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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Project 365 - Week 16 (days 103 -109)

April 13th / Day 103
We visited The Jungle Zoo in Cleethorpes today and when we arrived this rhinocerous iguana was stood (or sat?!) here. It was still there when we left an hour later!

April 14th / Day 104
The three men taking an afternoon nap... And it's only Monday!

April 15th / Day 105
We went to a stay & play session with Ballpool Heaven again today and Daddy & J had lots of fun!

April 16th / Day 106
Little man N and a nearly smile.

April 17th / Day 107
Little man N wearing one of little man J's old outfits. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen just how alike they look!

April 18th / Day 108
A sleepy smile from little man N.

April 19th / Day 109
Daddy & I had turns on the trampoline with little man J today, I managed to get an (albeit blurry) action shot of Daddy!

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Recipe - Banana loaf cake

Banana cake is a firm favourite in our house, especially with little man J who loves both bananas and cake! And big Mr just loves cake in general...

This recipe is very simple and you can vary it such as adding cinnamon & walnuts, yummy! You can also top it with icing (lemon icing is good) if you so wish, but it is delicious without, especially with a cuppa.

  • 2/3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • 2 beaten eggs

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200C/400F.
  • Mash the bananas with the lemon juice.
  • Cream together the butter & sugar.
  • Beat in the eggs.
  • Add the bananas. 
  • Sift the flour and add to the mixture (though if you use a freestanding mixer you don't usually need to sift the flour).
  • Turn into a loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool, then enjoy!

Banana cake

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Little man N at 1 month old

So it's time for the first of little man N's monthly updates (a little lot later than planned...)! I can honestly say that time is going much quicker this time - probably because I'm constantly on the go!

We managed to get him registered the week after he was born - so he is officially NWJG! I'd forgotten how lovely it was to make them all official.

N was breastfed for the first four weeks - he also had some formula during this time meaning he became a proper little chunk. He only lost 4 oz in his first 5 days.  At his 10 day check he had gained that back plus another 6 oz. I was very proud of this considering our feeding problems as in this time he only had breast milk. He weighed 10 lbs at one month old - his birth weight was 7lb 6oz.

He is a hungry little man just like his brother was. He has been doing the 'norm' for a baby of this age though feeding every 2 hours, sometimes less. 

Also just like his brother, he is not a huge fan of sleeping in his own bed. He did sleep in his Moses basket on his first night and then as we were in hospital on nights 2 & 3 he slept in the cot there, but since then he has co-slept pretty much every night since. He's just a baby that loves snuggles. 

We had our first go at baby-wearing at 2 weeks old and he very much liked it. I started much earlier this time than I did with J as by the time I got around to it with him, he hated it and would just scream when I wrapped him. 

He seems to be doing things sooner than his brother did as we had his first coo out of him at 3 weeks old! Lots of windy smiles too, but oh so cute. Roll on the first proper smile!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Project 365 - Week 15 (days 96 - 102)

April 6th / Day 96
Couldn't resist taking a photo of N's eyelashes when he was asleep. Love my boys' eyelashes.

April 7th / Day 97
The first time I managed to capture a proper big smile!

April 8th / Day 98
N's first night in the cot I won. He's practically outgrown his Moses basket already - he's a long boy just like his brother!

April 9th / Day 99
J did this to me when he was a baby too - charming!

April 10th / Day 100
I hadn't taken any other photos today so here is my dinner - smoked mackerel salad.

April 11th / Day 101
This is N's first time in the big bath. J decided he was going to help wash him!

April 12th / Day 102
N is six weeks old today; asleep in his Daddy's arms.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Little man J at 2 years old

Well I can't believe the original little man is now 2 years old. I haven't updated about his progress as regularly as I should have, but it is my mission for the year for now, for both of them! Since my last update nearly 6 months ago, he has come on so much in lots of areas. 

He has so many new words (lots of them with thanks to Peppa Pig!). I'm not going to list them this time as there are way too many to keep up with nowadays; he's saying at least one new word every 2 or 3 days. There are lots of animal names and noises; food words; greetings and goodbyes; toilet activities; and he's starting to recognise body parts. He can also now count to 3! Although sometimes he says 1, 2, 8!...

Although he knows the words for wee & poo, potty training is still a no-go at the minute. He usually uses it as a hat - luckily he has done nothing in it at these times! He has sat on it a couple of times though, but he doesn't stay there long enough. He doesn't even tell me when he's done a wee or a poo so I don't think he's quite ready anyway. (After I'd written this I had to come back to edit it as he brought me his potty saying 'wee wee' - he sat on it with his nappy off but just played with himself instead! Typical man hey!).

He still doesn't have all of his teeth! He was a late starter and at 2 years old he still only has 12 - his molars started coming through at 20 months. He does have another two coming through right now though. 

We recently took both of the sides off J's cot bed after removing one of them a few months ago. He had stopped falling out of the side that had been removed so we thought we would remove the other too, and make it even more like a proper big boys bed. He now falls out of the other side sometimes, but I can't imagine he hurts himself as I find him laid on the floor asleep! We still have his routine though so this has worked well for us. 

He has started young and has a girlfriend - the next door neighbour! Her grandad asked her one day do you have a boyfriend, and she said "Yes, J" - cute! They have loved playing together ever since we moved in but this was just lovely. They are quite close, whenever they go and call for each other and the other isn't in, or they have to come in for their tea etc., they always run away crying & upset. Young love, hey?!

He is gradually getting use to being a big brother. He wasn't so sure at first and would poke N - like he was testing that he was real or something! Although when he first met him he gave him a kiss and kisses him all the time now, as well as tickling his feet. He also helps me with nappy changes and puts nappies in the bin. I think he will be much better when N starts moving and he can play with him! 

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