Judah Nine Month Update

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Weight: 17lbs 6oz

Length: who knows!

Eating: Everything and anything, Judah loves his mealtimes and makes it very clear when his plate is empty!

Sleeping: 7.30pm – 6.30am

Nappies: Size 3 Pampers.

Clothes: 6-9 months.

Things Judah likes to do:
Judah has been so busy this past month and I hope that I have remembered all the milestones he has achieved along the way. To begin with he has firmly grasped the crawling technique from army crawl, to bunny hop and now fully on his knees, Judah has also understood what direction he wants to travel in rather than the endless circles we had last month.
Judah has learnt that his favourite way to view the world is stood up and will look for things to be leant against whether that is his play-table, ottoman, sofa or between Mummy and Daddy’s hands he just loves to be stood on his feet. This love of being stood up has led to some great frustration in the past two weeks because he needs some help to stand up, I am sure that it won’t be long till he has mastered the art of rising to his feet.
Not content to stay still for a second Judah’s favourite activity at the moment is to practice his swimming technique in the bath tub, he goes from sitting to forward crawl in seconds and loves to have a great splash around – it goes without saying that he is never in the bathtub alone.
This past month Judah has also learnt to clap, he is now clapping at the silliest of things from being collected from his room in a morning to having his nappy changed, we are greeted with a great round of applause, so cute!
Judah can now pop himself from a crawling position to sat down on his bum which is great because although he loves to move about he also loves to see what others are doing and is very social.
Judah’s favourite thing in life is still playing with his brother and now he can get to wherever he wants to go, and play with whatever he wants to play with, it has made him so happy!

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A Day Out at the National Railway Museum

In March we took a trip to the National Railway Museum in York, and I thought I would share our experience with you.
At the time of our visit our eldest was three years, and our youngest was just five months so this review might help you if you are a parent to littles!

Our eldest is obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine, talks about him all the time, colours are in reference to trains, phrases like “i fell off the tracks” “I screech and stop” “bust my buffers” are a common occurrence throughout my household.
With all this in mind we thought time spent at the Railway Museum would be great.

Nate and I at NRM

A trip to York isn’t too far from where we live and you could make a visit absolutely free by not using the museums car park. I think if the boys were older we could have gotten to York by train but at their ages the convenience of having a car is essential. I simply saw the £9 car park charge as a ticket to get in as it goes to the upkeep of the museum.

We headed straight downstairs to begin looking at all the trains and Nathanael was wowed by how many there were, and the fact that he could look inside so many!
At the time of our visit as it was during term time on a miserable March day, I was surprised to see how busy it was, there were 3 or 4 school groups going around and a lot of other visitors too.

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In the main section there is a coffee shop which is in the middle of where all the trains are, this was perfect for me as I could grab a drink and feed my youngest, while Nathanael and his Daddy were off exploring. More often than not with littles you are trying to manage the expectations of each one and especially when out and about this can be difficult. I thought the open cafe area was a great idea.

They also have other restaurants available in another area of the museum which is laid out as if you are dining in a train carriage. I am sure if my two boys were a little older they would have loved this, at the time there were plenty of adults taking pictures of their experience!

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Not all of the trains are open to see, and this for my oldest was where the fun stopped for him, his attention span isn’t the greatest so if he couldn’t look in all the trains this is where he wanted to move onto the next. There was plenty of information to read about the trains and railways scattered all over, and I was impressed to see on quite a few of the trains employees of the museum sharing what they were all about.
I explained to one lady how much Nathanael loved Thomas the Tank Engine and she dove straight in and told Nathanael how that train was exactly like Emily. I really appreciated how they went out of their way for Nate to have the best possible experience.

Nate and I looking at trains

There is a play area “Little Play Station”  for younger children which is a new addition, Nathanael loved exploring this area, however we went in March during term time and it was quite busy. I perhaps would have made this area a little bigger I can imagine this are during the summer months would be very crowded.

Luke and Nate bridge

Overall we had a great morning at the museum, I perhaps think our eldest would have got more out of the experience if he was a little older or had the weather been a little better and we could have gone on the small train or he could have played in their outdoor area.
This isn’t any slight on the museum obviously as they can’t help the weather or my son’s love of the outdoors.

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May Favourites

Forgive me for this being a little late but as you will read on it has been a very busy month.

1. Grey Feature Wall – Over the May bank holiday Luke painted the feature wall in our Living Room and I just love it. The previous colour was a dark red which suited the room from October to February, however as soon as Spring approaches our living room looks dark, small, and out of season. I love grey, I have the same colour in multiple rooms in our home, it really has brighten the room up and has given us a neutral canvas to display our gorgeous family photos.

2. The Chiltern Country Luxe Reed Diffuser – Luke has been on his travels with work for the past couple of months, while he was away he caught up with his Aunt and Uncle and returned with gifts. One of them happened to be this gorgeous reed diffuser which I claimed was too nice for our downstairs powder room and promptly took it to our ensuite, however after a few days I had to purchase one for downstairs too as I loved the fragrance so much.

3. White Amber perfume – Luke counted down my birthday in gifts and one of the fragrances he purchased for me was this, I always used to purchase florally scents but really love this warm fragrance.

4. 30th Birthday Celebrations – My thirtieth birthday was obviously a highlight of the month, I was spoilt so much, gifts are my love language!

