Babies and Potty Training

So usually when your child reaches their first yearly birthday, you will start receiving questions asking when will they start going on a potty or alternatively, are surprised to hear that the child has not been potty-trained yet.

Q: When is it a good time to start potty-training?
Actually you have a couple of factors you have to consider. First, the parents have to be ready for this. Often times the child is ready but parents keep postponing it as after trying it once, they had 6 pairs of pants to be put in the laundry basket. This is when they usually mistakenly presume that the child is not ready.

Gina Ford, who has written numerous books on babies and children, including potty-training, mentions in her book that you should start potty-training between 18 and 24 months. One of the French specialists on children (can’t remember the name at the moment but will add it soon!) says, that you should start if the child can climb up independently on the playground on those climbing trees.
Earlier than 18 months and the child is not biologically ready.
Different smart books do advise to reward the child with candy or something else if they have used the potty successfully, or when after lunch the diaper is still dry. I’m afraid I do not agree with this, but more about this a little later.

Q: How do I potty-train?
When a child starts walking, then this means that you will not find peace even in the bathroom. This will remind you of those moments when girls at school went to the bathroom together and then waited for each other behind the door. If the little one presses himself or herself through the door, that is the moment when I have taken the little one to sit on the potty with me (me on mine, he or she on theirs). Everything after that is a smooth process, and there is no ‘buying’ them over with sweets.

I have also been at crossroads with a kindergarten where I put 5 pairs of pants in the bag, and we were running on the fifth day when I went to pick up the child after lunch to find that they had been put in a diaper! I got quite angry and said that we are almost finished with potty-training and asked them for an explanation as to why they have put a diaper on a child that is almost two years of age. They only said that they will not start changing pants and the child has to ask to go to a potty. Luckily other parents agreed with me as well and we got into a bigger dispute.

Imagine yourself, you pay many thousands of Euros for a space in a private kindergarten so that there is one child-minder for every 3-5 children, and even then it is too much to ask for a little bit of cooperation…this is quite a thinking point.

Currently it has become a habit with the little girl that when we go to the bathroom, we will see who is able to do their thing first. I kind of feel bad for spoiling the fun so I usually wait for the little girl to say ‘I’m first!’, and then she consoles me ‘next time you just have to be a little faster’. Furthermore, of course it would be a good motivator for the child to buy them underwear with their favourite characters – why? Who wants to pee on their favourite characters? No one! You can also give them a small book to read to keep them on the potty for longer.

Advice for potty-training:
The parents have to be ready for this and cannot get angry at a child even if they pee in their pants. Be supportive, clean up the mess together with the child. This will take time and may take even 2 weeks. Be patient and do NOT show disappointment when the child has peed in a numerous pairs of pants within a couple of hours. Imagine, your parents had to go through the same thing when you were a child.

It would be the best to start in the summer when the weather is warm. This way you will not have to worry about the child catching a cold.
If a child pees their pants, do not change them immediately. Let the child notice this so they can feel the discomfort and they will learn to let you know.
If a child successfully uses a potty, then be happy with the child and cheer them on for being good and ensure they see how happy it makes you. You can even take a picture and say that you will send it to daddy so he can be happy as well (don’t worry, every parent has these pictures in their phone).
Keep the potty in a visible place and take the child with you to the bathroom.

When is it not a good time to start potty-training:
· When you have another newborn in your family, because the child will be too excited and also stressed with the new life in the family.
· If you have just moved as the child will need to get used to his or her surroundings first.
· If the child has been sick recently.
· If the child starts going to a new day care group/kindergarten or you have a new nanny.
· If the parents are under too much stress or there is some tension between the parents.
· If the brothers/sisters do not sleep well and there is overall much tension at home.
· During Christmas or holidays when there is a lot going on at home which can make the child feel anxious.

In conclusion, it is up to the parents to decide when to start with the potty-training. Please do keep it mind that it is not good to leave it too late as I have met many children who are afraid of the potty and even if they pee or poop, they get upset as they do not understand what is going on.

Keep your patience, just as you would when teaching your grandparents on how to use the Internet.

Have a lovely afternoon!

Kadi 🙂

Beebid ja potti-treening.

