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Introducing Solids – How do we eat again?

So my life has been a bit hectic and most of my free time has been spent doing way to much research into learning how to eat.

A handy guide to weaning

Everyone has an opinion on how to introduce food to your baby and there is a book, blog, vlog, buy this cheat guide for everything nowadays. But in the end I found the NHS Start4Life guide most helpful. I personally like to have nice and pretty charts to reference so I made one up for myself to stick to the fridge. Enjoy! 😊

Is your baby ready to be weaned?

From the NHS they say the following signs appear when your baby is ready. Usually this happens around 6 months of age. 👇

  1. Stay in a sitting position, holding their head steady
  2. Coordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so they can look at their food, pick it up and put it in their mouth
  3. Swallow food (rather than spit it back out)

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A Song of Ice and Fire

State of Oldtown

So this will be a short one since not much has happened in Oldtown. In my opinion its main purpose this season was as a plot device for the set up of the next season. I’m hoping to do one more of these before the show starts. The last one will be looking at the Wall and Eastwatch by the Sea.

State of Oldtown
End of Season 7

Ruling House - House Hightower 
Current Ruler -  Lord Leyton Hightower 

Summary of Events

The events of this season was centered around the Citadel and Samwell Tarly’s training to become an archmaester for the Wall and also find out what he can about the White Walkers. Through him Jon was able to locate the cache of Dragonglass on Dragonstone. Jorah was cured from Greyscale. And he had found proof of Jon’s trueborn heritage and that he is heir to the Iron Throne. 

Notable People 
Samwell Tarly - Originally Sam arrived at the Citadel with the goal of forging his Maester’s chain. However he became frustrated with watching the Archmaesters not take action to fight the threat beyond the Wall and has left with Gilly to go to Winterfell. 
Gilly - Gilly and baby Sam joined Sam at the Citadel and Gilly started learning how to read and write. It was Gilly who had first read the truth to who Jon’s parents are but because she mispronounced Rhaegar Sam didn’t connect the dots until later. 
Jorah Mormont - Jorah had ended up at the Citadel in his search for a cure for Greyscale. Sam had decided to perform a risky operation to help him and it appears to have worked. Jorah then made his way back to Daenerys. He joined Jon beyond the Wall as they attempted to capture a Wight to provide proof for Cersei. 
Archmaester Ebrose - Ebrose is the only person in the Citadel to believe Sam’s account of the White Walkers however prevents him from studying the old texts because it would break Citadel protocol.

Current Ruler –  Lord Leyton Hightower of House Hightower

Summary of Events

The events of this season was centered around the Citadel and Samwell Tarly’s training to become an archmaester for the Wall and also find out what he can about the White Walkers. Through him Jon was able to locate the cache of Dragonglass on Dragonstone. Jorah was cured from Greyscale. And he had found proof of Jon’s trueborn heritage and that he is heir to the Iron Throne.

Notable People

  • Samwell Tarly – Originally Sam arrived at the Citadel with the goal of forging his Maester’s chain. However he became frustrated with watching the Archmaesters not take action to fight the threat beyond the Wall and has left with Gilly to go to Winterfell.
  • Gilly – Gilly and baby Sam joined Sam at the Citadel and Gilly started learning how to read and write. It was Gilly who had first read the truth to who Jon’s parents are but because she mispronounced Rhaegar Sam didn’t connect the dots until later.
  • Jorah Mormont – Jorah had ended up at the Citadel in his search for a cure for Greyscale. Sam had decided to perform a risky operation to help him and it appears to have worked. Jorah then made his way back to Daenerys. He joined Jon beyond the Wall as they attempted to capture a Wight to provide proof for Cersei.
  • Archmaester Ebrose – Ebrose is the only person in the Citadel to believe Sam’s account of the White Walkers however prevents him from studying the old texts because it would break Citadel protocol.

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A Song of Ice and Fire

State of Dragonstone

Here is the third part in the series. It turns out the holidays were quite busy for us but we got there in the end. My goal is to do 2 more posts for wrapping up the where we left off after season 7. I want to look at Oldtown next and after that what is happening Beyond the Wall.

