We ❤️ Ella’s Kitchen

Now that Amelia’s started having 2 ‘meals’ a day we have started introducing more variety. The docotors said that when Amelia was three months the old the best thing for her reflux was heavier milk and baby porridge. She has every flavour baby porridge available; plain, banana, apricot, summer fruits, orange. She also loves yoghurts.

As her coordination has got better and now that she’s a bit older she also has some foods that she can eat herself. Amelia loves Farleys Rusks – what baby doesn’t? – and like with her nappies I discover Ella’s kitchen thanks to another mum blogger.

Ella’s kitchen is a brand of baby food that uses all natural ingredients. They contain low amounts of sugar and fat and have a range of crisps that are perfect finger foods. Amelia loves the carrot and sweetcorn puffs.

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We also found these new flavours to try

Where has my tiny baby gone?

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My Birthday Weekend: Part 2

Saturday morning we carried on the birthday celebrations and Amelia, Rob and I went out for breakfast. She was a little terror, insisting on sitting on my lap the whole time and knocking a glass of orange juice over.

On my actual birthday Amelia was an angel. We went out for dinner and she spent the entire meal asleep in her pushchair. I I received so many cards and presents and Amelia was spoiled with cuddles.

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Mum had a cake made which was a mass of cream, chocolate and strawberries. Who wouldn’t love that?

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I had a wonderful birthday and it got me thinking about Amelia’s first birthday. She looked so pretty in her little pink dress and she loved my helium balloon so I think a little first birthday party will be in order. I can’t wait, especially as she will be able to try all the party food and will hopefully be walking by then.

My Birthday Weekend: Part 1

So what did I actually do for my 21st birthday?

Well as you can imagine I wanted to spend it with my little princess. My birthday was Sunday 15th, but we started celebrating a few days before.

We started off by going shopping with my mum on the Friday, Amelia and I, a girls day out to lakeside shopping centre. Mum wanted to treat me for my birthday so she bought me some new clothes and a few other bits that I picked out.

Lakesides biggest draw by far is the huge Primark. It’s spread over three floors and stocks so many different items it’s impossible to know where to start looking. The lingerie section alone is the size of one floor in my more local Primark. Despite going shopping for clothes for me we obviously ended up in the baby section first and didn’t return empty handed. Amelia ended up with an entire outfit courtesy of her nanny, a Minnie Mouse tracksuit and matching shoes.

When we finally made it to the women’s section I was spoilt for choice. I know Primark is not everyone’s shop of choice but with a reflux baby I refuse to let anyone buy me expensive clothes; they all look the same with baby sick on regardless of cost. (That said I am very fussy with my jeans and always go to Topshops petite section) We ended up with three big bags full of clothes and jewellery – I’m terrible for loosing earrings so primark is the perfect place to stock up – and had to make a trip back to the car to unload before getting lunch.

Lunch had to be Pizza Hut for mum and I. Amelia had a little packed lunch consisting of her milk, a yoghurt, a Farleys rusk, banana and a giant carrot and sweet corn puff from Ella’s Kitchen.

 

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Below are just a few of the bits mum got me: pyjamas, a bralet and matching bottoms, rainbow highlighter, frilly socks, a pretty belly bar and nail varnish. If you’re looking to restock your wardrobe Lakeside shopping centre is definitely the place to go.

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Child’s Farm

I am alwas looking for new products to try for my baby girl. Kit and Kin nappies were a wonderful find, thanks to another mummy blogger.

Child’s Farm is a lovely brand that makes products that are natural but still properly tested which are particularly good for sensitive skin.

I’ve seen the products in boots a few times and thought I should give them a try. We change Amelia’s nappies ever hour or so meaning we use a lot of baby wipes.

Some natural products don’t smell very nice but these Child’s Farm fragrance free wipes didn’t have that all natural outdoorsy type smell. They were really soft and gentle and definitely had Amelia approval!

