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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Tate's milestones

Tate…

Tate was 10 months old on Monday… I know mind blowing, 10 months already! This child is a whirlwind, he is a speedy crawler and has his mind set on getting into anything that does not look like a toy, he loves cell phones, DVR’s, remote controls and just anything that looks techy?

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He still doesn’t like food, I’ve tried puréed foods, whole chunks of food, but nothing takes his fancy… He grabs for anything I may be eating and mimics my chewing actions, but he just doesn’t want to eat anything himself… I’m really not worried it will come eventually, for now he just loves to nurse, and he’s a chunky little monkey so obviously my milk is still good for him!

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His new thing this month is his ability to nod his head and say no, he loves doing it and smiles so widely as he is so pleased with himself. He loves to clap hands and he has discovered he can open doors, he is addicted to doors when he can get near them!

After the great start he had with sleeping, he is now at 10 months a very light sleeper, this kid will wake himself right up from a deep sleep at the sound of anything! I can just about manage to get him in his own bed for about 2 to 3 hours per night, then he’s awake, I put him into my bed then I fall asleep with him, not ideal, but I really need my sleep and I’ll get it any way I can!

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Being a new parent with both Florrie and Tate has taught me to cherish every precious moment, as a parent of children in their twenties and teens, I can tell you they grow up way too fast, don’t focus on the negatives of parenting little ones, just enjoy each and every positive they bring into your life… Some people don’t know how I can have 8 children, and cope, to that question I will just say, I’ve learnt that life is short and that having 8 children is a blessing in so many ways, it’s crazy, but this is my life and I can honestly say I love them all to the moon and back again!

Now back to my little Tate, Tate… He is all boy and I am totally in love with his cute little smile… I’ve told him that although he loves standing he is not allowed to walk too soon… He’s my baby and I’m not ready to leave this baby stage too soon!

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Tate's milestones

Tate is 6 months old today!

I cannot believe this little boy is 6 months old already… It’s crazy how quickly each month has flown by!

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Each and every day is pure joy having this little boy in our lives… We wake up every day to his cute little chatter from his crib, then the biggest smile appears as he pushes up and we see his gorgeous face… That is my happy place right there!

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He is my chunky little monkey, at his late 5 month checkup on August 25th he weighed 17lbs 1oz, he had his HIB vaccine, I’m very strict about only having one vaccine at a time, I do not believe we should pump our bodies with an over load of vaccines!

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He is still exclusively breast fed, but that is about to change this month as we head into baby led weaning! He is exclusively cloth diapered these days too, something we have gradually edged into and we are now in a routine with washing and drying, it’s easy once you know what you are doing!

The big milestone for Tate this month has been his fine motor skills, the use of his hands has dramatically changed, he now has more control and is touching everything he can reach, he is clumsy but you can see his hand skills improving every day! He loves to grab hair, touch toys and scratch my face! He can sit on his own for a very short time, he is wobbly but he can do it, he loves to roll around the floor, but hates it when he backs into a wall and is stuck!

His sleep pattern has changed a little, he needs two naps a day, morning and afternoon and he is grumpy by the evening if he doesn’t get them! He loves sleeping in his crib/cot the best. He has started to settle earlier in the evening around 7.30/8pm, which is lovely for me to get a couple of hours to myself but it does mean he wakes at about 3am, I’m not moaning because he usually nurses the goes back into bed asleep until about 6.30am, when our alarm wakes him!

He really is a gorgeous baby boy, happy, contented and very easy going… Fingers crossed this continues, as with Florrie things changed at this age, so I guess we will just have to wait and see… But for now I will make the most of each and every minute of his little baby time!

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To BBQ or not to BBQ… That is the question?

I have decided that change of seasons means changing up my menu plan, and I am not so good at doing that… After a long hard winter of cooking casseroles and hardy soups, it’s time to crack out that BBQ, throw together salads and think about side dishes for your burgers… Easy, peasy you would think, not for me though, I struggle with change in any situation, but thinking about cooking is even more difficult, my mind goes completely blank!

So this is how far I have got this week with menu planning and grocery shopping…
Burgers
Sausages
Risotto
Some kind of chicken dish
Lots of salad
A pasta bake of some kind

Pathetic really, but my mind is totally blank to what we normally cook when Spring arrives!

Of course breastfeeding a newborn restricts my choices, no tomatoes or onions, in fact absolutely no gas producing veggies at all, so that rules out favorites like kale and broccoli, not that my children are too upset about those being on the menu, but I am missing them!

My reduced dairy diet has been good for me, I had a non fat milk drink in Starbucks yesterday and it seemed to have had no affect on Tate, but I think for me a low dairy intake diet seems to have improved my digestive system, so this will be something that I will keep ongoing, I’m not saying no dairy just reducing my intake, hopefully this will keep the IBS at bay!

Now to try the gluten reduced diet, one diet at a time to see what helps me feel better! I have kind of reduced my gluten intake anyway… I always buy Trader Joes gluten free oatmeal and pasta now, of course things like rice and quinoa are naturally gluten free, but this week I actually looked for gluten free foods, cereals and flours, I was very surprised how easy it was to find lots of dairy and gluten free foods and how well they were priced!

After spending the afternoon cleaning the BBQ, of course when I say this I do mean Paul spent the afternoon cleaning our BBQ, it was time to light it up and cook the first outdoor grilled meal of the year… Yay, Spring is here! The weather was beautiful yesterday, 70f, sunny and just purely wonderful after a very long and very cold winter… Of course I did not get any photos as I had to take a nap, feeling very tired with waking every two hours throughout the night, but I did wake up just as the food was finished cooking!

