Welcome to my monthly feature in which I share some of my favourite online articles for the month. I read a lot of blog posts and articles online and whilst I share a lot of them through tweets, it’s easy to miss them and hard to come back to them at another time. This is a list of my top ten reads for the month, a mixture of formal news articles and blog posts. Enjoy!
Did anyone else notice how a couple of weeks ago, someone suddenly started turning the sun on later and later in the morning. AND started turning it off earlier and earlier in the evening? The horror! It happens every year but yet it always shocks and surprises me. My head expects it to happen gradually. But it doesn’t. In a matter of days, I will go from admiring my garden whilst washing-up after dinner to realising my kitchen window needs a polish as I stare at my blurry-reflection on a pitch-black background. I actually love autumn, but I really miss the light.
H is one hungry little lass. She’s an active toddler with a very healthy appetite; She goes barely an hour without eating most days. She eats a lot more than most of her friends and at times I have worried I could be over-feeding her. But after trying to hold-off on giving her snacks when she asks for them, it’s clear she just needs to energy! This means I must have a good mix of snacks readily available. Of course I’d love everything to be home-made. But real-life gets in the way. So I have a stash of easy-grab snacks always to hand. She’s only just got her molars so she doesn’t yet eat as many vegetable snacks as I would like yet. But she has her veggies at meal time so it balances out.
Here are the things that work for us!
Last weekend we went on a long weekend break with the in-laws to the Woburn Forest Center Parcs near Bedford. Living in Hertfordshire, it was a wonderfully convenient 40 minute journey. So we loaded up the car after H had her nap and lunch so that we arrived shortly after the 3pm lodge arrival time. (Although if you can go from 10am to use the pool and other facilities.)
When we’re watching ‘Frozen’ for the hundredth time, I’ll still clap and sing along…because I’m her Mummy.
I, the Baby, am entitled to
Days at home with the small one involve a lot of playing in the same room and pottering around the house. So it always comes as a surprise to me how tired I feel at the end of those days; More tired than when I am at work. But when I stop and think about what I actually do on the days I am at home, it makes sense. Because chasing after a baby-verging-on-toddler is DAMN HARD WORK!
Two weeks ago most of our possessions were in boxes and the rest were haphazardly strewn around after being loaded in to a big truck (I didn’t think we had enough to fill it, but apparently we did!) having moved from our house of 8 years to our new family home. We are now pretty well settled in and it’s already feeling like home, but it’s been a hectic and tiring fortnight. Moving is difficult at the best of times, but with an almost-eight-month-old it was even more so. Fortunately she isn’t mobile yet so it could have been a lot harder, but she also won’t just lay passively in a buggy anymore and needs reasonably structured meal and nap times.
It’s Saturday night as I write this and Sam is out in London meeting his friends. So I’m enjoying some time on the sofa after indulging in an oven-cooked frozen pizza after putting the smallest member of our household to bed with, amongst other woes, a summer cold and hoping she stays asleep. Although I suspect she won’t since I’ve already been in to soothe her twice. Anyway, it felt like time for a blog post I’ve been trying to get to all week because there is a lot going on in the world of my small person at the moment.
Whilst H changes and grows a bit every day and week, it feels like she occasionally goes through bigger jumps of change*. Now feels like one of those times.
For starters, since the weekend H is now in her own room. Sam has been suggesting it for a while but I wasn’t happy to move her. The guidance is to keep them with you for 6 months, but also it was always a big emotional step for me to move her further away from me. However, over recent weeks as she has got more active, she has got more and more disruptive at night. Around 4 months babies more to a more ‘adult’ sleep pattern too and that meant we kept waking her up when we went to bed. Then, throughout the night, she’d wake us up by kicking the bars of her cot as she moved herself round! It’s only been 4 nights but they feel to have progressively got better. Last night I didn’t need to go in to her apart from her feed.