Kui laps on aasta ringi hakkatakse pärima, et noh millal siis potil hakkab käima või punnitatakse silmi, et nii suur juba, aga potil ikka veel ei käi.
Millal on õige aeg alustada harjutamisega potile? Tegelikult tuleb siin mängu mitu faktorit. Peamine on see, et vanemad peavad selleks valmis olema. Tihtipeale on laps ammu juba valmis, kui vanemad lükkavad seda edasi, sest kannatus katkeb, kui hommikul esimese paari tunni jooksul on 6 paari pissiseid pükse ja siis otsustatakse, et laps pole valmis.

Gina Ford, kes on kirjutanud palju erinevatel teemadel raamatuid lastest, kaasa arvatud potitreeningust, mainib oma raamatus, et alustada tuleks 18 ja 24 kuu vanuse vahel. Prantsuse üks tipp spetsialiste laste alal (nime ei mäleta kohe, lisan siia kui meelde tuleb) ütleb, et siis kui laps saab ise ronitud mängiväljakul ronimispuu peal üles iseseisvalt.
Varem kui 18 kuu vanuselt pole lapse bioloogiliselt lihtsalt valmis.

Erinevad targad raamatud jällegi õpetavad, et last tuleb premeerida kas kommi või mõne muu asjaga kui pissi või kaka on tehtud potti või peale lõuna und kui mähe on kuiv. Ma kahjuks selle maiustustega potil käimist meelitamisega pole nõus.

Kuidas olen teinud potitreeningut? Kui laps hakkab kõndima, siis tähendab see seda, et rahu ei saa sa isegi WC-s. Tekib moment nagu kunagi koolis käisid tüdrukud koos WC-s ja siis oodati ukse taga teisi. Kui see pisike inimene pressib ennast uksest sisse sinuga kaasa, see on hetk kui olen võtnud lapse tema väikese potti peale istuma ja ülejäänud läheb kuidagi sujuvalt, ehk ei mingit magusa või asjadega ära ostmist.

Olen ka väga riidu läinud kunagi lasteaiaga kus mina panin lapsele kaasa 5 paari pükse ja meil oli viies päev käsil, kui lõuna ajal lapsele järgi läksin oli pandud mähe! Ma sain väga kurjaks ja ütlesin, et meil on potil käimine peaaegu selge ja miks on lapsele mähe tagasi pandud (kahe aastasele), siis lasteaed teatas, et nemad ei hakka pükse vahetama ja laps peab potile küsima. Õnneks, olid minuga samal meelel ka lapse vanemad ja sellest tuli suurem pahandus lasteaiaga. Kujuta, et sa maksad mitu tuhat eurot eralasteaia eest, kui kolm-viis last on ühe kasvataja kohta ja tema jaoks on liiga palju teha koostööd…. mõtlemise koht.

Hetkel on meil alati välja kujunenud pisikese piigaga, et WC käime koos ja kellel tuleb esimesena pissi?! Ma ei taha lapse rõõmu ära rikkuda ja ootan, et laps saaks ikka öelda, ” mina olen esimene”. Või kui kuule kuidas pissi sorinal potti tuleb teatan, ” mina ei ole jälle esimene”, mille peale laps lohutab “järgmine kord pead lihtsalt kiirem olema”. Muidugi on heaks toetavaks motivaatoriks näiteks lapse lemmiktegelase piltidega aluspüksid, miks? Sest kes see tahab oma lemmik tegelasi täis pissida. Väike raamat mida lugeda, harjutab püsivust potil istuda.

