March 2014 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Emilie - Eight Months.

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Emilie weighs 17lb 2oz and is still in size 4 nappies. She wears 6-9 month clothes although the top in the above photo is a 9-12 month one and apart from being a little bit long in the arms, it fits! 

Eating - She still has 4 bottles a day but the past two days I have been trying to phase out her 10am bottle. Normally she has that one and then her lunch at 11am. She takes on average 6-7oz with each bottle. She loves her solid food but still cannot tolerate any lumps at all. She just gags and vomits. We're working on it but I think it's going to take some time so until then my blender is in full use! 

{An attempt at self feeding}


Sleeping - I never know what is going to happen at nights. She always goes to bed fine but whether she stays asleep and for how long is a different matter. Sometimes she sleeps until 5am before needing to be rocked back to sleep, other nights she is awake every hour. I think teeth may be playing a part in those nights. She has 2 or 3 naps a day. 


Milestone -

Emilie is now stable when sitting on her own. So much so that I've stopped putting the quilt behind her! 

She is also so close to crawling and desperate to do so.. She gets up onto her arms and tries so hard to get onto her knees. She hasn't been able to yet which really frustrates her.

This month she said her first two words! The first was "Mama" and then a week later she said "Dada." Very proud parents over here :)





Emilie loves - Her brother, her walker, her food, being naked, bath time, balloons, playing on our bed. 

Emilie hates - Getting dressed or undressed, having something taken off of her, being stuck inside the house for too long. 


It blows my mind when I think about the fact that she is already eight months old. She is at a great age though and learning new things everyday. We're still experiencing some problems with silent reflux and I cannot get her into see her pediatrician at the hospital until June so for now we're continuing with her current medication and monitoring it. 

Happy EIGHT months Boo Boo! 




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This Week.

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This week.....



1 - I have re-discovered the joys of the show Desperate Housewives. In the past week I've watched the whole last season, which I never saw the first time around. The end was a tear jerker.

2 - I tried to bring Emilie's pediatrician appointment forward for her silent reflux.. The earliest appointment they could give me was June.. Three months away! I had no other choice but to take it.

3 - James has mufti-day at school tomorrow. In exchange for wearing their own clothes they have to take an Easter Egg in for the Easter raffle. James firstly isn't happy that he cannot eat the egg, also he doesn't understand why he can't eat it.. Good luck to the teachers tomorrow. 40 odd kids who can't eat any of the chocolate that they are taking into the class!

4 - I would love to know where Spring went. Two weeks ago it arrived and left about four days later.

5 - I've been reading The Attachment Parenting book & also The Fussy Baby Book, both by Dr. Sears. I wish I had read them five years ago.

6 - I really need to start Spring cleaning. Last year was a lot easier with just one child!




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Sunday.

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How is it nearly the end of March already? It seems like the older I get the quicker the years fly by. Wasn't it just Christmas?

This weekend has been a mixed bag. Anthony went away for a 'lads weekend' for his friends birthday. When he was in the Army I was so use to him being away all the time that it was normal but since he left the military back in 2010 I've gotten so use to him being home all the time. He's there when I wake up in the morning and by my side when I go to sleep at night. I love that. He left yesterday morning and my day was so occupied with three children that I didn't have two minutes to myself but once all of them were asleep and I was lying there watching the television I really missed him. It's silly really, he was only gone for one night but I guess the heart wants what it wants :)

I was so excited about him coming home this afternoon. It was like I was eighteen again and waiting for him to come home from camp for the weekend.

{The kids and I sent him this photo this morning.. Apparently it made him homesick. Aww!}


James was testing me this weekend. I think it was the fact that he knew that his Dad was gone overnight so he wanted to see how far he could push me. It's not very often that he's like that so it was a bit of a shock to my system but we survived and I learnt a few parenting lessons along the way. 

We kept ourselves busy in the garden this afternoon trying to entertain ourselves for the last hour. 



