Sneak peak into…

Izzy’s new bedroom

Israel and I got a place of our own quite recently (beginning of this year) and it has taken me this long to write this post because truth be told, it’s been a busy couple of months trying to get settled. I’m still not done! There are still a few things I need to do within our flat, especially in my bedroom and the living room. But one place in the flat that I was determined to fix up and make sure it looked amazing, was Israel’s room. I wanted it done up completely before we even moved in and I’d say it’s nearly there now, I’m still chopping and changing a few things but it’s definitely my favourite room in the flat so far.

I had a theme in mind when I planned Israel’s bedroom, it’s like straight away I knew I wanted to do a space theme, I love space for a kids bedroom and I didn’t want anything too baby-ish either because well, he’s gonna grow up one day isn’t he? Ultimately, the whole space theme idea came from Israel’s favourite song, Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon! When he was really little he used to love it when I sang it to him and when I would count down from 5 to 1 and throw him up in the air, he used to smile and giggle so much and it melted my heart every time, he still loves it!

I did my research on google and Pinterest and found loads of images of space themed bedrooms but they were all quite dark and aimed a lot at older kids. Then I remembered that when israel was born, he had a Moses basket bought for him from Mothercare which had the space theme and it was a lovely light blue colour; that’s when I decided to buy all the wall stickers, bed sheets, covers, and space rocket wall lamp from that range called the ‘space dreamer.’

I wanted it all to match as well, so it made sense to get everything from the same range and when everything was up, it looked so amazing, I felt so proud of my vision lol. There’s just one thing missing from his wall which I haven’t yet been able to get, these are personalised wall stickers with his name on. I’m torn between getting wooden letters or just wall stickers at the moment which is why I haven’t yet got them. I’m also trying to find something that will match the colours of the entire room, I chose the colours light baby blue and dark blue because his room has a divided wall.

My absolute, absolute favourite part of Israel’s room has to be his reading corner! This was another idea I saw on Pinterest, using spice racks from Ikea as book shelves. I’ve always made an effort to read to Israel since he was born so it’s no surprise he loves books now but I want this to be something he grows up to continue loving and have access to. And what a perfect corner to have the perfect reading area!

As I said before, I did these with Ikea spice racks, which come in plain wood so I had to paint them white then had them put up on the wall, and it was so much cheaper than buying actual book racks. Painting them didn’t take long either, it was definitely worth it. Israel knows when it’s bedtime now so after his bath he goes over to his bookshelf and starts pointing at which book he wants to read!

I got Izzy’s space rug from Amazon (I think) or a website called ‘the rug shop’ I really can’t remember for the life of me, and I think that’s because I looked at so many different ones before I made my decision to get this one and I had to buy so many other bits for the flat. It’s a lovely soft rug and he likes to sit on it when he occasionally plays in his room, I love the bright colours and how simplistic it is. His curtains are definitely from Amazon, however, they’re a lovely grey colour with silver stars, I didn’t want it to be blue as well (would’ve been too much blue overload lol) His lamp shade is also grey with stars on which I think just adds to the theme perfectly.

You’re probably thinking, but why is your kids bedroom your favourite room?! I love this bedroom the most because of all the hard work I put in, the whole thought process of how I got to our chosen theme, making sure I stuck to my vision of how I wanted it to look and I like that he can go in and access everything himself, he’s got little pull out fabric drawers with his little toys in them, the bigger toys are in the living room in a separate toy box, I’ve tried to make sure his toys are at his reach so he can facilitate his own play. I love that I’ve made the room personal for Izzy, with pictures of him and us together, I do want to put more pictures up but I’m again, still trying to figure out how I’m going to do that. And one last thing; he said his first word in his bedroom, while looking at the stars on the wall after bath time he pointed at one and said, ‘star,’ it was just such a beautiful moment and now whenever he sees a star, he says, ‘star!’

I love everything about Izzy’s bedroom and I just hope he grows to love it as much as I do!

