Back with a bang!

Well not quite a bang but more of the pop of a cork from a bottle of prosecco!

I’ve taken a well needed break from blogging and life in general and spent some time trying to find myself and get myself out of the phunk that is depression and anxiety.

Not going to lie, but it’s been dark, confusing and muddling, but after admitting i need a bit of help, a trip to the doctors and some me time is what’s required to get this mumma back to business.

Mental health isn’t easy to explain to anyone that hasn’t been there themselves, some days you are just plodding along and others you just shut yourself away with the curtains closed as your mind fogs over whilst you just about function to tend to the demands of the children.

I’m gutted for my kids that I haven’t been in the best mindset to give them a brilliant summer holiday but I’m determined to give the last week a good shot at it.

Ciao, adios, I’m done.

Danielle x

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Lydias weaning journey part 2

The next stage of Lydias weaning journey was originally meant to be an introduction to more textured purees but we’ve decided to start introducing finger foods instead.

To be honest I’m still pretty confused on the whole puree thing so I’m just going to “wing it”…either way she’s trying new foods right?
So far Lydia has been having baby porridge about an hour after her morning bottle and it’s been going down a treat…apart from banana porridge, she gagged at the first taste, persevered over a few days but she wasn’t having any of it.

We’re now ready to start introducing lunch and dinner to keep my little piggy fed and happy. I’m hoping to be able to give her a variety of finger foods for lunch with a fruit puree for after, and our family meal for dinner either just popped on her highchair or whizzed down to a more textured puree.

As Lydia is very demanding when it comes to food I love the idea of having some handy finger foods to hand to pop on her highchair for breakfast, lunch and dinner so any recipes you other mummies have will be much appreciated.
Danielle x
 

Lydia Rose 6 month update.

6 months, half a year, where has the time gone!

My darling girl it’s been 6 months since you entered the world and so far it’s been magical but hard bloody work with you and your brother.

You’re now 16lb 4oz, eat 3 meals a day and still love your milk. You wear some gorgeous 6-9 month clothes and you still keep your headbands on.

Your favourite toys are the jumperoo, baby Annabelle and the remote control; your favourite food is pasta Bolognese; your favourite programme is Shimmer and Shine and your favourite song is “wind the bobbin up”.

Milestone wise you are sitting up so confidently and strong, bum shuffling across the room and bouncing up and down on your bottom when you get excited.

You love your brother so much and find him so stupidly funny, whatever he seems to do he always puts a huge smile on your face.

I can’t believe you’re half a year old already!

I’m hoping that we’ve moved house by the time she’s 1, that’s the goal. By that time I should be back at work and saving up for the future, a holiday to Disneyland Paris is being talked about so hopefully for Charlie’s 7th birthday we will be having breakfast with everything Disney!

Mummy Mondays!

Another Monday is here, school runs are in full swing and life is just non stop crazy.

I have a massive obsession with cleaning and watching obsessive compulsive cleaners has been my hobby of choice on this week of maternity leave.

I find cleaning rather satisfying and it definitely seems to relax me after a crazy day, I have no control over life but I can control how clean my home is, especially with a nearly 5 year old and a soon to be crawler.

This week sees the arrival of a new washing machine which I’m so excited about…a bigger machine and more eco friendly which should hopefully trigger a decrease in the energy bulls!

We’ve also decided that this year we WILL move house. We’ve only lived in this house just over 3 years but decided just after a year we wanted to move to a bigger house. There was always something getting in the way of moving and the timing was never really right; but this year we WILL be moving before Lydias first birthday which is 6 months a way. It will be a challenge but it’s a manageable one.

Here’s to another week…glass of wine in hand and trash t.v. 

Danielle x

Mummy Mondays!

Another bank holiday has been and gone and I’m thoroughly looking forward to getting the biggest back off to school and a routine back in place…I thrive on routine.

Parenting can be bloody tough and testing at times, and as much as we love our kids sometimes we just need our own “time out” to recharge and recuperate.

I love a good book, and I also love a good bottle of wine…combine the two and you’ve got a perfect evening planned. 

I’ve always been a bookworm ever since I was a child, grew up reading Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson, survived the teenage years with Louise Rennison, and now losing myself into the world’s of Giovanna Fletcher, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella.

What books do you enjoy reading? And do you prefer to read a proper book or are you converted to the world of kindles and reading devices?

Danielle x

Lydias 5 month update!

My sweet baby girl you are now 5 months old! It really has flown by and the milestones you’re reaching is incredible!

Lydia is such a happy baby and so much easier compared to her brother when he was her age. 

She currently weighs 15lb 4oz and is inbetween sizes (3-6 and 6-9) because of her length. She’s also drinking up to 6 7oz bottles a day and having foods too.

