Happy 2nd Birthday Little Moore!

Today we are celebrating Little Moore’s 2nd birthday. My goodness, how time has flown!

I know it’s the cliche thing to say but I just don’t know where the time has gone. It’s crazy to look at my little boy now, toddling around and having conversations with me when not so long ago he was just this tiny thing that could only cry.

He’s developed over the last year. Definitely in the tooth department – this time last year he was still toothless, now he has 12 – still a long way to go but we’re getting there!

 He’s really confident on his feet now and his language skills are really well developed. Some of my favourite things he says:

‘See you soon’ (in a Sean Connery style ‘Shee you shoon’)

‘Oh no, Mama, baby’ (when I’m hurt)

‘One more Sam please’ (when he wants to watch more Fireman Sam)

He loves singing too, and joins along as we do Wheels on the Bus, or does all the noises for Old Macdonald.

He loves pulling faces and making us all laugh.

He’s still obsessed with cars and we have way too many hiding in all sorts of places around the house (including a ride in Jaguar). He also has a dolls house, where he likes to push the Mummy and Daddy dolls down the stairs.

We have lots of lovely days out planned to celebrate this week and I’m looking forward to spending a week as a family 🙂

Teething: It Finally Happened

It’s been a little while since I posted ‘Please Don’t Say Teething‘. But now I’m saying it because it’s finally happened!

After months of suspecting it and blaming every grizzly stage on supposed teeth, we’ve had four pop through in the last month. Two on top, two on bottom, and we can see more trying to poke through now.

It’s hard to see him in so much pain, especially as he doesn’t know what’s going on. We use a combination of Ashton & Parsons teething powder, Dentinox teething gel and Calpol when he’s really bad. We have a good supply of teethers kept cool in the fridge but he doesn’t seem too keen on them. Sticks of cucumber seem better as he’s more likely to have a good munch on them.

I have to admit, I do miss his gummy little smile. I got used to seeing him like that for over a year and it’s a bit odd to see teeth in his mouth now! It’s nice to see he’s finally catching up with his cousin in the tooth department, and he’s able to take bites of food now properly. He’s even had a go at eating meat, chunks of chicken etc, which he’s avoided before and we think was because it was too hard to break down without teeth.

Teething can cause hell at nights and the only thing you can do is offer as much comfort as possible and pray for it to be over. It’s not really what you want to hear when you’re sleep deprived and up at 3am for the third night in a row but trust me, I’ve tried to Google a magic solution and there isn’t one. Try to stick to your routine as much as possible but remember they’re in pain and might need a little extra love until they push through.

Happy Birthday Little Moore!

So, somehow, Little Moore is turning one today!

Well, I guess not technically: seeing as he was born in a Leap Year, he doesn’t get his proper birthday for another 3 years. But we’re celebrating today instead.

It’s been a crazy year since he was born. I’m not going to lie and say it was all fun and easy – parenting is exhaustingly hard work – but I wouldn’t change a thing. He’s a happy little boy with a wonderfully cheeky (still toothless) smile.

I love hearing him chatter away to us and to himself, even when it’s 5am and we just want some bloody sleep.

I love watching him crawl commando style around the living room and try to grab all the things I don’t want him to.

I love that in the bedroom, he always crawls to my bookcase and pulls out Alice in Wonderland.

I love seeing him fall asleep in my arms, just like he did as a tiny baby.

I love seeing him play with his cousin and I hope they grow up to be great friends.

I love seeing him play with his Dad and hear him say ‘Da da’ all day long.

I love that he’s learnt to blow raspberries on my tummy – I thought I was supposed to do that to him?!

I love that he know when to clap in ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ or just generally when he’s done something he’s pleased with.

Happy Birthday my little boy. You are so very loved <3

Please Don’t Say ‘Teething’

From around 6 months, babies generally start getting their first teeth. Obviously this can vary wildly: some babies are born with teeth, some remain gummy for their first birthday. Little Moore looks like he’s going to make it past 1 with no signs of teeth.

It doesn’t bother me. Obviously they will come eventually, and in the meantime it’s a blessing if anything: I’m still breastfeeding and haven’t had to go through the painful ‘don’t bite Mummy’s nipple with your new teeth’ phase that my sister had to go through.

