Moved

So the reason I Haven’t updated in a while is because we have moved into a much bigger flat, this one has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a lot more cleaning to do haha! The move with a baby was eventful, every time i was packing stuff into bags Neo would come across and put anything he could find into the bags… helpful but unorganised ūüôā however, it didn’t stop there, it also meant that when he got bored he would go and undo anything he could find, empty boxes, knock over computers, ha, he was such a handful, but never the less, we are glad to be moved :).

 

Neo has grown up loads in the past month or so, he’s learnt to clap and is walking extremely well, he even walked into town the other day, though it took us nearly an hour due to everything being¬†fascinating¬† including drains, he stops, points downwards and starts to try and touch it, with me pulling him away going “No, dirty, urgh” and him squirming in a desperate bid to feel this new object… so innocent.

 

We recently took a trip home, where Neo got to play with his cousins, he loved this and was surprisingly very well behaved, minus the odd smack to his relative here and there and the odd poke in an eye. I let him play in a paddling pool in the park and he loved it, splashing and running and falling over, we ended up coming back with loads of toys, absolutely loads! Thanks to various friends and family, :D.

 

Since moving into our new flat I have managed to give Neo his first proper bath, which, he loves, he got so excited and was splashing around and squealing it was so cute! Now every night when he’s ready for bed he starts trying to drag me into the bathroom so he can get a soak. I love giving him a bath as well, it’s so relaxing and such an enjoyable experience, especially as I watch him learn about¬†buoyancy¬†and how the water can affect his balance ūüėÄ

 

He’s teething again at the moment so the little blighter got up at 2.30 this morning, yup thats right folks, 2.30am… I’d got into bed about 10pm and had seen to him 3 times in that time, had about an hours shut eye! When he got up he was a bit moany, so I fetched him a bottle of warm milk to suck on in the hope he would drift off back to sleep, no chance! He was wide awake, running around the living room and squealing, boy was it cold at that hour, I put a movie on and curled up, leaving him to do his thing…. when 6.30 rolled around he was ready for some sleep, in the hope that he would crash for about 4 hours or so I eagerly put him down for a nap and hopped into bed myself! Nope! by 8 he was up, shouting at me, ready to play once more!

 

Once I found the motivation to move from watching movies we went to tesco’s where I brought Neo some cooked ham for his lunch. He spotted it though and was demanding it while in his pushchair, I didn’t mind so much as yesterday he barely ate anything because of his teeth hurting him, so I opened up the meat and tore off a chunk and handed it to him, he ate loads of it on the way home and then promptly fell asleep on his cuddly dog ūüôā He only slept for half an hour though! Wow! I was exhausted.

 

The day pretty much went on like that, he had one more nap about 3pm which was another half an hour and now at 9.30pm I am tired, very very tired indeed. But having Neo is amazing and I really wouldn’t change him for the world. When he was being called earlier he said “yeaaa” Now for a 10 month old that is pretty good ūüôā it was so cute too, to hear him respond like that, totally shocked me.

 

Here he is >>>>

He has a fascination with trees and plants and has to run and point to every one ūüôā

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Play Date

Over the past few days, Neo has learnt how to point at things, so everything from pigeons to bricks get pointed at and I end up explaining the world to him, which I love to do any way. 

 

We have a friend with a baby 6 weeks older than Neo and as she’s been away visiting friends for the past month we haven’t had many play dates, but today we met up with them and had so much fun!¬†

 

The day started at 3.30 am, yup, thats right, 3.30 in the morning. Neo woke up ready to play, but having gone to bed late I refused to let him and spent the next hour rocking and trying to re-settle him, when he finally went back to sleep he slept through until 7.30. Which isn’t too bad, except I had a load of flat hunting to do and we had to leave by 11.30. Now, with a baby, getting ready can take up to two hours, when you count maybe changing him twice before actually getting to leave, due to such things as puking and wearing foods, an Neo’s latest trick – to squeeze the teat on his bottle and cover himself in water… kids! After weetabix for breakfast, getting dressed and a fight with the sudocrem (Neo has a fascination with popping the lid off) we managed to head out of the door at 11.40 ish! Not too bad considering!¬†

 

We get to the park at 10 past 12, 10 minutes late, but luckily for us, our play date still hadn’t arrived, I mean, who really gets anywhere on time with babies in tow? Certainly not me. While we waited I gave Neo his lunch while he gawped at the pigeons that were hanging round us, there he was pointing and bouncing at the excitement of these birds. He’s learnt that they are called pigeons now and looks for them if I say “look, theres a pigeon” which, for nearly 10 months, I think is quite smart. The food managed to get everywhere, as usual, crumbs that seem to attach to his jumper in a “i’m not budging” kinda way, how does that happen? You can watch every single crumb and not see one fall, look back again, and he’s covered! Nice! I dust him down as best as I can against his frantic pleas and¬†squeals¬†to get me off.¬†

