Parenting in Progress

I am the proud mother of a beautiful baby boy and the purpose of this blog is to record my experience of motherhood.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Nose Flute Demonstration

This is the funniest thing I've ever seen on youtube. Go on humour me and watch the full video!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Too many pics to pic from!


I'm sure Sorley thinks my ears are detachable, he sure pulls them hard enough. What a grip he has and no part of the face is safe from his little hands. Also he has developed a worrying liking for chewing on daddy's nose!
Last Sunday was Father's day, here's a pic of a boy who adores his daddy and a daddy who adores his boy, in the words of a friend - you'd think he was the first man to have a son!

So we visited both grandpa's and has a nice day. Picked up a wee chair for Sorley since he's grown out of his bouncer and he just loves being at doggy height!


Now when I put him to sleep at night we both lie on the bed listening to music and facing each other. He prefers to lie on his left side and falls asleep staring at me with his hand on my cheek, it's so lovely and such a precious time. When he's asleep I lift him into his cot and that's him for the night.
He still loves meals times and very often bits of potato and yogurt can found behind his ears. Being a right little boy he hates getting his hands and face cleaned though he loves splashing about in the bath.
Sorley still has traces of slight baby eczema on his elbows and behind his knees. The best thing I've found is Johnson's baby lotion from the natural range. I was originally prescribed a form of steroid cream when it was bad on his cheeks which worked when I used it but when I stopped using it the eczema came back. I was unhappy about using the steroid cream regularly and tried a variety of prescribed lotions but constantly came back to the Johnson's lotion, now I use it all the time and the eczema has completely cleared up on his cheeks. The health visitor told me that another mother had the same experience so it seems the Johnson's lotion really works.
S is now the habit of pursing his lips tightly together like here and making MMMMMMMMMM noises, he also does babababababa...perhaps not too long before mamamamama comes out!
Finally, here's a pic of my new shoes - Holey Soles - they are the most fabulously comfy shoes in the whole wide world. They're like wearing feet massagers and are perfect for mum's walking their prams and believe it or not there're even fashionable, snapped on celebs feet in Hello or some other such mag.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Check out choccy cheeks!

Yes he's had his first chocolate ice-cream and I think he liked it! It's been hot and very humid over the last week, the bedroom has been 26 degrees at night even with the windows open. Took the boy swimming at the weekend and he loved it, decided it was time to try a quick dunk under - he wasn't too impressed with that. Joined the gym which has been good, they even have a tv on the cycling machine which makes exercise a little more palatable.



Sorley's getting big and sitting up a lot more as you can see



We've been having plenty fun in the back garden.





Check out the hand on cheek, must be a pram thing!


Still no sign of teeth though everything he touches goes into the mouth and he will grab anything within reach. He's been quite tired today which probably means he's going through another growth spurt and will be unrecognisable by the morning. He enjoys going to the mum to mum group but is not sure what to make of the baby girl who steals his teddy. Ouch...just got bitten by a midge, time to shut the windows and go to bed.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

As seen on eipwek's blog, some things maybe you don't know about me:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Some great,great auntie I think, she didn't have kids so a bunch of people called their daughters after her, I think that's the story anyway.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? a couple of weeks ago when someone pretending to be nice to me was actually being really bitchy (don't you just hate that), it wasn't until afterwards when I pondered over what she said that I really realised how mean she was being.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? very much, hubby thinks it's a scrawl but I'm very proud of my handwriting!

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? bacon sandwiches for sure!

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? My very handsome 6 month old son.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? too right!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? not as much as I used to, think I'm losing my touch.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? I don't have any plans to but never say never.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Dorset cereal company muesli

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? only if that's the only way they'll come off (mah hillwalking boots for instance) but I try to buy shoes without laces.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? sure am with this growing lump of a baby hanging off my arm all day

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? marscapone

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? not sure, I'm not a particularly observant person but possibly their hair

15. RED OR PINK? red

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? right now it's my wobbly belly

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? my dog Lenny who we had to get put down a few months ago

18. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? slimming black trousers and blue hillwalking boots

19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Munchies ice-cream bar, shared with Sorley who went totally ga-ga over it

20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? the ticking of the boiler switch in the kitchen

21. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? forest green

22. FAVORITE SMELLS? mulled wine, Indian curry

23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Mother-in-law

24. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Yes I've been following her blog from before she was preggers and now she has a gorgeous little baby girl

25. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? boxing and European cup final football

26. HAIR COLOR? blonde

27. EYE COLOR? blue/grey

28. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? no, I am a little shortsighted though and wear glasses ouside when I remember

29. FAVORITE FOOD? Indian and Mexican

30. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? happy endings

31. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Driving Lessons

32. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? mostly green with black, yellow, white

34. HUGS OR KISSES? kisses

35. FAVORITE DESSERT? lemon cheesecake

36. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Reflections on Everest

37. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Dell

38. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. Eastenders, sad I know

39. FAVORITE SOUND? my baby laughing

40. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? The Beatles

41. WHAT IS THE FURTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? central Turkey

42. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? hmmm it's not really a special talent but I write poetry

43. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Stornoway, Western Isles, Scotland

As with eipwek I'm not going to tag anyone but if you do do it let me know!

Monday, June 04, 2007

New Blog on the Horizon


I've started a new blog with my husband dedicated to our thought/plans of moving to Canada. It's something we have been thinking about for a loooong time. We've yet to get out there on holiday but we are saving up for it and it will be our next holiday.
So anyone with thoughts, experience of emigrating or Canada and would like to share it with us please visit our blog and help us out!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Boys oh Boys



Went through a bag of clothes that a friend of my sis-in-law gave us for Sorley and found this adorable Loch Ness monster hat! So we went for a walk up Glen Massan then went to visit my sis-in-law and Sorley got to sit on his big cuzs knee.


So I'm sitting here blogging while hubby and Sorley are at church - I've got a bit of a head cold and didn't sleep well last night so I'm thoroughly enjoying a hot toddy (whiskey, lemon juice, honey, hot water) and feeling rather jolly...!

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Friday, June 01, 2007

6 Months Old



It's been six months since this little boy came into the world, hard to believe.
What a joy he is, so full of fun and smiles. The days disappear into a routine of feeding, nappy changing, housework, playing, laundry etc. Sorley is such a happy, contented wee boy and apart from his food loves nothing more than standing on someones lap playing games and pulling at their face and hair!
He had his first taste of meat yesterday and wow did his face light up as if to say horray there's more to food than milk, fruit and veg.
I've decided it's time to join the gym and try and get back into shape so I have my induction appointment next week and looking forward to it.

Sorley drools non stop - a sign of teething though I can't see any teeth coming through yet, his pacifier helps soothe his gums and stops me having to change his bib for a dry one every ten minutes. Today I bagged a bunch of his outgrown 3-6 months clothes, it feels pretty weird like before I know it I'll be waving his off to school.
His hair's coming in very blond and his eyes have settled to a dark blue/grey.

His daily menu is something like this: -

I offer breastmilk before and after each meal but everyday he varies as to how much b/m he takes.

Breakfast - baby rice, mashed banana
Lunch - pureed potatoe with stewed apple mixed with pureed turnip, yogurt
Dinner - pureed potatoe with stewed apple mixed with pureed brocolli, mashed pear, a rusk
Supper - yogurt

I vary the fruit and veg with cauliflower, courgette, tried carrots but they gave him constipation, tried avacado but he puked it up and melon didn't go down to well either. I'll now be adding meat and fish to his diet and probaby won't be long till he gets our food and I'll no longer have to get up in the morning before he wakes up to make up and freeze in ice-cube trays strange concoctions of veg!

Now that Sorley's b/f less I think it's time to start planning a date with my husband, it would be nice to go out for a quiet meal and a drink. I went round to a friend's last week for a girls night in watching a video, enjoying a glass of wine etc it was the first night I didn't put Sorley to bed since he's been born, it was really nice to be out but I did miss those gorgeous smiles when puting my son down to sleep for the night.

He's now out of the cradle and into the cot and too strong to swaddle, I was worried about the transition from swaddling as previously he would only sleep swaddled, it took a few nights for him to get used to it but now he sleeps fine. I put him to sleep in a baby sleeping bag which is ideal because he gets a last and very excitable burst of energy when I put him in his cot and does starjumps lying down so being able to keep a blanket on him is impossible.

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