35 thoughts you have as you feed your six month old baby

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1. I think she’ll like this one, it tastes good

2. Yep, she likes it

3. Good girl!

4. Let’s get it down you quickly before you change your mind

5. Good girl!

6. Darling, stop looking at the dog

7. Look, eat it like Mummy is

8. Wow, I’m starving I might have a bit more

9. Look, Mummy’s going to eat all of your food if you don’t want it

10. Max, go away!

11. Good girl

12. Yes, of course you can help hold the spoon – you clever girl!

13. Um, no actually I think Mummy should just do it

14. Please let go of the spoon

15. Oh no, please don’t cry!

16. Look yummmmm nice food! You try?

17. Please stop clamping your mouth shut

18. And shaking your head from side to side

19. Good girl

20. What?? Why are you blowing raspberries now????

21. Ew

22. One more mouthful and then I’ll be happy

23. Okay, maybe just one more

24. No, you can’t have the bowl

25. Wow, how are you so strong already?!

26. Never mind, only a bit on the floor

27. Perhaps I’ll wipe that hand before you rub it through your hair

28. Shit, where have the wet wipes gone?

29. Ah, too late!

30. Never mind, we’re supposed to let her get messy

31. Wait, how did we get it down the wall?

32. Darling, please give Mummy the spoon back

33. Perhaps you’d like some finger food?

34. Wow, there’s so much on the floor…

35. MAX!!!!

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The six month evolution

This week Taylor hit six-months – a big milestone in a baby’s life and the point when everything (I can confirm) does get a lot easier. In some ways it’s flown by – it seems like only yesterday when I started to have those contractions leaning over the sofa in the living room and being told at the hospital that I was too late to have an epidural (whaaaat????).six month baby

Yet I can’t imagine our lives now without her – she has completed us in so many ways and every day she brings more fun, love and happiness to our lives and excitement about what the future holds for us as a family.

I’ve also discovered that I’m actually quite a good mum. I did have my suspicions pre-baby that I might turn out to be a bit useless, but I’ve actually taken to motherhood pretty well *big pat on the back*. I’ve had to become much more organised with a baby and I actually quite like the new me – I’m even on time for appointments and meetings, which (those who knew me Before Taylor will appreciate) is a somewhat spectacular achievement. Or perhaps it’s just that those meetings and appointments are now much more pleasurable lunch dates and play groups…either way, I’m enjoying this new chapter in my life and have discovered that I’m far better at looking after someone else than I ever was at looking after myself. Continue reading

Recipe: Summer vegetable stew with chickpeas

This dish is a great summer alternative to the winter casserole – super easy to prepare and cooked in the oven in 30 minutes. It’s filling enough to eat as a meal on its own with crusty bread, or if (like Mr M) you feel cheated without meat, it goes really well with chicken or a juicy piece of steak from the barbecue.

roasted summer vegetable one pot recipe

It also tastes just as good cold, so makes a great healthy lunch time pack-up for work the next day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 400g can chickpeas
  • 1 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • Big glug of olive oil
  • chopped coriander to serve

Method

  • Roughly chop all of the vegetables into sizeable chunks.
  • Add to a roasting tin with the garlic and coriander seeds, toss everything together with olive oil and spread out in a single layer.
  • Cook in a pre-heated oven for 30 mins at 200C until the vegetables are roasted and brown at the edges.
  • Remove the tin from the oven, add the chick peas and tinned tomatoes and place on a low heat on the hob to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Season to taste and sprinkle with chopped coriander to serve.

Enjoy! x

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8 things that will happen when Dad babysits

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1. Dad will call you within 10 minutes of you leaving the house to ask “where do you keep the….?”

2. Baby will be fed something they ‘aren’t allowed’ to eat

3. A takeaway will be ordered

4. Bedtime will be two hours later than usual because “baby was really enjoying Star Wars”

5. At some point in the night, baby will end up in bed with Dad because “she started to cry.”

6. When you get home the following morning, your child will have been either:

  • a) the most difficult they’ve EVER been (“They must be ill, definitely not usually this bad…”) or
  • b) An absolute breeze (“I don’t know why you make out it’s so hard!”)

7. The house will look like it’s been shelled

8. You will be missed

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Review: Brother Max weaning pots

Taylor has been eyeing up our food for a while now, so when she hit 17 weeks I decided we were ready to embark of the great adventure that is weaning. Admittedly, the foodie in me was also quite excited about the prospect of offering her something other than milk, and so I set about the task of chopping, steaming, mashing and blending with zealous enthusiasm.

Brother Max Weaning Pots review

I’m not usually one to fall for the endless gadgets and gizmos which are aimed at us parents, but since I was quite excited about this chapter in Taylor’s development, I found myself in Babies R Us with more weaning supplies than I could carry in my one free hand. Alongside some Tommee Tippee bowls, weaning spoons and a ‘my first cup’,  I also picked up these Brother Max weaning pots for £4.99 – which I chose over the other brands on the shelf thanks to the inclusion of a handy marker pen for writing contents/date on the pots before freezing (fickle, I know).
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