Toddler, Baby and Me: The Seven Month Update

7 month baby update

It has been a rather stressful month – perhaps one of the most stressful of my life, when I come to think of it. Though – thankfully – it’s more administrative stress than anything unsolvable. I always think that health is the biggest priority, and we are all of us fit and well, bar a week-long incident for me with my wisdom tooth, so everything else has to be put into perspective.

I haven’t really gone into this on A Model Recommends, mainly because I haven’t had a moment to stop and write about it, but we are on the move. Not just a small move, either – a total relocation. We were supposed to be moving into Epping Forest, just a few miles away, to start on a new house project, but it fell through at the last minute. We decided (crazily, perhaps!) to still go through with our house sale, and so we find ourselves cast adrift, unable to find a short-term let and so moving to Somerset to rent a house from a friend.

7 month baby update

It’s all a bit emotional, because I have no idea where we will end up, and we have made great friends where we live now and have an amazing nanny, who has become part of the family, even if it is just for a couple of days a week. But I’m also quite excited. New chapters, and all that – perhaps living further from London will be absolute heaven. We might stumble across our idea of a rural idyll, we might go stir-crazy, we might hot-foot it back to the smoke as fast as you can say Relocation Relocation. But for now we are embracing the adventure. The fact that we are somewhat tied to London for work does keep crossing our minds, but in a pesky way that is easy to brush under the carpet. Ha! Commute? What commute? It’ll be easy!

But never mind the house stuff – what’s been going on with the little cherubs?

7 month baby update


Angelica’s main news, now that she is two-and-two-months, is that she has almost conquered the potty training. I know I’ll jinx it by writing this, but she has started to go on her potty (or on the big toilet with her potty seat) in the morning when she wakes up and at night before bed. She’s not so keen to do it during the day – she knows when she should be on the potty and instead hides behind a chair and does it in her nappy. Always the same dining room chair – the poo poo chair, I’m going to name it. We’ve been using this potty from Bumbo* – it’s brilliant. A three-in-one affair, you can use it as a potty but also take the comfy rubber seat and pop that on the adult toilet (which Angelica prefers) and then, when all of the potty stuff is done and dusted, you can change the potty into a step so that they can stand at the sink and brush their teeth and so on. Shave. Pluck their ear hairs. Put their rollers in.

Angelica’s favourite game: hiding. She’s obsessed with it! “Play,” she says, “hide.” “Mummy hide. Daddy hide. Ready? Two…four…six…TEN!” I’ve never seen anyone play hide-and-seek so badly, but enjoy it so thoroughly. I mean, she doesn’t even close her eyes when we hide, so she knows exactly where we are, but the glee when she “finds” us! (My favourite thing to do is actually hide properly, behind the door or whatever, and do a big BOO when she comes in. Her feet leave the floor she jumps so high. “More, more!”)

7 month baby update

And we have sentences, now. Not particularly complex ones, but we can have conversations and make ourselves understood. There’s a lot of talk about animals, especially whole families of animals – “Daddy Giraffe? Mummy Giraffe? Babby Giraffe?” – and they are always going home, or going to sleep, or going on trains. Some of our chats are really quite bizarre! And sometimes, Angelica really surprises me by coming out with little phrases and ideas that she’s picked up from goodness knows where – I told her, the other night, that Daddy was already asleep in bed and she asked if we could go and wake him up by beep-beeping his nose! “Beep beep Daddy’s nose? Daddy awake?”

7 month baby update

God, sorry – it’s very boring listening to people bang on about their kids and which words they’re saying. Sometimes I put Angelica on the phone to “say hello” to Granny – my Mum must want to kill me! I’m there saying “tell Granny about the tractor!” and Angelica just hold the phone and says “tractor” and then stays silent until the next instruction. My Mum must be biting on her fists by the end of the call. Especially the ones that last for over half an hour. (Joke.)

