Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Eight month Willow Update

We're a whole week late of this month's update. We've just been so busy and by the night time when I get to sit down and write I've either started it and fallen asleep or just not got round to it. My party trick lately is falling asleep on the sofa until 1/2am - wild!
Weight
I completely forgot about the clinic the week before we went away but I tried the whole weigh myself then weigh me and Willow trick and it came out about 17lb 8oz. Obviously that's not entirely accurate and I reckon she lost a little bit of weight when she was poorly last week.

Routine
This month I'd really like to get into a routine in the morning. I'm sick to death of not getting dressed until she goes for her morning nap and I hate the fact that for the last 8 months 9 times out of 10 I look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards. Just a little makeup and a bit of TLC on the hair front can make all the difference.

As for the evening she we still have the same sort of routine. I only bath her every other day though and she's definitely not in bed by 7 every night.

Sleeping
It's been hit and miss this last month. She started off waking a couple of times a night which I thought was probably because she was sleeping in a travel cot whilst we finished decorating her bedroom. As soon as she went in her cot she slept through the night. She had a rough week at the caravan, there was a couple of nights that I saw every hour but she had a viral infection and for a few days it really knocked her about. 

Back home now and she's not sleeping through but I said to Kyle she's learnt to crawl and pull herself up pretty much within the week. Her little mind is in overdrive learning all these new skills, no wonder she can't sleep through! Although pulling herself up on the side of her cot at 4am is not my idea of fun. She knows how to keep us on our toes!

Feeding
Oh my god, she gets so hangry at times! Kyle jokes that she's going to be a little fatty she loves food that much. She has grown to love peas, oh god I love watching her eat peas. She really enjoys her Wheatabix for breakfast too. We started on three meals a day this month but it doesn't always happen, some days she seems happy enough just with milk. 

Sizes
She had an outfit on today that is 4-6 months from H&M and it was hanging off her, I think she probably lost a bit of weight when she wasn't very well. The only thing that fits her well at the moment is dresses, her little 6-9 month shorts hang off her little waist and her jumpsuit that is 6-9 months is far too long on her. I had her in a 3-6 month bodysuit today and that actually fit her really well. Maybe I need to hold off buying anymore summer clothes in bigger sizes, at this rate her flowery shorts will still fit her at Christmas

Milestones
Where do I start?! She crawled for the first time on 20th May, then she forgot and went back to doing her little slug along the floor. She properly mastered it when we were at the caravan for the week last week. Within a day or two she was pulling herself up on things but is still very wobbly. For months now we've always shared a bath but I've had to stop getting in with her because she just wants to climb all over me.

I swear I say it every month but she's becoming such a character now. She gets angry and her little arms go all stiff, she's going to be a right little madam! She's discovered my glasses and constantly wants to play with everyone's jewellery. If you tell her no she goes 'AH!' which I don't know if that's her way of protesting.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Seven Month Willow Update

Weight
She was last weighed on 25th April and was 16lb 4oz. People still say how little she is, but she's following her centile line perfectly now. 

Routine
We're still pretty much sticking to the same routine in the evenings, but like I said last month I've chilled out on her having to be in bed by 7pm. 

We also seem to have cracked the daytime naps again. When we were at the caravan for the week over Easter she got into a great little routine of going for a nap just as Kyle went to work then when she woke we'd have a stroll down to him and she'd be happy as larry. I worried when we got home she might forget how to sleep in the day but she's been great, minus Saturday and today when she only had 20 minutes. I'm hoping they're just one offs!

Sleeping
She's been a bit off the last few nights, last night she woke up three times, I'm convinced we're not far off from getting a tooth now (I feel like she's been teething more of her little life than she hasn't). She still goes to bed good, but there has been a couple of nights when about an hour later she's woken up really distressed.

Feeding
I think she got a little bored of having toast for breakfast so I took to Pinterest for some new ideas. We've since tried eggy bread and two ingredient banana pancakes and some days she has Wheatabix. Her favourite food has to be little fromage frais yoghurts but this last week I made her some tortilla pizzas and she really enjoys them bless her.

She still only has two meals a day, I might start introducing lunch sometime this month but at the moment she doesn't seem fussed by it. It's sometimes a bit harder to tell how much milk she's having whilst I'm still breastfeeding on demand but I've decided that for now as long as she still wants it and I've still got a good supply then I'm going to carry on. I decided I hate the whole 'weaning' term, something about it just doesn't sit well with me, why don't people just call it feeding? And why do people take such an interest in whether you give your baby a carrot to pick up and suck on or whether you mush that carrot and feed it them with a spoon. I find it very weird.

