This is our first mini break with baby girl. Travelling up the motorway with a baby is a completely new experience for us. We have travelled this same route for many years but this is the first time with a baby.
I have never had the need to check out baby facilities at motorway services before, but now that’s my main concern.
Will they be clean?
Will they have a chair so I can breastfeed?
Will they actually have a baby room or just a pull down changing table in the disabled loo?
So as you can tell for a few days before we left I was feeling pretty anxious.
We are now starting on that big journey – Weaning! That scary time for a parent. Your baby is growing up. They need more than milk now so you enter that phase and question yourself.
What on earth do you feed them?
We have started slow and began with baby rice mixed with some of my breast milk. Baby girl loves it!.
As a newbie to buying baby food packets and jars I didn’t realise that they have different time limits in which they need to be used by. The packets of baby rice have a month. Some of the jars have 24 hours, some have 48 hours.
How on earth will I remember what was opened when, and when I’m supposed to use it by?
Out of Date Mates
Well to make life easier Out of Date Mates have these amazing little magnets which you write the time/date on. I have chosen to write the time/date that the products need to be used by. But you can choose to write on the time/date you opened them.
I have been a Milton Ambassador for a few months now and I’m absolutely loving it!
Milton have been going for years and it’s my mums favourite brand. Back in the day when my sisters, brother and I were small mum was a huge Milton fan. She used to use the liquid concentrated stuff in the blue bottles whereas now I use the tablets.
I have one of those huge 5 litre bucket sterilisers where you can just throw everything in. Plastic baby cutlery, bowls, bottles, teething rings and plastic toys as well. Furthermore it’s one of those pieces of equipment that you can’t live without once you have one!
Oh and not forgetting all those breastfeeding pump parts.
This week we spent some time away. A day in Scarborough and some time in Derbyshire.
While we were up in Derbyshire I had to go to Bakewell. We always go there as it’s just a gorgeous place.
A few years back people started putting love locks on the bridge there. My husband and I put a lock on there as well but there are thousands on there now and we could never find it again. But I love to know it’s on there somewhere.
I am very pleased to host a guest post by the lovely Clare Carson. Author of 2015’s Orkney Twilight and her latest novel The Salt Marsh.
But first, here is a little about her new book The Salt Marsh.
It is a year since Sam’s father died, but she cannot lay his ghost to rest. Jim was an undercover agent living a double life, and Sam has quit university to find out the truth about his work. Her journey will take her from the nightclubs of 80s Soho to the salt marshes and shingle spits of Norfolk and Kent.
Here, in a bleak windswept landscape dotted with smugglers’ huts and buried bones, Jim’s secret past calls to her like never before. Now Sam must decide. Will she walk away and pick up her own life? Or become an undercover operative herself and continue her father’s work in the shadows…
A haunting thriller set in the windswept marshes of Kent and Norfolk, from the author of Orkney Twilight
Are you spending more than you need to on heating your home?
Heating a family home can cost a small fortune and, like lots of people up and down the country, you might dread getting your energy bills. Particularly in winter when the colder weather strikes, you may find yourself paying a premium to keep your home warm and cosy. However, while there’s inevitably a cost to warming your property, it’s possible that you’re currently paying over the odds. If you think you might be wasting money, it’s worth asking yourself the following questions.