Over the past couple of days/ weeks I have noticed quite a few dramas and silly comments going on, on Twitter I'm not normally one to take much notice I normally just skip past silly remarks people make. However it is really starting to grate on me especially recently when I saw a horrible comment made about somebody else's parenting styles from somebody who isn't even a mum yet. Why can't people just understand that everybody has different views and styles of parenting, wouldn't it be boring it everybody bought their children up in the same way?
There are things that other parents do that I don't agree with but I don't know what goes on behind closed doors, there may be reasons behind what people do, reasons that you don't know about.

What annoys me the most is that these silly comments go on between mums about other mums aren't there enough people out there who make ridiculous comments about mums without us doing it ourselves.
I probably do lots of things other people won't agree with and do you know what, I don't really give a monkeys what people think.

Sometimes I co-sleep with Thomas I always ensure he is safe and since he was born I have been a light sleeper anyway so any movement from him and I'm awake. People say it's a bad habit to get in to but Thomas still also settles in his cot.

I've given Thomas a couple of milky buttons only about 3 in his life but as long as he has a healthy balanced diet what's wrong with him having treats in the future as long as he hasn't got a mouth full of cake everyday (which I wouldn't allow) ? I eat sweets, crisps and chocolate and I did when I was little and I'm healthy and not over weight so wouldn't I be a hypocrite if I didn't let Thomas have any when he's older?

I don't breastfeed, Thomas and I couldn't get on with it. I get that breastfeeding is better for the baby but does there need to be so much pressure put on it? I'm fed up of bottle feeding being seen as failing. I cried when I had to give up breastfeeding I felt as if I was failing at being a mum after just one week and it shouldn't be like that.

I'm a good parent, my son is healthy and happy and that is all that matters to me, as a parent I can only do what is best for my son. I'm not a perfect parent they don't exist but I am the best parent I can be for my son and I meet all of his needs. I will make mistakes because we all do you are silly if you think you won't. Being a parent is hard at times and we don't need it made harder with all these silly comments.

In the words of that girl on mean girls "Why can't we all just get along and bake a cake full of rainbows and smiles and we'd all just eat it and be happy!"

Bobux soft soles are elasticated leather shoes that actually stay on your babies feet! I don't know about you but trying to get a pair of shoes to stay on Thomas's feet is like fighting a loosing battle, half the time I don't even bother to put any shoes on as it's a pointless exercise. That was until we received these shoes from Bobux they are nice and soft so they are easy to get on. I then thought that they would be just as easy for Thomas to get them off again but he can't and they don't slip off when he is shuffling around on the floor they seriously will stay on for hours!

The shoes are made from a super soft leather which don't restrict your babies growing feet. On the soles of the shoes there is a non slip suede, I know he doesn't need that for walking yet but it is good for gripping when Thomas is trying to crawl.

Thomas has these lovely navy blue shoes with little diggers on them I have used the picture from the website as I was too eager the put the shoes on Thomas. If you have a nosey on their site www.bobux.co.uk they have hundreds of shoes in all different designs for boys and girls. I could seriously spend a fortune on that site. We were actually thinking of buying Thomas another Christmas present but I think I might buy him another pair of shoes from this site actually as I have just spotted a pair of brown shoes with a monkey on them.
Thomas has size small at the minute and they still feel quite roomy so I think I might get another pair at the same size or the next size up.

Bobux don't just do soft sole shoes, they have pram shoes which are for newborns 0-3, and then they do Step up which are for first time walkers and then they have i-walk for confident walkers.

Thomas loves his new shoes and so does Mummy. You can purchase these shoes from their website www.bobux.co.uk and the soft sole shoes are £20 which I think is fab for a pair of well made leather shoes.

I have always loved the run up to Christmas in previous years I love the run up more than Christmas Day itself. This year I am even more excited than I have ever been before as it is my first Christmas as a mummy and yes I know Thomas hasn't got a clue what is going on, you don't to keep telling me that I do know.

Costa Christmas Flavours - I had my first praline & cream and it was lush.

Starbucks Red Cups - Tried Toffee Nut latte and it was so yummy even my dad love it. I must buy the syrup.

Funny festive photos.

Unimpressed cutie

Thomas's very first Christmas card and a special key so that Santa can get in as we don't have a chimney. 

 Thomas's first Christmas pressie wrapped and ready for Santa

Chilling with Polar bears

Can you believe Thomas is half a year old already!! Time is whizzing by so, so fast. I missed out Thomas's 5 month update for some reason bad mummy, so this update will be kinda long as so much has happened.

