Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ella's Kitchen: Review

I've been actively weaning Jeremiah for a month now-- and I've been mainly using the Ella's Kitchen range to do it.
There are a wide array of flavors to try and I absolutely love them.


Above is literally only about 20 percent of what is available to try. The Ella's Kitchen range is perfect to try for your child from 4 months. 
But only attempt to start your child on these foods when you see that they are ready for weaning. What I mean is, you can see that when you're eating your food they look interested in what you are eating and they are going as far as opening their mouths when you offer your food to them.

But yeah, it starts from 4 months onwards-- and there are pouches that look like this for 4 month old babies:
and they usually only come as singular flavours such as mangoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, pears, peas, carrots, and then if you want your child to get a taste of a mixture of flavours, again from 4 months, there are pouches like these:




(Jeremiah really likes this flavour) and as you can see there's a little label with 'super smooth' on it; at 4 months especially, when introducing semi solid food, this is the best option to try because for them it's a completely new experience for them, they're not used to textures, so for the food to be super smooth, it's quite liquid like, so it will be easy for them to eat.
Once you can see that they've mastered the super smooth texture, you can move them onto this kind of Ella's Kitchen pouch:


It usually starts from 6 months, but it's now 'Smooth and creamy' so these particular pouches are a little thicker than the super smooth pouches; but every baby is different, Jeremiah started eating this at 5 months; but you as the parent will be able to tell when your child is ready to move to the next level.

There are more pouches from 7 months which I can't review at the moment because I have yet to try them! But the Ella's Kitchen range is very good, and the flavours are very favourable, lots of fruits, lots of veggie selections-- it's actually inspiring me to do my own recipes!

The FULL Ella's Kitchen range is available in your local Tesco(not express, the larger ones) or Waitrose. And sometimes they run a deal where you can buy 7 for the price of 6.. so you basically get one pouch free.

But yes, give it a go and see how you get on! There are so many ranges of baby's food but Ella's Kitchen caught my interest.

Happy Weaning! x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Silence

In each and everyone's lives... there is a time where you are meant to be silent.

Ecclesiastes 3:7
"A time to be silent and a time to speak."

When this particular time comes, it doesn't mean that you have to be absolutely mute and even when someone says 'hello' you don't pay attention to them-- no, lets not take it that far.. but what I mean is, there is a time where you are just meant to take in your surroundings and listen. We all like to talk and we all like to share our views and opinions; but sometimes it's good to listen and to understand the people around us; and to take time and understand our own selves.

It sounds a little funny to hear, but a lot of us do not know who we are, what we are capable of, or what our purpose is to why we are here.

Silence can also be considered a weapon; you don't need to shout or use profane words. Just be quiet.
You never know, something that you said years ago could be used against you-- but if you were silent, then no one would have anything to stand on and say 'Oh but that time, she said this...'

When you are silent, you see a lot more that is happening around you, and things begin to make sense; you understand why particular things have been happening to you; you begin to understand why you have been feeling a particular way-- and most importantly you gain a better understanding of yourself, because in this time of silence, you can reflect.
When was the last time you just sat quietly at home and reflected on your life, your goals and your aims?

You must set a time at least once a week and do this because it makes all of the difference-- we make time for people, but what about yourself? You are the most important person-- and this is not being selfish; you must take care of yourself from the inside out.

Always make a time and just be silent. You will be surprised at how much you hear.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Living with a newborn: Teething

My boy's teeth are coming through!

He's been teething for a little while, and I didn't really realize until a couple of weeks ago and saw little white stubs on his bottom gums!

Now I'm really seeing the effects of teething-- the drool seems to have quadrupled over the space of a couple of days-- he lost his appetite just yesterday and didn't really eat much... he was crying A LOT... even as he's falling asleep.. he's crying. Whenever I give him his little teething toy, he's chomping and biting on it like no tomorrow.

My little strong man-- he's doing so well-- every day I'm seeing more of his two teeth it's so cute!

One thing I'm noticing is that he wants to sleep a lot more than usual which I guess is part of it as well-- am I a bad parent? I don't really want to give him paracetamol, but rather I want him to ride out the pain-- he's been handling it so well this long; I put his teething toy in the fridge for it to be a little cool against his gums, and that tends to do the trick.
I want to try to only give him medicine when he really needs it, (Temperature, when he has his injections etc) is that a little harsh?

I really don't like seeing my boy like this.. I had to spoil him with cuddles and kisses yesterday because he was so miserable!
But I read up on teething and it's usually only the first two teeth that are the worst-- and when the others come through it's not as bad.
But.. I'll guess I will have to see that for myself!

Another milestone-- so many more to meet! Exciting stuff.
x

Monday, 10 April 2017

Simple Baby Bath Review

So.. through a good friend of mine, I discovered the Simple baby bath range.

There's three different types:

Moisturizing bath, Moisturizing Shampoo, and All in one.





