Author Archives: Naomi

About Naomi

I am a 30-something mummy with 2 children; my daughter is 11 years and my son 7 months. So it sometimes feels like I am learning all over again after so long. I enjoy girly nights in (and out), stand-up comedy and dancing the night away (when I am not too tired).

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

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

Hotmilk Nursing Bra Review

I have spent the last couple of months looking longingly at the lingerie department every time I go shopping, and getting excited about wearing a normal bra when I get a few baby-free hours.  When I was pregnant, I opted for cheap and functional nursing bras as I was unsure whether I would be able to breastfeed, so 7 months in and I am desperate for something different to my boring black or white options.

That is when Hotmilk got in touch, I popped on to their website and fell a little bit in love.

Hotmilk’s mission is “to change maternity and nursing lingerie the world over by revealing the sexy woman inside the loving mother”.  They test their designs with real pregnant women to make sure they are comfortable and have loads of special features to make sure they are ideal for use in pregnancy and nursing.  They have a really nice website that is easy to navigate and a great Fitting Room page, that is a massive help when measuring and looking for guidance on what to buy and how to adjust it to fit.  What I really liked is their “Men Only” section, which talks men through how to buy us lovely ladies a gift including hints on getting the size and style right.  A link has been sent to Daddy Bear, but I am still waiting for something pretty.

I received my Navy Show Off nursing bra in AHM1 (2)the post and I was really pleased with it.  It has wideshoulder straps and back straps, and the back adjusters have 6 positions, ideal for your changing figure.  The fabric is really soft and comfortable, for day or night wear and the cups are designed so that you do not have any seams to irritate or rub. I found the bra to be really supportive and made me feel a bit more confident about my figure again.

The cup has an A-Frame design, which helped me feel a little more covered while nursing in public.  Although the cost of these bras are a little more than I would normally spend, I would definitely invest in some more from the Hotmilk designers as they are sexy, supportive and comfortable; 3 words I never thought I would put together for a nursing bra.

Check out the website here.  There is a sale on now and free standard delivery in the UK.

Let me know, which is your favourite?

Naomi

 

 

 

Travelling with Baby

In a sleep fuelled haze I thought it would be a great idea to book a family holiday to my favourite destination, Malta. I managed to get a good deal on flights, and an amazing apartment at a reduced rate, and was feeling good about it all. Me, Daddy Bear, Liz and Logan were off on holiday, my brother had agreed to come with us too, giving me and Daddy Bear some childfree time.  The best thing of all was I had managed to time it perfectly and we would arrive in time for the Isle of MTV, a free music festival which is hosted every summer.
Then as I was packing my bags (yes plural) for a day with my gran, it hit me… How am I going to manage a whole week away, and take EVERYTHING I need?? Yes, I over pack “just in case”, but this has really started to worry me.
I booked the flights without hold luggage as I refuse to pay an extra £50 for a suitcase. I double checked our allowances for luggage, the adults are permitted 1 hand luggage case and a small bag (35×20×20cm) each, Logan is allowed a baby bag (no size stated) and 2 items to go in the hold, 1 being a buggy and another essential item (travel cot, car seat or high chair). I knew a buggy was allowed but was pleasantly surprised at the bag and extra item allowance.

So I firstly have started to hunt for the largest baby bag I can find, as well as 2 more small bags. I must look like an obsessive bag lady with my tape measure and notebook walking round the shops.

Secondly, I have decided to not take my pushchair. A decision I debate most days, but realistically I will struggle on public transport over there and if it got damaged in transit then I would not be held accountable for my actions. I may reconsider closer to the time or look at getting a stroller but I plan on babywearing on holiday.
The babywearing decision is worrying me a little as I know Malta is going to be really hot. We won’t be out and about in the peak times but my Mai Tei feels a little thick and I worry about Logan and myself overheating. I have a few options I am looking into but if any baby-wearing mums out there have any recommendations I would be really grateful for some guidance.