Tate's milestones

11 months and counting…

Oh my… One more month today and my little Tate will be a whole year old, I’m telling you it’s been the quickest year EVER!

Tate is a little bundle of energy, always on the move, he likes to touch anything and everything in his path, but most of all he loves music, he will stop in his tracks and just bop up and down to the beat! His favorite toys are his Dad’s work laptop and guitar, he always makes a beeline straight to them if he sees them!

On the subject of walking, it’s not happened yet, which makes Dom still the reigning champion walker of my children, 10 months old and walking, crazy really! Believe me I’m in no rush for Tate to walk, but he is standing much more and I noticed yesterday just how much he is walking around the sofa, so I think walking unaided won’t be long… Slow down little boy!

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Tate is a creature of habit, every night he wakes about 1.30 to 2am, then again at 4am, the earlier wake up period leads to being nursed in bed and then I fall asleep and wake up with a very content baby boy on my pillow next to me… Oh well at least I have a gorgeous face sharing my pillow, it’s not all bad!

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Tate loves to play with Florrie, they are fast becoming the terrible twosome, I have been lucky really as Florence is a great big sister, although from time to time I see a little jealousy, but is think that is only natural, and I always try to make sure I cuddle my very tactile cuddly Florrie!

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Tate is finally showing some interest in eating food, it is only tiny amounts and usually from my plate, but it’s a start, he always shows interest when I’m eating so I totally always offer him food from my plate… Last night he ate two pieces of avocado, he pulled a yucky face, but he did eat them, he also ate some black olives from my lunch, again his face was a picture but he ate them! I am still breastfeeding him when ever he wants to and will continue until he tells me he wants to stop, I believe in self weaning, so this is the way I’ve always been with nursing my children!

At his last checkup, only last week, Tate weighed 20lbs 4ozs, his weight has slowed down, he had his HIB vaccine, I believe in one vaccine at a time, I do not like to overload their system, so now I am faced with the MMR dilemma again, with measles on the rise again, I am not sure how to deal with this… In the US you can no longer get single vaccines for these three diseases… I am maddened by the governments decision on this, although I believe in vaccinating your children, I like to have the choice of one vaccine at a time and on my schedule… So what shall I do? that is the big question at the moment!

This has been a crazy 11 months for us, Tate is definitely a gorgeous little brother for each of his siblings, like Florrie everyone absolutely adores him in every way… Each one of them are secretly hoping he will say their name first… Me, well I just want time to slow down just a little bit, keep my babies, babies for just a little bit longer, all of my other children all grew up way too fast, in my opinion, including Blu and Mabel, who all of a sudden look so grown up to me, it’s crazy!

Happy 11 months little boy!

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Irrational thoughts…

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I think my hormones are changing, I’m getting ready to give birth… Isn’t it funny how emotional you feel as your body begins that change into motherhood again, I could cry all the time, and when I say all the time, I really mean it! My head is racing with irrational thoughts, I look around at our family as it stands right now and think to myself ‘am I really crazy, do we not have enough chaos in our lives right now?’ The thing I worry about the most is my little Florence, how she will cope with all of this… I know I have done this many, many times before, but I really feel Florrie is different, you see she is the youngest in a family of grown ups and almost grown up siblings, she is the absolute apple of each and every brother and of course sister, rone minute she is a complete Mommy’s girl, then the next she is kissing and cuddling her Daddy! Everyone absolutely dotes on her 100% of the time! there is always someone around to cater to her every need… To see her 27 year old brother sitting on the floor letting her brush his hair and put bows in it, is remarkable and extremely touching… So you see, she really is the princess in this large family!

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I’m not sure if you all know, but my little girl still sleeps in our bed every night, although she loves tucking into her Mom and Dad, sometimes I think it is like a security blanket for me, I know where she is of a night, if she wakes up I am there to cuddle her without getting out of bed, and although hugely pregnant and running out of space in our bed, I love her warm breath touching my face… But it is time to move on, so a trip to Ikea yesterday saw us with a new bed frame, mattress and bedding for my little girls newly decorated room, she is very excited about her big girls bed like Mabel, but I have to say I am nervous, maybe it’s those hormones again, but it makes me want to cry, how will she cope with being a big sister and a new bed, even as I type I feel my eyes welling up with love and worry for this little girl, suddenly she not only has to share her Mommy but also her new room… I know irrationality has set in and I am being a crazy pregnant lady… Who knew I was this crazy,I normally give an air of such calmness… I wish!

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The most frustrating thing this pregnancy is the nesting instinct, it’s here, but I ache so much that I have all these ideas Of what I want done before this little man arrives, but my poor old body is saying 8 children is too many to carry… Bending is hard, walking is hard and energy levels are low, so I am trying to get a few things done, but in all honesty I am just too exhausted! Moaning aside, I realize that we are very lucky to have what we have in this life, so although my emotions are crazy and my body is old and achey… I am one very lucky Mum, to have been so lucky to have my wonderful family (at times… Ha, ha)… No matter what anyone else thinks 8 children maybe crazy, but we are the family we are, and life is never boring, that is for sure!

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