I've had the opportunity to use the 2 out of 3 h is the Moisturizing bath and shampoo and with Jeremiah's history of products and dry skin; this has been the best thing that I have used for him.
The moisturizing bath and shampoo are no tears, so if it accidentally enters in his eyes it won't sting which is great because the way Jeremiah is so mobile in the tub I have no worries.

The smell of the shampoo and bath is great, very gentle and it makes my boy's skin very soft. I love the shampoo especially, it lathers great in my boy's hair and it has helped with his dry scalp.

The only downside is you can only find this range in chemists and pharmacies. If you go somewhere like Tesco or sainsbury's you will not find this particular baby range. 

They only sell for ONE POUND! It's really good and it's best to stock up now before they become very well known.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Living with an infant: 6 months!

Thank you my Lord!!!

My boy is 6 months!! He turned 6 months on Saturday and I am so thrilled. I can't believe he has made it to 6 months. I really can't. It's just unbelievable.

I just had you yesterday!

The way time is just flying is unbelievable-- I'll blink and then he would of turned 1,

That's how it literally feels like.

But wow. Jeremiah has come a long way already-- I remember him so small and I was carrying him everywhere in my arms-- now he's on his way to becoming a little gentleman, I leave him to do his own thing and play-- he can sit up for a little longer now by himself, he's smiling and giggling now... not to mention pulling my earrings and my hair! Oh Lord!
I like big earrings.. I'm going to have to stop wearing them for a while until he stops...! (Will he stop? lol)

He does the most cutest thing now-- if I bring my face closer to his, he will lift up his arms and stroke my face. It's so adorable.

He's getting so vocal now, more 'ba-ba's and 'da-da's, and a heap of squealing.

Jeremiah is known for being 'wiggly'-- he likes to kick his legs ALOT when he's excited, when he's playing... anytime really. That has increased a lot-- I'm wondering if he will be a speedy gonzalez when he starts to walk... lol

I'm reducing on the breastfeeding.. only breastfeeding at night and will gradually wean him off the breast-- Ideally I would have liked to have stopped now-- but I will actively work on the breastfeeding this month so hopefully by next month he'll be off the breast. He's on bottles and is eating semi solids so it shouldn't be too bad.

Things are changing... Soon he'll be getting teeth.. and eating proper food and talking!
I can't wait for him to start talking!

Teehee!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Naked

The most scariest thing that I find hard to do is to open up.

Truly open up. To reveal my hopes, my dreams, my fears, my disappointments and reveal the real me. Broken, imperfect, me.

Does that make sense? We live in a world where someone says they are with you one day and leave you the next.

Unfortunately we are surrounded with some people who are only around for their own selfish gain.
Let me break it down a little more for you.
As individuals we have a choice to who we open up to-- we have a choice of which side of us we choose to reveal to the people who have decided to be in our lives. But it is not all that we reveal... 

Why?

Is it the fear of rejection? The fear that once we have stripped off that barrier we are vulnerable? The fear of being judged? Regardless there is a fear that holds us from revealing our true selves.
But really, it is a very big privilege for someone to know the true you-- weaknesses and all.
We put on so many masks, and add so many layers to who we are just to protect our hearts; but somehow we manage to STILL get our hearts broken.

Being able to reveal your true self to people is the hardest thing to do; but this is being naked.
Sharing your hopes, dreams, fears-- letting people into the deepest darkest parts of yourself... it is the most vulnerable we can be-- and this is what being naked is all about.

It is the bravest thing that anyone can do-- but we constantly live in fear of being rejected or judged. 
But when you can find that person that you can truly be naked with-- do not turn them away. 

Do not live in fear, though-- it won't get you anywhere. If there is no one you can be truly naked with-- go to God.

God knows you best.
x

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Rejection

There comes a time in each and everyone's lives where you will be rejected. It doesn't mean that you are pointless or your life is pointless.. it actually means that you are being prepared to be launched into the world.

I believe in God. I believe in his power, I believe once you accept him into your life, so many things change.
God doesn't do anything by accident; if you find yourself in a place where you are rejected, where no one even knows of your existence-- don't be dismayed at all, it just means that God is hiding you for a time before he brings you back out into the world.

This time of hiding is a preparation time-- a time to be groomed, broken, moulded back up, built-- everything.. but it is all for your GOOD.

You may be feeling at this time, 'Oh why is all of this happening to me' or 'Why is no one around to help me' don't even be worried... this is all happening because God has placed you in a place where no one is meant to see this time of transformation-- when God has finished with you, no one will be able to stop you.

It is a strategy! No one looks at the people who are 'nothing', but it's those same people that when you turn around another day, it is the people that you will need to help you! Never look down upon anyone, you never know who you will encounter in this life.

Be encouraged that you are in your process towards greatness. You may be rejected today; but at the time God reveals you, you will be accepted.