Today I’m Wearing: A floral Forever21 playsuit

I’ve never owned a playsuit before. I’ve always been a bit put off by the inconvenience of having to practically take the whole thing off when you need a wee. But the cute print of this playsuit from Forever21 won me over.

I’m a bit funny with clothing and in a very mumsy way I like my jeans to be a bit higher waisted and I like wearing a plain cami underneath so I can tuck it in because I’ve got an odd fear of my love handles poking out and getting cold. I’ve been like this for years so it’s not a literal ‘mumsy’ thing but it’s something Nick always laughs at me about. So a playsuit definitely works well for that issue.

The pattern is described as floral on the website but it’s actually got tiny little elephants hidden in it!

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Playsuit: Forever21 | Sandals: Primark

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Baby-friendly recipe: Blueberry pancakes

I know that pancakes probably aren’t the first thing that springs into your mind when you think of baby food but bear with me.

We have pancakes every Saturday morning. At first I was a bit unsure about feeding Huxley pancakes but when I thought about it they aren’t that bad. We don’t put any sugar or salt in them so it’s basically just milk, eggs, flour and fruit. Nothing scary there.

Blueberry pancakes recipeWe buy our blueberries frozen because it works out way cheaper and it means you can use a handful at a time. We just pop them on a plate and into the microwave for a few seconds when we need them.

Frozen blueberries

Huxley absolutely loves pancakes. He will wolf down the whole lot in no time at all. And they keep well for a snack later in the day too.

This recipe does 3 good-sized pancakes, one for each of us and usually has enough left over for Huxley to have a smaller ‘snack’ pancake for later.

Blueberry pancakes recipe

- 135g self-raising flour

- 1 tsp baking powder

- 130ml milk

- 1 large egg

- Handful of blueberries

1. Sift the flour & baking powder into a large bowl.

2. In a jug, whisk together the milk & egg and pour into the flour.

3. Stick your blueberries in the microwave to defrost until soft(ish). Smush half with a fork and leave half whole. Chuck into the flour mixture.

4. Whisk until smooth. It should be a lovely shade of lilac with all that yummy blueberry juice. (Add more milk depending on how thick and fluffy you like your pancakes – this might be more of a trial and error thing based on personal preference after you’ve tried this recipe out a few times)

5. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add some rapeseed oil or butter.

6. Ladle in some batter to your required pancake size.

7. When the top of the pancake begins to bubble, it’s time to flip it.

8. If you’re unsure about when it’s fully cooked, squish the top of the pancake with a spatula, if wet pancake mix spurts out the side then it’s definitely not done yet! The top should feel relatively firm to the touch.

9. For the adults, add maple syrup (but please buy the proper stuff and not this rubbish!)

Baby-friendly blueberry pancake recipeBlueberry pancakesDon’t worry too much about how they look, mine are slightly different every time! The above photos are from two different batches of batter and as you can see they vary greatly in colour and thickness! Both were still delicious though!

Blueberry pancake recipe for babiesAs much as I want Huxley to enjoy treats once in a while, I do worry about his little teeth now. I always monitor the amount of artificial sugar that he eats but sometimes I worry about the amount of natural sugar too as he’s like a little fruit bat.

As if raising a child wasn’t confusing enough, I’ve always been in a bit of a muddle about when I’m meant to start taking Huxley to the dentists*. We started brushing his teeth as soon as they popped through but I didn’t know when you’re meant to take them for an actual appointment. During my searches,  I came across a website called Toothpick* which is kind of like Rightmove for your teeth. Did you know that you can visit any NHS dentist that has an available appointment without being registered? I literally had no idea. I’ve always been to the same dentist ever since I was a child, which is miles away for me now as it’s still in my home town, but it’s nice to have an excuse to visit my nan.

I don’t usually post infographics but this one was actually full of really useful information about caring for baby’s teeth. I didn’t realise that you’re meant to start brushing babies gums with a soft brush as soon as they’re born! And it looks like I’ll be booking a dentist appointment for October for Huxley!

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