Frankie has all the symptoms, the barrels of drool, sensitive and swollen gums and he is very irritable. His little cheeks are all flushed and bright red. He refuses food, bites, and chews everyone and anything. So a new tooth is no longer a milestone to celebrate. My poor little dude is currently cutting his seventh tooth. (more…)
Thank you each and every one you who entered my latest giveaways worth over €200 and a huge THANK YOU to Penneys, BEUTiFi.com, The Baby Gift Company and Artistry Make-Up for all the fabulous prizes. I hope you all had a fantastic Mother’s Day and if you didn’t win this time I will have another exciting giveaway very soon.
The winner of the €50 Penneys voucher is Linnie Reilly.
The winner of the €50 BEUTiFi.com voucher is Leanne Vaughey.
The winner of the Disney Simba themed nappy cake worth €75 from The Baby Gift Boutique is Naomi Mooney.
And finally the winner of the €55 worth of Artistry makeup is Olivia Fitzgerald.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal address to organise your prize.
Giveaway is now closed! Check HERE to see if you are one of the lucky four winners!
To celebrate Mother’s Day I have four awesome prizes to giveaways to four lucky My Little Babog readers and ALL winners will be announced tomorrow. Follow the links to enter.
Enter HERE to win a €50 Penneys voucher.
Enter HERE to win a €50 BEUTiFi.com voucher
Enter HERE to win a Disney Simba themed nappy cake worth €75 from The Baby Gift Boutique.
Enter HERE to win €55 worth of Artistry make-up
It’s been an emotional week, the four-year-old turned into a five-year-old in what seems like the blink of an eye. Her hair is getting longer, her mouth is getting bigger but she’s as petite as ever, she’s my little sugar-plum fairy. The past couple of months we’ve been co-sleeping. (more…)
Do see my new shiny badge on the right hand side of the page? The Irish Parenting Blog awards nominations list is now open until April 1st.
The awards categories are:
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Most Entertaining blog
Most beautiful blog
Best Special Interest blog
Best post of the year
If you would like to nominate my blog or your any of your favourite Irish Parenting Blogs for an award you can nominate them HERE!
On Saturday I gave Frankie a spontaneous haircut, so there’s no cute ‘first haircut’ pictures. He’d been sporting a Mohawk complete with a sideburn of ringlets but the curls were getting a bit uncontrollable.
With my beloved samurai I gave him a quick trim around the edges and put his curls in a glass for safe keeping while I cleaned up the avalanche of hairs around the kitchen.
The glass somehow managed its way back into the cupboard.
Last night I came down for a glass of water and a Rennie (this baby is a chewbacca) on one of my midnight walks. This morning the other half was filling the dishwasher and noticed a suspicious substance in the end of one of the glasses. After some investigating we realised I had actually drank Frankie’s curls.
Don’t ask me how I didn’t notice but there they are, the few pathetic strands I’ve managed to salvage from the glass.
Can we call this one baby brain?
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Introducing another guest blog and Irish Parenting Blogger, Ellen who writes El and Baby A. Ellen shares her ramblings as a first time mom and the occasional delicious recipes.
Today Ellen shares the reality of getting ready with her baby. It’s like a timeline of events in my own home.
5am: Tell eight month old it is not time to get up yet and get him back to sleep. Spend twenty minutes planning your outfit for today’s lunch date in your head before falling back to sleep.
7am: Be re-woken by baby who has decided it is in fact time for the day to begin.
7:30am: Trip over the last step of the stairs – it never moves yet you always manage to misjudge it.
7:45am: Feed the beast baby.
8:10am: Make morning tea; be distracted until it reaches four degrees.
8:30am: Get in the shower and wash hair – this is done in three ten minutes segments with regular trips to tend to the little bundles screams, demands and needs.
9:30am: Realise planned outfit is amongst the 27kg of laundry – panic- find a pre baby outfit and tuck all lumps and bumps into waistband. Perfect I was planning on only having water for lunch anyway!
10am: Accessories your outfit with some baby spit up draped over your left shoulder in the form of an abstract print. Pause.
10:10am: Change baby’s nappy. Oh and again because he only poops in clean nappies – expensive taste.
