The baby chronicles #48: 11 month update

Age: 11 1/4 months
I like: Stealing other people’s food, olives, bubbles, playing outside, boobs

We officially have less than one month to go before Little O is a whole year old. It’s crazy because in some ways it feels like I had him yesterday and in other ways I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t here… but let’s see how he’s getting on at 11 months. Read more…

The baby chronicles #47: Friends!

Age: 11 months
I like: Lentils, boobs, my ride-on motorbike, pepperoni

Over the weekend, Little O and I had a play date with M and Little M. M is one of those friends I met in a very random, modern way. We both joined the June 2016 BabyCentre forum and then followed each other on Instagram. Through that we realised that we live quite close to each other and that M works in the town I live in. We also realised that Little O and Little M were born on the same day. I invited M and Little M to the protest I helped organise earlier this year, they came along, we finally met in person and we’ve been messaging and occasionally meeting up since. Read more…

The baby chronicles #46: The cold of doom

Age: 10 ¾ months
I like: Trying to climb laundry airers, digging up the flowers daddy planted, boobs

For about a week Little O had a snotty nose. We weren’t too worried about it because little humans forever have snotty noses. It’s all part of the immune system building process and most of the time they don’t even notice. Read more…

The baby chronicles #45: Party time

Age: 10 ½ months
I like: Nanny’s shepherd’s pie, eating on the move, taking apart my food for inspection, goat curry, kissing mummy on her belly, digging in the dirt, boobs

Over the last two weekends Little O has been to two birthday parties, which seems to me to be quite an intense social life for a less than one year old. Read more…

Things I have been cooking lately #176: Chocolate, coconut bites 

Recently I have become obsessed with these coconut bite thingies from Pret and bought loads of them. They’re not cheap though and all the habit was costing me a fortune. I’ve always loved coconut and these are kind of like a healthier version of a Bounty. I decided to try and find a recipe to make my own and this is the result and they’re soooo good!

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The baby chronicles #44: 10 month update

Age: 10 1/4 months
I like: Clambering, shouting, boobs (especially nipples… joy), taking apart my food for inspection, my nubbly balls (pictured below)

Little O is now a whole 10 months old and very much on the downhill run to being a year old… eep! So here’s how things are going. Read more…

The baby chronicles #43: Away for the weekend

Age: 10 months
I like: Biting, blueberry yoghurt, unpacking things, boobs, chattering

Last weekend was Easter weekend so both Friday and Monday were bank holidays and we all got a nice long weekend. We decided to take advantage of the extended bit of time off and the whole O clan went away to Centre Parcs at Elveden Forest. Basically you stay in a cute little cottage in a forest where there are no cars, only bikes and partake in fun indoor and outdoor activities (if you want to). This was the third time we’ve been as a family since I have known Mr O but the first time with Little O. Read more…

The baby chronicles #42: A little bit of sun

Age: 9 2/3 months
I like: Mango, waving my spoon around, my plastic bucket, boobs, Gouda

One of the main reasons Mr O and I decided to move out of London and into Essex was the potential to have a garden. It might seem a bit odd that a garden was a priority considering that the UK isn’t exactly known for its sunny weather but we both have very fond memories of playing in the garden as children and wanted the same for Little O. Read more…

Things I have been cooking lately #175: Quick, easy brownies

I have made loads of brownies in my life and my go to recipe is always Hummingbird Bakery, but there isn’t always time for all the melting and the long cook time especially when trying to bake around a small human. Plus with all that high content cocoa dark chocolate, they’re really expensive to make. This recipe is quick, easy and a lot cheaper and they are sooo good and sooo gooey. I am definitely making these my new everyday brownies. (Disclaimer: I don’t eat brownies every day and I am not suggesting that you do either…)

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The baby chronicles #41: Juggling

Age: 9 1/2 months
I like: Trying to climb the stairs, big plastic bottles, boobs, blueberry mush

I have been back at work for four weeks now and I am realising that more than anything else being a full time working mum is a juggling act. There are lots of balls that need to stay in the air, all of them important and trying to figure out what to do and when is the real challenge. Read more…

Things I have been cooking lately #174: Banoffee pie

I am not a fan of bananas and never have been but as I have gotten older I have started to enjoy banana flavoured things as well as things with bananas in them. Mr O hates bananas to the point of being almost phobic of them but he’s very conscious of passing on his food preferences to Little O, so recently he decided he’d like to try something with a little banana in it and requested a banoffee pie. This combo of caramel, banana and cream is a British favourite and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately Mr O’s verdict was that he could still taste the bananas and it wasn’t for him. Back to the drawing board…

