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I still look at her every single night before I go to sleep and can’t believe I’m a mother and I’m blessed enough to be given this beautiful little girl. She’s perfect in every sense of the word. I must of done something right in my twenty four years of being alive, because I’ve been graced with this amazing human being, this little girl that I get to see grow up into a little lady. Her smile and her eyes light up every single morning and give me more than every reason to get out of bed and see through the day. I lay in bed at night and I hear her breathing, or hear her let out a little sound, and I can’t help but smile. My daughter. I’m lucky, I’m lucky, I’m so so lucky. 

Norfolk part one

(There may be a few parts to this series - being a photographer I was sure to take plenty of photos!)

Feeling blessed

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Sat on a 42ft boat in the middle of nowhere on the beautiful Norfolk Broads, England. It’s 9pm and all I can hear is nothing but silence and the gentle sound of birds in the distance. The tide is low and we occasionally rock a little, but other than that the water is still and the night’s sky is dark. Surrounded by nothing but pure countryside beauty. Cows and goats peep their little heads into our boat window and as I look to my left there stands the most beautiful windmill. Then I look down and I’m struck by the most wonderful human being I have ever had the pleasure to meet. The one I carried in my stomach for nine months. There she lay, right next to me in bed. I get to see her face; the last thing before I fall asleep, and then again, in the morning. How lucky and how blessed could I possibly feel? This is my one and only life, and there is not one thing I would change.

'Vast skies, how small I am'

We are currently away on holiday on a beautiful boat along the Norfolk broads. This is Daisy’s first holiday and whilst she may be teething (her 2nd tooth is about to pierce through) she has been such a well behaved little girl! These past 2 nights she slept through from 8pm til 7.30am.. I almost couldn’t believe it after waking up before her.

Keeping a 5 month old busy on a boat can be a little stressful! There’s only so much she can do. But nonetheless she is having so much fun! She’s seen a lot of firsts here and its so wonderful to see what she likes and doesn’t like. She loves donkeys and sitting in her high chairs at little pub gardens. She likes windmills and she likes going down slides on mamas lap.. She’s not too fussed by piers and beaches!

Im on my phone and so it’s hard to blog! We are going to drive the boat a little more and then watch a film!

Weening in easy steps: 4 – 6 months.

This step is my favourite step so far. When the doctor advised us that we should probably start to ween Daisy at 4 months old I won’t lie, I was pretty (maybe selfishly) happy. I’ve been really looking forward to giving Daisy food and experimenting with all the different tastes and textures. It’s so much fun preparing all her food and seeing her little face when she tastes new flavours. Having never had a baby before, weening seemed a little bit of an alien concept to me. I didn’t know what she was allowed, what she wasn’t allowed – how much she is meant to have, when she’s meant to have it, how I’m meant to prepare it, how much milk she should have.. the list goes on. There were so many questions and after reading lots of information I still just couldn’t quite process the information. I’m not sure why, but it would just go in one ear and out the other. I’m like that with information overload! I’m lucky that Andrew, my partner, is an amazing chef and knows his stuff when it comes to food! For anyone a little confused this might actually help – then again it might not.

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When should you ween?

It’s actually recommended that you ween after 6 months. ‘They’ say that it’s due to babies stomach linings not being formed fully and so it could cause food allergies in later life. This isn’t the case with every baby and ‘back in the day’ there used to be a time when babies would be weened at only 3 months old. Babies never really change - we just become more educated in what is best for them. So if you can wait until 6 months then it’s definitely recommended by healthy visitors and doctors. But you aren’t the worst parent in the world if you ween your baby whilst they’re younger than that. You have to do what you feel is right – you are the parent at the end of the day. Follow your mothers intuition. 

Why are we weening early(ish)?

It’s quite simple really - because she’s not getting full enough from her milk. She would be feeding constantly but never satisfied. We tried hungry baby milk but it didn’t work very well with her, it just made her extremely constipated. So after going to the doctor and getting some advice he suggested we started to give her baby rice and gradually ween her. Did it work? Um, yes! She’s so much more content with her food and isn’t hungry twenty four hours a day anymore! It was definitely a bit of a mothers intuition – I just really felt she wasn’t getting full enough from her milk and I’m glad I followed my instinct - You should too!

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Where to start?

The first thing we started with, and what was recommended to start with, was baby rice. Plain and simple baby rice. You can buy these in packets in stores and the instructions are on the back, they’re pretty easy to make up. I made Daisy a little bowl and only gave her a few mouthfuls to begin with. Her face was hilarious. It’s so strange to imagine that it’s someones first ever taste of food. I can’t imagine not knowing how to eat! So that’s what we started with for the first few days. No flavours just one bowl of baby rice a day for about 3 – 4 days. I’m not personally saying this is how you should do it, but it’s how we did it!

Then what?

We then introduced flavoured baby rice/cereal for breakfast. We did this for a couple of days – introducing banana flavour, strawberry, fruit ect. Daisy loves banana flavours! It’s good to persevere if it’s looking like they aren’t enjoying something – it’s likely that it’s going to be because it’s a new flavour. Daisy hated banana at first and now she absolutely loves it and can’t get enough of it!

Next?

