Friday, April 25, 2008

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Nursery - Taster Session #1

Yesterday saw the first of TP's two taster sessions at nursery before going for the whole day on 1st May.

We got there at 9.30am and he sat down and played with toys but didn't leave my side and kept one eye on Mummy at all times!! After about half an hour, his key worker picked him up to put him in these little highchairs they have so that he could have a snack and then the crying began. So I went over to him and tried to calm him down, no luck he just sobbed. The key worker picked him up took him over to the window but he wouldn't settle so she gave him back to me to try and calm him a bit. After 20 minutes he had calmed down and I decided to leave because he was going to get upset when I left no matter how long I stayed, so I kissed him goodbye and waved and left. I could hear him screaming from outside, it was very distressing and I hated leaving him but I know he will get used to them all eventually.

I called at 11am to check that he was ok and he was in the garden playing, so that was nice and at 12.30pm I toddled back down there to pick him up. TP was having a nap but woke up when he heard my voice and reached for me and sobbed, poor little man. He had enjoyed playing in the garden apparently but hadn't eaten any dinner (which I expected) and despite me telling them about BLW and that TP feeds himself, they had even tried to feed him something and he was having none of it - that's my boy! :D

Lets hope Monday is a little better!

Bang, crash, smack!

When we got up on Tuesday morning, the last thing I expected to be doing was driving over to our local Minor Injuries Unit but that is what happened. TP was standing at the coffee table and turned around to look at me and he misplaced his footing or something and fell and hit part of his head on the table with a loud bang. He was crumpled on the floor in a heap and sobbing, and trying my very best not to panic I went to get him to make sure he was ok.

I couldn't find any lumps, bumps or cuts so gave him a cuddle and a kiss, when I went to give him a kiss there was blood on my dressing gown. So I carefully checked him again, only to notice that blood was bubbling from his mouth, so panic stricken again I shout for his Dad and we check his mouth. He had cut the top part of his gum and there was (what looked like) a big split and it was oozing with blood. As it didn't stop bleeding, I rang NHS Direct who told s to go to A&E or a nearby MIU which we did.

They saw us in under 40 minutes (which was very impressive I thought!) and checked a very wriggly TP over, who by now seemed to be back to his usual self and the wound had stopped bleeding. The Dr there said that it was a shallow cut (although it looked worse when it was bleeding) and it would heal itself and he didn't think that there would be any damage to his teeth.

So all in all, a very busy morning but thankfully everything was ok and TP's mouth is healing up very nicely and he doesn't even seem to notice the cut anymore.

Monday, April 21, 2008


I read that a baby's bodyclock doesn't start to set itself until around 10 months, well I think TP's has started and I'm not sure I enjoy these 6am starts! It doesn't seem to matter what time he goes off to sleep as he will always wake up between 6 and 6.30am. Ahwell, it will come in handy on those days that I have to work I guess. Tp's getting on average 10 hours sleep a night, its obviously enough for him as he's bright as a button, unlike his zombie Mummy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mummy must try harder!

I must make time to post more often! It's been a month to the day since my last post and boy has it been a busy month.

Well, where to start?

Crawling & standing up!
TP has been crawling (forwards!) now for about 3 weeks and no sooner had that started then we had the pulling himself up on absolutely everything. Sleep has never been TP's strong point but its even worse now as everytime he wakes up, he automatically stands up and then wonders how the heck he got there and more importantly how the heck does he get down again?? Touch wood, it seems to be easing off a bit and we can get back to our attempts of getting him to self-soothe again. Tonight, for instance is the first night towards no booby-feeds between bedtime feed and dreamfeed, he's woke up twice and so far so good he eventually went off the 2nd time in his cot by himself. :D

Every Friday we go swimming and have done since TP was around 8 weeks old with a company called Merbabies and we really look forward to it every week, well Mummy does anyway! They teach confidence in the water and TP gets dunked on a regular basis and really doesn't mind at all, he will also hang onto the bar along the edge quite happily all by himself and he even tries to push himself up onto the ledge - oh did I mention he jumps in from the ledge too? On 1st April we took part in am underwater photoshoot which Mummy was very excited for when we got there we sang our normal intro songs (so the babies felt comfortable and familiar) and then we had to hand them over to trained divers who lowered them into the water for their first images, it was at this point that TP burst into tears and didn't stop for the whole shoot! So after a very upsetting shoot, we waited anxiously for the photos. I'm not sure if I had high expectations or what but I was quite dissapointed with the results (I have the watermarked thumbnails but not sure if its ok to show them here, so wont just to be on the safe side!) for a number of reasons. Anyway, if I decide to buy any of the images and post them, the more I look at them the more they grow on me. :)

Its taken 10 months but we finally got our bums along to one of the local playgroups today and it was fantastic. TP showed off his new found crawling and standing skills and even shared a kiss and a hug with a little girl he met, he was taken aback by the hug but smiled and giggled at the kiss! TP was a gem, he even shared his toys after the initial glee of lots of new toys - he had to pick up each every toy.