Sidenote: I know every single episode of Peppa Pig. Test me. I reckon I could write out each episode word for word. I often finish people’s sentences with a sentence from Peppa Pig. It’s like an illness. Same with nursery rhymes – someone was telling me a tale of health-woe about their friend, and they said “he went to the doctor and the doctor said -“, and I jumped in with “no more monkeys jumping on the bed!” I swear I will have NO friends left by the time Angelica starts school.

7 month baby update


Baby Ted, ah, gorgeous, smiley little Baby Ted. What a mite. Or not – he eats like a horse. He’s on about three pouches a day already. And yes I measure his food in pouches, because that’s what I feed him. Ella’s Kitchen, Piccolo or Babease, at the moment. If our nanny is here, he gets lovingly steamed veg blitzed up and heated to a perfect, warm slush. If she’s not, out come the pouches. I bloody love them. All of the aforementioned brands seem to use great ingredients, and some of the flavour combinations are really unusual and exciting. (I use the term “exciting” pretty loosely, here, because it’s baby mush we’re talking about, but it’s a far cry from plain apple sauce.) Now look, before people go off on one about the pouches, the only downside I can see is that they are a pretty pricey way of feeding a baby, longterm. But I’m not planning on using them longterm – as soon as Ted can deal with chunks and hunks, he’ll be on what Angelica has, just mashed up a bit more. I just think that the pre-done mushes are so convenient – they’re well made, very smooth (my blender never seems to get anything that smooth!), completely portable and they don’t require any effort whatsoever.

7 month baby update

I’d like to use the excuse that I already have a toddler to deal with, I don’t have the time to be standing around steaming veg for ages and faffing with ice cube trays and the like, but the truth is that I did the same with Angelica. She was like an astronaut, the number of pouch-meals she used to eat! I bloody love pouches, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. All credit to the people who painstakingly home-cook every mouthful of baby purée, I’d quite like to be that sort of person, but I’m not. I’ll admit something else: I haven’t used an iron since 1997. Sue me.

clothes to breastfeed in


Apart from being at my limits, stress-wise, I’m actually alright. Oh hold on, that’s not what I wrote in my notes for this post! Ha! WRITE ABOUT EFFECTS OF SEVERE SLEEP DEPRIVATION, it says.

OK, so in my state of severe sleep deprivation, I have in fact temporarily erased my state of sleep deprivation from my short-term memory. But yeah, it has been quite bad. Ted is in bed from about 7.30pm-6.30am, but on a typical night he will wake up at 10.30pm for a feed, then 1.30am, 4.30am, and up at 6.30am. It’s hardcore. Even though I feed him through a dreamy little haze, I still have to wake up and sit upright. (I’ve never really managed to get the hang of the lying-down breastfeed. It feels like trying to post a water balloon into a letterbox.)

I looked back over Angelica’s monthly updates, and it seems that she did go through a phase of waking a lot through the night, immediately before she began sleeping through. So I’m grasping onto that little shred of sleep-hope. When we move, Ted will go into his own little room, so I think that will make a difference. On the one hand, I absolutely love having him next to me, but on the other I do believe that he senses me and I probably feed him to readily. I pick him up at the first little whimper, because I’ve just become accustomed to doing that – I did the same with Angelica. It wasn’t until she was in a different room that I could block out the smaller noises and very soon the space between the feeds grew longer and longer.

7 month baby update

I very nearly stopped breastfeeding last week, by the way, because Ted kept clamping down on my nipples with his two bottom teeth. Angelica gave me a few nips (hoho) but stopped after I screamed each time – Ted seemed to be enjoying making me screech a little too much. It started to get to the point that I dreaded latching him on. But (fingers crossed) he seems to have calmed down now and hasn’t bitten me in a couple of days, so our little partnership may continue for a while longer. I did a year with Angelica and always said I wouldn’t mind doing the same for Ted, but I’m quite casual about the whole thing. I’m not going to beat myself up over it if Junior Hannibal Lecter can’t stop chomping on my flesh!

