Baby W’s 1 year update!!!

We made it! Our beautiful baby boy turned one year old last weekend – wow!!

Theย big day

Months ago, we had already decided to spend his birthday up at my parents’ in Mid Wales. Unfortunately my dad passed away a few weeks ago, but we stuck with our plans and we think he was watching over us on the big day….

1st birthday cards
1st birthday cards

We woke at 6 (standard!) and opened some cards and presents, played around then about noon we headed over to Fantasy Farm – I might write a review if I get a chance but in a nutshell we had a great time – it was the first time we’d taken baby W to a farm park and he loved seeing and touching all the animals – cute little kids, lambs and rabbits. We had a ride on a trailer and we also had a sunday carvery there which baby W enjoyed!

Meeting the lambs at Fantasy farm
Meeting the lambs at Fantasy farm

When we got back in the afternoon, I gave him some chocolate cake for the first time (as he got teeth so early I try and be really careful with his sugar intake – it’s the one thing I’m strict about!) and he wolfed it down – never seen anything disappear so quickly!

He had lots of lovely cards and presents – clothes, toys, books, money – but I think his favourite present was this scooter that my sister bought him from notonthehighstreet – I love it, so retro! And he laughs when he’s being pushed around on it ๐Ÿ™‚ We knew he’d get lots of presents so we only bought him a little ball pool – something he loves at the childminder’s house but of course he hardly goes in his new one at home :p

Cool scooter from notonthehighstreet
Cool scooter from notonthehighstreet

Progress updates

Since the last update I wrote 2 months ago, baby W has got faster and more confident with crawling, and has been standing and pulling himself on everything – we still haven’t baby-proofed the house properly which we need to do as he’s in doors and drawers all the time!

It’s amazing watching him grow – every week he can reach something new, higher up!

And some big news… the morning after his birthday, he took a couple of steps! He’s done it once since at the childminder’s too – he’s a big boy now!

He’s getting more chatty – babbles a lot, and still says ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ a lot although I’m still not convinced he knows what they mean! He’s started copying sounds a lot – it’s great fun chatting to him ๐Ÿ™‚

Health, eating and drinking

Still haven’t had him weighed (it’s been about 6 months now!) but he’ll be having his jabs (and I guess his 12 month update?) soon so we’ll see how much he weighs then but I’m not worried – he’s mostly in 9-12 month old clothing, and size 4 nappies.

To celebrate his birthday we switched over to whole milk and he took to it straight away – good boy! He still has quite a lot of milk which I am trying to cut down on but again, not too worried. He has a bottle when he wakes up (about 6am) and he loves having another bottle a few hours later before his morning nap (about 9am). Then he can usually get through the day without it til his bottle before bed (about 6pm) but if he’s really grouchy in the afternoon, a little bit of milk can help us all out ๐Ÿ™‚

Something else I’m aware I need to do is get him to stop using bottles. He enjoys drinking water (hooray!) out of various sippy cups/beakers, but still has milk in a bottle which at some point I should try and change…..

He generally eats well – loves pasta, fish, chicken, yoghurtย and cheese. Doesn’t really like fruit or veg so much so I sneak veg into pasta sauces, and fruit purees into yoghurt. As we went down the baby-led weaning route, he still makes quite a lot of mess and enjoys throwing half of his food but he eats the other half so I’m happy!

For some reason (I let her carry on, despite telling her numerous times she didn’t need to!) the childminder always blends/purees his food – and now she’s wondering why he won’t eat any solid food there (even pasta, which is fave at home!)- I think she’s created a rod for her own back ๐Ÿ˜‰

Personality, likes and dislikes

He’s generally a happy chappy – great with people, but also quite independent – happy by himself! He’s started having mini tantrums if he doesn’t get his own way (e.g. if we take something off him that he shouldn’t be playing with) – will cry until he’s quickly distracted by something else! He’s adventurous, fearless and always on the move – does not sit still for long!

Escaping from a Messy Madness class
Escaping from a Messy Madness class

Likes

  • Trips to the park to play on slides and swings
  • Opening and closing cupboard doors
  • Playing with coasters, keys and remote controls (who needs toys?!)
  • Dancing to music and cartoons
  • Watching the washing machine and trying to press all the buttons ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Pushing his walker around
Washing machines - best thing ever!
Washing machines – best thing ever!

Dislikes

  • Not getting his own way
  • Being dressed/nappy changes – this can be quite hard work, I try and make it as fun as poss!

That’s everything I can think of for now, we’re hoping to have our first foreign familyย holiday over the next month, and of course we’ll have the dreaded 1 year jabs – wish us luck!

What’s inside our new Changing Bag?

