Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Luna 7 Months

My little Luna lu is suddenly not so little! This month she has changed so much. She kind of went out first and then got longer. She is absolutely scrumptious and soft and squidgy and beams at anyone who pays her attention - everyone comments on what a happy, smiley baby she is - we are just totally in love. She is sitting up on her own now like a little pro and the first stages of crawling are on the horizon although I am not encouraging it too much! Her hair has grown lots in the past month as we have been to France twice and I think it grows in the sunshine. Her eyes are still bright blue and I am afraid the hair is strawberry blonde. Sorry little lady that is my fault! 

So I guess the main thing is food. Our most favourite way to wile away the afternoon is in the back yard sharing a peach, plum or apricot. She loves these tangy fruits and they are in season. She absolutely hates avocado still, I will persevere! She didn't much enjoy the lentil puree I gave her this evening either. She prefers fruit but actually did a good job with some French Legumes de jardin - carrot and potato mainly I think in France. In France they don't tart up the baby food with fruit they have ones with just veg. Ella's Kitchen is a favourite for a reason!

Boring bit - she usually wakes up about 5.30 and comes into our room where she sleeps until half seven, wakes up and has a bottle, then plays for a couple of hours and then back to sleep for 45 mins to an hour. She eats lunch at 12 which is THE messiest half an hour of both our lives, how does she get it on the back of her head, my face, in my hair, all over the table, the carpet, up her nose and in her thigh creases? I am trying to get her to then have a 2 hour nap at lunch but more often than not she wakes up about an hour in and then needs another kip a bit later. At 3 she has a bottle and then 6 is dinner which is another catastrophic mess. She baths about 8 and goes to sleep at 8.30. She wakes up a few times in the night usually but doesn't want anything, more often than not just because she has got herself in a weird position and needs to be put back lengthways in the cot (!).

She is babbling a bit now and I swear I have heard mamamama but maybe I just imagined it. She is a total fidget and as nosy as can be. I feel so excited for the next month. It is just getting better and better! Ah, love!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

3-6 Month Must Haves

Soo we have sped through from three to six months and all the above I could not have lived without.
1. She has only just started really interacting with her toys (meaning put them in her mouth and throw them on the floor) and she is already bored of most of them. She loved this Miffy rattle which was on my nappy cake at my baby shower - thanks Laura!
2. French Children Don't Throw Food - Pamela Druckerman. This book is brilllllliant. There has been a lot of discussion about whether to read guidance books, whether to take advice, if it is just better to tune it all out and listen to your intuition... Mmmmm. Anyway this is Pamela Druckerman who moved to Paris and brought up her three children there. It is autobiographical, which for a start means that it isn't preaching about right and wrong methods, she is as confused as the rest of us but she simply explains how different Anglophile parenting is to French parenting *no mother's guilt for one!*. 
Also she is laugh-out-loud funny.
3. Luna slept in this from the moment we moved her into the cot at about 4 months. The design is awesome and it is so soft and gorgeous. I love Noe and Zoe, a Berlin based brand.
4. Ashton and Parsons is a homeopathic tincture for teething babies which really helped Luna when her gums were giving her gip. Not getting it on her cheek or up her nose was a challenge however.
5. When Luna went into her own room at 5 months we had to close her bedroom door because we were worried that Frankie the cat might get into her cot and like, sit on her face or something, so this gave me such peace of mind to know that she was at the right temperature and breathing! I know, prangy new parent.
6. & 7. When her teeth starting pushing up she got the most awful nappy rash, apparently from swallowing so much and it being very acidic. I tried so many different nappy rash creams and this was the only combination which worked > Water Wipes and Metanium - this is thick and yellow, stains everything and stinks but it works and if that means no bleeding little bum cheeks then that seems like a small price to pay.
8. If you don't know what this is maybe refrain from finding out. Luna got a cold in Cornwall on holiday, this made everything almost better because she could actually breathe again.
9. For those few months heading from Winter into Spring Luna lived in leggings; these ones from one of my favourite print designers Thief and Bandit are made from organic cotton and are all hand printed in Nova Scotia. So soft and gorgeous.
10. So finally Luna decided she liked being carted about. This was her chosen chariot. The Quinny, found it on gumtree, looked brand new for half the price, brilliant. It has 3 wheels, unlike a lot of prams and has inner tyres in the back wheels which means that it feels light and bounces over bumps, curbs and uneven ground beautifully. It is however ridiculously wide and I have accidentally taken out the Achilles tendon of numerous innocent bystanders. Oops. 
I just turned her around so she is facing forward instead of at me, which she adores. Heart break!   

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Sharon Van Etten And Alvvays

Can't stop listening to these - they will always remind me so much of the start of summer 14. Lovvve.

Monday, 9 June 2014


This little monkey was up having a party at 2am... 
How can you be angry with that face though?