My April 2016 A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal

Like last year, I missed the A to Z Blogging Challenge’s Theme Reveal in March. I wasn’t sure about participating this year because I didn’t get around to finishing the challenge last year. However, I decided shortly before the link up closed early this morning, to have another go.  Continue reading

Hiccups in the Womb

H is for Hiccups in the Womb

I get hiccups, you get hiccups, we all get hiccups; what’s the big deal? There is none really. Indeed, ‘hicupps in the womb’ is the lightest of my motherhood Hs; nonetheless, an important part of my journey.

I can’t quite remember the first time it happened when I was pregnant with Precious Sparkle. I do however have memories of feeling the jerk and hearing the sounds though they were not … audible. If you’ve experienced pregnancy, you probably know what I mean. I think it happens to all pregnant women; well, I assume it does anyway.

I wasn’t prepared for them, I didn’t know they could happen; in fact I thought it strange when they did. I mean, fancy feeling a notable movement without actually feeling it. You know something moved inside of you, you know it’s from your baby … but it’s not like your baby’s typical movements from one point to another. Do you know what I mean?

And then you hear it; almost simultaneously … but this is not a sound someone near you can hear. You don’t even hear it with your ears, but you think you’ve heard it. Do you know what I mean?

It was just weird. How in the world was my unborn baby hiccuping? I thought that was reserved for people ‘on the ground’; not in the womb.

It’s worth noting that I find hiccuping in the womb easier to get my head around, than peeing in the womb. I was shocked when I learnt that babies pee in the womb, and then drink it with the amniotic fluid. Okay, I know their pee is not like an adult’s pee; but even then … man! woman!

It’s just all counterintuitive really, isn’t it? I find it to be, anyway.

My heart went out to my Precious Sparkle every time he hiccuped in the womb. I eventually got used to him doing it, but I always felt sorry for him. I used to lament about it to my husband and I couldn’t wait for it to stop every time. I knew it wasn’t harmful, but I still thought, ‘o no, poor baby’. I felt he shouldn’t have to be dealing with it so early in his life … my, before the age 0!

I suppose I don’t like hiccups and so, unconsciously assumed that it was inconveniencing him and making him uncomfortable. Added to this, I couldn’t offer water to soothe him or help rid the hiccups. Simply put, I felt powerless!

I wonder if there were some lessons beyond the hiccups … a reminder that I was entering a phase in my life when so much more will be out of my control …  a place where I have to learn acceptance and find peace with feeling powerless, whilst hoping for something better … a time when I can’t make everything better for someone I really love, and where this is okay … a  realm of even more dependence on God for so much more which is unknown.

I’m glad Precious Sparkle rarely hiccups now, but when he does I hold him and give him some water to drink. I can’t switch the hiccups off but I stand with him in it; he doesn’ t have to walk the hiccup road alone, for a while at least.

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Have you given this much thought about hiccups before? How do you deal with hiccups?
How did you deal your baby’s hiccups when you were pregnant?

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My April 2015 #AtoZChallenge: Considering my Motherhood journey from A – Z

Introduction                                                    || Theme reveal

A is for Ardo Calyso Breast Pump: Top 5 || B for Breastfeeding: Top 5   || C for Crawling baby Climbing Toddler  

D for Dry Skin not Eczema                          || E is for Exploring Toddler    || F is for Frugi: Top 5

G for Grapes in Baby Led Weaning

Grapes in Baby Led Weaning

G is for Grapes in Baby Led Weaning

Gratitude is one of my motherhood Gs and I particularly reflected on it in my #1000Speak posts:
5 ‘Compassion’ Encounters of a Breastfeeding Mum
5 ‘Compassion’ Encounters of a 1st-Time Mum

I also write a weekly gratitude list post; it’s so therapeutic! I have unfortunately missed some weeks but I should be back on track soon. 🙂

So for this post, I’ve decided to focus on another one of my motherhood Gs, grapes in our weaning journey. Seriously, grapes did take up a lot of my mothering thinking, watching and prep time!

In preparation for the weaning road, I read and heard about different foods to avoid and different ways to give solid food. Weaning to solids was the last course on my health visiting team’s post-natal course and I was reminded that grapes are one of many food items that could cause choking because of their size, shape, and skin texture.

For a range of reasons I will be discussing in another post, I decided that baby led weaning was the way for us. So when I first offered grapes to Precious Sparkle, it wasn’t pureed. Instead, I peeled their skin cut them into 4 pieces, and put them on his tray.

A while after we started weaning, my hubby and I took a first aid course offered by one of our local Children Centres; it was delivered by the Red Cross and St Johns Ambulance. We also had a refresher from the Red Cross at one of the Baby Shows a while after. These informed me more about the choking and gagging process and prepared me better for managing their occurrence.

G is for Grapes in Baby Led Weaning | PS taking grape |Adventures of a Novice Mum | Considering my Motherhood Journey from A to Z in April 2015 | #AtoZChallenge | @aNoviceMumI also continue to grow in my confidence about reading my baby – one of the best things I learnt and embraced since becoming a mum. I noticed that Precious Sparkle didn’t freak out like I did when he gagged; he is actually pretty good at sorting it out. And so my confidence about offering those potentially choking inducing food items grew; he has to learn to eat them sometime, right.

So I experimented as I felt comfortable, with the way I gave him grapes. I offered it to him with skin on, and then in halves. Then one day, I thought I’d give him a small whole grape and see what happens … nothing happened that was unexpected; he put it in his mouth, processed it, and swallowed it. I then dared to give him bigger whole grapes when Tesco didn’t have smaller ones; guess what … all went well. And so it became the norm for us to give Precious Sparkle whole grapes inspite of their size; and sometimes a surprise to others on the parenting road.

G is for Grapes in Baby Led Weaning | Collage |Adventures of a Novice Mum | Considering my Motherhood Journey from A to Z in April 2015 | #AtoZChallenge | @aNoviceMumPrecious Sparkle’s reaction to grapes has varied over time: … spitting it out … squashing it between his fingers … playing with it … throwing it on the floor … refusing to pick it up or accept it … eating it. To my surprise, the way he eats it has also changed with time; he doesn’t always just put it in his mouth at once anymore. He now often manoeuvres it with his fingers so that he can gradually take bites out of it and enjoy it in small chunks. I find this so intriguing. Thankfully, he still only has one at a time.

There you have it, one of my motherhood Gs; grapes in baby led weaning with my very Precious Sparkle.

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Do you like grapes?
What was your attitude to grapes when you were weaning your child?

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My April 2015 #AtoZChallenge: Considering my Motherhood journey from A – Z

Introduction                                                    || Theme reveal

A is for Ardo Calyso Breast Pump: Top 5 || B for Breastfeeding: Top 5   || C for Crawling baby Climbing Toddler  

D for Dry Skin not Eczema                          || E is for Exploring Toddler    || F is for Frugi: Top 5   

H is for Hiccups in the Womb

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Adventures with a Silly Baby