….. I am guilty of this and i think it’s the excitement that your child has achieved a trophy ………
- Babies are born with natural swimming abilities and can hold their breath. However, this ability quickly disappears….. I guess that is why many mums allow their babies learn swimming early.
- Salt receptors on the tongue develop roughly four months after birth
- At around 6 months old, a baby learns that each object is unique. Before this time, whenever it sees a bird in a tree, it always assumes it was the same bird….. But babies recognize their mother’s scent before 6 months of age .
- The brain of a newborn accounts for 10% of its total body weight. In adults this figure is down to 2%. By the end of the first year, an infant’s brain increases in size two and half times, and by the end of the fifth year, it is three times what it was at birth. At all stages, the male brain is slightly larger than that of the female.
- On the whole, boy babies are slightly heavier than girl babies. The average weight of a newborn boy is 7 lbs. 10 oz. while that of a newborn girl is 7 lbs. 2 oz.
- On average, female babies spend a day longer in the womb than male babies. White babies, on average, spend five days longer inside their mothers than black babies, while Indian babies spend six days longer in the womb than white babies .
Mum’s tip to get infants to take their medicine works like magic!
Helena Lee, inserted the syringe of medicine through the drinking hole of a bottle lid and shared a snap of her baby boy happily drinking it.
Helena explained: ‘For all the mummies! So for the last 24hours I’ve struggled to get Alfie to take Calpol, he has ended up covered in half of it where he spits it at me. Then I remembered seeing this trick.”
‘Not one bit got wasted – and no tears.
Please feel free to share with any baby mummies you know.
What other clever tips have you used to get bub to take their syrup.
What other tips have you used to make your LO take medicine without spitting it out.
Please share below for the benefit of other mamas……..
Let me start by telling you how I found myself in this indecisive situation. I grew up with a strict aunt with 3 kids, and I practically raised those kids from when they were babies. I wasn’t in school or learning a skill but I was determined to be someone in life, then I met the love of my life ( or so I thought ). He was my God-sent; not only did he help me through school, on holidays I attended a hair styling school.
He helped re-align my life and I was blindly and madly in love. He asked me to marry him and I didn’t think twice before accepting his proposal. My aunt didn’t raise any dust because he ‘settles’ her and her family well. Throughout our courtship, there was no sexual intimacy.
We got married after courting for a couple of years. 1, 2, 3 years passed and there was no pregnancy. I was beginning to get worried, so we saw medical specialists. Lo and behold, my husband is the one with the complications. Prior to this period, my mother-in-law thought I was the root cause of our inability to conceive but I decided to keep his secret, and we opted to adopt a baby.
I got back from work on a Thursday and found the house empty……. totally empty! I thought my eyes were deceiving me. I drove to his mum’s house and she ordered the gate man not to open the gate for me. I called everyone but no one knew his whereabouts.
For a year and half I wasn’t myself…… I kept asking myself questions day in, day out…. I cried every night, even failed my Professional exams and then I told myself “Ruth, you are not getting any younger, you need to stand up!”.
I picked myself up, immersed myself in my job and passed my Professional exams. I became financially comfortable and met a great guy. At that point in my life, I just wanted kids and I got 2 from this man (who later turned out to be a wife beater)… 2 cute boys( aged 10 & 8) who are making me proud.
Now I have met a wonderful man who lives abroad, and I am 40. I truly wish to bear him babies to call his own, though he treats my babies like his own. He is 42 years and has never been married before.
We will be legalizing our relationship in a month’s time and I pray and hope God answers my prayer to be a Mother again (fingers crossed).
P.S – I finally saw my ex-husband again, married without kids, he asked for my forgiveness and I have forgiven him after all who am I not to forgive….. we have finalized our divorce as well.
I am a mom of 2 beautiful kids with contradicting characters. except for their striking resemblance,there character will never give them away as siblings.
My first son, who is 4 years old(we call him coolie O) is so calm, listens to instructions and even as a baby, didn’t stress me in any way. He hardly cries and is warm towards people, which made it very easy for me to go back to work after my maternity leave. I felt blessed and really lucky…. I mean who wouldn’t want a quiet calm baby.
I stopped breastfeeding him at 5 months because I wasn’t lactating well and had to supplement. To my surprise my Coolie O took it well, and adjusted to formula feeding without any fuss. It was almost like, he was actually waiting for it.
The only period my coolie O flinched was when he was teething, but over time, some part of me wished he had a bit of fire in him, instead of him obeying every order like a soldier. Even his class teachers like him because he is not a trouble maker he always pick up the well-behaved plaque at school ……….
