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Time to Learn

This category is all about learning and development and things to trying with your baby or toddler. I’m learning too so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.


5 months Old

Apr
15th
2019

15 Apr, 2019

Nancy is 5 months old today! Time seems to have done a number on me and this month it has felt quite a bit longer…but then this month she has apparently been starving and woken 3, 4 or more times a night to manically feed. Every night. So I guess I’ve seen a lot more of this month than I did the one before.

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5 months old – development

But all that night feeding has meant she has chubbed up nicely and her thigh rolls are coming along beautifully.

She’s also continuing to be an utter joy – all smiles for anyone who will look at her and content sitting and looking around her when she’s awake.

5 months old

With me doing Bootcamp 3 mornings a week, she’s been having lots of Dad time and as a result is now great with a bottle of expressed milk and has learnt to self-settle at nap times. So while I’ve lost a good nights sleep, I’ve gained non-baby time during the day… noice!

Her latest trick this month (other than self-settling) is holding and shaking whatever is in her hand with a “This thing ain’t gunna shake itself” look of concentration, whacking herself in the face if necessary.

If you lie her down, she is permanently straining to sit up so she’s developing rock hard abs that I’m very jealous of…

She can also very nearly sit unaided!

Oh and she now can’t breast feed if there is anyone else in the room – she’ll latch on then immediately pull off again to see what’s going on spraying milk and exposing me in the process. Fun times.

5 months old – next steps

At a recent check my health visitor said she could start weaning at 5 months – smooth purees, baby rice, that kind of thing. She said speech therapists are always telling her to advise us to start sooner as it helps to develop vital muscles in the mouth. That said, in the neighbouring district the health visitor has advised my friend strictly not to start until 6 months… Eh?!

When did you start weaning?

With all this night feeding, I must say I’m tempted to start introducing more food in the hope of filling her up but I also don’t want to do it wrong!

Reading

Feb
05th
2019

and routines

05 Feb, 2019

dear diary

This was a rare daytime reading moment of Pokemon fact-finding from the weekend. I wish it was something I saw more of. He does like reading but he generally has other interests at the moment that he’d rather pursue (telly, computer games, running around with stuffed toys, football, talking about poo…that kind of thing).

One of the things I’m missing most since having Nancy is our bedtime routine. We would take it in turns to read to each other and it was lovely. I LOVE kids’ books!

These days the routines are clashing! Nancy is often fussy at that time of night, so my focus has been on sorting her because I’m shattered and often in bed at the same time as Reuben. So he’s reading his school book at bedtime and first thing in the morning, mainly to himself.

I’m hoping to start a new routine where I put Nancy down a bit earlier and then read with Reuben. It was sort of successful last night in that I read with him, but Nancy wouldn’t settle so I was feeding her too. He was OK with that. He seems to be totally used to her constantly glued to my chest! So, maybe that can be a compromise for now but I would like to reintroduce some alone time with him. I kind of miss him too I guess!

How do you manage your bedtime routines? When do you read with your kids? And do you make sure you have some alone time with each of your kids?

I’d love to hear about your routines and how you make it all work (whilst being knackered yourself!!), so please do leave a comment below or come and have a chat on the Mums’ Days Facebook or Instagram pages.

Stories for kids

Jun
13th
2018

Reuben's Reading List

13 Jun, 2018

I love stories for kids (I’m in the process of trying to write my own even) but up until recently I started to worry that Reuben (who’s turning 6 in August) wasn’t getting enough variety or challenge from the books I read to him.

With his new found confidence in reading, he had stopped wanting me to read to him (and with his school books getting longer, it certainly takes up bedtime!), and when I did read to him, it would be the old favourites over and over again!

Dixie O’Day, Moomin, and his absolute favourite Oi Frog (and friends, we have the whole selection and eagerly await Oi Duck-Billed Platypus, which comes out in September!) are all great… but every night?

I was ready to move us on to something new. Something a bit more challenging. (more…)

Confidence

Apr
25th
2018

Taking action and putting a foot in chaos

25 Apr, 2018

Ah, confidence. You tricksy little bugger.

It’s been on my mind this week, starting with a conversation between my brother and my step-daughter. She told him how she was really enjoying taking LAMDA exams because it helped with her confidence. My brother was impressed to hear an 11 year old say such an important thing. Funny how you sometimes need to see things through other people’s’ eyes to fully appreciate how awesome they are.

Confidence

We talked about how important it is to instill confidence in our children, particularly in young women and he pointed me to a book, The Confidence Code for Girls (due for release on 3rd May. Pre Ordered y’all!).

I was like, nevermind just Gabby I need this book! (more…)

How the Keto diet is helping me

10 Apr, 2018

We’ve been away, lucky buggers, to France for a skiing holiday. The only problem, and I know I’m ungrateful, is I just don’t like skiing very much. A couple of years ago I learnt to ski (and documented it here) and got to the point where I can get down a hill in one piece. But it ain’t totally natural! Or fun for that matter.

I had a lesson on this trip to boost my confidence and while I got on fine, I just don’t like steep hills. So after the 3 hours we were up the mountain my legs were exhausted from bracing at all times! I know I just need more practise and young Hannah would be horrified by my lack of get up and go, but this holiday didn’t seem to be the one it was going to happen on.

Mike has been lovely about it and let me loaf around while the kids get on great in ski school and he goes off on his own exploring.

Loafing around

But loaf is the operative word here and, in between working on my blog, I’ve been left wondering about my relationship with bread and all those other yummy things you find here in France. Because without the skiing, I think I’ve put on about 7 unwanted lbs…

Halton Castle - a visit to this privately owned Castle in NorthumberlandAt home I have learnt to seriously steer clear of pretty much all carby goods. Since giving up drinking 6 months ago, carbs have become my nemesis. A little toast for breakfast and I’ll be craving sugar for the rest of the day. It starts with a 10am sugar crash, which leaves me feeling weird and jittery. It’s all I can think about and I’ve been known to secretly eat 3 kitkat chunkies in one go. I’m ashamed to say it but, much like my drinking became a problem with no off switch, so too has my sugar eating. Rather than full filling my dream of losing weight when I stopped drinking, I put a stone on in the first couple of months!!

So, much as it sounds drastic, for me I know sugar has to go in all it’s carby glory if I’m going to avoid my visions of being hauled out of my house by crane. And this week in France has helped proved that. (more…)

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