8 Month Update

  
I’m afraid this months update will be quite brief and pretty boring as for 3 out of the 4 weeks, our household was struck down with the plague!

It started Easter weekend with Pippa seeming a bit out of sorts, shortly followed by sickness and numerous poonami’s including in my bed, on my pillow, on me and on the bathroom floor. She went completely off her food and milk (no wonder) and wasn’t herself. By Easter Monday it had struck Harry and Pippa was still unwell, only now it had developed into a cough, runny nose and a rash. Harry was out of action for 5 days so I was handling a sick Pippa by myself whilst desperately anti-bac wiping everything in sight so I wouldn’t catch it also! 

  

The snot from Pippa was unreal and the cough was keeping her and us up all night. Then the fever struck. She was so upset and although she was clingy before, now was a different story! She wouldn’t leave my arms and wouldn’t even go to Harry or let him feed her. After taking her to the doctors we discovered it was bacterial tonsillitis and the whole thing from the tummy bug, rash, cough, cold and temperature was probably all due to one virus. Calpol was our saviour along with lots of snuffle babe and baby olbas oil but the cough and the snot and the temperature and not eating continued, so much so Pippa lost quite a bit of weight and went back to her weight 7 weeks ago. After taking her to the doctors again last week she was finally put on antibiotics.

  

Amidst the last 2 weeks, after having Pippa sneeze, cough and snot all over me I too contracted the relentless snot and cough which turned into a chest infection! So we are now both on antibiotics and it has only been in the last couple of days that Pippa’s snot and cough has subsided and we have our happy cheeky Pippa back and I’m close on her heels, only really feeling slightly better yesterday!

  
So I’m not sure how I’ve managed to write so much about this months activities of absolutely nothing, but I have. Pippa is still obsessed with herself in the mirror, still hates being on her front (so definitely not crawling) and still loves to stand. Hopefully next month will be full of developmental milestones as she catches up on what she’s missed his month!!

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The Wonderful World of Weaning

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I can’t quite believe Pippa has been on solid food for 2 months now and although I love it and love seeing her trying new foods everyday, (there’s something weirdly satisfying about seeing your child eating well!) trying to fit in 3 meals, 4 bottles, 3 naps and play time is a bit of a mission and explains why this blog is so late!
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I could see from 5 months that Pippa was more than ready, she was watching us eat and mimicking our mouth movements and trying to grab whatever we were eating. So one day, at about five and a half months, whilst having Sunday dinner at my mums we just put a couple of boiled carrot sticks in front of her. And they went straight in her mouth, no issues whatsoever!
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The next day I went out and bought some various veg and purée’d it all. We started off with broccoli and she couldn’t of eaten it fast enough! She was like a little bird, mouth open awaiting the next spoonful and absolutely no gagging or choking which really surprised me.
Throughout that first week we tried a different veg every day from cauliflower, sweet potato, butternut squash to carrot, Aubergine… You name it, she tried it and she ate it. All! At first I used her milk to purée the food with as it meant getting a bit more of her milk into her and also made things taste a little like her milk so would be more familiar to her. However now, more often than not, I just purée it with boiled water or the water that has been used to boil/steam the veg. After the first couple of weeks I then started mixing veg and mixing up different flavours and adding herbs and spices.
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I started off with giving her a lunchtime meal and as this was going so well, then introduced breakfast a few weeks later. For this I have just been giving her natural yogurt with fruit purée or porridge (selfishly for ease!) either homemade or the powdered ones by Ella’s Kitchen or Aptamil.
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Again Pippa couldn’t get enough of the porridge so we then went into 3 meals a day. By then Pippa enjoyed feeding herself so for tea I now try and give her more finger foods such as toast with hummus, avocado or homemade pastes and dips on or just some fruit that she can feed herself with. She also loves the Organix finger food snacks and rice cakes and these can keep her occupied for a while!
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When Pippa was born I was bought the Ella’s Kitchen First Foods book and it has been a godsend. It has hundreds of really simple, easy to follow recipes and takes you through from their first mouthfuls to one year old.
However lets be honest, who has time to prep 3 different homemade meals everyday of the week (as well as feeding yourself) so I also buy the Ella’s Kitchen pouches for those days where I’ve forgotten to defrost a meal (easily and often done!) or if we are out and about. However Pippa has now come to realise that whatever comes out of a pouch is much more appealing than mums home cooked meals…
Up until 7 months this was all going so smoothly and I was busy whipping up exciting foods and freezing them into as many little pots as I could find. (Don’t underestimate the amount of weaning freezer pots you’ll need, there’s never enough!) Then Pippa started to completely go off her food and wasn’t interested whatsoever. Things she had previously loved she was now refusing and the main issue was she was refusing to be spoon fed anymore. So I was now trying to find finger food for 3 meals a day and even then she wasn’t that interested. She then fell ill with a stomach bug and then tonsillitis so it has now been 2 weeks of refusing food altogether and not really taking much milk either. I also discovered yesterday after getting her weighed that she’s lost weight and is now back to what she weighed 7 weeks ago! So here’s to hoping the next few weeks we get back on track with Pippa’s eating and that she starts to feel a bit better!
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And to finish off here are my weaning must-haves:
  • Ella’s Kitchen First Foods Book
  • Weaning pots. These from Jojo Maman Bebe are great for the first few weeks when the portion sizes are small and the addition of stickers for the pots is a bonus!
  • A bodysuit bib – the mess and stains are crazy! This from Sainsbury’s is brilliant!
  • A good highchair. I absolutely love our My Babiie one, it folds away neatly, the height adjusts so easily, the tray is adjustable too and not to mention the funky chevron print!
  • Tommee Tippee Baby Food Steamer Blender – I haven’t actually got this (yet…) but it looks genius!

It’s Blog Awards Time!

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So I’ve come to realise that it’s an exciting time of year in the parenting blogging world, with two lots of blog awards taking place, The BritMums Brilliance in Blogging (BIB) awards and the Tots100 Mum and Dads (MAD) blog awards.
I’ve been blogging now for just over a year, throughout the nine months of my pregnancy (or rather eight by the time I found out!) and the 7 months Pippa has been in the world. Being relatively new to blogging I’d love to even just be nominated and hopefully get my blog a bit more widespread and gain some more followers.

So here is where I ask a huge favour of you, my current followers… I would love for you to take a couple of minutes to cast your vote in my direction!

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Firstly in the Brilliance in Blogging awards, in the Fresh Voice category, enter the following:

Blog name: Me & Baby G

Blog URL: http://www.meandbabyg.com

Twitter ID: @me_and_babyG

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Secondly in the Mum & Dad Blog Awards, in either the Best Pregnancy Blog or Best Baby Blog, or if your feeling generous both?! Enter the following:

Blog URL: http://www.meandbabyg.com
Thank you, thank you, thank you from Me & Baby G!