Soovitusi potil käimise harjutamiseks:
* Lapsevanem peab selleks valmis olema ja ära kurjusta lapsega kui pissi tuleb püksi, ole toetav ja koristage koos “õnnetus” ära, pange kuivad riided. Potil käimise harjutamine võtab aega kuni kaks nädalat, ole KANNATLIK ja ära näita välja PETTUMUST kui hommikul paari tunniga on 8 paari märgi pükse. Mõtle sellele, et sinuga tuli samasugune kadalipp läbi käia kui väike olid.
* Alusta suvel sooja ilmaga potil käimist, siis ei pea muretsema, et laps jääks haigeks.
* Ära torma esimese pissi peale pükse vahetama vaid oota kuni laps ise märkab ja tunneb, et ebamugav on märgade pükstega.
* Kui pissi või kaka tuleb potti rõõmusta koos lapsega ja kiida kui tubli ta on ja kui palju rõõmu see teeb emmele-issile. Tee kasvõi pilti ja ütle, et saadame selle issile. (Ärge muretsege, sellised pildid on igal lapsevanemal telefonis)
* Hoia pott nähtaval kohal ja võta laps endaga koos WC-sse.
Millal pole hea potil käimist alustada:
* Kui peres on just sündinud pisike õde või vend, sest laps on liiga elevil ja kodus on uus elukorraldus.
* Kui oled just kolinud uude koju ja lapse keskendumisvõime on hajutatud uute sõprade ja koduga kohanemisega.
* Kui laps on just haige olnud.
* Kui laps alustab just uut lasteaeda või on uus hoidja tulnud temaga tegelema.
* Kui vanemate vahel on palju pingeid ja tööalast stressi.
* Kui õed-vennad ei maga hästi ja kodune õhkkond on pingest paks.
* Jõulude- või puhkuse ajal, ehk kui on palju kõrvalisi asju ja üritusi mis lapse meeleolu hoopis ärevamaks teevad.

Kokkuvõttes otsustab vanem millal alustada potitreeninguga, kuid ei tasu väga hilja peale jätta, sest olen puutunud kokku lastega kellel tekib poti ees hirm ja kui pissi või kaka tuleb potti nad kardavad ja hoopis on hüsteerias, sest nad ei saa aru mis juhtus.

Varu kannatust nagu sa õpetaksid vanaemale arvuti- ja interneti kasutamist.
NB! Postitust võib julgelt jagada 🙂

Ilusat sügist!

Kadi

Miks Mulle meeldib jōulutrall juba septembris?

Möödunud pühapäeval olin väga õnnelik, sest londonis poodides on juba jõuluasjad väljas. Tavaliselt augusti lõpus teen nimekirja, kellele saadan vanamoodsalt postiga jõulukaardi ja kelle jaoks on kingitust vaja. Viimane on kõige olulisem just laste puhul.

Mulle meeldib nüüd juba pakkepaberit-, kuuseehteid-, kingitusi- ja kaarte valida. Kui varakult juba selle teemaga tegelen, siis tähendab see seda, et detsembri kuud ma lihtsalt naudin. Mulle meeldib kui on suur valik pakkepabereid ja jõulukaarte, jättes kõik ostud viimasele hetkele on pakkepaberitest üle käinud miljon kätepaari ja ilusamad kaardid võivad päris räbalad välja näha.
Jõulukuul teeme lastega piparkooke, meisterdame kingitusi ja kirjutame jõulukaarte, joome kuuma shokolaadi kaminatule valgel ja loeme jõulujutte raamatust.

Kas pole hullumeelne, kuidas inimesed tunglevad viimasel minutil kingitusi ostma ja tead, et see on paljudel juhtudel mingi mõttetu pahn, millest tahetakse ruttu lahti saada näiteks edasi kinkimise teel.

Möödunud aastal korjasime kõik ettejuhtuvad käbid pargis üles, et neid siis värvida ja pakkida läbipaistvatesse kotikestesse, mida saab kuuse külge riputada. Erilisemad kingitused pereliikmetele olid tassid mida lapsed ise olid kaunistanud ja nimetähed peale kirjutanud.

Detsember ei ole ka minu jaoks pankrotti mineku kuu, sest ma olen kulutusi hajutanud juba varasemate kuude peale.
Jõulukuul pean alati väga oluliseks kohtuda sõprade ja pereliikmetega, et rääkida kuidas aasta on möödunud ja millised on ootused uueks aastaks.

Mõnusat nädalavahetust,
Kadi 😊

Why I love the early Christmas craze that starts in September?

