Monday, 18 November 2013

Love affair with leg warmers


Leg warmers... well what can I say?! Never in a million years would I have thought I'd ever write anything proclaiming the amazingness of leg warmers but here I am...

I first stumbled across baby leg warmers on this site http://www.first-signs.com/order.html when buying my Ergobaby carrier (complete aside but LOVE this carrier - still now at 10kg Doof feels light as a feather and I can carry him comfortably for hours). And to be honest once I'd tried my first pair (on Doof naturally, not on me!) I was in love. And a minor obsession was born :)

So here are some situations in which leg warmers are an awesome solution:

In the baby carrier:

This was where I first used them - and oh they are so perfect for this!! Before we'd get in this awkward situation where it was cold enough that he needed some sort of extra layers covering his legs - but a snowsuit would make his whole body too warm and an extra pair of trousers would be impossible to take off once inside without waking him up if he was sleeping. But... with leg warmers – no such problem! They keep his legs warm but can easily be peeled off without removing him from the carrier. And so much smaller and easier to carry round in your nappy bag than a bulky coat. Problem solved :)

Doof excited as he tried his first pair on, just before getting in his Ergo 

Change of clothes in nappy bag:

You know how it goes... you're out for the day, nappy bag stuffed to the brim and then not even halfway through the day your baby does a humungous leaky poop. Now baby is in their spare set of clothes and you're not going to be home for another 6 hours... Fingers crossed no more 'accidents'! Well the good news is you no longer have to worry - leg warmers are so small that they will fit in any space (no matter how over-stuffed your bag is) so you always have an emergency-emergency outfit to hand :)


Crawling:

Leg warmers are great for crawling babies as they add that little extra bit of protection to otherwise battered knees. 



Easy nappy change:

I remember changing Doof in the family changing rooms in Westfield when he was about 2 months old. As he lay there being very well-behaved and quiet as I changed his nappy, I watched a mother battling with her older baby/toddler on the next-door change mat. “Pah” I thought to myself as the child rolled around squirming and twisting and generally making life difficult for her, “I can’t believe that mum can’t even control a baby to change the nappy without so much fuss”… anyway roll on 10 months and I now *am* that mother. Changing nappies in non-mobile babies is easy. Changing nappies in wriggly mind-of-their-own toddlers is difficult! So the next time you are at home, loose the trousers and just put some leg warmers on their legs to keep them warm – hey presto, easy access when you need to change nappy without having to take trousers on/off/on etc


On top of trousers as extra layer:

I find this especially useful now Doof is older and so is more difficult to wrestle into a snowsuit or all-in-one coat. Now we can have a normal coat plus legwarmers on his legs. Additional benefit is you can then take layers off the top half and/or bottom half depending on ambient temperature – more choice than when in a combined snowsuit :)

Modelling his alphabet legwarmers

UV protection:

We went to Arizona and Nevada when Doof was 5 months old. One of his pairs of leg warmers are UV ones so are very thin and light but offer full protection from the sun. So I knew if I put him in the carrier and made sure his legs were covered by those then there was no risk of him burning. Ditto when we were sitting by the pool – his towel-gown covered his arms/head/body but left his legs exposed – bring out the leg warmers again :)



To complete an outfit:

Imagine the scenario - you buy an awesome tiger outfit from mothercare but it has short legs and it's a chilly day. What to do? The natural reaction might be to wait for a warmer day but the best solution is buy orange and black stripey legwarmers from http://www.nappykindboutique.co.uk/ and complete the outfit!


Before...

After :)

And sometimes just because you can...

For example to look stylish as you celebrate mummy and her 1000th tweet :)




Disclaimer: I like baby leg warmers :) Doof is a very lucky little chap and has a total of 6 pairs to cover all occasions - 1 thick wool, 2 warm, 2 thin and 1 UV. 

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Doof's most favourite things


One thing I can never say of my baby is that he's predictable (except when it comes to One Direction songs, then he's lovelovelove no matter how often he sees them). Give him a toy one day and he'll love it. The next day, so so. The next, no interest. 

There are however a few objects that he remains passionate about - that he will always play with, make a beeline for - and however many times I pick him up and move him somewhere else he will always crawl back to these favourites...

My hairbrush

I really have no explanation for this. It's sharp and pointy with hundreds of pokey bristles and it's covered in hair. I can't believe it tastes nice... yet he keeps trying to eat it. Ugh.

