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What Type of Boobies Do You Have?

Today on one of my mummy groups, mummies were celebrating their Breastfeeding Awards.  I thought this was a wonderful idea and wanted to celebrate with you all.1boobie

Breastfeeding is hard work, tiring and also surrounded with pressures and every single day that you manage to breastfeed your baby should be celebrated.  I have had so many problems with Logan, from him being a sleepy feeder, the hospital refusing to discharge me unless I combined fed and more recently I was given medication  that meant Logan couldn’t drink my milk for 7 days.  Through all this I have persevered and am celebrating 10 months of breastfeeding this week!

Well done mummies, keep up the hard work xx

Naomi

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Baby Fears

Logan is now getting to that age where he is starting to react and interact with things around him.  I managed to “sneak up” on him the other day trying to get in his sisters bedroom and he jumped and squealed when I asked what he was doing.

He has even started to play and join in with peekaboo games. DSC_0300 When him and Daddy Bear are playing,he will bury his head to disappear when I tell him to hide.  Or we will spend the afternoon crawling round and popping out from behind corners and doors, a sure way of exhausting him out for bedtime while hearing his infectious little giggle.  Last week we were playing peekaboo; I popped out the lounge to check on lunch and came back to an apparently empty room.  Queue mild panic starting to set in trying to work out where he could have gotten and if he might have hurt himself, until I heard a little giggle…. Can you find the baby in this picture?  He is such a cheeky boy!

Anyway since Logan was born I have done everything to ensure my fear of bugs and spiders does not get passed along.  When out and about, I show them to him and have bravely touched and held spiders to remove them from our home, (then gone and scrubbed my hands and shuddered in the privacy of our bathroom).

But this week he has developed a fear, and I mean real fear.  When he sees this item, he literally stops in his tracks, his little hands shake and he sobs.  Real heart-wrenching sobs of panic.  It is awful to see.  Any ideas what this awful scary monster could be?

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Yes that’s right, a minion.  Specifically this minion bopper, who stands at about 18 inches high.  I have absolutely no idea where this fear has come from, and the only explanation I have is he has an “angry face”.  I know that babies from 4 months will start to recognise facial expressions and emotions but he has never had a need to fear anger, we aren’t shouty parents and his charming little smile melts me the second he does anything remotely naughty.

Luckily this is at a friends house, so we have not had to hide it away and hopefully with time he will forget the scary angry minion.

Do your children have any unusual fears?  If so, what did you do about them?

I had never even heard of Baby Led Weaning until about 18 months ago, and when I did I was still not total convinced that it was as good as everyone was making it out to be.  So when it came around to weaning Logan, I was really pleased to have 2 wonderful friends to talk me through it, share recipes and be on hand to support when I wasn’t sure.  Now a couple of months in to BLW and I am a massive advocate.

baby-84686_1280Around 5 months Logan started to try and steal my food from my plate if I held him while trying to eat; mealtimes often became rushed affairs while he was sleeping or involved me wrestling with him while eating as quick as I could.  He was nearly 6 months when we were at my friends house for lunch and she could see what a monkey he was being, and offered to cut him up some cucumber sticks.  It was my first peaceful mealtime and the start of Logan’s adventure with food.

 

broccoli-767693_1280For those that haven’t heard of BLW, it is feeding your baby “normal” foods, not mush.  It takes all the hassle away of pureeing  and mashing away the lumps, and encourages them to eat real food and master chewing and lumps.

You start by giving them pieces of food that are big enough to be held, then sit back and watch.  If they like it they will eat it, if not not, they will try it and leave it.  I have yet to find anything that Logan will not eat, and there are some things that he adores and makes beautiful yummy noises as he eats.

The most important thing with weaning your child is making sure that you wait until they are ready to wean.  Health visitors recommend waiting until 6 months now, to ensure that your baby’s digestive system is mature enough to cope with food.  The three points that show your baby may be ready for weaning (as advise by the NHS) are:

  1. They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady.
  2. They can co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so that they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth, all by themselves.
  3. They can swallow food. Babies who are not ready will push their food back out with their tongue, so they get more round their face than they do in their mouths.

The biggest fear with BLW is, of course, choking.  I attended a baby first aid course when Logan was 4 months old, which made me confident that if he did get into difficulty, I would know what to do.  A baby’s gag reflex is much further forward on their tongue so they have a natural reflex to gag before they choke.  So far, (touch wood), we have not had any problems with Logan choking on his food.