I was quite ecstatic last Sunday to find that stores are already stocking a wide variety of Christmas products. It’s usually my thing to create a Christmas list at the end of August of all the people who I would like to send an old-fashioned Christmas card by post or for who I need to get presents for. The latter is especially important for children.
I like selecting wrapping paper, Christmas decorations, presents and cards because starting early equals to a stress-free December! I love the huge selections available as if leaving everything on the last minute, you can be sure that all these cards and wrapping papers have been touched by numerous hands and look quite haggard (been there, seen that!).
During the Christmassy month we usually bake gingerbread cookies with the children, get crafty to make some presents and write Christmas cards. We also have a warming cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace and read Christmas stories – this is very relaxing and also cosy.
Isn’t it ridiculous how everyone leaves their shopping on the last minute and then buy something just to get it over with, even if by gifting the nonsense gifts they have received previously.
Decorations-wise, last year we picked up a lot of cones from the local park for painting which we afterwards wrapped into see-through little bags. These went on the Christmas tree and looked wonderful. Of course the most heart-warming presents came from the children who had done all the hard work by decorating and crafting.
December is not a month of bankruptcy for me because I start early by managing my finances ahead of time.
During this festive month it is important for me to meet my friends and family members for a chat about how the year has passed and what we await from the new upcoming year.
Have a cosy rest of the day,
Kadi

Kuidas harjutada beebit lisatoidu- ja uute maitsetega.

Kas oled kogenud, et pakud beebile uut sööki, püreed või köögivilju ja suu kisub õige krimpsu ning sülitatakse suust välja. See on täiesti normaalne ja lapsele võib vahel kuni viisteist korda pakkuda sama sööki, enne kui ta selle maitse- või tekstuuriga harjub. Juhul kui mingis eas ei meeldi lapsele keedetud porgand, aga toores porgand meeldib väga, siis muretsemiseks pole põhjust, las ta sööb siis toorelt, sest mingil hetkel läheb lapsel meelest, et talle keedetud porgand ei meeldi ja hakkab seda sööma.

Millal hakkata andma lisatoitu?
Olenevalt lapsest võiks see jääda kuuenda elukuu ringi. Kui hakkad last lisatoiduga harjutama, siis rinda või piimasegu tuleb ikka edasi anda.

Kuidas harjutada uute maitsetega ja mida tohib anda beebile?
Keel on tundlik viiele erinevale maitse gruppile. Veendu, et annad lapsele kõiki erinevaid maitseid proovida, sest ainult nii õpib ta uusi maitseid eristama ja omastama.

Viis maitset on:
Magus – pastinaak, porgand, magus kartul, maasikad, banaan
Kibe – lehtsalat, brokkoli, salat, greip, tume sokolaad
Hapu – naturaalne jogurt, sidrun, melon, viinamarjad
Soolane – seller, peet, liha, kala, munad, piim
Hõrgutav – liha, kala, seened, tomat, juust

Algul paku igat toitu võimalikult puhta maitsena, ära sega kokku teiste köögi-või puuviljadega. Näiteks porgandit auruta- või keeda ja ning siis hästi peeneks purustada. Valmista iga köögivili/puuvili võimalikult erinevate viisidel, sest iga töötlemine muudab maitset ja tekstuuri. Toorest porgandit võib anda maitsta, et tunneb keelega porgandi mahla magusat maitset. Ära peida köögivilju kastmete või hapukoore sisse. Söö koos lapsega, et ta näeks, kui maitsvad on köögiviljad/puuviljad. Liha ja kala küpseta alati enne lapsele andmist. Ole loov ja lase fantaasial lennata kui hakkad erinevaid puu-ja juurvilju püüreedeks voi smoothiedeks tegema. Kõige lihtsam aru saamaks mis meeldib beebile, kui sulle endale maitseb, siis lapsele meeldib ammugi, sest see pisike inimene on sinu miniversioon.

Kuidas harjutada vürtsidega?
Lisa pudrule näiteks kaneeli või manna pudrule kakaod. Viimase osas pole ma kohanud last kes hommikupudrust loobuks. Riisile võid lisada natukene kõige pehmema maitsega karrit või paprika tükke.

Parim aeg, et lapsel kujuneks “armastus” puu- ja juurviljade vastu on kuni kahe aastaseks saamisel.

Ära anna lapsele iseseisvalt tooreid asju alguses süüa, sest need võivad kurku kinni jääda ja laps võib abi puudumisel lämbuda. Seega uute toitudega harjutamisel ole alati kõrval, ära lase lapsel toiduga mööda elamist ringi joosta. Viinamarjad-, tikrid-, sõstrad-, väikesed tomatid- ja kõik mis võib endast ohtu kujutada lapsele palun lõika pooleks või veelgi väiksemaks. Esiteks võib olenevalt toidust sinu kaunis tapeet saada rikutud või mõne aja möödudes leiad mänguasja kastist hallitava porgandi või kurgi.

