29 May 2015

Aria's Eleventh Month Update

Aria, you're 11 months old! Only a few more weeks until your first birthday. To say I'm excited is an understatement, I've just no idea how a year has gone by so quickly!
Aria's personality keeps growing every month. She is the sweetest, most gentil little girl and is so delicate with everything she does. She has a smile that can brighten the room and loves showing off her toothy grin at any chance she gets! Although, the independent, determined and at times stubborn side is coming through fast! Definitely her mothers daughter! She is desperate to do things herself and when she can't, my gosh can that girl let you know she's not happy! 


Anyway, on to the milestones...
  • She has cut two more teeth, so we're now at a grand total of eight! 
  • She has learned to stand unaided, and she's so impressed with herself!
  • She's now copying us a lot more and will initiate games with us. 
  • She can now say 'mama', 'dada', 'hiya' and 'doggy'!
  • She's cruising around the furniture. 
  • She's feeding herself more and gets the idea of how the food scoops onto the spoon. 

Sleeping 
I don't want to jinx things, but Aria's sleep is fantastic at the moment. She has anywhere between 1-1.5 hours at 9:00 and around 1.5-2 hours at 2:00. She goes to bed between 6:30-7 and recently has been waking at 8!! That extra hour she's giving me at the moment in the morning is complete bliss, but I know how the good phases end just as quick as the bad!
Feeding 
Aria has her three meals plus an afternoon snack. She's on two 8oz bottles and loves to drink water - long may that continue! If you'd like to see a meal ideas post, let me know! 


Routine
Pretty much covered that in sleeping I think! Apart from that extra hour in the morning, her routine hasn't changed since last month. 


Weight
I'm not sure how many times I can say I still haven't had Aria weighed! I really want to have her weighed before her first birthday, so I'm going to make sure she is weighed before then!
Size
She's starting to outgrow her 9-12 month clothes, so I'm trying to plan her 12-18 month wardrobe for when she does. She's still in 6-12 month shoes, but in sizes I think she's now a 2.5 - but I'm waiting until she's waking before getting her feet properly measured... That Clark's milestone is getting nearer!! 


Next month I will have a one year old. I can't wait to do a full birthday post! 

Nicola 




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20 May 2015

Becoming a Stay at Home Mum

I have to admit, when I first went on maternity leave (a year ago today, actually!) I was unsure whether I would return to work.

I absolutely loved my job, but I knew there was a risk I wouldn't be able to return to it on a part-time basis, and wouldn't want to put my baby into childcare until they were a lot more independent and able to communicate what he/she needed... and I didn't want to miss any major milestones!

I know that's not an option for everyone, and every parent does what works best for their family, but Tom and I were in agreement that if I didn't need to go back to work, or that the hours didn't suit for childcare with family, then I would become a 'stay at home mum'.
Unfortunately, the position I was in was on a full-time basis, so I was then left with the option of part-time work elsewhere in the company, look for another job outside the company, or not return at all. My employers were fantastic to say the least, and found a temporary job where I could pretty much work my own hours and base them around what childcare I could get. I could do 2 hours a week, I could do 40, it was completely up to me... perfect!

However, that soon changed when my mum, my source of childcare, got a new job that would mean she couldn't look after Aria. I'm incredibly happy for her getting a new job (if you're reading this, congrats mum! I'm so proud of you) but it then left us with the dilemma of do we pay for childcare which potentially costs more than what I am going to earn, or do I stay at home until I find a job that works best for our family.

So our decision was for me not to return to work. A sad one, I have to admit, as I have genuinely loved my job and the company I worked for. But, I now get the absolute joy of spending every day with my best friend.

Yes, the hours are longer and the job is more demanding, but the rewards I get seeing our little girl blossom every day completely outweighs any temper tantrums (yes, they have started at 11 months!) she may throw a day.


I'm now a week into being a fully fledged stay at home mum, and I have no regrets. Being a stay at home mum just feels right. 

Nicola
  

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13 May 2015

Who Do You Trust With Your Children?

