Its been a while

So a quick update, Logan is now five months and I have officially been working for two months. At first, I thought going back to work was a good idea but now I am regretting it. A hour of driving to drop Logan off to his babysitter, a hour to drive to work. Working around 2.5 – 3 hours then driving to pick Logan up and then driving home. The last few months have not been easy, not only have I been sleep deprived, I have been physically and mentally exhausted trying to cope with everything. So fellow working mums, when does it get easier?

As I am writing this post I can’t tell whether its a massive rant complaining about motherhood or keeping my readers updated with Logan’s milestones. Aside from the tiredness, seeing how Logan has changed over the many weeks has been incredible; from rolling on his front to his back, now rolling on his back to his front, attempting to crawl and using his knees, smiling and laughing 24/7 and most importantly being weaned.

Now I know you are supposed to start weaning at six months as recommended by the NHS, but we started when Logan was four months (approx. 17 weeks). Logan was always interested in our food, whether it was watching us like a hawk whilst we eat or trying to reach up and grab food off our plate. We started off with vegetables as recommended like carrots, peas and broccoli. For the last weeks I had been buying HIPP organic jars and Ella’s Kitchen pouches which have been on offer in Tesco’s. What I love about the jars and pouches is just the convenience of being able to use them and take them on the go. My partner did purchase a Tommee Tippee baby steamer and blender which I used for the first time at the weekend. It was easy and straight forward to use and has helpful booklets with recipes, and how long to steam and blend fruits and vegetables.

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Seven (and everything in between) to eleven weeks.

I’ve tried on about three attempts to try and write this blog and each time I’ve been stopped or distracted. When I originally wanted to write this blog Logan was almost two months, and now he’s almost three! (However time has felt like it has been dragging). But a quick update nonetheless; Logan is steadily putting on weight, at his eight week check up he weighed 12lb2oz and was wearing size 2 nappies, he’s now currently wearing size 3.

At first I found newborns to be quite boring – sorry Logan – all they do is poop, eat and sleep (what a life eh!), however the real fun started when Logan was seven weeks and have me a cheeky gumless smile (and no it was NOT wind!). He started doing it more often and the next day he woke my partner and I up by babbling, gurgling, cooing and giggling at 9:30am. This went on for about 45 minutes to a hour whilst the beau and I responded back. I’m pretty sure our neighbour downstairs thought we might have pigeons in our flat with the amount of noise that was going on.

Of course a pivotal moment in a baby’s life is their immunisations that happen at eight weeks, twelve weeks, sixteen weeks and when they turn one years old. At eight weeks Logan had his 5-in-1, PCV, Men B vaccine and his oral dose of the Rotavirus vaccine, and boy did he handle it like a champ! He had his Rotavirus vaccine first and then his injections after, and of course he cried and belched – I can’t even classify it as a burp as it was so loud and mature – and then stopped crying much to the nurses surprise.

Now back to this current date, Logan is wearing 3-6 months and is getting longer and longer each day, he’s already top-to-tail in his play-mat and is almost top-to-tail in his carry cot and Moses basket!

Where I wouldn’t be without…

I must admit I’m a bit of a product junkie, during my pregnancy and post-partum I bought many products that helped me and Logan along the way.

  1. Lanisoh (available from main supermarkets, boots)

This amazing nipple cream saved my life (and my nips) the first week of breastfeeding was emotional and painful and with the addition of sore nips extremely stressful but this little purple tube of wonder helped ease that.

Pros: you don’t need to wipe the cream off before feeding as the ingredients are baby friendly.

Cons: can be a little pricey at £10

2. Onco baby rear view mirror (available from Amazon)

A big, fat thank you to my sister’s best friend who recommended this! I’m the type pf person who likes driving and I tend to drive long journeys between Essex and North London and this rear view baby mirror has become my new best friend since having Logan. During my pregnancy I fretted a lot how I would handle driving the distance whilst having Logan in the back and now I’m finally at ease!

Pros; easily adjustable and easy to set up, cheap and doesn’t wobble whilst driving.

cons: can be difficult to see whilst driving in the dark.

3. Tommee Tippee Nappy Disposable System (available from Mothercare, Argos, Amazon)

Thankful for my godmother buying this! This nifty little bin stores away the dirty nappies and seals in the odour(luckily Logan who is exclusively breastfed, nappies don’t smell!)

Pros: seals in the odour- your home will never smell of dirty nappies again.

Cons: the nappy refills can be expensive so I will always buy them on offer!

4. Toujours nappies (available from Lidl)

Now of course nappies are a necessity – however its the case of disposable or cloth? Before Logan was born I opted for disposable nappies but my next decision was which brand; Huggies or Pampers? After some advice from my family members I opted for Pampers and thankfully my god-brother told me about Lidl’s own brand nappies which are amazing!

Pros: true to size, very rarely has Logan leaked in these nappies.

Cons: there isn’t a helpful wetness indicator on the nappy like on Pampers.

5. Tommee Tippee Manual Breast Pump (available from most supermarkets, Mothercare)

Breastfeeding is quick and easy for me especially in the comfort of my own home. However when out and about it isn’t always easy nor are there discreet places I can go to feed Logan. So I decided to buy the pump that was compatible with my bottles. Who knew expressing could be so quick and easy!

Pros: easy to assemble, clean and sterilise.

Cons: pumping can be tiring and your arm will ache after a while.

6. Changing table (available from Ikea)

I was in two minds whether to get a changing table or not. On one hand people said as long as you have a changing mat you can change your baby anywhere however people said getting a changing table comes with those nifty drawers where you can store nappies and wipes. The changing table I purchased converts into a desk for when Logan gets older, so thankfully I’ve got this table for life.

Pros: loads of space for baby toiletries.