Viimase viie aasta jooksul olen õppinud koos lastega, kuidas valmistada erinevaid köögivilju, puuvilju, kala, liha -mida millega sobitada. Käin koos lastega turul ja lasen neil endal valida viis puu/juurvilja ning kodus katsetame koos mis võik olla parim maitse. Jah, muidugi ei tasu unustada, et vahel võib ikka lõpptulemus minu keele jaoks kummaline tunduda, kuid lastele meeldib, sest nad on selle ise valmistanud. Ära tee nägusid ja häälitsusi kui sulle lapse valmistatu ei maitse, parem kiida teda selle uue maitseelamuse eest ja paku välja, et järgmine kord proovite teistsugust kombinatsiooni.

Minu enda lemmik igasugu aurutamiste, püreetamiste jaoks on pildil olev mini aurutaja ja samal ajal saan teha ka püreesid.

Parima maitseelamuse saamiseks vali alati hooajalised puu- ja köögiviljad.
Mõnusat katsetamist,

Kadi

How to get babies accustomed to additional food and new tastes

Does it sound familiar – you are giving the baby something new to try, whether it’s a puree or vegetables, and the little one makes a really big grimace and spits it out? Well, this is totally normal and sometimes it may take up to 15 times (!) of trying the same food before he or she gets used to its taste and the texture. Although, in case a child does not like boiled carrots but loves fresh carrots, then there is nothing to worry about as at some point he or she will completely forget about it and will happily eat boiled carrots as well.

Q: When to start giving supplementary food?
Depending on the baby, it should stay around 6 months of age. When you start giving the baby any additional food, keep in mind that the baby still needs breast milk or milk formula.

Q: How to get the baby accustomed to new tastes and what can I give them?
The tongue is sensitive to five taste groups. Ensure that you get them to try all of these group as this is the only way he or she can differentiate new tastes.
These 5 tastes are:
Sweet – parsnip, carrot, sweet potato, strawberries, bananas
Bitter – lettuce, broccoli, salad leaves, grapefruit, dark chocolate
Sour – natural yogurt, lemon, melon, grapes
Salty – celery, beet, meat, fish, eggs, milk
Umami – meat, fish, mushrooms, tomato, cheese

First, offer these foods just on their own and do not mix them. For example, steam or boil the carrots and then blend them very small. Also ensure you prepare the same vegetables or fruits in many different ways, as every way of processing changes the taste and the texture. Fresh carrot can be tasted to experience the sweetness of the carrot juice. Additionally, do not hide vegetables in sauces or in sour cream and eat it with the child so they can see how delicious fruits and vegetables are. Of course always cook all meat and fish before giving it to your child.
Be creative and let your fantasy fly with different purees and smoothies. Easiest way to understand what the baby likes, is to think of yourself. Do you like it? Then this little mini version of you will like it as well!

Q: How to handle spices?
That’s easy. Add some cinnamon to a porridge or cocoa to semolina porridge and you’re done! Regarding this, I have not yet met a child who refuses morning porridge. For rice you can add some softer curry or small pieces of paprika.

As a note, the best time to grow your child’s love for vegetables and fruits is until they reach 2 years of age.
I would also like to stress that always keep an eye on your child when they are eating something raw as this may get stuck in their throat which is quite a hazard. Always ensure you are next to them and never let them run around with food.
Grapes, gooseberries, different currants, small tomatoes and everything that can be dangerous, please cut these in half or even smaller. This would also lessen the risk of some ugly stains on your beautiful wallpaper and you will not have to worry about finding a carrot or a cucumber in a toy box covered in mold.

Over the past five years I have learned together with the children how to prepare different vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and how to fit them together. Quite often I take children to the market with me and let them choose five vegetables/fruits of their liking and then at home we experiment how to get the best taste out of these. And do not forget that sometimes the result can be quite weird for your tongue, but the children will love it because it is something they have prepared on their own. So refrain from making faces of dislike and instead applaud them for the new taste experience. You can always suggest to make a different combination the next time!