"Mmmmm yummy"
Pedalbin

Ok this one I can understand a bit more, even if its very frustrating for me. The bin is shiny silver, has a lid you can open and shut and an inside removable portion (a bit like his stacking cups). However it also has a hinge perfect for trapping little fingers, usually contains (no surprise here!) rubbish and is not something I'd like to have him sucking on...

"Ooo shiny! And there's another Doofy!"
Doors

I think this is a universal favourite of babies. Open close open close ad infinitum. Unfortunately as D is now standing but not yet walking unsupported, he has reached that awkward age where he will stand holding onto an open door, start pushing it shut whilst still holding on but then not be able to keep up with the speed of the door as it closes... with consequent baby-splat on the floor :(


"The best thing about this door is that it's right next to a plug socket - two for one!"

DVD bookshelf

I think this should be on every essential-things-for-parents-of-a-baby list. Who would have guessed that Doof would spend many happy hours pulling all the DVDs off the shelves one by one and then trying to replace them? Not me for sure but it's true :) so my top tip is - next time you need 5 minutes of peace (whether to eat, sleep, clean the house - your call) put your little one in front of a stack of shelves stacked with DVDs. Then enjoy the quiet. Make sure you have secured the unit to the wall though as the last thing you want is a squished baby :(
 
"Can we watch this one?"


Plug sockets

I think it's the whole "forbidden fruit" thing. And that fact that they're at eye level when crawling, have exciting little holes to poke and look a bit like light switches that he is allowed to turn on/off. Anyway he's now taken to turning to look at me when I say 'no' and giving a big grin. Whilst continuing to touch the plug socket of course... 

"No mummy, I wasn't just playing with that socket, honest"


Sunday, 6 October 2013

The little things



Sometimes it's nice to worry about the little things - either because it distracts you from the big things or because you're super lucky and don't have any.

Here are 3 of my current "little" worries:

1. That using this bath chair is going to reduce the likelihood of me ever being a grandmother - have you used one? Doof ends up more and more slouched until his bits are in rather a squidged position... #iwantgrandchildren



2. What do i clean first after a meal - Doof or the highchair tray? If I clean him first then within a nanosecond he's re-smeared his hands in the dirty tray. But if I clean the tray first then he always manages to re-dirty it with his hands/face before I manage to clean them... #needtohave8arms #octomum


 3. That i may be permanently damaging my baby by letting him watch tv. Current studies suggest I am... But if he *does* watch tv then which is worse - mindless children's programmes on Nick jr/CBBC or music videos on MTV? Everyone says music is good for babies and their development, rhythm, motor skills etc. But does that still hold true if it involves watching Robin Thicke prancing up and down surrounded by half-naked girls...? 

The joy of the "little things" is you can chop and change them whenever you like, even daily if you want. So they are guaranteed to never stress you out for too long. As a general rule, if you've been worrying about them for more than 3 weeks they've probably turned into a "big thing"...

So what are yours?

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The resurrection of my iPhone



Or "how to fix an iPhone after its been dropped in the loo"

So a few weekends ago (admittedly on a first-world scale) disaster struck. I'd filled my iPhone to capacity with photos and videos of Doof and was on my way downstairs to download them all onto my computer. I'd been meaning to do it for the last few weeks but kept putting it off and thinking "tomorrow tomorrow". Anyway on the way downstairs I popped into the bathroom... and accidentally dropped my iPhone into the (clean!) loo. 

I fished it out immediately and so "Operation Save iPhone" began...

Below I'll detail a mixture of information I gleaned from the Internet, things I did or didn't do and what could work.


How to de-waterlog your phone:

Step 1:

Easiest way is not to break it. Specifically don't put it in your back pocket because it probably will fall out. And if you're unlucky enough to be standing near the loo, it may fall in :(

Step 2:

Remove any screen guard/protective case etc and dry it off superficially as best you can using paper towels (more absorbent than a regular towel and you can bend over a corner to go inside little nooks and crevices). Never use a hair dryer. 

Step 3:

Pick your preferred long-term drying method. The most popular options are a bag of uncooked rice or a huge amount of silica gel sachets. Whichever you choose leave your phone for at least 48 hours but preferably for 3-4 days minimum for best chance of resurrecting your phone.

I put my phone in a Tupperware with a dehumidifier block for 3 days and then tried to turn it on and charge it - when nothing happened I then hedged my bets and put it in a bag of rice for 4 more days.

Dehumidifier block - make sure your phone is not touching the bottom of the tupperware in case any water pools there

Bag of rice - submerge your phone completely and get rid of most of the air in the bag. Use uncooked and plain rice (without any coating on).