Current Ruler –  Daenerys Targaryen, Squatter of Dragonstone, the unburnt Queen of seemingly everyone, Mother of Dragons better known as Khaleesi

Summary of Events

The beginning of the season showed us Dany pulling up to Dragonstone and following in her ancestor Aegon’s footsteps. She started with plotting how to take the Iron Throne again until Jon Snow showed up and told her about the army of dead rising in the North. While she worked first to weaken the Lannister control she eventually saw what was coming for them from beyond the Wall. She’s agreed to support Jon Snow and the Starks in their fight as long as Snow will bend the knee to her in support.

Notable People

  • Daenerys Targaryen – Dany came to Westeros to reclaim the Iron Throne. She’s now backtracked on her plan to conquer Westeros in order to save it from what is coming from beyond the Wall. She hasn’t come out unscarred though because she lost one of her dragons to the White Walker army.
  • Tyrion Lannister – Tyrion is continuing to serve Dany as an advisor and used his position to set up the parlay between Cersei and Dany at the end of the season. He is under the impression that Cersei has agreed to help out in the fight against the White Walkers.
  • Yara & Theon Greyjoy – They were sent with Ellaria to Dorne to gather the dornishmen to support Dany. They were attacked by Euron on the narrow sea and Yara was captured after Theon panicked. After he regained the Ironborn respect, Theon is on a mission to rescue his sister.
  • Missandei & Grey Worm – Finally talked about their feelings and got together.
  • Dany’s Fanclub – Consists of Varys, Olenna, Melisandre and probably some others that were thrown in because they have nowhere else to go.

Regional Updates

Alliances 🤝
  • House Greyjoy – Yara & Theon lent the Greyjoy fleet to Daenerys so that she can reach Westeros but are currently either captured or on the run from Euron Greyjoy.
  • Stark/Snow – Sansa and Jon both have a motive to befriend the Dragon Queen. Sansa because she could be an ally against Cersei and Jon for gathering support to fight the war against the undead.
  • Unsullied – The Unsullied continue to support Daenerys after she broke their chains.
  • Dothraki Horde – The Dothraki Horde has been brought to Westeros to support Daenerys and her conquest.
Conflicts ⚔️
  • War against the Dead/White Walkers – Before conquering Westeros she will have to save it from the army growing beyond the Wall.
  • King’s Landing – This is Dany’s real goal. She will fight to sit on the Iron Throne again if she survives the fight against the White Walkers.

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A Song of Ice and Fire

State of the Crownlands

Thank you for being so patient for the next post. It turns out taking care of a newborn is in fact quite time consuming. (But more about that for another time.) This week we are looking at the State of the Crownlands post season 7 on Game of Thrones.

And just like before here is the text copied below:

Current Ruler –  Queen Cersei Lannister, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms and out for Vengeance

Summary of Events

Season 7 began with Cersei settling into the Iron Throne and searching for allies. She meets with Euron Greyjoy who wants to go after his niece and nephew. Cersei also gets her revenge against Ellaria and Olenna. She faces trouble with the Iron Bank and plots to use the Highgarden wealth to pay them off. Cersei attempts to baby trap her brother Jaime to stay by her side and is convinced to parlay with the Dragon Queen.

Notable People

  • Cersei Lannister – Cersei feels she has entered into the Game of Thrones in her rightful place – as Queen. She strives to be seen just as cunning as her father and play the field to her advantage. We last saw her telling Jaime her plan to betray Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen.
  • Jaime Lannister – Jaime attempts to guide Cersei as she takes her place on the Iron Throne. He advises her to look for allies and also carries out her plan to take the gold from High Garden and kill Olenna. Jaime also meets with Tyrion and between them they plan out the meeting of Queens for the parlay. At the end of the season Jaime leaves Cersei to head north.
  • Bronn – Bronn for the most part continues to keep Jaime alive by saving him more times than we can count. He’s a bit upset about the fact that he hasn’t received the proper compensation yet for doing so.
  • Euron Greyjoy – Euron wants to capture Yara and Theon Greyjoy. After hearing of their alliance with Dany he allies himself with Cersei Lannister for promise of marriage.
  • Randyll Tarly – Randyll Tarly was one of the first to swear allegiance to Cersei however he and his son Dickon were BBQ’ed after they wouldn’t kneel before the Dany.
  • The Mountain – For most of the season The Mountain hovered in the background just to let us know of his presence. However at the end of this season he was reminded that the hour of Cleganebowl draws nigh.

