From Baby to Big Girl

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Over the last few of months it seems we have put all of the baby phases behind us and have taken the next step into ‘big girl’ territory and as much as I thought it would be hard and Pippa would struggle, it has been the complete opposite!

In January we made the decision to move Pippa into a ‘big girl bed’ and took the sides off of her cot. We had been talking about it for a while but I wasn’t ready as it meant she wasn’t a baby anymore! However on a whim one Saturday we took the plunge. Pippa absolutely LOVED it and showed anyone who entered the house her new ‘big girl bed’ and got in it at every opportunity. She had been out of her sleeping bags and been using a pillow and duvet for a while in her cot so this helped the transition I think.

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Besides the worry of her falling out in the night (we had a bed guard for that) our biggest concern, as is everyone’s when moving from a cot to a bed, is the getting out at night and in the morning. Pippa has always slept with her bedroom door closed so we decided not to change this or add a stair gate and continue to shut her door and keep the stair gate at the top of the stairs. However the funny thing is, she still to this day has not got out of bed until one of us goes in in the morning to get her up!

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At Easter we took the second plunge, removing her dummies. We had planned to do it at Christmas with Father Christmas taking them but the thought of having sleepless nights and tantrums over Christmas made us change our minds, and I’m glad we did. We hadn’t allowed Pippa her dummies in the daytime except for naps for a long time and as she was no longer napping she was only having them if she found them in her bed upstairs but would often make excuses to go upstairs just to get them. However as time went on she actually wasn’t even asking for her dummies or if she saw them wouldn’t take them so we started to put them away in the daytime and she wasn’t bothered. Night time however was a different story and she went to bed with two every night, asking for certain coloured ones and if she lost them in the night would cry out for one of us to go in and give her them. But we knew they had to go so prepared ourselves for a week or two of sleepless nights.

For about a month before we started planting the seed and telling her the Easter Bunny would be taking her dummy’s to give to babies and because she was a big girl now, she would get chocolate from the Easter Bunny instead. When the time came around she was well aware of what was going to happen, telling everyone! We had a little countdown of ‘three more sleeps, two more sleeps’ etc. and then on the night, we got her a little basket which she willingly put all her dummy’s in for the Easter Bunny. We left the bag outside her door (in case she went and retrieved them from the basket in the night!) and off she went to sleep! She shouted “where’s my basket!” a couple of times but after reassuring her they were outside her door, ready for the bunny to collect, she was fine! We couldn’t quite believe it!

The next morning she was so so excited to see if the Easter bunny had been and when she peered in her basket where she had left her dummy’s to find chocolate, she was amazed! And the rest (dummies) was history. I was expecting her to be asking for them constantly but she didn’t at all, not even at bedtime and was going to sleep just as easy as she usually did so we have been very impressed!

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We have also now been nappy free for a whole year! During the last couple of months Pippa has also decided to stop using the potty and now uses the toilet and all by herself too which means no more cleaning out potty’s (thank god!). She had also been taking her own potty into nursery with her every week. They have kids toilets and potty’s there but Pippa being Pippa, she had to have her own with her. Well the last month she has decided she also no longer needs to take this with her and has been using the ‘big girl’ toilets at nursery by herself. Hurrah!

As much as I miss her being a baby, seeing her so independent is great, and I love that she now tells me she loves me and I’m beautiful, who doesn’t!  If that isn’t going from baby to big girl, I don’t know what is!

10 Month Update

 

 Firstly I have to apologise that this is a week late (we’ve been on holiday) and for the general lack of blogs etc. but this month has just been manic! We FINALLY moved house which was very stressful, even up until the day before it was touch and go if it would happen then we had H’s sisters wedding and went on holiday last week (and planning for traveling with a baby is practically a month long task in itself!)

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It’s also been a pretty eventful month in Pippa’s world too…we have a crawling, clapping baby! The clapping came first, I’ve been singing pat-a-cake (with clapping actions) to her for months and our baby sensory teacher told me that if I did that she’d be clapping by 9 months. Then low and behold, at 9 months and 4 days she woke up clapping in her cot! And now she claps whenever she gets excited which is very cute. 