 

Our friend joined us at 12.30 and we headed for the swings, while she put her baby in I took Neo to the tarmac stuff thats soft for him to do a bit of walking, he decides that he doesn’t want to walk on the tarmac, but instead keeps heading for the concrete, I lift and turn him and carry him away from the harder surface numerous times, but nothing can deter him once an idea has set in. After about 5 minutes of this I swoop him up and we take our turn on the swings, he loves it as usual, but takes to letting go and pointing at me, haha, dare devil!¬†

 

While the kids are in that play thing children can climb and we’re watching them, we hear a smack sound, I’m gobsmacked to see the other baby with a shocked look on his face, and Neo, my sweet natured child, holding his hand up and flapping, he’d just hit the other baby around the face hard. I’m gobsmacked!! Can’t apologise enough, I pull Neo away telling him to smack is naughty… I think he learnt, we had no more of the hitting! But wow, nearly 10 months and smacking his peers around the face, good job his mum understands and laughed a little! I’m sure as they get older the other baby will get even hehe!¬†

It still amazes me to see how large Neo is, he’s bigger than most kids his age and bigger than older ones. Chunky little lad I have. The rest of the time in the park consists of bark eating and slide fun and lots of attempts at walking across the bark floor, all with laughing and lots of baby fun!¬†

 

After an hour we head for the grass, we put down a blanket, a few toys and take our seats, Neo has a snack and then gets released from the pram… may the fun begin… First he’s taking the toys and having a look, then he’s got his water, and squirts the water from it all over the other baby, surprise floods me and I laugh, Neo keeps doing it, the other babies face is a picture, he’s just looking, like “WTF!” I stop Neo and help dry the other baby, but inside I am cracking up, that was funny!¬†

 

They go to push my pram about, so I collapse it to save the hassle, they gang up on the other pram, and end up squealing at each other in frustration at each other as they both try to pull it this way and that, Neo being the bigger one of the two, manages to lift the pram and nearly tip it onto the baby, his mum stops it just in time, with growls from Neo and lots of babbling from them both. 

 

When 3pm rolled around and all the chasing of the pigeons and wearing of the water was over we decided to head home, Neo slept all the way back, obviously exhausted from all the play. 

 

We had a pretty grumpy evening due to not letting him nap so much in the hope of a decent nights sleep, through spouts of moaning, blanket cuddling and toy throwing Neo managed his tea of Tuna, Cheese and Tomato with a yogurt, and listened to some french songs.. it’s nearly 10pm and he’s currently sleeping, heres hoping it stays that way until at least 5.30am ūüôā¬†

 

I look forward to another day….¬†

 

 

 

Raining

As usual Neo woke up at 5.30 this morning, after much tossing and turning and me praying he would maybe stay there for another hour… no such luck! The day set off the usual way, bottle of milk and a cup of tea, mummy and baby sorted ūüôā We spent much of the morning playing with balls, he had great fun in watching the roll across the floor and bounce off of the walls, he chased after them, crawling as fast as he can, then standing to walk the rest of the way to them and wobbling as he did so…

 

Falling Asleep On The Floor ‚̧

It was about 9am, I look around thinking how quiet the place has become, look at the box of books, no baby, washing machine, no baby, fridge, no baby, dog teddy, no baby, then I look down to my feet, there he is cuddling his teddy, sucking an empty bottle and falling asleep, oh my, this was too cute, the first time i’ve ever seen him falling asleep without mummy cuddles. He’s so dreamy eyed and cute that I don’t want to disturb him, luckily though the sound of the camera stirs him enough and he clambers to my lap where he falls into a peaceful nap ūüôā

 

At around 10am he wakes up and I decide that maybe now is the time to run out and get the shopping we need. Well, it’s not really shopping, we need Tuna, yup, the beloved fish that my son so dearly loves and demands for tea every night, I know if we don’t have any then tea time will be a nightmare! We go to sainsbury’s as they do tuna steak in olive oil that isn’t dry and 4 cans for ¬£4 which is about 4 days worth of fish! As normal Neo spends the journey with his arms either side of the pushchair leaning forward and shouting to the world, when I pick up the tuna in the shop he notices and starts bouncing in the pram, wanting some tuna there and then, I laugh at his desperate efforts, his pleas with me for his favourite food, just lovely. ¬†

