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Photos of the week

A few days later than I originally planned but we have had a busy weekend. Here are some of the things we were up to last week.

Last Saturday Lee was at Pistons in the Park with our Mini club so Samuel and I went to meet him there. There were lots of cars on display as well as some quad bikes, which Samuel got to sit on. He absolutely loved it. His face in this picture just shows how interested he was.

Samuel loves ice-cream and here he is having a taste of my Jammy Dodger flavour gelato. It really was delicious and Samuel thought so too.

The sand fiend is at it again. He just can’t get enough of the stuff. Here he is at Whisby after we had had a play in their new soft play barn.

Samuel in a net swing with 2 of his best friends George and Evelyn. He loves other children especially older ones that he can follow around.

Having fish and chips with Samuels Great Nanna and Grandad. Samuel is eating fishcake here and he loved the mushy peas. We had such a lovely time with my Grandparents.

We are having such a lovely summer together I can’t believe it’s nearly over.

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Weaning Wednesday – What Samuel eats in a day!

Having seen some similar blog/vlog posts I thought I would do a 'what Samuel eats in a day' post. It may become weekly/fortnightly as it will inspire me to try new things rather than give him the same things all the time.

This is all from the same day and I have not jazzed it up in the slightest for the purpose of this post. It is just an average day.

Pre breakfast
When Samuel wakes I will breastfeed him. This is usually half an hour to an hour before breakfast. Depending on what he had during the night depends on how long he will feed for. Last night he slept for 10 hours and didn't wake up until 6am (never happens Samuel usually wakes at least once for a feed and few more times just needing reassurance) which meant he fed on and off for about 10 minutes.

Breakfast
Whilst I prepare Samuels main breakfast he will sit in his high chair and snack on dry cereal. Today he had Weetos and Rice Crispies.
He then had Weatabix with whole cows milk which he feeds himself. Yes it can get a bit messy.
I also add his vitamins to a small amount of water which he drinks during his breakfast.
Samuel only ate half of his weatabix today so I popped some Ella's Kitchen Round Ones in his tub and he ate those whilst I had a shower (Samuel was in the room with me so I could see him).

Morning Snack
After Samuel wakes from his morning nap he usually likes a little snack and a drink. Today he had some Kiddylicious veggie straws and some water. This will usually see him through until lunchtime.

Lunchtime
Today Samuel had left over rice, sweetcorn and cucumber. This was followed by a box of raisins.

Again he had a drink of water as well as a Fruit Shoot Hydro.

Afternoon Snack
Sometimes Samuel will have more milk in the afternoon either breast or formula however today he didn't show any signs of wanting any. He had an Ella's Kitchen the red one smoothie, another box of raisins and half an Kiddylicious carrot bar as well as plenty more water to drink. This wasn't all in one go it was over the course of the afternoon.

Dinner/tea time
Today Samuel had whole grain breaded chicken, potato waffles and mixed veg, followed by strawberries. He had water to drink.

He ate most but not all. Actually Samuel can be quite hit and miss with what he eats. Perhaps I should call this post 'what I give Samuel to eat' rather that what he actually eats.

Bedtime
Samuel has a bottle of follow on milk and today he had a top up of breast milk. It depends on how tired he is or how much he has eaten throughout the day.

So there we go – what I gave Samuel to eat today. As I said it is not jazzed up in anyway. I would love to hear what your little ones favourite foods are.

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Samuel at 12 months

I can't believe I am writing this post. It seems crazy that I have a one year old. I'm sure it was only yesterday that I held him for the first time. Samuel has changed so much since he was that 8lb 4oz newborn and even since my last update. He really is turning into a little boy.

Gross Motor
Samuel is able to walk a short distance independently but would still rather hold your finger although he seems to be getting more confident everyday. He loves to climb and will pull himself up on anything, climbing on and off his scuttle bug and bike with ease.

