Happy 7 months

So today marks the day my beautiful baby girl turns 7 monthsPhoto credit: Mellzphotography

We have hit a number of amazing milestones and I couldn’t be a more proud mama.

Solids
We are now a month into weaning into solids and at first we was struggling with spoons (she associated them with her daily vitamins). But now we have conquered that issue and she is eating with a combination of spoon fed and feeding herself (blw).

Her favourite foods:

– avocado

– sweet potato 

– banana 

– butternut squash

– peas 

– pears

– tangerines 

We are loving using the Beaba baby cook as we can steam and blend her food in 15 minutes to any consistency. So it will definitely be used for stage 2 weaning.

We have also been using smaller storage pots from JojoMamaBebe (gifted to us from one of ts godmothers). That way we can meal prep on weekends for the week. They are compact and slot nicely into the fridge compartment and even include labels and a storage tray.

Teething                                                               We are officially teething! Taliyah is taking it really well (thank goodness) which makes me super happy! Last night I felt her gums and felt the grooves of her two little teeth (I legit FaceTimed her grandma and aunties to show them). 

With teething being usually a difficult time for liddle bubs you need to be fully prepared. We are stacked up with natural teething powders and amazing selection of teething jewellery curtesy of Nibbling.

The Nibbling teething jewellery is compact, light, colourful, BPA free, phthalate free and non toxic

  • The Limited edition Bristol necklace is worn by momma and whilst holding bubs she has easy access to easing her itching gums. 
  • It’s convenient as it is worn so no panic of going out and forgetting bubs teether. 
  • There are a variety of colour options that can go with all your wardrobe.
  • It is easy to wipe clean when at home as well as out and about.
  • Includes safe breakaway clasp for easy wearing.
  • It comes in a light storage pouch to keep clean.
  • This particular piece retails at just: £18 online 

The Brixton bracelet is made with 100% food grade silicone.

  • It is safe and soft enough to chew.
  • Usually momma will wear it as an accessory but as I’m currently suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s light and easy to put on.
  • The shape of the beads vary and are great for hard gums and budding teeth.
  • Taliyah loves holding it herself and has a good gwan on it, also the colour is super girly and suits my little princess.
  • It is easy to clean as you can hand wash, dishwash or steam sterilised.
  • This particular piece retails at just: £8.95

Both these pieces are a must have teething essential and have been helping us greatly on this milestone journey.

Motorskills 

So this milestone is what I was most looking forward to as it would make playtime so much more enjoyable for the both of us.

Sitting- Taliyah is now officially an unsupported sitter (cheers and let’s off party poppers). This has made play time sooooo much more fun as she can sit up on the floor, bed etc and physically play with her toys.


I found the colourful abc/123 foam mat from Amazon and it was a perfect fit for our playtime. It is foam so it is cushioned so she is protected if she does take a stumble or tips over. It is flat and sturdy so it makes it easy for her to sit and to crawl; which leads me onto our next milestone.

Crawling- Now we haven’t fully mastered it yet, however Taliyah is doing a great job! She has passed the scooting stage and has actually started crawling a few steps. It is such a joy to watch her crawl over to her toys when she wants to reach them and she feels so accomplished when she reaches it. We make sure we give her a lot of positive praise even if she crawls one step (I know it’s not steps but you kind of get my drift). To encourage her we put objects at short distances and pull them further away as she gets closer to reaching it.

Standing- Now this was an outright surprise for both me and my fiancé. We laid in bed one day and Taliyah pulled herself up using her dad as leverage. It was so funny because we were not expecting that. There’s that old wives tale, letting a child stand when they can’t stand makes them bow-legged (but then how are they meant to learn to stand). We got her a jumperoo for Christmas and this has enabled her to strengthen her legs a lot more which is great. As a result of her new found motor skill we have had to lower her cot (baring in mind she doesn’t sleep in it, but it’s convenient to put her in it during the day when I’m doing things).She has a love/hate relationship with being in the cot as she hates being in a smaller space than our bed or the floor. However she loves the fact that she can pull herself up independently and it’s so self satisfying for her.

I honestly cannot believe she is 7 months I mean time has flown by so quickly, I remember when she first rolled onto her side, now she’s taking steps when you hold her on the floor.


