It’s called Two Little Teeth, and it all started when my little Elsie was 6 months old. I love being a stay at home mum, but was wanting a creative outlet and also a way to earn a little extra money.
A few months earlier, my lovely mum gave me a silicone necklace from a local baby shop. It was pretty, but expensive (over $30!). I wanted some other colours and designs to match my clothes, but didn’t want to spend too much. So I did some research and decided to make my own – for myself and also to sell!
Over the next few days I wondered what to call my business. Suddenly, Elsie cut her first two teeth and Two Little Teeth was born.
There is so much parenting advice out there – good and bad. Here’s some resources I’ve found helpful. What works for me might not work for you. Remember, my biggest piece of advice is to do what works.
1. The Australian Breastfeeding Association. For any and every breastfeeding issue. Their website has heaps of great, reliable information. Even though I was one of the lucky ones who could breastfeed without too much trouble, their articles and forums would put my mind at ease when I’ve been unsure about something. They also have a breastfeeding helpline. Sam and I also went to a breastfeeding education session run by the ABA before our daughter was born (which I would highly recommend). I’ve also been to a few local group meetings which are always good.
2. Pinky McKay. Her Facebook page specifically. Pinky is a lactation consultant and gentle parenting advocate. People ask questions on her page which she (and other people who like her page) answers with advice and suggestions. Reading through these questions and answers has been so helpful to me, and has often given me ideas of things to try when I’ve been struggling with a baby who won’t sleep. It’s really just reassuring to know that there are other babies out there like mine!
3. My mother’s group. I’ve been lucky to be part of a great group of women (who all have super cute bubs) who still meet up regularly. There’s been no bitchiness (that I’ve picked up on anyway) and even if we have different opinions or ways of doing things, we support and encourage each other. I consider these girls my friends, and hope we keep catching up for life.
4. My family. Elsie’s so blessed to grow up surrounded by big extended families who love and care for her. She has 4 grandparents, 5 aunties, 6 uncles, and 3 cousins (hopefully more to come). They’re mostly local too, which I’m very glad about. They’ve all been great with practical help and are so supportive of our parenting. We really couldn’t have a better family.
What are some things you’ve found helpful as a new parent?
We’re feeding our daughter a mixture of puréed/mashed foods and finger foods that she can feed herself.
I love baby led weaning (BLW) for many reasons. It teaches chewing before swallowing, which is supposed to minimises the risk of choking. It develops fine motor control. It teaches independence and autonomy. It grows self regulation and minimises overeating.
I like the purées because there is so much less mess! I often go through three changes of clothes a day when I let my girl feed herself (even when I use a fancy-plastic-catcher-bib!)
Some of Elsie’s favourite foods are lamb chops (she mainly just sucks the juice out of them), brocholi, mashed pumpkin and sweet potato, mashed banana mixed with avocado, chicken, and strawberries. She even likes curries! She tolerates Greek yoghurt – the face she makes when I give her the first spoonful is hilarious!
How do you feed your baby? What are their favourite foods?
My parenting philosophy is pretty simple. Do what works. That’s it. Do what works for you and your little ones.
For me, it’s breastfeeding, but for you it might be formula feeding. That’s OK. For me, it’s pram and occasional baby wearing, for you it might be just one or the other. That’s OK. For me it’s breastfeeding on demand and baby led weaning (with some spoon feeding in there too), for you it might be a feeding schedule and all purées. That’s OK. For me it’s sleeping in a cradle in our room, then in a cot in her own room, for you it might be co-sleeping. That’s OK. For me it’s feed and cuddle to sleep, then gently teach to self settle, for you it might be controlled crying. That’s OK too. I don’t mind how you parent; as long as you love your baby and are doing what works for you and your family.
My choices might change as time goes on, and so might yours. But that’s OK! It’s hard enough caring for a baby – so just do what works!
I used to love blogging. It was my creative outlet. It forced me to try new recipes and cook more. I found it fun! But then I got slack and stopped.
So much has changed since I last posted. The biggest thing was having my daughter!
Life has changed so much these last 8 months. It’s been really hectic! My house is always a mess. I’m always so busy (even though some days all I accomplish is a load of washing or emptying the bins). Don’t get me started on how sleep deprived I am!
But life is SO much better with a little one to love. She really does bring us so much joy. Watching Sam interact with her deepens my love for him. Watching her develop and grow makes me wonder at the miracle of life.
So hopefully I’ll keep writing here. I’m hoping it will at least make me cook (and create) more.