Oliver’s 8 Month Update

Hi everyone,

Oliver turned 8 months last week so I thought it was time I did another update on how he is getting on.

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Oliver is still on 3 meals a day and 4 bottles a day. He is definitely more interested in food now though that his milk and some days he will only have 3 bottles. His bottles are 6oz as he doesn’t seem to ever drink any more than this and according to the back of the milk box him having 4 x 6oz bottles is enough for his age.
The main thing that he eats is 7 months baby jars and I just tend to get any that are on offer. He also has the baby porridge again whatever is on offer. If we are having something for our tea that I think he can have (I know he can eat most things now!) then he will join in with us. This is usually things like tuna pasta and spaghetti Bolognese. I really do need to up my game on his food but I am a rubbish cook!

As for naps he is still have 2, 1-2 hour naps a day but now it is back to school time his afternoon nap is sometimes cut short as we have to go and pick up his brother and sister. He is going to bed at 6:00-6:30 and is mainly sleeping through but some night recently he has been waking around 9pm, I think this is because he has a cold and cough so hopefully once this has passed he will stop doing this.

Development wise he is still rolling all over and sitting totally unaided now, he has also started to lean right forward when he is sat up and he then end up on his front laid down. He is not able to get from laid down to sat up yet thought but I fully expect in the next few weeks to walk into his bedroom one morning to find him sat up in there!

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As he loves noisy toys I decided to take him along to a local Music Bugs class. I really enjoyed it and think once he has been a few times Oliver will love it too. He really enjoyed the end part of the class when there was a bubble machine on and lots of different objects for him to see and touch. I am also going to start taking him swimming every week so that on the 2 days I have off work I will be doing something for just him as it feels at the moment he is just carted around doing what everyone else is doing and nothing is for him.
He now has 7 teeth. 3 at the bottom and 4 at the top. And just yesterday he started to mama which is so so cute, all though he does tend to do this when he is grumpy.

I also filmed a video for my YouTube channel which you can check out here:

Thank you for reading.

Hannah x

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Couch to 10k Update.. I signed up for a race!

Hi everyone,

Its been a while now since I have done an update on my couch to 10k journey so I thought I would take some time to let you all know where I am at.

Due to the summer holidays and me and my running buddy having holidays most of the way through we have not made a lot of progress for the past few months but we have fitted in a 5k run here and there as much as we could.

Now the summer holidays are over we are back on plan and are currently on Week 10 day 1. This involves a 5 minute warm up walk, 3 x 15 minute runs with a 1 minute gap in between each run then a 5 minute cool down walk.

I think the race has given us the motivation to carry on pushing to get to 10k as we are now able to comfortably run 5k which is great seen as I had gone back down to not being able to run at all after having Oliver.

That is all there is to update you with right now, I will update you again in 4 weeks when I should be running 10k and getting ready for my first race!

If you are interested in the app we use, which is the Zen Labs Fitness app please click here to download from iTunes, or here for Google Play.

Have you ever used this app or a different program for running? I would love to hear about your fitness journeys.

Thank you for reading

Hannah x

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Oliver’s 7 month update

So Oliver turned 7 months old last week so I thought it was time I did an update on how he is doing.

Oliver is now on 3 meals a day and 4 bottles a day and his usual routine for this is.

6:30am-7:00am He will wake up and have a bowl of baby porridge and a 6oz bottle.

10:30-11:00am He will have a 6oz bottle.

12:00-12:30pm is lunch time and he will have a 7 month jar and a baby fruity pot.

3:00pm ish is usually another 6oz bottle.

5:00-5:30pm tea time. This is the same as lunch a 7 month jar and baby fruity pot all though some nights I will give him what we are having such as spaghetti bolognaise etc.

6:30-7:00pm last bottle of the night another 6oz one.

I will do a more in depth weaning post to let you know what food we are using but it is still pretty similar to when we starting weaning. You can check that post out here.

Oliver is now having 2-3 naps a day, mostly 2. These are usually around 9:30 for 1-2 hours and then in the afternoon about 1:00pm for 1-2 hours as well but this depends on if we are at home as he will not nap for longer than 30 minutes in his pushchair! 

