Monday 6 June 2016

My first, my last, my everything (with apologies to Barry White)

When I was weaning Brown Bear it was important to me to know the provenance and ingredients in all the foods I was giving my baby. I chose organic fruit and vegetables and gave strict instructions about what he was allowed to eat when he was at nursery or with family. Both my boys are huge fans of Petit Filous - we have a steady supply of them in our fridge at all times - and have done since I first weaned Brown Bear. In fact when we visit grandparents they also have them in the fridge for our boys. It has been a staple on our breakfast table for years and I'm delighted that Blue Bear also loves Petit Filous. Now there are specific ones that are suitable for younger children as a 'first Filous' choice. My First Petits Filous is a low sugar, vanilla-flavour weaning fromage frais, designed to introduce children to fromage frais from 6 months. All ingredients are 100% naturally sourced, so parents can rest assured there are no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or added preservatives. If these had been around when my boys were small I would have bought these for them as a 'first Filous.'

First Filous - 100% natural.

Since we adopted Blue Bear over a year ago it's been one new thing after another. From meeting him to introducing him to Brown Bear and the transition from our room to his own room and from a cot to a toddler bed. The milestones just keep coming. So when we were asked to look back on some of the firsts we have experienced I was delighted to oblige:

First holiday:

Before he lived with us Blue Bear had not been to the beach and seeing his reaction to walking on sand was hilarious. He looked a bit perturbed by it until he got hold of a bucket and spade and there was no stopping him. Maybe this summer we can tempt him to also paddle in the sea ? I hope so.

First words:

One of the consequences of his early life is that Blue Bear did not have any speech when he came to us. He communicated, but it was mostly signs and pointing at things he wanted. He learned to call dogs 'oof 'oof and all cats are called 'eo after our cat Neo. As time has progressed he's learned so much and being at pre-school has also helped him find his voice. My favourite has to be when I ask him what he wants to eat and he points at the fridge and declares, 'frais.' It might not have been his first word, but it's certainly one of the early ones.

Easy Rider on his first bike

First Transport:

Another word he uses often is 'bike' - which is what he calls the Scuttlebug that he loves to ride all the time. It's the first self propelled vehicle he's has and he is incredibly fast on it. When we are in the park he races around on it and tries so hard to be the first in the play park. Brown Bear has the advantage right now as he is much faster, but I'm sure he'll catch up soon enough.

First to blow out the candles:

We didn't get to celebrate his first birthday as he came to us a few months after he turned one, but we did make a big deal of it when was two. It was a revelation to discover that despite having almost no language he would 'sing' along to 'Happy Birthday' and is always the first to try and blow out the candles on the cake. It caused much hilarity on my birthday when he sat on my lap and we were barely through the first line of the song when he blew out my candles - Brown Bear was enraged !

Wax on wax off

First job:

This weekend Brown Bear had been staying with my parents so Hubbie decided to enlist the help of Blue Bear with the chores. It seems he's a natural when it comes to washing the car. He did tip the water bucket over a few times which caused some rows with his co-worker, but I was impressed with the finish and would certainly recommend their service to others.

It's been such a pleasure getting to know our boy and seeing how he's changing all the time is just magical. The first I'm looking forward to is taking them both to Legoland in the Summer - I'll keep you posted.

This post is an entry for BritMums #PetitsFilousFirsts Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous


  1. Lovely to hear special firsts. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part