Monday, 6 March 2017

Five months Little Willow Update

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Monday, 6 February 2017

Four months Little Willow Update

I thought we'd wear a bit of red since it's Valentines day next week. We had to ditch the tights though, she's not fond of them. She forgets how to wiggle her legs if she has them on, and I'm just a sucker for those tiny feet! Excuse the dribble around her chin, she's been like a tap the last few weeks and whilst I was taking these photos she's mastered the art of blowing raspberries.

We took her to the clinic on 24th January and she weighed 13lb 2oz. The health visitor said she has dropped slightly below the centile line but she wasn't worried as breastfed babies tend to be more up and down on the chart. She also said because she's having a lot more floor time she's burning more calories. I said I'm going to get down on the floor and kick my legs all day if it burns calories!

The only sort of routine we have is that in the morning she normally has a feed between 10 and 11 and will normally then fall asleep. The other day I fed her in our bedroom and put her in her moses basket and she slept for 50 minutes in there. That my friends is a record!

Bedtime has gotten earlier this last month. I've taken her up to bed as early as 6.30pm some days and she'll be asleep by 7, which is great, it means we don't end up eating our dinner at 10 o'clock at night! She is really good at letting us know when she's tired, she'll cry but as soon as she gets the boobie she's fine again. 

She has regressed somewhat when it comes to sleeping through the night, gone are the days of 7pm until 7am. I was half expecting it though and fingers crossed it's just that four month blip that won't last forever. The one night last week she was up four times, it's safe to say I wasn't feeling too fresh the next day. We do tend to have a nap around 3 o'clock in the afternoon though. She ends up dream feeding for about an hour and somewhere in there I normally nod off too. I know they recommend not to, but hell, sometimes you just gotta catch up on some Z's where you can!

We're still exclusively breastfeeding. When I sit and think about it properly I really am proud of myself for single handedly sustaining this little life for the last four months. I'm glad I was able to give her the best possible start in life. They say the best medicine for under 6 months is breastmilk. I think that's probably why we've only been hit with a couple of colds that have only lasted a few days.

She's in a mixture of 0-3 months and 3-6 months. We're back to having flappy feet in her 3-6 month babygrows, I've had to pack a few of her 0-3 outfits away but there's still a few on her clothes rails. I've been having a good browse on the H&M website recently and there's so many things I want! I think I'll be starting to build her 6-9 month wardrobe soon.

She started rolling over last week! She can roll from back to belly so now we just need to master belly onto her back because once she's rolled over she gets angry that she's stuck there. She can also get a really good grip on things now. Then pretty much everything heads straight for her mouth, her new favourite was she sponge in the bath, yum!
I love watching her discover new things, I purposely don't read about what age they should be doing certain things because I know every baby is different. Kyle will ask me what age she'll be crawling or walking and I just throw out a random guess.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January in Photos

January was quiet for us, almost too quiet, but with the craziness of the last few months of 2016 it was nice. I'm ready to get stuck into 2017 now though and make the most of my maternity leave.  

I can't believe how much Willow has changed this last month. I spend all day everyday with her and even I think wow, you've changed. It's true what Peter Pan said: "Little ones should never be sent to bed, they always wake up a day older." The days fly by these days and it really is the most bittersweet feeling. 

Here's a few photos from January, mostly of Willow obvs, but a silly kitty's paws thrown in for good measures. We didn't really venture far from home, I think the furthest we went was IKEA. I'm looking forward to a trip to see Nanna Nia the sea during February half term, I've missed being by the beach so much.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

An Oldie but Goodie

H&M floral two piece
H&M jacket
Primark shoes
Primark sunglasses

Note to self: don't take Willow to take photos because she will cry and you will only end up with about three half decent photos. It was chilly though bless her. I thought I'd quickly share an outfit that has been in my wardrobe for a couple of years now. It's one of my favourites, although I hate the fact that the material of the top doesn't match the material of the bottoms. 

It's the first time I've worn it post-pregnancy and I still love it as much as before. Along with my new Primark sunglasses. After six years working in retail I've learnt that the summer gear appears in shops very early and it's better to get it then than when all the sunglasses have been thrown around the floor, or all the bikinis have had somebody else's bum in them.

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