Adam’s 9 month update

 

 

 

 

 

On this very day, and this very date, exactly 9 months ago you were born…

You certainly didn’t want to wait around and we almost had you in the car ( your daddy would have HATED that!!) but luckily your daddy got your mummy to the labour ward with ten minutes to spare.

Your daddy cut the chord and he got to cuddle you first.  No matter what he tells you, he shed a few tears when you made an appearance!  You got to take a few selfies with your daddy while mummy came back down to earth and when I finally got my hands on you I never wanted to let you go…

Sadly for mummy, but amazingly for you, I have had to let you go on many occasions.  Mummy had to hand you over to your Nanny and Grandma when they both wanted cuddles and mummy had to learn to put you down while you slept so that mummy could get some sleep too. Mummy has had to learn to do a lot of things since the day you were born like learn to eat one handed and shower in record time but the one thing I haven’t learnt yet is how to be apart from you.  You go everywhere with me, you’re my little buddy who comes with me on lunch dates and always steal my food, you’re my best friend and I love you darling!

Since this very day, and this very date exactly 9 months ago you’ve learnt to sit up and roll over, you’re almost crawling but you’re going backwards like a pro!  You’ve gone from having mummy’s milk to also eating everything in sight including the carpet.  It’s so much fun to watch you pincer grip little raisins and little green peas off your highchair tray.  You love french toast and spaghetti bolognese but we gave you some kiwi fruit this morning and you loved that too!

Peek-a-boo always makes you laugh but so does a tickle or a throw in the air, and you have that cheeky little 6 toothed grin we love!  You smile at everybody and you’re a social butterfly.  You’re a wriggly little worm and always want to be involved in stuff.  Your daddy thinks you’re saying ‘Dada’ but I know you’re just babbling and that your first and only word has always been ‘Hi’ which is how you greet me whenever you wake up.

A lot has changed my darling since that day 9 months ago but one thing is for sure, Mummy and Daddy still love you just as much as that day and no matter how big you grow and how many times we’ll have to let you go off to explore the world, we will always love you and I hope you’ll always come back to us.

I can’t believe that in 3 months I’ll be sitting right here writing about how you’ve turned a year old and wondering where the time has gone but for now I’m going to enjoy you being this small, I know you’ll continue to grow and that I wont be able to stop time but you amaze me every single day and i wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Lots of love

 

Mummy xxx

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Carobel – the Reflux miracle

If you’re a Mama who’s baby is suffering from Reflux then you may want to listen up…

*I feel like I need to put a bit of a disclaimer in before I go any further. Always consult your Doctor before giving your baby anything new and if your baby is suffering with reflux then I’m sure you’re quite familiar with your Doctor anyway. I consulted my Doctor, the pharmacist and my Health visitor before trying Adam with Carobel but because it’s technically not a medicine (just a thickener fortified with vitamins and minerals) I felt confident enough to give it a go, however seeing your Doctor means they can examine and correctly identify the underlying causes of your child’s symptoms.*

I’d heard about Carobel from a mummy forum after weeks/months of constant throwing up and multiple changes of clothes for both myself and Adam throughout the day. I didn’t mind the changes of clothes too much, it was actually the fact that Adam was beginning to struggle to gain weight even though he was still being breastfed and having solids that had me concerned the most. Although he was still gaining weight he’d slowed down so much that he’d gone from gaining 4-6oz a week to barely gaining 1-2 oz a week and he was just always miserable, not wanting to eat or drink and I was having to hold him upright for the majority of nap times.

I was getting a little bit fed up of carting him off to see the Doctor only to be told to carry on giving him Infant Gaviscon even though it was just making him horrendously constipated and then being told to give him Lactulose to try and combat the constipation and it just didn’t make sense to keep giving my poor boy drug after drug to try and alleviate the side effects from other drugs. So after a fair bit of googling I read a fellow Mama’s suggestion to try Carobel and because I’d seen it at my local pharmacy I was intrigued. Carobel is a thickener used primarily to thicken foods and liquids for those with difficulties swallowing but because it can be used to thicken baby’s food, liquids and even milk it seems to work well at helping everything stay settled making it almost impossible for Adam to throw up.

Since using the Carobel Adam’s weight has picked up nicely and he’s even moved up a couple of centiles. He’s turning into a right little chunky Monkey now and he’s much happier and settled, I’m much happier and my clothes no longer carry vomit stains! Win Win!!

As I’m breastfeeding I can’t use carobel to thicken his milk but I usually use it to thicken his morning porridge or baby rice and sometimes during the day when giving him purees. As he’s getting older though I’m having to use it less and less as he’s eating more grown up food and managing his solids much better. All in all we’re both a lot happier and my baby is finally thriving after months of weight issues, which is one less weight on my mind.

