Fun turning 21 again...
I am very excited to announce we have been chosen as ambassadors for Cow & Gate's new 5 step weaning programme!
I combination wean my babies so we follow the traditional spoon feeding route but I also give them finger foods with most meals to develop their coordination and self-feeding. The 5 step weaning plan is an incredibly easy to follow step by step guide to traditional weaning and already it has given me new ideas to try out with Little I such as avocado, cauliflower and salmon. I'm amazed I didn't think of them before but they aren't my favourites so that is probably why!
You don't have to register but if you do you can create your own tailored weaning plan and track your babies likes and dislikes. You get money off coupons too - who doesn't love a coupon!
We will be trying out lots of recipes from the plan over the next few weeks including the goodies we have been sent so keep an eye out for them.
You can find out more and join in at cowandgate.co.uk/five-step-weaning-plan
Last week was all tears but this week has been very smiley. Esspecially when in the highchair doing her favourite thing; eating.
She is really on the move (albeit slowly) She bum shuffles and commando crawls but backwards resulting in some dodgy reversing into furniture and getting stuck.
Last week I reported we had a potential 'Mama'. Unfortunately there are no further developments however 'Dada' has emerged very clear and is being repeated constantly all day much to Husband's delight.
Peek a boo is a favourite game and she has begun playing it back! Here she is using her big sis' coat to hide behind. Spot the little hands!
I couldn't resist dressing them up for a visit to Nanna's. They looked so cute in their similar outfits!
And teeth are nearly here! We can see the bottom front two in the gum. The teething gels are out in force!
Out and about
Miserable weather this week so we didn't make it to the park but Little E started her new gymnastic class or 'Nastics' as she calls it. She loved it and it was such a relief to find a class where they actually police the children. I'm not even allowed in the room with her! Great as I have Little I in tow to entertain.
We also tried out a new fun class called Whirly Wiggle. It is a story club and each week the children go on a new imagination adventure led by the puppets Whirly and Wiggle. This week they flew up to space in their own rockets. They act, dance and sing their way through the class and at the end musical instruments come out for the final act. Definitely the best class we have ever been to and at £3.50 for a drop in session it is super reasonable and fits in with our varied routine which usually stops us from signing up to these kind of classes.
Fun at home
We have sheltered from the rain at home a lot this week! We've watched a few movie including The Secret of the Sword throwing me back to my childhood. I love that Little E enjoys watching the films I grow up with.
Bestie came over with Little B and 3 week old Little T for the day. It was the first time the six of us have been here together and it was a lovely. I can't get enough baby cuddles and Little T makes my Little I look huge!!!!
We also turned the kitchen spring clean into a lot of fun by enlisting Little E as my helper. She was great at emptying out the hard to access corner cupboards! We now have lids for all the Tupperware and a separate cupboard for all the weaning paraphernalia.
Time for me
Don't faint. I went to the cinema this week. Proper cinema not Saturday morning kids club! I saw Gone Girl starting Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. I had read the book so had high hopes and it was a pretty good adaptation staying very close to the original storyline. A little too close in some parts as the slightly ridiculous elements of the book they had kept in. But overall a great night out.
To make this a very extraordinary week I had a facial. Haven't had one of those since my honeymoon 6yrs ago! It was a great setup; a local beauty therapist hosts a pamper afternoon at her house for 4 or 5 friends. You have tea and cake downstairs taking it in turns to pop upstairs to the treatment room for half an hour whilst downstairs your friends look after your baby. Genius idea. We'll be back for more!
My happiest moment
Husband handed over stage 1 of a massive work project this week which was a big cause for celebration. Very proud of him.
Next week I would like to...
I want to continue the house sort out by gathering up all Little E's artwork, baby cards and other special stuff which is cluttering up the house and put it all in memory box in the loft. That way it won't be ruined and I can reclaim some of the cupboard space.
I also want to get the 9-12mth baby clothes out of the loft to see what I need to get for Little I this winter. Not a lot I imagine but it is surprising what stains magically develop after 3yrs in the loft!
Lastly I want to watch Homeland when the new series starts tomorrow. Exciting!
My girls in their christening outfits.This is ridiculously terribly quality taken off the photographer's laptop screen but OMG I can't wait for the prints!
Most of the week has been spent like this...
Apart from the weekend when Husband was home. Little I was super happy then, all smiles and independent playing. Made me look like a right fibber. Husband giving her her first donut may have had something to do with it...
We got lots of Little E's old toys out of loft and Little I loves them and know exactly how to make them work. Little E has been desperate to play with them too. So much for age appropriate play...
We have finished breastfeeding for good by dropping the bedtime feed. Bittersweet for me but Little I just looked confused. Bedtime and no boobie? It has only taken a couple of days for her to forget the boob and fall asleep on the bottle instead.
We have also had rumours of the word 'Mama' being said/cried when I am out of the room. As I have not been there to witness I cannot confirm this but I like to think it is true all the same!
Little I is not impressed with her new swimming earband!
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I have just put Little I to bed, feeding her myself for the last time. Tomorrow I will drop the final feed and she will be put to bed with a bottle.
I know it is the right time as she fights with the boobies now instead of relaxing. I know it is my decision and a big part of me feels relief that I have done my job well for over 7mths and we are ready to move onto the next stage. Husband can start to be involved in bedtime more and I can actually get out of the house now and then.
But she is my last baby. So that was my last breastfeed ever. And I'm sad. Proper sad. Because I'll never experience that again. I'm not a breastfeeding fanatic, people should feed their babies however works for them. But it worked for me and I continued to grow my babies with my milk which made me incredibly happy despite it being extremely hard work at the start and very painful at times.
So whilst this time next week I'll be over the worst of the discomfort as my boobs realise they are no longer needed and I'll be feeling happy that this chapter has come to an end and I can finally sleep on my front, drink gin and wear underwired bras, tonight I will be unashamedly sad.
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