Later this week my baby girl turns two. Two! How did this happen? Where has that time gone?!
I look back on the past two years and realise how I have done things so differently this time round. In some ways, it almost feels like I have been I have been treading this path of motherhood for the first time again.
With my older girls, I was back to work within six to 12 months of them being born. They went to daycare and completed their preschool years in this setting before heading into primary school. But with my baby girl, I have been a full time stay at home mum needing to discover play groups and considering when might be the best age to start her at three-year-old kinder.
I haven’t rushed into swimming lessons and other activities like I did with my older girls. I’m just letting time be, enjoying what is going on around us, enjoying these moments … because as corny and cliché as it sounds, time really does go by so very fast. Just the idea of my youngest turning two makes me realise just how fast!
One area I really did do differently this time round was how I started feeding Miss 1 solids when she was old enough.
Sleep hasn’t been my friend for many years now.
As day rolled into night, I used to be struck by a moment of fear as I wondered how many times I would be woken that evening? How many hours of sleep would (or wouldn’t) I get? Surely there was something I could do, something I could change to help my children sleep through the night? What was I doing wrong?
I have previously written about my struggles with getting my children to sleep in their own beds at night. You will see from that post that we have tried a lot of different sleep inducing techniques over the years … and I mean A LOT. But looking back on it all now I really wonder about the time I spent trying to ‘fix’ something that I ultimately didn’t have much control over.
In conjunction with Organix
Starting your baby on solids can bring with it a whole lot of questions – when to start, what to feed, how much.
Even after having my third baby I had the same questions and I had to resort looking back through past baby food recipe books for some answers.
In the end, after successful attempts with some baby rice cereal and some homemade fruit and vegetable purees around six months of age, I kind of fell into baby led weaning with Miss 1. At the time, I didn’t really know this was even an actual ‘thing’. It was something I just started to do because in the craziness of a school morning it was easier for bubs to snack on some finger foods rather than be spoon fed. She would quite happily sit in her highchair and suck on a toast finger or some pieces of fruit while I made school lunches and got breakfast ready for the rest of the family.
While I generally like to make a lot of my girl’s snacks, it’s still really helpful to have some pre-made options ready to go in the fridge or pantry for when time is short or you need to leave the house in a hurry.
Miss 1 and I were recently given the opportunity to give some Organix baby food a try, including their fruit pots and baby biscuits.