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Two days later it was moving day and that whole week whilst I was packing I would find Pippa on all fours so I knew it wouldn’t be long. On the day we actually moved she started commando crawling very slowly across the floor and then 2 days later once in the new (un-babyproofed!) house she started crawling properly! I clearly was not prepared as the same day I put her on the bed and she crawled head first off…oops!

  
This same day coincided with my first night away from Pippa, ever. With everything going on I hadn’t really had time to get anxious and I think I did it at the right time as I’m much happier to leave her now than I was a few months ago. So off I went to Birmingham to see my best friend from university for a lovely baby-free night of dinner, drinks and dancing. And it was just that, lovely. It was so nice to actually relax and not have to worry about when the baby needs feeding, sleeping etc. and I could actually enjoy myself! Maybe a little too much as the next day I was severely hungover and struggled with the long train journey home but I couldn’t wait to see Pippa once I did eventually get home. Hopefully this will prepare me for the 3 nights I have away from her for a hen do in 4 weeks time too. It will definitely be a lot harder to leave her for that long but I think I’ll enjoy having a weekend off at the same time. 

  
I also learnt this month that taking a baby to social occasions is hard work! It was H’s sisters wedding and Pippa was a flower girl so she came with us and although I can’t fault her as she was as good as gold, entertaining the crowds with her silly faces (more on that later!) and didn’t moan once, it just meant I was constantly trying to find somewhere to feed her or a quiet place for her to sleep. 

  
So yes, Pippa has become a little character and a funny, cheeky one at that. She loves a musical toy (much to our delight…we just love a fisher price theme tune!) or music on the radio or tv and dances and claps to it which is very cute. However on the other hand she has also developed her fathers frown and pulls the most evil of faces and stares (usually at old ladies in lifts) or pulls a shocked face with her mouth wide open, in what my mum calls her ‘scream face’. Obviously she does have a lovely cute smile too and now also, a fake laugh. I overheard a stranger on holiday saying she sounds like woody woodpecker, she’s about right!

  
She has also become very demanding, pointing at what she wants then pointing at me to go and get it for her. She’s now clued up to where I hide her snacks and the snack pot so she’s constantly raiding my bag for those and if it’s not food it’s her ladybird baby touch books which she demands we read to her every five minutes! We’ll see if all that reading of ‘words’, ‘colours’ and ‘numbers’ pays off in the next few months haha!

9 Month Update

  
In my last update there wasn’t much to report as Pippa had been ill, however this month I feel I have loads to talk about as it seems she’s been making up for the previous month!  
She’s no longer a baby but is turning into a little person and one with a great, cheeky personality. She now understands a lot more and can interact with us to tell us what she wants, particularly with her pointing finger demanding what she wants to play with, what she wants to eat or where she wants to go! Her range of hilarious facial expressions can also tell you exactly what she’s thinking and she does a brilliant shocked face.

She’s also constantly chatting and babbling away and has even said Mama and Dada. She only seems to say mama when she’s angry or crying and wanting me so I don’t actually know if she’s screaming for me or it’s just her being angry! However she says dada and daddy all day long but when Daddy comes in from work she points and gets exciting shouting dada dada so who knows!  

  
This month she has also become a lot more mobile and as much as I doubted her crawling ability, she is getting there! The problem lies in the fact she would much rather be standing up, cruising around the furniture and as she spends most of the day doing so, she has got very good at it. Therefore the appeal of being floor level just doesn’t cut it so if I’m around she will just cry/scream/whinge and wiggle to me and pull herself up. If I’m not in sight though or if it’s something she really wants (usually my phone or the remote) she will pull herself on her tummy towards it and she can move around in circles quite quickly and easily on her tummy. I think if she worked out how to get her legs up into the crawling position she would be off in a flash but she’s just not getting it so struggles on her tummy for now!