Regional Updates

Alliances 🤝
  • Euron Greyjoy & Golden company – Euron has allied himself with Cersei for the chance to marry the Queen. He is currently gathering the Golden Company.
  • End of Parlay – On the surface everyone agreed that the true fight is what lays beyond the wall and current political disputes should be set aside to take care of that threat. However Cersei has other plans.
Conflicts ⚔️
  • Starks – Sansa harbors a healthy distrust of Cersei and her political machinations and implores Jon not to trust her.
  • Jon Snow & Daenerys Targaryen – Cersei agreed to “loan” her military to them to fight the army of undead but plans on not delivering and picking off the remains once that battle is fought so she can remain on the Iron Throne.
Economic Status 💰
  • In debt to the Iron Bank. Cersei was planning on using the Tyrell gold to pay off the debt and their grains to feed King’s Landing for the winter but the latter has been destroyed by Daenerys Targaryen.

In case you missed last week’s post here was the State of the North!

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A Song of Ice and Fire

State of the North

I like info-graphs because it helps me keep track of things when there is a lot of information and in Game of Thrones there is a lot to remember. It’s been awhile now since the last season so to prepare lets look at where everyone ended up in Westeros. Next up will be the State of the Crownlands. 👑

In case you aren’t a fan of text on images here are my notes on the State of the North: 

Current Ruler – Jon Snow, King in the North and Right Proper Lad

Summary of Events

Season 7 began with Jon and Sansa restoring their place again at Winterfell. Jon is concerned with what lays beyond the Wall to the North while Sansa is worried with the plots coming from Cersei in King’s Landing. By the end of the season, Jon attempts to rally support from the south for the fight brewing north of the wall. Sansa and Arya pass a sentence and swung the sword against Petyr Baelish.

Notable People 

  • Jon Snow – Newly crowned King in the North. Currently traveling Westeros to seek support for the looming Great war against the dead.
  • Sansa Stark – Lady in the North. She is managing Winterfell while Jon Snow is seeking support. She is working to restore the Starks place at Winterfell and repair the damage the Boltons have caused and prepare for the upcoming winter.
  • Bran Stark  – Returned to Winterfell and established himself as the Three-Eyed Raven. Through weirwood.net he hold pertinent plot information such as what lays beyond the wall and knowledge of R+L=J.
  • Arya Stark – Returned to Winterfell after hearing that Jon Snow is now King in the North. She is now working alongside her sister to prepare for the upcoming winter.
  • Petyr Baelish – Followed Sansa North and used the Vale military over her in an attempt to manipulate her actions at Winterfell. Now that she is back home in her seat of power he failed and has been executed.
  • Brienne of Tarth – Brienne had been sent to King’s Landing as Sansa’s representative during the parley between the Lannisters and Daenerys Targaryen.
  • Tormund Giantsbane – Tormund was last seen giving the order to evacuate Eastwatch as the undead army appeared.
  • Davos Seaworth – Ser Davos is accompanying Jon as he travels to Dragonstone to seek support from Daenerys Targaryen.

Regional Updates

Alliances 🤝

Jon Snow and the Starks are restored at Winterfell. The children of the Karstarks and Umber’s have been forgiven. Jon Snow has also secured the alliance of the Daenerys Targaryen in the upcoming Great War.

Conflicts ⚔️
Past
  • Bolton occupation of Winterfell
  • For The Watch (The Wall)
Upcoming
  • Great War against the Dead
  • Cersei’s Machinations
Economic status 💰

In turmoil – the castle had been completely destroyed due to multiple sieges and the Bolton occupation. Sansa Stark’s current priority is preparing the upcoming winter so that the North will have a place of refuge.

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How to put your baby to sleep: The Reality

1. Professional Advice - Choose a natural time to start your bedtime routine
1. Reality - Accept the fact that from 6PM onwards your baby will not want to be put down 

2. Professional Advice - Don't change your baby unless they need it

2. Reality - They need it

3. Professional Advice - Dim the lights and speak softly so that they learn the difference between night and day 

3. Reality - Stage whisper "$#*! that's where the pacifier went" and continue hobbling as you rick the baby to sleep

4. Professional Advice - Sleep when the baby sleeps 

4. Reality - Wake up every ten minutes to check if your baby is still breathing because you have an unhealthy fear of SIDs

I admit to putting this together while having a sleeping baby on my lap because apparently thats the best place to sleep.