Wednesday, 14 February 2018

What Willow Wore #4

Happy Valentines from my sweet little Willow Rose. I think she definitely suits her middle name because she looks so lovely in red. This jumper is still gigantic on her but I couldn't resist the hearts to get in the spirit. Her whole outfit is H&M, which, that's what happens when you work there, although the jumper was a gift from my sister, Em. 

Also, these are Willow's first pair of jeans! I talk about it in a vlog that's coming in the next few days but I didn't ever like the thought of putting Willow in denim as a baby. I just know myself that I wouldn't put jeans on and go to sleep so I couldn't do it to my little baby. I feel she's at an age now where she's on the move (constantly!) and so a little soft pair of jeans would look sweet on her. I did still take them off for nap time though.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

What Willow Wore #3

H&M jumper
Floral leggings
Another jumper of Willow's that I absolutely adore. I find that quite I do tend to dress her in a statement top and just basic leggings. It sort of became habit to put her in leggings when she started crawling because dresses were off the cards for a while with them just getting tucked up under her little legs. Anyway, these little floral leggings are part of set, the top that actually came with it was Bambi, but I prefer just the leggings. 

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

What Willow Wore #2

I still love this jumper just as much as the day she first wore it and although Kyle kept moaning at me that her little brown mocs don't go with it I'd rather them than her pink trainers. Pink and red are a no go for me. I actually bought her moccasins from Lidl when they had a baby event on about a month before I gave birth to her. At that point we didn't know if she was a boy or girl and I thought they'd look cute on either gender. 

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Willow's Christening

It's taken me awhile to sit down and sort through all the photos from the christening, but it's lovely to look back at them a month on and be reminded what a lovely day we had. I feel so sad though that there were so many people there that I didn't get any photos of, but it was such a busy day! We are so lucky though, to have such incredible friends and family. 

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Monday, 2 October 2017

11 Month Willow Update

This seems like a bit of a cop out considering she's one on Friday but I had taken the photos at the beginning of the month and with training for my new job just haven't got round to sitting down for long enough to write about my little tree.

When I had her weighed on Tuesday she was 18lb 10oz. Still a little dot compared to her cousin Nathan who is over 20lb and 3 months younger than her.

Our evening routine is pretty much the same apart from the fact that more often than not I bath Willow in the morning now, just because by the time Kyle's home from work and we've had dinner it's getting late, especially as she can spend over half an hour in her chair eating dinner. She enjoys bath time so I hate rushing her. We have it every other day after breakfast now, then we potter around upstairs and she heads off for a nap.

We seem to have had a bit of a break through at night time. I say that as if she's been a bad sleeper, when I think I've been extremely lucky overall. She's recently started sleeping through the night, from about 7/8pm to 6/7 sometimes 8am. She has been a little poorly recently and the odd night, probably once a week she's woke up for a feed but she's been so good lately. Even day time naps she still naps for up to three hours.  
I'm still breastfeeding, but for the last couple of weeks because my training was pretty much full time she's just been having cow's milk when I'm not around. My boobs just don't fill up enough anymore to express and after a small bout of mastitis I just wanted to focus on being able to feed her when I was with her. Food wise, I still can't think of anything that she doesn't like. Her little tortilla pizzas I used to make for her do tend to end up on the floor more so than what ends up in her mouth. I just try and make sure she tries lots of different things. Scrambled egg is most definitely her favourite breakfast, which is good because I have eggs for breakfast everyday.
She's in 9-12 months now, apart from her sleepsuits which are 6-9 months, and even then I'm still having to roll the feet up. She does still fit into a lot of her 6-9 months clothes. She just seems to grow at a very slow speed bless her. Which is great, it means we get a lot of wear out of her clothes. 

I think the biggest milestone has to be walking. She totters round everywhere now, which is just the cutest thing, she just looks so little! I don't even know when she took her first steps, because for a while she was just testing the waters, then gradually she just started getting braver and braver at letting go. 
She also finally got her first tooth! Kyle noticed it on 28th August when she was eating scrambled egg with a metal spoon. Since then she's had three more, three at the top and one at the bottom. She did cross cut them and she looked ever so funny when she smiled. Luckily she's not bitten me too much when feeding, a lot of people tried telling me when she got teeth I'd have to give up breastfeeding her.
She now claps her hands on request, and she's slowly learning the right way to climb off the sofa and down the stairs as opposed to just going head first. She loves to climb! I turned my back the other day and she was at the top of the step ladder. She's also managed to climb in her walker and loves getting in and out of her Mamas and Papas baby snug.   
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Friday, 25 August 2017

Sensory Play: Rainbow Spaghetti

I decided that when I went back to work I wanted to make up for the time I lost out on with Willow. Obviously now I have to cram a lot more in the days I am at home, be it washing, hoovering or just general cleaning, but the last thing I want to do is take away from time with my little tree. I thought that once a week I would try to set up some sort of activity, something a bit different to just playing toys that we could enjoy together, or in this case with Auntie Abbie and Auntie Em.

The best thing about this is that it cost me less than £3. The spaghetti was 29p a packet and the food colouring was around 70p each, all from Aldi. It probably kept her entertained and in one room for longer than any of her toys. Normally after about 10 minutes she remembers that there's cupboards in the kitchen full of things for her to empty and off she goes. I'm pretty sure the Boo's packets of cat food spend more time spread around the floor than in the cupboard these days. I thought I'd talk you through how I made it.