  

Getting her dressed or changing her nappy has become a real battle as she just flips herself over and wriggles away after the next thing she finds interesting. Keeping her in the cot and even in the buggy is also becoming hard. She can now pull herself up in the cot and can get all over the place in that confined space! I also made the mistake of not strapping her into the buggy last week when I was hoping she would nap but Pips had other ideas…

She was very clingy for a while, not wanting to even go to Daddy and screaming if I wasn’t within inches of her however that has improved as the month has gone on which is rather nice! She’s quite sociable though and will smile at mostly anyone, just men take a bit more getting used to and if that’s the case she’ll give them a little shy smile and bury her head into me!

  
Pippa also finally has some teeth coming through! They appeared out of nowhere and one day last week I just spotted two little white lines on her bottom gums then a few days later they had just about broken through and are now very sharp! She hasn’t been too bad with them apart from last night when she really was crying in pain for a long time before I had to pick her up, comfort her and cuddle her back to sleep – something I haven’t done since she was 4 months old!! As much as I hate seeing her in pain, it was lovely to have sleepy cuddles again though. Having her a bit grumpy the past few days from her teeth has also made me realise how much of a happy baby she really is and rarely cries at all. People always comment on how smiley and happy she is too which is always lovely to hear. I just hope the teeth don’t cause her too much bother over the next month!

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!!

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!

Pippa’s Easter Wardrobe

  
So it’s Easter weekend and Spring is supposed to of sprung but after Friday’s beautiful weather the usual British bank holiday drizzle has returned! However Pip’s spring/Easter wardrobe hasn’t been affected and here is what she’ll be wearing this spring weekend!

With that adorable bunny jumper, this is of course Pippa’s Easter Sunday outfit. The Jumper I bought months ago from H&M ready for spring and the pink leggings are from an existing set we already had. H&M no longer do this jumper sadly but they have something similar with a swan which I think I’ll also be purchasing!

  

I bought this gorgeous bunny dress from Next in their Christmas sale, ready for spring/summer so it is still a bit big for Pippa. However with all those cute bunnies it had to be worn this weekend so will be Pippa’s Easter Monday outfit. In summer this should fit her a bit better and there will be no need for tights or a cardigan, but for this weekend, pink tights bring out the hints of pink in the bunnies on the dress and her Burberry cardigan (need to get more wear’s out of this!!) keeps her warm!

  
For the remaining days we have these tops that came as a set of 3 from George at Asda and I just mix them and match them with existing leggings Pippa already has. I love the yellow, perfectly spring-like and with the black, white and grey, not overly girly too. 

Nursery Update: New Bedroom Wishlist

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Don’t worry I still absolutely love Pippa’s nursery design, however we are (hopefully!) moving house in a few weeks so being me, I have spent most of my spare time looking at lovely interiors, deciding how I’m going to redecorate the new house. One of the rooms that really excites me is Pippa’s new room. Whereas when I designed her nursery I didn’t know the sex, now I can put a bit more of a girly stamp on it!

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As you know I’m not one for all over pink, hearts and flowers with Pippa but there will certainly be hints of it. I’ll be sticking with the grey but adding splashes of mint, pink and gold.

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Pippa’s new bedroom is very long and thin with a wooden floor so my first thought was that she needed a long rug. I fell in love with the Olli Ella Teepee Geo Rug, however at £349 it was a definite no go! Instead I purchased this lovely striped rug from H&M for £15! They had sold out of pink which would have been my first choice and then I was completely stuck between the mint and grey. I decided on the grey as it will be easier to work with in the future if we decide to change her room again.

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As there is a lack of floor space in her new room, I am hoping to utilise lots of shelving to store bits and bobs. These H&M baskets are in the perfect colours and will look great mixed and matched on some shelves.

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More from my H&M wishlist is this gold pineapple cushion!

 

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I have already introduced gold to Pippa’s current room with her ‘Naps Fix Everything’ print and these gorgeous gold spotted cotbed sheets from The Modern Nursery. To add to these splashes of gold I want to add some gold and blush pink triangle wall stickers, also from The Modern Nursery.

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Pippa already has these Bloomingville House Display Boxes so I may consider painting the inside of these grey and pink as they are currently white. I also plan on getting her a gold, pink and grey tassel garland, then with her wall stickers (and maybe even a teepee!), hopefully it will end up looking something like this…ha!