 

^ Here ^ Aged 6 Months

Now we have the shopping I think a day in will do us both the world of good as we can just relax and the weather isn’t looking too bright, as we’re heading back it begins to rain lightly, so we stop at some benches where I can apply the rain cover to the pram. It becomes a war, I fasten the bottom parts to the lower of the pram, then I go for the middle parts, Neo grabs it, and is trying his best to shove it in his mouth, we’re wrestling with each other, I manage to attach the middle section of one side, and have to prise his hands and mouth away in order to do the other side.. just the top to go… as fast as I can I whip the remainder of the rain cover across the hood and fasten it before Neo can rip it down and continue to eat it.

 

As we’re walking I notice how people are looking into the pram and smiling at Neo, this arises my¬†suspicions¬†as to what he could be up to, I slow down and peer around the bars at him, what he’s doing just makes me laugh so hard, he’s got both arms pushing either side of the rain cover out, causing it to dip in the middle, and there he is, biting on the part that he can now reach, and he’s seriously biting into it, I put him back in the pram properly and continue to walk, next when I look, he’s got the edge of the cover in the pram and is licking off the rain, I offer him his bottle of water, but nope, the rain covered rain cover is much tastier, haha, no wonder all the strange glares and smiles :D. By the time we reach home Neo is fast asleep and I manage to put the tuna away and sort the shopping and have a cuppa before he awakes…. I’m going to try him on crumpets for lunch, here’s hoping he eats them and doesn’t spit them all over the floor!

Trouble Maker

We’ve had a fair few days without too many¬†mischievous¬†little acts taking place. Saying that though, he hasn’t been sitting still either!

 

He woke up at 5.30 this morning and continued to shout us up going “gaaaaa ga, baaah, tsk, tsk” I rolled over and looked at him, there he was, smiling and bouncing waiting to be released from what he deems as prison… his cot! I’m always last out of bed, which suits me fine.

 

When the shower gets put on about 6 am, after neo has had his much desired bottle of milk, the door is open to the bathroom. It’s a wet room really so no¬†separate¬†bath bit or shower, its just walk straight in and you’re in the shower. Well, Neo loves a shower, so the door is open and he’s sitting and watching the water fall, looking at me to see if he can go in “No” I say to him, he stays where he is, but starts bouncing up and down in excitement, by doing this he is edging himself closer and closer, bit by bit. Must think mummy doesn’t realise. “No Neo” I say to him, he looks at me and gives a cheeky smile, and he’s off, heading towards that bathroom door, his little bum is all I see, i’m up, trying to grab him, he¬†squeals¬†in excitement at the prospect of the shower, before I know it he’s in the wet room, in his pyjamas, and has managed to get soaked. Wow. He sure can move. I pull him out, much to his anguish, change him and place him away from the shower with his toys, this doesn’t make him happy, he screams at the realisation he can’t make a break for it.

 

The day progresses, and lunch time rolls around, i’m not the best of cooks so while he is napping I look online to see what I can make him to eat thats different, ah yea, pancakes, with tuna, he will love that as tuna is his favourite food! I set to work. 45 minutes goes by, and a load of pancakes later and he awoke. I peer my head round the door, there he is, face pushed into the mesh of the cot, distorting him slightly, I laugh at him “hello baby” He sits up and beams the biggest smile at me going! I place him on his play mat and sit next to him with the tub of pancakes i’ve made and hand him one. He looks at it like i’ve just handed him a wriggly worm or something, not impressed, I encourage him sto eat it, and eventually he does try it… and likes it… woop! He hugs me straight after, wow, now that is nice.

 

So we head off to the park again, mainly because Neo loves to go! He’s getting more outgoing in the pram so as we’re heading along the road, he;s looking at objects and shouting “baaaa”, such as bikes, scooters, tree’s, squirrels, vans, lorries, busses etc etc and I find myself explaining everything to him “Thats a bike baby, you have to have balance to ride one of them on 2 wheels, children ride them for exercise and to get somewhere fast, when you’re bigger you will ride one” This continues for the full walk to the park. We have a go on the swings and he screams in delight, thats all thats there for him really, he doesn’t like the slide too much so I take him to the grass where he can practice his walking some more. He wants to push the pram, and does just that, with me guiding it, he’s content on pushing it and amongst stumbles and falling over he does really well ūüôā

 

When it’s time to head home, Neo has other ideas and kicks up a tantrum, I secure him in the pushchair and walk, hoping soon that he will settle and enjoy the journey back. He soon does and is back to having both arms either side of the push chair going baaah baaaah baaaah.