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Here is the link for this recipe… Very easy gluten free waffles

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A thirst for knowledge…

Being a new Mom again in my forties, makes me realize how much I’ve grown as a person, I realize how much more knowledge I have about myself, my body and my mind! When I first began breastfeeding 14 years ago I was totally green, I didn’t realize the things I did and ate could affect my newborn child… I blindly learnt to nourish my now teenage boy, did it do him any harm? I would say not, but as a newborn maybe he suffered the pain of gas in his newly developing tummy… This is something we will never know!

Now in this age of the internet, where our thirst for knowledge is answered almost immediately, we can learn about all sorts of things… Our bodies, the way we look after them and the best foods to eat to protect them! Sleep deprivation can be one of those things that drive us to question our diets and what we can do to prevent our tiny babies and their tender tummies from aching!

With all this in mind, I am setting out to try to reduce my gluten and dairy intake. The gluten is a personal thing, due to flare ups of irritable bowel syndrome, I don’t want to be completely obsessed with cutting out gluten, just try to reduce my intake where I can! I honestly believe my huge intake of dairy is affecting my baby boy, I didn’t realize how many things I consume contain dairy… My beloved Starbucks coffees, the cream cheese bagel I ate for lunch, the list goes on… So here is what I’ve done so far, I have replaced the non fat milk in my Starbucks drinks to soy milk, not actually as bad as I thought, at home I bought lactaid milk and low lactose cheese, I have even treated myself to a dairy free chocolate ice cream… Actually I was surprised how good this was and not too badly priced either! So far so good, I actually got a whole 3 hours sleep last night, which I haven’t had for a while and the red spots on my baby boys face seem to be fading a little bit… Of course all of this could be coincidence, but it’s worth trying!

As for the gluten, that is a work in progress, I’ve been researching making my own gluten free flour to replace all purpose flour in recipes, I have also been looking at where I can buy cheaper flours online to reduce the cost! I was surprised in the grocery store when I actually looked for gluten free items, how many of our day to day purchases were now gluten free and also a good price, a lot were on weekly special prices, making a diet change not only a lot easier than I thought but a lot cheaper too!

It’s hard in a large family to concentrate on a full diet change, so I’m aiming to just reduce my gluten intake, go dairy free for about a week and see if it helps my little boy… But of course we are what we eat so healthy eating continues with lots of salads, fruit and all things healthy and delicious… Not sure my older children love it… But that’s just how I roll these days!

Just incase anyone wants to try a gluten free diet I found a couple of links to help you get started…
Olive Garden style garlic breadsticks – gluten free
Gluten free all purpose flour blend
Classic gluten free waffles
Lemon, blueberry waffles – gluten free

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All things Florrie…

Florrie was 20 months on January 18th… All I have to say is wow where did that time go to? She had a check up yesterday at her pediatricians office, she weighed just over 21 lbs with her diaper on and is right on track developmentally for her age… Yay Florrie! She really is developing into such a cute little person, her vocabulary is improving by the day with words like and/hand, no/snow and tees/trees, she understands everything you say to her and will complete all tasks she is asked to do happily! She is very bossy just like her older sister, but in her defense she does have a house of doting siblings running around after her, so she constantly has attention from all angles as she is the apple of everyone’s eye in our house!

Food is a big issue, she is not the best eater, but her doctor did not seem concerned… She will eat anything off of mine or Paul’s plate, the spicier the better but she will just not eat out of her own bowl, her doctor thought this was very cute, but my thoughts are not so cute when you are trying to eat your dinner! I am still breastfeeding her, which she absolutely loves, now I realize this may be an issue for some people but I personally am a firm believer she will wean when she is ready, I did this with both Blu and Mabel and they both stopped at different times, Blu was 15 months and Mabel was nearer 3, both were very discrete and only nursed for comfort… No 7 year olds lifting up my top in public, believe me this would horrify me too, just discrete time cuddling with Mommy!

On a quick side note, the weather was positively spring like in Florham Park yesterday for about an hour, we saw the sun and the temperature was 54 f… It made me very happy, but then later we were issued with flash flood warnings as the rain pelted down into the night, one good thing though it cleared all the snow and now we have grass again… I guess it’s true what they say about New Jersey, if you don’t like the weather, just stick around its sure to change pretty soon!

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All things Florrie…

Florrie was 20 months on January 18th… All I have to say is wow where did that time go to? She had a check up yesterday at her pediatricians office, she weighed just over 21 lbs with her diaper on and is right on track developmentally for her age… Yay Florrie! She really is developing into such a cute little person, her vocabulary is improving by the day with words like and/hand, no/snow and tees/trees, she understands everything you say to her and will complete all tasks she is asked to do happily! She is very bossy just like her older sister, but in her defense she does have a house of doting siblings running around after her, so she constantly has attention from all angles as she is the apple of everyone’s eye in our house!

Food is a big issue, she is not the best eater, but her doctor did not seem concerned… She will eat anything off of mine or Paul’s plate, the spicier the better but she will just not eat out of her own bowl, her doctor thought this was very cute, but my thoughts are not so cute when you are trying to eat your dinner! I am still breastfeeding her, which she absolutely loves, now I realize this may be an issue for some people but I personally am a firm believer she will wean when she is ready, I did this with both Blu and Mabel and they both stopped at different times, Blu was 15 months and Mabel was nearer 3, both were very discrete and only nursed for comfort… No 7 year olds lifting up my top in public, believe me this would horrify me too, just discrete time cuddling with Mommy!

On a quick side note, the weather was positively spring like in Florham Park yesterday for about an hour, we saw the sun and the temperature was 54 f… It made me very happy, but then later we were issued with flash flood warnings as the rain pelted down into the night, one good thing though it cleared all the snow and now we have grass again… I guess it’s true what they say about New Jersey, if you don’t like the weather, just stick around its sure to change pretty soon!

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