Baby Led Weaning

When Eesa turned 5 months old it was obvious he was ready to eat. Normally most people wait until 6 months to start baby led weaning. Here are some requirements that the baby must have, which all babies achieve at different stages:

  1. Good hand-eye co-ordination. Your baby must be able to pick up items and bring them to their own mouth, otherwise you defeat the purpose of baby led weaning.
  2. Able to hold their head steady, and preferably sit up on their own with a bit of support. Eesa was pretty much sitting up on his own by 5 months.
  3. Lost tongue thrust reflex. Babies naturally push outwards when they are born, and after a few months they learn to suck in instead of push out.
  4. Baby shows interest in food. You’ll know this when it happens. Your baby will watch you eat and drink as if it’s the most marvellous thing they’ve ever seen.

Since Eesa fulfilled all of these and we got the OK from his paediatrician, we decided to go ahead and start him on solids. The first thing we started with was some sweet potato fries that I baked for him. At the same time we also started him on water. We bought the Dr. Browns sippy cup and placed it in from of him. He doesn’t quite get it, but at least it’s there for him when he figures it out.

After the sweet potato we really have just tried whatever we felt like. Here’s a list of some of the foods we’ve tried with him:

  • Banana’s
  • Apple’s
  • Grape’s
  • Honeydew
  • Zucchini
  • Celery
  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Green Peppers
  • Green Beans
  • Chicken
  • Pasta
  • Naan bread
  • Pancakes
  • Avocado

So far he has eaten everything we have given him, and that’s why I’ve been giving him as many veggies as I can. I want him to get used to it, given his daddy doesn’t eat any veggies, I’m already fighting an uphill battle on that one!

Overall, I love baby led weaning. I never spend time or energy pureeing my foods (plus I save all that dishwashing/cleanup) and I don’t have to sit there spoon feeding him. He eats  whatever we’re eating already, and usually he eats while we are eating too so it’s like we’re a little family 🙂

Until next time!

6 Month Update

I was so emotional as my son turned 6 months. I never expected to love him as much as I do, and be so happy and sad at the same time at how quickly these past 6 months have gone. He’s not considered a little baby anymore! Here’s how this past month has been.

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Height/Weight: Eesa was weighed at his 6 month appointment and he was 15.3lbs. Still on the smaller end of babies, but growing according to his own curve.Grow baby grow!

Daily: His day is pretty much the same as it was when he was 5 months old. He wakes up at 8:30-9:00 for a feeding, then talks himself to sleep. He naps until about 11:30-12:00pm then wakes up, drinks milk, eats some solids (we are doing baby-led weaning) and plays with his toys. Sometimes he does time in the jolly jumper too. He takes a nap, and goes in this cycles usually until bedtime.

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Bedtime: Not much new to say here haha. All I’m learning from these updates is that we are blessed with a very consistent baby. He did not go through any new sleep changes, which we are very very grateful for!

Eating: We started a whole new variety of foods with him! He eats pretty much what we eat or sometimes I make him his own food, but no more purees! And honestly it makes life so much easier and simpler. I love baby-led weaning and will do a post on it soon, as I could go on about it for days.

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Sizes: In sweaters he can fit into 6-9months, like the one shown above. He can also fit into Zara pants and sweaters that are 6-9months. Other than that he is still comfortably fitting in his 3-6month clothes still!

Milestones: 

Here are some of the things he’s learned recently:

  • Can sit up on his own for long periods of time
  • Can lift himself up onto his hands and knees
  • Can push forwards a little bit
  • Is developing his pincer grip
  • Can chew on foods

That’s all for now! I love him more and more each day and can’t wait for what’s to come! Looking forward to writing on here more often.

Montreal Auto Show

Every year at the Palais de Congres in Montreal they host an auto show. The last time I went to one was when I was a little girl with my daddy. My husband likes to go so this year we decided to go with Eesa. If you like cars or are interested in a weekend activity, it was a lot of fun! Here’s a few pics from the show:

My favourite cars are Audi’s, and here’s the one I want, and Eesa driving it 🙂

Here are some of the fancy cars

and Eesa’s face when he saw how much they cost

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and here’s a photo of the two loves of my life ❤ (and no, I’m not referring to the car)

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and that’s it! I had fun, and would recommend it 🙂

Newborn Photoshoot

When Eesa was 3 weeks old I did a at home photoshoot with him. I highly recommend taking newborn pictures of your little babe, the newborn phase goes by so quickly and is so precious! There were some pro’s and con’s to doing it myself that I’ll share on here, and then I’ll share the pictures I took 🙂

Pro’s

  • You can do it at the time most convenient to your baby
  • You are in your own environment where your baby is comfortable
  • You can take as many breaks as you need without paying studio time
  • If it is not a good day you can just stop and try again another day
  • You can feed your baby during the photoshoot as needed

Con’s

  • You can’t be in the pictures
  • You may not have the proper materials/skill level
  • You’re biased towards your baby ergo you don’t have a subjective view
  • Your husband can coincidently be napping at the only time your baby is co-operating eliminating him from the photoshoot (okay maybe that’s just me)

The setup for the photoshoot was simple, I took his nursing pillow and draped a fluffy blue blanket that was given to me by a friend. I placed both these onto his glider and worked from there. Here are a few of the shots we got:

 

The Mommy Tag

I saw this tag and thought it would be fun. Yay!

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Are you a stay-at-home mom, or a working mom?

Currently a stay-at-home mama, will probably be starting my masters degree in Human Systems Interventions this coming September.

Would you have it any other way?