Step 4:

After 7 days of trying to dry my phone off I plugged it into my computer again to see what would happen. Excitingly the battery sign came on as if it was trying to charge…. But then nothing else happened :(

I left the phone “charging” for the next hour but still nothing more happened – it wasn’t being picked up by my computer and when I tried to turn it on nothing happened.

So I took it to an “iPhone repair shop” in West Kensington. We found this small independent shop advertising on the internet as being able to repair water damaged phones and as the Apple shop won’t help with repairs for water-damaged phones we thought it was worth a try.

And… after 5 days they called me and said it was completely fixed! Cost £49 and for that I got a fully functional iPhone back, with all my photos/videos intact and a warranty for the next month.

So happy!

And the first thing I did as soon as I got home was download all my photos to the safety of my computer! And then backed them up on an external hard drive. And then further backed them by uploading them to an online storage system. Lol

So a happy ending for me and all my photos of Doof. Below are a few of the ones which were lost but are now ok :)
  







Hopefully you will never get your phone wet but here are some other tips I read/was told (I can’t vouch for the reliability of any/all of them!!):

-          remove the sim card holder before drying
-          don’t try and turn your phone on after submersion before drying it – risk of frying/shorting all the insides
-          hoard all the mini silica packets that come in new handbags etc and put those in a sandwich bag with your phone to help dry it out
-          after drying it out attach phone to computer with lead, rather than to wall charger. That way you may still be able to access (and save) all the data on the phone even if it doesn’t work to make calls etc

But my BIGGEST TIP is back up back up back up your phone really regularly, have iCloud or Clonephone or something similar - no one wants to lose their pictures, especially baby ones which you can never take again...

Friday, 23 August 2013

Nursery update (part 2)


So here’s a quick update to our nursery story – a lot has changed since my last nursery post, most of it positive :)

Week 2

Session 5 (afternoon, 2 hours): lasted the full 2 hours!! Woohoo! Was a bit tearful when I arrived to collect him but he’d even managed to have a sleep whilst there which was definitely a positive development!


Week 3

Unfortunately Doof was really sick during this week and actually spent 3 nights in hospital. So he not only missed a whole week of sessions but by the time he went back in Week 4, he hadn’t been there for nearly 2 weeks so I was worried it might be back to square 1...


Week 4

Session 6 (day, 5 hours): so unsurprisingly the first session after such a long break did not go perfectly. I was called back after 2.5 hours as he was just upset, had refused any lunch and they couldn’t cheer him up. Not a good day for Doofy :(

Session 7 (day, 5 hours): Doof did it – he started at 9am, had a sleep, had lunch and had another sleep and I picked him up at 2pm. So proud of how well he did after so much struggling before. I can’t honestly say he looked very happy when I picked him up… but he wasn’t crying (he was just having a big cuddle from one of the nursery staff!).

Session 8 (day, 5 hours): I was at a work course so Daddy was in charge of drop off and pick up today and it all went really well. Doof was even playing by himself when OH went to collect him – first time he was ever not having to be cuddled non-stop by someone! #milestone

Session 9 (afternoon, 3 hours): Another good day, he ate all his tea and was busy shaking a rattle when I arrived to collect him (whilst having his standard cuddles with his key worker!)

Session 10 (morning, 3 hours): Doof is becoming an old hand at this nursery lark now (although he is still far from managing the 11-12 hour stints he’s going to be doing eventually).

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So all in all lots of positive developments since my first nursery post. Next week is our penultimate one and he has nursery settling every day, with the longest stint being 8 hours… fingers crossed it all carries on going well as that will definitely make my return to work easier.

The only thing bothering me remains the sleep issue. They put him in a cot once but he woke up when another baby cried so since then they have put him to sleep in his buggy every time. At least he gets some sleep but it means he is getting maximum 45 minutes each nap (so no long nap post-lunch) – probably because he likes sleeping on his side/tummy and moves around a lot when sleeping, none of which he can do in a buggy :( 

I really hope letting him sleep in the buggy so much doesn’t have a knock-on effect and make him worse at settling in his cot at home. And I really hope they try him in the cot again as I don’t want him to always sleep in his buggy for the next few years at nursery!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Guilt


I am struggling with enormous of feelings of guilt this week, partly exacerbated by seeing how sad he has been when unwell and how much he needed us around.

