12 MONTHS POSTPARTUM AND HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY HENRY

Now, I know this sounds cliché, but I literally feel as though 2017 went by in a blink. 2017 for me has been one of those years that doesn’t quite feel like it really happened.

Did I really grow a human and experience childbirth? Did I really (and successfully) reproduce! Did I endure many interrupted and sleepless nights? I’m too tired to recall. 😉 Did I really find enough inner bravery to take an almost 5 month old on a transatlantic holiday to New York?! Did I really move back to my home roots, by the seaside in Leigh-on-Sea? YOU BET I DID! Did I unnecessarily obsess over every single aspect on the things that didn’t matter? Yes. Did I obsess enough over things that did matter? Nope. Did I lose that last stone of baby weight which I’ve been holding on to ever since I gave birth? Nope.

Henry is 1. One! Uno! The big ONE! How did that happen? Here’s the final instalment of my postpartum updates…

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Weaning weaning weaning!

Henry is nearly 8 months old and I think we are finally getting the hang of weaning. *KLAXON* He’s now on three meals a day and sometimes can’t get the food in to his gob quick enough!

I was really excited about weaning initially and then I found it stressful, like the feeling of needing a “one way” rule book to guide me through. Almost as stressful as the whole “breast is best” vs “fed is best” debate out there whereby I felt a lot of pressure to stick with the boob for as long as possible… (I’m still not going to cover the breastfeeding subject on my blog – it’s not worth the aggravation with such strong and potentially offensive opinion masters out there!)

Referencing to my initial feeling of excitement, by the time Henry was 5 months old I had bought a variety of weaning options – baby rice, baby porridge, pouches of fruit and I had already peeled and steamed pears, sweet potato and carrots and portioned them in to ice cube trays for the freezer. I was ready!! But was Henry…???

The purpose of this post is to share mine and Henry’s weaning experience so far but also to reach out to any fellow mummy out there in the hope some of you might have some inspiration and ideas to share with me…

Peeling, steaming, blending, portioning, freezing! My evidence of the never ending messy logistics of the early stages of weaning!

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Don’t worry be hippie!

As mentioned in a recent blog post, my 6-months post partum update, I was “en route” to Ibiza to spend 36 hours on the White Isle with one of my best friends. Becoming a new mummy can limit one’s social life and QT with besties in those first few months of motherhood, so when the opportunity came about, how could I say no! Especially when I found a return flight from Southend airport on my doorstep for just £45 return!

Having “been there and done that” regarding big club nights out in Ibiza in my 20s, this trip was all about the R&R (okay maybe with one or two vodka and limon drinks).

I was invited by renowned beach club brand Nikki Beach to enjoy a day at their Ibiza location – at their “Don’t Worry Be Hippie” weekly Wednesday event. I’d been to Nikki Beach in Miami a couple of years ago, which I loved, thus I was sooooo excited to experience their Ibiza haunt.

Here’s my review and photo diary of our day at Nikki Beach Ibiza

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6 months postpartum

Here is a blog post about bla bla bla and about how to be a mother… NOT! 😉

In my six months of first time motherhood, there’s not much else that raffles my feathers than others trying to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. Besides, the biggest learning I’ve had is, well, to simply learn along the way. I do enjoy my blog being informative at times, but this is not what this post is about.

A post from heart, split out in to three parts. Plus! There’s some exciting new adventures and career moves to update you on…

My little buddy is 6 months old! Time is flying!

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A mommy’s morning in the West Village

When I took Henry to NYC, I HAD to take him to one of my favourite parts of the city – the West Village. Not that he was going to remember it, being just 5 months old at the time, but as I was an avid fan of the TV series Sex and the City and F.R.I.E.N.D.S during my teenage years, I simply had to document our morning in the West Village and beyond…

The infamous exterior of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment (exclude the political poster top right!)

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This Mummy-to-Bee’s Baby Shower

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind and I’m so behind on my blogging! But I simply HAD to prioritise this post…all about my wonderful baby shower!

I’m now 36 weeks + 3 days pregnant (every day counts in pregnancy!!) and a couple of weeks ago my besties organised the most perfect shower for me.

Not only was it a surprise, but no stone was left unturned – the attention to detail was amazing! Due to my surname (Bevington), friends soon referred to my growing bubba as Baby B, then Baby Bee (insert the bumble bee emoji) in early pregnancy and it’s stuck, I love it!

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