Fine Motor
Samuel is able to use his hands with purpose. He can use a spoon to feed himself and is able to pick up small objects and food using a pincer grip. He is still obsessed with putting lids back on things.

Cognitive
Samuel remembers where things were or where they should be. He likes to push cars around on the floor and tries really hard to put the correct shape in the correct hole in his shape house.

Communication
Samuel is beginning to build up a repertoire of words such as mama, dada, ball, bubble, Peppa, no and Nanna. He is able to follow simple instructions such as 'sit down', 'find daddy' and 'come here' and understands lots of individual words. Samuel likes to sing and he loves books, bringing them to you to read.

Social
Samuel can be quite shy around unfamiliar people and can be quite clingy especially towards me. However with people he knows well he will happily go with them and talk to them. Samuel particularly likes older children who he can follow around and copy. He loves spending time with his older cousins and friends. It has been really good for Samuel to spend with Daddy and Grandad without me around.

Feeding
Samuel wakes and is breastfeed about half and hour before his breakfast. He then usually goes all day without milk until bedtime when he will have a formula bottle and a top up of breast milk if needed. If he does want milk during the day he will either have a small bottle of formula or some breast milk depending on where we are and what we are doing. Samuel will have breast milk during the night if he wakes to settle him quickly back to sleep.
Samuel is now eating pretty much anything and his favourite food is peas and sweetcorn. He now has 8 teeth; 4 at the top and 4 at the bottom.

Sleeping
Samuel still likes 2 naps a day and the car and pushchair are still the places he falls to sleep easiest. In the evenings he falls to sleep on our bed and we transfer him into his own room. He has now slept through the night (between 6 and 9 hours) a few times and it's very reassuring to know he can do it. We still occasionally co sleep and we do it because it works for us.

Although I am a little sad that I no longer have a baby (he will always be my baby though) I am excited to see the little boy he is growing in to.

Baby products, Child development, First time Mum, food, Parent, Weaning

Weaning Wednesday – Embrace the mess!

A couple of weeks ago something just clicked. Samuel had started refusing food, especially anything taken off a spoon. Weatabix and yogurt that he had once loved he was now turning his nose up at. Then one day I just left the spoon on the table and Samuel grabbed it and put it to his mouth. I placed the bowl in front of him and he began to attempt to scoop out the food using the spoon and put it to his mouth. 

By the end of the meal there was food everywhere with Samuel using his hand to scoop and then licking it off. But he had eaten it and he enjoyed it. The next meal we did the same, gave a spoon to Samuel and placed the bowl in front of him. Again lots of mess but the food was being mostly eaten. 

Now we just give Samuel his food and let him get on with it. We don’t interfere and weatabix and yogurt are back on the menu. Yes it can get messy but let’s embrace the mess. Who said having children was a clean job anyway!

Baby products, First time Mum, food, Parent, Weaning

Weaning Wednesday 

It has been a few weeks since my last Weaning Wednesday blog so I thought I would do a quick post on some of the new weaning products that we have been trying.

Mini Easymat®

The Mini Easymat is a silicone tray/plate that is perfect for sectioning off different bits of food and encourages Samuel to feed himself. It sticks well to the high chair or table (Samuel is yet to pull it off) and comes with a lid and storage bag so any leftovers can be saved. 

Coverall

Now Samuel is desperate to feed himself we needed something that covered more than a bib. We got this coverall from Morrisons and I just loved the cute fish print. It keeps Samuel nice and clean (well his clothes anyway) whilst he eats. 

Ella’s Kitchen Melty Hoops

Samuel is really starting to develop his fine motor skills and these hoops are perfect for perfecting that pincer grip. Samuel finds them very tasty too. 

Ella’s Kitchen Smoothies 

The pink one, the red one, the green one, the yellow one, Samuel loves them all. He is happy drinking them from a cup, taking them from a spoon or just sucking them from the pouch. Whatever way Samuel usually finishes a whole pouch in one sitting. 