The chosen few. The ones you trust with your child's life and the single most important things in your life... So who makes the cut?


This varies depending on the parents of course; some have a select few, some have handfuls. I think parenting styles certainly factor into this. I personally am quite an anxious parent at times, and feel a lot more comfortable when I am on control, so choosing people to feel comfortable leaving my baby girl with is something that does not come easy to me. 


I naturally turn to my mum and dad if we need someone to watch Aria, but other than that I have to say I struggle. I have a wonderful family and great group of friends, but I don't feel comfortable leaving Aria in their care. That's absolutely no disrespect to them, it's just how I feel. I feel like Aria needs to be 100% familiar and comfortable with them, and be able to go to them for comfort. I couldn't bare the though of us being out, and her waking up to an unfamiliar face trying to comfort her. 


I had this exact discussion with a friend this morning, and I think we were both a bit baffled by each others answers. There is no right way of parenting, but there are certainly pole opposite ways. She is much more laid back, whereas I would say I'm more uptight. She could happily leave her kids with any family member, no matter how strong a relationship or bond they have with them (her kids, not her and her partner), knowing they would be fine. I just couldn't do it. As I said, I need to know that this person can comfort my baby back to sleep if she needs it, or if she hurts herself that their cuddles will make it better. 


Is it just me? Am I a paranoid, anxious and over protective mother? Sometimes it feels like a bad thing being that way. I am a trusting person, but when it comes to my child's life it's a whole new level of trust I need to put in that person. A trust I don't really feel like I can give to anyone. 



How do you feel about leaving your kids? Are there many people you trust to leave your kids with? 
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Who Do You Trust With Your Children?

The chosen few. The ones you trust with your child's life and the single most important things in your life... So who makes the cut?

This varies depending on the parents of course; some have a select few, some have handfuls. I think parenting styles certainly factor into this. I personally am quite an anxious parent at times, and feel a lot more comfortable when I am on control, so choosing people to feel comfortable leaving my baby girl with is something that does not come easy to me. 

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11 May 2015

Review | Chicco Disney Princess Toys

If there's one thing we love in this house, it's a bit of Disney! I've always been a huge fan of Disney, and I'm honestly so happy that Aria is too! If it isn't Minnie Mouse or the rest of the Disney Junior gang, it's the Princesses...
Right now, Aria has been obsessed with Cinderella, which is why I was ecstatic to be asked to review the new Disney Princess toys by Chicco. When this bright pink box landed on our doorstep, I'm not sure which of us was more excited!

Opening it, we were greeted with a lovely note to Aria, along with two fabulous toys, hand decorated biscuits and a wand pen (not pictured).

The first toy is the Cinderella Dancing Spinner, which Aria immediately took to. So much so that she wanted to kiss Cinderella rather than play with her (too cute, right?!). Suited from six months, babies press Cinderella down the transparent balls featuring Jaq, Gus and a few birds spin. As you can imagine, Aria was mesmerised and has been since she first laid eyes on it.
The second toy is the Cinderella Dream Highchair toy, which has been a great meal time entertainment. The pumpkin and carriage spin, making a lovely 'rainmaker' sound, and the heart, crown and picture of Cinderella also spin and move. Aria has been so entertained by this we even take it in the car with us!


The Chicco Disney Princess range is available to purchase now.

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4 May 2015

The 'My Name Is Not Mummy' Days

Sometimes, a bit of  me time is a great thing. A very necessary thing.

Sometimes, being 'mummy' can become so exhausting we forget how to be anyone else. I absolutely love being a mum, I couldn't wish for anything better in life, but I'm not just a mum.

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2 May 2015

Aria's Ten Month Update

This month has been a busy one for our calendar, it feels like Aria has done so much this month, more so than any other month!
Milestones
  • She can now climb the stairs.
  • She's got four more teeth this month, three at the top and one at the bottom.
  • She is walking with her walker, and sometimes just by holding her hands.
  • She can now clap hands.
  • She is waving.
  • She can say 'hiya' as well as 'mama' and 'dada'.

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