Category: FLORENCE IVY

Florence’s 7 & a half month update

Florence’s 7 & a half month update

So, little girl, you’re officially 7 1/2 months old and as usual I’m late with your little update. The last month has been one of the busiest since you were born and I feel like we’re only just starting to slow back down after the […]

Florence is four (and a bit) months old

Florence is four (and a bit) months old

I cannot believe just how much you have grown over the last six weeks. It seems like you are learning something new every single day. You are sitting up unsupported for longer lengths of time, are so much happier and willing to play on your […]

Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

There comes a time when you’re a parent that you just have to put the rule book to one side and trust your instincts. Don’t get me wrong, that rule book comes in handy more often than we probably like to admit, but I also think we should remember that no two babies are the same and that reading your baby’s signals and trusting your gut feeling is so important.

Florence has always been an amazing sleeper, self settling and sleeping through from six weeks old but over the last few weeks she’s been struggling to settle anywhere and all the fail safe tricks are no longer working. She is draining her 9 oz bottles at every feed and despite me adding an extra bottle into our days she just hasn’t been satisfied. (We’ve been advised not to change her milk to ‘hungry baby’ versions.)   Both make for a very hungry & over tired baby who, while it’s what all the cool kids do, just isn’t quite cut out for the all night party lifestyle she’s been going for lately. Combine these two factors with Florence’s ability to hold her head up and steady without need for a break, can sit unaided for long periods of time, and has brilliant hand to mouth coordination.  Not to mention her sudden interest in our dinner plates and tendency to grab a handful of whatever we’re eating and attempt to get it in her mouth before we stop her! And so, after doing all the research, listening to the advice from friends, family & health professionals alike, we have decided to start weaning Florence at four months old.

We’ve started off slowly, giving her a quarter portion of very runny baby porridge at dinner time, before her 6pm bottle & bath. While I was cautious and didn’t really expect her to eat much of it at all to begin with, she just can’t get enough! Even on her first sitting on Saturday, she polished the entire portion off and would have kept going if she could have.

We have already started to see our happy little Florence return and she’s back on track and already more settled in the evenings so, while it’s early days, I think I am confident that we have done the right thing by starting to wean her earlier than the 6 month guideline.

We are going to stick to just the porridge for at least the first few weeks and then over time slowly start introducing different flavours and making our own purees week by week to ensure we can identify any allergies or intolerance.

When did you start to wean your little one?

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Baptising Florence

Baptising Florence

We have had a wonderful weekend of celebration with our family & friends. Yesterday we had Florence baptised. Our friends & family gathered together in the very same church that I was Christened in almost twenty four years ago. The Christening was part of the […]

Florence is 3 months old!

Florence is 3 months old!

Little Florence,  it would seem you are longer a teeny tiny newborn. You’re growing at a rate of knots and this last month you have continued to surprise us with how quickly you are coming into your own. At 2 months old you are absolutely full of […]

Mama & Baby Style #5 – A Hot Air Balloon Special

Mama & Baby Style #5 – A Hot Air Balloon Special

It’s been a bit quiet on the Fashion posts front here lately. In truth, I’m really struggling to find flattering clothes this post baby body of mine and so haven’t much felt like showing it off! But this week, Mama & Baby Style returns after a weekend away in Northampton for their annual Balloon Festvial. While there *should* be two Mama outfits here, one ended up in a carrier bag in the back of the car as the result of a giant exploding nappy from Florence – oh this Motherhood lark is so glam. There are however two gorgeous baby outfits from our weekend that you just cannot miss.

Of course, I couldn’t resist an opportunity to shamelessly dress us both in matching outfits when I saw this gorgeous Hot Air Balloon print on the Cath Kidston Website. hot air balloon fashion 2

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Florence’s ‘Little Balloons’ dress is just so adorable. With little capped sleeves, frilled detail around the waistband and made from lovely lightweight fabric it came complete with macthing frilly knickers – perfect for hiding that nappy!
hot air balloon fashionI opted for this tea dress in the same print. I really love the pleated neck and the flattering length. Paired with converse & my trusty denim jacket it made for the perfect day out outfit!

On Sunday Florence wore this absolutely gorgeous playsuit from Nellipott. I spotted the print on their instagram page and while their dispatch time is normally two weeks the lovely AJ rushed my order so that it would arrive in time. It’s handmade & absolutely brilliant quality with hard wearing fabric and cute little tie up straps. BALLOON FESTIVAL 18

I teamed it with one of my favourite floral bodysuits from Boots Mini Club. BALLOON FESTIVAL 28

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You & Me in the Morning

You & Me in the Morning

I’ve always been an early bird, sleeping in ’til midday was never really my style. Don’t get me wrong, I love a pj day but I’m generally up and functioning by around 6.30, 7 at the latest, even at the weekend and it would seem […]

Florence’s Toy Box – Our Baby Play Essentials at Two Months Old

Florence’s Toy Box – Our Baby Play Essentials at Two Months Old

I mentioned in Florence’s last baby update that she is becoming more and more interested in toys and we incorporate play time into every single day – have done since she was just a couple of weeks old really. We’ve been taking some baby play […]