Sizes
She's still got 3-6 month clothes that she fits in and we're back to the stage where her age clothes are big on her again. Big head's summer hat is age 12-24 months though haha! I did buy some shorts the other day in 9-12 months because I thought they'll fit her between like July-October, which fingers crossed, will be the hottest time of year. Then I realised that she's always a little behind so they probably won't fit straight away so I'm just gonna change them for 6-9 months. From now on I'm just going to buy for the age she is now because I can't predict the seasons and what size she'll be at the time.

Milestones
Before we went away at Easter Mum told me she'd start crawling, she didn't. She did master a funny backwards manoeuvre that meant turn your back for two minutes and she'd end up stuck up a corner. She's since mastered army crawling or some sort of slide along the floor but not properly crawling. She gets up on her knees and rocks backwards and forwards but that's it so far. 

Her party trick at the moment are big dirty raspberries. The kind that you don't really appreciate when she's got a mouth full of yoghurt and you wear glasses. I feel like every week she becomes more of a character and we still get people telling us how happy and well behaved she is. 

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

6 Month Little Willow Update

Weight
When she was weighed on the 28th March she was 15lb 6oz so she'd put on 1lb in a month. What a little chunk! 

Routine
We had a cracking little routine going in the mornings earlier in the month, one that even allowed me to fit in a quick HIIT workout whilst she played in her little table. That went well out the window when the clocks changed. Now she's a bit all over the place, some mornings she's up at 7am some it's 8.30am. 

Our evening routine has slackened off a bit too since the clocks changed. I'm starting to worry less about doing certain things at certain times. I'm glad we did for a while but now that Willow knows what happens in the evening then it doesn't really matter what time we do it. If I always stuck to bed at 7pm we'd never do anything in the evenings. We took her to the pub this evening with Mum, Dad and Grandad when she would have been going to bed and she was happy enough sat in a high chair sucking on chips and tomatoes, but went to bed perfect when we got home at 9.30pm. It's such a change from a couple of months ago when it would hit 7pm and she'd be screaming to go to bed.

Sleeping
Like I said above she still goes to bed wonderful. There's been a few nights at the caravan when she's had late nights, but if there's lots going on around her she's not interested in feeding. She still wakes in the night but she'll feed and go straight back to sleep. It really does vary what time she wakes but it's never before midnight. 

Feeding
Most mornings I have scrambled egg on toast for breakfast, so I do Willow a slice of toast and she has a little bit of egg. I don't think she's keen though. There's a few things she doesn't like and they just so happen to all be green: cucumber, broccoli, guacamole and peas. I think peas will grow on her though. 

I get a bit stuck for ideas for dinner time and I really want to start giving her what we have for dinner but for so long now me and Kyle have had dinner when she's gone to bed so we've just gotta break that routine and start preparing earlier. I picked up a free Ella's Kitchen recipe book and I've downloaded a few apps so I think now she's hit six months I'll get stuck in a bit more and be more adventurous.

Sizes
She still doesn't fit in her 4-6 months H&M clothes properly, but all her 3-6 months sleepsuits are getting a bit fitted now. I've started stocking up on some summer bits in 6-9 months but then I'm trying to split everything I like between 6-9 months and 9-12 months because that is going to be the height of summer (I hope!).

Milestones
She's gotten so good at sitting on her own, there's only been a couple of occasions when she's shot forward and bumped her face. I tend to still sit behind her at the moment just in case but just because every now and then she'll throw herself back and snuggle in. I think she'll crawl before she has teeth, she's so eager to go! I love watching her play, she'll pick things up and grab things. She talks to them and more often than not they'll end up in her mouth. It's the sweetest thing.
  
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Monday, 6 March 2017

Five months Little Willow Update

Weight
I took her to be weighed last week on 28th February and she was 14lb 6oz. She's in between the 25th and 50th centile now and the health visitor said she's not worried about her at all. She's definitely gotten longer too, she's filling out her 3-6 month baby grows now.

Routine
There's certain things that I find myself doing at certain times of the day. I won't take her for a bath any earlier than 6pm because straight after bath time it's bedtime. Normally in the evening our routine goes: 5.30pm: dinner, 6pm: bath time, 6.30pm: booby milk in the bedroom. On the days that I don't bath her I push dinner time back until about 6pm. It seems to be working for us, she's an absolute dream to get to sleep.
We've also somewhat tackled the whole day time napping, I normally take her up to the bedroom anytime between 12pm and 1pm, close the curtains and blind and feed her on the bed like I would in the evening then pop her in her basket when she's finished feeding. To begin with she would have about an hour but then a few days last week she had an hour and a half. All that being said, she's hit five months today and decided to skip nap time. I'm pretty sure she started to regret it by about 3pm.

