Isla's 9 Month Update

By 2/18/2016 , , , , , , , , , , ,

9 Months old! I can't believe my baby girl is three quarters of a year old. It's gotten to the point where I'm struggling to refer to her as a baby as she has become such a proper little person.

Isla is such a friendly, happy little girl and her personality has been really shining over the past month- she is so grown up.

Physically, she's finally mobile! For a few months she would just roll happily to wherever she wanted to go, and eventaully she developed a little shuffle crawl (imagine a miniuature mission impossible slide across the wooden floors). Now, over the past week she's mastered getting up on her hands and knees and is getting better a crawling properly by the minute.

She can hold herself up if we prop her up aginst the sofa or some other piece of furntire but she hasn't quite mastered staying up there for long or getting herself down without falling. She will try to take some steps if she's held up but her balance isn;t there yet. A few months and I'm sure she'll be cruising along the sofa.

She's a real perfoming monkey now and can clap, loves playing peekaboo and she LOVES dancing along to her musical toys or when we sing with her. Recently, she also picked up waving goodbye and hello which is a great party trick when we have guests (or when she waves at videos or people on the TV...hilarious!).

Another new trick has become her favourite game; she loves passing toys and other objects back and forth with someone and saying "ta" to each other. So polite for a baby and handy when she's got her mitts on something she shouldn't have.

They say a baby will either be an early walker or an early talker and she is defintely shooting towards the latter. When she is upset or demanding a bottom change or bottle she likes to yell for me; "Mama!" When daddy comes home we get what is sounding more and more like "Hiya!" or "Dada!" and when we sing she likes to wave her head back and forth and yell "LaaLaaLaa!".

Just before she turned 9 months, we had what we can count officially as a first word as well. She has a favourite little duck toy and thanks to Jacks influence we now have a baby who will yell "quack" at the duck and say it all day long quite happily.

Our weaning journey is progression fantastically; she finally has more than two teeth, the third one just popped in and the fourth is about to go as well so she is chewing food much better meaning she has been able to move on from just puree's and mild lumps to baby biscuits, omelet, toast and sandwich chunks (with supervision of course.) As we are members of HiPP Organics Wean Team there will be a lot more updates on her weaning coming soon.

The days of bottle feeding her are over- we have moved onto a handled sippy bottle/beaker and she is very insistent on doing it herself. It is impressive and I'm very proud but it is also bittersweet as I miss the days of snuggling her in my arms and feeding her.

She really is growing up so fast. I miss my tiny baby but it's amazing to see how much she grows from day to day. We will be having her 9 month doctors check up soon to see how she is progressing and if there are any areas we can work on- I'll be sure to update you!

What were your little ones doing at 9 months? Do you have any advice on how I can stop my mobile monkey getting into everything, or any advice for learning games or activites?

Let me know!

Thanks for reading;

Steph xo


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Blogs First Birthday!

By 2/11/2016 , , ,

I just had to make this post to say happy first birthday to my little corner of the internet!

I didn't even realise it had been a year until a few days ago. This time a year ago I was struggling with themes, rattling out a few posts and trying to understand how Twitter bloody works.

I'm so proud of my little blog. It doesn't have the biggest following but I've made some good friends, worked with some wonderful companies and definitely improved my writing skills!

I can't wait to see what the next year brings!

Thank you for sticking with me, despite my numerous breaks and naff assortment of interests.


Steph xo

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A controversial opinion on sex after a baby.

By 2/07/2016 , , , , ,

A few nights ago Jack showed me an article that was being shared around by some mums he knew on Facebook, calling out their husbands for expecting sex now they had a baby or child in the house.

My opinion in this post may come off as preachy, you may not agree with it and I may lose a hell of a lot of readership but I've seen this type of post so many times since falling pregnant and I rarely (if ever) see anyone sharing the other side. If you don't like what I write and I lose you as a reader, I guess that's fine.

I'm not going to the the person who doesn't write her opinion because she is scared of what someone else will think of her.

According to this writer who I will not name because I don't want to call anyone out directly, her husband was completely out of line and disgusting and demanding for expecting sex after their baby was born.

She wasn't talking about the weeks after or even the months, she was talking about at all. In the first 6 weeks after Isla was born, I did not want to be touched at all and due to the healing process and the demands of a new born, that was completely fair enough. Jack accepted that.

Some women are so traumatized by birth and have scars and healing that can take up to a year to pass- and that is fine.

however the attitude that husbands and partners should be ashamed and called out for thinking about being intimate or wanting to kiss and cuddle or more makes me so angry.

Women are describing their partners as making them sick for wanting to cuddle at the end of the day, and describe their advances in an almost animilistic manner.

Sex is not a one sided decision.

If your partner wants to be intimate and you are not in the mood, I don't believe you should just grin and bear it but their is such a thing as communication and it is only fair that you explain how you are feeling and discuss it as adults- the fact you have made a decision to bring a new life into the world makes me think you are mature enough to talk about sex.

The fact that I can go days without getting changed out of my comfy pajamas, showering, brushing my teeth or really doing anything more than cuddling Isla when she is poorly and Jack still comes home and wants a cuddle and a kiss is a blessing in my opinion.

I'm grateful that despite seeing my downstairs go through hell and back and seeing me pee myself and all the other gory details, Jack finds me attractive enough to want to even sleep next to me!

This whole concept of "not owing them sex!!!" is true of course, no-one should owe that type of thing to anyone else but as I said above, it is not a one sided decision and the way it is being approached online by so many women is ridiculous.

These women are making their husbands sound like they are assaulting the very air they breathe by even suggesting simple intimacy like cuddling on the sofa after what could've been a hard day for both sides.

I felt like my body wasn't my own for a long time after having Isla, and yes that put me off being intimate. I felt like I couldn't accept the new "physical me". The only thing that helped that was accepting that Jack still loved the new physical me and wanted to be with me.

Your husband or partner want to be with you because they love you, and they find you attractive- and probably even more attractive as you are the strong wonderful woman who bought their child into the world! Stop making dads sound like sex crazy perverts, and stop treating sex like a privilege that is one sided.

A relationship is a team effort- like I said, I agree you do not owe anyone anything but stop acting like your men are animals and shaming them for wanting some intimacy on the internet and just talk to them about it like an adult.

Thanks for reading,

Steph xo

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