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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – The birthday girl June 30, 2010

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New toys

My new xylophone - mummy will regret buying this

More toys!

At the zoo

He looks like you daddy

On daddy's shoulders

Picnic time

The birds tried to steal my sandwich

My new ball pool - another one mummy might regret

Its been a long day

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Willow Tree Family Farm June 30, 2010

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Willow Tree Family Farm is a small farm park close to where we live.  We were introduced to it by our friends over the Easter weekend when they hosted an hourly easter egg hunt for the children, although M managed to get involved too.

We’ve been back a couple of times since then as C really enjoys looking at the animals and its cheap!  Just £3 for adults, £2 for children and under 2’s go free.

Theres a good selection of farm animals which you’re able to buy feed for, and at certain times of the day they have animal holding/petting.  We’ve never been there at the right time for this but I think there are rabbits, gerbils and rats.

You can buy feed for the animals for 50p a bag which is nice, and theres plenty of food in the bags to last all the way around the park.  Theres an adventure playground with slides, swings etc in the wooded area, and also a play area with little bikes and scooters outside the cafe which is great as you can sit outside on the benches and have a cuppa or a bacon sarnie while the kids play.

All in all its a nice place to go for an hour.  I’m sure as C gets older we’ll spend longer there as she’ll be more interested in the animals and the playground but even for an hour its great value for money.

This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share a lovely place.

Our camping trip June 29, 2010

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Last weekend we took C on her first camping trip and it was a great success!

We went to a campsite in between Ashbourne & Buxton in the Peak District, an area we love, and it’s only an hours drive.  We set off at 2pm on Friday afternoon with the trailer packed to bursting point and the dogs in the boot. 

C just loves being outside so I knew the only problem we’d have with her was how dirty she’d get!  And she did herself proud on that score!

We drove into Ashbourne on Saturday then went to Dovedale which is such a beautiful place.  We’d not really planned this so only had the pushchair in the car rather than the sling.  If you ever go – take a sling.  Its not a pushchair friendly walk at all!  We even had to carry her across the famous stepping stones in her pushchair which was an experience!

C was a little difficult to get off to sleep on the Friday night but we were expecting this anyway as it was all very strange to her, but on the Saturday night she was fine.  We went with friends and had 2 pitches together which was nice as we could sit outside and have a glass of wine or 2. 

The campsite facilities were very clean and tidy but the site itself was located quite a way from anywhere so we probably won’t go back to that one. 

All in all, it was a lovely weekend and we enjoyed ourselves that much we’re already planning our next trip!

The Gallery – Motherhood June 16, 2010

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I almost didn’t take part in this weeks Gallery as I didn’t think I could find a picture that summed up what being a mother means to me, but I really didn’t want to miss this one so I picked this photo, the very first picture that was taken of C, just seconds old.

I didn’t understand what being a mother meant in this photo, and a year on I’m still just at the beginning of my journey but I know how I felt when this picture was taken.  Proud.  In love.  Scared.  Happy.  Relieved.  A barrage of emotions all in just a split second.  The beginning of Motherhood.

The great milk debate June 14, 2010

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So, my tiny baby is turning one soon, and with this comes a whole new range of things to question and worry about.

Having done baby led weaning since C was 6 months old, my mantra for the past 6 months has been ‘food before one is just for fun’.  This apparently no longer applies, eek!  To be honest, she quickly dropped from 4 bottles a day to just 2, and we’re lucky if we get her to have 4oz at bedtime so I know shes eating enough.

But what about milk?  Having been speaking on twitter researching, the general consensus is that cows milk is perfectly fine.  I have, however, already bought 4 tubs of toddler milk as it was half price in the supermarket!  I am definitely one of the people who fell for the formula companies marketing ads that try and tell us about getting enough iron into our babies diet.  Actually, I don’t think I fell for the marketing, I just didn’t give it a second thought.  Now I actually think about it, of course C will get enough iron, she has a brilliant appetite and eats a good amount.

So now I’ve actually had a think about this, my plan is to use the formula milk I’ve already bought then switch her over to cows milk.  In the meantime I’m going to start offering some cows milk during the day so she can get used to it.

I suppose the next question is beaker or bottle?  At the moment she has bottles for her formula, morning and night, and a beaker for her water during the day.  This works fine for us, but at what age do you dump the bottles?  The questions are endless!

At least I get to stop sterilising now though!