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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Alex's Three Month Update

Hey dolls,

This post is slightly delayed by a few days! So my son, Alex, was 3 months old on 28th February. He is currently 13 weeks and 4 days old! Alex has changed a lot from a newborn to a proper little baby (looks wise) in the past few weeks, it really is crazy how much babies change in such a short time!

Milestones: Alex has very good balance and loves sitting up on mom or dad's knee like a big boy - sometimes he gets fed up of being tilted slightly in the bouncer (and he can see more at the height of sitting with us!). Alex can sit up on his own when sitting on my lap when he is slightly gaining support from my body, slightly holding my fingers with his little hands but has nothing supporting his back (except of course my hand nearby in case he jolts backward!!). His legs are quite strong so he can push off the ground when supported by me or his dad. He can hold his head up for long periods of time without getting too tired. He still doesn't like tummy time too much but after his 3 month check up we were advised to do it every waking minute of the day because he doesn't get enough of it! :(

Sleep: He is a very good sleeper at night time. We are slowly moving him into his big cot because the moses basket is becoming too small and he's becoming too heavy so it's starting to dip a bit! I don't want him in his big cot because this means he has to sleep in his own room, because the cot won't fit in our bedroom. I know it's too early for him to be alone so I'm trying to drag it out as long as possible but for Alex safety it's best for him to sleep in his highly supportive cot with nice new mattress. He doesn't sleep well during the day so my plan is to put him into his cot for his day time naps and get him into some sort of routine (which I find quite difficult!).

Best Moment: I have to say the best moment is Alex is smiling a lot more and is starting to giggle sometimes. Most mornings I wake up and Alex is already awake when he see's me he gives me his gorgeous morning smiles :) I love waking to a happy baby!

Worst Moment: Alex has started teething so sometimes he gets very fussy but otherwise he is such a happy content baby and there has been no bad moments!

Health: Alex's health is perfect. He has been a little snotty the past week but otherwise he's been great. He had a small show of cradle cap about 2 weeks ago, I use Johnson's cream on it and it has gone now. It flares up sometimes.

Eating: Alex is currently on Cow and Gate number 1 infant milk. I'm starting to research weaning as Alex is a hungry baby and I can't see him lasting until 6 months before he starts on foods. I bought a blender from Aldi during their baby event a few weeks ago. I've read reviews and a lot of people are raving about how great it is. It's quite small too which will help with travel (as I visit my parents every second week at the moment).

Things I want to Remember: Alex is starting to become captivated by what we have on the TV at the moment which is so cute when he's sitting on his daddy's lap! He is also starting to grab his monkey toys that hang in front of him on his bouncer which is super cute. In recent weeks he has become more in love with his elephant comforter Ellie which we give to him for daytime naps and for going to bed at night. I take Ellie out of his basket once he's asleep though as he has pulled her over his face which scared me so won't let that happen again!! 

Alex started swimming with Water Babies Ireland. He is now on his 3rd week of the beginners class. He goes with his dad into the pool as I watch. His auntie took him into the water for the taster and she will also be taking him into the pool this week as his dad will be at a stag! Alex absolutely loves the pool and the water. He gave out last week when getting changed as he was hungry for a bottle - but otherwise he doesn't give out!

My previous updates on Alex are here.

Lots of Love

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lifestyle Change - Healthy Eating

Hi Dolls,

Today is the 1st February (duh!). I made new resolutions for 2015 just like a lot of others (see post here) and the main one's were to get my pre baby body back and better, to drink less fizzy drinks and more water, and to eat cleaner.

I decided, because of all the chocolates we got for Christmas, that I wouldn't bother trying to eat healthier until February because I would just be breaking my new changes! We got 2 box of roses,  2x celebrations, quality streets, and my friend gave me a box of chocolates as well! I one chocolate in the quality streets and roses, and I'd eat any of the celebrations except bounty or twix! There's only two of us (adults) in the house so there have been lots of chocolates leftover - luckily for us our friend the rat decided to rob the box of choccys my friend gave me, ate the lot!, and robbed some quality streets and left the wrappers under the fridge (along with little bits of tin foil?!). Anyway, back to the point at hand...

From today, I plan not to bring in anymore chocolate or crisps, fried foods, fizzy drinks and white foods (bread, pasta, rice). In January, I didn't bring in any crisps, except popcorn into the house, and also switched from white bread to brown wholemeal bread.

Cutting back on Diet Coke and switching to water or diluted drinks like Robinsons Orange and Ribena blackcurrent will be a big change for me. I will still drink a fizzy drink at the cinema or on an evening out as a mixer but as both those occasions are rare these days with a baby I'm not too pushed by this decision! I'm not a huge fan of drinking water, especially from the tap (because we have limescaled water). We use brita filters to clean the water. I would either drink this or a bottle of Volvic water.

I plan to buy some cook books or borrow some from my sister so I can make some dinners that are different to the usual we have, and also to mix it up a bit. As a fussy eater I'm conscious I could pass this onto my son and I really don't want to do that to him, it's not easy being as fussy as I am, at 25 (and a half) years old it's not going to get much better and my taste buds won't change much! To be fair to myself, I have tasted a few new foods in the past few years and have decided whether I really don't like it or if it's something I would try again! I don't like overly flavoured/seasoned foods, I really don't like peppers or onions, and I don't like ketchup! I am willing to try new foods but sometimes the look of the food is enough to turn me off!

Eating healthier won't be easy because we find it quite tough to cook dinner with a baby, let alone cook a dinner from scratch. In time, I'll get better at cooking, get used to cooking dinners from scratch and prepare dinners beforehand and freeze them. For now, it's all trial and error!

Laura over at Liparazzi Blog has some great recipes for healthy eating on her blog I hope to try out! I will keep you updated on how this whole healthy lifestyle works out.

Along with the food changes I plan to go walking with my son 3 days a week and also hope to get out Sunday morning for a run or walk myself with my iPod going. Currently my leg is still a bit sore since having Alex but hopefully the walking will help that! Bring on the healthy lifestyle....

Lots of Love