Sunday, 4 December 2016

Feeding A Toddler

Weaning has taken such a different turn over the past year and of course, it's been our first time in the whole weaning experience. Thankfully we've been working with Hipp Organic over the past year and their nutritionist, Helen Gardiner. The information that they have provided has been crucial for reassurance that we're doing it right.



If you're looking for tips and hints on how to deal with feeding a fussy toddler, Hipp has some information on their site here, along with vitamins and supplements, One thing that I struggle with right now is portion sizes. As Grace is at nursery, I rarely get to feed her myself at the moment, but I leave her with food and never know if it's far too much.


Her leg always has to be on the tray during every meal! Makes for very messy eating..

Did you know that the average toddler need to eat roughly 95 kcal per kg of body weight?
I certainly didn't. I find it hard to judge and also depends how much of an appetite your little one has. Grace has a pretty big one and I'm sure she'd keep going and gong if I let her! For more information on portion sizes, check out this link: https://www.hipp.co.uk/advice-centre/9-months-toddlers/toddler-portion-sizes/

I'm trying to keep a great relationship with Grace surrounding food in the hope she doesn't turn into a fussy toddler, but there are days when she's ill or simply doesn't fancy food (just like us!), I try not to worry and keep offering her water until she's ready to eat again. Soon enough we'll be beginning our weaning journey all over again with baby #2!

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Friday, 25 November 2016

First Trimester Update - Baby #2

As you may have seen in my last update, I announced that I am expecting our second baby and time is flying much more than before! I am now just under 19 weeks pregnant, so nearly halfway already eek!

I found the first trimester very difficult and it was a pretty easy spot when I realised I was pregnant. I'd been feeling very 'off'' and quite nauseous. I took a test and sure enough it said positive! The shock still doesn't go away even when you're planning for it. Being pregnant with a toddler keeping me very busy isn't all that fun, I found myself napping when I could and being constantly exhausted. Sadly I'm still in that phase, but hoping more energy will come once I get rid of this cold.

I am much bigger bump wise this time around than last time and it makes me think I'm further ahead than I am when I catch sight of myself in reflections. I will do slight comparisons to my pregnancy with Grace just to look back on. If you want to check out my previous early pregnancy updates then here's my previous 15 weeks, 16 weeks and 17 and 18 weeks updates.

How far along? 18 weeks + 6 days
Total weight gain: -5.8lbs. I've lost more weight this time due to sickness & lack of appetite and am yet to put any weight on.
Maternity clothes? I purchased some new over bump jeggings this week from New Look but haven't been too enthused so far, they're a horrible fit :(
Stretch marks? Not noticed any new ones but still have an ample supply from last time!
Sleep: Terrible - but that's due to Grace's lack of liking sleep than me struggling to fall/stay asleep!
Best moment this week: Starting to feel the first subtle kicks. They're so delicate at this stage and if I'm not concentrating I can easily miss them.
Miss anything? This week I've been very poorly with some sort of cold so I really wish I could take all of the cold and flu drugs. It means it's taking forever to go away and I've really struggled this time.  
Food cravings: Fizzy Vimto and ice again. Clearly must be rather dehydrated..oops.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  My sickness is finally starting to die down which is making pregnancy bearable as I've had it pretty bad this time round. Or maybe it seems worse because I have Grace to look after too.
Gender: No idea yet.
Labour signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Nausea, extreme exhaustion, headaches and sore boobs.
Belly button in or out? It's already starting to half pop out which seems far too early. I really hate the look of it.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy - but tired and irritable.
Looking forward to: The 20 week scan and finding out the gender so I can commence buying clothes and feeling a bit more organised.

There we have it, my first update for baby #2. I have my scan in just over a week so I can't wait for that to come round. We have absolutely no idea about names at the moment and I'm really hoping that knowing the gender will force us to make a decision sooner than later. Failing that, Grace can name the new baby for us ha (it'd most likely end up being called Peppa or Thomas!)

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

I've Been Keeping A Secret...

In case you don't follow me on Instagram/Twitter, you may not have seen my most recent exciting news...I'm pregnant again! We decided to start trying when Grace was close to one and we got lucky very quickly!

There will be around 20 months between the 'babies' so all of the 2 under 2 tips will be much appreciated!! We are now in a world of double buggies and deciding how we're going to organise everything but time has flown by so far and I'm nearly halfway already.


I will do an update soon on the differences between this pregnancy and being pregnant with Grace and of course my first trimester update.

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Weaning Tips

Over the past 10 months, we've been on our weaning journey with Hipp Organic and time has seriously flown! Grace is now 14 months and when we started out, weaning felt like a lifetime away! It's been an amazing journey and one that has inspired me to educate myself further in the form of a nutrition course, focusing on children.

I remember being petrified of weaning before we began; but honestly, there is nothing at all to worry about to all of those new mums out there! Weaning is fun, very messy but exciting. Each stage brings joy to their little faces and it's great viewing.


As our time with HiPP Organic draws to a close, the Wean Team have reflected on the past 10 months to combine our tips and feelings on weaning as a whole. You can see Grace's hilarious face there whilst trying watermelon for the first time.

There is no need to rush weaning so if you're starting your journey and don't know where to begin, just slow it down. The first tastes of food was voted by 55% of us as our favourite stage of weaning. Once they gained independence and began to feed themselves it brought a whole new excitement to the journey. Grace is now slowly feeding herself with a spoon/spork and I can't wait to see how she develops with it over the next few months.



The Wean Team voted cheese as their babies favourite flavour; which although Grace cannot experience yet in its true form, she loves fake cheese just as much! Cheesy pasta is by far her favourite meal and she normally has this at dinner time, as it's the quickest and easiest meal to prepare from scratch when I've had a busy day. 

HiPP has the biggest assortment in baby food, with more than 140 products including milks, cereals, pouches, tray meals and jars, covering every stage of baby's development. As experts in organic baby food, HiPP knows the importance of eating tasty, wholesome food, using only the finest ingredients full of nutrious goodness. If you're beginning your weaning journey, HiPP have some useful tips to help you if you're weaning your little one. 

Their guide helped me out a lot when we first started and I found I instantly grew in confidence by researching as much as I could about weaning before and during the journey. 

My main tip is simply to relax in those early days! Weaning is so fun and as anxious as I was to begin with, I really don't know why! 

How have you found weaning? Did you little one take to food well?

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