And now everyone is home and tucked up in bed.. Which is where I'm heading, a weekend alone with three kids makes you appreciate your bed!

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Routine?

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If you can keep up with this and actually get to the end then kudos to you :)

I've made no secret of the fact that I am your typical 'Type A' personality. I fully admit that I like to have everything in order and under control. Now we all know what happens when children enter the picture. You can wave goodbye to structure and organisation. You like plans? Forget it when you've got a little one tagging along with you. When James was six months old and in no kind of routine at all, I stumbled across the Contented Little Baby routine by Gina Ford. I read the book in one day and implemented the routine the next day and honestly, he took to it like a duck to water. He dropped his 3am feed, he started napping during the day and was generally a contented baby. So, when I decided it was time to try and get Emilie into a routine I went straight to Gina Ford and expected it to be just as easy as it was with James.. I was wrong.

I'm not saying her routines don't work because James is testimony that they can work but I personally think they are better if you only have one child. Emilie took to the routine but she's not happy and contented. It's also no secret that my daughter is a contender for worlds grumpiest baby but trying the Gina Ford method has just made us both miserable. I have to clock watch all day and the only time I can leave the house is between 9-10am.. Yeah, not happening when I also have a five year old. So I end up stressed because I need to go out to the shops but oh wait it's nap time.. Or I need to get James from school but that's when her afternoon bottle is due.. I get invited to a Mummy & Baby group but I can't go because half way through it's lunch and then nap time.. You get the picture?



I've spent the past two weeks feeling miserable.. Trying to keep Emilie in a routine but also lead a life where I get out of the house and maybe speak to an adult or two. Emilie has an awful case of separation anxiety going on and I want to socialise her to try and help her realise that she can be around other people and I'm not going to run off anywhere and leave her but that means actually going to different places..

The idea of not having a structure in place makes me break out in a sweat. I imagine that by the end of the day we'll all be in a shambles where I'm not even dressed and the kids haven't been fed. All of that aside, I've decided to throw my Gina Ford book out of the window. I'm going to trust myself as a mother and also trust my baby. I know when she gets tired. I know that she needs three naps a day and that she likes to be in bed by 6.30pm. I know that she likes to have a bottle around 10am but that if she doesn't have her lunch by 11.30am then all hell breaks loose. I don't need a book to tell me that. Yesterday was my nieces 1st birthday party and we were out of the house all morning and well into the afternoon so I figured it would be the perfect time to follow my instincts and tell my type A personality to do one and although Emilie only slept for 30 minutes at lunch time.. The whole world didn't cave in. By the end of the day we were all still standing. The kids were fed and clean and tucked up in bed by 7pm.



If there is one thing that trying to use the Gina Ford method with Emilie has taught me is that no two children are the same. James thrived on it whereas Emilie tolerated it. Who knows maybe living without a routine will teach me a thing or two about relaxing and going with the flow.. Something which I've never done! It's quite an exciting prospect..

Here goes..

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Lion & Her Cubs.

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Phew. What a crazy week. The biggest thing I have learnt since becoming a parent is to always trust my motherly instincts. I was first taught this lesson when James was three weeks old and everyone was telling me that he was fine and I was just a first time Mum over reacting. I stuck to my guns though and eventually got him a diagnosis and the medical intervention that he needed. I swore to myself on that day that from then on I would never go against my instincts when it came to my children.

Emilie has been battling a fever this week. She seemed fine in nearly all other ways apart from being very miserable. I thought that it might be teething related but when on Thursday she was still no better I took her to the doctor. He checked her ears, chest & throat and confirmed that there was no infection and to bring her back on Monday if she wasn't any better. In the back of my head I kept thinking that leaving her until Monday was a bit of a long time but since he reassured me that there was no infection, I went with it. This morning though her temperature reached 39.3 degrees even after being given Calpol & Neurofen throughout the night. She also seemed to hate being touched. I could tell she was in pain but I couldn't figure out where or what it was.