 

After visiting a few shops and returning home we get the toys out. Neo has other ideas, instad of playing with them, he thinks its a good idea to throw them all out over the¬†stair gate onto the patio, some even¬†succeed¬†in hitting the cat, this just excites him and entices more throwing, haha, he has an evil streak ūüėõ

 

So thats as far as today has got and i’m sure i’m going to have the¬†entirety¬†of his toys to retrieve from outside later on and a kitty who’s going to need some cuddles… may dinner time go smoothly and may I have no more baby¬†escaping¬†from highchair scenarios ūüôā

 

Up To No Good

It was a beautiful morning this morning, Neo slept through the whole night without waking and got us up at 5.30… not too bad a time.

 

He had his bottle of milk and then I started to clean, by 7 am it was time to do the floor, so I place the boy in his highchair as he has a knack for chasing the broom, I get to work, he’s quite content watching me so I don’t worry too much about him getting bored. Half way through I stopped and gave him some porridge then got to work reassembling his play mat. I look up, theres this little face pearing over at me from the highchair…. He’s standing!!! I jump up, and grab him, he starts to bounce in my arms and get all excited. The reigns were on and tight, yet he managed to get free…monkey!

 

So it’s 1.30 pm now and we have to leave for a flat viewing, but Neo is stil napping, while he’s asleep I set up the push chair, get his bag ready and make him a bottle of milk, by now its 2pm and I go and wake him, there he is, laying so peaceful. I call him once and before his eyes are even open he’s smiling at me… too cute… then he’s up, I mean “wow” he’s not even had time to fully awake yet and he’s already jumping at the side of the cot wanting to be lifted out. Before I remove him I get a clean t-shirt out for him, I turn around, and there he is with his face pushed into the mesh of the cot, looking at me, smiling, he looks scary!

 

Got him dressed not a problem, he gave me smiles all the way through!!!

 

At the flat viewing I get Neo out of the pram as we have to go up a flight of very manky stairs… he’s holding onto me for protection, a little nervous at his new surroundings, when we get up tho he seems to have lost all fear and is looking at the guy showing us the property going “bah bah bah” while smacking me in the face, oh the love! He’s really interested in the flat and is trying to pear around all door frames and is consequently leaning very far out of my arms, at least one of us is interested :).

 

We leave the flat and placing him back in the pram is no easy mission, after a few squeals, lashing of arms and kicking of feet I manage to have him tied down in the pram with his sun hat on, he’s not happy! I give him a bottle of water, it goes on the floor, I clean it and hand it back, it’s promptly thrown back on the floor, he sure is showing me he’s not happy ūüėõ I then leave it and don’t give it back to him until we’re halfway home, to which he takes it and guzzles loads, he was just being stubborn ūüôā

 

We’re home now, and he’s currently trying to get into the fridge, its gaffe tapped shut, but he’s in the process of pulling the tape off, the joys of boys :). Once he’s finished there i’m sure he will go and empty the washing machine for me and then will try and open the washing machine powder draw… Love it!!!

 

Walking

Yep, as the title suggests my little monkey has started to walk, he’s so determined and I love to see him toddling around, he can do about 10 steps without falling at the moment… he gets so proud of himself.

   

I was sitting on my computer earlier for ten minutes after cleaning up, having a little 5 mins of mummy time, Neo was down on the floor cuddling his bears going “Ahhhh” so i’m thinking im safe to just quckily check my emails, haha how foolish am I, this is 1 sneaky little boy I have here, before I know it he’s moved from down next to me and is back on top of te box of books, he can now climb up without the aid of a 5 litre bottle of water. Joys for me. I’m creeping towards him… “Neo baby, stay there” Slowly… slowly… he’s on his hands and knees rocking backwards and forwards excitedly,¬†squealing¬†and spitting a little, lovely! As I get to him, I grab him lift him up, down on the floor … “No baby. Not the books, Dangerous” He stomps his feet a little and¬†squeals¬†at me for still having hold of him *need eyes in the back of my head*

 

Ok, so as it’s early we’re going to head off into town to do a little shopping and to visit the park. I’m excited as much as the boy is. Getting dressed seems to be getting¬†quicker¬†day by day so it wasn’t long before we were ready to head out the door. Neo is tired so is pulling at my trouser legs, I whisk him up, plonk him in the pram, straps on, favourite blanket, and within 5 minutes he’s asleep… Bonus!