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Child’s Farm kindly sent me these wipes to review but if you’d like to purchase any they are available from their website here.

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21 for 21

In honour of today being my 21st birthday I thought I’d made a list of 21 things I am proud of to have achieved. Some of them are silly and some of them are more serious. Obviously having my titchy princess is one of the most important ones.

1) I got 1 A* 3A 5B and 1C at GCSE
2) I got distinction distinction distinction* at college
3) Worked part time since I was 14
4) Passed first year of uni
5) Moved out
6) We have lived in our own flat for 3 months and we have only had take away for dinner a handful of times – I’ve actually cooked nearly every night!
7) Had my little titchy princess
8) Had emergency surgery and got through it smiling
9) Managed to work until 32 weeks pregnant despite being on crutches
10) Passed my driving test – this was not easy. My first driving instructor was horrible and asked me why I hadn’t told him I had special needs. Rude regardless of what form of disability I may have had. He actually just made me nervous but that’s besides the point.
11) Bought my own car (3 times!!) last year I treated myself to a 16 plate and it’s wonderful knowing Amelia is in a car that runs properly and isn’t falling apart like my previous 2 cars
12) Took my family to Spain on holiday
13) Worked as a civil servant for a year
14) Despite being terrified of needles I managed to let my mum injection me every night for 10 days after having Amelia (not sure anyone else would class this as an achievement but as someone who use to pass out watching her mum give blood I’m pretty proud)
15) Successfully navigated the London  16) Underground with Amelia when she was only 6 weeks old
17) Endured literally hundreds of blood tests, biopsies, scans, nerve studies and ECGS before being diagnosed with a muscle disease
18) Went to Poland whist pregnant in spite of travel sickness and morning sickness
19) Started my blog – I’ve received two products to review already!
20) Looked after my fluffy babies, Amelia’s uncle pigs, for two years
21) Taken Amelia out everyday for fresh air, despite the urge to hibernate in our flat in my pyjamas all day

All Things Autumnal

Autumnal

I reread that word a few times wondering if I had spelt it correctly.

There’s so many lovely things to see and do in Autumn. There’s all the beautiful colours; green grass, red and brown fallen leaves, early sunsets, orange pumpkins, red skies in the morning.

As I’ve mentioned previously I try and take Amelia for a walk everyday so that she can get some fresh air. I love wrapping her up in her little coat and hat, tucking the blankets round her in her pram.

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She is so alert now and loves looking around. There are so many trees around our area and with the leaves falling off they look a little different everyday. It makes it so interesting for Amelia, giving her something new to look at every day.

Aside from the gorgeous autumnal colours of the outdoors there are also some beautiful coloured clothes about for the season. Amelia hasn’t got many clothes for the winter and all the cosy little jumpers and woolly tights that are now in shops are perfect for making her look cute and keeping her warm. I may even be able to find us matching jumpers.

I would love to take Amelia pumpkin picking. I know she’s not big enough to understand yet but she really likes people watching and the bright colour of the pumpkins would really catch her attention.

 

 

5 Ways I Stay Happy and Mentally Healthy #2

#2 in the series and we say hello to Sophie from the blog mummydeer.
PND and anxiety have played a massive part of my life but most recently I’m feeling more like I’m on the mends and have learnt to come more to terms with who I am. It has taken a really long time but with age and a few things I am better. These are a few things that helped me.

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Mindfulness is important. This is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

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Me time is essential. Being a mum is the greatest part of my life but I am Sophie first and foremost. Having a sun bed for ten minutes is peace when I can just zone out or getting my hair trimmed where I can drink a coffee still hot and read a magazine!

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Self love brings beauty (to quote Felicity Hayward). Be the best version of yourself. Don’t waste your time on things that don’t matter and accept everything.

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Being healthy- Staying hydrated and eating regularly. If I gorge on bad stuff it really plays on my depression. Exercise is the best form of endorphin releaser.

