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Lonely Parenting

For the first 9 months, minus the first 2 maybe, my life was filled with baby groups and chatting with the other mummies, mummies whose babies are all the same age. But then, the 9 month mark hits and mummies have to start going back to work. I made it to Elvis’ 13 month birthday, but for those last 4 months, life became more lonely.
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Napping Hiccups

Well, Elvis has decided to eat his meals again without as much fuss as he had started to have, but now it’s his naps!

Oh if it isn’t one thing!

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Giggle Monster

We’ve reached a giggle phase. Until recently, you had to work to get a simple out of Elvis, but he’s started to give up smiles and giggles a bit easier.

Yesterday he was grinning away at some girls (between 6 months and 8 years). Today I caught him giggling at his toy box and then as I chased him around upstairs.

I’m not sure how much my knees will take, but I’ll accept that pain to hear his amazing giggles.

~ P

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Table for One

Recently I’ve been getting fed up with restaurant, cafe and friend’s homes highchair facilities so I bought, what I consider, the most amazing thing ever! It is the Chicco Pocket Snack Booster Seat.

We already had a simple booster seat for Nanny’s, but that was annoying me and too bulky to carry around. At Nanny’s it just meant Elvis was always getting her tablecloth filthy because he’d rather play with than eat!

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(Stair) Gates to Heaven

With Elvis’ increasing mobility we had to invest in safety gates. Originally we wanted one at the top and one at the bottom of the stairs. We’ve had some hiccups, but we now have two:

BabyDan Auto Foldable Safety Gate
Lindam Sure Shut Gate

And I love them both!

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Eating Hiccups

We decided to start weaning Elvis at just over 5 months with a bit of gentle spoon feeding. He took to it straight away, I mean he could sit up perfectly and we immediately realised he’d already lost his tongue reflex. When he got to 6 months we decided on mixing spoon and finger foods.

I think, like with most things, we went for a combination of methods.

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Baby Groups: Little Bear

Since September, I have been taking Elvis to baby signing classes with a lovely group called Little Bear. My reasons behind this are two-fold. A close friend is a speech therapist and she recommends babies doing it. And I had speech issues.

Contrary to current me (I could get an Olympic Gold for talking), I didn’t learn to talk until I was about 4. I simply did not talk and I hate the idea of him not being able to communicate.

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In Denial: Teeth

We’re going for a new record. We’re going to be the last one at our Monday baby group to get a tooth! (And to grow hair, but that’s a different topic). At almost 9 months old Elvis still has no sign of toothies.

Well, I say no sign, but what are his signs?

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Finding the Old Me

I’ve been having some sociable problems recently. I’ve been upset at baby groups that I love, considering stopping attending to try and feel better. I’ve been struggling with doing too much with hubby back at work and with simply missing him (not missing his help or him giving me a break, actually missing him) and I’ve started to want to hide away at home.

Okay the storms probably aren’t helping.

But I seem to have lost my confidence.

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The Second War

http://scrambled-eggs.org/2014/02/03/one-2/

I read the above blog earlier and, aside from some huge differences, I’ve been having thoughts in the same train of thought.

Do I want to start trying for baby number 2?
Do I want to risk all of that pain and heartbreak again?
Do I want to become the person I hated?

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