Everyone loves a changing bag post, I meant to write this MONTHS ago but finally found a spare 5 mins!

So, for the first 6 months of baby W’s life, we survived with the free changing bag you get with the Boots advantage card – it’s worth getting, it’s very handy and very unisex… but it’s a bit plain and I did fancy getting a ‘fancier’ changing bag but I’m not a ‘bag person’ so…

I love the Pink Lining ‘yummy mummy’ changing bags, but I thought they were a bit too girly for my other half to carry around! Everyone raves about Pacapod bags but they’re a bit too big for my liking. Everyone also raves about Nova Harley bags but I don’t really like changing bags that look like handbags… I then fell in love with Cath Kidston changing bags but thought they were a bit pricey…..

So while I was mooching in Next one day I stumbled upon this gorgeous thing…

Changing bag from Next
Changing bag from Next

It’s only ยฃ30 and I think it looks a bit Cath-Kidston-esque ๐Ÿ™‚

Next spotty changing bag
Next spotty changing bag

As well as the price tag and the pattern/design, I love the size – it’s nice and compact. I do think it would be too small for a lot of parents, who might prefer the larger size bags – but I always prefer travelling light! Another bonus point is thatย it’s wipe-clean!

So what do I carry around in it?….

Changing bag essentials
Changing bag essentials

Since day 1 we’ve always used Pampers nappies (we tried Aldi’s and Boots too but Pampers always kept him the driest!) and Huggies wet wipes. We found Bepanthen to be the best nappy cream, so we always carry a tube of this around… and a muslin (this starry one is from M&S) and some nappy bags.

Spare outfits!
Spare outfits!

In the early days, we’d always carry a spare outfit in case of a poo-nami! These days it’s usually because he’s covered himself in food! Either way I also try and make sure the spare outfit is something quite easy to change him into like a romper suit rather than a full outfit that would take up more space, and more time – he’s a wriggler!

Essential changing bag toys!
Essential changing bag toys!

We can’t go anywhere without his teddy comforter (we’ve had to buy a few spares from Matalan!) and I always chuck in a couple of other toys e.g. a Lamaze one, or this crinkly teething elephant.. or of course baby favourite Sophie le Giraffe!

Mummy's essentials
Mummy’s essentials

If I’m travelling light then I’ll ditch my handbag and pop my things in to the changing bag – my phone (not in the photo as it’s taking the photo ;)), keys with my NYC keyring, my Ted Baker wallet (bought in a discount store of course!) and hand sanitiser!

The bag fits in all of the above, and of course comes with a changing mat… here’s some more pics so you can see the compactness/space….

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Oh that reminds me, as well as the matching changing mat it also comes with a matching bottle holder… we usually carry a bottle with us, whether it’s for milk or water… and I’ve now started carrying some form of snacks too e.g. some Organix baby crisps.

I love it – I thought it was also relatively unisex but my other half disagreed! He’s more than happy to carry it around regardless though ๐Ÿ™‚ So:

Pros

  • Design
  • Price
  • Wipe-clean
  • Compact
  • Matching changing mat and bottle holder
  • Has 1 big pocket and a couple of smaller pockets

Cons

  • The only one I can think of is that the lack of space might not suit everyone

What do you think of it? I always love nosing at other people’s changing bag posts, so feel free to leave a link to yours in the comments section ๐Ÿ™‚

My maternity photo shoot (a year ago!)

This time last year I was heavily pregnant and had a maternity photoshoot just a few days before I ended up giving birth! Apart from the tiredness and achiness, I LOVED being pregnant, and loved how I looked so I wanted to celebrate this with getting some decent photos ๐Ÿ™‚

I chose the photographer, Leah Roberts, via a friend’s recommendation – I’d seen the amazing newborn shoot she’d done for them (she did our wonderful newborn pics too)

I arranged to meet her for the shoot in Ynysangharad park in Pontypridd and I showed her some of the bump photos I liked via Pinterest, as you can see I prefer ones that show off the bump more than the mum’s face etc…

So,ย here’s some of the beautiful photos I ended up with…. regular readers will know that I have one as the main image on my blog… here’s my faves….

Me and my bump
Me and my bump
Bump close-up!
Bump close-up!
Me and my bump
Me and my bump
Bump photoshoot
Bump photoshoot
bump and I!
bump and I!

I literally got hundreds of photos from the shoot, plus black and white versions of all of them – but I didn’t want to bombard you, and like I said – these are my faves! They bring back very happy memories and emotions from a year ago – while I loved being pregnant, I was very nervous about giving birth and becoming a mum!

What do you think? Did you have a bump photoshoot? Share your links if you did, I’d love to see them ๐Ÿ™‚ Or maybe you disagree with the whole concept?!