Hannah x

A prayer for my One-year-old

I’ve been racking my brain for a while now, trying to figure out what to do for Israel’s one year update. He turned one a while ago and I still hadn’t blogged about it lol. It was between the regular update, on how he’s developing or I was going to write a letter, as I’ve seen a couple other blogger mums do. But each time I sat down to write something, nothing would come. It’s funny because, there’s so much I could put in a letter and even more I could write about his development but literally every time I went to write, I just couldn’t put my words down. Until today where I’ve just gotten this idea to just write a prayer for him, I pray for Israel all the time, I’ve done it since before he was even born. It’s something that’s very important to me. Obviously I’m not perfect and I do forget to pray sometimes which is exactly why when I do remember it’s so important to me.

As a Christian, I’ve grown up with a very prayerful family, and my Mum’s always prayed for me growing up and she still does till this day, and I believe a lot of the time when I forget to pray for myself it’s her prayers that keep the blessings and protection of God coming. God hears our prayers, he really, really hears a Mother’s prayers for her child, but not only that, a prayer is like a positive affirmation to your child, it reminds them how special they are and tells them all the hopes and dreams you have for them.

A prayer for my one-year-old…

Israel you are one year old now. A year that has been a blessing beyond doubt. I prayed for you before you were born and I continue to pray for you because that is the only way I know that God who has watched over me all my life will also watch over you for all the years to come. He has kept me and guided me and I pray He does the same for you.

You are truly a blessing, and I pray that you always remember that.

You are a born leader, and I pray that you’ll always be just that.

You are loved, and I pray that love radiates from you.

You are a special gift from God and I pray that you remember that too.

Israel, I pray you will be just as powerful as your name but remain humble, peaceful and joyful, for you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

I pray that you remain protected under the shield of the almighty, that society doesn’t reject, use or neglect you.

Although storms will come your way (and I tell ya, they will!) you will overcome them because you are strong, you are brave and there’s nothing too hard for the Lord I pray you one day will serve.

I just pray that you will always be happy.

Israel you are one! And I pray you live to see and celebrate many, many, MANY more years!

Even though he may not be able to read this right now, he’ll always be able to hear my prayers and understand them more as he gets older, and one day he will be able to read this, understand it and pray it for himself!

My prayer to my one-year-old.

Raising Israel… 9 month update!

We’ve hit another milestone and I can’t believe how fast time has gone! 9 months already?!

I’m so proud of how Israel’s developing and growing. It makes me so happy to see how far we’ve both come, there’s too much I could say about how much progress we’ve made and how far he’s come along but I’m not going to say too much, Israel’s taking over today ?

If Israel could talk, this is what he’d tell you about his development so far and everything he loves!

I’m nine months now and I am becoming so active! I can’t crawl just yet but I am trying really really hard, when I go on my hands and knees, I try to move so I know I’ll get there soon! I also love standing while holding onto something.

I am teething now! Still have no teeth just yet but my gums have been really sore and I want to put everything in my mouth! Mummy’s got me loads of different teethers to try but they just won’t do! I’d rather eat everything else.

I’ve just started drinking my formula milk from a beaker, mummy tried giving it to me in a bottle but, yuck, I don’t like those, so she was so excited when I finally drank from my sippy cup. I’m getting used to drinking formula milk now BUT I’m still breastfeeding, mostly at night (obviously haha)

My favourite things are: My dummy, my bedtime blankie, the wooden spoon for cooking, my keyboard and my shape sorter

I love: dancing every time music comes on, listening to stories, eating from everybody else’s plate and being tickled!

My favourite songs are: round the garden, zoom, zoom, zoom! and twinkle, twinkle little star

My favourite tv show is: Baby Jake on cbeebies, I also like In the night garden sometimes

My favourite foods are: I’ve been really picky with my food lately but I like eating chicken, rice pudding, cerelac and anything sweet!

I cant wait to do so many more fantastic things and tell you all about it!

I am just the proudest mum ever of this little boy, I’ve gone back to work full time and it has been so hard being away from him, I miss him so much everyday and wish I could be with him every minute of the day! I come home from work some days and he’s doing something new, it’s just so amazing and I’ve been thinking recently, I wish I could be a stay at home mum (I never thought I’d say this LOL) but it’s just not possible right now, there are bills to be paid and a brand new flat to furnish (exciting stuff, but we’ll talk more about that later!)

Anyway, this is where Israel’s at right now, I really enjoyed writing this in his voice, because he won’t remember any of this, it’ll be really nice to look back on when he’s older and it did make me wonder if he’ll love writing as much as I do. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this young King.