My own favourite for all kinds of steaming and pureeing is the steamer shown on the picture, which also gives me a chance to do everything at the same time.

And remember, for the best taste experience, choose the seasonal vegetables and fruits.

Have an amazing time experimenting,
Kadi

Kuidas sündisid pildid Kadi ja Beebid tarbeks.

Olen alati olnud maksimalist ja nii sai ka pikalt kaalutud ja otsitud fotograafi kellega koostööst võiks sündida Kadi ja beebid lehele tarbeks fotod.
Mõni aeg tagasi nägin ühe tuttava pulmapilte facebookis ja kirjutasin neid pildistanud fotograafile.

Peale pooleteise kuulist suhtlust jõudsime ühisele ideele fotograaf Anneli Leinemann-iga. Rääkisin oma ideest, et sooviks kenasid fotosid oma lehe tarbeks ja ilmselt võiks teha pilte koos massaažinukkudega.

Minu suurim mure oli see, et ma pole kunagi sedasi fotograafi juures käinud ja enesekindus kaamera ees null. Siis pakkus aga Anneli, et “kuule, sa minu kaksikuid ei tahaks?” Mul hakkas süda kiiremini lööma ja silmad hakkasid teisepool arvutiekraani kilama “Jah, muidugi tahan” oli minu kiire vastus.
Töötades laste- ja peredega tean ma väga hästi, et üks asi on see, kui sa plaanid midagi ja paned paiks, teine asi on see mis siis tegelikult juhtub. Nii läks ka meil, et algselt kokku lepitud ajaks olid piigad tõbised ja taevaluugid oli lahti ning vihmal ei paistnud lõppu.
Panime siis paika, et tulgu või boamadusid taevast, pildistamise teeme viienda septembri õhtul.

Kohe liikusid mõtted, et panen selga rohelise kleidi, õnneks oli mul nii palju ikka mõistust, et küsida Annelilt mis värvi riideid võiks kanda? Vastuseks sain, et ükskõik mis värvi ainult mitte rohelist, sest tegemist on välipildistamisega ja roheline peegeldab näkku ja muru on roheline… et kõik värvid peale rohelise sobivad.

Eestis käies on alati kuidagi kiire, siis ei jõudnud ei meiki ega soengut lasta teha. Hommikul pesin juuksed ja pealelõunal käisin juuksuris juukseotsi lõikamas.
Saime Kadrioru pargis kokku ja see energia mis Annelist kiirgas oli meeletult mõnus, siiras ja soe. Ta pakkis oma kaamera lahti ning objektiiv oli nagu hakkas metsas loomi pildistama. Minul oli muidugi närv sees, süda lõi ikka väga kiirelt. Anneli meenutas oma olekult ja häälelt mulle Liisi Koiksonit, kes on minu jaoks väga sümpaatne ja tasakaalukas inimene.

Hakkasime pargis ring jalutama ja Anneli hakkas klõpsima pilte, et saada valgust paika (nii ta vähemalt ütles mulle). Vahepeal näitas kaamerast pilte ja mul oli nii hea meel, et kallistasin teda…. ta pani mind piltidel elama, kuigi ütles, et tema ei teinud midagi, et selline ma olengi.

Esimesed pildid sain juba kätte ja need on Kadi ja beebid profiilifoto ning kaanepilt. Kindlasti jagan siin ka ülejäänud pilte kui need saabuvad. Pisikesed kaksikud Nora ja Lenna, kes tavaliselt pidavat laskma pisarajoad- ja kisapaelad valla, leidsid hoopis, et minuga on päris lõbus ja oi oi kui palju mul oli juukseid mida krabada ja hambaid suus mille ehtsust kontrollida!

Suur aitähh Anneli ja sinu super toredale perele, kes kogu selle sügisese õhtu vastu pidasid!

Läksin pargist koju hinges meeletu õnnetunne, hoolimata külmast mis näpistas nina punaseks!
https://www.facebook.com/Anneli.Leinemann.Photography

Ilusat õhtut soovides,
Kadi

How the pictures for Kadi and Babies came to life

I have always been quite peculiar about who I work with and so I put in a lot of time to find the right photographer who I would trust with the task of taking pictures for my page Kadi and Babies.