 

I do what I have to do in town and Neo wakes up just as we get into Westfield shopping centre, he’s all smiles and is enjoying laying there and¬†watching¬†the floors above of people walking around, while he’s still in a dosy state I manage to get the tops I need and head back out. Now he wants to sit up, both arms are hanging over the edge of the pram and hes pulling with all his might to raise himself up, laughing at his¬†determination¬†I lift his seat.¬†

 

 

 

We head to the park now, first its bag search time, yep, thats right, they now search your bags for you to enter the stupid park, Absolute joke “whats in the primark bag” ¬†– “erm, Primark stuff” ¬†JEEZ!¬†

Neo gets excited at the sight of the swing and starts to bounce “bah bah bah bah” I lift him out and place him in the swing, hes so happy, smiling and giggling, that is, until he’s back to turning around, Ah, the dangers. I take him out and place him on the slide, he’s not so sure, begins to try and grab hold of me for¬†reassurance¬†(I am supporting him on the way down) and is trying to use his feet to climb into my arms, bless him. After a few attempts at trying to make him relax I give in and hold him close, he spots a pigeon “bah bah bah” Hes trying to push his way to the ground to go and get it, “bah bah bah” I don’t let him down, the floor is wet and I haven’t got clean jeans for him, instead we stand and watch the pigeon, with many “bah’s” and “che che che” From him in his amazement ūüôā After a little playing and gasping at such things as trees and leaves and birds we stop for some lunch… The next mission!¬†

 

I place him in his pram and he starts to kick up a fuss, he doesn’t seem to realise I have food for him until I pull the jar from the bag (I hate using these and very rarely do so but boots do an organic range) he stops fighting and kicking an looks in surprise like “Where you get that from” I start to feed him, he’s not very impressed with the food and soon decides he doesn’t want to eat it, this results in high pitched squeals and arching of the back and spitting of the food, directly in my face, with many stares from people all around us… oh the joys. I try some ‘fruity rice pudding’ and after a few mouth fulls we have exactly the same outcome just with the flailing of arms and legs, the boy does not like jarred food!¬†

 

I carry him through the park on our way home so he can view the world from my arms and he seems to really enjoy this, we head home and by the time we get there he is back asleep, so I sat and had a couple of weetabix and waited for the fun to begin again…

Little Tyke

Today is a sleepy day, I think Neo is teething.. we were up for hours with him last night as he didn’t seem to want to sleep in his own bed, he slept with us for about 20 mins then woke up crying again, poor little mite. Any how, he got up at 6.30 (an hour and a half later than usual) and began to be the¬†mischievous¬†little fella he is.

 

He gets up and demands a bottle, fairly normal, he goes all night without one, so he has one and then starts the rouble on the nappy box. It’s full of everything I need to change him, nappies, wipes, bags cream. Before I know it hes turning around and putting little white hand prints over everything… he’s managed to open the sudocrem and get a handful, I was right there, I was watching him, how does he do it? He finds it funny and screams when I wipe it up and remove the container, luckily none was eaten.

 

Breakfast time – Summer fruits baby cereal, something he usually loves, as we’re still all in the bedroom ¬†lounging around I don’t bother with the high chair, big mistake, instead of eating his cereal he’s squirming and kicking and trying to run off. 10 stressful minutes later we give up. Baby wins lol.

 

By 9am we’re strolling through the park thinking a nice go on the swings will keep him happy and he loves it, so why not, once we’re there tho he’s asleep, snoozing away in the morning sun. I don’t mind so much, i’m enjoying the stroll so I just kept walking into the next part and up into the town centre,

The Olympics are here at the minute and it’s madness out there, even at that hour, the buildings that are in close proximity and are tall enough to be seen and look like a pile of rubble have been covered by massive adverts, dam right wrong really. Should at least show the true Stratford rather than buil that multimillion complex and hide the true slums surrounding it. Dirts Scum.

 

Inside the Shopping center Neo wakes up and is acting hungry, clicking his¬†tongue¬†and restless, so we stop at some seats and I have some mango and banana yogurt for him. As i’m feeding him an elderly gent sits next to us and is being really friendly with Neo, but he’s not interested and doesn’t even offer a smile, just keeps looking around at the people and the lighting of the building. Next a young pretty girl sits next to us, what Neo does just makes me laugh, he stares at her, and when she starts talking he is all smiles and excited behaviour appears,¬†favouritism! She soon leaves though as do we.

 

So since we’ve been home, its now 14.30pm, Neo has been up to no good, he demanded the front door to be open earlier (we have a stair gate on it) just so that he could sit and watch the cat, really cute tho ūüôā I’m sure theres more to come…