  • Start by cooking your spaghetti as you normally would. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • Divide the spaghetti into bags depending on what colours you want. I considered adding in purple and orange but thought given it was my first attempt I wouldn't overcomplicate. I would also recommend zip lock bags over ones that you can just tie up.
  • Add the food colouring to each bag and a drop of vegetable oil. This helps to coat the spaghetti better. I think my blues and greens looked a bit paler than I'd hoped but don't be afraid to start small and add more colouring in.
  • Seal your bags and shake and squelch your spaghetti to spread the colour around.

  • Once the spaghetti is coated, open the bags and just let them sit for as long as possible to let the colour fully soak in. I left mine for about 15 minutes and I think it could have done with being left for longer.
  • Rinse each colour just to remove any excess colouring off, then I tipped it straight into the plastic tub to dry off a little bit.
And then the fun can begin...

I don't think Willow was even sure what to do to start with, but that only lasted about 10 seconds, then her hands were straight in there and a handful of yellow spaghetti went straight in her mouth. She played for probably about an hour, kept quiet with Auntie Abbie and Auntie Em. Needless to say it was a hit - thank god!

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

10 month Willow update

Last month's update was a complete right off. My Macbook charger stopped working so I ordered a new one online, then spent about two weeks thinking I'd been conned by a fake website. Just as I was about to report it to the bank it arrived. Then within days my phone and Macbook both ended up being locked by a hacker that managed to get into my Apple account. A week spent on the phone to Bryan from Apple and a trip to Birmingham to the Apple store and everything is back to working again thank god!
When I had her weighed the end of June she was 17lb 3oz, by the end of July she was only 17lb 6oz. On the chart she had started leveling out but the health visitor didn't seem worried. She said with her being so active now she will start to slow down with her weight gain.  

Our evening routine is still more relaxed, but still pretty much the same. It goes dinner, bath every other night, then she plays upstairs between her bedroom/the landing and the spare room whilst I follow her trying to get a nappy on, cream and pyjamas. I feed her in mine and Kyle's room just because it's darker and she knows when I sit on the bed and get my boob out that it's time. 

She still doesn't fully sleep through which really I'm not too fussed about. Of course a full nights sleep would be wonderful but it's not very often I wake up feeling like I've been hit by a bus. The last few weekends at the caravan she was waking at about 6am for a feed but then would not go back to sleep. We'd get up until about 8am then go back to bed for a couple of hours. At home her first night feed is anywhere between 1-3am then 4-6am, but then some nights she would only wake once. More often than not these days I put her in the cot awake, then she'll roll around for 10 minutes before falling asleep. Her daytime naps can vary from an hour and a half to three hours! Who knew what you could get done in three hours!

I can't think of anything sitting here now that she doesn't like. She loves cheese, there's no doubt about that. I tend to do her cheese on toast for breakfast or wheatabix and a handful of fruit. I've given her strawberries and grapes for the first time this month and she loves them both, definitely a little sweet tooth. As much as I can I give her what we're having for dinner so she's had spaghetti bolagnase, chicken stir fry, lasagne, toad in the hole. It's only occasionally when we have something spicy like fajitas or curry that I make her something different. 
She's still breastfeeding and she's at an age now where she pulls my top down and reaches for it. She's very possessive over my boobies, if Kyle pretends to drink the milk she'll come over and take over. Now I'm back at work I've been expressing but I don't tend to get much off, only a couple of ounces. 
I've decided that I'm not buying anymore rompers from H&M. I bought her a lovely summer one in February in 6-9 months along with a load of other summer bits. She's wore everything else, but the romper was just sat on her rail so when I went back to work I found it in 4-6 months so thought I'd just exchange it, but even the 4-6 months is too long. I've been told since going back to work though that H&M are quite generous on the kids sizes. The little spotty outfit in the pictures is 4-6 months and that fits her better now than when she was actually 4-6 months. 
I'm just starting to pick up some 9-12 bits now but only because she needs some long trousers for chillier days, and some new sleepsuits, but I've decided I prefer sleepsuits without the feet in them, so much easier for her whilst she's constantly climbing up and down things.

I feel like developmentally this month she learns something new every other day. Obviously it's been quite a gap with missing her nine month update but she pulls herself up and down on the sofa like nobodies business and she cruises along it too. If she's feeling brave she'll sort of turn herself round from the sofa and move to the coffee table, but only if there's not much of a gap between them. She's also mastered the stairs, and when she knows she's snuck away from you she gets half way up in record time! I've been teaching her to come back down too, which she's mastered. There's a little step by the bath and her only way to get down before was to fall, but she knows now she has to put her foot behind her and drop down that way. All she wants to do now is go up and down now, which means I don't always have to be on edge whilst I'm having a wee that she's going to launch herself backwards.
She'll give a high five if you put your hand out, although it's more of just a touch at the moment. If you clap her hands together for her she'll carry on clapping - she's not quite there clapping herself but I think it's coming soon. She's given me and Kyle one kiss each when we asked but she doesn't do it anymore. She kisses other babies though which is cute, but it tends to end up just being a big open mouth slobbered all over their poor bewildered face.
The cutest thing has to be her dancing. Anytime her picnic basket or any of her toys play music she looks at you and starts wiggling. She does it stood up too, which looks more like a bum wiggle. The 
She will also walk along with aid. She's got an old wooden walker with the bricks in the bottom that we keep in Kyle's Mum's club (she can do big laps in there because it's so big) but the first day we gave it her she wouldn't play with the bricks she just wanted to walk constantly, after about 20 minutes her little legs were tired and she was getting clumsy so Nia had to hide it away for a bit. 

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