For me, there is nothing more magical, more heart warming than watching my baby grow and learn each and every day. Over the last few weeks, Florence has transformed from a baby to a little cheeky, clever almost toddler full of character. She learned to clap […]
There’s no doubt about it, life changes a whole lot the second you become a mother. Your days are suddenly split into four hourly chunks of changing dirty nappies, feeding the baby and tiptoeing around the house in the hope that they’ll nap for just […]
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?
We had Florence’s Christening at the weekend and in the lead up we were busy sorting out all of the little details that made the day as special as can be. And while the decorations, the cake, the food are all important factors, no party is […]
Today I get to introduce you to Rachael – a fellow blogger and first time Mama who I’ve been chatting to for some time now. Florence & Theodore (Teddy) were born around the same time and I’ve loved following Rachael’s journey into motherhood. We’ve swapped […]
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 you take after your Mama in that department. You are definitely a morning person.
By the time you’re up, Daddy has normally left for work already and so, with the exception of a snoring Alfie at the end of the bed, it’s just you and me. You wake up every single day with a smile that beams up at me and as I get you from your crib all scrunched up and snoozy you coo and laugh and chat as we climb back into Mama’s bed for cuddles and the first bottle of the day.
You gaze up at me with those big just-woken-up eyes as you drink your milk. You scrunch my hair with one hand, holding on tightly to my little finger with the other, your little face illuminated by the gentle morning sunlight trickling in through the window. You take a break every ounce or so to show off that cheeky smile of yours. Once you’ve finished and all drunk on milk, we lay and play and chat some more.
We read books, sing songs and play with your favourite toys until your eyes become heavy and you slowly drift back off to sleep. I often find myself just watching you, taking every part of you in. You are changing by the day and have suddenly become this little person with your own little quirks, speedily outgrowing your squishy newborn status. Where is the time going?
You sleep for around an hour, long enough for me to quickly shower and start getting ready for the day providing I haven’t fallen sound asleep next to you which happens quite a lot these days. You wake up even happier than before and like to smile and chat away to yourself in the mirror while I put my make up on and dry my hair.
Our mornings, those early moments of calm before the business of our days begin are becoming my favourite part of the day.
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last baby update and as the weeks are going by so so quickly these days, I’ve decided to move to monthly updates rather than weekly with other posts about our days out and such as we go […]
In my opinion feeding a baby is one of loveliest jobs in the world, not only does it give you the perfect opportunity to bond with your little one, there;s nothing like snuggling a baby close and gazing down into their big eyes while they […]