Bump, Baby and Me: Christenings, Weaning and Christmas preparations? We?ve been busy!

23rd Dec 17 | Family

Kathy from Bump Baby and Me takes us into Christmas updating us on Robyn's Christening and also has some really helpful weaning tips

I can’t believe we are just around the corner from Christmas!

It’s been very busy over the past few weeks for us so we are looking forward to a little downtime over the holidays.

I’m sure most parents are the same at this time of year. Running around, full-steam ahead, trying their best to get everything done either in work or at home (or both), along with squeezing a few festive nights in here and there. It can be a bit mad!

It can be a season of mixed emotions for lots of people too. Myself included.

My Gran and Dad both passed away in December (two and a half weeks apart to be exact), so this month can be bittersweet for me. My family, especially my two little ladies really help lift my spirits though.

At just six months and two and a half, their excitement, smiles and laughter can work wonders.

Speaking of family, we celebrated Robyn’s christening a few weeks ago and it was a great day, catching up with extended family and friends. Ayla was about 10 weeks when she was christened. Robyn had just turned 6 months! (Second baby syndrome right there!)

Robyn wore the same dress Ayla wore (we had to let it out quite a bit!), a beautiful little gown made from my Mums wedding dress.  My Mum was with us to see Ayla wear it and she loved it. I’m sure she was looking down at Robyn so proud of her too.

Robyn was given her name in memory of my mum, dad and gran. When we see a robin in the garden or out and about we instantly think about them all, so as Robyn didn’t get to meet any of them we wanted her to have a connection to them. Both our little girls were so good throughout the service. There were a lot of babies getting Christened that day and Robyn took it all in her stride. She quite enjoyed getting the water poured on her head and Ayla relished in the fact that she got to dress like a princess for Robyn’s ‘Coronation Day’ (She is Frozen mad at the moment!)

I’m not one for making a big fuss for events like this. I like keeping things simple, but I feel occasions need to be celebrated none the less. We booked to have the ‘afters’ in Geishain Malahide Village. They had us in our own area, with lots of space for all the kids to run about and the food was great. They were really accommodating with us bringing down the cake and balloons. Speaking of which, here is a little picture.  I loved them!

GCakes made this very special cake for us, with our own little robin on top. It was a chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream, filled with ganache and it was seriously delicious! To finish off the cake table I got two gorgeous balloons from Confetti Balloons. I never knew you could have confetti in balloons until I saw these guys on Instagram! They are so pretty. Ayla played with them for a good week afterwards!  Unfortunately for us, the cake didn’t last as long :0

Around the same time as the christening I started to look into weaning and introducing different foods to Robyn. I plan to continue to breastfeed her pretty much on demand, but we’re at the stage where it’s important to introduce food into the mix (How did we get here so fast?!)

I knew she was ready for it, as she has been increasingly interested in us while we are eating and she’s started to guide her spoon into her mouth.

I wanted to do a combination of Baby Led Weaning and spoon-feeding so to make sure I was up to date on what’s recommended I booked a place on the Hungry Munchkins baby weaning workshop.  Besides being a trained chef & food product developer, Laura Carbery, who runs the workshops, is a mum to two young boys herself so she’s been through the weaning process and knows how daunting it can be!

I got some great tips on the day and some very tasty recipes to take away. It also gave me a boost of confidence to get going on it!

I asked Laura to share her top ten weaning tips and here’s what she said:

Top 10 Weaning Tips

1.       Eat together - Family mealtimes are a great chance for your baby to see everyone eating lots of different healthy foods and encourage your baby to try them too. Best of all, your baby will see that mealtimes can be pleasurable. This will help to set a healthy-eating habit that could last him/her a lifetime.

2.       Be adventurous – The more varied tastes and textures you introduce to your baby from a young age, the better. Introducing them to a range of flavours and textures often makes them more adventurous eaters later on.

3.       Don’t give up – Try, try and try again. It can take up to 15 times for a baby to accept a new food. Don’t worry if your baby refuses certain foods at first. Keep calm and try again another day!

4.       Embrace the mess - It’s important to let your baby explore their food with their hands, as it’s a vital part of their development.  Don’t be afraid to let them touch and squish their food as they use their senses to explore the world around them. Wipeable long sleeved bibs are an essential purchase!

It doesn’t always have to be really messy though. You can give your baby convenient finger foods such as toast soldiers, slices of cheese, chopped steamed veg and banana, which will give your baby a hands-on experience without having a huge amount of clean up after.

5.       Go at your own pace – Don’t get too hung up on how much your baby has eaten at eat meal. Each baby is different and each day is different. Your baby may eat less while teething and more during a growth spurt. Trust your baby and your instincts. Try not to compare your baby to others and go at your own pace.

6.       Don’t wait for the ‘Hangry’ stage - Babies get frustrated when they are hungry so space out the milk feeds and solid foods so that mealtimes are relaxed and enjoyable for everyone.

7.       Store cupboard – Juggling babies and every day life can be challenging! Having a well-stocked store cupboard of easy, go-to ingredients can make life a whole lot easier on those crazy busy days. Things like tinned pulses, sweetcorn, frozen veg, tinned tuna, eggs, pasta, rice and tinned tomatoes can help get a nutritious meal on the table in no time.

8.       Plan ahead if possible – Plan your meals, shop online and learn a few quick and easy recipes to get you started. This way you’ll have more time to enjoy mealtimes with your baby.

9.       Batch cook – Cook double portions of lunches and dinners when you can so you can freeze them. Then you’ll always have a stock of yummy, healthy food on hand.

10.   Have fun – Weaning your baby onto solid foods should be a really exciting and happy time for you and your baby. The time flies by so try to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the experience.

I can definitely relate to lots of that, especially number 6. No one likes being ‘Hangry’!

With that in mind, I better sign off so these little ladies get some dinner.  My plan then is to get them to bed somewhat early, wrap a few Christmas presents, have a glass of red wine and enjoy a Christmas movie with my hubbie!

I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas, filled with love, laughter and so much happiness. Amongst the madness try to slow down to enjoy the special moments, as that’s what Christmas is really all about isn’t it?

Thanks as always for reading & if you’d like to keep up to date with all the Bump Baby and Me happenings just like my Facebook page & feel free to get in touch,

Kathy x

Kathy is passionate about all things surrounding birth, babies and parenthood. She also has a big interest in wellness, health & fitness.

She runs ‘Bump, Baby and Me’ – providing Pre & Postnatal classes & workshops & Doula services in Malahide, Co. Dublin and LOVES working with mums, dads & babies.

She is the proud mummy to her little girls Ayla & Robyn.