways, and I think we should get to know her a little closer than her food art.

Vicka Queenthantina Angelika is a former banker who is now a stay-at-home mom of the 1.5 year little man, Muhammad Athar Benzema, in the city of Indramayu, Indonesia.

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With her husband working abroad, Vicka has learned to enjoy raising Athar with only the help of her parents. And so far, I think it's pretty clear that she is doing just fine. With no further due, here is my little chit-chat with the woman behind those gorgeous food art posts.

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1. How would you describe motherhood so far?
Alhamdulillah, I feel very blessed to be given such amazing responsibility of raising, educating, and guiding my God-given son. Being a mom is not a goal nor a dream, it is a phase of life that I was meant to go through once I've decided to be a wife :) That's what my mother taught me. I am grateful that I got my baby right after tying the knot, remembering there are a lot of other women out there who'd have to struggle just to get pregnant.
2. Wow, what a genuine thought on motherhood. Speaking of, do you actually cook for Athar? Are those instagram posts "real"?
Yes of course, the food I post are homecooked meals I've prepared myself for my own son, even though not all of them suits his taste. Sometimes he would eat just a little, and other times he would not eat them at all :) But it is completely normal, in my opinion. So if anyone asks me on IG, I would just answer them honestly, I do not need to 'maintain an image' or anything like that.
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I'm not doing this to be seen as a crafty and clever mom whose son is such a good eater, because he's not always like that at all.  I am doing this because I was inspired by other mothers (like the ones at Mama Koki Handal) who cook homemade meals for their kids, which I think is a positive thing that I can do too. I love the fact that I can share the food I cook for my son with other moms on instagram. It's like talking with a bunch of friends and staying updated without even stepping outside my home. And you know being a stay-at-home mom will make you feel quite 'outdated' at times, right?
3. Agreed :) But anyways, have you always been such a great cook?
The funny thing is, I was always the person who thought of cooking as something super complicated and unappealing! I didn't even like helping my mother in the kitchen. But I have grown so much now, particularly because of Athar. And my love for cooking has grown too :) It has grown to the point where not cooking feels wrong...maybe because it means there's nothing to post on instagram! hahaha!
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4.Now, with a mom who's a good cook, is Athar a good eater?
From the first time he got introduced to solid food, Athar has never eaten that much. He eats, but with a small portion. Every kid is different, some are really good eaters and some are not.
20140805-113209-41529427.jpgThat's why I do not want to force him to finish his food all the time, because I know he still gets great nutrition from breastfeeding. I am not saying we do not have to be consistent in feeding our kids, I'm just saying that we do not need to panic when he is not eating that much.
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As long as his body weight is normal, and he is not affected by any disease, he is fine. So far, Athar has been very healthy, he is a strong boy. Thanks to breastmilk too of course!
 5. Appreciate the honesty. Now do you plan Athar's meal everyday? How do you do it so creatively?
I get this comment all the time on instagram. But the truth is, I don't think I am that creative. I just love what I see other moms do on instagram and pinterest, put my little spin on it and voila! Those are what you see on my posts. I usually think of them the night before and do some shopping at the market the next day before cooking them. Again, Athar does not always eat them. But it's okay, I see this more as my project as a mom. Does that sound selfish? Hahaha..
6. Not really, you go momma! :) Okay last one, you promote breastfeeding on your IG profile, you must be a total believer! Any thoughts that might help other nursing moms out there?
Yes, I really believe in breastfeeding. At first, my breastmilk didn't come out until three days after Athar's birth. Afterwards, I have been eating a lot of veggies and thankfully, it has been enough for Athar. It is a struggle, but it has challenged me to stay creative. One time, Athar refused to drink from my left breast, and it hurt because it started to get really full and 'swollen'. I had to figure out a way to make him want to drink from that one again. Not so long after, he turned and drank from it, and it has been running very smoothly until today.

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According to my Moslem belief, a mom ought to nurse her baby for 2 years. It says so in the Quran, so I abide by it. All I need to do is to pray, keep my motives right and my heart straight, everything else will fall into place.