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Toddler poo problems

30 May

After a week out of the blogging game I am coming back with the unusual mix of toddler nutrition and harem pants. Let’s deal with first things first. The babe has struggled with her poos from being a tiny thing. (It runs in her family bless her). I gave her water in between feeds when she was three months to help and anticipated drama when she moved to solids. Whilst weaning wasn’t disastrous – the babe is a tremendous eater and there are few things she won’t sample – each new food introduced had to be given an opportunity to get out of her system again before we new what trouble it might cause.

I think I have been pretty good with what I give her to eat. I bought a brilliant Beaba Babycook which I would highly recommend and which ensured early weaning friendly purées in minutes. I succumb to Ella’s kitchen fruit smoothie pouches for ease but how bad can 100% fruit be? Well, it turns out pretty terrible for a toddler with a sensitive digestive system. Despite the best efforts of my somewhat old school health visitor, the babe has struggled with her poos for at least 6 months.

My lovely childminders who I frequently praise on the blog took it upon themselves to point out to me that some of the stuff I was giving her to eat was really not helping. Some might take offence but I was soooo grateful. They know I’m a mum who only wants the best for her girl and will do anything in her power to make her life easier and I’m confident they respect me as a parent. So why not take a little advice from parents and carers who have a lot more experience in life and child rearing than me. Taking her off her favourite bananas and substituting pears and apples was a big one. (Bananas are all sugar apparently). Red meat and pasta together are almost impossible for small children to digest. (Out went her favourite homemade spaghetti bolognese and in with the ratatouille). And all per packed foods for children have massive amounts of sugar in them, natural or not, that exacerbates any digestive issues. (Even her Petit Filou yogurts have been switched for Greek yoghurt and fruit purée, very tasty).

When I went to pick her up tonight I discovered that the childminders had bought me two recipe books to help me and congratulate me on my success. How lush. I may now need to seek out the health visitor who told me that the babe should be eating the same meals that we eat all the time……

My other promised topic was harem pants. I am a big fan and I am too for the babe in summer. When she was tiny she had some gorgeous white linen ones, long ago too small. Imagine my excitement when I came across some new ones in Next yesterday. Gorgeous detail and a good price for a lovely quality item. Still available online at £11. The shot is of the babe sporting her harem pants in portugal last summer. She was the grand old age of 5 months….

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Becoming a mum gave me something to say…

4 Apr

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My blog title today is based on a Mumsnet bloggers question that I answered on twitter without even thinking about it. The questions was, “What made you start blogging?”. I’m not trying to make myself sound rubbish before I had the babe I think I just mean that being a mum has given me confidence to push into areas of my capability I always wanted to explore. Being a mum is a role that I feel fits me. Maybe writing does too. Anyway, good question Mumsnet! Very thought provoking.

I think my blog has taken a more serious turn this week. Less fun and fashion and more personal diary. I was thinking today how much impact my state of mind has on the babe. If I’m stressed she’s much harder to manage so me looking after myself becomes so important for everyone. Need to get my head around managing working and family life and then I think things will settle down again. I do feel Iike I just have to get on with it for a while longer before I can make an informed decision on what to do next. I have a tendency to make decisions quickly, (it’s part of why I’m good at my job), but in my personal life I do try and remember to take a step back to make sure I’m doing the right thing. Easier said than done…

To make sure I keep that barbie element to my blog I’ve done what I’d promised to do a lot more and included a picture of the babe in one of her little outfits. The dungaree dress has a double layer skirt and is from baby Benetton. White leggings are a bargainous £3 from Next and the tee is a lovely pink and white stripe that came in a three pack last summer that bought in bigger sizes because I loved it so much! The bandana is infact a big from the brilliant funky giraffe. Check it their website for ally well priced bandana bibs and very quick postage.funky giraffe

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My next blog is going to focus on sizing. Just like me the babe seems to be a different size in all the different stores and for a mate’s baby, getting a waistband that doesn’t stop the breathing is the issue!

Mad Men and Manolo’s

27 Mar

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Well I’m sitting in the garden reading my book whilst the babe sleeps and thought I’d do the blog now. Given that the new series of Mad Men starts tonight I better do it now! (The book in question by the way is Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. I may have harped on about her before but she’s a fab writer. Both books I’ve read are written from the point of view of a woman with a debilitating illness and she has a phd in neuroscience so she nows her stuff!).