So I go back to work in under 2 weeks, nursery settling-in has started and I am in the process of trying to work out who is going to do drop off/pick up/give Doof breakfast and supper etc each day.

Due to mine and OH’s working patterns and commute distances Doof is going to be dropped with someone at 7am (nursery opens at 7.30) and then (hopefully!) brought home by someone when nursery closes at 6 as neither of us will be home before 6.30 at earliest (and probably nearer 7)… I feel so guilty that he is going to be out of his house, and not with either of us, for around 12 hours a day.

I feel so guilty that we will just have time in the morning to wake him and get him dressed before shipping him off for someone else to give him breakfast and get him properly ready for the day ahead.

I feel so guilty that when all the other mums and dads drop their babies off at nursery he will already be there (as one of his nursery teachers has agreed to do the 7-7.30 stint).

I feel so guilty that when all the other mums and dads arrive at nursery to pick up their babies he will be left waiting for a stranger to collect him.

I feel so guilty that we won’t be there to see his first steps or hear his first words, as odds are over 70% in favour of those happening when we’re not with him.

I feel so guilty that I’ll have to hear about his day at nursery second-hand from whoever has him in the evenings as I won’t be there to see the nursery staff myself.

I feel so guilty that for one week in three I won’t be there to tuck him in at night as I won’t get home til 11pm and that another week he won’t see me in the mornings as I will have been working all night and still won’t be home.

I feel so guilty that I will miss so much of his formative years, time when he is growing and changing and developing as “him”.
                             
I think it is all getting to me this week as not only is back-to-work rapidly approaching but I still don’t have my rota so have no idea what shifts I’m working when, have no idea what hours I’ll be working in 2 weeks time, if I’ll see Doof in the mornings or evenings or neither and am completely unable to finalise full childcare arrangements.

I am worried that. Doof is quite a mummy’s boy (unsurprising as he’s spent every day of the last 10 months with me – think the longest I have been away from him is 2 or 3 hours – the joys of exclusive breastfeeding!!) and the few nursery-settling sessions so far haven’t exactly been a resounding success… how is he going to feel suddenly being left for over 12 hours a day?

And lastly I am worried about when Doof gets sick (which he obviously will in nursery). Neither my job nor my OH’s will be easy to get any time off from and as we are both full-time the pressure will be on to hire an “emergency nanny” to look after him instead. But how horrid will that be for him – to introduce a new person into the mix, especially as they’ll be around at his worst/more tired/most stressed/most sad times.

I think being a working parent is going to be really hard. Even harder than I ever imagined.

Despite all this I am trying to think about the positives.

That we will have even nicer times at the weekends as it’ll be more special.

That he will enjoy socialising with other children at nursery.

That once I am back at work I will enjoy it (hopefully!).

That …… I’m not sure I can think of any others :(

If you can, or if you’ve gone back to work and have a happy tale about it, please comment below as I would love to switch my guilt off (or at least turn it down a bit) so I enjoy these last few weeks rather than stressing out.


A picture to cheer myself up - who would want to leave this??

And another one :)

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Cups, cups, cups… or bottle avoidance


A legacy of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of Doof’s life meant he never had a regular bottle and so when it came time to give him water with meals and wean him onto formula pending return to work, we decided to avoid bottles altogether and go straight to a cup (rather than introducing a bottle only to have to wean him off it a few months later).

But trying to convince a baby to go from boob (warm, comforting, smells of mummy, intrinsically linked with cuddles etc etc) to a plastic cup is not the easiest of tasks. As a result we have tried (I think – it definitely feels like it!!) every single cup available from Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda, Boots and John Lewis.




Here’s what we thought:


Tommee Tippee “First Cup”

This seems to be the pretty standard choice of most people.

 
Advantages:
§       Free-flow spout means baby learns more quickly what a cup is all about
§       Easy to clean, only 2 components
§       Handles easy to hold – Doof could do it easily aged 5 months

Disadvantages:
§       Free-flow spout means milk/water goes everywhere when Doof over-enthusiastically waves the cup around…
§       The lids are nearly impossible to get off (tip – make sure spout is open before you try)
§       Only holds 190ml which is less than most babies take in a single bottle aged 6-12 months
§       Very difficult to get the last 30-40ml out of the cup (due to ridging around spout hole)

Verdict:
Doof didn’t find this the easiest cup initially – probably because he was young when I first introduced it (4 months) and it was so different to the boob. So we stopped using it but have recently gone back to it and now he loves it. He will happily drink 150ml of milk from it, holding it himself and with only minimal tipping-it-upside-down!