We started weaning Thomas at 4 months and you can read more about our weaning journey here on my blog but Thomas is now eating 2 or 3 meals a day. Some days he isn't that bothered about eating when I try him so will only have either a breakfast or lunch but I always try to make sure he eats his tea. We are still trying to get Thomas to drink more fluids with his meals as his poops are getting a bit hard but he doesn't seem too keen on water so at the minute we are giving him some pear juice and he seems to like that flavour. I make it pretty weak though as I didn't really want to give him juice.

Thomas has been rolling over for a few months now and this past month has seen him really trying his hardest to crawl a couple of blog posts back I posted a video of what he is doing at the minute it's sort of like a frog jump. Before I could leave Thomas playing on the floor and I could leave the room and not really worry about him getting up to something he shouldn't. Now I can't as he can move about so easily and he instantly heads in the direction of wires and things he shouldn't so now I have to take him with me or I sit him in his seat so that he can play in that whilst I just nip out of the room.
Sitting Up
Thomas is slowly getting better at sitting up he can sitting up for quite a while but then he forgets what he is suppose to be doing and then falls over so he definitely isn't strong enough to be left sitting up. He is better at sitting up if he is playing with one of his toys and it is placed between his legs. 

Thomas is still teething and dribbling all over the place everything still goes straight to his mouth. Sometimes he is like a little puppy dog chewing on everything you can't put your hands near his mouth before he is trying to nibble on you. His teeth don't don't seem to be hurting too much although we did have one really bad night when I couldn't even sit down with him as he would scream other than that they don't seem to be giving him much jipp. We don't have any sign of them yet though.

Thomas is now sleeping from around 7:30pm until around 6:30-7:00am some nights he does wake up in the middle of the night but not for a feed and he soon goes back to sleep again after. We bring him in to bed with us in the morning when he wakes up and we can normally get another 30 minutes to a hour extra. So many people say this is a bad habit to get in to but to be honest I'm not bothered as when I go back to work we will have to get up around 6-6:30am. I don't want him to be coming in to our bed in the middle of the night every night, that's a habit I don't want to get in to.
Napping wise Thomas only has about 1 hour throughout the day he has half hour in the morning and then half hour in the afternoon.
Thomas hasn't been weighed yet this month I need to take him next Tuesday but when we had him weighed last month he was 15lb6 so he normally puts on about 2 and a half lb a month so as its been a little over a month since he last got weighed I think he might be around 18 1/2 lb I think he will have put on more weight this month as he is eating more.
Clothes wise Thomas is still in 3-6months and they still fit him pretty well.
Thomas changes so much all the time he has his own cheeky little personality I can see we will have our hands full when he is older. He has started to do this super cute tilting his head on the side as if he thinks it will make him look cuter than he already is and then he gives you a big cheeky grin. 
Thomas has quite a temper on him sometimes and he shouts and bashes his toys about when he gets annoyed I can't help but laugh. I don't know about terrible 2's looks like we are having terrible 6 months hehe only joking.
Thomas has a little pretend cough now which he uses if we aren't paying him any attention and sometimes if you cough he will copy off you, which he thinks is so funny and carries on doing it for ages.
Thomas's favourite toy is a £1 remote we bought from the poundshop, seriously I don't know why we bothered spending so much on Christmas. 
I have always wanted a strange child and it looks like I have one :)

My 6 month update.

As you know if you have been a follower of my blog since I had Thomas you will know I had to have an emergency c-section. I have healed well and can pretty much do everything I could before with little or no pain. Although if I run it does make my tummy a bit tender. My scar has healed well and I have had no trouble with it although it is tender if any clothes rub it I have to make sure that all of my underwear and clothes go over it so still big pants for me haha.
I still have about 2 stone I want to loose I have given up with weight loss until after Christmas I think. I just don't have enough motivation at the minute to loose weight but when I go back work I think I will try to eat a lot better and I will make more of an effort to lose this extra padding but for now it will keep me warm over winter :)
In myself I feel great to be honest I can't remember what it was like not to be a mum it just feels so natural to me. Of course we have our tough days when I look forward to bedtime but doesn't every mum. I don't think I could have ever wished for a better baby than Thomas he has definitely made becoming a first time mum an easy and enjoyable experience.

Wow this has been a big update but Thomas has developed so much over the last 2 months. See you at 7 months.
WaterWipes are quite a new idea in the baby wipe market, many other brands produce sensitive wipes but if you look at the ingredients on the packet you will see that they still contain quite a lot of different chemicals so when you think about it they aren't that good for babies bum. WaterWipes however are made up of 99.9% water and 0.1% Fruit extract and that is it.

I have been using these wipes on Thomas's botbot and I do like them, they haven't got a horrible false perfumed smell in fact they hardly smell at all. These wipes do feel a lot stronger than normal wipes and with that they feel a little rougher than normal but I think that is only because they don't have lots of false chemicals in them making them softer.

These wipes are great if like Thomas your baby has eczema. Thankfully Thomas doesn't suffer from nappy rash but these wipes would be kind to your babies bottom and wouldn't irritate the rash.

