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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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Family Time

Ever since starting my own family, I have been strict with starting my own traditions that are important to me. One of those traditions is when we are altogether, we must eat together at the dinner table. As my husband is in the military, our days together are very few and far between sadly, so more often than not it's just me and Grace for days/weeks on end.

Statistics were recently released by Hipp Organic that only 25% of families actually manage to sit down and eat dinner 1-2 times a week. 90% of parents said that it was important to do this so it's very sad that we can't seem to find the time to do it.

Grace has a great appetite right now and I want to embrace it as much as possible as I know it may change at any time! On the days that we do eat together as a family, Grace eats the same things as us (or her own version of at least), but it's great to have the backup of having healthy delicious meals when I haven't had the time to cook her something healthy.


The HiPP Organic tray meals are healthy and nourishing with just the right tastes and textures to encourage the progression to family foods. They are the only brand to offer pasta shapes (zoo animals, alphabet, numbers), unique ‘Ristorante La Mamma’ range of traditionally rolled and layered meals.

Once HiPP's recipes are approved, tested and tested again, the finished products go through more than 260 quality controls in a state-of-the-art laboratory before they are approved to carry the HiPP label.

When Grace is old enough, I want to get her involved in the making process too to hopefully encourage her appetite to grow. Sitting down is important to me, but like most of the country, we rarely actually manage it. I vow to make more of an effort from this day forward!

Very soon, Grace will be in the care of a childminder half of the week, her daddy and then me the remaining time so her range of meals will expand even more. Our days off together will be even more rare, but we will treasure our time doing what we do best - eating out!

How often do you eat together as a family?


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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Grace's 12 Month Update

It's been quite a while since I updated you on Grace's developments, so what better time than her first birthday than to let you know how she's doing. It's crazy how quickly time flies and I know I've said it before, but honestly an entire year has just gone in a blink of an eye.

Overall, Grace is doing amazingly and I'm so proud of what she's achieved so far in her little life.

Milk allergy

Weaning has been going great ever since she started at 4 1/2 months due to her horrific reflux and CMPA (cows milk protein allergy). Grace is still dairy free completely and once her symptoms are under control, we can begin the milk ladder to see how she gets on. Her skin is still very bad with eczema so we need to find out the root cause of that before we irritate it further unnecessarily.
She is now on Alpro Soya Milk Junior for 1-3 year olds twice a day, which is great for me as I don't need to smell the horrible Neocate LCP anymore!


Reflux

Grace is still on omeprazole, which is a proton pump inhibitor, it's the same medication that her dad is on for life unfortunately, so I'm hoping she doesn't follow the same path! The omeprazole is brilliant for keeping her chronic sickness at bay, but as soon as we stop it, she begins to vomit frequently daily again. We are discharged from the hospital now as they believe it's of no concern... so we're having to manage it (and guess!) ourselves what the next step is.

Milestones


It's been the best year of my life and I can't wait to see how the next year update unfolds! 

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Friday, 9 September 2016

Hipp 'Free From' New Baby Care Range



Grace has always been a real water baby, from the moment we brought her home from hospital and gave her a bath for the very first time. Unfortunately, we soon came to realise her skin was ultra sensitive and there are very few products that we are able to use on her eczema prone skin.

I usually stick to just water and alternate every other day using prescription products that don't flare up her skin. I was excited to hear this month that Hipp Organic have launched a new skincare range, suitable for even the most ultra-sensitive skin! Hooray! The entire range is 100% Free-From which means that there are no nasties, parabens and PEG and best of all, it's a tear-free formula.


The range consists of:

- Goodnight Baby Bath

- Foaming Hand Wash (and refill)

- Head to Toe Baby Wash

- Baby Shampoo

We have tested all the products out thoroughly and have even brought it back home with us whilst we've had an emergency trip away. The range is now available in selected Tesco stores to buy and you can read more information about the range on their site here.


The range has the same mild scent, which still doesn't flare up sensitive skin and lingers for a little while afterwards too. Great for that freshly clean baby smell post-bath.

The Goodnight Baby Bath with added calm has a lovely sandalwood scent which is great as I hate the usual lavender scents, which also usually reacts badly with Grace's skin.

Grace's favourite product, unsurprisingly, is the duck Foaming Hand Wash dispenser. It's a great way of introducing hand washing to little ones and I love that refills are available to purchase separately, it's only a bargain £1.99!


Overall I've been really impressed with the whole range and you can tell a lot of thought has gone into producing it. Hipp have kindly given me the chance to offer one of my lovely readers a chance to win a hamper including some products from the range to try yourself!

All you have to do is enter the below form and the competition is only open to UK residents. Good luck everyone and if you've already tried the range, let me know what you think about it!

Hipp Organic Hamper #bathtimemoments

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