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Firsty, I want to say thank you for taking the time to visit my page, I hope you stay and have a look around.

Secondly, I want to introduce myself and my family. My name’s Emma and i’m a 25 year old first time mum, to a very smiley, little man. I decided to start this blog during the later stages of my pregnancy, as myself and Mr Mitchell were about to become a family of three. The world of conception, pregnancy, birth and motherhood seemed to be a world of its own and as it was somewhere we were venturing into for the first time, I wanted a place to document it, remember it and to share it.

Finally, I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed me, reached out to me and joined me on my journey. I never expected it to become what it has. A platform, a support network, where I have been lucky enough to meet fellow parents and share the ups, the downs, the tips, tricks and experiences with them. I hope this continues to grow.

 

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Combinations

weaning

To start with, babies only need a small amount of solid food. To begin with, I introduced Thomas to a new flavour, every other day. He took to food really well and was soon ready to move onto two meals a day. I then gradually began introducing a variety of different food groups and combinations of flavours.

Batch Cooking

weaning

Homemade food was our go to, when deciding how to wean little man. I wanted to know exactly what he was having, introduce and mix flavours as and when I wanted and save money (it’s also considerably cheaper). I’ve really enjoyed the process, right from prepping the food to watching him enjoy mummies cooking! It’s oddly satisfying. So I thought I would share with you how I go about batch cooking for him.

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First Tastes

weaning

We decided to take a vegetable first approach to weaning, with a mixture of traditional weaning and baby led weaning (offering purees, followed by finger foods to explore). We were going to introduce a new flavour every 2 days. The more varieties of veg little ones wean with, the more tastes they’ll love (Ella’s Kitchen).

We wanted to focus on building a positive relationship with food, right from the beginning. With eating being a fun experience, full of exploration and excitement. On the build up to weaning, we introduced Thomas highchair, as a place to enjoy. We let him play in it and sit with us at the dinner table, enjoying family time.

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Getting Weaning Ready

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Get Weaning Ready with me…

On the build up to weaning, I couldn’t help but feeling quite anxious. As a first time mum, I didn’t really have a clue about how to wean or what to feed little man. I’ve always been someone who has struggled with food, i’m so fussy and I wanted to give Thomas’ the best start.

Don’t get me wrong, I was also really excited, it’s such a big step and its amazing watching them grow and explore new things. I’m definitely not an expert on food and nutrition, however I did my fair share of research before starting, and this is what we chose to do and why.

Moving Baby into their own room

Motherhood

“Read me a story, tuck me in tight, tell me you love me and kiss me goodnight”

I decided to wait until we returned from holiday, before I started anything and to aim to have him in his room, by around 6 months. Although I wasn’t going to rush things, I wanted to give him the time to get used to things.

Come and take a look around

Reviews, travel

Sun, sea, sand and well lets be honest…food, is usually what I look for on a holiday. However, when we were searching for a place to take Thomas’ on his first holiday, there was much more to consider. I was very anxious about the destination and resort we took Thomas too, as he was only just 5 months old. I always look for reviews before I go, to get a feel for the place and we ended up making a brilliant choice and having a fantastic time. So, I thought I would share our holiday and hotel experience with you, so you can get a feel for The Blue Lagoon Princess, in Kalives, Halkidiki, Greece.

Photo from TUI website

Travelling with baby

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Navigating the airport with a baby was actually much easier than I expected. Despite the fact, security was the most stressful part of the holiday! Unfortunately, this was my fault. I spent too much time worrying about Thomas and all of his things and ended up setting the alarm off myself. This meant we spent a lot longer than anticipated going through and little man started to get very hungry! Luckily, we got through just in time, before things got really loud! Here are 5 tips, for making the experience less stressful.

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Travelling with baby

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Lets face it, you need to take a lot when travelling with a baby! It can be quite a daunting experience. To make the packing process easier, I decided to write a list and break it down into sections such as feeding, sleeping, clothing etc. Writing a list this way, made the packing process much easier and we didn’t forget anything!

I you would like to find out what we took with us and why, keep on reading. You can also see a copy of my list at the end of the blog.

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Travelling with baby

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As someone who has only ever been able to travel during the school holidays, we decided to make the most of my maternity leave and book a reasonably priced holiday!

Once Thomas was born and the holiday was getting closer, I started to panic… we were going to have to pack a lot! I have never been one to pack light, so I knew I needed to find some ways to make packing, and travelling with a 5 month old, easier.

These are some of the packing hacks I found and used for little mans first holiday.

with me, in 5 easy steps

Motherhood, travel

‘Tans fade, but memories last a lifetime’

As a new Mum, you don’t often have time for self care. Before little man was born, I used to love doing my nails and having a good pamper session. Now I find whenever I have any time to myself… which is very rare…I fill it with chores or taking the opportunity to sleep!

We’re about to go on our first holiday with Thomas and I decided to use this opportunity, as an excuse, to have some well needed me time. I mean after all, getting holiday ready is part of the excitement!