7 month check (at 10 months!)
Last week we took TP along for his rather late 7 month check. Everything was fine apart from his uneven leg crease where his leg meets his bum (basically one bum cheek is saggier than the other) so we were told he had to be seen by his GP. We went there today and she checked him over, did that awful hip check where they push his little legs right up under his hip and said he needs an ultrasound scan at the hospital. We're not overly worried as he's very active on his legs, can 'froggy' without pain and theres no family history of hip problems - these, according to the Dr are all positives but she wants to be sure, hence the ultrasound.

Words & general babbling
TP has been babbling for a while and saying the usual Mama & Dada and Hiya, however we managed to teach him to say dog and everything is 'dog' now! You ask him where the cat or dog is and he looks right at them, its amazing (at least I think so!). TP also sings his favourite tv theme tune (which Booba & Booby from Baby TV), its very cute indeed, you start the La la 'ing and he joins in!

On Tuesday the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day, so we organised a quick impromptu trip to the park with TP's best buddy. It was their first joint park visit and we all had so much fun! We had a picnic lunch of chicken baguette and fresh fruit and then played on the swings, slide and a motorbike on a big spring. :D

I can't upload all of the photos to here but you can see them here.

I told you we'd been busy this month!

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Already bored of giving TP the same breakfasts and trying to let him enjoy a range of new tastes last week we tried home-made pikelets for the first time. Pikelets, you know, those flat crumpets. I found a recipe for them and thought, I can do those and although they didn't come out looking like shop bought, they tasted rather yummy and TP agreed, he even tried to steal mine!

The recipe for the pikelets is below, the original recipe called for 1/4 cup of sugar which I found made them far too sweet, obviously if you want to add it you can but they taste much better without in my opinion.

Pikelets - makes approx 10 large

1 Egg
3/4 cup of milk
1 cup of standard white flour - I used organic plain, I think white bread flour would work too
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp lo-salt
25g (1oz) melted butter - I used unsalted. Butter is optional but highly recommended!

Put the flour (recipe calls for sifted - I didn't and it was ok!), salt & baking powder in a bowl
Beat the egg (and sugar if adding) until thick and then add the milk
Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir then add the melted butter
Mix carefully until smooth (I did it all in my food mixer)
Drop tablespoon fulls of mixture into a lightly oiled (think pancakes) pan or griddle and let cook over a medium heat until a few bubbles appear on top and burst, then turn over with a spatula and cook on the other side until golden brown.

Serve with butter, cream cheese, jam or whatever you fancy! There is no reason why you couldn't make double quantities and freeze.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Catch up!

It's been ages since I posted anything so here's a quick catch up.

TP's Nanna & Grandad came to visit last week from Sunderland who he hadn't seen since September and my oh my did he make up for it! He was showing them every trick he could do and kept pulling a face I had never seen before, it was so funny like a little showing off face as if to say, "Look what I can do Nanna!" and fluttering his eyelashes at them. Anyway, it was a lovely week and we won't see them again until June for TP's birthday so we'll miss them alot, but kind of scary that the next time we will see them TP will be 1!! Where has the time gone?

Food has been a litte off the menu these past couple of weeks due to teething I think, well brekkie & lunch have been off but TP's seems to be favouring dinner at the moment! Nanna & Grandad were VERY impressed with TP's eating skills and he joined us a couple of times when we ate out last week but only to nibble on a cheese panini or half a chip (ooOO naughty Mummy!!).

We're still not crawling forwards but the safety gates have been installed due to TP's great skill of speed rolling, if it were an olympic event he would win gold that I have no doubt! So with the new rolling skill and the fact we have a HUGE tv unit with all kinds of consoles and tv equipment in it we've put up a Babydan barrier to prevent little fingers pushing buttons. Everytime you turn around, he seemed to be at the tv unit so now its all locked away - for how long I'm not so sure!

TP turned 9 months yesterday and I think he must be having a growth spurt or something, he fed almost every hour last night so needless to say ended up in bed with us, saying that he seems to always end up in bed with us lately (lazy Mummy!!) but at least we both get some sleep that way, even if he does hog the bed!

Well, TP's having a lovely nap now so I'm off to catch up on the housework and ironing and all that really exciting stuff that we only get to do during nap times!