Fast forward to 2 years later, I had my second boy (even though I wished for a girl, but God knows best) . He didn’t waste anytime in identifying himself as the “fire Cracker”. He made me understand that there are 2 sides to a coin…lol. He cries out at any slight irritation… wee- cry, poo-cry, food-cry, sleep-cry, bath-cry….. He is Martin-Luther King Jnr…. he raises his voice and makes his opinion known at everything. He refused to be formula-fed and I had to do exclusive for 8 months….chai!…. After that he switched to solids ( amala, wheat, cereals, no other soup than ewedu). At 11 months he started walking and then we had “the rise of the titan” . When he is excited about things , he doesn’t listen to anyone and you can hardly find him sitting for too long. Yelling at him is also not an option, as he will give you this “are you alright” look without being scared and let me also mention that his curiosity increases as he gets older?
As much as I try not to compare them, at some point I wished he was more like his elder brother( after all,they are siblings) , who he bullies like Mike Tyson would bully an amateur boxer. Although he has a small frame, he is never scared to do things because of his curious mind, and trust me this can be stressful.
However, one day, I sat down , picked up a pen and wrote down the differences between my 2 kids, no one would believe they are siblings because of their distinct characters. then I realised this is who they are, and my fire cracker will obey me with time and consistency. The more I give him too much attention, he will keep seeing himself as king, so I have decided to just let him be hyperactive at this stage and I am sure he will calm down at his own pace .
Is there any mum who can relate to this?
Mum coolie O from Wuse, Abuja
I can relate o …..
Toddler started her menstrual period at 4 and now facing menopause at 5…
Emily was born exactly on time, in the most normal of condition, and was perfect in every way. The first week of Emily’s life was marked with a seemingly happy baby. However, by the second week, Emily was unsettled and crying, nothing unusual for a new born, but then she started growing at exceptional rates. In her 4th week of life, Emily grew 4 cm in a week. Little did the parent or her physicians know that Emily had underlying conditions that are rarely seen.
By 4 months of age, Emily was the size of a 1 year old, and her growth continued as did her constant health issues. Bouts of sickness, and infections that Doctors put down to being in daycare as both her Dad and mum are full time employees. By 2 years of age, Emily had breast buds and body odour, and a rash on her skin since birth that was now being diagnosed as cystic acne and by 4 years old, she started her menstrual period. She is now faced with menopause at 5.
This little girl has been diagnosed with central precocious puberty and Addison’s disease, which means her adrenal glands do not produce enough steroid hormones.
Her mother tam dover is really sad that her daughter hasn’t had a chance to enjoy her toddler journey. She has been forced to learn how to use a panty liner for menstruating at such young age.
Her body is ageing faster than other kids in her age group and she is nearly 4 years above her real age.
The mum finds it difficult to explain what is happening to her, even though little Emily has now become fully aware that she is different.
Recalling the moment Emily started her menstrual period, Tam told Mirror Online: “Because she has trouble toileting, she thought she had done a poo in her undies.
“We used panty liners and it didn’t last more than a day.”
“There are so many aspects of her life, that thankfully, she is too young to be completely aware of that are going to impact her.
Her parent set up a go fund me to raise money for her high cost treatment.
This is so sad,imagine dealing with menstrual periods at such a tender age……
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- Babies all over the world have been adorned with necklaces, anklets, and amulets to ward off the Evil Eye. Some ornamental infant wear included odd numbers, (which were thought to have protective powers), crescent shapes, five-point stars, amber, red beads, tiger images, and coral.
- Newborns prefer the cadence of their native language at birth, suggesting that some language learning starts in utero. Research suggests that babies may even cry with the intonations of their mother tongue…. so when your baby says ye! or Ha!…. Na our language o….. lmao
- Babies are not born with psychic tearing, or tears that indicates emotional distress, though they are born with basal tearing (enough tears to keep the eyes moist and healthy) and reflex tearing (tears that respond to an irritant). Between 2 and 4 months of age, a baby will start crying with tears when it gets upset.
- Most newborns will lose all the hair they are born with in the first three or four months of life.
- Eyesight is the least developed of all the newborn senses. Newborns can see best at a distance of only 8-14 inches, and until they are about three months old, they see best in their peripheral vision. Babies may also have difficulty distinguishing color tones.
- Brain scans reveal that male babies have more asymmetrical brain hemispheres than female babies, and that female brains tend to have greater symmetry in the part of the brain concerned with complex mental processes. Female babies have more gray matter in the newer parts of the cerebral cortex, while male babies have proportionately more gray matter in the older, more primitive parts of the brain. Male brains are also significantly larger on the left.