I’ve just done the before-bed feed, so must dash and get some sleep before the next one. No sense in sitting here at my computer when I could be having forty winks on my silk-encased pillow! (Got sent one of those silk slips, haven’t had a face-crease since! I will do a review on A Model Recommends.) I’m sure I’ve missed off loads of stuff, like Ted moving into a pushchair rather than a pram, and Angelica doing full-body cuddles with the cat, but I’d be here all night if I had to remember everything. Make sure you’re following my @uphillbaby account on Instagram to get little extra life snippets here and there…


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  1. September 4, 2017 / 1:03 am

    My second boy loved getting a reaction out of biting me while nursing. The worst was when he had top and bottom teeth, clamped down and pulled back until he popped off. He laughed and laughed at me screeching. Good grief. The only way to get him to stop was to immediately put him on the floor and stop nursing. He learned somewhat quickly but we had to periodically revisit. We stopped nursing a bit before he was a year old. But he was a biter even before he had teeth. Little stinkers.

  2. Sandra
    September 4, 2017 / 7:00 am

    Hi Ruth, which flavour(s) of the Ella”s Kitchen pouches would you recommend? We are going to start on solids with my little one pretty soon and I would like to stock up:-)

  3. Ziggypussy
    September 4, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Hi ruth,

    Talking about what kids say … one of the cutest things a friends child said to me was .. ” look at all the thinks coming out of my head ” …. l will be bringing that up at he’s 21st birthday.

  4. Anette
    September 4, 2017 / 8:06 am

    Haha! “ trying to post a water balloon into a letterbox” – YES! That is exactly how it feels! Never got the hang of it either. Love your writing, always makes me laugh and remember when mine were the same age. They are now 8 and soon 10 years old, time goes by so quickly! Good look with the move! We moved house when our youngest was 8 months old, such a stressful time! Hope you will find something permanent soon!

  5. September 4, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Oh, that moving announcement came quite surprising. Haven´t you just finished renovating the old one? But yes, new chapters and such, so good luck!

  6. Jody
    September 4, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Our children are very similar in age (mine are almost 2 and just gone 4 months) and I have been following you since your pregnancy with Angelica. I love reading about Angelica’s little achievements as many of them mirror my daughter’s. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one getting pee-my-pants-excited over a new phrase, game, action etc!

  7. Helen
    September 4, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Oh the toothy clamp Definitely made me squawk when my little one did that for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Like Ted, he seems unperturbed by my pain but has thankfully (and hopefully permanently) stopped with the biting now he’s used to his teeth!
    Best of luck for your move, we’ve just moved from Somerset to Wiltshire, it’s a lovely part of the world, and definitely a change of pace!

  8. Hayley
    September 4, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    The issue with pouches is not that you’re being lazy by giving them (god we all need short cuts with kids!) it’s that they’re heavily sweetened 🙁 They add a ton of ie too much fruit even to the savoury ones so that the littlies like the taste. Some babies even get addicted to them and refuse to eat normal food as it’s not sweetened – I’m not lying – Ella’s addiction is real! Also the food in them can be over 12 months old, am not saying the food is off…just that the processing / packaging / storage chain means the food can be quite old in them. I did blw with mine but still gave the odd pouch as a back up if out and about but I do think it’s important for mums to be clued up on pouches before making a decision if it’s the route they want to go down…

    • Ali
      September 7, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      Ella’s Kitchen DO NOT add any unnecessary fruit to their vegetable pouches. As ingredients state, they are purely veg and water. Sometimes they add a dash of lemon juice and that’s to do with the sterilising process. I know this for certain as my sister in law makes them.

      • Ali
        September 7, 2017 / 8:29 pm

        As per the old Boob/bottle debate. It is totally personal preference and people should do what is right for their child.

  9. Elaine
    September 4, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Water balloon into a letterbox! Yes! I tried laid back a couple of times this week and poor noodle was flailing all over the place trying to perch on a blancmange (has anyone ever actually made eaten or even seen a blancmange) and so held on with his gums and we all end up sore and unhappy. So upright it is. That’s just my shape.