WaterWipes are on sale on  Amazon.co.uk , the NCT Shop here , Ocado here , Kiddicare and chemists in the UK.
Kids One Stop Shop are also holding a competition to win a 3 month supply so head over who knows you could be a winner
Thomas has been trying his hardest to get moving for weeks now and he is so so close now. At first he was getting up on his hands and knees and that was is but now he gets up on to his hands and knees and rocks back and forth as if he is trying to build up some memento and he's going to take off and crawl but then he falls flat on his face because he hasn't worked out to move his arms yet.

We purchased Thomas one of the blow up roller things with balls in that jingle it was only £2.99 from B&M so it was worth a try. If i'm honest it is easier to get Thomas moving if you stick a TV remote just out of his reach. Why is it babies go for things they aren't allowed?

Thomas is now a wizz at getting up on his feet with his bum in the air. My mum said this is how I use to crawl which is kinda funny. As you can see from the video below Thomas is very nearly crawling at the minute he is doing frog hops and he can get about so quick. As soon as he figures out he needs to move his arms there will be no stopping him.

Some parents love to have a strict routine (maybe strict is too strong a word?) and that is great for them if you have a routine that works to you then that is great. I'm not really one for a routine or at least a set in stone routine, like Tea at 5pm Bath at 5:45 Bedtime bottle at 6:30 and in bed for 7pm.

We have quite a relaxed bedtime routine and most nights it starts at around 5:30 when Thomas will have his tea, when his tea has settled every other night he has a bath. I don't want to give him a bath every night his skin is dry enough so I don't want to dry it out even more. So on the nights he does have a bath, he has that around quarter past 6. After the bath I make him his bottle up and we go upstairs.

Then we start baby massage to get Thomas feeling relaxed and ready for bed. We first tried baby massage just after he was born and he was too ticklish and didn't really like it. So I stopped and I have only just tried it again. I was after a way to try and get him calmed down and in sleep mode.

I have had a little tutorial from the health visitor back when he was born so I read through the booklet she gave use to refresh my memory and I have also watched some Youtube demos to have a look at some of the different massages. We have the lamp nice and dim and I light a couple of candles more for my benefit than anything else. I lay one of Thomas's lovely fleecy blankets on the bed so he has something nice and soft on his skin, I also put on his Lets play Jazz CD. I also use his calming baby massage oil as it has a lovely calming lavender scent and it is also helping his skin. 

When we have finished the baby massage and Thomas is dressed ready for bed I then give him his bottle and we have a little cuddle and then by this time he normally falls asleep in my arms. Magic.
I can definitely tell the nights when we don't have our winding down time he takes so long to settle and fall asleep. If anybody is interested in learning a bit more about baby massage and the benefits of it I will be doing a full post on it soon and I also have a couple guest posts from other Mummys who use baby massage.

There are some days when being a mum can be pretty tough and now we are getting to the painful stage of teething so I'm guessing there will be a lot more tough days however the good days outweigh the bad 10 times over.

But we all need a bit of time to relax and chill out even after a good day it is nice to be able to semi switch off and have a bit of me time. I use to love really long soaks in the bath. Even though Thomas goes to bed between 7-7:30 I still don't feel I can relax in the bath as I am on edge that he is going to wake up and I will have to rush out of the bath. Even though he never does that but still super long baths are saved for when David is home so he could sort Thomas out if he did stir.

So now I have my bit of me time by reading my Kindle.

I got my first Kindle not long after they first came out my wonderful Husband treated me to one even though we were suppose to be saving for our wedding. I loved it they are super easy to use and make reading a lot more convenient and are particularly easy for reading in bed plus you can take hundreds of books anywhere you want. 
I recently upgraded to the Kindle Touch and it is love again. Again it is really easy to use and is super light.
I know what you are going to say you prefer books. I still read books in fact I have a book shelf full of books that I still have to read and I also regularly get books from the library so I like to swap and change between the two when I miss holding an actual book.

When you are buying for a your baby and you are walking around Mothercare or Babies R Us you think you need absolutely everything that you lay your eyes on. Then along comes baby and you realise you don't use half the stuff you bought. I thought I would share some of the things that I think are a bit pointless and I wish I didn't bother buying.

Baby Bath - Thomas absolutely hated his bath I think it was because he didn't feel very safe in it but everytime we bathed him he screamed and screamed. Then once when we were stopping with Davids mum Thomas has an exploding leaky nappy poop incident and we had to wash him in his mums bathroom sink and he loved it. As soon as we got home we got rid of the bath and washed him in the sink, and now he has a big bath sponge and he has loved bath times since.

