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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
That'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.
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.
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.