    Also the biting without any teeth. He knows full well he’s done wrong but is amused. It’s a good thing he’s gorgeous!

    Good luck with the move

  10. H
    September 4, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Why are you moving? Your house is so gorgeous!

  11. Angel
    September 5, 2017 / 1:30 am

    With your mention of the biting with feeding it prompted a visceral memory for me, despite my cherubs now being 12 and 8 years old.

    I was advised to push my bub inwards towards my breast when they bit me. Bub is then forced to open their mouth to breath and they detach quickly.

    I learnt the hard way that when I screeched my daughter would clamp down harder in shock and then pull away to detach, with my poor nipple/areole gripped between my teeth, getting stretched to the max AND grazed by brand new, very sharp teeth at the same time. Ouch! It was, thankfully, a very short phase.

  12. Becky
    September 5, 2017 / 5:27 am

    I’ve recently discovered the joy of pouches too! Feel guilty but I need to get on and do other things except for blitzing and mashing veg all day! I can never make mine smooth enough!glad to say I hardly touch the iron either

  13. Tesni
    September 5, 2017 / 6:16 am

    I love your updates even though I’m not a mother! It’s just lovely to see your little family develop and I find child development really interesting. It is amazing how children learn and soak up everything around them.

    Good luck with thto move. As someone living in somerset I hope you enjoy it over in the West Country for a bit and I hope the London commute isn’t too stressful.

  14. Sara
    September 5, 2017 / 6:24 am

    Welcome to Somerset – it’s a lovely county – my LG is just a few weeks younger than Angelica so have been following you since the first bump!

  15. Pascale
    September 5, 2017 / 6:36 am

    I do not have kids, neither do I want any in the near future but your posts are too hilarious to not read them. Well done, Ruth, loving it!

  16. Anja
    September 5, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Lovely post yet again, and don’t worry, I wasn’t bored by what Angelica can say! What I don’t get though is, why did you feel the need to move at all after you put so much effort, time etc. in this home? Would you care to say a bit more about that?

  17. Katie
    September 5, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Such a hilarious post Ruth, the bits about finishing off sentences with bits from Peppa pig and the terrible hide and seek playing are so spot on, really made me laugh!

    Good luck with the move, we did it six months ago with a 3 year old and a 4 month old and it was beyond stressful then, let alone when you are not even going to your full time home so I really hope it’s smooth sailing xx

  18. Bettina Paton
    September 5, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    Somerset is lovely! I moved here from London last year. There are easy train links in but this county is really beautiful- lots to explore. I can empathise with the interrupted sleep patterns. Just try to get as much rest when you can. I turned into Monster Mummy but it does get better! You are clearly having fun being a Mum 🙂

  19. Claire
    September 8, 2017 / 7:04 am

    Good luck with the move! We moved when my my daughter was just 6 months old. We also had just finished a major renovation and the house was looking lovely. But it just seemed like we should take the opportunity to cash out and get something a bit bigger and better. Total madness looking back! The house we bought was an even bigger renovation project and unliveable so we moved ‘temporarily’ into my mum’s. We’re still there a year later!! 🙁 So I totally feel your pain. It will all be worth it eventually (at least that’s what I keep telling myself!). And your house was/is gorgeous but having watched a number of your ‘day in the life of ruth’ videos, I did wonder how long it would be before you got fed up of the daily relay up and down the stairs to the kitchen!! It looked exhausting!

  20. September 10, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Oh my goodness me. Saw your YouTube but thought I’d comment here. We are in EXACTLY the same position. We move on Wednesday to a grotty rental. Signed in for a year might take that long to find the dream home, hopefully the awkward land lady won’t ask us to leave before we buy somewhere. Been in my home 20 years dragging my 10&7year old away from their memories. It’s a tsunami of emotions. But. Change is good. And I continue to breath! Good luck Ruth, look forward to reading all about it.

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