As for bedtime and wake up time he tends to go to bed around 6:30-7:00pm after his last bottle and then will usually go all night and wake up at around 6:30 in the morning.

Development wise he is now rolling and it using this as a way to get around, he just rolls over and over until he gets where he wants to be. In the last few days when he is laid on his front he has started to try to lift his knees up into a crawling position. He also likes to stand up now when you hold him up and often gets frustrated with you if you just sit him on your knee when he would rather stand up.

He is also sitting up now and can sit mainly by himself for a good while unless he isn’t concentrating then he will fall.

Oliver loves noisy toys and has a few rattles that he shakes around and bangs on things to make as much noice as possible and he also likes something he can have a good chomp on. 
He now has 6 teeth. The 2 at the bottom are totally through and then the 4 at the top started to make their appearance all together about 2 weeks ago so there is no wonder he has enjoyed toys that he can chomp on. 

Oliver has now started to babble and is making lots of different sounds but I cannot make out anything that really sounds like his first word yet.

I need to take him to my local children’s centre as I haven’t had him weighted for a good few months so I will update you on his weight next month.

I think I have included everything that has been going on this month with Oliver and I will update you again next month.

Thank you for reading.

Hannah x

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Maternity Leave. My Regrets

I have just realised I only have 6 weeks left of maternity leave and it has made me realise i feel I have totally wasted the time I have had off work!

I had all these plans to go to baby groups such as baby massage, swimming and music bugs and I have done nothing. We tried out baby massage and he didn’t seem that keen to be honest but the others i haven’t even given them a try.

I am determined to make these last 6 weeks count and to also make the 2 days I will have with him a week count! I have found a music bugs session and a swimming session that we can attend so I will be booking onto these and i just also want to get out for walks with him more and play with him more (this goes for my big 2 as well, after school and at weekends) 
I am also so worried about going back to work and taking Oliver to nursery. When I went back to work after Freddie my mum had him for 2 days and Gareth for the other day so I had no worries and I also went back to doing the same job I left. 

With Isla I had no choice but to put them both in nursery and again I went back to the same job but this time I just don’t want to go back. 

This is the first time I have thought I want to be a stay at home mum but it just can’t happen due to our finances which I am so sad about. I have never felt like this before, i have looked forward to returning to work and having adult interaction.

I dont know if it’s the fact that Oliver may well be the last or that I am going back to a different job but over the last week I have felt more and more sad about him going to nursery while I’m at work 3 days a week but unfortunately for now it has to be done.

Im sorry for another post like this but I feel better getting my thought down on my blog!
Has anyone else felt like this about returning to work? How did you deal with it?

Thank you for reading

Hannah x

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Am I Socially Awkward?

So I think I am totally socially awkward… I hate being in new situations and whenever I meet someone for the first time I never know what to say. I can’t start conversations with people i don’t know and I always forget to ask people about themselves and just end up telling people about me or always coming back to stuff about me as i know how to talk about that! I know that I come across rude being like this but I don’t know how to change…
At work I seem to get away with it a little better. I can sort people out and deal with what they need but again ask me to start a conversation with a customer about anything other than work and I just can’t do it.

When I have left the people I have been talking to i always fret for hours after about how I only talked about me etc etc even though the other person probably hasn’t given me a second thought.

I have felt this way for years so I thought i would get it out there any see it anyone has any advise to help with this?

When I have known people for a while and see them quite regularly then I am absolutely fine.

Because of all this I am currently thinking I won’t be able to ever attend any blogging events which is really sad as I would love to learn new things and meet bloggers too!

If you have read this far thank you for reading my random ramblings and I’m sure my next post will be more positive

Hannah xx

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Asda Weekly Grocery Haul For Our Family of 5

Hi everyone,

Here is my weekly shopping grocery haul from Asda for our family of 5.

I am going to be uploading this video every week for anyone that is interested.

Thank you for reading/watching

Hannah x