Baby Shoes - Yes they are soooo cute but honestly do babies ever keep them on. Do they even stay on if your baby doesn't mess with them. Thomas's shoes never stay on but I am thinking about getting him some ugg style boots now it's getting cold as I know they will stay on.

Bottle Warmer - You may think that you couldn't of lived with out yours but for me mine was a complete waste of time I had a Tommee Tippee one and it was a complete waste of time it took about 5+ minutes to warm a bottle up. A jug of boiling water or a quick 40 second blast in the microwave works much better (Make sure you give your bottle a good shake afterwards though so there are no hot spots)

Changing Table - Now although I like mine it's a good place for storage I hardly ever use the changing table part. If you can get one cheap it's great for storage but it's not something you NEED.

150ml Bottles - I really don't know why I bothered buying these they are completely pointless. As your baby grows obviously the amount of milk they need grows with them so after a few weeks these bottles become redundant so always buy the bigger bottles.

Baby clothes for the wrong seasons - When you first go shopping for baby clothes you will want to buy every single cute thing you see. Think about how old you baby will be in each season. I currently have a pair of Tigger sandles that will only just fit Thomas now and a shorts and T-shirt set that will fit him around Christmas.

What have been your baby buying regrets? Products you thought you would love and use all the time yet never did?

First of all let me apologise for the lighting and picture quality I was doing this in the evening so I didn't have great lighting.

I've always wanted to make mostly homemade foods for Thomas mainly because it is cheaper as we have the vegetables in anyway, but also because this way I know exactly what is going in to his food. Before I began the weaning process I sent off for the free 5 step weaning plan Cow & Gate have on their website here This is a fab little book it's got lots of advice in it for each step of the weaning process as well as really easy recipes for each of the stages.

So I decided to give it a go and make Thomas some homemade purées. They are so simple to make I went for Parsnip and carrot for my first go. 

All you need to do is wash and peel both the carrot and parsnip and then chop them up and then steam them for the normal amount of time.

Next step is to put them in to a container suitable for blending, I was going to do it in the small containers in the previous picture but that could have got messy so I opted for the measuring jug option.

Add a little cooled boiled hot water or you can use some of their milk and blend until it is puréed. It's that simple. At the minute I am using just a cheap hand blender that was £10 from Tesco (Ask David about this he knows all about it) and this did the job with the vegetables but I'm not sure what it will be like when it comes to adding meats to his foods.

Most of the recipes in the book are suitable for freezing so you can either buy little pots to store them in the freezer or you can put the purée in to ice cube trays so you can just pop them out when you need them.

Sadly the night I made these Thomas wasn't in an eating mood he wouldn't even eat one of his jars but at least I have some for another night.

Do you make homemade baby food? I'd love to hear some of your recipes that your babies have loved.
Guess what our bendy boy has learnt how to do now?

Yes he has found a way of putting his feet in his mouth. Funny little boy.
I can't believe that it is November already this year has gone so so quick, Thomas is 5 whole months old already! This also means that I only have 3 and a bit months of maternity leave left until I have to go back to work and this upsets me so much, even though I will only be going back part time at first it still makes me so sad that I wont be seeing Thomas all day everyday.

It also worries me about him going in to nursery as he is such a mummy's boy if I'm out of sight too long he gets upset and it's a struggle for anybody else to settle him then, even people in our family find it difficult. Thomas is also quite a pain to get to have a nap during the day and again other people struggle to get him to settle even David does sometimes. I just keep picturing him at nursery screaming his head off all day! I know it wont be that bad and Thomas will soon get used to being there but the first couple of weeks just worry me like mad :(

I guess I am going to have to start leaving him with members of our family for a couple of hours a week and then build it up to a full day so that he gets used to being away from me.

I'd love to know your experiences of returning to work after maternity leave and how long it took your baby to settle in to nursery?
As promised here is a look at some of the things I carry around with me on a daily basis when Thomas and I go out anywhere. I love these types of posts probably because I'm nosey. I also love the normal what's in my bag posts I did one quite a while ago you can find the post for that here

This is my new Séraphine Puffa Quilt Changing Bag I have done a full review of this bag a couple of posts back.

As this is a new bag it is junk free at the minute, it wont stay this way for long. When I was transferring things from my old changing bag to this one I had everything in there, receipts, bus tickets, pennies, odd socks and scratch mitts an odd shoe the top off a dummy.

So what do I have in my bag.
My blog diary/notebook and a pen just incase I have any ideas on the go.
A small zip bag which I have nappies and nappy bags in.
The insulated bottle bag.
The changing mat
2 hand sanitisers, you can never be too clean.
2 small pots of sudocrem
Baby wipes
A hat and mittens for Thomas although I wish I could get one of these in my size.

Other items I normally carry around with me are about 10 bibs, baby shoes, my phone and keys.

I'd love to see what you carry around in your changing bag so if you have done a post like this please link me up.