Apologies

Sorry I’ve been a bit silent recently.ย  Our laptop has died ans my bb wouldn’t let me post anything.ย  But I have a new phone (still no laptop) and am able to post a few!!

The weaning is going really well he’s having breakfast lunch dinner pudding and snacks now ๐Ÿ™‚ the pudding we spoon him and the rest is blw like I wanted ๐Ÿ™‚

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Picture is of little man having his dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

He’s now almost 7 months old!! I can’t believe it! Where is the time going? ?

He has 3 teeth and another 3 looking ready to come through!ย  Still no signs of any words yet though.ย  But I ddon’t mind,ย  it means I can keep my baby a wee bit longer!

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Weaning

So, we’re nearly at that time, the time that comes in every babies life, where they start to eat food.

We’ve held out for the last month, fought tooth and nail with my mum and stuck to the fact that I am NOT going to spoon feed. It is strictly Baby Led Weaning for me.

Though recently I have been letting him taste a few things, though he has mainly been holding the food himself, like rusks and cheese ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot wait to start weaing him, it’s going to be so fun ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m going to start by giving him breakfast. So after his 7am feed he’ll we’ll have breakfast about 8.30 and I’m thinking of giving him porrige fingers as a first breackfast, or banana and melon and then toast fingers.

Then the week after I’ll start him on lunches aswell so after his 11am feed we’ll have lunch about 12 and I’m thinking finger sarnies (providing he didn’t have toast for breakfast) or prehaps some pasta or pancakes or even some oatcakes ๐Ÿ™‚

Then the next week we’ll introduce dinner too, which will be about 5pm and that will literally be whatever I’m having ๐Ÿ™‚ so chips, chicken, beef, cottage / shepherds pie etc.

It’s going to be so fun! Watching him play with his food and sqidge it and everything ๐Ÿ˜€

My mum still believes in spoon feeding but I warned her that I wouldn’t let her babysit if she didn’t follow my way of weaning. I understand that she grew up in an era of ‘spoon feeding’ but this is the way I want to do it and means I skip the stresses of spoon feeding and also a lot of research has been done and many mums say that their baby-led weaning has allowed their babies to independently feed months in advance so you see babies of 8-9months only just learning to feed themselves whereas their babies learnt at the age of 6months, to me it just seems a much better way to wean. I mean, the idea of feeding my little man something off a spoon that he has No idea what it is just upsets me. I would hate it if someone did it to me! And I don’t have to worry too much about choking as babies have an amazing gag reflex ๐Ÿ™‚

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Changing Bags and Changing Rags.

When I was pregnant with Oscar I didn’t actually by a changing bag… I didn’t think I needed one (sounds stupid I know) but here are 2 (what I used to think were good) reasons as to why I didn’t:

1) I got a free changing bag from Boots Parenting Club

2) I got one with my Trenton Travel system

See, two perfectly good reasons why I didn’t bother or think I needed to get a changing bag.

However, Oscer is now 4 1/2 months old and I am sick to death of these too smalll, very badly designed changing bags.

Lets us start with the Trenton mothercare changing bag.

It is literally just a sack. you can fit things in it… but once you do they everything will be lost until you empty the damn thing! You can’t order anything in thereย because of the shape, it’s literally a giant U shape. so all the creams fall to bottom, the nappies get squished into an imcomprehensible shape which you then need an iron to get back into a nappy shape! And there is only one teeny weeny itsy bitsy pocket which just about fits your lady things in… And to top it all off there is no zip or no velcro so the damn thinf doesnt even close, the lightest bit of wind and the thing comes open ready for a passing theif to steal all your nappies.

Now the Boots parenting club bag is Much better then this. Is has a nice external side pocket with thermal lining which fits almost any sized bottle! it also has an external back pocket which is uselful and inside there are a further two pockets. However, all round it is too small, the actual bag barely fits everything in and by the time everything has been squeezed in it is, the thing doesn’t close.

So almost 5 months on I have thrown down the rag (or cloth) and bought myself a changing bag. And my god I love it!

Its the Izabel summer infant changing bag, bought from www.mothercare.com for ยฃ27.00 (though I have just found it in www.boots.com on offer for ยฃ21) It has a lovely design on it and doesnt really look like a change bag so even when I no longer need it it will be usable as just a normal bag! it has 2 outer bottle compartments and 2 inner ones, 2 outer pockets and 2 inner ones and the space inside is very large! I’ve managed to get everythiong in and still have plenty of room to spare! It is by far one of the best buys I have recently made. And worth every penny.

Easter, Laughing, Rolling and Christmas

We’ve had our first easter with little man, he’s now 15 1/2 weeks he’s still not on solids as we’ve decioded to go with baby-led weaning, so until he can sit up and has a better hand-eye co-ordination he’s going to be staying wholely on milk, so no easter eggs for little man! (Though I did let him have a quick little like of a chocolate button, but shhhhh) so instead we bought him a lovely little peter rabbit rattle ๐Ÿ™‚ amd he nought us a lovely little imprint set (nana actually bought it and put his hand and footprint in) it was such a lovely little present! I teared up when we got it!

One set of his godparents (my sister and brother-in-law) bought him a darling little book full of rhymes and stories and his other set of godparents (our Best friends) bought him a gorgeous Gruffalo t-shirt and even more gorgeous peter rabbit dungarees!ย  (In all I think we can say my little man has had a fairly decent first easter!)

