Amelia’s Routine at 14 Months

imageAmelia turned 14 months last Friday and here is her up to date routine and how she is developing.


Walking:Nope,no where even near

Crawling: Bum shuffling everywhere at speeds we find hard to keep up with

Standing:With help, she is starting to pull herself up as far as her knees off the sofa

Words: Mama,Dada,Babeeee,Bye,Hi,and she says boo to every animal she sees.

Loves: Us of course,birds,Cherry Tomatoes,Strawberries,Baby Jake,Swimming ,having her back rubbed and being around other children.


Nappies: Size 4+ Pampers

Clothes: 12-18 months (some 9-12 mths still fit)

Sleep & Daily Routine:

Amelia wakes any time from 6:00-7:00 am. We take it in turns every second day to get her morning bottle. She gets 7oz of Cows milk in her cot,and we lie in bed hoping she will go back to sleep, we rarely ever nod back off.

7am:I bring her into bed with me after a nappy change and she watches nursery rhymes on the iPad or Baby Jake.

8am: We get up and Amelia has either a Weetabx or Ready Brek, 2 oz of orange juice and half a slice of toast.

9am: Back upstairs for a nap,with a 2 oz bottle of milk.Im finding it very hard to stop this bottle,she does not have a soother,so uses this to nod off.This nap is generally 1.5hrs. Sometimes more or less. last week she slept for 3.5hrs at this nap.

11am: Body wash, I always wash Amelia’s face with water and cotton wool and apply Johnsons pink Lotion after with a piece of cotton wool. I have done this since she was born and she has lovely skin. Brush teeth (she loves having her teeth brushed),get dressed and have a snack.Usually water and a yogurt/fruit or crackers. We play in her playroom until lunchtime,or more recently in the garden. Wednesdays we have swimming at 11, and Thursday we go to a Mummy & Baby group.Amelia loves this group, she loves being around other kids.


1pm:Lunch,this varies, she will always have a yogurt after lunch and a few grapes and water. I eat lunch after while she plays or watches Baby Jake.

2pm:Nap time, we go out for a walk in the buggy if it’s dry outside,this nap is approx 1.5-2 hrs. This nap requires a bottle also,just a few oz’s to help her drift off. I really need to break this habit!If she wakes before we get home we go to the park,she can only go on the swings and use the slide,but she loves it.



4:30/5pm:Tea, this is usually scrambelled egg,a bento box or some other finger food, with water.

5pm: Daddy gets home from work (thank god), they play for an hour in the playroom while I prepare dinner.

6pm:Get prepared for Bathtime,Amelia’s daddy does this, Bath,Get Dressed,7 oz bottle with a story.  “Who is London’s Prettiest Princess” is the favourite book at the moment.

7pm: Sleep. Amelia sleeps with White Noise playing and her Sheep teddy “Sean”. She is still in a GroBag and I put a blanket over her on cold nights.


of course some days differ. We may go out for lunch or tea, be out visiting friends or have a bad night. This is generally our routine, I try to stick to it as best I can. After writing this I now have to put a plan into action and try and wean her off those two comfort bottles during the day time naps!Any suggestions?

What is your babies daily routine? Please share xx

To Give The Measels,Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Vaccine or Not

Amelia had her Measels,Mumps & Rubella (also called German Measels) (MMR) Vaccine last week. She was 12 months + 3 weeks & will get a second dose before school 4-5 years.

The vaccine works by stimulating the immune system to build up protection against these diseases.It is a live vaccine which means it contains weakened forms of the measles, mumps and rubella viruses.

It was an easy decision for me to give it to her,I had read the research papers, spoken to other mums,and to be fair, I knew prior to all this I was going to give it to anyway. I know so many mums who are unsure whether they are going to give the vaccine or not.


MMR is a safe and effective combined vaccine (3 in 1),that protects against three separate illnesses – measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) – in a single injection. The full course of MMR vaccination requires two doses.
Measles, mumps and rubella are very common, highly infectious, conditions that can have serious, potentially fatal, complications, including meningitis, swelling of the brain (encephalitis) and deafness.
They can also lead to complications in pregnancy that affect the unborn baby and can lead to miscarriage.



