Learning to walk.

Evelyn started crawling at 7 months. Everyone went on about how early this was. Quite quickly she was pulling herself up to standing and cruising around the furniture and everyone kept saying “oh she’ll be walking soon”

But it’s been 5 months and she’s still not walking. I’ve tried not to wish away the milestones but my back is really hurting now from being constantly bent over as she walks around holding on to my fingers!  I would totally love her to be tottering around.

The problem is as soon as we let go of her fingers she panics and drops to the floor. It’s like she doesn’t have the confidence or belief that she can stand without us holding her up.

 

However the last few weeks we have been managing to trick her into standing alone. This works by giving Evelyn two seperate things to hold- normally her wooden envelopes or  bricks.  To start with she was lasting  a few seconds and then dropping to the floor.

It’s gradually been getting better and then today we have managed to get her to stand alone without tricking her, just by letting go of her hands, and she has been lasting a good 30 seconds or so. It’s incredible to watch and I love watching her realise what she is doing.

I wonder how long it will be until the standing becomes walking alone.

 

standing alone

Winning and changes.

It feels like Evelyn is constantly changing at the moment, like everyday she does/says something new or looks different or grows. It’s hard to keep up with, but she is becoming more more grown up. Today she has been very chirpy and chattered the day away with various sounds and noises. I love it when she is like this. I try and work out what she is saying by what she is looking at or her expression, I probably get it wrong 90% of the time and she’s probably massively frustrated inside!

I’ve mentioned previously that I carry Evelyn in a sling sometimes, now this is a whole crazy world of parenting in which I feel I maybe getting sucked in a little bit!  There are various facebook groups and websites to get involved in and a whole new language to learn!

When Evelyn was first born we quickly realised she didn’t really like being put down and quite often to get anything done we were trying to do it one handed or just gave up. I researched a bit and  found out a bit about using wraps and slings and we bought what is called a stretchy wrap. – a long piece of material that you tie around you in different ways.

Evelyn fairly soon became to big for this style of wrap though and after more research, we decided that the woven wraps (similar to teh stretchy wraps, but woven!) were a)far to expensive and out of our price range and b) that a carrier called a soft structured carrier (SSC)  was probably better suited to both of us.

So after a couple of buys and trades (I told you it’s addictive!) we’ve ended up with this very pretty Connecta:

 

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It’s great and it makes it much easier to get out the house than with the pushchair.

However I recently found a facebook group called “dip in babywearing” it’s a great group where you can basically buy a raffle ticket and be entered into a draw to win a specified prize of a wrap/ringsling/carrier. I entered one and won!!  which is incredible, for the mere payment of £2.50  I have ended up with a gorgeous woven wrap that costs somewhere (I think) in the region of £150!

Here’s my first attempt at wrapping Evelyn in it, it was super comfy and Evelyn seemed to enjoy it. This is the most basic carry and there is a whole load of other carries I could master, though I think I’ll just get used to this one for a while first!

first wrap

SOLD OUT!!

I totally sold out of all my cupcakes today! so pleased, and lots of people said lots of lovely things. I’ve also got the promise of  emails to get quotes for a couple of weddings which is exciting.

 

Now for a takeaway and games with friends.

Setting up shop.

 

Well not an actual real shop, but a business! Eek a real business. It’s going to be called Steph Bakes and I will make cupcakes and all sorts of other cakes and treats.

I’m very excited. My first official selling will be at the St Thomas festival this weekend. I’m going to make 200 cupcakes to sell of varying flavours.

Chris has helped me by designing some little business cards for me.

 business cards

 

I think they are so cute.

 

I’m pretty excited but also pretty scared, what if no one buys my cakes? What if they taste horrible, or I inadvertently make someone ill. I keep coming up with excuses why I shouldn’t do it, I think Chris along with some friends will make sure I don’t.