Lifestyle, memories, Motherhood

Florence’s 6 Month Update

Our darling little Florence is six months old. How on earth has it been six months already? Now, I can already imagine your eyes rolling by what I just said, and I get it, it’s how time works… but when it’s your tiny little baby it just seems to go by so quickly.

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Florence is an absolute delight. Full of personality, and will quickly let you know if she wants something or if you’re not doing what she wants. She can sit up unsupported, and is now very comfortable on her tummy to play. She can move herself backwards whilst on her tummy, and has bum shuffled once or twice. She can get herself onto her hands and knees and then rocks back and forth as if she is dancing. All of this suggests it won’t be too long before she is on the move.

Her favourite toys are musical ones, however Florence will take every opportunity she can to get a phone or remote control, the toy ones just don’t cut it! She absolutely loves when Kaden comes home from school, as he usually spends some time playing on the floor with her. Both Kaden and Mitch can have Florence laughing in seconds, and it is wonderful to watch. She recognises voices and the faces of people in her life the most, and is always quick to give a smile. She loves the attention.

Now I’m actually writing this whilst she’s asleep in my arms, because she’s incredibly clingy and doesn’t like being put down for more than five minutes at a time. Don’t even try to put her down once she’s asleep, because the second she realises what you’re attempting to do she will pop one eye open as a warning, don’t even try it mummy! She’s still only little and will sort herself out when she is ready. Until then, we’re happy with how things are…

Apart from sleep. Or lack of, should I say! Since Florence was born, she has established and maintained a routine for sleep, which hasn’t yet improved (my fingers remain crossed on this one!) She sleeps for two hours at a time then wakes for a feed, then sleep for two hours, feed etc.

Although Florence is still exclusively breastfed, we have started to wean her with both puree and baby led weaning methods as she likes both. Her favourite foods so far are blueberries and sweet potato, but there has been nothing that she has not liked as of yet. More often than not, she wants whatever I have on my plate!

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In just six short months, Florence has made us a family of four, had a joint Christening with her big brother Kaden, learnt to smile and laugh, how to sit, play and interact. Mitch, Kaden and I have been overcome with love and emotion for Florence, as has everyone who has had the chance to meet her.

We have lots of exciting things ahead of us to look forward to this year, and we are so excited to watch you learn and grow.

Happy half birthday little one.

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Recipe

Children’s Chip Shop Recipe

This blog post is in partnership with Youngs Seafood, who undertook a study to examine food habits in families with children, in which 1,500 parents took part, all with children ranging from 4 years old to 15. As my eldest child is six years old, and a somewhat fussy eater, this study was of particular interest.

To help parents get their children clearing their plates, Young’s Seafood formed a panel of mini chefs and food critics- called The Youngsters. They have created Chip Shop style meals for home, with the aim to make meal times happy and improve the clearing of plates. Each recipe has been designed to be quick and easy for families to make, using common ingredients. For this blog post, the ‘Cod with Vegetable Chips’ will be shown, however all other recipes can be found on the website- Youngs Seafood.

Cod with Vegetable Chips 

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We are huge fans of creating vegetable chips in this house, as a healthier alternative, and an added vegetable on the plate.

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The cooking instructions are as follows;

  1. Cook the Young’s Chip Shop Large Cod Fillets as per the instructions on pack.

Vegetable Chips;

  1. Preheat the oven to 220’C/Fan 190’C/ Gas mark 7.
  2. Place vegetables in a large bowl & sprinkle over smoked paprika & drizzle over the olive oil, season with black pepper & toss together so the vegetables become evenly coated.
  3. Transfer to a large baking tray & spread out to a single layer.
  4. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and crisp.

Crushed Peas;

  1. Add peas to a pan of boiling water, bring to boil and simmer for 2 minutes, drain well.
  2. Place the peas in a food processor or blender, add the melted butter, vinegar, copped mint, process briefly making sure to retain some texture & season to taste.

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