Eliana at 21 (and 22) Months

Eliana this is you at 21 and 22 (and a bit) months:

Again, I could write for days about the way your language is developing because every day you astound me with new words and phrases which will soon become an entirely unremarkable part of your everyday life (unless you become a literary genius, of course) so for now I’ll just include my favourites: ‘Back in a minute’, ‘Boring’ (out of context, entirely my fault that it’s entered your vocabulary at all), ‘Did it!’, ‘Thank you’ and ‘Vavoo’ (translation: Love you).

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Eliana at 20 Months

 

Eliana a quick round up of your month, because I’m late and you’ve already tipped over into your 21st month, with that two year marker, the one when we start talking in years rather than months, looming on the horizon. It’s been a bumper month but I’m keeping it brief* because your eager development has me chasing my tail and there is never, ever (ever) any time to spare.

I could write solely about how, in these past few weeks, you have gone from saying a few words to being about to talk.

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Eliana at 19 months

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Eliana, this is you at 19 months:

You have claimed a set of keys for yourself. They have a purple key fob and they are so important that ‘purple key’ was your first two-word phrase. We (Papa) mindlessly returned them to the friend whose house they unlocked only to have to retrieve them a day later as you refused to leave home without them. With key in hand you lead me to the park, pointing the way because it is a path well trodden by our daily journey.

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Eliana at 18 Months

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Eliana, this is you at 18 months:

Your words are coming thick and fast although to the untrained ear they are still a secret language that only we understand. Apart from happy, which you pronounce ‘appy’ like the French, and which you shout with gleeful abandonment. You’ve also decided daddy is Papa so we’ve taken your cues and rolled with the continental rebrand. You’ve inherited his photic sneeze reflex and when we go out as a family your sneezes synchronise as soon as we step into the sunshine and we laugh about the predictability of it, every time. From me you’ve inherited

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7 Instamum Accounts to Follow

When I was pregnant I wrote a post about my favourite pregnant instagrammers. Well, call me original, but I’ve now become a fan of the Instamum, that being the official superhero-sounding name for the popular mothers using Instagram these days which is appropriate really because they’re powerful, influential and they’re rife.

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Breastfeeding at 13 months: Boob Bites and Nipple Tweaks

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I haven’t written much about my experience as a breastfeeding mum which is a nonsense really, given that it has pretty much informed every aspect of how I parent but now that it’s so embedded in my day to day life it’s hard to know where to begin.

I have numerous half-started posts in my blog drafts box about breastfeeding-related highs and lows which seem redundant now because with every change my baby makes, there seems to be a change in the way I feed and my attitude towards breastfeeding.

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Surviving The Wonder Weeks

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I’m a bit late to the party on this one, having had several people recommend it to me, but for those of you who are perhaps still in the dark or are new to parenting or have a sprog on the way, I would advise you download The Wonder Weeks app. It’s a condensed version of The Wonder Weeks book which is perhaps also worth buying for a more comprehensive overview of the WW concept but bitesize suits my attention span right now so app it is.

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What’s in my Changing Bag?

What's in my Changing Bag?

As you may have noticed my blogging has been somewhat intermittent of late thanks to the appendage I have attached to me for 95 per cent of the day – the other 5 per cent taken up with other menial necessities including showering and eating (no longer for savouring, simply for survival) – leaving very little time for creative thought, and certainly not the hands to turn those thoughts into typed words.

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A Hairy Predicament

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People had warned me there would be hair loss post-pregnancy but oh my word. Talk about kicking a girl when she’s down. Like the revellers at a festival, all the good pregnancy hormones have had their fun, packed up camp and are making a sudden mass exodus from my body, leaving behind a bedraggled, muddy mess. Not only am I being sucked dry, and sleep-tortured, but now I’m also on my way to becoming as bald as my offspring.

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The Gentle Sleep Book – My Antidote to Sleep Training Stress

Last weekend, while having a family day out (pub garden, sunshine, Appletiser – the one drink that makes this endless sobriety bearable) I got to talking to the mother of a baby of similar age to ours and before we knew it she’d casually, but intentionally, dropped in the fact their baby sleeps through the night. The full night, not just the 5 hours of sleep that constitutes the official ‘sleeping through the night’ quota but a full 7pm to 6am night of sleep. Good for her was what I should have thought (whilst also wishing a baby sleep regression upon her household for bragging) but she caught me at a weak moment

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12 Weeks on: Our Mother and Baby Photoshoot

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A little visual feast for you today, courtesy of photographer Liam Bergin who you may remember shot my pregnancy photoshoot back in December. He kindly touched base again recently and asked if he could pop by to shoot me and Eliana going about our daily business as mum and baby in the comfort of our own flat. I am thoroughly gobsmacked at how well he did, considering Eliana was not at her most obliging and how lovely he made our flat look!

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The Fourth Trimester

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It turns out, and it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me, nor will it to anyone who knows me, that my parenting instincts lie way left of centre. I’m an on demand-breastfeeding, babywearing, bedsharing liberal. I’m not one for labelling parenting styles but if I were to park myself anywhere then it’s firmly in the ‘Attachment Parenting’ camp. My baby is almost three months out of the womb, has lost all that puffy newborn-ness and is beginning to develop a personality of her own but in terms of physical closeness, it’s like she never left me.

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Long Nights, Short Weeks

Apologies for the blogging hiatus of late. It was inevitable really given the seismic shift that has taken place in my world recently but seeing as it’s Mother’s Day I thought it fitting to rekindle the blogging embers before they fizzle out altogether and I find I’m nothing more than a babbling, bottom-cleaning, boob-baring shell of a woman incapable of stringing a coherent sentence together.

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Coping When Pregnancy Goes Wrong

It was a year ago today that we first found out I was pregnant. The frantic week before Christmas was spent running around trying to tie up loose ends before heading out of town to see family but underlying it all I was constantly aware that my period was due and with every no show day I was getting more excited. When we finally did a pregnancy test we were stunned when it came out positive. 

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Model Mother: An Introduction

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Hellooo! Thanks for popping in and taking the time to read my first ever blog post. I feel a tad nervous so please be kind! Have a seat and make yourself comfy. I’ll pop on a brew and tell you how this came about.

A little bit about me: I am what it says on the tin – a model and a mother. Or at least a mother in the making, which I feel is close enough to justify this ever-so-original blog name.

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