I am a mum of 2 boys who can be a handful so when I found out that I was expecting , my number one prayer point was for the baby to be a girl, I mean who doesn’t want to play dress up with her daughter….. lol
At 27weeks I had my first ultrasound scan and voila, the sonographer said “madam, it seems your baby is a girl”. My heart did an” usain bolt” But I said to myself “woman, calm down he said SEEMS, he is not sure o”. So he told me to come back in another 3 weeks just to be sure ……
At 31 weeks, I checked in with the sonographer again to have another ultrasound, at least the baby is matured enough for him to see the sex and did he confirm that its still a girl, yes! he did!!
I sang and danced all the way home. When I told my hubby he said “I just hope this your sonographer is not seeing something else, I feel you should keep your cool and wait till you are close to re-do another scan for final confirmation” I said okay but the joy within me new no bound…..I have been praying for a baby girl and God did it……..
Fast forward to 36 weeks, I started buying my baby items needed for a baby girl, I am not the conventional type of mum so I went for colours other than Pink. I did a lot of yellow( in different shades….lol),Orange,Peach,red,lilac,and a little pink( just to join the pink gang…lol).
My delivery was smooth, no itches, I went into labour and in 55 minutes my bundle of joy came out. My first two labour wasn’t so smooth, I attached it to the fact that they are boys and since this baby is a girl I guess that’s why her labour was different.
My first question was ” Is she hairy? ” and the matron said ” She ke….. God will not turn your boy to She o…….Your son is hairy and cute, I will bring him as soon as he’s clean “. On hearing that , I was just laughing and crying at the same time……. God is the master Chess player! And I am so sure on that day he would be laughing so hard at me………….
My advise to preggy mamas, except if you are very sure of the gender ,don’t buy gender colored outfits, go for neutral colors. I had to give out the pinks I bought and managed some other ones.
My son is 9 months old now. Each time I look at him, I beg God for forgiveness, Instead of me to thank God for giving me these beautiful kids , I kept pressuring for a girl. I have friends who are still TTC and I was there murmuring about having a girl right in front of them…..hmmmmm…… I will never trust an ultrasound again……. That is how I became Mama Boys!
Wow! In everything give Thanks! that is all I have to say……
Before I became pregnant, Family and friends were asking questions and also talk about us trying for a baby boy, some of my friends even suggested that I see an expert….lol…… After I found out I was pregnant and eventually told my mum-in-law about it, all she talked about was (jokingly though) that she believes this one coming is a boy that will carry on the family name as my husband is the only son out of 7 kids. My husband and I just said Amen
In a way I also started praying that it be a boy , I had my first scan done and found out that we were expecting……… A beautiful Baby Girl.
Because everyone was all about the “Make a baby boy ” epistle when I’m not God, When I told hubby about it, I could tell that he was a bit depressed on finding out we were expecting a girl. I was a bit skeptical on whether to tell my mother-in-law or not but I eventually did and guess what she said “ It doesn’t matter, may be the next one will be a baby boy”. I smiled and within me I know and I’m sure that I am done with baby making.
But then, I thought about it deeply that we humans can be very unappreciative of things we get without sweating. God gave me healthy children that many women will do anything to get.
Right now, I just want a healthy and happy child. I can’t turn myself into a baby-making machine all in the name of trying for a boy to carry on the family name baton.
My daughters will bring forth the baby boys If God so will . I rest my casehmmm………. What about those that have all boys and no girl ……
What do you think about this mama’s tale ?
- Spoons were often used to feed infants and were known as “pap boats.” Expensive and elaborate versions were available to those who could afford it. The expression “born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth” probably evolved around the 16th century
- Depending on family economics, in the 18th century, babies were fed a kind of gruel made of flour and water. Known as “pap,” “panda,” or “caudle,”.
- Up until the 7th century, doctors believed many infant sicknesses were caused by the presence of too much acid in the stomach. Babies were fed chalk, crushed eggshells, coral, and oyster shells mixed with their gruel to counteract the acidity.
- The Greeks thought that mother’s milk was produced in the uterus and transported to the breast by special vessels in the body. There existed since the Middle Ages a vague awareness that breast milk provided some protection against sickness—but colostrum, the fluid secreted after birth, was considered dangerous, and women were advised not to feed the newborn baby for a few days. An older child would draw the breast milk first.
- Milk was not pasteurized until the 1890s and was avoided, particularly for infants, because people believed their child would grow up to resemble the animal.
- Unruly babies were thought to be the result of inferior breast milk.