The MMR vaccine has gone through the rings of the press in the last few years.Health experts have criticized media reporting of the MMR-autism controversy for triggering a decline in vaccination rate in the UK. The MMR vaccine was the subject of controversy after publication of a 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield et al. reporting a study of twelve children who had bowel symptoms along with autism or other disorders, including cases where onset was believed by the parents to be soon after administration of MMR vaccine.In 2010, Wakefield’s research was found by the General Medical Council to have been “dishonest”, and The Lancet fully retracted the original paper.The research was declared fraudulent in 2011 by the British Medical Journal. Several subsequent peer-reviewed studies have failed to show any association between the vaccine and autism.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences,the UK National Health Service and the Cochrane Library review have all concluded that there is no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

In Japan, the MMR vaccination has been discontinued, with single vaccines being used for each disease. Rates of autism diagnosis have continued to increase, showing no correlation with the change.

Side Effects

1 in 10 will have discomfort, redness or swelling where the injection was given, or will have a fever;
1 in 20 will get a rash six to 12 days later(this is not contagious);
1 in 20 get swollen glands, a stiff neck, or joint pains;
1 in 100 may develop swelling of the salivary glands under the jaw; and
1 in 1000 will have a convulsion (fit);
1 in 22,000 will get a temporary blood clotting problem / bruising or bleeding
1 in 1,000,000 may get encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).


We are now 10 days post vaccination. Amelia has been off form in the last 3 days, and I noticed a Measel like rash over her torso tonight in the bath. This could all be a coincidence or maybe she is the 1 in 20 children who develop the rash. Either way, I’m still happy with my decision to have given her the vaccine, and will just have to ride the waves with her over the next few days, until she gets better. Calpol & Neurofen will be our friends.


Have you given your child the MMR Vaccine or decided against?

Please share your views below


T & A x

Amelia’s Latest Purchases

All this lovely weather has got me so excited for summer,although now we live in Ireland,I’m not going to hold my breath on getting nice sunny, warm weather, though it was lovely here last year. We are going to Portugal in a few weeks, so I’ve started to pick up some summer clothes for Amelia. I bought a lot in the Zara summer sale last year,to fit her for this year,so I don’t need loads.

These are a few of the bits I’ve picked up over the last few weeks. I need to get her a swimsuit, she has a full UV protection swimsuit that I’ll use at the beach, but in the evening it will be nice to have a bathing suit for the pool.

All from Mothercare

All from Zara



Both from Boden

These sunglasses, “Larchmount Plum”, are by Paxley $39.99, use ‘ilmondodiingrid’ discount code to get 25% off . I wanted a pair of sunglasses that were good,not spend a fortune on & that Amelia could not break. These are perfect.Soft, flexible yet durable SafeBend™ temple technology.Ergo-designed rubber bridge pads for developing noses
100% UV protection lenses compliant with US, European, Australian and New Zealand standards.Family Choice Award winner for product excellence.These are available sizes 0-18 mths and 1-3 years.
Handcrafted in Italy.


Varicella Vaccine/ChickenPox Vaccine

It’s been on my mind for a while whether I should give the “ChickenPox Vaccine” or in medical terms “Varicella Vaccine”, to Amelia.
I have done a lot of research,and spoken to our new GP regarding it,and have decided to go ahead. Amelia had her MMR vaccine today,so I need to wait a minimum of 4 weeks before she can have it,as both are “live vaccines”, and cannot be had together. She is due her Hib Booster in 4 weeks (13 month immunisation), so I will hold off until a few weeks after that.I just hope she doesn’t get Chicken Pox between now and then.
The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine provides protection against the varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox.