After the cereals have well and truly be introduced and your baby seems okay with them, start on fruit and veg! You can buy the pots or tins you see in supermarkets but my personal preference is to actually buy the fruit and vegetables and cook them myself. To begin with we bought butternut squash, sweet potato, green beans, bananas, carrots, broccoli (you get the idea!) If anything needs to be cooked I would cook it until it’s boiled, mush it a little and then puree it in a mini blender. You can make up big quantities and use the ice cube trick for easy and quick baby meals.

Ice cube trick?

So, so easy. You will need: Vegetables, a blender, an ice cube tray, sandwich bags.

Cook the vegetables you have, then mush them and blend them. Then pour into little ice cube trays and place in the freezer. Once they are frozen you can get then pop them out, place them in sandwich bags and label them with what they are! I have to label them because when frozen, broccoli and green beans look exactly the same. As does butternut squash and sweet potato. Well, as do a lot of fruit and veg!

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What should you stick to? Or what should you avoid?

It’s advised to only stick to fruit and vegetables whilst they are under 28 weeks. It’s better to stay away from all dairy food as it’s possible to build up a dairy intolerance, so I personally feel it’s better to stick the the fruit and veg as apposed to risk that happening. I try and ween Daisy onto new foods slowly. I don’t rush and give her a lot of new flavours in one day. I may give her sweet potato for dinner a couple of days in a row, and then introduce parsnip along side it. Another tip I’ve been told is to try and offer your baby water with their food, that way they get used to having a drink with their food. Daisy really doesn’t like water at the moment, it’s the one taste she just won’t take to. But it’s definitely something we will persevere with. Also it’s advised to stay away from nuts! We also give Daisy rusk biscuits as it helps her learn how to chew. We have to hold it and be very careful incase she chews of big chunks. Up until 6 months it’s advised to stick to puree and only fruit and vegetables - no meat or dairy.

What about the milk?

Up until about 6 months a baby gets all their vitamins and energy sources from their milk, not the food. So it’s really important that your baby doesn’t fill up completely on only the food. I always offer Daisy a bottle of milk before giving her solid food as I want to make sure she’s still getting all the goodness from her bottle before eating a small meal.

Remember..

Use your instinct and do what you, as the mum (or dad), feel is best for your baby! Noone knows your baby better than you do.

Hello! - Keeping you updated.
Keeping a blog regularly updated can sometimes *occasionally* seem like a bit of a chore. I love it though because I love my blog. But on weeks when it’s so busy and you hardly get a moment to yourself it can be a little difficult. I’m currently in the process of moving out, but due to certain difficulties which I can’t really go into, It’s taking a long time for me to be housed. So I’m pretty much a little bit homeless right now. That’s okay though because I have such a lovely supportive family. But in the midst of things that are going on, blogging doesn’t come high enough on the list! Anyhow, things are a little bit settled now so I have time! Yessss, time! 
Daisy is now five months. As you can probably see from my last post! I can’t believe in one more month she will be half a year - how is that even possible? It’s crazy how much I adore being with her each and every day. She builds up more character and more personality each morning she wakes up. And I just watch her at night time and think how lucky I am to love her. I am so, SO lucky. I never knew being a mum could feel so rewarding and I never knew that motherhood was so beautiful. Ahhh. 
I go back to work soon. In fact, I go back to work in just five days time. I won’t lie - I am completely sad about it. I feel as though I’ve lived in a happy little bubble during this maternity leave. I’ve just been bobbing along doing this whole life/being a mum thing. I seem to have forgotten completely what it was like to be at work and to be away from Daisy. I guess I just have to get on with it. Like we all do. I’m not very good at change but I’m going to have to be. Because things are changing!
Life is a funny but lovely little thing sometimes isn’t it? 

Hello! - Keeping you updated.

Keeping a blog regularly updated can sometimes *occasionally* seem like a bit of a chore. I love it though because I love my blog. But on weeks when it’s so busy and you hardly get a moment to yourself it can be a little difficult. I’m currently in the process of moving out, but due to certain difficulties which I can’t really go into, It’s taking a long time for me to be housed. So I’m pretty much a little bit homeless right now. That’s okay though because I have such a lovely supportive family. But in the midst of things that are going on, blogging doesn’t come high enough on the list! Anyhow, things are a little bit settled now so I have time! Yessss, time! 

Daisy is now five months. As you can probably see from my last post! I can’t believe in one more month she will be half a year - how is that even possible? It’s crazy how much I adore being with her each and every day. She builds up more character and more personality each morning she wakes up. And I just watch her at night time and think how lucky I am to love her. I am so, SO lucky. I never knew being a mum could feel so rewarding and I never knew that motherhood was so beautiful. Ahhh. 

I go back to work soon. In fact, I go back to work in just five days time. I won’t lie - I am completely sad about it. I feel as though I’ve lived in a happy little bubble during this maternity leave. I’ve just been bobbing along doing this whole life/being a mum thing. I seem to have forgotten completely what it was like to be at work and to be away from Daisy. I guess I just have to get on with it. Like we all do. I’m not very good at change but I’m going to have to be. Because things are changing!

Life is a funny but lovely little thing sometimes isn’t it?