Tommee Tippee “First Sips Cup”

We tried this one second. I thought Doof liked it initially but he quickly started to get frustrated with it.


Advantages:
§       “No spill” system due to valves inside lid so even if held upside down nothing comes out

Disadvantages
§       Due to valve system baby has to suck really hard to get any drink out
§       Assembly is fiddly with the cup, spout and 2 different valve pieces – so lots of little bits to clean/lose etc
§       Sometimes even when the valves were correctly assembled still no drink came out but there was no way of me knowing until Doof got more and more cross…

Verdict:
We didn’t get on with this one at all. It was really fiddly to clean and put together and half the time there was hardly any flow, however hard Doof sucked. So not much incentive for him to keep sucking.


Tommee Tippee “Tip It Up Cup”

 
Advantages:
§       Combines elements of free-flow with system to reduce most spills
§       Larger cup so holds more drink
§       Handles easy to hold – Doof could do it easily aged 5 months
§       Soft spout which some say is much better for oral development than a hard one

Disadvantages:
§       Because it’s designed to be free-flow-ish, if baby pulls spout out of mouth too quickly or when half sucking, a lot of drink spills everywhere as the spout is really wide when open
§       No markings on cup so difficult to work out volumes for milk or to know how much your baby has drunk

Verdict:
This seems to be an intermediate between ‘First Cup’ and ‘First Sips Cup’. It has complete free-flow when sucked but if tipped upside down (briefly!) it doesn’t leak. This can dupe you into a false sense of security that it won’t be messy though and then suddenly your baby ends up with milk all over themselves! This was our preferred cup until we discovered the Nuby one below.


Doidy cup


Advantages:
§       Most similar to the standard cup that children/adults use
§       Helps babies learn how to sip and swallow in a co-ordinated way
§       Very easy to clean

Disadvantages:
§       Mess, spills, more mess, puddles of drink everywhere!

Verdict:
This is obviously the model we are all aiming towards but I am definitely not the sort of saint that can cope with using this cup at every meal! Doof seems to really enjoy drinking from it though and he is starting to get the hang of taking a sip and then putting the cup back down rather than just pouring more and more around his face. At the moment I try and use it once a day and just put a small amount of water in the bottom – the keep topping it up as he drinks it – leads to a lot less spillage!


Nuby “Grip’n’Sip”


Advantages:
§       Soft spout
§       Easy for Doof to handle

Disadvantages:
§       When you screw the spout on it can twist out of the handles groves if you are not careful – its easy to fix but you need to be aware of it
§       Not truly free-flow
§       No volume markings on cup (I ended up marking some on with a permanent marker)
§       Need to clean spout carefully if using it for milk as there are a few little crevices where milk can pool
§       After several sucks the spout becomes deformed and indents at an angle. It is easy to fix by just pinching the spout between your fingers to release the vacuum and then the spout returns to normal.  This may just be the way Doof sucks but it happens a couple of times every time he uses it – it’s not a major problem and he can still drink when the spout is deformed but I think the drinking angle is slightly more awkward.

Verdict:
This was our preferred cup from 5.5 months (when we discovered it) until now. We had a red one for water and blue one for milk. Doof still uses it for water at mealtimes (mainly so it doesn’t matter if it gets shaken around/thrown off highchair etc – a regular occurrence!) but for milk we have switched back to the TT First Cup as the flow is quicker and I want him to start getting used to free-flow. Would definitely recommend this as a first “starter cup”.


Tommee Tippee “Easy Drink Beaker”


Advantages:
§       “No spill” system due to valves inside lid so even if held upside down nothing comes out
§       Much larger beaker so holds a lot more drink

Disadvantages
§       There are no handles
§       Due to valve system baby has to suck really hard to get any drink out
§       Assembly is fiddly with the beaker, spout and 2 different valve pieces – so lots of little bits to clean/lose etc
§       Sometimes even when the valves were correctly assembled still no drink came out but there was no way of me knowing until Doof got more and more cross…

Verdict:
We only used this one twice as Doof just didn’t understand what to do/how to hold it as there are no handles. I suspect this one will be better when he is older (more than 12 months) although the cup info did say it was suitable for his current age.

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So there it is - Doof and my top picks are the Nuby to start with, followed by the Tommee Tippee First Cup.
 
