Weaning Adventures: Too much information….

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I’ll start this update with a ‘Too Much Information Warning!’  
Okay, so despite Louis still preferring his food out of his mouth rather than in it, I do now have evidence that he must be swallowing at least some of his solids.  I’ll spare the details but lets just say Louis‘ nappies now reveal he’s consuming a thicker diet.  I did warn you!
This physical evidence is reassuring.  For the past few days I’ve worried that Louis‘ not progressing as quickly as he should be.  He’s certainly not enjoying his food the way my eldest son Ralph did.  (Which was rapidly and in high quantity!). But now I see things are moving in the right direction – quite literally!
So it’s a slow and steady approach – we’re still only on one meal a day and on very small amounts of simple purees.  I’m trying to keep my impatience at bay and to think sensibly about the lack of progression.  (As adults we don’t only eat teaspoons of purees so we all must get the hang of it eventually!)  I must trust Louis to let me know when he’s ready for more.
One small step we made yesterday came when for the first time Louis seemed physically excited at the sight of a spoon. He reached out and grabbed it and popped it straight to his mouth for an almighty chomp – the motion itself I see as a milestone.  He was chomping down on the spoon with such force I knew he was using it as teething relief rather than a vessel for food but it was great to see he’s getting the right idea.
And taking his lead with this, today I had two spoons at the ready – one for Louis for chew and another for me to shovel in the food. It’s a complicated (and messy) game as spoons are passed between us, often via the floor, but to seemed to do the trick.  In the enthusiasm of spoon chewing the entire cup of pear puree disappeared.  Surely he didn’t eat it all?  Did he?  His next nappy change will reveal everything I need to know..
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Our monthly Health Fix from Jo at Jo’s Healthy Cupboard

Do you often feel too exhausted to think about anything, let alone looking after you? Too tired to care about what you eat or feel like you have no more mental space left to make healthy choices for yourself? As a parent you need some caring for too! We are excited to introduce our new monthly blog spot, ‘Healthy Habits’ written by Jo Rae Macdonald from Jo’s Healthy Cupboard.

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I know for me, the journey into parenthood was also a slippery slope into unhealthy habits and quick fixes to get me through the day. Before I had my little people, I was working in a busy job which involved a lot of travel and I naively thought I was used to tiredness. I thought I would cope since my body was often not sure what timezone it was in!

But I found new mum tiredness was a whole different ball game, I was not prepared at all. With two little people both feeding on their own three hours cycles it felt relentless. I distinctly remember thinking that 24hr cycles were not important anymore,  our world was on three hour cycles and it really didn’t matter if it was night or day.

With the lack of sleep came the unhealthy habits. I don’t think we should beat ourselves up about this though. The first few months of parenthood are tough and exhausting. It’s hard to be healthy when you have a much more important job of looking after your little one, and besides everyone who comes to visit brings cake which was always very welcome!

My days became filled with caffeine and sugary snacks. I had no time or energy left to care for me properly. All my energy went into the making sure our two little ones were fine. And this felt totally right, but at some point as you come out the other side of new parenthood,  you begin to believe you can do this new job and maybe even do it well. A few moments in your day start to open up and it’s time to start making a little bit of time for you. Just making small, gradual changes and making healthy choices can make all the difference to how you feel. And when you wake up and your body is ready to go, it’s so much easier to be the parent you want to be.

So to make it a bit easier to think about making these small changes, we are very excited that Jo’s Healthy Cupboard will be writing a monthly blog for us, helping us all make healthy choices as we navigate the first few years of parenthood.