Embracing flaws- no day is perfect. Don’t get worked up by potty accidents and drawing on the wall. It happens, it can be fixed. Nothing is the end of world so take the rough with smooth and be chilled. It’s not fun yelling all the time and cracking the whip. Growing up with a super strict mum taught me that if I treat the children fairly good result would come through. Delilah takes me seriously and doesn’t live in fear of me going off on one.

Thank you for reading. To read more from mummydeer click here. Instagram is  @mummydeer

if you’d like to be a part of my guest series please email me at lucy.maker@hotmail.co.uk

Birthday Planning

I am 21 in 3 days and this birthday is nothing like I expected it to be when I was imagining it a few years back.

I had imagined a big party or a night out in London. But now I have Amelia that couldn’t sound less appealing. Why on earth would I want to spend loads of money on getting drunk and stay out all night when I could spend that time and money on my daughter?

I do have a few things planned though. I got my hair done yesterday as a little treat to myself which I’m still feeling a little bad about as I could have spent the money on Amelia. But I hadn’t had a hair cut in over a year and Amelia has everything she needs.

Friday my mum is taking Amelia and I shopping so I can pick some new clothes – since pregnancy nothing I own fits quite right as I I now weigh less than I did before I got pregnant. (On a side not if anyone ever tells you to throw away all your smaller sized clothes when you’re pregnant because they will never fit again don’t listen to them. 2 weeks after Amelia was born I was back in all my prepregnancy clothes and would have had to spend a fortune on new ones. Even if you don’t fit in them that quick, you may do eventually so may as well keep them just in case.) We will most likely make a day of it and get some lunch too. Lakeside shopping centre is a bit of a drive from us so we intend to make the most of the trip.

Saturday Rob, Amelia and I are planning to go out for breakfast just the 3 of us and Saturday evening I am going for a drink with two girl friends, which we have planned early so that I can be back for my baby girl.

On my actual birthday we are going out for a meal with my mum and her partner and my brother and his girlfriend. But before that I intend to spend the day in my pyjamas with my little princess whilst we wait for her daddy to get home from work.

What do you do for your birthdays now you have little ones?

Afternoon Tea

Day 11 and so far I have managed to post everyday, granted one of those was a guest post so I might have cheated slightly.

Before having Amelia and during my pregnancy I baked a lot. Some people spend money on makeup or jewellery. I spent my money on ingredients for brownies, flapjacks, birthday cakes ect.

I made these cupcakes in little teacup cases to use as part of an afternoon tea. (I actually made 18 cupcakes but the other cases weren’t as cute.) They were easy to make and I used the same recipe as this one, only I swapped the blueberries for the rind and juice of two lemons.

Amelia tried to help me which mainly consisted of trying to take the whisk out of the bowl and chew on it. They turned out looking rather pretty!

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Meal Time Fun Halloween Style

So I was sitting on the floor trying to coax an unhappy, tired titchy princess into having a nap, wondering what to write about for todays post when I found this months issue of the free magazine Tesco give out in stores. How did it end up on the floor, I am sure you are wondering? Well for some unknown reason, probably because I was half asleep, yesterday I decided to unpack the shopping onto the floor in our room and when Rob helped me put it away the magazine had got left on the floor.

This months the magazines theme is, unsurprisingly, Halloween. I’ll be honest, the doughnuts pictured on the front were what made me open it. I flicked through it, hoping to reach the doughnut page quickly, and instead found myself reading all the other recipes. If you are planning a Halloween party then definitely go and find yourself a copy of the magazine as there are loads of really good ideas for buffet food and cakes in there.

Whoever wrote this months issue must have done so with me in mind, as there is an entire segment dedicated to vegetarian food and a recipe for ‘mini brain fondue’ – and who doesn’t love a big pot of melted cheese to dip their food in?

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I will definitely be trying out the recipe, my one attempt at Halloween themed cooking. If you have older babies this would also be a good way to get them to eat their veggies!