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Quick, Easy and Healthy Breakfast and Lunch Ideas

March 20, 2017

I love to eat healthy and make sure Ailsa is eating healthy too but it isn’t always easy to stand around and cook when you have a toddler climbing up your legs or trying to pull you through  to play. To help us to eat healthy I have my go to meals that are quick, easy and healthy that I can whip up for breakfast or lunch.

Porridge

  • Made with whole milk or a tin of Coconut milk
  • Fruit toppings such as Banana, Strawberry and Blueberry

Toast

I like to buy 50/50 bread and add healthy toppings.

  • Avocado on it’s own or with a sliced boiled egg.
  • peanut Butter with banana
  • Cream cheese and ham

Soreen Toast Me’s

We love Soreen and the new Toast Me’s are a perfect for breakfast or a quick lunch. Similar to a teacake the Toast me can be topped with lots of yummy things.

  • Butter
  • Nut Butter
  • Jam ( I like to make my own healthy Chia seed Jam)

Egg

  • scrambled with lots of yummy veggies ( Peppers, onions, garlic)
  • Boiled
  • Omelette- a great way to get veggies into little ones

Pasta

  • Pesto and Broccoli
  • Tuna, Greek Yogurt and Sweetcorn
  • Tomato, fresh basil and mozzarella
  • Blended Avocado with fresh herbs

*We were sent Soreen Toast Me’s to try and include in this blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Ailsa

March 17, 2017

Baby Girl,

You are two now. A whole two years ago you entered our lives and made life a whirlwind of emotions and fun times. Life has just been amazing since you were born and my gosh I love you more than anything. You are such a wonderful little girl and mostly you are super happy and cheerful. You have lots of tantrums and can be quite over dramatic when you don’t get what you want, I have no idea where you get that from…. 😉

Your Speech is really coming on, you have such a big vocabulary and you are just starting to string your words together, hopefully we will get short sentences from you soon enough. You are so adventurous and you are quite happy to climb and play on the big kids equipment at the park, as long as you know where Daddy or I are you are quite happy to explore.

You are still really small and in 9-12 month clothing, though you can get in some 12-18. Your not the best eater at the moment and love to graze on bits and bobs throughout the day. Though if we offer pizza it’s a different story and you will eat the lot, you just LOVE it! We have just stopped breastfeeding this week, which makes me so sad but it needed to happen due to your latch changing and it making me so sore. You have coped with it so well though and you’ve slept through the night the last couple of nights which makes me think it was a good idea that we wean now. We still snuggle up though which we both love.

We have just moved back to Scotland and are staying with Gran and Granddad for now whilst we settle and get ourselves organised. I know you’ll just love to spend more time with them and your uncle ‘Shaw’ and auntie ‘Ma’. You love them so much and I can’t wait to see your relationship flourish with them all. We will need to get out there and make new friends and I know for you it will be easy, your such a sociable little girl.

Happy birthday my gorgeous Ailsa.

I love you

Mummy xxxx

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The Lows of Baby Led Weaning and How I Overcame Them | Guest Post

March 9, 2017

Today I am featuring a lovely guest post from Nicola who blogs over at Mummy To Dex, Nicola and Dex are sharing their Baby Led Weaning journey with us- Thank you Nicola for your lovely post!

We’ve been baby led weaning for three months now and during this time we have learnt so much. There have been a few low moments and so many worries, but I’ve never once regretted this journey that we are on.

Baby led weaning is the process of letting your baby decide what he wants to eat by offering a range of finger foods and meals that the family are already eating, therefore eliminating the need for purees, jars and pouches. We didn’t completely skip the puree stage; I offered single veg purees from 24 weeks to 26 weeks and then dove in with finger foods, without looking back. Despite enjoying the experience for the majority of the time, there have been some moments where I’ve panicked and thought, oh God, is this the right path? Did we make the right decision?

  • The mess

The mess can get unbelievably overwhelming at times. There’s the food that inadvertently drops on the floor that needs to be swept up after every meal time and then that area of floor needs to be mopped as well. The highchair needs a good scrub after every meal and to be thrown in the dishwasher at least once a day. I have also ruined so many items of clothing during this process.

