You may remember I wrote a post about Breastfeeding a Toddler a few days ago and how I was saddened that I don't know many mothers that have breastfed past the age of around 6 months. Well I went to see the Nurse yesterday morning because my current contraception method is causing issues. We sat there and chatted for a while and she mentioned a few other methods that may be more effective and as always I asked whether it would effect my milk. She sat there for a few seconds and looked at me like I had two heads - she seemed incredibly shocked that I was still breastfeeding. She quickly said, and I quote: "Wow, well done you!, it's not very often I hear of a woman breastfeeding past 6 months". Now once I had gotten past the patronising "Well Done" I asked her if she was being serious. I was surprised at how shocked she was. Now for a Nurse to be congratulating me on something that is well 'human nature' that says something about society at the moment. She must see hundreds of mothers each week and I am one of the only mothers that are still feeding their children? It made me feel a bit weird, kind of like I was doing something wrong when I'm not, I am giving my little boy the best start in life! I have said this a number of times but it really does sadden me that Mothers who have successfully breastfed have given up so soon - I can imagine a lot of it is to do with pressures from, friends, family and society itself. When is nursing going to become the "norm" once again?
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I don't know about you but I am always looking for ways to keep Dexter entertained and engaged in something fun and as much as possible, educational too. Today an exciting package arrived containing four packs of Flash Cards. Now I have read lots of good things about these and heard lots from Mummy friends on how great they have been for their children so I decided it was time to introduce some easy learning. Dexter has learnt the odd word here and there and for a fourteen month old little boy I think he is doing really well but if I can help him on his way then I'll do anything within my power to do so.
Are you confused about when to turn your child forward facing in the car?
I know I was! I spent hours and hours trawling the internet looking for the safest car seat for my beautiful baby boy, the one person that means the most to me in the whole world. It goes without saying that I want him to be safe at all times and with thousands of car seats on the market I was a bit baffled to say the least. After reading several reports, reviews and research it was evident that rearward facing car seats were the way forward.
Different shops and websites give different advice and it can be hard to know what to do. Did you know that children younger than 4–5 years old are safer if they travel rear facing in the car? In Scandinavia, children are not turned forward until they have reached at least 4 years old and weigh more than 25kg(55lbs).
I absolutely adore looking at different crafts and art, in fact it is one of my favourite things to do but the sad thing is I am the least creative/arsty person I know! I really don't want Dexter to turn out like me, I really hope that he can draw something more creative than a stick man! haha So with this in mind I have taken it upon myself to ignite his creativity, imagination and hopefully I will succeed. I love home made arts and crafts, hand and footprints are one of my favourite keep sakes so this year I decided to make some Mother's Day cards for both Grandma's with Dexter. Ok, Ok I know they're not the most professional looking but who cares, we had fun making them and I think they turned out ok, see how we made them below.
First start by getting messy! Make sure you've got a mat down so you don't get paint everywhere and then get as many hand prints as possible. Dexter wasn't in the best of moods so this proved quite difficult. Whilst the prints are drying draw a leaf on some green paper, cut out the shape and also the shape of a stem. Glue these bits onto a folded A4 sheet of yellow card. Once your prints are dry cut around the shape and glue to the top of the stem to create a tulip shaped flower.
Once dry you're ready to write a lovely Mother's day message for your recipient.
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