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The baby chronicles #40: My first Mothers’ Day

Weeks old: 40
I like: Clambering on things, grass, my singing book, boobs
Mummy is learning: To watch me carefully if I am playing near the stairs

Unlike everywhere else in the world, in the UK Mothers’ Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of March. Apparently “Mothering Sunday” is related to Easter, which is why it’s in March. The rest of the world has adopted the USA’s day of celebration in May, which was set up after mothers’ groups campaigned following the Civil War. So now you know. Read more…

Things I have been cooking lately #173: Mini Egg cookie bars

Being back at work means a willing audience to try out my baking on. I didn’t do much baking on maternity leave because it’s quite challenging with a little person constantly needing your attention but also because Mr O is not particularly interested in sweet things and with nowhere to take what I have created, I end up eating far too much of it myself… or ending up chucking bits away once they’ve passed their prime. As Easter is around the corner I decided to to some themed baking for my colleagues.

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The baby chronicles #39: 9 month update

Weeks old: 39
I like: Biting everyone, boobs, the fireplace, my activity table
Mummy is learning: That if she can just get me to taste my food, I might have some more

This week Little O is officially 9 months old and on Tuesday he had been out in the world 274 days, which is how long he was inside my body. For some reason this seems like a major milestone. In many ways I felt like I was pregnant for an eternity but now I have been a mother longer than I was pregnant.

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Things I have been cooking lately #172: Super food salad

Last week it was really warm so I got very excited and decided it was spring. I was so excited that I decided to buy a whole lot of ingredients to make salads. It turned out it was not spring. It was basically spring teasing us and then deciding to hold off until a yet to be named date. Fortunately even though it was cold and windy when I made this, it was still delicious so we didn’t feel too sad that we had to eat it wearing jumpers.

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The baby chronicles #38: First week back at work

Weeks old: 38
I like: Water (but only out of someone else’s cup), standing up, biting mummy, boobs – especially if I get to put the boob in my mouth myself, dancing to Shake Your Booty
Mummy is learning: That I am going to constantly injure myself for the next 5 years…

I have survived my first week back at work and it was okay. These are some things that happened. Read more…

The baby chronicles #37: Last week of maternity leave

Weeks old: 37
I like: Standing up in the bath, standing up in my cot, pinching mummy, boobs, slides
Mummy is learning: That even if I sleep in my cot, she can’t sleep because she is programmed to listen for me waking up

This week was my last week of maternity leave before I go back to work full time… on Monday. As I have mentioned several times in this blog, I have mixed feelings about returning to work but ultimately I know it is the right thing for me and for my little family. I love and enjoy my job and it pays me well enough to enable Mr O to work part time and share daily care of Little O with Mrs O Senior. Of course, I have become very accustomed to being Little O’s number one person and it is hard to imagine not spending the majority of most days with him or to manage my fear that I will become a secondary person in his life. Read more…

The baby chronicles #36:On the move

Weeks old: 36
I like: Everything I am not supposed to touch – especially wires, boobs, biting people, bubbles
Mummy is learning: To find the balance between letting me explore and stopping me from injuring myself

In the last week Little O has become fully independently mobile. While he’s been able to move around by himself up to a point for a while, in this last week he’s taken it to a new level. Read more…

The baby chronicles #35: 8 month update 

Weeks old: 35
I like: escaping fast, shouting, “dadadada” at the top of my lungs, farting, boobs
Mummy is learning: that dressing an 8 month old is like trying to put an Octopus in a string bag

Unbelievably Little O is now 8 months old (didn’t I just have him last week?) so I reckon it’s time for a bit of an update.  Read more…

The baby chronicles #34: Food, glorious food

Weeks old: 34

I like: having my head tickled, boobs, biting my toy monkey’s face

Mummy is learning: to put a bib on me

For the past couple of months we’ve been experimenting with giving Little O solid food with the intention of slowly transitioning him from a milk based diet to a food based one.

There are a few different ways that people do this and lots of different theories but essentially there are two camps: “traditional” and “baby led”. Traditional weaning starts with spoon feeding your baby pureed or mashed food that gets slowly thicker and chunkier until they graduate to finger foods. You can do this from about 4 months.  Read more…