Tuesday afternoons always have that annoying quality to them. No matter how lovely a time I’m having, or this week how good the weather, I am always wishing I didn’t have to go back to work tomorrow. I am seeing my fave client on thurs so that helps a bit.

Two fashionable thoughts today. First the babe. I went to Next this morning to exchange some of the things she’d been given for her birthday. (Don’t tell on me..). I managed to get a couple of pairs of the skinny neon jeans they have been doing in the right size but also found these little sweatshirt tops. Now, I am really not a fan of baby hoodies and avoid at all costs but I thought these were somewhere close to a summer jacket and would be great to have in your bag over the summer months. My own pic is below as they are not on the website. There is a pale pink one too.

Now for mummy. The fact that it is now warm means I’ll have to ditch the opaque tights at the office. This in turn means a Fake Bake session this evening. I really need to invest in some summer shift dresses for work but am struggling a bit to find the right thing. Mad Men will no doubt inspire me later. In the interim I’ll be swapping black patent courts for nude ones which at least will give a nod o the summer with a white blouse and pencil skirt.

Tomorrow, baby sandals. A minefield.

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Barbie my baby

24 Mar

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Well I had my first pay cheque after my maternity leave yesterday and what did I do with it, go shopping for the babe!! It’s been a lovely afternoon really. The hubby took the babe to the park whilst me and the best bud went to the shops, a lovely little break combined with my fave activity.

Neither me or the buddy had loads of money to spend so we stayed with the high street and headed for the Next sale and Mothercare where there is a buy one get one half price offer on all their clothes and shoes. Baby Zara can never be missed however so we stopped there too….

I try to buy for the babe like I buy for myself. My theory is to buy only things that already go with one or two things in my wardrobe and also group with trends that I am into and I know suit me. I have gone with some colour blocking for the babe and I try to keep in mind that more pastel rather than bright colours suit her. I am a skinnies and tee’s kind of a mummy and so the poor thing is a bit in my image too, bless her. Everything I buy also has to go with the leopard print booties. See my gravatar if you missed the post dedicated to them!!

So, what did I buy? Three pairs of skinnies and about seven tees!!! Mothercare came through on the jeans and whilst the Baby K range is not always my cup of tea I do find that they do some more fashion oriented stuff. Bit pricey for little ones but the buy one get one half price helped. The coral jeans below also come in a pastel pink (which I also got).

http://www.mothercare.com/Baby-K-Pink-Slim-Jean/dp/B006WM12HU?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_15&nodeId=161616031&sr=1-15&qid=1332619410

http://www.mothercare.com/Baby-K-Red-Jean/dp/B007AHCFVI?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_8&nodeId=161616031&sr=1-8&qid=1332619359&pf_rd_r=17WR39YNSYYQWHNF14WX&pf_rd_m=A2LBKNDJ2KZUGQ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=161616031&pf_rd_p=231490867&pf_rd_s=related-tab-3-5

There was also a pair of lemon skinnies in the Mothercare main range for a cheaper £9 that are in the bag too.

http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Yellow-Trouser/dp/B006LKO2HU?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_2&nodeId=42764041&sr=1-2&qid=1332619305&pf_rd_r=18E06344N1MZP471CGGW&pf_rd_m=A2LBKNDJ2KZUGQ&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=0&pf_rd_p=231490887&pf_rd_s=center-7

As far as t shirts go the top shot is classic baby Zara and is something I would wear too! A great match with a the colourful jeans and boots.

http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/uk/en/zara-S2012/190046/687015/photograph%2BT-shirt

I have to say Next did not come up trumps. Sale days at Next are always a drama but there wasn’t sufficient stock to look at. I did pick up some socks but I don’t think they need their own link!

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It’s the babes birthday party tomorrow so I must go and ice 101 fairy cakes but in the true spirit of Barbie My Baby I am including a pic of the babe’s outfit today. I have cut her head to keep her secret but you’ll get the idea. In brief the jeans are Mothercare, the tee is Next, the boots are Pom D’api and the cardi is La Redoute. Hope you approve; I thought she looked like a little dudette!

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