Sunday, April 13, 2014

A portrait a week: 15/52 and Isabella's first swim

Isabella's portrait for this week will have to be of her first swim! 

We went to the pool in Tadley this morning which is 15 minutes from our house. I've heard from several mums here that it's such a lovely pool for little ones and now that we've been there we can agree. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays they have what they call Jellly Babies which is for children under 5 and their parents to enjoy the pool. They raise the bottom of the pool so it's like walking into the sea from the beach. As you can see where we're sitting at the one end it's raised all the way and really really shallow and then it gradually gets deeper. The water was nice and warm and I'm a good one test that because I don't like swimming in cold water and even I enjoyed lying around in the shallow water here! 

They also have loads of water toys for the children in the pool and Isabella enjoyed playing with a  ball, watering can and chewing on a red teddy float which the life guard brought over for her. While there were enough other parents and children it didn't feel crowded at all while we were there. It might get busier later. On a Sunday the Jelly babies session is from 9am-12. We probably spent about 20 minutes in the pool and Isabella would have happily stayed in a bit longer, but I knew she'd be getting hungry soon and while she's having fun she'll forget to give us any warning of being hungry!

We'll definitely be going again. I wanted to test the first round with Andre there to help out, but now that I know she likes it I'll be taking her during the week too.

Isabella first checked out the scene before
starting to splash about.

Had an accidental dive under water but she was fine.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Isabella clearly already loves shoes!!

Isabella's Pappy and Gogs sent her a parcel which we received today. She loved it and especially the flip flops. They are adorable! We also LOVE her very own Madiba vest and a Billabong "Billie Girls" vest. So cute! And ready for summer! We'll be trying the vests in the pool hopefully this weekend. Will have to decide which to try first... I think if Isabella could have her way she'd be wearing the flip-flops to the pool too! And thank you to the Cordery's for sending on the parcel from the UK. :-)

Very excited about all her presents!

Thank you very much Pappy and Gogs!

But the shoes! "Mommy let me see the shoes!!"

Ooooh... so pretty...

And they taste good too!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Portrait a Week: 14/52

We took some photos of Isabella this afternoon as I wanted a close up photo of her hands, or at least a hand, for the photos on her wall in her room. At the moment I have a variety of photos in the frames  of her and us but have decided that I want them all black and white so am getting a few new ones printed. We also have a lovely close up of her feet which Andre took and one of her face in black and white so wanted one of her hands as well. Of course her hands don't stay still anymore so it wasn't easy to do! I managed to get this one of her holding onto my finger, but will be printing a different one for the wall of her holding Andre's hand. I'll do another blog post about her room and showing the photos and other bits around her room at some stage.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Portrait a Week: 13/52

We had some carrot sticks as snacks yesterday and I gave Isabella one to munch on. It clearly tasted better than putting a toy in her mouth and she kept putting it back in her mouth. Of course it was dropped several times and no carrot actually made it to her stomach but it must have been nice to suck on, lick and give relief to her itchy gums. I was impressed that she was able to pick it up off her high chair tray herself and she's very able to bring anything to her mouth now. So far we have a very happily eating girl. Hope it stays this way and she won't become a fussy eater in the future! Pear for another two days and then we're trying some sweet potato I think.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

First taste of pear this morning

This is very much becoming a baby blog I'm afraid!

Isabella has only been having baby rice cereal this past week. This morning she got to have her first taste of steamed and pureed pear. As you'll see from her face she was not too sure about this new taste at first but soon started enjoying it and finished it all.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Portrait a Week: 12/52

We had a BIG exciting weekend! Firstly Isabella's Ouma Sarie and Opa Jürgen came to visit from Germany. She gave Ouma a little bit of a lip when she saw her the first time Saturday morning when waking up but after that she's been a very smiley little granddaughter and loved spending time with them and having lots of cuddles.

Second big event was that Isabella started eating solids yesterday! Well, semi-solids really. We've started with baby rice cereal and will try fruit and veg purees next and (maybe) wait until 6 months to try some  real solid food which she can try and nibble on herself. I did not expect her to keep much in her mouth for the first few tries, but she was very interested in what was happening and seemed to keep wanting another taste of what's on the spoon. She had a go with the spoon herself too and is able to easily get it to her mouth so I'm sure she'll enjoy feeding herself some finger foods later. Second meal this evening and she did even better. Yesterday each spoonful was accompanied with her pushing her tongue out and I expected it to take her a while to stop doing that, but today she had several spoonfuls without pushing it out with her tongue and kept eagerly opening her mouth towards the spoon. Yay! Sooo exciting to let her try new things and so glad we started earlier than the advised 6 months by the health visitors at the clinic over here. She slept really well last night too. Don't know whether it was the cereal or just a lucky night! Elizabeth, if you're reading, thank you so much for ALL the advice- in general and especially recently regarding solids :-) We really appreciate all your help and support over email! 

The health visitors here are so very against babies starting solids before 6 months and they won't even find out the individual baby's circumstances and how she's doing but will just keep telling us to wait so it's been hard at first to go against their advice as we'd like to think they know what they're doing, but I'm glad we took the leap into starting a little earlier.

And then number three: Isabella is 5 months old today! Which also means I'm half way through maternity leave :-( I can't imagine leaving her for a whole day... I'm enjoying her so much. As much as I don't want her to get any older and stay a cuddly sweet baby forever, she is just so much fun the older she gets. Learning and exploring so much now. She's exploring making new sounds now too, making repetitive sounds starting with na-na-na and this week now also started saying da-da-da.

So anyway, here is this week's photo taken yesterday while she was having her very first meal of baby  cereal.

What do you mean that's it for today?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Portrait a Week: 11/52

We got a carrier for Isabella to sit in when we go walking and tried it out today on a walk along the canal. Clearly she enjoyed the carrier and the walk as she fell asleep after having just woken up from a long nap! Need to try and get her a different hat until she grows more into this one as it kept falling over her eyes...