Tuesday 31 January 2012

February Challenge

I have set myself a challenge and decided that everyday in the month of February I will do something new either with or for Dylan.  It may not always be a big thing, but it must be new. You would think that with a 6 month old this shouldn't be too much of a challenge, but i'm struggling with ideas already!

I think this may be more for me than him, as all I need to do is show him a water bottle and he is ecstatic (he has a fascination with Evian bottles I will never understand!).  He gets so excited by the smallest things, I sometimes wish life was that simple for me- it would be a much happier place!

You only have to hold a book in front of him and you get the same reaction- his legs stiffen, his hands start madly flailing around, the eyes widen and his smile says its Christmas morning.  And that is just for the front cover. . .

Well I have tomorrow's 'new thing' all ready but after that my ideas are running short.  Please help me out and comment with any ideas!
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Monday 30 January 2012

'To Dinosaur'

My son has a ferocious appetite. . . for milk, for breakfast, for dinner, for kisses and for toys, and it is not just children that make up words.  The Bloke has recently created the verb 'to dinosaur' to describe how Dylan growls as he face-dives at whatever it is he is after.

The phrase 'Dylan is dinosauring' is most commonly used when he notices someone's hands.  He has a real fascination with hands- more specifically, exploring them with his gums. I have never seen someone more desperate to have something than when he is eyeing up my fingers!

I understand that babies love to explore with their mouths but I never expected the salivating as he takes it in, the look in his eyes as he wonders whether it will fit in his mouth (and he is very ambitious- the sofa, a leg, the bumbo) and then with a long line of dribble pouring out his mouth he literally face-dives at whatever it is he wants.

My little Dylasaurus is currently 'dinosauring' a microphone on his baby bouncer acting like he hasn't been fed in months!

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Sunday 29 January 2012

Our Adventure Begins

My partner and I sat down one weekend in December 2010 and started planning our adventure.  We were going to travel the world- Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and anywhere else that took our fancy.  We set August as our departure date and created savings goals and a joint bank account.  I had been travelling straight after graduating from university, but my partner at the age of 27, had never been on an airplane before.

My partner and I sat down the next weekend in December 2010 and started planning a rather different adventure.  We kept the joint bank account and savings goals, but swapped our August destination from exotic lands to the labour suite at the local hospital.

The blog is called 'The Mummy Adventure', as I swapped one kind of adventure for a much messier, much longer and much more expensive one.  Having a baby is exciting, rewarding and I am always learning something new, and it doesn't have to stop us seeing the world.  Dylan is not even 6 months old and has already taken in the sights of Austria and Czech Republic, and hopefully he will be a very well travelled child- (providing he is always as cheap and well behaved as he was previously) as there as so many places I still want to see.

2 hour old baby, newborn baby, maternity ward

weaning, highchair, 5 month old baby

At 6 months old my son seems to have come so far from that helpless newborn baby, and I think the next chapter of our adventure will be noisier and messier but just as exciting!
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Saturday 28 January 2012

Welcome to our world

Hello and welcome to our world.

      We- in this case- is myself, Bex and my son Dylan who is 25 weeks old ( 6 months next Thursday).  Dylan entered the world on 2nd August 2011 and turned my life upside down- although I think of it more as him turning it the right way up.  

     From the moment he entered the world I was in love, and even with feeds every two hours in the night, nappies that stink the house out and the terrible state of my roots ( now that I feel Dylan is too old to sit in the buggy for 3 hours whilst I get my hair done) I very rarely feel otherwise.

     I love writing lists, and not the practical 'to do' lists (I write them, but 6 months later I still haven't finished everything on my list for that day).  I like writing any lists, and pregnancy gave me many opportunities from 'baby names', 'things we need for a newborn' and 'Books I want my son to own', to 'names that don't need a surname' (like Thor, and Caesar) and 'what colour buggies I am allowed that aren't too girly' (we ended up with mulberry).

This blog is very likely therefore, to contain many lists both relevant and irrelevant to parenthood, and to start with here is a list of things Dylan and I DO NOT agree on:

1.  When acceptable mealtimes are.  Other than when you are drunk and the kebabs are calling, 3am has never been snack time- especially not every night!

2. That there is a time and a place.  When the extended family is all sat round the dinner time for a special meal, farting so loudly you wake yourself up- although highly amusing, is not general table manners.  It was however extremely funny and as he was only a few weeks old I shall give him time to learn this one.

3.  What tastes nice:  The floor does not.  Mummy's hair does not.  Towels do not.  Teddies do not.  In his defence he hasn't tried chocolate fudge cake yet, but still . . .!

4.  Where his mouth is.  He insists on trying to feed himself but combines it with face painting, highchair painting and floor painting at the same time.  Mummy can get it straight in there nice and neatly, but that's no fun!

Things that we DO agree on:

1. That napping should be part of everyday life.  I could quite easily nap everyday, and probably for longer than he can!

2. Being fed every two hours is nice, but I prefer something more exciting than milk every time.

3.  The importance of cuddles.

4. That the only way I am getting out of bed at 6am is if I get LOTS of smiles, and even then I will find it very hard to reciprocate.

mother and baby, black and white photo, love

Well hopefully you will come back and enjoy the journey with us!
Bex and Dylan

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