– Mrs B

My Boobie 101

I love breastfeeding as I never dreamed of having such a rewarding experience. As a first time mom you are never warned about the real nature of breastfeeding. 
Tali is 7 months in a week and we are still going strong breastfeeding. When we first started our journey we struggled as my supply was low and once my milk came in bubs was feeding on demand practically all day. What was the hardest part was having family members discourage me from breastfeeding saying she isn’t getting enuff she isn’t getting full why is she still small (she was overdue by 13 days and petite). However with the support of my fiancé cheering me on all the time we soldiered on. He helped me look for natural products to help increase my supply and I begun pumping to show family members how much I could produce and that bubs was getting more than enough. I still get discouraged now by others but I keep pressing on. 

Boobie dictionary:

  • Cluster feeding – It’s when a baby feeds very frequently or even continuously for a few hours. Commonly linked to growth spurts or developmental leaps
  • Colostrum- This is your baby’s first meal from your breast, produced by your body in the first 3 days or so after the birth. It’s yellow, creamy and rich in nutrients.
  • EBF (exclusively breastfeeding/fed) – nothing else passes that baby’s lips by way of food/drink than breastmilk
  • Engorgement – Fullness, swelling, and enlargement of the boobs, can sometimes feel painful
  • Feeding on demand – You feed your baby whenever they show you that they are hungry
  • Foremilk – The first milk released during every feed. It’s the more watery, thirst-quenching part of the feed.
  • Hindmilk – This is the higher-in-fat breastmilk that is available at the end of the feeding. Your baby gets more calories from this part of the milk
  • Latching on – Latching on is when the baby takes the nipple and areola properly into his mouth to begin nursing
  • Let-down – This is the process where the brain tells the body to produce milk and make it available in the breast. Like a milk ejection. It occurs when the baby’s sucking action on the breast sends a message to the brain
  • Pumping – Pumping enables mothers to provide breastmilk for a caregiver to give to the baby while mom is away. 
  • Rooting reflex –  You baby will snuffle around your chest looking for lunch, it’s your baby’s natural instinct to seek your breast

We started slowly weaning onto solids when she turned 6months, it is a different to say the least experience. A lot messier and takes up more time. She is slowly showing what flavours she loves and what she can’t stand.

Tali is still getting a lot of her food from breastmilk; so I thought it would be good to give 10 of my own personal tips that have helped me continue this journey.

  1.  Breast pads are my are best friends and save me from having any leaky accidents. Make sure you change them frequently to keep fresh!
  2. Nipple cream, my poor nips get attacked so often but this saves them from being cracked and sore!
  3. Pumping first thing in the morning helps to ease any slight engorgement from not nursing as often, also get a lot of milk from that morning pump!
  4. Staying hydrated, who knew breastfeeding could make you so thirsty. I’m sure I go through a bottle or two during a long feed. Well breastmilk does contain a lot of water so makes sense.
  5. Galactagogue- these are a necessity, this is a food that promotes or increases your milk. My favs are: oatmeal, lactation cookies (contain fenugreek), chia seeds (helps boost my energy).
  6. If you are EBF always have a pumped breast milk in the freezer/fridge in case you want to pop out without bubs.
  7. If you have a fast flow tilt back when you first latch baby on so the milk comes out at a slower pace for baby to manage it. I still have my milk shooting and spraying out my boob but Taliyah is so used to it she tries to catch it.
  8. Eating small meals, breastfeeding makes you work up an appetite so eating smaller and healthy snacks during the day will stop you from piling on the dreaded weight!
  9. Hot flannels to ease engorgement, if you haven’t nursed for a few hours your boobs can feel so full, using a hot flannel will ease that feeling and also help a nice flow.
  10. Go at your own pace, you know your body best so don’t ever feel rushed or forced to speed up if you are nursing your baby out in public. Always feel comfortable when nursing in public with or without a cover!

My favourite positions (nursing that it)

Football holdThis is a position that I got taught in the hospital when we first started breastfeeding. It enabled a good latch, comfort on my arms (as I used a nursing pillow) and I could have full support of holding baby. This position is also really good for mothers who have had a c-section as baby’s body isn’t all pressed on your mark of wonder. With the football hold you still get that skin to skin.