You can find Carobel at select pharmacies and Boots will order it in for you but don’t tend to stock it. I fought to have it prescribed for Adam only to be told that it was no longer a Prescribed item and now I just order it on Amazon. You can find it here if you wanted to give it a go for your little ones.

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Adam’s 6 month update…

As I look at this picture of my beautiful little boy the day he was born I can’t believe he’s 6 months old already! The title to this post is a little bit misleading seeing as today Adam actually turned 7 months! Where has the time gone!? Technically now that Adam has been on the planet for a whole 6 months I can update you all on how he’s been doing and all about his development…

Sleeping

I write this after not a particularly good night (he was up at 04.30!) but generally, 99% of the time Adam goes down after his dinner and bath anywhere between 19.30-20.00 and he will sleep through til 07.00-08.00 depending on how tired he is.  He actually started sleeping through the night at about 4 months but occasionally he does wake up once.  I’m guessing that will happen a lot more when he starts teething…

Teething 

Speaking of teeth we haven’t yet seen any signs of any pearly whites just yet but I assume they’ll be making an appearance pretty soon.  Adam has always been quite a dribbly baby and he loves chomping on absolutely everything so I can never tell if he’s actually teething or just being his usual self…

Eating

I decided to go on the recommendations of the Department of Health and wait until Adam was 6 months before weaning him.  We have a family history of various allergies and so I’ve taken it slow when introducing new food.  I started him on pureed vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, carrots etc and I started with just the one small taster meal a day.  We have now, very quickly moved up to three little meals a day whilst still breastfeeding about 5 times a day.  Although Adam still has 5 milk feeds a day he has shortened the length of time he will feed for.

Movement

Adam learnt to roll over onto his front at quite a young age and very quickly learnt to roll himself back however he hasn’t actually mastered moving around or crawling as of yet.  He can sit with support but tends to take a tumble if i take my eye off of him for even a second.  His fine motor skills are really coming along now too. He can grab at his toys or anything that happens to hang in front of his face and, of course, it goes straight into his mouth!

Speech

Adam has always been quite a vocal little boy, he loves to babble and sometimes he just loves to scream for no apparent reason.  Although he is saying ‘Baba’, ‘Dada’ and ‘Mama’ I don’t think he has associated those words with myself or anybody else just yet.  I think he’s just finding his voice but it’s still adorable to listen to.




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Weaning tips and overcoming weaning anxiety.

When Adam was still a little one, and breastfeeding was not going so well I began dreaming about the day I could wean him onto grown up food and stop breastfeeding.  Gradually breastfeeding got much easier and my excitement about weaning turned into full blown anxiety.  I began dreading the day my baby stopped needing me as his only source of nutrition and started eating proper food.  I had visions of him refusing the breast and not needing his mummy anymore once he knew he could get his food from pretty much anywhere and anyone.  I envisioned him having his first taste of fruit and never looking back, leaving me in a heap of misery behind him.  Thankfully I learnt that this wasn’t exactly how things were going to go, and I wanted to share some of my weaning tips especially if like me you are suffering from weaning anxiety.

Be Prepared

Now I’m not saying you need to go out and buy hundreds of expensive weaning books in order to prepare yourself for weaning your little one.  I was lucky enough to be given some books from other mothers who had weaned but actually what was more beneficial was going on the weaning course run by our local children’s centre.  They taught us how to safely prepare, store and reheat food and how to safely begin the weaning process.  They showed us that weaning would not be an overnight process and, much to my delight, reassured us that until Adam hit the one year mark milk would still be his main source of nutrition.  They also taught us what allergen foods were and how to introduce them slowly.  What was also very informative was being taught how to patch test allergen foods on baby’s upper lip when introducing them for the first time.

Be Equipped

This doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a tonne of expensive baby weaning products but there are a few things that I’ve found really useful:

  • Ice cube trays – If you’re planning on making your own purees and batch cooking them then you need some silicone ice cube trays.  these are the ones I picked up from Amazon and I’ve loved them! They’re perfect for portioning food as when we first started weaning Adam he would struggle to eat one cube of puree but now he will happily have 2-3 cubes of vegetables at every meal with 1-2 cubes of fruit for desert.
  • Reusable food pouches – Again from Amazon I found this great reusable food pouches for when we’re out and about.  I just fill them up and freeze them and they’re ready for those days when we’re busy out of the house and it means I don’t have to buy him ready made pouches and he still doesn’t miss a meal.
  • Ice lolly moulds – I first picked these up way before I started weaning Adam when the we were in the thick of a heat wave and I was struggling to get some extra fluids into Adam.  I’d express some breast milk and pour it into the moulds overnight and by morning there would be a fresh batch of Breast milk lollies ready for him when he got a bit too hot bothered and didn’t want to be attached to me while feeding.  It was a quick and easy way of getting and extra ounce or two of milk into him without him overheating from my body heat while feeding.  Now that he’s eating and drinking I can make him some smoothie lollies with some blended berries and yoghurt or even with bananas and avocados if you want to get some extra healthy fats into your little one.