What does bother me is how every single thing he does makes people tell me with self assured conviction that he is teething.

At 5 months he was insanely dribbly – we had to change bibs every hour or less to stop him from soaking through his clothes – and relatives, friends, even complete strangers told me he was very definitely teething.

At 6 months when he started chewing on everything he could get his hands on, they reassured me we’d see teeth any day now.

If he slept badly, had a whingey day, had a sore bum or stuck his fist in his mouth, everyone would say he was teething. Even people who don’t have kids of their own seemed very confident in the fact.

Now, at nearly 11 months, there’s not a single tooth stub in his mouth.

What annoys me is the way people say it, as if they know best and I’m an idiot. What annoys me even more is that at some point they’ll be right. One day a tooth will pop through and they’ll say, ‘I told you he was teething’. Because if you keep repeating it, it’s eventually going to come true.

It’s just a little pet peeve. But I might bite the next person who tells me he’s teething.

Rant over 🙂

On the Move

It’s been a little while coming, but Little Moore is now on the move.

He was pretty quick to start rolling over, and for a while it looked like he was going to be an early crawler, but he stayed stuck in the thrashing on the floor on his belly phase without going anywhere for quite a while.

He’s not crawling in the traditional sense – on his hands and knees – but more commando style, still on his belly and using he’s elbows and knees to go forward. It’s super cute and he’s getting faster each day.

Which brings us to…baby proofing.

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and have made small attempts, but our house just looks like a death trap to me and I’m struggling to make it any safer. We finally put the stair gates up, which is one biggie out the way, and moved some ornaments and things high up. There’s now a large piece of cardboard covering the fireplace and my perfectly alphabetised DVDs have been pulled out and put back in a random order (nooooo!)

I think the problem is our house just isn’t designed for baby proofing. It’s open plan and we have a lot of stuff and nowhere to put it all. So our version of baby proofing is probably going to be very supervised play and a vigilant eye. I think it’s good to let him explore things for himself, as long as we’re they’re to keep it safe.

Settling In

So, this week was my first week back at work.

It wasn’t technically a whole week as I’m doing one day off a week to use up all the holiday collected on maternity leave, but it was a lot more work than I’ve done in a long time.

It was really odd being back. It felt like I’d been away forever, and yet no time at all as well. Everything was the same – same people, same desk, same work – and everything felt different too. Some people welcomed me back, others didn’t seem to notice (someone emailed to apologise for not saying hi and said he didn’t recognise me – I forgive him because he’d only known me as hugely pregnant!)

I have to say, I quite liked being back. That might just be because it was the first week so I wasn’t really doing proper work all the time. It took me two days just to go through the 900 emails I’d collected while I was off. Another day to go through the stack of papers that several maternity cover people had left on my desk. Embarrassingly, the first day I had to ask my boss to go home early to breast pump as my boobs were huge and rock hard! Ah, the joys of breastfeeding 🙂

The hardest thing was, of course, leaving Little Moore, but for the most part that wasn’t too bad either. He did okay on Monday with my mom, though was a little grumpy and hard work, but I expected that. God knows how she’s going to cope with him and his cousin next Monday! Tuesday and Thursday he spent with his dad so I wasn’t worried about him then, and Wednesday was our family day. So the worst was Friday.

Nathan works early on a Friday so I had to get myself and Little Moore ready to leave for work/nursery by 7:15. Which was actually pretty easy as he was awake at 5:30. Sigh! Dropping him off at nursery was hard. He cried when I handed him over and I just wanted to snatch him back. But instead I made a quick exit: I think he’s worse if I hang around because he can see me and just wants to come back.

I thought about him all day. Most of me was worried, part of me was saying that this is good for him. He needs to get used to other people and become more independent, because I think he is very attached to us. I resisted calling them all day, telling myself if there was a problem they’d call. I also resisted leaving early to get him, though that was tempting! The best part was that I couldn’t wait to get home and play with him and make him smile. I think a little distance can do us good.

When I picked him up, he didn’t look too happy. They said he’d been okay, miserable on and off, had only drank 1oz of milk (I left 10 for him) and only napped for 10 minutes (normally he’d have at least a couple of hours). He looked exhausted and we ended up putting him to bed early that night, after lots of milk feeds. I’m hoping it’s just because everything’s new and strange there and that he’ll get used to it.