Cradle holdNow this position I would say is practical, you don’t need any cushion aids, you can do it standing, you can do it anywhere at any time. Once Taliyah started to get bigger and stronger I needed to be able to hold her in a more firm position. This position also enables good latch, but what I love about this position is that I don’t feel forced to cover tt up when in public. This is because her head covers most of my boob, so if you are in a location and don’t feel as comfortable this is perfect.

Side-layingThis is my all time favourite position, why? Because I can lay down! Who knew you could feed a baby and be comfy in bed! This position is perfect for night time feeds as you don’t have to get up. Also great as you don’t have to carefully put bub to lay down fearing he/she will wake up if they’ve nursed to sleep (currently feeding Taliyah right now in this position). It’s also perfect if you are tired and find yourself nodding off sitting upright.

I love breastfeeding my TT as it gives me a great sense of accomplishment and achievement like I look at her reaching her milestones and growing strong and intelligent and realise it’s all from the liquid gold I’m giving her. It has created a bond that I never believed I would ever have with anyone and it is so rewarding know that not only did I carry her for ten months but I am know nurturing her outside of my womb. So to all mothers to be or new nursing mommas do not give up nursing you can do it!


– Mrs B

Oct 28

Todays post is based on life before baby t, about myself and my amazing fiance and how we met etc.

Firstly we have to rewind to march 2014 so it wasn’t too long ago which gives you an inclining in how long we have actually been together. So march 2014 I posted a picture as one does on social media (twitter) and it gets retweeted a few times and then a guy (MB) appears in my mentions. Now if you follow me on my other social media platforms I literally interact with every (being very free spirited and all that lark). So a guy who’s display picture was barely visible commented on the picture and said ‘you’re stunning or beautiful’ (something along them lines). I responded ‘fanks’ and we began to exchange conversation which led to him asking my ring size (yes he was asking my ring size) I swiftly responded ‘6.5’ and he said how he had noted it down. I found it very cute but funny at the same time.

So fast forward about few weeks we exchanged a few tweets here and there, MB would compliment me every single time, but not in a corny way which was refreshing. So on April 9th MB decided to slide in my DMs lol. We exchanged social media handles (snapchat) then on Easter Sunday we spoke the whole day.

I was sat in bed all day wondering when is this guy going to ask for my number. In true Gemini style I just asked for his and the rest is history. Well history in the making!
January 3rd 2015 we became official boyfriend and girlfriend.

October 2nd 2015 we found out we were expecting a bundle of joy.

June 3rd 2016 we were officially engaged.

June 25th 2016 we were blessed with a beautiful healthy baby girl.

 It has been an amazing journey so far and words can’t describe how blessed and thankful I am to have my fiancé as my best friend first and foremost, everything else is an extra.

How we plan on keeping our honeymoon period

Well our first few ‘dates’ were super casual, we would meet up at coffee shops and just chill and enjoy each other’s company. We then decided that forever we would have a date night every month. Proper get dressed up and wine and dine each other. No matter how busy we are or tired etc, and we have kept up with it. It sounds very simple but it is very important as a couple to enjoy each other (pause).

How we deal with different opinions 

By different opinions I mean a cheeky mare every now and again, who doesn’t have them; especially when you love each other there is bound to be super high tension and hostility. Now I’m the talkative type, the type that doesn’t rest till I’ve said everything. My fiancé is the total opposite hates the back and forth and the repetitiveness that us females always seem to give. So we meet in the middle, I air my issue he listens, we discuss the changes and move on. Literally no point dragging out an issue that was probably a misunderstanding.

Domesticity 

Well living together is the best because I’ve always got someone to cuddle up to (yes I’m super soppy). But with two people and a new baby in the house the house work doesn’t double but it quadruples, good thing my mom taught me all the domestic trades. 

I must say I am very hands on and have severe OCD so I like things done in a particular way and cannot stand the built up of mess, legit makes me itch. We all know most guys are quite laid back and relaxed and have a ‘I’ll do it later’ way of thinking. So now I’m a bit more relaxed so we both do our bit in the house. MB always goes the extra mile because he knows how tired I get exclusively breastfeeding (in the words of blac chyna, get yourself an MB lol).
Hope you enjoyed a small look into my whirlwind happily ever after and it’s just the beginning.