Be ready for a lot of mess

To be honest this has been one of my favourite things about weaning Adam.  I’ve loved giving him different textured food and just letting him explore but be warned, no matter how clean you try and keep your little ones, there will be mess.  You’ll find food in their hair and up their nose, they’ll somehow manage to get it into every little crevice of their high chair or Snug Seat and all over their toys but baby’s that are left to get a little bit messy when weaning tend to be less fussier with their foods and it’s also a great way to keep them occupied while you’re trying to eat your own lunch/dinner.

Be kind to yourself

Although I have prided myself on preparing and batch cooking all of Adam’s meals from scratch myself, there are the odd days when I feel like life is busy enough and for those days I’ve found Ella’s Kitchen pouches to be a life saver.  I love their Veg range which means I can still give Adam his veg and I can rest assured knowing they’re all 100% organic and don’t contain any added sugars/salts or any other nasty ingredients.  Just be sure to check the ingredients of any pre made baby pouches as sometimes there’s just a lot more fruit in them than veg giving them a sweeter taste.  My biggest piece of advice is to go at your’s and your baby’s pace and to have fun with it as much as possible.  Remember if you’re breastfeeding like me and suddenly feel like this is the end of your breastfeeding chapter I can assure it wont be, you’ll just be starting a whole new chapter with your little one full of mess and fun!

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Pumpables Milk Genie review…

If you’re familiar with my breastfeeding journey post you will know that I encountered possibly every issue under the sun when breastfeeding Adam.  I also couldn’t have overcome most of those issues without a breast pump to help me through the rough nights and constant engorgement.  Since having Adam I’ve tried many pumps and spent a hell of a lot money trying them but after having tried the Milk Genie I wish I’d found this before splashing out on the others.

On first impressions I was very impressed, for the price you get a lot for your money.  The Milk Genie can be used as a double or single pump and therefore comes with two of everything ready to use for double pumping including two bottles, two sets of valves and membranes and each bottle even comes with a teat so you can literally pump and feed your baby straight away.  Each bottle comes with three different sized flanges which is amazing as most other pumps only come with the standard 24mm flange (the cone shaped shield of the pump that fits around your breast and nipple) however you also get 21mm and 27mm flanges within the kit so you’re sure to find the perfect fit for you without having to buy them separately at extra cost! Win Win!  I’ve spent many early mornings and late nights pumping in absolute agony because I’ve been using the wrong sized flange and just couldn’t bring myself to spend yet more money on buying another size.  With the Milk Genie you are pretty much ready to go from the second you open the box, they’ve even included international plug adaptors for pumping abroad! What more could you want?!

As if all that isn’t reason enough to give the Milk Genie a go, the actual pump itself is portable and lightweight, so much so that you can literally fit it in your pocket or handbag, it’s whisper quiet which is perfect for pumping discreetly on the go or at work and it has a rechargeable lithium battery so you can literally pump anywhere which is perfect for exclusive pumpers.  The memory function on the pump means that you can save your ideal setting, saving you lots of time fiddling around with buttons while pumping in the middle of the night or running around after a toddler for example.

Since beginning my breastfeeding journey with my little boy I’ve had to heavily rely on breast pumps for many reasons, in the beginning I pumped to give my nipples a break from all the constant feeding and when Adam continued to lose weight I pumped to be able to top him up with bottles after every feed.  When we both became quite unwell I pumped to keep up my milk supply as he was too weak to feed and now that feeding Adam is a dream I literally pump to relieve the engorgement overnight when he sleeps through til morning but whatever your reason for pumping I would seriously give the Milk Genie a go, at £108 including free UK postage it’s amazing value for money and I can’t thank Maire (the founder of Pumpables) and the whole Pumpables team enough for giving me the opportunity to try their wonderful pump!  I think I can even go as far as to say this pump is the best I’ve tried and I have tried A LOT of them, it even just nudges the Medela Symphony off the top spot and I’ve had that pump on a pedestal ever since I first tried it.

If you’re a first time mum struggling with breastfeeding like I was, or a working mum still wanting your little to have breast milk while you’re away I’d recommend giving the pumpables Milk Genie a go.

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