Aquaint® Sanitising Water

I discovered this spray on a mums YouTube channel and then came across it on Ocado when I was doing my shopping. It is quite pricing for a 500ml bottle but it lasts ages. I still haven’t used a whole bottle and we even took it on holiday. It is a disinfectant that is safe to use on anything without rinsing. It is safe to swallow so it is fab for high chairs, little hands, dummy’s etc. 

So there we go. Are there any new weaning products you have tried? 

food

Hello Fresh

This week we decided to try Hello Fresh. We had a voucher code for £25 off making it only £14.99 for 3 meals for 2 people. In case you are not familiar Hello Fresh is a delivery service that send you tasty recipes and ingredients straight to your door. 

We signed up to the website and then downloaded the app where we were able to choose 3 meals from a selection of 5. We chose the Singapore Chicken Laksa, Speedy Steak Stir-fry and Pork Steak. The app allows you to select, each week, the meals you would like to try (always a different selection). It enables you to pause weeks when you don’t want a delivery and also has all the recipes on there should you want them electronically.

You choose a preferred delivery day and on the day they email you with a 2 hour time slot. It doesn’t matter if you are not in they will leave it in your chosen safe place and you don’t need to worry about the produce being left out of the fridge – the boxes are packaged with environmentally friendly insulation and cool packs. 


When our box arrived we were keen to look inside. On top were 3 recipes cards showing all the information you need about each meal. This includes ingredients, nutritional information and step by step instructions. Each recipe card also has a coloured tab which corresponds to one of the paper bags in the box. Each bag contains everything you need (apart from the fridge items) to make the meal. 


We decided to try the Pork Steak first and Lee laid out all the ingredients to see what we had. We liked that you got the right amount of each ingredient so there is little to no waste. Lee then set to work creating the meal. Lee is definitely the chef in our house as he enjoys it and I am not particularly fussed. 


The meal isn’t just made up for you. It isn’t meals on wheels. You are given the ingredients and you prepare and cook the meal yourself. As I said Lee likes doing this so he really enjoyed it. 

All 3 of the meals were delicious and things that we wouldn’t have thought to cook otherwise. We will definitely be using them again. 


If you would like to give them a try click on the link below and enter the code GEMLOUIS at the checkout to get £25 off your first box. 

http://www.hellofresh.co.uk/?c=GEMLOUIS&utm_source=raf-share&utm_campaign=shared&utm_medium=app

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Weaning Wednesday – using up the leftovers 

This week I thought I would share a couple of really simple recipes that we have tried.

The first is super easy and great for using up any leftover mash potato.

Mashed Potato Lego Bites

  1. Blend the leftover mash to make it even smoother.
  2. Spoon into ice-cube trays (we used Lego shaped ones hence ‘Lego Bites’) and freeze.
  3. To cook pop the frozen shapes onto a non-stick baking tray, spray with oil and lightly sprinkle on some mixed herbs.

Pop in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 18 minutes or until golden brown on top.
The next recipe is great for using up any leftover vegetables. These would be lovely with sweetcorn or sweet potato. 

Veggie Bites

  1. First cook all the vegetables you want to include. We used potato, carrots, frozen peas, parsnip and cauliflower. It’s important that you include either potato or sweet potato though. 
  2. Blend or mash all the vegetables together. I mashed as I wanted a slightly thicker consistency as we are trying to get Samuel to eat more textured food.
  3. Add mild grated cheese whilst the mixture is still warm so it melts in.
  4. Add 1 egg and mix well.
  5. Roll a small handful into a ball, coat in breadcrumbs and flatten slightly onto a baking sheet. Make sure you grease the tray or use grease proof paper as they tend to stick. 
  6. Place in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for around 25-30 minutes turning halfway through. 

The Bites can be placed in the freezer before cooking. Just defrost before popping in the oven. 

Samuel seemed to like them especially the Veggie Bites. Lots of messy fun! 

He liked them even more the next day when they were cold.