– Mrs B

Lots of locks

So one thing I’m passionate about when it comes to my princess is her hair care routine. I knew when I was pregnant that my baby girl would possibly have a good head of hair because I suffered soooo much heartburn it was unreal. But the joy to see her with a full head of her when she slid out (no she literally slid out after 3 pushes and 20 minutes of real labour).

She came out with super straight hair but I knew that was temporary as I have very tight curled hair (currently on my own natural hair journey). The second she had her first shampoo her curls did not hesitate to push through.


Firstly when Taliyah was born I was not sure what products to use on her hair as I myself was wearing a lot of protective styling all the time. A friend of my sister who has 2 baby girls with similar hair to Taliyah advised me to use Afrocenchix hair products.   These were great for ts newborn hair; the Swish for shampooing, the Smooth for moisturise and the Seal for conditioning the hair. What I loved about these products were that they were natural and nourishing goodness.

Swish: pro-vitamins b5, essential oils and aloe vera

Smooth: organic shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera

Seal: castor oil, jojoba and plant extracts

All these yummy natural ingredients are perfect for a sensitive newborn babies mane. I saw good, quick growth of her hair using these products. All 3 products smell amazing and I always got compliments about how nice her hair smelled.

As Taliyahs hair began to grow I decided to do a bit of research into her hair texture and how to really look and maintain it. From the research I found out her hair texture is what is called ‘3c/4a’

 

4a hair has a defined curl pattern almost like a “s” shape. Generally speaking it retains moisture fairly well, but as with most curly hair types can still be prone to dryness. Being that this hair type has a naturally defined curl pattern wash n’ go styles may be a great option as it can be easily achieved with the right product and technique

Now that I knew what hair texture she had it was time to find the right products for her. I browsed a lot of natural hair hashtags on instagram and stumbled across a brand called Mielle Organics. They are a U.S brand so I was dreading international shipping.

So I was over the moon when I found MyLuxeKids; they are a stock list that sells a lot of US hair products. What was great about this company is that they are easy to communicate with regarding enquiries, they always make sure they send out dispatch details, delivery rates and speed are great and overall they stock a lot of amazing baby/child products. They also have a sister site for mommas and a site for daddies too. A full family affair of great products.
Mielle Organics have a variety of products and they have a child range called Tiny Tots. I was instantly drawn and the reviews were amazing on the products (i myself use a few of the products from the adult range). The Tiny Tots range includes 3 products:

  • Sacha inchi cleansing shampoo
  • Sacha inchi detangling leave in conditioner
  • Sacha inchi curl enhancing cream

On Taliyahs hair I use the shampoo once a week/10 days, dry her hair throughly then spray on the detangling conditioner and pat dry her hair.As you can see she has thick curly hair so it takes ages to dry, as she is still young and it is winter I do not saturate her hair with the conditioner as it can be too cold for her.

When it comes to curly hair you have to be very specific about the hair tools you use.

  • The top white comb: I use this to part her hair when I’m plaiting, twisting or greasing her scalp never to comb her hair as it is not made for curly hair.
  • The bottom white comb: use when washing her hair, to gently massage her scalp as opposed to using fingernails, this comb also helped me treat her cradle cap.
  • The chrome hair brush: this is a tangle teezer which is amazing for detangling curly hair, it doesn’t pull the hair or cause breakages or split ends.

Once Taliyahs hair is now moistened with the conditioner I then part her hair into sections and grease her scalp using Shea butter (pictured above). This is great for keeping the scalp oiled and flake free, it’s a natural product also so it’s gentle on her scalp. Once I’ve finished greasing her scalp I start to section her hair and apply the curl butter cream to the section, brush it with the tangle teezer and twist or plait it. There is a lot of length to her hair but due to it being so curly she gets a lot of shrinkage. I endeavour on her wearing her hair out more in the summer when she is older and the weather isn’t as harsh.

Once I’ve twisted/braided all sectioned I begin to wrap each braid/twist into a small bun like shape. The reason I don’t leave the braids/twists hanging is because babies love to explore and her hair being pulled.

I love this hairstyle as it is protective and stops hair being lost at the back from laying down on back and rubbing as it is braided. What’s also great about this style is that it keeps her hair neat and tidy and I dnt have to do anything to it for a couple of days.

Hope you enjoyed my hair care tips

– Mrs B