Until next time x

Our weaning journey

It’s been just over a month now since we started weaning and I’m having so much fun doing it! I mean, there have been some absolute fails in terms of what Israel just won’t eat but I thought it would be nice to write up a little bit on his likes and dislikes. Professionals say to wait 6 months before weaning your baby but I started a little earlier with super smooth purees to see what Israel would like.

We’re now on three meals a day, *yaay!* and with the help of the baby nutri bullet which we got as a gift, I’ve been able to make Israel’s lunches from scratch! With just a few ingredients and a freezer, we’re set for a week of ready made meals!

Breakfast likes:

Organix banana and mango porridge (made with aptamil follow on formula milk)

Ella’s kitchen Banana baby brekkie (his absolute fave!)

Breakfast fails:

Cow and Gate fruity porridge (he really didn’t like this and to be fair it did give him a rash around his mouth every time he ate it, and made him heave a fair bit, so in the end I thought he might be allergic to something in the porridge mix, so we left that one alone.)

Lunch:

Israel loves lunchtime! It’s so funny how he opens his little mouth so wide when he sees his spoon coming his way. He eats everything I make him and when we’re on the go, he also enjoys Ella’s kitchen mac and cheese and cheesy veg pie.

What I’ve made from scratch so far:

1. Sweet potato, chicken & carrots purée

2. Peas and pears purée

3. Sweet potato, lamb mince & broccoli purée

4. Apples, spinach & broccoli purée

All I did with these ingredients was peel, chop and steam (added half a knorr Maggie cube for flavour to the meats) then blended them together with the baby nutri bullet and froze them in small portions using the soft silicone portion trays. He loved all of these and I found them really filling, it’s also a bonus knowing exactly what he’s eating without all the added preservatives and extra ingredients.

Dinner:

We struggled a fair bit with dinner, I wanted him to have cerelac, rice pudding, baby rice, all that kind of stuff, so he’s full for bedtime but at first he didn’t like cerelac (wheat with milk flavour) or rice pudding so it was a battle, especially now he’s mastered the art of storing everything in his mouth then spitting it out. *sigh*I just continued giving him small portions every other day and now I’d say we’re getting there, he’s eating a lot more of each of them (even though it does take a while.) Sometimes I let him have a fruit mix, which he loves or something like the pears and peas mix I made from scratch. It’s fair to say Israel is a tiny baby, but he loves his food!

I will not lie to you, going from just breastfeeding 24/7 to actually having to time when he needs to be fed solids, getting the food ready, getting him ready (bib on, sat in high chair, sippy cup on the side) AND still breastfeeding in between meals hasn’t been a walk in the park. I feel like the real hard work has now begun! But I’m getting used to it, the same way I have to feed myself, he needs to be fed right? Plus he’s growing everyday and he needs those important nutrients. There are so many guides to weaning, how it should/shouldn’t be done, when’s the right time to start etc. but ultimately, as parents we know our children more than anyone and I’ve just gone with the flow throughout this period and it’s worked for us, obviously if I had any concerns about his weight or anything I’d speak to my health visitor, but so far so good!

I’m going to start trying to give him finger foods now, not sure how that’s gonna go down especially because of the inevitable mess that will be made, but I really really just want this to be an enjoyable journey for both of us, he loves being super independent so this should be interesting!

If anyone’s currently weaning or has done before and/or makes meals from scratch too, I’d love to hear about some of the meals your baby loved, maybe we could try some!

Raising Israel… 6 month update

My little man is 6 months and I literally cannot believe it. Time’s gone so fast and he’s grown so much! In just another 6 months he’ll be a whole year old. So I’ve decided to do a little update on how things have been, focussing mostly on how this little champ is developing…

Let’s talk milestones:

Weaning;

We started weaning a little earlier than six months, just to test the waters and see what he’d like. So far, he’s eating 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner, and still has breastmilk in between, he’s not too keen on breakfast but chows down his dinner (he loves the Ella’s kitchen purees) which is great for me, because that means he’s full before bed and will sleep better. I’ve started giving him baby biscuits (Farleys Rusks) to chew on but they usually just get moved and squashed between his hands, I think adult led weaning works for the both of us to be honest.

