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Teething – a different experience with each child.

Isn’t it funny how different our children can be? They come from the same parents, raised virually the same, yet are so different! My 2 boys are so far very different in so many things. Timmy is very chilled, placid and a go with the flow kinda kid. When he was little he wasn’t the most cuddly child, he would never fall asleep on you, unless he was unwell. As he has grown, he has become more cuddly, but not a whole lot, he is getting more affectionate. Elijah is temperamental and very demanding but very cuddly. he will fall asleep on you he loves his cuddles and being held.

So its no wonder they were very different when it comes to teething also. Timmy would not take a teething toy, nothing! He was the sort of child that would not put anything in his mouth unless it was food. I did not have a worry about him, but when it came to trying to help with his teething, nothing worked, except calpol. Everyone said to get him a Sophie the giraffe, they raved on about this bloody thing, all the kids loved them…..except timmy! I paid close to 20 pounds online for this thing, and he wouldn’t put it near his mouth nor play with it! Had he of done, I wouldn’t have minded paying so much for it, however it was a waste of money and never got touched. In the end I gave it away, hopefully it went to a more useful home!

Elijah, well he would have loved sophie the giraffe, this child puts everything and everything in his mouth! except dummies…I tried them on him when he was about 3 months old thinking it would help his teething or help with the crying. nope, he wasn’t having none of it! I’m sort of glad he didn’t take to dummies because ive never been keen on them, but at the time when I was going through PND and trying to deal with a threenanger, and a baby who kept crying I would have been happy if he took a dummy and cried less!

so I brought some teething rings you put in the freezer, but I find these are so big in there little mouths, and when it is cold outside, he isn’t keen on touching a freezing teething ring. In sumer its good as it helps cooling him down. I also found frozen berries works well, he loves frozen berries so it works well, but I only started them once he ws well established at chewing!

recently I was lucky enough to collaborate withΒ Three.plus.me.17 on Instagram. It is a small Australian company that makes home made Silicon Teething items, necklaces teething rings, bracelets and keyrings ect. I decided to reach out as I loved the look of their items. I was sent 2 teething necklaces, I had not tried teething necklaces before, and honestly wish I had found them sooner! I was sent the most lovely baby blue and grey necklace seenΒ here Elijah loves it. and the more subtle black and blue necklace, both go with anything I am wearing. I had stopped wearing jewellery when I had my boys as they pull on them and want to put them in there mouths, but with a teething necklace this is exactly its purpose, so its a winner!

So that’s my experience with my first two boys on teething. very different experiences and reactions to teething. would love to hear bout your experiences, please share them, or add a link to your post below x

Candice xx

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My biggest Baby

So Timmy is now 4 years old. I still remember the day he was born like yesterday. On Friday he officially started in the big room at Pre school. while I was super excited for him, as was he, I was sad. He is no longer my little baby. But something tells me, even when he is 20 I will still see him as my baby. Mean while I have Elijah who is 17months, and a new baby on the way due next month, only a few weeks away. But every new milestone Timmy hits just makes me realise how fast time goes. How precious these days with them being so small are.

Timmy loves his preschool, he adores his teachers, makes friends really easy and is just a nice natured child. However challenging he may be at times. I’m so lucky I’ve been able to be the stay at home mum and get to witness these days. They really do go so fast! Although he wont be going to big school next year, him being in the big room where they practice school readiness is such a big thing for him, and for me! I’m so proud of the little person he is becoming. Every night when he is asleep before I go to bed myself I ALWAYS go in and check on him, give him a kiss and tell him I love him. when he sleeps, his sleeping face is the exact same as when he was a newborn, I’m transported back in time and my heart grows even more with love and gratitude for the little gift he is. The day he was born my life changed in a way that set me on my life’s purpose. Every day I live and breathe for these little munchkins, there are some days when I wish I was at work instead of at home, but these days don’t happen very often andΒ  usually follow days of me being so thankful. Times can be challenging, but when there good, it just means even more.

So that’s my post for today, just reflecting, and feeling a whole lot of different emotions as you do being a parent!

Candice xx

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Berries & Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

These Chia seed pudding’s seem to be the absolute craze right now don’t they? And its easy to see why! I have started experimenting with a few different recipes lately, and I found this one a winner for me! Its easy and quick to prepare. If you are like me and the mornings get a little hectic, trying to prepare breakfasts for 2 monkeys, getting dressed and ready for the day and find its after 10 and still have not had breakfast then this is a great solution as you prepare the pudding the night before, preferably when all kiddlets have gone to bed! Put it in the fridge, then you can pull it out in the morning and it’s ready to go! It’s simple, delicious and packed full of nutrition. what’s not to love?

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Check out the recipe below and let me know how you like it, or share your favourite chia seed pudding with me in the comments.

Berries & Vanilla Chia Seed PuddingΒ 

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries & 1/4 cup Raspberries
  • extra strawberries and raspberries for topping

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Instructions:

  1. In a blender, blend your almond milk, Greek yogurt, strawberries, raspberries & Vanilla extract.
  2. whisk in your chia seeds then Pour your mixture into 4 separate serving glasses or jars. Leave in your fridge overnight to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and create the pudding – like texture.
  3. The next morning remove from the fridge and place remaining strawberries, raspberries and other topping you like over the top of your chia seed pudding.
  4. Now enjoy!

Have you tried this pudding or wanting to? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Candice x