Finished chocolate cornflakes

Finished chocolate cornflakes

Keeping my 22 month old toddler entertained at home all day is proving to be increasingly harder each week.

Finally Luca is able to do, say and understand so much more, unfortunately all this has happened precisely when I have less time than ever before!

Looking after new baby Max has meant that spending time with Luca has become quite a juggling act!

Luckily Luca has become better at entertaining himself, but his need for more stimulation  is greater than before, plus he wants me to do every activity along with him.

Yesterday we grabbed the opportunity to get baking while Max took a quick power nap.

Using dairy free dark chocolate (Luca has CMPA) we melted the chocolate using boiling water and a plastic basin.

Luca donned his Little Helper hat and plastic apron and set out the bun cases into the bun tray.

 

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Luca placing bun cases into the bun tray

 

When the chocolate was melted we added in cornflakes to the melted chocolate and  got to work crushing them up using spoons. Luca loved doing this! We had a play fight while doing it, until he got a little too loud and rough.

 

 

Thankfully it was time to put the mixture into the bun cases – which turned into a real battle of wills- Luca wanted to do if all by himself!

 

Ta dah! Luca's lovely dairy free chocolate cornflake buns

Ta dah! Luca’s lovely dairy free chocolate cornflake buns

 

After we placed the buns in the fridge to set Luca amused himself by scraping all the remaining chocolate cornflakes out of the bowl with his spoon,then licked the rest- my favourite part too! While I did the washing up.

 

Luca scrapesevery last bit of chocolate and cornflakes outof the bowl!

Luca scrapes every last bit of chocolate and cornflakes out of the bowl!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Named me what?

Choosing the perfect name for your new baby is one of the first really important decisions you make as a parent, after all a name stays with you forever!

Names can determine how you experience life – it can immediately make you the focus of teasing and being made fun of – or it can mean you are instantly interesting and popular.

Some names are chosen because of the way they sound or are spelt, others because of their meanings.

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When choosing our new baby’s name there were a number of things that we felt were important to take into consideration;

  • Firstly how the name sounds and how easy is it to pronounce.
  • Next any abbreviations that the name is likely to get, so any potentially irksome or embarrassing nicknames  can be avoided.
  • Any meanings the name has and are the qualities I would like my child to have.
  • How the name fitted in along with my other children’s names – their names are all short and spelt in their simplest form.
  • Something a bit different – when checking out the list of most popular baby names we tend to lean more towards the less popular names – my baby is special to me and I want their name to reflect this.
  • The final consideration for my family was that it was a neutral name, living in Northern Ireland people immediately associate certain names with religious and political implications. As my partner and I are from differing religious backgrounds we didn’t want our children to be singled out as being from one particular background or culture.

Narrowing our options down to a select few names before the birth of our newest baby, we had three possible girl’s names and three boy’s names.

Usually as soon as I see my newborn baby I immediately know what I will call them, but this time we were at a loss as to which boy’s name we should choose!

After two days of trying it out we both agreed on Max, from the Latin meaning ‘greatest’.

I really love the name Max: I don’t know anyone else called it, it’s short, it’s easy to spell and easy to pronounce.

It suits him perfectly and fits in well with my other children’s names too!

 

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