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What Samuel eats in a day!

It feels like such a long time since I did one of these posts and I’m sure I say it every time but I am going to try and make them more regular.

Breakfast

Samuel had Rice Krispies with cows milk and a fruit bar for breakfast. He ate everything. Samuel really enjoys cereal and will usually eat it all.

Snack

Samuel had 3 blueberry rice cakes. He sometimes doesn’t have a snack in the morning it depends on his nap time.

Lunch

Samuel had beans and dinosaur toast. He is very hit and miss with toast but cutting it into dinosaur shapes seemed to do the trick. He ate the whole lot and even had some more beans off my plate. He had a fromage frais for after.

Snack

We met some friends at the play barn and Samuel had the Pom Bears spotted as soon as we got in there so we shared a bag. He also had some Kiddylicious smoothie melts.

Dinner/tea

Samuel had cottage pie that was packed with carrots, peas and mushrooms. He also had some sweetcorn which he loves. For afters he had some raisins.

Bedtime

Before Samuel went to sleep he had a bottle of cows milk.

So there we go. I would love to hear what you give your toddlers to eat. Always after some inspiration!

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The end of our breastfeeding journey

Well that’s it, our breastfeeding journey has come to an end. Part of me feels a little bit sad writing this. Is has been such a positive experience for both of us and one I was reluctant to let go of. But the time was right to stop and if I’m honest Samuel was naturally wanting less and less anyway. It was more of a comfort than a nourishment for him and the new year seemed liked the perfect time to stop.

If you fancy reading about how we got on breastfeeding in the beginning then check out the post I wrote during National Breastfeeding Week.

So how did we stop? Well we went cold turkey. Samuel was having a feed before bed to settle him, feeds in the middle of the night if he woke and one in the morning. I was actually rather surprised at how easy it was to stop. He had an extra bottle of milk to settle him and one when he woke in the night but that was it. He seemed to sleep better and apart from the odd little tug on my top he has not seemed too fussed about not having it.

It has been just over a week now and thankfully apart from my breasts being slightly tender I haven’t suffered in terms of encouragement either. My hormones on the other hand have felt a bit out of sync and I have felt not quite myself but hopefully they will soon balance themselves back out.

I would love to hear how you stopped and at what age? Did you find it easy or was it a struggle? How did you feel afterwards?

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Samuel Update

I have neglected this blog a bit lately and as it’s a new year my resolution is to get back on it.

I am going to start with a Samuel update. He turns 17 months old today and I seriously cannot believe that in just a months time I will have an 18 month old. I know I say this every time but he really does amaze us every day. It seems like he always has a new word or can do something different or make a new animal sound and I want to ensure I document as much of it as I can.

Gross Motor

Samuel is now a confidant Walker. He is able to walk backwards and change direction with ease. He has started trying to run and still loves to climb. His new thing is spinning round and round and he finds it hilarious when he makes himself dizzy and fulls over. Samuel can push himself along on his Scuttle Bug and turn the handles to change direction.

Fine Motor

Samuel shows more control all the time. He is able to hold a crayon using a digital probate grasp and make marks across the page. He is able to stack 4-5 blocks to create a tower and is beginning to use a fork.

Cognitive

Samuel understands more and more each day. He knows where lots of things are kept and is beginning to show an understanding of course and effect. For example he knows that if he places his flannel over the plug hole it will stop the water going down, which means he doesn’t have to get out of the bath. Samuel loves cars and trains and will push them around on the floor or track making appropriate noises for them.

Communication

Samuel has lots of words now and when at home he chats away constantly. His favourite words to say are ‘tractor’, ‘car’ and ‘duck’. He also likes to make ‘choo choo’ noises as well as quacking, roaring and barking. He likes to say ‘ugh oh’ and if he can’t get past something or move something he says ‘stuck’. Everyday he seems to say a new word and I love hearing his little voice.

Social

Samuel is still quite shy around unfamiliar people and is still very much a ‘Mummy’s boy’. He can give people such a look if he is not happy, he has such an emotive face. It has been nice to hear from the Childminder that Samuel has been interacting well with the other children.

Feeding

Samuel isn’t a bad eater and depending on what mood he is in, will eat pretty much anything. Although he is not a fan of carrots or broccoli and will pick out even the smallest, hidden pieces. His favourite meal is definitely breakfast, he loves cereal and like his Mummy and Daddy he definitely has a sweet tooth. Samuel has a bottle of half formula and half cows milk before bed (he still isn’t a fan of cows milk on its own) and some more milk in the night if he wakes for it. I think he has about 14 teeth maybe more. He won’t let me look anymore.

