I’m not going to lie to you, the last couple of days have been pretty damn trying. Leo came down with the winter vomiting bug and it’s the first sickness bug he’s ever had apart from when he was 3/4 months old and he had Bronchitis but I can barely ever remember that.
I’ve usually got the most charismatic and boisterous little boy going, with his personality developing day by day, so seeing him so sad and lacking of energy was extremely difficult. All he wanted to do was cuddle for three days straight and we brought out the big snuggly duvet out and thanked the lord that Sky had released their christmas films because there’s only so many times I can watch Monsters University and that one movie with the singing animals. I don’t remember what it’s called but I can quote about 95% of it (ironic huh). The only time we transitioned from the sofa to be brutally honest was to shower and to sleep which was another pitfall. Leo’s been doing so well with his cot sleeping. I’m not even sure what happened but we’ve tried for months and months on end for him to sleep in his cot which has resulted in days of sleepless nights and uncomfortable foot in the face sleeps when I finally gave in and let him sleep in our bed. Apparently he just decided one day that he is too grown to be sleeping with mummy and daddy and falls asleep in his own cot at the drop of a hat now. I just hope to god that this hasn’t put a spanner in the works. I’ll let you know in a few days I guess.
I’m just looking at this as another milestone that we’re crossing, I mean everything has to happen at some point or another whether it’s a good or bad milestone but that’s just me being optimistic. One of the other points I find whenever we run into a stepping stone or when something negative happens is the appreciation that I have for my mum increases tenfold. There were so many times that i took my mum for granted and shouted in her face that it was just their job to do things for me but I’ve only just appreciated the actual self sacrifice that it takes to raise a child. So if you’re reading this mumma (probably not.) sorry for being a massive brat when I was younger.
It just proves that a parents love is just out of this world (sorry soppy) and if you’d have told me 3 years ago that I’d go days without sleep and be looking after a tiny little sproglet I would have laughed at you and thought that even if I did have a baby I probably wouldn’t even know how to hold it.
Hope you enjoyed this little update,
The day that Leonardo was born was such a vivid day but feels like a lifetime. I can no longer remember the days where I’d sleep until 2pm, eat food warmer than lukewarm and being able to have a wee without having a small being sitting at me feet. Now I find myself constantly being tired but happier than I’ve ever been in my life.
It’s been a blessing to watch Leo develop into a charming, cheeky a stubborn little boy and for everybody else to be able to see the qualities which I love so much.
I was always a little bit baffled about the social media mums and the need to blog and talk about their babies but now I get it because there is Nov greater pride in life than raising a child.
P.s it’s my blogiversary today and I’ve had this particular blog for an entire year. Who’d have thought it x
I don’t think I did an actual blog post on Leo learning to walk but it’s here, he’s been toddling about unsteadily for the last week and genuinely is so proud of himself. I’m pretty proud of him too in all honesty. He’s so happy and proud of himself and wants to walk literally everywhere and seeing him doing something which he really wants to do is lovely, usually he get’s quite frustrated because he’s so close to so many milestones but just needs that little bit of extra help so seeing the joy and pride on his face if either my friends, Ricardo or myself praise him is everything that I enjoy about being a mumma.
The day after he officially started toddling ,I went out and bought him some lovely little trainers and Desert shoes instead of the slipper canvas shoe he had before so he can toddle outside and it was so worth it. I pushed him in the buggy to his dads bus stop yesterday whih is probably a 5 minute walk, slightly less and let him walk home holding my hand. I was kind of worried that he’d want to walk off without me but he held my hand so nicely and walked in the direction which I pointed to. Granted, it did take 40 entire minutes to walk him home but we did have to stop to wave at every single car which passed, watched the bin man empty the bins by our local shop and attempt to pick up every single leaf which had fallen off one tree so all in all he did quite well I had to pick him up for the final 50 meters and when we got home he climbed on my lap, curled up and fell asleep watching trolls. I genuinely loved every single second of it and seeing him reaching all of his milestones makes my heart burst with pride.
In the evening we decided to go for our monthly trip to Wagamamas and I took my friends Courtney and Danielle for their first experiences with Rico meeting us there after work. Leo toddled all of the way from the car park and seeing the encouragement from my friends (who he literally adores) was even more sweet. Unfortunately now he’s walking he doesn’t want to sit still, so our usually quite easy trip to wagas was quite difficult until the food came out because Leo just wanted to show off.
Here’s a before and after shot of Leo’s dinner in Wagamamas. I had to apologise whole heartedly for the amount of mess hes made and the thought of all of that rice on the floor made my mumma heart break.
We’re going to go to the Dinosaur Park on Thursday which Leo has been to once before. If you want to read that blog then you can click HERE and see but it’ll be the first time that he’s been able to walk and hasn’t been confined to a pram or a hip for the majority of the journey so that’ll be fun. I’ll deffo be blogging about it so look out for that.
And so it begins, a new stage in leo’s life that I’ve been so excited for. Leo is finally starting baby led weaning, I’m not sure that I can actually call it that as Leo has been on pureed for a while but I just don’t think that it’s stimulating enough for him. He enjoys being able to participate in everything that I ever do and when I feed him with a baby spoon he just really wants to feed himself and snatches the spoon out of my hands every 2 seconds. I think that it will improve his gross and fine motor skills and also his hand eye coordination incredible amounts and he’ll find it more enjoyable.
Another reason is because the only food he really likes is fruit and I’ve been having to add fruit to everything I’ve pureed so maybe if he’s eating just normal food then he will find more tastes that he enjoys and we will be able to expand his diet. I actually started BLW with Leo yesterday and gave him scrambled egg and toast but mixed it all with fruit purees so that he could get used to the new textures as opposed to the taste because it may put him off, so I’ll slowly incorporate more tastes and textures.
