Posts Tagged ‘feeding’


Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Cillian has been eating actual food now for a few weeks, in addition to milk from mum, and milk from HIPP. It is good fun, trying out new stuff on him, and giving him the chance try what we’re eating… but it gets messy!

In addition to whatever sustenance he gets from keys, mobile phones, books, pieces of wood, my nose (ugh!), and whatever he finds under the sofa, he gets lots of fun finger food (pieces of any interesting fruit, cheese, etc) and mashed up fruit, veg, meat and fish. Once strapped into his high chair (the “umpire’s chair”), the fun begins.

I have a good laugh, doing impressions of the different fruit and veg (“broccoli” is a particular favourite… no kidding!). They are generally quite difficult to explain in a blog, so just ask me if you want a demonstration.

What I have noticed, though, is that feeding activity is rather reminiscent of when I did the tiling in my old house in Peterborough… and thus I have renamed it “grouting”. You know… you see a gap, and you cram some goop into it. Wipe off any excess with a sponge, an use it to fill the next gap you see! :)

Formula 1

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Well, that was Cillian’s first dose of formula milk, and he chugged it down without batting an eyelid. 200ml of it, too, which is more than can be expressed usually. We had a great afternoon and evening, visiting friends in Waterbeach and Cambridge, so he’d had time to work up an appetite. Ka was slightly upset, though, since this was his first ever feed without any mother’s milk.

Anyway, it was a good test, since Karyn is taking the youngster to France on Monday, and we wanted to try out the formula, which she will have with her as a back up.

Anyway, he is out like a light (as usual, really) so it is time for us to sleep, too!

Science Festival

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

The Cambridge Science Festival was on again this week. Loads of interesting stuff happening. Karyn and I were running some biology-related talks (well, Karyn mainly), Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening.

Since Ka was in charge, she had to be around to deal with speakers, set things up for talks, and so on. On Monday, she drove into Cambridge, and got to my work for about 18h. She was meeting that evening’s speaker, so left Cillian with me. He was getting hungry, and he wasn’t in the best of moods, so I got him back inside as quickly as possible, knowing that a milk was what was needed. Oh, but it wasn’t going to be that simple!


Tips & Tricks (1)

Friday, January 30th, 2009

So what have we found to help in the last few days?

1. Feeding him before changing his nappy means that he’s much more relaxed, and is quite happy to lie there and gaze at his mobile, whilst dad deals with the other end

2. Warm romper suit = good; cold romper suit = bad. For the martial artists in the audience, this is the same as the difference between a really cold keikogi and one that’s, well, not cold. Romper suits, being tiny, can be shoved under your t-shirt for a few minutes while you’re changing baby, and then aren’t quite such a shock when you have to wrestle baby’s little limbs into the sleeves and legs!

3. If you’re expecting a baby, you’ll hear lots about “skin-to-skin” contact with your baby. They love, it gives that warm fuzzy feeling inside – everyone’s happy. :)

4. You’ll also be told that when you take a nappy off, the baby’s quite likely to wee everywhere. This is no joke. We’ve got an old flannel handy, which we quickly drape over the danger area. We learnt this after he had wee’d on the floor, the clean nappy, dad, and (funniest of all) his own face.

5. It is important that you recognise your baby’s poo-face, and the difference between “active” and “complete”. Removing a nappy before its done with can be bad news for your carpet (where you might be changing him during the middle of the night… !). Eeek.

6. If you can avoid changing them during the middle of the night, do so. Basically, if you’re baby’s not complaining, then think twice. You’re tired, baby’s tired, and no-one want the hassle. A little empathy will help  -  imagine yourself in bed, 03h. You wake up a bit peckish, so you go and have a bowl of bran flakes, and go back to bed. Moments later, someone has undressed you, and is holding you by your ankles at 45-degrees. Wet cotton balls are hastily wiped around your bare butt, and then you are dressed in new (possibly COLD) clothes. Now go back to sleep.

7.  Projectile vomiting is a) real, and b) can be quite a shock. Don’t drop your baby. Get ready for lots of mopping up, rinsing of clothes / carpets / curtains / blankets / cushions / etc!

Hungry White Pyjamas

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Merci à tous pour les emails, les commentaires sur le blog, et pour vos voeux. C'est très excitant en plus que je peux partager tous nos nouvelles avec nos ami et famille!

(OK, I know that only aikido people are likely to understand the title of this post…) Young Cillian has a good appetite, after his exciting introduction to the world so Karyn isn’t getting very much sleep, because he is pretty hungry. Luckily, dad (that’s me) is having lots of success (so far!) getting him to sleep, so that everyone can get some rest. (more…)