Cows Milk Protein Allergy: It’s Not As Rare As You Think!

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I hesitated to write this post, as I actually feel that a lot has been written about Cows Milk Protein Allergy elsewhere and there is a lot of information out there which is really helpful for anyone whose baby suffers with CMPA. But it took us a very long time to diagnose Ben with CMPA, and the primary reason for that is that most of what I read said that it was very rare for breastfed babies to react adversely to cows milk when it was ingested through breastmilk - I would read stats that said something like 1%. But in my experience it's far more common than that would lead you to believe - I think the current diagnosis ...

Ben at 9 Months

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Ben, you're 9 months old! It's hard to believe that you were growing in my tummy for the same length of time you've been with us on the outside world - it seems crazy to imagine a time when you weren't part of our lives now. 9 months has been a real turning point for you Ben. After confirming your Cows Milk Protein Allergy last month, you've become almost a different baby this month - back to the laid back and chilled little baby we brought home from the hospital all those months ago. You really are such a little smiler, and you're so easy to keep amused. I just need to pop you down with a toy in front of ...

From One To Two Is Easy, They Said…

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I have to admit that I was nervous about the jump from one to two children. If you're familiar with my blog, you'll know that Max, my first son, is quite a demanding child who does need a lot of attention, so I worried a lot about having to split my attention in two. But not to worry, everyone said - the jump from one to two is the easiest! From none to one is hard - your life is completely turned upside down and you're learning everything from scratch. From 2 to 3 is hard - suddenly the parent to child ratio is tipped in favour of the kids and chaos ensues. But 1 to 2? You'll be fine! 7 ...

Your Own Room – The Ordinary Moments

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That moment when you walk out of the hospital, carrying your newborn baby, is such a hugely emotional one in every parent's life. The realisation that this precious little squirmy bundle is yours to take home. Your heart is swelling with pride, and love, and also fear. Fear, because this little creature is so tiny, so vulnerable, and is dependent on you for everything. They need you to feed them, to coax them to sleep, to dress them, to bathe them. You feel that weight of responsibility so strongly, and it's overwhelming in those early days. And then, little by little, they start to become more independent. At first it's just rolling over, then sitting up on their own, starting to ...

The Emotion of The School Application

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After much deliberation, we've finally decided on our school application list for Max, and it's finally hit me - we have less than a year before he starts school. Whenever I heard parents saying "I can't believe how quickly it's gone" when the time arrived for their child to start school I always felt a bit baffled. It's 3 and a half years, that's a reasonable length of time in anyone's book. But now I completely understand!  It feels like only a month or so ago that I can remember Max as a toddler, staggering around, unsteady on his feet. How can he be ready to start school, he still can't put his own shoes on! But I know that by ...

My Life is a Series of Unfinished Projects…

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Last weekend I achieved a major milestone. It may not seem much to you, but this little bookend DIY has been looming over me for months. We've been redoing Max's room to make it more of a little boy's room and this is one of the finishing touches. I've had all the parts ready and waiting - I bought the bookends from eBay, they just needed assembling, painting, and the little dinosaur figures put onto them. As DIYs go, it's not exactly the most demanding or time consuming. But it's taken until last weekend for me to have a spare minute to get around to painting them. And that's just one of the numerous unfinished projects that I have going on ...

From a toddler to a little boy…

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Do you ever feel like life has just shifted up a gear and suddenly everything is just whizzing by? Since Ben has come along, I swear Max has changed into a little boy right before my eyes. I've missed all those little changes and all of a sudden he's all little boy and there's nothing remotely toddler-like about him. It hit me full in the face this week when we visited a local soft play that I've been meaning to take him to for ages. Like most sane people, I'm not normally a fan of soft play. It's just something that you sometimes have to endure on a rainy day, when the memory of the previous awfulness has faded and you ...

Sleep Tight with Ollie the Owl from The Gro Company

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I've been a big fan of The Gro Company products since we first started using their Grobags with Max, so when I was offered the opportunity to road test their latest product, Ollie the Owl, I was really keen to see what it had to offer. It's a well known fact that white noise often acts as a calming influence on babies, replicating the sounds that they would have heard in the womb. White noise was one of the only things that calmed Max, so we rarely went anywhere without our white noise app on our phone, or Ewan the Dream Sheep. But the unique and innovative feature of Ollie the Owl that ranks him above any of these other products is ...

The Hazy Newborn Days

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It's been four weeks since Ben arrived and despite having been through the baby rollercoaster before, it still turns your world upside down. One minute your baby is just a concept, and the next he's here and he's a real being. Just like that your heart is filled with so much love for this tiny person that feels like both a complete stranger and like someone who's always been part of your life. People will tell you it's an emotional rollercoaster, and I can't think of any other word that describes it quite so well. At no other point in my life have I been so happy and contented one minute, and in floods of tears the next. We've struggled with ...

When your high needs baby turns into a pretty awesome toddler

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I've said so many times how difficult I found that first year of motherhood. I remember coming home from the hospital, dazed and pretty terrified at having a brand new baby that we were responsible for. And that daze pretty much continued for the first six months in the same way - a blur of sleep deprivation and crying (both from me and from Max). He would cry when he was hungry, he'd cry when he was put down, he'd cry when you were changing his nappy, and he'd cry when he was tired (which was most of the time, as he didn't exactly embrace the concept of sleep). I'd spend those lonely nighttime hours desperately searching on my phone to ...