Becoming The Toddler: 15 reasons my daughter cried.

By 6/30/2016 , , , , ,


My daughter is 13 months old. Everyone says she is an angel. hahahahaha.

Toddler tantrums shouldn't get here till she's closer to two, right?

Wrong.

15 Reasons my Daughter Cried Recently.

1. She did not want to get undressed.

2. She did not want to get dressed again.

3. Mummy had a turn throwing her bouncy ball.

4. Mummy wouldn't throw the bouncy ball.

5. Daddy wouldn't let her eat the two cookies she stole from the packet.

6. Mummy took the tin foil out of her mouth.

7. Her walker was facing the wrong way and tipped over.

8. Mummy tried to fix the walker for her.

9. We wouldn't let her choke on bread.

10. Daddy had to go in the kitchen.

11. Daddy had to use the toilet alone.

12. Daddy didn't need his shoes untying.

13. Mummy didn't want to read "Foxes Socks" 9 times in a row.

14. She thought mummy had something in her hand and wanted to share the imaginary thing.

15. Mummy wanted to paint in the highchair, but that meant no food was being given in the food-giving chair.

What reasons have your little angels children had for crying recently?

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Nutrition for babies on the move!

By 6/26/2016 , , , , , ,


Ever since the first bottle I gave her, I've found myself wondering...

Is she a baby, or a dustbin?!

Isla literally never stops eating. She would guzzle her bottle till she was sick then cry for more. When it comes to Dairylea sandwiches she will shove and shove until she can't fit more in. Yet she has always stayed exactly on her percentile line!

Now she is getting mobile, she seems to eat more and more like a bottomless bucket for snacks and bananas and (if you stop watching her for 2 minutes) cardboard and carpet lint.

This little monster is literally going to eat us out of house and home, but the point I'm trying to make is when they get to the age where they do more than just flop on the floor like a rag-doll, they need
more and more calories to keep up with their never ending development.

Isla's first step! She's so close to walking now!
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There's often cries of "But she's had a bigger lunch than me, and I'm a 6ft2 bloke" from Jack as he eats his measly sandwich compared to Isla's continental style buffet tray.. but he's all done growing and learning and she's hitting new milestones every week!

Of course, we can't just stuff her full of snacks and biscuits- it's ridiculously important that we make sure she has a well balanced diet. All the different vitamins and all-round goodness from a well balanced diet ensure she can carry on growing and learning to her full potential. We've all heard that yogurt advert "Calcium makes my bones grow stronger!" and it's so true!

Almost on the go!

Even when we are cooking for her, there are different ways of cooking that we've learnt could destroy the goodness of simple things like vegetables. Boiling them leaches all the vitamins into the water and then that gets drained away so we always do our best to steam them.

Even the way food is grown can affect its goodness. Family beliefs and values embody HiPP Organic, who are instinctively organic and have been for over 60 years. HiPP believe in organic for a better legacy, using farming techniques that leave the soil full of nutrients for the next generation. That means we feel confident in the goodness she gets from those meals if we don't have time to prep our own, or for a quick lunch out and about.

We've also found recently that by rushing around with her walkers, crawling, and all the time she spends outside, Isla is chugging back extra drinks besides her milk bottles in the AM and PM. It's so important to keep little ones hydrated. We had an unfortunate visit to the doctors when Isla had gotten overheated (and refused to drink because of her teeth, not our own doing!) and dehydrated, she was poorly for a few days afterwards. Keep them babies hydrated!

Isla's a huge fan of these HiPP Organic juices with mineral water! Yum!

To learn more about nutrition and keeping your little ones diet balanced, check out this easy to understand guide on the HiPP Organic Website.

This post was written as part of my Wean Team series, in collaboration with HiPP Organic. Be sure to check out the rest of the posts!

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Mummy Guilt

By 6/09/2016 , , ,


It's that feeling that festers, and builds up when you've got way too much time to think (especially when you're avoiding the chores and ever growing pile of laundry for the third day in a row). 

It's that little voice that say "what am I doing so wrong??!" when your one year old has a terrible-twos style tantrum much earlier than the books said they would.

When your baby arches her back and scampers away and impersonates a tiny angry velociraptor because you wanted just five more minutes of loving cuddling bonding time and all she wants is to pick carpet lint off the floor and play with the socks from the previously mentioned laundry pile.

Does my baby hate me?

Am I stimulating her enough?

Am I too strict?

One more biscuit cant hurt if it keeps her happy, right?

Mummy guilt.

I often find myself questioning my skills as a parent and wondering if she will just go and take another nap because I'm rubbish at playing mega-blox and I don't read the penguin book the way daddy does and it's all getting a bit stressful.

A few months ago, I let this mummy guilt, or mummy-questioning get on top of me. I didn't want to play because she didn't laugh for me. She would fight me if I put in the effort to get her out of her sticky pajamas and dress her in an outfit appropriate for being seen in public, I didn't even want to write about parenting here on the blog because who wants to read a post titled "today my child ate a packing peanut and we watched 3 hours of cbeebies".

This post is a PSA to all the mums out there who like me, worry if they're doing a half-assed job and have experienced mummy guilt.

The fact is, no-one is perfect.

If your sticky handed terror wants finds the most entertainment helping you destroy the carefully put away book system, that's okay. If you need to tie them down in their high chair with a too-big packet of crisps and force them to watch the same episode of Peppa Pig that's been playing for 3 hours straight just so you can drink a warm cup of tea- do it.

Don't feel guilty if your child has been wearing odd socks for a week straight because the washing machine eats them or you're just too tired to organize them into pairs in their own designated compartment in the nursery dresser. Be proud for even finding two clean ones!

If bath time is a flooded floor, toys everywhere, baby eating bubbles nightmare hour and you're avoiding it until little one is so dirty they blend in with your new brown rug- that's fine. 

As long as your child is happy, fed, warm and loved then you're doing a great job. 

It took me a long time to realise this, and to stop questioning myself as a mum. I just hope this post helps anyone else feeling the way I did.

Note: She really did eat a packing peanut. well, half of one. She was fine.

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