Everytime I walk into his room in the morning he always smiles and giggles at me and it fills my heart with so much love I feel that it will explode! However, during the night he’s still waking up, some nights more than others, we think he’s going through his 4 month development leap and growth spurt! (Also his teeth are coming through so the poor little lamb is having a right mare of a time!!)

He’s only 15 1/2 weeks but already he’s out growing his 3-6 months clothing! His great nana bought him a 6-9 month jacket that fits him perfectly already! It’s totally mad how long he is!

Yesterday he did his first ever proper roll, I was so proud! (It was from his tummy onto his back, he hasn’t quite mastered rolling from back to front and gets stuck on his side, which is so cute) his face when he found himself on his back was a picture! So shocked and confused!

Everytime I see something that I like for him I have to buy it! Even if he’s too young for it I feel the need to buy it! And all I think is ‘Oh I’ll put that up for christmas or his birthday’ haha (I feel like I really am turning into my mother!!)

My cousin gave birth to a little boy on wednesday, they’ve named him James Jnr after his daddy ๐Ÿ™‚ He made my little man look like a giant baby! I honestly cannot remember him being so small!! It’s amazing how quickly they grow and how fast you forget how small they were!

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The Most Useless

I really must be a very poor excuse of a blogger. I had intended on posting about my labour and adjusting to beinga new mother… however, my little boy was born on December 15th 2012 and I totally forgot to post anything about it!! I was so caught up int he excitedment of finally meeting my little bundle of joy that I just didn’t even think to post anything about it! Useless. Totally Useless.

But here I am, 2 months later I am finally posting about everything!

THE LABOUR.

So my first contractions started at about 4am on the 14th, they were very erratic and I wasnt entirely sure I was in labour. But very quickly they became close together, so off I went to hospital, however, unfortunaltly I was only 3 1/2 cm dialated. Apparently, not all pregnancies follow the ‘plan’ of slowly having your contrations geting close together gradually mine just wernt straight on in there!! However, I chose to go back home and there my mother joined me (I wont lie, my partner was useless so I’m glad my mum was there, later I was going to need someone to calm me down, and my darling Mr Greg was not the person to do that!!) about 3 hours later I was off back to the hospital, where I was told I was 5cm dialated. The relief I felt when I was told that was immense! I was convinced that I wouldn’t be far enough along for pain relief and my mum and Mr Greg had to literally force me back to hospital!! And so I started on Gas and Air, everything was going swimmingly! I the G&A was doing its job, I was bouncing on the ball, I was having baths, I was laughing… then slowly the pain became worse, and the G&A wasn’t working quite so well, however I persevered, then when it got too much, I decided to have a wee bit of pethidine which worked a treat! That along with the G&A I was on to a winner!! or so I thought…. my waters finally broke naturally at 11.30(ish) after much begging for the to be popped (my midwife refused, I was very annoyed) when they finally did go it wasnt a ‘gush’ which was how many people had described it to me as, but more of an eruption… my waters litarally srayed everything in close proximity! Apparently I called my midwife a b.i.t.c.h. however, I dont remember this, I do however remember begging for an epidural, she refused to give me this too, though I’m glad she did, apparently it’s horrible as you can’t feel anything, not even your own legs…

My midwife said that as soon as my waters broke baby would come out quickly, but I started pushing and literally nothing seemed to be happening. She started telling me that my baby was becoming destressed and I needed to really push, though god knows, I was pushing as hard as I could! because my baby was taking so long to come out she had to call the doctor. By this time I was so worried that something was terribly wrong, my partner (Mr Greg) was useless, wondering around like a wraith, my mother (who decided to come along for the ride) was amazing, trying to calm me down and talking me through breathing. In the end I had to have 2 episiotomies and a kiwi cap!! Turns out my gorgeous little sproglet had his hand up by his head, which made it so damn difficult to give birth to him!

I was so shocked that I had finally given birth that I totally forgot to ask when sex he was! It was my mother who asked!! I said all the way through my pregnancy that I would prefer a little girl, but as soon as they told me I had a son, I didn’t care, he was mine, my own little boy and I loved him instantaneously. Though I didn’t get to hold him straight away, It was Mr Greg that held him up to me as I was busy being stitched up ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I was upset about that, but I didn’t really have a say in it. I was however shocked at how much he looked like Mr Greg!! In the end Oscar was delivered at 00.27 on 15th December.

All that night I didn’t sleep, I couldn’t take my eyes of my beautiful little boy. I was so scared of touching him, I had no idea how to pick him up or hold him, so I just stared at him until a midwife came around. They wanted to keep me in for a while because Ozzie didn’t take to breast feeding straight away, so we gave him some formula milk and I pretty much bullied the midwives into letting me go home!

I’ve now had him for 8 weeks and 2 days and they have been the best weeks of my life. I can’t imagine how I ever lived without him! Yes sometimes I’m tirerd and sometimes I’m fed up and too knackared to do anything but most of all I’m in love and happy. I’ve realised I never knew what real love was until I had him. The sencond day we had him home he took to breast feeding and it melted my heart to see him feeding from me!

Though, when all my milk came forward I was totally unprepared!! I mean, where the hell did it all come from?!?! I was leaking left right and centre!! Though last week I had to take him of breast as he’s already started teething! I know front teeth are meant to come first, but little Oz has all his top back teeth and a few front and his bottom front teeth all cutting trough at the same time! My poor little boy couldn’t latch on without it being excruciatingly painful for him so we’ve had to but him on bottle (it’s alot easier for him to suck on bottle so less painful!)

Anyway, for now this is it! Hopefully I wont forget post for another 2 months!!