She sleeps like a dream and has 2-3 naps depending on what we’re doing and if we’re travelling in the car.

Her favourite toy is by far the jumperoo and she can spend a good 20 minutes bouncing away and spinning around in circles. She also loves her baby Annabel doll and Fisher Price beat belle which were easter presents.

She started sitting up around 4 and a half months and is so strong now! Her bouncy chair is no longer being used and she loves playing on the floor with her big brother. We seem to have skipped rolling over but along with her sitting upright she’s also been shuffling backwards on her bottom.

She loves all vegetables and most fruits, the only fruit we’ve had complete refusal of is banana…but with me and my mum not being able to stand them it must be genetics!

With artificial grass now laid down in the back garden we’re looking forward to getting some sunshine and spending the summer outdoors.

Lydias weaning journey part 1.

As Lydia is weaning earlier than 6 months we’re starting off down the puree route rather than baby led weaning. I used the baby led weaning approach with Charlie and loved it, but I’m equally excited to do the puree approach.

There’s alot of hype over Ellas kitchen products so I thought I’d give her weaning method a go and so far I LOVE it. So easy and simple to follow, if you are part of the Boots UK parenting club you can pick up the Ella’s kitchen “a tiny taste of the First Foods Book” for free using your vouchers or the Boots app; or you can download the Ella’s kitchen “first foods” app from the app store or Google play.


The best advice I can give is to start on veggies first, not sure how true the “start on savoury before sweet to avoid a sweet tooth” theory is but veggies are 

  • a) somewhat easier to prepare and puree
  • b) much cheaper as you can buy them fresh or frozen

So far Lydia has tried every vegetable from the first tastes section and there hasn’t been any rejections (clearly has her mother’s appetite) and any purees that were left over have been popped into an ice cube tray ready to be defrosted and warmed up.

Prepping and cooking these first purees is so simple! Wash the vegetables, peel what needs peeling, chop what needs chopping into small cubes, boil for 12-15 minutes then drain and whiz into a smooth puree with a couple of tablespoons of water using a blender or hand mixer.


Our next stage is to add some simple finger foods and more lumpier meals.

What were your little ones first tastes?

Danielle x

Mummy Mondays!

We’re now on week 2 of the Easter Holidays and it feels like it’s going to be a tough week.

Last week was lovely, out and about walking everyday, happy kids and lots of fun…then the weekend arrived and it all went to shit. Both kids now have colds, Charlie’s got an attitude that puts hormonal teenagers to shame and has also decided that the bedroom wall is a great place to write literature.

But it’s Monday and the start of a blank page. We’ve taken refuge at home so we can just chill out and get ready for more fun during the week.

So my mummy Monday has consisted of a lovely hot cup of tea, baking cookies and a cheeky hour long nap!!! Safe to say I’m feeling much happier and ready to feel more optimistic! And because it’s Monday I’m looking forward to consuming cookies, drinking wine and watching Broadchurch.

There is no age limit when it comes to naptime so if you feel a bit sleepy, you have that nap and you enjoy it!
Wind down, relax and enjoy! I’ll post the cookie recipe soon!

Danielle x

Lydias weaning journey!

We are officially on the road to weaning!


Lydia is now 20 weeks old which some may say is too young for weaning, but as her parent it is my decision to make.

Over the last 6-8 weeks she has been spitting up much more than usual to the point where she brings up entire bottles…cue soaked mumma, baby and never ending washing. Turns out she just guzzles her bottles down and makes a pig of herself…also downing 3x7oz bottles of hungry baby milk in 4 hours was a bit of a giveaway that she needed more than just milk!

Over the next few weeks I’ll be keeping you posted with the foods Lydia has been eating, her reactions and recipes for you to try for you and your little ones.

P.s I am not a health professional but do have an educational background in nutrition. If you think your child may be ready for weaning go along with your instincts but also get advice from your health visitor as every child is different.

Danielle x

Mummy Mondays!

I think I’m going to start a new weekly post!

This will be especially dedicated to what I do for a bit of me time and to make me feel like a better woman and in turn a better mum.

Today was the first day of the Easter Holidays so it’s a good day to start something fresh and new. We started the day by going for a long(ish) walk to my friends house so the boys could play in the garden and blow off some steam.

I thought I’d be really good and make myself a healthy(ish) lunch so I didn’t have to buy and last minute junk food and a big bottle of water to keep me hydrated, safe to say I felt pretty smug and pretty good.

Because of the fresh air both kiddies were asleep by half 7 and I got to enjoy the mother of all baths.

I can now go to bed feeling pretty good about myself and smelling like the Caribbean 🍍

What do you do like to do for a bit of me time? What makes you feel like a better person?

Danielle x