Not at all. I love being with my son every day and him being my whole focus. He makes me happy and hopefully I do the same for him 🙂

Do you co-sleep?

Nope. We co-slept for the first 3 weeks of his life after which he’s been sleeping in his crib. It was a decision we thought would be best for our family, and it works for us.

What is your one must-have item for your baby?

A good stroller. I personally love going out and for me having a good stroller what a huge plus, and something I use on a daily basis.

How many kids do you plan on having?

I change my mind on this question every day of my life haha!

Date night? How many nights per month?

Sometimes, we rarely ever plan a formal date night. We do although spend an unusual amount of time together and do plenty of activities/outings together with and without the babay.

Your child’s favourite show?

No screen time yet so that would be none.

Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and never ended up using?

His bassinet! With my c-section I just never had the energy to be able to take him out of it, it was easier for me to keep him beside me in bed.

Your child’s favourite food?

We just started introducing stuff and so far he loves banana’s the most (what kid doesn’t?)

How many cars does your family have?

One car that we share, but mostly driven by me to be honest.

Weight gain before pregnancy, during, after and now?

I’ve always been a very stable weight my whole life after puberty. During pregnancy at first I lost weight due to a well-functioning thyroid. After 4 months I stopped losing and remained steady, then between 7-9 months I gained about 9lbs and my son weighed 7. After I gave birth I lost about 23lbs so overall I lost weight which I’m fine with 😀

Dream holiday with your kids?

I don’t really have one yet. It’ll depend on who my children are.

Dream holiday without your kids?

Italy! Which we did with him but it worked out great 🙂

How has your life changed since your baby has been born?

I spend a lot less time focused on myself. You learn to put someone else’s needs far above your own.

Finish the sentence: ‘It makes my heart melt to see …

My baby laugh, giggle, coo or smile. I also just love his regular face, and his crying face and clearly I’m a little obsessed with my child so this was not a good question for me.

Where do you shop for your kids?

Zara baby! Haha I love them. Also H&M kids, sometimes Old Navy and sometimes Babies R’ Us.

Favourite makeup and skincare products?

I have eczema so I do not use makeup/skincare.

Huggies or Pampers?

Pampers. We were given some newborn huggies and I just really disliked the feel of them, and my baby kept blowing out in them (more than he usually would anyways hah!)

Have you always wanted kids?

No. There was a long period of time where I did not feel I would want to be a mother. I’m glad that changed.

Best part about being a mum?

That I get to raise another tiny human being, and I get the honour of spending my everyday with this wonderful little person, guiding him towards good.

Newborn Essentials

Eesa is almost 6 months old now, so I think we can officially say he is out of the newborn stage. Even though he was a really easy baby, a newborn is still a handful! Here’s what worked for us 🙂 P.s. Follow us on instagram for daily updates!

1. Wubbanub Pacifier

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Not only is it just fun to say, I found these super useful. This was Eesa on his first plane ride to London. We introduced the pacifier at 3 weeks old to avoid nipple confusion, and honestly it was so useful, especially for car rides and fussy babies. The wubbanub helps to hold the pacifier in the baby’s mouth because they’re too young to do so on their own, and once it does fall out it’s right there in front of you instead of digging around for it. Many times at night we would put it back in his mouth in the dark easily. We had a giraffe and a bear that we kept with us at all times. Unfortunately we lost them both in Italy 😛

2. Aden and Anais Blankets 

I heard so much about these blankets that I had to get them. I got the 4-pack giraffe themed one’s (obviously) and used them all the time. We found they worked better for us as swaddlers than the velcro or zip up swaddles that we had. They are also multi-purpose and I used them as blankets in the carseat, swaddlers, nursing covers, blankets to lay down baby on, burp cloths and changing pads too. They wash so easily and well, highly recommend!

3. Rocker/Swing

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The rocker we had was the mamaroo. It was so nice to be able to put him down and get in meals together with my husband, or take a quick shower. He loved the motions and it kept him quiet – for a little while at least! Any type of seat/swing to put the baby down in can really come in handy.

4. Carrier 

The carrier we had was the baby bjorn. It worked great for him as a newborn, and he loved it so much. We kept the carrier for those times where he was really so fussy, and it worked great at calming him down. The carrier plus the wubbanub was an instant knockout for him. It was also so so useful on our trip to Italy when he got tired of his stroller.

5. Stroller System 

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The stroller system we chose was the Uppababy Cruz. We liked it because it was lightweight, easy fold, and big storage. We’ve been using for almost 6 months now and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Regardless of which stroller you get though, having a stroller system where the carseat connects to the stroller will save you loads of cranky babies. Babies tend to fall asleep in car rides, and taking them out the carseat generally wakes them up. We went out all the time when Eesa was a newborn because he just loved sleeping in his carseat. Sometimes we even drove him around in his stroller at home as shown above, and sometimes my kitten joined in on the fun if you look closely 🙂

6. Baby Monitor 
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The baby monitor for us was very useful. Surprisingly enough, when you’re really asleep it can get tough to hear a newborn. We co-slept for the first 3 weeks but after that he slept in his crib. For naps too, having the monitor was a must-have for us.

7. Glider/Chair 

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When your baby is a newborn there are countless hours spent feeding, rocking, and soothing your baby. This chair was a lifesaver for us, and especially my husband. He was able to rock and soothe our baby while I slept and recovered from my c-section. Whether you get a glider or a chair, you need somewhere comfy to hold and feed your baby. We also kept a table beside the chair where we would keep water, books, and other things we might want while the baby fell asleep.

That’s it for now! Sorry for the long post 😛