Have you tried any other cups with your baby?
Did you find them good or bad?
I'd love to hear what has and hasn't worked for you all :)
 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Nursery (part 1)


I’m going to add to this post every week or two while Doof is doing his nursery settling-in. His nursery is brilliant as they offer free settling-in over 4-5 weeks which is perfect for us as Doof is not taking to it very quickly…

I’m hoping that with time it will reflect a massive improvement in how Doof is getting on and maybe  will help other people who are starting on the settling-in period. Or it could horrifically put them off if it is a complete disaster!! Lol

The goal is for him to be in nursery for 11 hours a day  from the start of September...

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Week 1

Session 1 (afternoon, 1 hour): as it was his first session I stayed for the hour and sat on the floor playing with him. He crawled off, explored toys, looked interested in everything happening around and wasn’t that interested in being near me (although he did check every now and then that I was still there). Woohoo I thought… this bodes well for him having fun here and not needing me :)

Session 2 (afternoon, 1 hour): was called after 40 minutes as he was too upset despite their best efforts to cheer him up

Session 3 (afternoon, 1 hour): he lasted the whole hour but had to be cuddled and carried around by his key worker the whole time. Baby steps I suppose…


Week 2

Session 4 (afternoon, 2 hours): called back 3 times, stayed about 10 minutes each time during which Doof would happily play, leave my side to go and explore things, interact with other babies… but within 10-15 minutes of me leaving he was crying so much they had to call me back

Session 5 is later today… wish us luck!

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I’m wondering if mornings might be better as Doof is generally a bit more tired in the afternoons. I guess we’ll see next week...

What I am most worried about is sleeping though. Doof is completely regressed and is now a nightmare to get to sleep – he cries for up to 30 minutes before each nap (even if I keep going in every few minutes) and I am really worried about how he is going to cope at nursery. Am sure they won’t let him cry for ages in the ‘sleeping room’ as he will disrupt all the other babies, so will they just not make him sleep if he resists? Will they cuddle him to sleep which might just reinforce this behaviour? Or will he miraculously change his behaviour as soon as he sees the other babies settling to sleep without a problem??!! I’d like to think that is what will happen, but am rather dubious :(

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Stopping breastfeeding - end of an era



So this is somewhere I never imagined I would be 8 months ago when we were having endless breastfeeding problems (most due to undiagnosed tongue tie) with the most incredible pain (forget labour!) on every feed – so would spend the 30 minutes of the feed crying with pain and the next 2 hours crying in preparation of the next feed…

But yet here we are.

At 9 months old and with return-to-work looming in a few weeks we have weaned down from 24 feeds a day (one crazy feeding frenzy day in January!) to one BF first thing in the morning… and in the next week or so even that one is going to have to go.

And I am more sad than I ever thought I would be. So I thought I’d write a list of what I both will and won’t miss :)

Things I will miss:

-          Doof pausing during a feed, coming off and looking up at me to smile before going back on – picture of bliss
-          him stroking my arm as he feeds
-          the quietness and calmness, especially during night feeds
-          the sense of achievement that my body is making something amazing, has produced all the nutrients he needed for the first few months of his life
-          how easy it is – just plug him on and off he goes, no sterilising needed, no clean cups, no boiling kettles, no measuring spoons, no having to make sure you remember to take enough food with you etc
-          eating anything I like and then justifying it to myself - I needed that whole packet of Jaffa cakes/dairy milk/haribo because I'm breastfeeding




Things I won't:

-          him pulling my hair, poking at my eyes, putting his finger up my nose, his little grippy fingers pinching my arm etc etc all while I am a captive audience as I can’t escape him when he’s latched on…
-          the ever present possibility of being bitten... it hasn’t happened yet and he still has no teeth so one very good reason for stopping sooner rather than later before any come through!
-          the paraphernalia associated with BF – the breast pads, the functional bras, constantly changing bra size (since Doof was born I’ve had to change sizes 3 times!) 
-          the agonising pain in the first 6 weeks before his tongue tie was fixed and the associated constant frustration for weeks on end when he couldn’t latch properly
-          having really bad vasospasm during the winter months… o.w.w.w.w. Next time I’m having a summer baby :)
-          the episodes of mastitis (once ended up in hospital on iv antibiotics for 3 days – not great when your baby is only 2 weeks old!) and the regular expressing needed – how soul-destroying it was to have to set my alarm every 2 hours overnight to express when Doof happily slept for 6 hours straight…



Anyway for now I am going to stick with the 6am feed, enjoy the cuddles and closeness and not think about what 2 weeks time will bring.
What about you – any other things you will/won’t or have/haven’t missed when stopping breastfeeding?