Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – months 9-12

If anything should give you an indication of how motherhood sucks up your time, the fact that Ioan is now 14 months old and I am only writing about his 9th month is a sign. I decided it’s probably better to group months 9-12 as even though tons has happened every single month, I don’t […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – month 8

Just after Ioan turned 8 months old, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. Andrew actually did not believe I would want a Mother’s Day present, as in his view it wasn’t like Ioan was choosing a gift, so it was meaningless. He mentioned this point of view to his colleagues at work who (fortunately for […]

Week 20 – more new teeth and even less sleep

Just two weeks ago I posted that Ioan’s fifth and sixth teeth were making an appearance. Well, teeth seven and eight have popped out now too. I say popped out, but anyone with a teething baby will know that teeth do not just pop out. Ioan has been a crying, ear-pulling, bundle of misery, unless […]

Ioan’s chicken and vegetable soup (new Froothie UK recipe)

There are very few things that Ioan won’t eat (so far) but he is only little, so his portions are quite demoralisingly small when I lovingly preparing batches of healthy and nutritious food. Recently we had friends over for lunch, and so I roasted a couple of chickens to have with new potatoes and homemade coleslaw. […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – month 7

Although Ioan is already 9 months old, I am keen to document each month of his first year, so excuse the tardiness of this post. It does, however, epitomise life with a baby: you can’t do anything when you want or plan to, and writing this blog is no exception. So Ioan turned 7 months […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – month 6

In the last month, I have learned that I have more capacity then I ever realised to adjust to a lack of sleep. When Ioan was a newborn, the shock to my system was huge, and lack of sleep was only one contributing factor. Six months down the line, sleep regression, teething, stomach bugs and […]

Week 6 2017 – my (baby’s) body is a temple

With a freezer full of pureed meals for Ioan, in the last week I started trying him on blitzed versions of mine and Andrew’s food as well. Unfortunately this was met with limited success as Ioan had a nasty cold and sore throat (which he is just recovering from) so wouldn’t eat his solids and […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – month 5

Last month, Ioan had found his voice and started screaming. This month the screaming has continued but has also accompanied huge giggles – and it’s such a joy to see his face light up as he laughs and laughs. It makes up for the crying, which has been a bit more frequent recently due to […]

Week 4 2017 – an anniversary in the Welsh sunshine

On 25 January, Andrew and I celebrate 21 years as a couple. I think I can safely say that the last 6 months has been the most exceptional of that time considering the arrival of little Ioan. It’s he who I blame for my poor organisation in planning our celebratory weekend away, which was supposed […]

Thoughts on being a (greedy) mum – month 4

The 4th month of Ioan’s life has seen him start to become much more engaged and interactive – although he is obviously still a baby, he makes eye contact and smiles, babbles alien conversations, and grabs at things (mainly Sophie the teething giraffe, which he chews at like a dog with a bone). It’s a […]