Plus side, we got some cute little art work from him so I need to find somewhere to hang that at home – it’s times like these I wish I had a magnetic fridge to put things on! I’ll see if I still feel happy about work next week, and hopefully Little Moore will settle into nursery a bit better.

My Weaning Essentials

I was really looking forward to weaning and couldn’t wait to get started (although I did wait, as guidelines say babies should be at least six months and able to hold their head up before starting weaning). Now we’re a few weeks in and although the initial excitement may be over, I’m still enjoying introducing Little Moore to new flavours and textures and love watching the faces he pulls and learning what foods he likes and what he’s less keen on.

I thought I’d do a little post on some of my weaning essentials from our journey so far.

1. High Chair

This is an obvious one, but I’d say make sure you invest in a good one. We have the Mamas and Papas Pesto High Chair. It folds up a little so can be kept out the way, but also opens out with one hand (or kick of the leg) so you can do it whilst holding baby. There’s a handy pouch underneath where we keep bibs and wipes, which you’ll need in good supply once you’re weaning!

2. Coverall bibs

I can’t stress this one enough. I hadn’t really thought about these before, though we had two someone bought for us when Little Moore was born. Weaning is messy work, and if you don’t want to ruin all your baby’s beautiful clothes then it’s good to cover up with these. We’ve bought another couple but I don’t think four is nearly enough – I’m going to keep buying until we have at least one per day!

3. Feeding spoons

Although we wanted to follow a more baby led weaning approach, we got some spoons for Little Moore to try feeding himself/play with and for us to use if we did want to give any purees. Get ones with grips so they can hold them. Rubber ones are best for their gums. We keep ours in the fridge so Little Moore can gnaw on them when teething too.

4. Pouches/ready made purees 

Like a lot of new mums, I wanted to be making all my own baby foods. As we’ve gone for mostly finger foods I’m yet to make any purees, but I have given him a few ready made ones. These are great for things you’d like baby to try which can’t be given as finger food (i.e. peas) It’s also handy to have some there just in case: sometimes if he’s fussy and Nathan’s at work, I don’t have the time/hands to make something from scratch. Check what’s in the pouches so that you’re happy with what you’re feeding them. I’ve used Ella’s Kitchen and Hipp. These were mostly things I had vouchers for so we’ll see if I want to buy them full price when these have run out!

5. Small food containers

Whether you’re doing purees or finger food, you’re going to need a bundle of these. I bought a huge pack from Tesco in all different shapes and sizes – these are much cheaper than any special baby ones you can buy, and do the same job. It’s really handy to have something ready in the fridge for those busy days. When we do veg sticks etc for Little Moore I usually cook some extra and store them in the fridge for the next day. Cold veg sticks are great for teething, and even if the idea of eating courgette sticks grossest you out, your baby will probably love it!

Weaning: The First Two Weeks

Weaning was one of the things I was really excited for and did lots of research in preparation – see my Thinking About Weaning post.

So how did our first two weeks go?

As per recommendations, we kept the first two weeks as just vegetables, and included a mix of purees and finger foods – mostly finger foods, as I love the idea of baby led weaning, but I wanted to try a few purees for things that were harder to eat, like peas. We did ‘loaded spoons’ for the purees, so we put a little on a spoon and Little Moore fed himself. He’s been playing with spoons for a while now and really has the hang of using them, although he does seem to think they’re one use only – after having a mouthful he’ll throw his spoon to the floor, ready for a fresh one!

His favourite foods were definitely avocado and asparagus. Asparagus are the perfect shape for finger food and he loved shoving them in his mouth. Avocado was a lot harder as it was quite ripe and every time he gripped it, the slice would disintegrate in his hand. I ended holding it for him and he’d lean forward to suck and chew on it.

I loved the new faces and sounds he made, especially when he wasn’t so keen on things! His first food was broccoli and he made a lot of ‘eugh’ noises but chewed on like a champion!

As well as new faces, there were new things in his nappy too (TMI, I know!) I was a bit surprised as I didn’t think he’d swallow much in his first few weeks, but I could identify a lot of different veg in there – a fun new game for changing time!