The chickenpox vaccine is not part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule. The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine provides protection against the varicella zoster virus that causes chickenpox and shingles.The vaccine is available to children from 12 months plus. The vaccine is currently only offered to people who are particularly vulnerable to chickenpox.Chickenpox is a common childhood infection. In most cases the symptoms are mild and complications are rare. Almost all children develop immunity to chickenpox after infection, so only catch it once. The disease can be more severe in adults.
Chickenpox can be very serious for an unborn baby when a pregnant woman catches the infection. It can cause a range of serious birth defects as well as severe disease in the baby when it is born.
The chickenpox vaccine contains a small amount of the live weakened varicella zoster virus.

The vaccine causes your immune system to produce antibodies that will help protect against chickenpox & shingles.It has been shown that 9 out of 10 children vaccinated with a single dose will develop immunity against chickenpox. A two-dose schedule is now recommended for all, as it gives a better immune response.(HSE).Two doses are given with four to eight weeks between the doses.
The most common side effect of the chickenpox vaccine is soreness and redness around the site of the injection.

This side effect develops in around one in five children and one in four teenagers and adults.

A mild rash may occur in 1 in 10 children and 1 in 20 adults.

Serious side effects, such as anaphylaxis (a serious allergic reaction), are rare. They occur in less than 1 in 100,000 vaccination cases.

Though the varicella vaccine is not part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule in Ireland & the UK,it is in other countries, such as the US and Germany.

Millions of doses of the vaccine have been given and there is no evidence of any increased risk of developing a long-term health condition as a result of the vaccination.

My reason of wanting to give Amelia the vaccine is that if I can prevent her from bring sick then I will,and also to prevent any potential scaring to her face.

From speaking to my GP & researching,by speaking to other mums,the prescription for the vaccine will need to be obtained from your GP,you will need to take it to the local pharmacy & get it ordered,of big in stock,and them bring back to GP’s. It’s a bit of a joke,I can not understand why the vaccine is not advertised more,and why GPs/practice nurses do not tell you about it. I did a bit of reading,and found my answer – it’s not cost effective for Practices to stock it, however some may stock it. The vaccine is approx €160 in total. However this may vary.

Also,something interesting I learned today, is that children should not be given Calpol/Paracetemol routinely post vaccinations/immunisations, unless they are spiking temperatures,as it can reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.See here for more information.

Have you vaccinated your child against Chicken Pox? Did you know about it?
T xx

When to Stop Sterilising?


Amelia turned 1, two weeks ago,and I’m finding it very hard to put away the steriliser! Yes I know this is crazy,as she is picking everything she can find off the floor and putting it in her mouth,and has been going to play groups & soft play since she was about 3 months,putting all the toys in her mouth for a good chew.
So why can’t I stop my daily ritual, of after breakfast,rinsing her bottles,pouring washing up liquid on the bottle brush,scrubbing the bottles,teeth and lids and popping them into the steriliser……I think it’s out of habit and knowing that if I missed any milk,that sterilising will kill off any potential bacteria.


A report published in 2007 from The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggested that sterilisation was no longer considered necessary and in fact was no longer recommended. The reason being that people weren’t sterilising properly in the first place and it was often leading to worse bacterial problems. Also, breasts and breast milk aren’t sterile – so it was a strange concept that we should be doing this with bottles, dummies. The recommendation for babies now is that a good wash with hot soapy water and a clean scrubbing brush and to then dry thoroughly. They also said that a rolling three min boil of items once a week followed by a proper dry was more than sufficient for those that wanted to be ‘extra vigiliant’.

Now while it all makes sense I wouldn’t 100% agree.While I do not think it is necessary to sterilise water cups spoons and feeding bowls when the weaning process starts (I’ll admit I did this for a few weeks!Crazy first time mum), I do believe that bottles,teeth and caps should be sterilised up to a year, or until you switch over to cows milk. I also sterilised all medicine syringes up to 6 months.