Sleeping
Like I said she's a dream to put to bed, but for the majority of this month she's been awake by 6.30am. Our first night at the caravan she woke at 5.30am. By the time Kyle woke at 9am it felt like midday. She has started going down until about 7am again now though which is a relief, I was getting a bit worried that I was going to be one of those Mum's whose day starts at 5.30 every single day.
Her night feeds have been a bit all over the place this month, but there was only one night that she's done a 12 hour stint. Some nights she only wakes once, some nights twice. She always falls back to sleep whilst feeding apart from one night when it was about 4.30am and she finished feeding and was busy craning her neck looking round. I thought that was my day starting so I chanced it and put her back in her basket. She lay there blowing raspberries for ages and when I next woke she'd obviously nodded back off.

Feeding
We decided this month to start combining a little bit of food into her diet. She was always so grizzly in the day and my Dad suggested that maybe she was hungry. She had to be, she's so nosey in the day now, if she hears the slightest noise whilst she's feeding whips her head round to find out what's going on. Every bit of advice recommends waiting until 6 months but starting early was by far the best decision for Willow. She's so much happier now.
She doesn't have a lot, I give her half a rusk in the morning which she just tends to make the end a bit mushy, then in the evening she has a bit of porridge. She's had a taste of yoghurt too and I mashed up some carrots for her last weekend. She seems to enjoy everything she's had so far so I'm not to fussed about rushing to give her every option of vegetable available anytime soon.

Sizes
She fits lovely in her 3-6 clothes now but has still got a lot of growing room in her H&M clothes that are 4-6 months. She'll probably still be wearing them when she's 7 maybe 8 months. She's such a little dolly dot bless her.

Milestones
She's mastered the art of raspberries, which are cute, but not at 4.30 in the morning. She does lots of laughing now, which absolutely breaks my heart, it seriously is so infectious. She also rolled from belly to back a few times this month, not too much though, she bumped her head a few times so maybe it put her off haha. 
If she's on your lap, she much prefers to be stood up with you holding her weight and over the weekend she's almost got to grips with sitting on her own. She's becoming such a character, she smiles at anybody that acknowledges her and she's just starting to snuggle up for a cuddle.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February in Photos

Another month over, just like that. February offered us our first trip to the caravan in Wales and became the month we started little Willow on some grub other than breast milk. I'd say a four month Willow has been the hardest. I've spent a lot of time hoping she'd nap just so I could get some housework done. I told myself to stop being so hard on myself. Relax and enjoy my little baby falling asleep on me halfway through a feed, because she's not going to want cuddles forever. I'll go more into our weaning story when I do her five month update next week but I will say that any new parent should follow their instincts. Health visitors encourage you to wait until six months but even just the tiniest bit of food everyday has worked wonders for her sleeping pattern. They say 'food is fun before one' and that's exactly how we're treating it. 

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Maybe I want to do the pink thing...

Being pregnant and not knowing the gender of our baby meant I had to buy neutral colours. Grey swing, cream play mat, white moses baskets. I guess some things are a given, I wouldn't have bought a pink moses basket even if we had found out we were having a girl. 

Now she's here things are a bit different, which did surprise me a bit. I thought I would be a lot more gender neutral than I am. She got a pink Mamas and Papas Baby Snug for Christmas and someone asked if the pink bit comes out so you can just buy a different colour rather than a whole new Snug. I don't know for certain but I'm pretty sure you have to buy a whole new Snug to which she said if I had a boy he'd just have to sit in a pink seat. 

It got me thinking. Maybe I want to do the pink thing. I mean, why should I buy things and constantly have in the back of my mind "But what if I have a boy next time?" because right now I have a little girl and I want to buy pink. For ages I wanted the Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair in white but I just can't justify the £150 + accessories. Instead I've settled for a cool swivel one that looks like she belongs in an American diner, and god forbid it's pink. It was either pink, blue or a horrible snot green.

Don't get me wrong, I by no means feel I have to dress her in pink everyday, in fact she's just grown out of some blue baby grows that I bought very early in my pregnancy (they had clouds on and I got matching pyjamas, how could I not?!) If by chance I do have a boy in the future he will more than likely wear them too, he will also have a blue high chair.
p.s. They do actually sell the Mamas and Papas Baby Snug in grey now which given the option I probably would have got, but then I am a sucker for anything grey!

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

The Pink Sweater

H&M scarf
Primark shoes

I was complaining to Em when we were taking these photos that my shoes were hurting my feet, particularly my right foot. I pretty much crawled home only to find the cardboard inside. My poor foot is somewhat feeling sorry for itself now. 

Anyway, this combination is pretty much all I wear these days: sweater (which is a large may I add, I wanted it quite big), jeans and a messy ponytail or bun. I'm currently in the process of having a major wardrobe clear out, I just don't feel like half the clothes are very 'me' anymore. My style has definitely changed since having Willow and I'm a much lazier dresser than I used to be so I'm trying that whole thing where if I see something I like I'll wait and if I'm still thinking about it a few days later I'll go back for it. So far so good. 

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