4 Month Old Baby Development

There are so many changes in the first year of life, and at the 4 month baby development stage a lot of these changes are mental as well as physical. One key one I noticed with Rowan is better vision therefore better facial recognition. This meant he started to develop a sense that familiar means safe, and unfamiliar…hmm not so sure! Here are a few of other key developmental changes Rowan’s had, as well as a general roundup of the month!   4 Month Baby Development: Physical Rolling Over Last month Rowan had started trying to roll over. This month,…

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10 Most Weird, Wonderful and Challenging Changes of Motherhood

Once I began looking into starting a family, I knew I was in for some epic changes. When pregnant, I found a lot of the focus was on physical changes. Once I became a mum, there were a lot of changes to me mentally and emotionally. In anticipation of motherhood I worried about weight gain, post-natal depression, mastitis and, of course, the process of giving birth. However, there were quite a few changes that I didn’t anticipate and aren’t listed in the baby books! So I’ve compiled a list of some specific and general changes that have happened to me…

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Coping with Gestational Diabetes as a Fussy Eater

For this post I have rediscovered an old friend who is now a mum too. Hermione, who blogs over at Hermione’s Pantry, went to the same high school as me but we haven’t spoken in years. She actually discovered me recently on Instagram – it turned out she has her own baby boy also called Rowan! Hermione’s Pantry is full of vegetarian recipes that have been lovingly crafted by Hermione. Seeing her blog inspired me to think about my own relationship with food. In pregnancy you can experience a lot of changes to your diet. The biggest things that affected…

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Top 6 Gifts for Newborns and Young Babies

I was very fortunate to receive some really lovely gifts when I had Rowan. There are many more than just these 7 that we’ve really enjoyed, but if I had to pick favourites these would be it. If you’re shopping around for gifts for a new or young baby, have a look at these! You can also check out my Newborn Essentials post for more ideas.   Gift Ideas for Babies 0 to 6 Months   Zoocchini Receiving Blanket Gift Set These blankets from Zoocchini are my favourite blankets – and we got a lot of blankets! They are 100%…

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5 Ways to Cope with No Routine for your Newborn Baby

I am definitely a routine loving person. I like to be organised and on top of things and I often have to make the effort to adapt to spontaneous changes. So when I had Rowan I looked all over the internet for tips on getting my newborn into a routine. There are plenty out there – with schedules and timings for naps and feeds. You can find long infographs showing how much feeding and sleeping your baby needs, and the time between them, depending on their age. But when it came to applying all that to real life there was…

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Should I Hide my Scars from my Children?

It’s Maternal Mental Health week in the UK starting tomorrow, 5th May 2019. I’ve read posts of some mum bloggers all about their experiences and have been inspired to share my own. One of my biggest challenges, other than keeping postnatal depression at bay, is with the scars left from depression I suffered in the past.   Should I Hide my Scars from my Children?     One day recently, when the weather was warm and so my arms were on show, I looked at the scars on them and told my husband: “I wish I could tattoo my arms,…

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3 Month Old Baby Development

April’s Rowan’s Roundup features a few interesting 3 month old baby developments. There’s a continuation of the sleep regression that had begun at 12 weeks ๐Ÿ˜‘, a big weight milestone ๐Ÿ‘ and his second night away from home ๐Ÿค—. I’m also including some ‘outtakes’ at the end with a few #mumlife moments!   Rowan’s 3 Month Baby Development: April 2019   Out and About Local Events The month started with a little outing to a local Baby Show. Not, as my husband initially thought, a show of babies ๐Ÿ˜‚ but an exhibition of a few local mum and baby businesses.…

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The Parenting Alphabet Challenge

There are some great tags and challenges that make their way around the internet and the mum blogging world is no exception. I recently got the opportunity to join in with the Parenting Alphabet Challenge thanks to Mum in the Moment blogger Abi Yardimci – you can check out her A-Z Challenge responses here and see where this challenge was originally created at Yule Times. So check out my answers below – how many do you relate to?   The Parenting Alphabet Challenge   A is for Adaptation When I became a new mum the realisation that this tiny being…

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Breastfeeding a Newborn: How to Survive the First 8 Weeks

In this final part of my Survival Seriesย I discuss my thoughts and advice on surviving the first 8 weeks of breastfeeding. I started the series with my tips for new mums surviving life with a newborn, then shared some baby behaviours that you can expect in those first 8 weeks. Now I am writing this at 15 weeks postpartum, I can recall just how tough those first 8 weeks really were and I hope that by sharing my story, along with some survival tips, it can help other new mums to know they are not alone and that there is…

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