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Wednesday, 28 November 2007

We've started weaning

Baby Girl is now seven months and we started weaning on Monday. We gave her a couple of sticks of parsnip which she sucked a little bit but she was much more interested in the high chair and sucking on her apron. We gave her parsnip again on Tuesday and today we gave her onion. She did play with the onion a bit more (I guess because of the unusual feel to it) but she's still far more interested in sucking her apron than food!

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Christmas cards

Today I made our Christmas cards. This is the text I have on the front

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

כי היום ילד לכם בעיר דוד מושיע אשר הוא המשיח האדון׃

οτι ετεχθη υμιν σημερον σωτηρ ος εστιν χριστος κυριος εν πολει δαβιδ

ܐܬܝܠܕ ܠܟܘܢ ܓܝܪ ܝܘܡܢܐ ܦܪܘܩܐ ܕܐܝܬܘܗܝ ܡܪܝܐ ܡܫܝܚܐ ܒܡܕܝܢܬܗ ܕܕܘܝܕ

որովհետեւ այսօր՝ Դաւիթի քաղաքին մէջ՝ Փրկիչ մը ծնաւ ձեզի, որ Օծեալ Տէրն է:

因 今 天 在 大 卫 的 城 里 , 为 你 们 生 了 救 主 , 就 是 主 基 督 。

denn euch ist heute der Heiland geboren, welcher ist Christus, der HERR, in der Stadt Davids.

오늘날 다윗의 동네에 너희를 위하여 구주가 나셨으니 곧 그리스도 주시니라

ибо ныне родился вам в городе Давидовом Спаситель,Который есть Христос Господь;

เพราะว่าในวันนี้พระผู้ช่วยให้รอดของท่านทั้งหลาย คือพระคริสต์เจ้า มาบังเกิดที่เมืองดาวิด

Luke 2:11

Inside I have Luke 2:8-16:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Weaning update

Well, we've made 29 weeks of exclusive breastfeeding and counting. I'm amazed we've managed to do it for so long!

Tuesday, 13 November 2007


Here's my first loaf of bread before I put it in the oven:

As you can see it kind of overflowed a bit so I've tried to make slightly smaller loaves since then. I've been doing two at a time which seems to work well as more wouldn't fit in the bowl or the oven (plus I only have two tins) and less wouldn't last long enough so I'd be making it constantly. I've been modifying the recipe slightly and once I've got it all sorted out I'll post it.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Nicene Creed Part 1

"I believe in one God,the Father, the Almighty,maker of heaven and earth,of all that is, seen and unseen."

This is the God of the Bible. He is Father to the Son. He is all powerful (as the Bible tells us) and he created everything that we can see (e.g. the sea) and can't see (e.g. gravity).

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

It turned out!

The bread turned out well (although some of it did overflow from the tin) so I'll hopefully make some more and also post some pictures soon. I'll try to get back to the Nicene Creed tomorrow too.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007


I started making bread today. I just made one loaf in case it doesn't turn out right and it's currently sitting near a radiator to rise. Poor Baby Girl - she cried when I was grinding the wheat as she didn't like the noise.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

I just finished reading this book from cover to cover. Hubby is going to read it too but as he doesn't have the same time I do for reading (I can read while breastfeeding), I worked out which chapters where most relevant to read in terms of making personal dietary changes and the reasoning behind it.

This is the list of chapters I have made for him:
  • any two from ch 3-14
  • ch 15-19
  • ch21

Reading just these chapters saves reading a lot of repetetive or more involved/technical stuff but still gives you a good grounding in the overall message of the book.

Friday, 2 November 2007


As Baby Girl is now six months I've been thinking about weaning quite a lot recently. Officially we are supposed to wean at six months - no earlier and no later. To me it just seemed crazy that all babies would need weaning at exactly the same age. After all, they don't do anything else (sitting, standing, laughing, walking etc.) at the same time so why would this be any different? Baby Girl was showing no signs of needing food when she turned six months so it didn't feel right to start giving her food. The only thing was that supposedly they need solids because of needing iron. (Although apparently you don't need to worry about iron if you are formula feeding - another example of breastmilk being portrayed as inferior!) This just didn't seem right to me. I know we live in a fallen world but surely if the milk provides enough energy then it will provide the right nutrition including iron. Well I did a bit of reading around and found out that there was a study done (Pisacane A, et al. Iron status in breast-fed infants. J Pediatr 1995 Sep;127(3):429-31) which found that babies exclusively breastfed for seven months had higher iron levels at 12 months than those who were not. I found loads of helpful information at Kellymom and we've decided to wait and see rather than starting just because she's an arbitrary age.

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