Mobility;

Sitting up independently? Yes, well just about lol. He’s still a little wobbly at times but he can definitely sit up on his own for a period of time with me on standby just in case he decides he wants to lie down or slide to the side. Hand eye coordination? Israel is definitely using his hands loads more now, one day we woke up and he just started grabbing everything in sight! I definitely was not prepared for this lol but I love how mobile he is now, he’s learning to shake his rattles purposely and kicks his legs freely when lying down (oh, and grab my phone out of my hand!) and put everything straight into his mouth! He also follows sounds and movement very well, he’s so alert and he’s actually been that way since he was born lol.

One thing he’s not a fan of is tummy time, lol he literally lasts a minute then starts whining, but that’s something that we’ll keep working on ??

Talking;

Talking?! Lol yes, that’s what I like to call it when he babbles, and he babbles LOADS! When I read up about which milestones a baby should be hitting at 5 months and I saw ‘your child might start making sounds like ‘dada’ and ‘mama’ ‘ I literally laughed, thinking, how?! but lo and behold Israel makes so many sounds now, babbling is his favourite thing to do and I just love the sound of his little voice. I’ve caught him so many times trying to imitate me and others when making sounds or talking. The other day, I roared and he roared back! I couldn’t believe it, so I did it again and he did it back! Ahh it was such a proud mummy moment!

This past 6 months have been such a blessing, he’s developed so much, he’s happy, he’s healthy and such a playful, funny little boy and you can really see his personality coming through now. I’m so proud to be his mummy and couldn’t be more thankful to God for giving me this opportunity. I’m so looking forward to the many more years of raising my King Israel.

10 things I’ve learnt in the first 3 months

The first thing I get asked when seeing someone for the first time since having a baby, be it family or friends is ‘how’s motherhood?’ My answer is usually, ‘it’s alright, I’m actually enjoying it so far.’ And that’s exactly how I feel.

Becoming a mother has been a great learning experience for me, 3 months in I can honestly say I’ve learnt a lot about myself and my baby, enjoying it all the while. I’ve also had an insight into what it must have been like for all the mothers in my life. As we’ve hit a milestone age (Yay!) I’ve decided to list just 10 of some of the funny, silly little things I’ve either spoken about with other people or the more thought about, lovely things that happen in a mothers life:

1. Babies grow so fast, one minute they’re sleeping literally all day, next thing you know, they’re staying up longer during the day, playing, ‘talking’ and attempting to roll over.

2. It’s very possible for ones body to adjust to a very broken sleeping pattern, with waking up every couple of hours at night to feed and change nappies.

3. There are so many places e.g. Shopping centres, train stations, shops etc. with mum and baby areas for breastfeeding! (I literally had no idea that soo many places have large spaces in changing rooms with a chair in the corner and heating where you can just sit and feed your baby comfortably in peace lool)

4. Baby poo doesn’t smell in the first few months. I don’t know if this is a thing that people usually know, but I genuinely didn’t lol

5. Explosive poos are a thing, the all over the back, pouring out of nappies kind. They. will. happen.

6. It takes like triple the time I usually take to get ready for a day out with baby on hand. As well as getting myself ready, OBVIOUSLY Hannah there’s another human you have to clean, dress up, feed, pack a bag for, probably change one more time before leaving the house etc etc etc

7. Packing a baby bag, is long. But spare clothes are ESSENTIAL. Im talking, 2-3 spare sets of clothes, and the other bits, nappies, wipes, nappy cream, Muslin cloth, bib… oh the list does go on.

8. There’s no need to continuously buy clothes for a baby, they get so many as gifts and they grow out of them so fast! Some things will literally get worn once, if that!

9. It honestly does take a village to raise a child. Thank God for family and friends who are always willing to give a helping hand.

And last but not least, this is definitely something that i think about a lot, number 10,
10. It is possible to love someone so much that you want to do everything for them, to be the best for them and to raise them in the best way imaginable.

So there you have it. 10 isn’t even a big enough number to actually explain how much I’ve learnt but if I was to discuss EVERYTHING… you’d be reading an essay right now. I could sit here and write for hours and hours about how lovely it is learning about this whole new personality of a tiny little being that I created and how amazing it is that I feel like a changed person in myself but there are plenty more posts for that…

Stay tuned 😉

Hannah xoxo