10:30: Feed baby breakfast. Use baby wipes to remove porridge from your hands/arms/ear.
10:55am: Continue. Realise matching socks are a novelty from a former life and be happy you have two clean socks at all.
11am: ‘Find’ baby’s missing toy – which may or may not have been underneath him/ in his other hand!
11:05am: Tie your fresh, clean hair into a perfected messy bun to avoid teasing your baby with your dangling locks. Said baby has the eyes of a sniper – spots your clean hair and tries to surgically remove it from your head using his drooled on, sticky claws hands.
11:20am: Put on one shoe and begin to search house for it’s match. After twenty-five minutes find the lost shoe in the gob of your teething offspring – where most things are found these days!
11:50am: Pick up toy thrown from highchair. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
12pm: Tweet about the stress of your morning #wheresmyshoe #mommyproblems
12:10pm: Nappy change – wee fountain disaster!
12:20pm: Dress baby in adorable outfit.
12:22pm: Poonami in adorable outfit. Re-dress baby in nearest available alternative – matching not necessary.
12:30pm: Keys… Keys… Keys…
1pm: Find keys in the seat of baby’s push along car.
1:15pm: Get everything and everyone in the car. En route.
1:25pm: Realise you’ve forgotten formula/wipes/nappies. Redirect route back home.
2pm: Finally reach lunch destination an hour late. Pat yourself on the back for making it there at all. Use all remaining energy not to nap at the restaurant while you wait for your water.
2:03pm: Make a mental note to never accept a lunch date again until baby reaches 16!
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Our next giveaway is from The Baby Gift Boutique. They create beautiful nappy cake gifts suitable for baby showers, newborns & Christenings. Having only set up in December they have sold hundreds of gift and themed baskets to suit each customer’s needs.
I have an adorable Simba themed cake valued at €75 to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. The nappy cake includes a musical Simba teddy, Simba comforter, 45 size three pampers nappies, super soft fleece blanket, 2 cotton muslin cloths & full clothes set (baby-grow, vest, hat, bib, socks & mittens, all 100% cotton).
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Fast becoming one of the latest parenting trends is baby hand signing. A method of teaching your baby to communicate with you, using hand signals before they can talk. Babies have a desire to communicate their needs and wants but they lack the ability to do so clearly. With hand signing, it lets babies, some as young as six months old, communicate their needs so they don’t need to cry.
Repeating signs consistently on a regular basis, will help your baby learn simple signs for common words such as hungry, thirsty, sleep, more and all gone.
Benefits to signing with your baby
There is no more guesswork to your babies needs.
It reduces frustration and tantrums.
It can strengthen the bond between mother and baby.
Signing can be a fun experience and helps enhance baby’s self esteem and confidence.
It can also boosts their brain development.
Frankie, Kayla and I went to a SuperHands Baby Sign workshop last summer. Frankie was only four months old at the two hour long class, and if I’m completely honest he hadn’t a clue what was going on around him. Kayla on the other hand loved it. Miriam the owner of SuperHands, approach to teaching was very relaxed, fun and informal.
After our workshop we left to start our signing journey at home. Eventually I got bored as there was absolutely no interest in anything I was doing. Then at about nine months I re-introduced signing to him when he developed hand control. He then began to understand signs for eat, drink, ball, book and bird.
We received a book and CD to continue our journey signing, it really helped us, without them I don’t think Frankie would be signing the way he is today. Frankie can sign milk, thank you and ball only when he wants to though. I’ve tried endlessly to capture this on camera but as soon as he see’s the red light it’s game over.
Kayla loves nothing more than signing from the school yard to communicate without screaming or if Frankie’s napping nearby she can communicate to me without me hushing her quiet. Kayla thinks signing is great fun, she is helping me teach Frankie, she knows forty-seven signs now. I should also mention Frankie has a vocabulary of twelve words and he is only eleven months so the myths of baby signing slowing down speech is ridiculous, I believe signing has helped increase his vocabulary.
I really enjoyed introducing signing to my little family. While some family members think I’m crazy it has clearly progressed his speech, reduced frustration and it is the cutest thing ever when he signs thank you after you give him a toy or treat.
For more information on signing check out SuperHands.ie or check out their new baby Signing app available from the AppStore.