Sleeping

We have recently got Samuel down to 1 nap a day as we were struggling to get him to sleep in the evenings. We pretty much co-sleep the majority of the night although this is something we are going to work on. We have not yet perfected sleeping through the night.

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Photos of the Week

Late again but here are my favourite photos/moments of the week. Actually as I am so late they are photos of the fortnight.

Give Samuel a wide open space and he will run around like crazy. He loves to be outside and is definitely at his happiest when he is.

When a trip to Pets at Home is as much fun as a day out. Samuel and Henry loved looking at the animals and fish.

You can’t tell from his face but Samuel loves his friend Evelyn and she adores him.

Autumn walk collecting leaves and feathers. Samuel loved picking things up and bringing them to me.

To Samuel you climb the wrong way up a slide then slide back down on your belly. If it makes him this happy who cares.

I will try and get more regular with my posts again.

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Photos of the Week

Very late in posting this week but it’s been super busy. Here are my favourite pictures/moments from last week.

Our boy is walking now. He walks everywhere and with such skill. It seems to have happened so quickly but at the same time it feels like he has always been doing it.

Ha ha this photo! One baby not looking, one having a meltdown, one being her usual angelic self and one pulling a silly face. Not the perfect picture we had in mind but captures the moment beautifully.

On Monday it rained a lot and we got stuck in the car without coats. Samuel didn’t mind he loves being in the drivers seat, making brum noises and pushing all the buttons. He was fascinated by the rain and kept stopping to look out the window.

Samuel settles and falls to sleep on our bed at night then we move him to his own room. On Tuesday night he was just so hyper and had lots of fun bouncing on the bed instead of falling to sleep.

Finally got round to sorting out some of our cruise pics and this was one of them. Two gorgeous boys having the time of their lives. Just love it!

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What Samuel eats in a day pt 3

It’s been a while. Being back at work as left me with no time at all. Here is what a gave Samuel to eat today.

Pre breakfast

Samuel woke early today, about 5:30, and had been restless from about 2am so had a lot of breast milk during the night.

Breakfast

Whilst I prepared Samuels weatabix he had some rice crispies. These are great for practicing that pincer grip. He had his weatabix with warm whole milk and some water to drink.

Morning Snack

Samuel had a tiny piece of tea cake and shared a bag of quavers with his cousin.

Lunch

For lunch I gave Samuel a crumpet thin and some cream cheese. He had some apple and grapes for afterwards. He actually only ate a couple of bites of the crumpet and 1 slice of apple. Not sure why. He loves all those things. Samuel can be very hit and miss at lunch time. He had some more water to drink.

Afternoon Snack

Samuel had an Ella’s Kitchen Red One smoothie. He also had a Fruit Shoot Hydro to drink.

Dinner/Tea

Samuel had chicken breast, mashed potato, peas, sweetcorn, mushrooms and low salt gravy. He ate nearly all of it and the chicken had disappeared before I even had chance to take a picture. Again he had more water to drink and a fromage frais for after.

Bedtime

Samuel had some growing up milk before he went to sleep.

Again nothing fancy just an average day.

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Photos of the Week

This week has been my first proper one back at work. Samuel has started with the childminder and we have begun to get into some sort of routine. I am also very excited as my Olympus Pen camera has finally been sent back to me after being away for repair for over a month.

Samuel was actually very good a pulling the blocks out on this giant Jenga game. I just had visions of the whole thing toppling down on him.

What I love about my job is being able to get creative. This was taken on one of our training days at the start of the week. We used natural materials to make a shelter for the dragons among other activities that the children might partake in during their Forest School sessions.

This sleeping pic was sent to me by the childminder on Samuels first day. I was so worried that he wouldn’t settle but I had nothing to worry about. Yes there were tears but they didn’t last and I know that it will get easier for both of us.

We went to our local nature reserve on Thursday with Samuels friend Seth and his Mummy. I love seeing Samuel interacting more with other children. The way they communicate with each other just melts my heart.

The way he looks at his Daddy! Daddy was number 1 on Friday as he went to collect Samuel from the childminders. Daddy also always does bath time. They listen to music and have the best time together. Although Samuel is a Mummy’s boy I can see that one day I’m not going to get a look in and it will be all about spending time with Daddy.