Milo’s weaning journey

8 months old already! How does time go by so fast? I’m almost back in work mode, although, working mum is completely new territory to me. I will be sending help soon, I’m sure!

I have made the most of these past months at home, experimenting with our slow cooker (which has now taken pride of place in the cupboard again) and flicking pages of recipe books to create those tasty meals you expect every housewife to be able to make. In all honesty, I don’t fit the 1950’s housewife stereotype, as much as I try to convince my husband that I could stay at home and do this forever. Line up a few burnt meals or mushy broccoli and it’s easy to see that I don’t belong in the kitchen.

However, I have enjoyed experimenting with various meals for Milo and it’s been a great learning curve for me. I believe that’s down to using one ingredient at a time, really going back to basics and being mindful of what is going into his food.

I made the decision to purée fruit and vegetables rather than go down the baby led weaning route. I believe this was the right choice, for my confidence, because Milo tries to fit as much food into his mouth as possible and it turns me into a nervous wreck! He just has no real interest in chewing, unless it’s to help soothe his gums during teething.

The disastrous trial of finger foods got me thinking outside the box – what could I prepare to help Milo get used to chewing before swallowing? I reached out to the weaning saviour – Annabel Karmel. I asked a few questions about weaning on instagram and managed to win her book – New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner. She also has a baby led weaning cookbook, if this is the route you are considering to go down.

This book has saved me! I was convinced we would be stuck on smooth purée forever but the soft food ideas eased us into the self feeding stage quite easily.

Annabel Karmel informs parents on nutritional facts and within a few minutes of reading, you will learn helpful hints on how to keep your little one healthy. This is even true of the fussiest of eaters!

We are slowly working our way through this book, I feel it should be called the weaning bible. For busy families, the frozen food ideas are a must and you can live by the grab and go mantra while still being healthy (as long as you are organised enough to prepare the food).

Now I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep up the home cooked, tasty meals when I return to work, but for now, it’s working well and Milo is getting all of the goodness he needs and my nutritional knowledge is growing.

I suppose I can get on top of the grab and go freezer meals for starters!

Milo’s feet are free!

For 12 hours a day, at least.

Yesterday, we had our most exciting hospital appointment to date. The moment we have been waiting for since we found out about Milo’s talipes a whole year ago.

A visit to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to see the consultant to check on Milo’s progress turned into a bit of a celebration. His feet have been progressing well, which means he is following the standard timeline in his treatment. This means no more boots and bar during the day!

In truth, we knew this was going to happen at around this time, it’s just very nice to hear it from the professionals. I did spend the journey doubting Milo’s progress and a lot of ‘what if’ scenarios were drifting in and out of my thoughts. It’s the worrying mum in me.

I never knew how much I wanted this boots and bar phase to pass until we were told the good news. Milo has taken full advantage of his new found freedom too. He’s tapping his feet together, alternating his leg swings and chewing his toes! It’s like we are discovering so many more developmental milestones with this extra freedom; it’s going to be a fun few months.

I’ve been looking through old photos and I think now is a good time to reflect on Milo’s progress and I want to proudly show off the fantastic work of all of the professionals involved in his treatment, so far!

Milo’s feet, before treatment.

first casts at 2 weeks old (above)

Feet after 3 casts (below) Milo is 6 weeks old here!Milo’s feet (below) after all 8 weekly casts and before his operation Milo’s operation day (above) and recovery in casts (below)feet post operation (above)

First day in boots and bar (below)sleeping skills above!

Standings skills below!

Finally, above two photos show Milo’s straight feet! The use of boots and bar are now to prevent regression.

The Five Reasons Why I’m Committing to Improving My Post Partum Body, Now!

The days are still short, nights are long, cold and dark and the only sweet stuff in the house is left over candy canes, and that just won’t do!

For every time I feel an ounce of motivation to get on the health and fitness wagon, I get five reasons to quit that come along with it. So, I’m being super strict with myself and I’ve searched deep to find the five reasons to get started now! I am trying hard to squish the quitting demons but occasionally Papa John calls my name and sends pizza!

So, here I am, 34 weeks pregnant and wearing a tight dress and very high heels (which you luckily can’t see in this photo, because as it turns out, pregnant swelling feet from dancing all night do not fit into beautiful, strappy heels… hello, little toes. Get back in my shoe!)

Although I started waddling and my face was round, I had confidence in the way I looked and wore clothes I wouldn’t normally wear. I was proud of my pregnant body, so why shouldn’t I be proud of what I have now?

1. Working on your body confidence should be priority!

I may not be where I want to be in regards to my size and shape, but I was carrying a baby 6 and a half months ago and I should be proud of that achievement alone, as well as how well I’ve done so far. Especially since we have just had Christmas and lots of cheese!

To improve body confidence, focus on clothing. I’m going to reward myself and my body with fresh threads that make me feel good and stop putting off buying an item of clothing because it’s not the size I should be buying. This is punishment. This is an unhealthy way of looking at the body I have. I’m going to find those areas I’ve worked hard on and show them off, even if that means skinny jeans that shoe off my ankles, because they look great and that’s about it! I’ll get there, one small body part at a time.

2. It’s January. Exercise will help me beat the blues.

I’m not expecting to love going for a run outside when it’s almost freezing, dark and raining but there’s something enjoyable about running in a group with like minded individuals that meet once a week and use this exercising opportunity to catch up with each other’s lives. Group exercise is encouraging and fun when you find something that suits you. I’ve become quite fond of this lifestyle

3. Milo will soon outrun me so I need to learn to keep up.

I’m doing that by putting him in the running buggy and running for my life. It gives me a head start because if he follows his dad, Milo will be lapping me with ease by age 3! Running isn’t just a good form of exercise, it’s good for the soul and your mental health. Being outdoors helps free your mind of negative thoughts and practicing mindfulness whilst you run reminds you how to release tension and just let go. And if you reap the benefits of the great outdoors, imagine how good it is for the little ones?!

4. Marbella hen and bridesmaid duties!

Yes. I want to feel good when wearing a bikini again. I initially thought that I want to look good in a bikini again but if I asked my husband for his opinion, he would say that I already do so I’m relying on the confidence I get when I’m sun kissed and less wobbly to know I’ve succeeded in getting my Marbella bikini body!

5. If I’m teaching my son to be the best version of himself, he needs role models. Starting with me.

This is what is most important in my eyes. If we all try to be the best version of ourselves, we show our children how we expect them to act. To follow this through life, I believe we are helping our children develop great qualities in themselves and they will learn to look for positive personality traits in others too.

Let’s all help contribute to a change in this world that gives hope and spreads love and good vibes between each other. Small changes from everyone now can make a huge difference for the future!