I made a call to the emergency out-of-hours doctors and they agreed to see her, confirming what I thought, that leaving her until Monday was far too long and out of the question. The doctor that we saw listened to what I said and went to take her temperature using one of the ear thermometers. Well Emilie freaked out as soon as it went into her ear. The doctor looked at me and said that she wanted to check her ears because she was certain that there would be an infection. She was right. Poor thing has a full blown infection in her left ear. No wonder her temperature has been getting higher and higher all week.

My first instinct was to find the first doctor and pull his head off.. Forgive me but I'm like a lion with her cubs when it comes to my babies. The doctor today said that it could be that she's had the infection this whole time and the first doctor missed it or it could genuinely be that the infection was only just starting on Thursday when he saw her. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. The important thing to me now is that Emilie is getting the treatment that she needs to make her better. I can relax a bit more now knowing why she is burning up every few hours and concentrate on making her feel better.

I'm so glad I once again trusted my instincts and insisted on her being seen today and not leaving it until Monday.



Other news from this week.. 

I have a sinus infection. Every time I bend down I think it is a real possibility that my head will explode. 

We had James' parents evening at school and his teacher couldn't have sung his praises anymore. He is doing fantastic and we couldn't be any prouder of him. It seems like overnight he grew up. I realised the other day whilst talking to my sister that we are passed the tantrums every day and numerous time outs stage. Now he's a proper little man who has his own opinions and views on the world. He knows what he likes and what he doesn't. We have conversations where it's not just him asking a million questions but we talk back and forth. He grew up and I didn't even realise until it had happened. 

Anthony is on a unexpected night out tonight. I'm fully expecting a phone call around 2am with him asking me to unlock the front door and then me whispering for him not to wake the kids up. At least I get the TV remote tonight :) 

And.. That's about it. I'm functioning on about four hours sleep in the past three days so I do believe that an early night is in order.. Or maybe Netflix & Chocolate?



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Emilie - Seven Months.

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Emilie is in size 4 nappies, 6-9 month clothes and at her last weight check she was 16lb 2oz. She hasn't been weighed in a few weeks so I'm anxious for our next appointment to see how much she has gained. She's a chunky baby! 


Eating - She is really coming on with her solid foods. She still has to have it all pureed, any lumps and she gags and brings the whole lot back up. James had this issue too so I'm thinking it could be a trait with babies with reflux? This month we introduced protein. She loves chicken and the other day tried scrambled eggs. She has yet to try any finger foods because of the whole gagging issue. I'm sure we'll get there in time. She has between 4-5 bottles a day and takes between 4-7oz depending on what solids she has had. 




Sleeping - Oh how this one keeps me on my toes. This month the whole 'getting into a routine' has gone really well. I learnt a valuable lesson on James' birthday though.. Do not mess her routine up! She missed her long nap of the day because of the party and she was inconsolable for the rest of the day. Yeah, never doing that again. She has two naps a day. A short one in the morning and about 2 hours at lunch time. Normally that's it but if she sleeps badly at the lunch time nap then occasionally she'll need a short nap around 4.30pm.
She mostly sleeps through the night but has gotten into the habit of waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed around 4-5am.. I don't like this!




Loves - Still loves her big brother! (I wish I had recorded her reaction yesterday when he came home from school! Missy freaked out!) Her walker and door bouncer, bath time, playing on Mummy & Daddy's bed, her food. 

Hates - Having her nappy changed and getting dressed/undressed, being still, having something taken off of her. (The other day she grabbed my phone charger, I took it off her and she had her first tantrum!) Being on her tummy. 




Life with Emilie is definitely interesting. She changes her mood from second to second. One minute she will be an angry little thing and the next she is all smiles. I never know from one day to the next how she is going to be. Her personality is really starting to shine through. When I was pregnant I said that she was going to be a little diva from the amount of scares she gave us and I don't think I was wrong. She loves to be the center of attention, which she definitely doesn't get from me!

Happy seven months Peanut!

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