5. Dream Big Candle – This was a gorgeous gift from an equally gorgeous friend! Not only does this smell amazing it fits perfectly with my new living room decor.

6. Peonies – My favourite flower of all time which only happens to be in season around my birthday, so I was spoilt by Luke and my sister and brother in law to, two bunches of them my house looked as if you were walking into a florist.

7. Spigen Style Ring – This was one of my birthday presents and I am so happy that Luke has purchased it for me, I am really enjoying snippets of my day over on Instagram Stories and having this ring just gives some added protection with my phone.

8. Afternoon Tea – This was my birthday treat from my sister and it was a great gift to be able to spend time with her and eat some delicious cake even if I had to take it home with me, we were so full!

9. New Kitchen Lights – It is approaching 4 years since we purchased our home (where has time gone?) and every winter a common complaint heard in the kitchen is how dark it is. The previous owners had opted for a strip LED monstrosity, which along with not seeing a duster in years and being a hideous design, didn’t serve it’s most basic function – that to light up a room. I would love to have the height to install pendant lighting over our kitchen dining table but I lack the huge American house so we went with these from John Lewis and I am thrilled. They already make sure a difference to the room and I am loving how this small changes to our house continue to improve it.

Judah Eight Month Update

Judah 8 months

Weight: 16lbs 12oz

Length: who knows!

Eating: What a month for Judah in his exploration of food, he has been brilliant at baby led weaning and is now on three meals a day and quite proficient at drinking water from a sippy cup with his meals. I wouldn’t have space to list all the things that Judah has tried this month, but he is pretty much eating all the meals that we do – Slimming World meals are great for baby led weaning as you cook everything from scratch and can monitor salt content. Judah like his brother loves a good pasta dish, homemade meatballs are great for chubby little hands although he is mighty fond of a broccoli cheese and red onion muffin too.

Sleeping: 7.30pm – 6.30am

Nappies: Size 3 Pampers.

Clothes: 6-9 months.

Things Judah likes to do: There is so much to update as Judah seems to have grown up so quickly this month, to start with he has his first two teeth through, I felt like he had been teething since he was three months so was very happy to have 2 down, more to go!
Judah can now sit up completely unaided for long stretches which he loves as it has allowed him to play more games with his brother rather than laying on his back or his stomach.
Judah is now quite proficient at the backwards army crawl and although this is leading to many a frustrating moment for him, it amuses Mummy and Daddy to no end.
Judah will often now lift his hands up when you are nearby to be picked up, it is so sweet and I am loving that he is now able to communicate this way, on the communication front he is very vocal over his meal times and woe to anyone who puts him in his Tripp Trapp with no food to consume the second his bottom hits the chair.
This month we purchased a play centre for Judah, he has outgrown any mat type thing now and we wanted something that would be more interactive for him. It is marketed up to three years old and so Nathanael is a tad too old to crawl through things however he has been loving showing Judah what it does and Judah has loved Nathanael playing with him.
Judah is very social, he loves to be in on the action and can’t bear the thought of missing out on anything and you can sense his frustration that he can’t do everything he wants to at the moment, that said Judah is very content and happy in himself and generally is only unhappy if a tooth is about to break through.
Can’t wait to see what Judah has planned for his ninth month and as ever just wish I can stop time to make it all last a little longer.

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My Top 5 Baby Led Weaning Products

When Judah turned six months not only was I left wondering where the time went, I was eagerly awaiting the day where I would introduce him to his first tastes of food.

With Nathanael a whole three years ago we chose to baby led wean. We were confident with this choice because Nathanael had his first two teeth by five and a half months, whereas Judah despite teething since three months had yet to sprout any so we kept an open minded in how the journey of baby led weaning would go.

I am thrilled to say, he has taken to it brilliantly, perhaps it is sitting at the table with us each evening and being enamoured by his brother that has helped him so much. I am not sure, however Judah knew exactly what to do and seemed thrilled that he was finally  allowed to eat.

There are so many gadgets, accessories, “the must have items” when it comes to weaning I thought I would today share my Top 5 products when it comes to baby led weaning.

Stokke Tripp Trapp – We invested in a Tripp Trapp this time around and I am so pleased we did, for a start it takes up minimal room in our kitchen. It is the easiest thing to clean and to move around but the main selling feature is that Judah can sit at the table with us. We have purchased the tray that can attach to it, but he is right at our level, watching what we are all doing and feels included in the meal time which is exactly what I wanted, and has proved invaluable in the weaning process.

Tommee Tippee Roll n Go bibs – With baby led weaning there is mess, there is no way of getting around it and your baby will drop food all the time, however these bibs are great for collecting some of the debris.

Tommee Tippee Easy Scoop Feeding Bowls – there are so many reasons I love these bowls so here goes; they are dishwasher and  microwave save, they are also perfect for when your baby begins to scoop things themselves as the corners are almost like a triangle so no running around the bowl with a spoon. These bowls stand the test of time, our eldest has had them from day one of weaning and they are still going strong for him. I love that they stack neatly into one another, and that you can purchase a lid so great for storage too! What is not to love.

Tommee Tippee Feeding Spoons – These are great for little hands feeding themselves with chunky handles that are easy to keep hold of.

Shower Curtain – A shower curtain is a great, cheap investment for the early, messy days of baby led weaning. You will obviously still need to clean your floors but having something underneath a high chair to collect the mess for easy clean up is essential.

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