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Thomas at 8 months

Thomas is now 8 months ago. I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. Over the last couple of months, Thomas has turned from a baby into a little boy. He is into everything. Whatever we have, he wants it and will do his best to get to it. Thomas is not interested in crawling at the moment and screams whenever you put up on his tummy on the floor, despite he could roll over and get out of the position if he wanted too.

Thomas can walk with support quite well and if stood up next to a sofa, he will cruise up and down it with ease. He can not pull himself up which means we do not have to invest in safety gates just yet. Thomas loves watching and playing with bigger babies and children. He just wants to be off with them having adventures. Thomas eats everything that I put in front of him including cheese and tomato pizza, broad bean, pea and garlic bruschetta and salmon, with mashed potatoes, vegetables and parsley sauce. He is a little foodie, just like his parents.

He still enjoys mummy and baby yoga and tiny talk. He did his first sign of bird a couple of weeks ago. Thomas enjoys listening to music and even doesn’t mind me singing to him! He loves playing in his new ball pit and going to the park to play on the swings. Today he has started to try to clap on his own too.

Thomas, you are a very happy and bright little boy. I cannot wait to see what else you will do over the coming months and years. I am a very proud mummy! 🙂

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Will Advice For New Parents

As I am sure some of you know, Stuart and I have recently purchased a new house. During the house purchase, we discussed with our solicitor that we wanted to set up a will once the purchase had gone through. It turns out that we should both have already had one and that until we get married, Thomas is both our next of kin. This was a bit of a wake up call for both of us and something we are sorting asap. I do not want to this happen to other expecting or new parents so here is some advice from solicitors about wills.

Now you’re no longer a couple, but a family with a new baby, as well as choosing a pram and car seat you should be writing a Will to ensure your child is cared for if anything happens to you.

Why should I make a will when I’m still young?

Sadly 60 per cent of people die without making a Will and then it’s left to the courts and the state to decide how children are cared for. By writing a Will you are making sure your wishes for your children’s welfare are carried out.

Can I say in a Will who will look after my child or children if I die?

Yes, you can appoint a legal guardian who you know and trust to care for your child or children if you and your spouse should die. This person will be responsible for making decisions in your place.

If I don’t make a Will what would happen to my property, money and belongings?

If you don’t make a Will the State will decide how your assets are distributed, regardless of your wishes, and if there are step children in the family the situation could be complicated.  Making a Will stating how you wish your assets to be distributed ensures your wishes will be carried out.

How can I ensure children from a previous relationship are cared for in my Will?

If there are stepchildren in the family a discretionary trust Will or a mutual Will can be used to ensure their future welfare is protected.

What is a discretionary trust Will?

This type of Will is suitable if you decide to leave half of your estate to a child from a previous relationship and half to your current spouse and children. You can put up to £325,000 into a trust for the child from a previous relationship and he or she would benefit from the trust when your spouse dies. This means your spouse and children can live in the family home but the money in the trust can’t be touched.

What is a mutual Will?

To make a mutual Will you and your spouse have to name the same beneficiaries to be left agreed sums of money when the second spouse dies. Each will would contain a clause to say that neither of you can change the Will without the other’s consent. This means that if you die first a child from a previous relationship will still be provided for and your spouse has access to all your money for his or her life time.

Visit www.mylawyer.co.uk to find out more.

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Thomas At 18 Weeks

Thomas is 18 weeks old

He weighs 15lbs 7oz
He likes to sit up with support and look at the world
He enjoys Mummy & Baby Yoga and Tiny Talk
He likes it when people talk to him
He is teething and has been since he was 8 weeks old
He has slept through the night 4 times! (2 of them in a row)
He enjoys going out and about on adventures with Mummy and Daddy
He dislikes tummy time but is getting there eventually with it
His favourite TV show is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
He enjoys swimming
He does not mind being looked after by other people
He is a happy, cheerful little boy (most of the time!)

I am getting more proud of him everyday 🙂

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Win £500 Worth of Baby Goodies From Infacol!

Infacol, the UK’s leading colic relief treatment, is offering one lucky person the chance to win a £500 worth of baby goodies and raising awareness of colic in the process. 

Infacol’s new social media pages officially launched on 3rd October 2011 (Facebook / Twitter / Blog / YouTube) and together, are dedicated to creating the ultimate parenting and baby wellbeing social community where you can learn, share tips and advice and get updated on all things relating to the wellbeing of your new addition – with a focus on colic of course.

To celebrate the launch of this new initiative, Infacol are running a sweepstake competition on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/infacol), the prize being approximately £500 worth of baby related goods.


It’s simple – Just ‘Like’ the new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Infacol) then answer 3 colic related questions correctly and follow the instructions to enter the contest – one lucky winner will be picked to win the prize on 2/11/11.

Competition Start Date: 3/10/11

Competition Finish Date: 1/11/11

The Prize: The goody bag contains an exciting range of premium brand unisex baby related goods, ideal for a newborn. The actual contents of the goody bag remain secret but the total value is equivalent to £500 of goods (RRP).

Many thanks to Blog Match for informing me about the competition.

Good luck! 🙂


Vanessa Kimbell, my friend, food writer and now cookbook author is challenging bloggers to share their dreams at the moment as she has just achieved her dream of becoming a food writer.

At the moment, I have two dreams. One sort of big dream that I would really like to achieve but am not sure I ever will and one dream that I hope will be achievable, especially with a little one on the way.

My big dream is to become a recognised full time food writer and cookbook author. My hero whose job I am aiming for when I say this, is Nigel Slater. I love his approach to food and how he gets to make recipes, potter around his garden and really enjoy food for what it is. Simple and honest food that gives people a really good meal that does not use extravagant ingredients or complicated techniques. I have no desire to be a chef as I do not think you can be very creative in the job, unless you get to a very high level in the profession. I also have no desire to be shouted at to get the steaks out every night of the week. Therefore, I think Nigel Slater has my dream job and I would love to achieve even a tiny bit of what he has done.

My smaller and hopefully more achievable dream is that I can find a job, whether it be in food or GIS (my day job at the moment) that means I can spend as much time as I can at home with my child to see them growing up. I also hope to earn enough money that I can give them everything they need in life, without them being spoilt. To achieve this,  I have thought about setting up my own GIS business or setting up some sort of private cookery lessons company that travels round to people’s homes and teaches them how to cook simple, not too expensive meals to feed their families with. I do not know exactly what I want yet but I do know that I want to see my child as much as possible. I would like a happy child who knows that their parents will do as much as they can to make sure it has the best start in life and is ready to face our ever changing world.

These are my dreams. What are yours?