We’re getting excited about Joel’s upcoming dedication service.  We’re having it next month at church and we’ve ordered a cake, and there’ll be a bring and share lunch for everyone afterwards.

We’re still yet to have discussions with our minister about it, but pretty much a dedication differs from a Christening in that we dedicate our baby to God and give thanks to Him for Joel, but Joel is free to make his own mind up when older and have an adult baptism.

We will make promises to pray for Joel and raise him a Christian, and the church and our families will do the same.  I know people from church are already praying for him as I am, and I’m looking forward to teaching him to pray and learn bible stories.

I’ll be adding photographs after it’s happened but his outfit is already hanging in his wardrobe, I just need to find him some shoes and keep his nails trimmed to avoid all the scratches he’s been giving himself this week. 

He’ll be 5 months for his dedication and is such a beautiful little lad, I’m so proud of him!!

Still Breastfeeding – With Pics (so be warned!)

It was so hard in the beginning, I won’t lie to you! There was pain, and mastitis, and thrush, and cracked nipples but now? It’s the easiest and simplest thing in the world and to be honest, I can’t remember the pain of it at all!! I saw something on TV about breastfeeding, and said to Steve, was I like that?

He looked at me, amazed and said ‘can’t you remember’? You were crying with pain and holding my hand when he latched on for about two weeks’?!

I do vaguely recall now that we had our fair share of troubles, but here’s some pictures to show how much he enjoys his booby milk!! (On a previous post I’d just worked out how to feed lying down and I’d promised pictures then but couldn’t seem to take any that didn’t look indecent, so here’s some now, months later!!)

Eye Eye

When he was born Joel had dark blue, almost indigo coloured eyes which gradually paled to a pale blue grey colour like mine.

The past couple of days I’ve noticed that they seem to be browning up a bit?!!!  They’re certainly more hazel coloured now so I think that they may be turning brown like Steve’s.

My blue eyed, blonde haired boy was a fleeting one I think.

I shall keep checking though!

More Weaning Stuff….

I’m the first to admit I’ll happily buy into any marketing ploy and feel that I need a lot of bits I probably don’t need, and now with Joel I’m entering into a whole new world of baby purchases which are brilliant!!  (Or seemingly so to begin with!!)

With weaning imminent there are items we do need, so I’ve read reviews and scoured the internet for what seems the most useful and handy.

You’ve seen already the Annabelle Karmel freezing pots for puree.  I know you can use regular ice cube trays, but these have a good sealing lid to keep them better, and the silicone pots are better to withstand the constant freezing.  I do believe that if you pay cheap you pay twice, whereas spending a bit more can in effect save money later on!!

Anyway, today these bits came too:

The Annabelle Karmel Weaning book because I don’t want to start anything rashly with Joel, I want to know why and what for, and how best to go about it and this seems to be the most highly recommended.

 These bibs looked very clever as they are plastic backed so won’t soak through to clothes, and the plastic cup fastens onto the bibs, and then also rolls over and clips any mess away when out and about and feeding so for all intents and purposes this seems ideal.

And this is a travel weaning pot for being out and about too!  It comes with two weaning spoons, a tight fitting lid and a removable seperation container so there can either be two dishes or one in there, and the bowl has a hole in it for an extra firm grip in case baby tries to grab!  This too seems a good little set for being out and about and we’re looking forward to using them!