Quite a while ago I saw wedding photos of one of my acquaintances and so I dropped a quick e-mail to their photographer – after a month and a half we had an agreement with photographer Anneli Leinemann. I had an idea that I would like to have some pictures taken for my page and maybe to have them taken with massage dummies used for learning.

My biggest concern was that I have actually never been to a photographer before and my confidence before the camera was nonexistent. To my surprise Anneli offered, ‘Hey, would you like to have my twins for this?’. My heart started beating faster and there was probably an excited glint in my eyes as I quickly replied that of course I would.

Working with children and families I know exactly what it means to have a plan and what actually happens. And so it ended up that by the agreed date the twin girls were a little sick. Also it was raining cats and dogs and it just didn’t seem to end.
Then we agreed that even if it starts raining snakes and thunderbolts the next time, we will do the photoshoot on the evening of 5th September.

While planning my outfit I remembered that I have a beautiful green dress I haven’t been able to wear much, but luckily enough I had enough brains to ask Anneli what kind of colour to wear. And imagine the answer I got- she said everything else is fine apart from green! This was because we were doing an outside photoshoot and green reflects to the face, and of course the grass is green as well…so all colours would be fine apart from green.

When visiting Estonia I’m always very busy and this time was no exception as I didn’t even have time to do my makeup or hair. I washed it in the morning and went to the hairdresser’s in the afternoon to get it trimmed and that was it!

We met in the Kadriorg Park and the energy coming off from Anneli was so wonderful, sincere and warm. She unpacked her camera and the objective looked like something used to photograph wild animals! I was obviously nervous and my heart beat a lot more faster than usual. By how Anneli carried herself and her voice, she vaguely reminded me of Liisi Koikson, who in my opinion is a very sympathetic and well-balanced person.

We took a walk around the park and Anneli started taking pictures to get the lights set (or something like that). In between the shots she showed me some photos from her camera and I was so happy that I actually gave her a big hug… she made me look so alive on the photos, even if she said that’s just who I was and she had no part to play in it.

I received the first patch quite fast and these you can see as a profile picture on Kadi and Babies. I will definitely share all these pictures with you later on as well. The little twins, Nora and Lenna, who usually cry a lot and easily let their vocal chords loose, actually found that it was quite fun to play with me, and imagine their curiosity when they found how much hair I have for grabbing and how many teeth I have for them to count!

Amazingly big thanks to Anneli and to her wonderful family who lasted through the
whole chilly autumn evening! https://www.facebook.com/Anneli.Leinemann.Photography

I left the park with great happiness in my soul, not caring a bit of the cold pinching my cheeks!

Have a lovely evening,
Kadi

Baby coming up: 10 things that should be ready at home

Having a baby always comes with a lot of questions – for example, which items should be prepared ahead of time before the newborn’s arrival? Kodus.ee  (https://kodus.ee/artikkel/beebi-tulekul-10-asja-mis-tuleks-kodus-valmis-panna)asked for advice from a baby counsellor Kadi Leppik.
‘For a new mom it is extremely important to have a supportive and a helpful partner, who helps her adjust to the new situation and would ensure that the new mom is able to have one of the most important things – time to rest,’ she starts. ‘Although there are a couple of things that you should consider investing in to ensure you are prepared. For example a good electrical breast pump, breast feeding pillows and a well-fitted specialty bra for breastfeeding. To observe baby’s breathing, I would also recommend to have a baby breathing monitor. As a bonus tip which may seem a little funny, is that I would advise to have some cabbage kept in the fridge so that after breastfeeding you can easily cool down sensitive breasts with a cold cabbage leaf,’ she lists.
‘You will definitely need to invest in a good pram where you can regulate the height, and I would also advise to get one that has a cup holder. Additionally you should have comfortable clothing for different weather conditions (a rain coat, a good parka, warm trousers, wellies/rain boots, gore-tex winter boots) because the baby will need to experience different weather conditions.’ For the bedroom, Kadi recommends darkening shades to ensure that light will not interrupt the baby’s sleep and a wider armchair or a swing chair with wide armrests that would be comfortable for breast feeding. ‘You should also consider getting the baby their own bed and a very simple baby cot will be enough.’

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