My reason for this continued sterilisation up to a year is because during the first year of your baby’s life, he/she is at their most vulnerable to illnesses. If you don’t sterilise your baby’s bottles, viruses, bacteria and parasites can gather on his/her bottle and in his milk and make your baby ill. Your baby could develop anything from mild thrush to a more serious bout of vomiting and diarrhoea.The problem is with milk,especially formula.
It’s not possible or practical to create a totally germ-free environment for your baby. But by sterilising your baby’s feeding equipment, you can reduce the risks while your baby is at its most vulnerable.

We are off to London this weekend,so it is time for my steriliser and I to say good bye,as we don’t need it anymore, this has been the excuse I need to break free.Warm soapy water,my trustee bottle brush and that will be it.
I will add, that even though I’m giving up on sterilising this weekend, we are away on holiday the end of May, and I will use these sterilising bags, just because I’m not sure how safe the countries water is.These Munchkin Steriliser Bags are ideal for nights/weekend and Holidays away,instead of lugging a steriliser with you. each bag can be used 20 times.Available from Amazon & Boots.


Click here for more details.

I think with sterilising,defiantly do it up to 6 months and them decide what is right for you. Another problem we face is that children now have more allergies and adverse reactions to food than ever before,and the question has to be put- are we over sanitising and not allowing our children to be open to the odd bug or two,which in turn will build their immune system.

What are your thoughts on sterilising?would love to hear what you have done?
T xx

Amelia’s 1st Birthday Party

We held a party in our home last Saturday for family and close friends.In total we had 17 adults and 4 kids including Amelia.The house was full,and it was lovely to be able to have the party in our house. Although,Sunday I was so tired I swore never again,that next year we would go to a “Soft Play Centre”,someone else can cook and clean,but I’d still decorate.

I bought Amelia some pink and white stripe curtains when she moved into her room,and loved the look of them,so decided to buy all things pink and white stripe for her birthday decorations.
See my post on DIY party decorations.I made some of the decorations,such as the pink and white pom poms,the paper doily cones,and added a 12 month picture Gallery on the wall behind the party table,some string,Woden clothes pegs and add your pictures.I bought the rest over the last few months on eBay and Etsy.





My husband and I, got up at 7 to start the food prep.We had loads of sandwiches,smoked salmon and brown bread,pasta salad (I will post a recipe for this soon),fruit,sausages,chicken nuggets,jelly,ice-cream,popcorn,sweeties,rice crispy buns,came pops and her birthday cake (made by Cupcakes by Dee).
Sounds like a lot,but it all disappeared pretty quickly.



Amelia had very little sleep throughout the day,which was expected.People started to arrive around her afternoon nap. She didn’t seem to mind,and was thrilled to have her cousins and friends in the house,playing in her playroom,while she was bum shuffling around after them all day.


We also had a great day,when most people left we sat down to a few glasses of wine and proccesco,to toast and celebrate our daughter turning ONE.
She got loads of beautiful cards and gifts,will post on them shortly.

Amelia wore a baby pink dress from Zara (still in stock),White Knit Cardigan (still in stock) from Dunnes Stores,White Tights from H&M,pink hair bow (was a gift).



And when the party was over,the next day it was time to sit back and watch nursery rhymes with her best friend. xxxx



What did you do for your child’s 1st Birthday?

First Birthday Cake


Yesterday we celebrated Amelia’s 1st Birthday,with a party for family and close friends. Today is her actual birthday,but held the party yesterday to suit everyone travelling.It was a great day,we are exhausted today,so will do a “Party Post” in the next few days.

I really wanted to do a post on her cake,made by Cupcakes by Dee,

Based in Tralee,Co.Kerry, Cupcakes by Dee never fails to provide cupcakes and Cakes with style and great taste. She also made Amelia’s Christening cake,we were so happy with it,that I knew we would get her to make her birthday cake,and we like to support small businesses.

Here is the cake,I asked for a one tier cake based on the cake and cushion pictured.Amelias birthday cake was a lemon sponge,with a homemade lemon curd,it was amazing.



For her Christening we had a Chocolate Biscuit cake,which was also amazing,and again Cupcakes by Dee,delivered exactly what I had asked for.