I love the ease of mealtimes now and the fact that we are all eating healthier as a family.  Ordering a takeaway is too much hassle when I need to still need to make food for Logan.  I have started spending much more time in the kitchen making dinners from scratch; a talent that I thought I had lost

What are your favourite family meals?

Naomi

I’m a Miffy Mum

We do love a bit of Miffy here at the Parent Panel, in fact they sent us a lovely gift when Little Miss was born and BG loves their ipad app. So of course when they asked me to be a Miffy Mum well I couldn’t say no!

To start with we were sent a lovely gift box to help celebrate Miffy’s 60th birthday. Yes Miffy is 60!!

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The birthday book is just gorgeous. The fridge magnet looks lovely on our fridge and me and the girls are fighting over the postcards! I have given the tea towel to OH 😉

We had a little part for Miffy and decorated with balloons and the bunting and me and BG decorated cakes.

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We can’t wait to see what arrives next and what being a Miffy Mum will bring.

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Aunt Bessie’s Cakes

Never one to turn down cakes, my little Tuesday morning cake club was sent a few cakes to try out from the new Aunt Bessie’s cake range.

We were sent a Lightly Fruited Cake £2.30 and a Jam and Coconut Cake £1.50. As I am not a fruit cake or coconut fan I left it up to the other ladies to taste test for me. This is what they said.

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“Great taste”

“Not too heavy”

“A bit on the dry side”

A good taste but too dry for me”

Jam & Coconut

“This is really nice”

“Tastes lovely but a bit on the small side”

“Lovely and moist”

“Thumbs up for me”

The group liked them but they did find the Fruit Cake on the dry side and the coconut cake was too small but we are a bit greedy when it comes to cake!

Also available in the range is Carrot Cake , Sticky Ginger Cake, Chocolate Cake, Jam Bakes, Bakewell tarts and Raspberry and Coconut Tarts. Prices start from £1.25.

 

 

Trespass Packaway Rain Jacket Review

My winter coat is a big, chunky Trespass rain jacket. It’s really warm, keeps the elements out and has a decent hood. It’s perfect for the school run. When Trespass contacted me and asked me if I wanted to try out something from their range I knew I was going to choose a lightweight rain jacket. Let’s face it the British summertime is often quite wet and I needed something to keep in the buggy ready for those too often rain showers.

I went for this Qikpac Waterproof Jacket in black with a great green trim. Its comes in a little bag so you can pack it away and it doesn’t take up too much room.

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It is waterproof, windproof and breathable. It has elasticated cuffs which stops the rain traveling up your arms and a really good hood with toggles so you can make it super waterproof.

The pockets are a really good size and have zips, handy if you forget your glasses case and need somewhere to store them *ahem*

My rain jacket has had quite a good few uses in the past month and has been around the country! It has been on countless school runs and been used far too many times for June.  It was in my bag for Britmums Live & Blogtacular and even travelled to Scotland with me to see AC/DC.

It got a good testing in Glasgow as I waited in rain for over an hour for a train and then the same again for a taxi. When I got back to then hotel I was still dry and my jacket has dried out by the morning.

This jacket is unisex I found out in Glasgow when my dad turned up in the same jacket. Yes we were in matching jackets and we rocked them!

The Trespass Packaway Rain Jacket is currently £24.99 and is a must for the summer. It comes in seven different colours and is really good quality. I’m getting OH one next.

Trespass has a great selection of rain jackets, hiking wear and waterproof clothes.

Eles Clothing Review

I was recently asked if I would like to review an item from Eles Clothing and well I can never resist new clothes. Eles is slightly different as they sell clothes wholesale and that opens up exciting opportunities for us mums.

Many of us are looking at ways to make an income that is flexible and this could be that answer. Eles has a great range of women, men’s and children’s clothing, they even sell ebay starter kits!

Buy in bulk and sell online or at markets and make yourself a stream of income.

I chose this Dogtooth Waterfall Cardigan

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I really love it. It’s quite thick so perfect for autumn/winter. I get really hot and can’t always wear a big coat so this is ideal for me. It falls lovely on me and is super comfy.

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It comes in a pack of 10 for £75 and is available in sizes 8 to 18.

Eles actually have a good selection of plus size clothing available.

I have my eye on this Floral Smock Dress £4.50

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And these vest tops are a great colour and only £1 each!

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You could start an ebay shop, sell through your blog or set up your one little online shop. Start now and you could have a pot of money by Christmas!

Visit Eles Clothing for more details and have a look at the whole range.