I’m going to start with kiwi, pears, apples, mangos, carrots, potato, rice, pasta, toast and similar foods and possibly add fish later on. I was actually debating only giving him a vegetarian diet but I know some people who have been raised veggie and have resented it about their parents when they grew up so I’m not going to do that. I will let him make his own decisions when he is older.
It’s such an exciting stage with having a child because it’s like they’re becoming more and more like a toddler. Me and Rico actually say this all the time how he doesn’t seem like a baby in the sense of wa wa eat sleep and poop baby because he’s so aware of everything but it’s so lovely as well because he’s able to enjoy so much more and be incorporated in a lot of things that we do.
Here is Leo’s lunch today which is egg noodles and sweetcorn.
Hello my lovelies,
So I am probably known for creating blogs which miss the mark ever so slightly but when you’re a parent every ooh and aww seem like a sentence and every accidental reach too far is definitely a crawl but I have 100% proof that you cannot fault at all.
Okay so Leo is definitely crawling, not confidently and still kind of army shuffling his way along but he is getting from point A to Point B when he wants to. I was actually quite shocked when he decided he was ready because he’s only 5 months and on all of the websites it says babies usually start crawling at 6-9 months on average but he is such a strong baby it’s insane. Even the health visitor, who used to come over she said how strong he was when he had his heel prick. She couldn’t keep his foot still when she tried to get a sample.
I’m going off topic but I’m super duper proud and also really pleased for him as he always wants to be active and mobile but can’t without me so gets really agitated when he’s been put down.
I stopped doing my month by month update because he’s just smashing these milestones so quickly I can’t keep up and I’m enjoying just living in the moment which I know is the exact opposite of everything I have said for months.
Here’s a little video of Leo crawling.
When people talk about their children’s first words, more often than not they’re so sure and assertive as to where, when and what the word was and to be brutally honest I was fully expecting to be one of those. I’ve always scolded my mum for having no clue what our first word was or when but I completely understand now. What constitutes as a baby’s first word? Is it just when they make a noise or when they understand what they’re saying?
I am an optimist so I am going to take this awkward bundle of noises that my son is now saying as his first word even though I would love to swear against him saying ‘Dada’ before ‘Mumma’ but hey-ho, kids will never do what you want. What makes it even cuter is that Leo has both of his bottom teeth coming through so it’s a lispy, dribbly mess. I’ve even managed to include a cute little video.
To celebrate the weather and this huge milestone, we decided to go to the park. I actually only discovered this part a couple of days ago but I am so pleased that we now have a gorgeous little baby park less than 5 minutes away from our flat so that I can take him out easily during the week when Rico is at work because I’m sometimes a bit dubious about taking him out and about on my own because it’s so much hassle with the stairs to our flat but I can just strap him into the baby carrier and take a bottle in my bag and we’ll be fun.
I’m so pleased it’s beautiful weather because Leo is now able to get out of his pram without being bundled in 30 layers or hats, scarves, coats and blankets and can be more mobile outside of the flat which he really loves.
So believe it or not Leo is four months, I know tight. I can remember sitting down and writing every single ones of his previous month updates like they were yesterday and if you’ve followed this blog for a while you might remember reading them (probably not).
So today as I’ve joined the YouTube bandwagon I thought I’d give this opportunity to film Leo’s update and get him on camera and I really enjoyed filming it. Since creating a YouTube channel it’s improved my confidence greatly, I feel more oblivious to what people think about me and just happier in general.
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Leo’s 4 month update
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I appreciate all of the support I’ve been receiving recently,
So without even realising it I seem to have created a series of blog posts all titles babies firsts including Babies first Injection and Babies first Snow Day (which I was so excited about when I realised) but today I am bring to you with pride and dismay Babies First Tooth(ish).
This post has been a long time coming but I have been completely in denial because who wants their babies to grow up too quickly. For weeks and weeks I have been putting off the bucket loads of dribble and him constantly putting every single thing he has his hands on (including his hands for the majority of the time) in his mouth but yesterday I finally found it. The start of a tooth coming through
Now I don’t think that it was the fact that I was completely in denial but I also didn’t realise that babies could get their teeth through at 3 months. Apparently so and one of my mummy friends babies even had his through at 6 weeks but It seems like the day is ever looming that I am going to have a chubby(er), chaty(er) crawling (no not yet) squidge.
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When you have a child there are a number of first which are extremely exciting. There are also a number of firsts that really dread. Illness, swearwords and sleep interruptions all fall into that category but I think that the one that sticks in the minds of new mums minds the most is injections.
Usually babies have their injections at 8 weeks old but unfortunately a couple of weeks ago Leo had Bronchitis so we had to postpone them until now. Weeks upon weeks I have been dreading his immunisations and to be honest I’m already dreading him getting his next ones in a months time, they were horrific.
I think that the thing that was most upsetting was that he was in the best mood before he got them and was laughing up until the point that it was stuck in his leg. At that point he screamed and screamed and screamed. I have never heard him so upset or seen him go so red in the fact but it was heart breaking. Ricardo had to stand outside because he didn’t want to see it but I could feel my eyes filling up with tears and butterflies in my tummy as if I was the one getting three injections.
Fortunately because he missed his first nap he is now sound asleep and I think that the calpol made him drowsy but I’m looking forward to not sleeping for the next two days because I’m so paranoid about his temperature. Watch out for a bunch of posts soon.
If Leo wasn’t the happiest baby and still full of smiles I think I’d probably be a wreck right now but nothing seems to phase him.
speak soon Hannah x