I love being able to sit down and eat with him and Nathan together, and am looking forward to trying all different kinds of food with him. This week we’re focussing on fruit and I can’t wait to see how he takes to sweeter tastes!

How We Won the Bath Time Battle

I have fond memories of my little sisters enjoying bath time, and even some hazy ones of sharing baths with my big sister, and sometimes our two cousins too! So when it came to bathing Little Moore, I was prepared for giggles and splashes and lots of water play.

As you can imagine, it didn’t go like that at all.

Little Moore screamed for his first bath. And the next. And the next.

It got to the stage where I was dreading bath time because I didn’t want to make him cry. We only bathed twice a week – I didn’t want to make it part of the bedtime routine because of his sensitive skin – but each one was a trauma.

Until two weeks ago, when we had our first tear free bath time. And we’ve had several more since then. So how did we do it?

The first thing I realised we had to change for bath time was our attitudes. If we were unhappy about it then I think he would pick up on that, and that would make him worse. So I tried to look forward to bath times and make them happy times. We ditched the baby bath and I got in with him (bonus wash time for me!) and sang nursery rhymes with a smile on my face.

That was our first breakthrough. As long as I sang he wouldn’t cry, but as soon as I stopped for breath he’d start again.

The next step was toys. When he was born we were bought some colourful stacking stars for the bath, so we floated them next to him, as well as a rubber duck (no bath is complete without one!) We actually got his first laugh in the bath, playing peekaboo with one of the stars, which was wonderful to see together.

So toys and nursery rhymes were mostly working during the bath, but when we took him out he would scream until he was red in the face and wouldn’t stop until I fed him.

We cracked the actual bath time crying with swimming lessons and one more toy. I think the swimming lessons – which he loved – got him used to being in the water, so bath time became less scary. We also bought a bubble machine from Tesco in the shape of a penguin, which Little Moore found fascinating. The perfect distraction from the water!

For post bath time, we changed up the routine a bit. Instead of taking him from the bathroom to the bedroom to get dressed and creamed up, we did all this in the bathroom instead. That way he stayed in the warmth, with all his bath toys still around him too – he always picks a star to chew on.

Now bath times are so much easier on all of us. Little Moore, plays with his bath toys, kicks his legs and doesn’t even whimper when we put him in the water. It makes all the difference now that we can all enjoy it. I hope all bath times are like this from now on!

6 Month Update: My Favourite Moments

Somehow, Little Moore has turned 6 months today. Crazy right?! It’s great now that he’s older and getting more active and interested in the things around him. but it also makes me sad as that means it’s getting closer to me going back to work (boo hoo!) and I don’t want to miss out on all the wonderful stuff he does.

Ignoring the sad though, to celebrate his six months I am sharing some of my favourite moments in his last three months of growing.

1. Rolling Over – 18 weeks


We’d been expecting him to roll over for a while as he’s always been a wriggly little thing and was very good at rolling onto his side, so we were sure he’d learn to flip all the way over quickly. I think we were both worried that we’d miss it, but especially Nathan, as he’s at work four days a week. I’m sure Little Moore sensed that though as he waited until both of us were watching to roll over for the first time. It was a really special moment and I’m so glad we got to share it together. Now he does it every day and still looks so proud of himself when he ends up on his tummy (he’s not mastered rolling from front to back yet though!)

2. Swimming

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My sister and I decided to take Little Moore and his cousin Leo for a few swimming lessons to start getting them used to the water. Leo loves bath time but Little Moore hasn’t started enjoying it until very recently. I was worried he’d cry the whole time, but strangely it was the other way round. Leo screamed for all the lessons bar the last one, while Little Moore just took it all in, and only whimpered a bit when he started drinking pool water. I really enjoyed the lessons and now we’re going to start taking the boys to the pool with us once a week.

3. Birds

That’s right, I said birds. A few weeks back we went to Fargo Village and while Nathan was browsing, I took a fussy Little Moore to see some budgies at the pet shop. And he loved them! We stood there for about half an hour and every time they squawked and flew, he laughed. It made my heart all gooey and now I really want our own budgie!

These are my favourite moments from the last three months, but there’s been so many others that I have loved and will always treasure. And I’m looking forward to the next few months of fun!