Austin’s first snow!

So, today is Austin’s first snow! Technically it did pretend to snow the other day but it was so pointless. Nothing settled and the ‘snow’ that was falling wouldn’t even show up in a photo, so we didn’t count that. Also it was at 5pm when it was dark, he was cranky and tired so had no flippin’ idea what was going on.

THIS is snow!

Processed with VSCOcamThis was about 3 seconds after being lifted from his cot. Look at that face! ❤

To be honest though, he looks like this every morning, so it’d be unfair for me to try and pass it off as being happy about snow. Austin is a real morning baby – he’s never once woken crying, just chats to himself quietly or sucks his thumb until I drag myself out of bed and into his room. Well trained, innit.

So anyway, snow. We quickly got dressed (in Surrey if you’re lucky enough to get snow you can guarantee it will rain swiftly after and wash away any sign of it) ready to rush downstairs for photos. Before we rushed anywhere though, we had to pick a suitable outfit. Not me of course, I planned to stay exactly how I was – pyjamas and a topknot that was in dire need of washing. Austin had to wear something appropriate – we found just the thing!

Processed with VSCOcamThis Polar Bear onesie was from Baby Gap and I’m ashamed so say he’s only worn it once before. We put it on this morning and it’s miles too small now – whoops! I might pop it on Ebay as I’m pretty sure it was about £20 new. Right, outfit sorted – off downstairs.

Austin is the most patient child in the morning, he’s always let me get him dressed, have a chat, go downstairs and let the dogs out and so on before he gets his milk. I thought that was normal until family and friends told me that their babies would quite happily take an axe to their face if they did not get their morning milk within 2.7 seconds of waking up. The bizarre thing is that he sleeps for around 14 hours a night so you’d think he’s be starving! I’m very lucky with him really.

Today though we needed photos and that was Daddy’s job. I woke Grant up and forced him (yes forced, he had no choice) downstairs. He quickly let the dogs out whilst I wrapped Austin up in a snow suit. I’m sure he’s too young to know any different but I’m pretty sure he noticed the colour difference – I’ve never seen him so interested in the garden before!

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It’s a bit too chilly to keep him outdoors for more than a few minutes because he’s had a stinking cold and cough for the last week and we think he might finally be getting rid of it, so he’ll stay indoors for the rest of today (as we have done for the past 5. SHOW ME ALL THE WINE).

So there we go! Austin’s first snow 🙂

Where abouts in the country are you and do you have snow today?

Thanks for reading!

hannah

The Weaning Diaries | What to feed your baby when they’re ill

The last few months have brought a lot of coughs and colds our way. This week Austin had just got rid of a cough and two days later a new one arrived – boo! Illnesses are annoying as it is, but of course they affect appetite too and so start the weaning wars….

That’s probably a little harsh to be fair as it isn’t a war – maybe a slight battle. Austin is normally great with food and will eat absolutely anything (although he’s started to learn to blow rasperries after receiving a spoonfull of food, which he thinks is highly amusing – more on that soon!) It’s a real shame to see him refuse his meals as I know he must feel really rotten 😦 But he’s only human and I know when I’ve got a horrible cold I go off my food too.

So, what have I done this week to try and trick him into eating?! Well, as he’s usually spoon fed, I’ve been giving him lots of finger foods. He’s good with his hands and does usually have toast or little sandwiches, rice cakes etc so I was hoping that by sucking and playing with the food he might actually get some in him since he was refusing the spoon.

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Puree, philadelphia sandwiches, breadsticks and houmous and ham

It kind of worked. He normally eats well with finger food but this week it’s been more of a distraction than actually managing to swallow anything I think. I made a bowl of puree anyway so I could be sly and sneak in a few mouthfulls which did seem to work. I’m not too bothered though, as like I said we all lose our appetite when ill. I just made sure he drank lots of milk and water instead.

This morning he did eat well – we both had eggy bread and grilled asparagus and green beans. It was so yummy!

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Overall he’s probably eaten fine and if he hasn’t, he’s made up for it by taking extra bottles. I’m not a worrier when it comes to babies and their food – after all he’s hardly going to starve! He’ll tell me when he’s hungry which I know will be as soon as he’s better.

Another important tip is to buy some multi vitamins. We use the WellBaby liquid every day because Austin has always drunk below the recommended daily amount of milk for his age. We have spoken to health visitors and they advised that if children drink less than the daily guidline, we should give them these vitamins. It means that even though he doesn’t get enough formula, he will still get all the vitamins he needs which is very important. Even if your baby drinks enough, it’s always good to have a bottle of this at home for days when they are poorly and don’t take in enough food or drink.Vitabiotics_Wellkid_Baby__amp__Infant_Vitamin__amp__Mineral_Liquid_150ml_1414512724

Has your baby had the same problem when poorly?

Thanks for reading! 🙂
hannah