We now have a system in place which limits the mess made and of course Dex is becoming better at getting the food IN his mouth as opposed to on the floor, but for a while there, I was at my wits end with the amount of cleaning I was having to do. Our system involves using a BIBaDO, a plastic scoop bib and a Nuby SureGrip tray. The combination of these three products severely limits the mess and helps me to keep my sanity!

  • The fear of choking

This is a biggie for so many Mums. I have never *touch wood* had a choking incident with Dex although he has gagged plenty. Babies’ gag reflexes are situated a lot further forward in their mouths which protects them from choking. I have avoided hazardous foods like raw apple, grapes and whole nuts and I have never interfered with what is in his mouth. At the beginning of our journey he would stuff things in his mouth, to the point of bursting and I would have to sit on my hands and wait for him to work it out. There have been times (one of which occurred only last week) where he has looked at me with big wide eyes, not making a sound. I have got up ready to start first aid and it turns out he was actually doing a poo. I cannot explain to you how my heart hammers and the panic I feel, but knowing I am aware of what I would need to do IF he started choking helps me immensely. The fear never completely goes away, but it does subside as the months go on.

  • Eating on the go

I do wish at times that I could just throw a pouch in the changing bag and be on our way, instead of having to think, right, what’s in the freezer that I can defrost the night before and have I done enough batch cooking to see us through. I try to avoid making sandwiches because bread has got so much hidden salt in it, but he does love a brie sandwich from time to time. Having to think about salt content all the time can be overwhelming as well. If he were eating pouches, it wouldn’t be an issue. It’s scary how much salt is hidden in simple foods. We bought some crumpets the other day and each one had his daily salt recommendation in it. I hadn’t even thought to check before giving it to him. The rest of the day, I was then on edge about how much salt he could have in the rest of his foods.

Meal planning massively helps to overcome this obstacle. Not only does meal planning help with saving money and avoiding waste, it means that I will always have something ready for Dex to eat and not have to resort to crumpets bought from a shop in a hurry that have huge amounts of salt in them.

  • How long meal times take

Sometimes each meal can take an hour or more. With spoon feeding, you as the parent are in control of what is going in, but with BLW, the baby takes control of picking up his own food and putting it in his mouth. Dex often likes to play with the food for a while first, and then he will eat some, drink some water, have a look around, want to eat some fruit, go back to his original meal, drink some more water and so on. Then, I have to do the big clean up job which can take some time. So that’s pretty much three hours of my day gone, sitting at the kitchen table, eating food together.

I try to get a few jobs done while Dexter is taking his time eating; I empty the dishwasher or wipe down the kitchen table. I read him a book while he chews on his banana and sing him some nursery rhymes. In the end, you get used to the hours spent at the table and teatime is always my favourite, because Daddy gets to join us too.

Of course it’s not all bad. There are so many high points to this journey that make it all so worth it. Watching Dex demolish a smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich without batting an eyelid then going on to eat a whole plum (stone removed) sucking out the flesh and spitting out the skin, is something I will never get bored of. It’s pretty awesome that such a young baby is so confident and clever at eating ‘grown up foods’.

 

You can find Nicola on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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A Letter to: My Mummy Friends

March 3, 2017

Dear Mummy Friends,

Thank You. Thank you for being the amazing group of women that you are. Thank you for making the last 2 years less lonely than they could have been otherwise. Thank you for making me laugh and listening to my moans. Thank you for taking an interest in my child. Thank you for being amazing friends.

Having not known anyone in the area before having Ailsa, life could have been so lonely for me but I met the most amazing group of women, who like to build each other up, who are supportive of others parenting choices and who are there for you and your child completely. I feel so fortunate to have met you all and to have had you all in my life over the past couple of years. It’s not easy becoming a mum and in all honesty I was scared that I would never find my mummy tribe but I did and you lot are just bloody fantastic.

I am so sad to be leaving you all and that I will miss out on your little ones growing over the coming years. I know I will see photos on social media and will hopefully pop back down to visit every so often but in all honesty I am scared I won’t make a mummy tribe in Scotland quite like the one I have down here.

You guys are unbelievably supportive and I am so grateful for that. Having you all as friends I knew I was never alone. Thank you all for being there, I don’t think I will ever truly be able to express quite how much that means to me or how much you all mean to me. I am going to miss you all like crazy and of course those cheeky little faces of your beautiful children.

I love you all and will miss you all terribly.

Lots of love Azaria xxx