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Sebastian, 8 Months Old

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I’m not sure how we’ve got here, but Seb is now 8 months old!

First things first, Seb has nailed the whole “sleeping through the night” thing and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so ALIVE in all my life. I am also back at work 2 days a week and Seb is in nursery, which he seems to be loving. I’ve had the recent guilt struggles, not so much of leaving him, but not feeling too guilty about it. I love working, I always intended to go back and I love feeling like me again. I know that he will be having a great time at nursery but the horrible mind games of guilt for mum’s putting their babies in nursery, urgh it’s horrible! But as time has gone by (I’ve been back almost a month), it’s now much easier and my mind is much more rested during the day.

Food

Seb absolutely loves his food. We’ve been Baby Led Weaning (more on that soon) and I could not recommend it enough. It is so easy, and to see Seb loving his food is just so amazing. His favourite foods are mangos (literally, we go through about 5 a week), bananas, fruit in general and sausages. He has 3 meals a day and snacks in between.

On the move!

Seb has been commando crawling for around a month now and I genuinely do not think he will crawl properly before he walks! This week Seb used his walker on his own for the first time, with a huge grin on his face! He loves to make his way walking around the furniture too and is just loving his new found independence! We’ve not really “baby proofed” the house to be honest. There is a stair gate up stairs which was absolutely crucial but we seem to be getting away with just that for now. We’re in the loosing battle of trying to teach Seb the word NO. It’s not going too well, but he is certainly understanding now when he is doing something he shouldn’t (i.e. obsessed with climbing onto the fireplace…)

Breastfeeding

I am still breastfeeding! Although this week I made big progress and finally stopped the day feeds. Its been a little while coming, he has refused milk at nursery for around a month and didn’t seem interested in feeding during the day. I’m not too sure how I feel about it. Part of me feels so sad that we don’t have those lovely bonding moments during the day, but part of me also feels so free. I can be out for the whole day and I won’t have to worry about expressing or rushing back to feed. We’re only a few days in, but I’m loving my new found freedom already!

So there is it, my little baby is 8 months old! Don’t forget to follow along with us on my Instagram and the hashtag #LittleSoutherner!

BabyBjörn Highchair

I can’t quite believe that this little boy is 6 months old already! Time is flying and things are getting way more fun with this little fella every single day!

A few months ago the lovely people at BabyBjörn kindly sent me one of their highchairs to review and after giving it a real good test (in almost all circumstances!), I am pleased to report that this highchair is blooming fabulous.

BabyBjörn are mostly known for their extensive range of baby carriers, of which we own the Original and l o v e, so I had very high expectations for their highchair. The box arrived and after a few clicks (yes, I literally just had to click the legs into place!) we were already to go. Seb was 18 weeks old and I had just started thinking about weaning. I purchased a box of the Aptamil baby rice, mixed with a little expressed milk and we were ready to go. Into the highchair he went! Since then, we haven’t looked back and Seb is on 3 meals a day and loving it!

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The highchairs design is extremely simple in concept and very easy to use. The tray simply folds down, you place the baby on the seat, move the tray back to the upright position and twist the knob under the seat which secures the tray table in place. There is one other switch under the tray table that moves the table forward and back to adjust to your babies ever growing tummy! The tray table fits snuggly to Seb’s tummy ensuring no food is able to escape to his lap (although the floor is certainly not safe!).

Perhaps it’s best feature in my eyes is it’s ease to clean. There are no annoying knobs in sight to try and wipe around, no fabric to constantly clean when it gets literally soiled with mashed banana and no hard to reach areas you can’t get your cloth into. It is genius and makes cleaning up after a very messy baby a breeze (the floor is often a different story!).

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Seb’s top says exactly what he thinks of his highchair!

“Now give me food, please!”

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Around two weeks ago Seb suddenly perfected his hand eye co-ordination and it became very clear that he no longer wanted to be fed the array of exciting purees I had been making him and instead we have resorted to 100% baby led weaning. I simply place a selection of fruit, vegetables and meat onto his tray and he will demolish the entire lot. Knowing that the table is clean with no distracting features means that Seb has learnt very quickly to feed himself and now identifies food he loves almost instantly when I put them down in front of him.

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One point worth addressing which I was slightly nervous about on first inspection is its accommodation for larger babies. I mean Seb fits perfectly now so it is hard to imagine a bigger baby fitting, but rest assured I’ve had an 18 month old test drive (oh and she loved it by the way!) and there is plenty of room for your baby to grow.

The BabyBjörn highchair has made weaning Seb a total joy and he loves to sit in it when I am cooking and cleaning in the kitchen too. The highchair folds flat for easy storage but it’s just so good looking I dare put it away! You can purchase the highchair from John Lewis (RRP £179) and I really couldn’t recommend it enough. Thank you so much BabyBjörn!

Sandbanks in Autumn

It is days like this that I am so thankful to call this beautiful place home. It brings a little tear to my eye to think that I will be bringing up Sebastian in a place that I love so much and have such fond memories of from when I was little. I remember my parents would wake us up at 6am on a sunny summers day, pack the beach gear up in the car and drive us on the 2 hour drive from Bath where I lived as a child. We would arrive in exactly the same place I had parked on this sunny autumnal day, we walk down the exact steps that I would excitedly run down to catch my first glimpse of the sea and as soon as I did, I have the same reaction as I do to this day.

It has always hds the same effect on me, I just love this place.

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Seb selfie! 

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Last Friday, I packed the BabyBjorn carrier into the car and drove to Sandbanks to meet my mum and her crazy labradors for an afternoon beach walk. The sun was setting and there was a crisp coolness to the air. But it was magical none the less.

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I wanted to share this day on my blog because I just want to remember it forever. Being with the people I love the most, in the place that holds my heart, it was the perfect Autumnal stroll, which of course ended in a giant hot chocolate in Jazzy’s cafe!. It wouldn’t be a Sandbanks walk without one of those hot chocolates!