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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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.

Weight
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!

Routine
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!

Sleeping
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!

Feeding
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.

Sizes
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.

Milestones
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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Thursday, 19 January 2017

New thoughts for a New Year

We're nearly three weeks into our new year now and although today felt like every other Thursday in 2016, it's a nice thought to refresh ourselves and make some changes. Don't get me wrong, I guarantee I won't stick to these all year. I failed at the first one already having not put up a blog post last week, but the thought is there to work towards.
01. Keep on blogging. I'm aiming for at least one blog post a week and anything else is a bonus. I enjoyed my weekly bump updates so much last year, and I honestly never imagined so many people would read them which was such a lovely boost. I do feel like blogs are a bit old school now and everyone has moved over to Youtube, we did film a vlog back in November and I really enjoyed it, so watch this space. I'd love to have that to look back on when Willow is older.

02. Take more photos on my camera, especially now Willow is around. My aim is at least 45 photos a month because that way I can get them printed for free using the Free Prints app on my phone.

03. Go on a date night at least once a month. We took our first trip out without Willow in December. We didn't go far, just to the Christmas market about a ten minute walk from home. She was fine, albeit a little weird being without her, but lovely to spend some time just with Kyle. I think it's so important Kyle and I get even just a few hours to ourselves every now and then.

04. Get organised. This is in regards to a few aspects of my life. I want to be better at birthday cards and presents, I'm normally so last minute and I always feel terrible. I'm also going to keep on top of housework. I strongly believe in the saying 'tidy house, tidy mind' and with Kyle, Willow, a dog and a cat there's always something to be done. 

05. Look after myself. I want to start getting early nights, midnight at the very latest. I also used to be so much more active up until I finished work in August and I want to get back to moving more. Also just little things like a face mask and painting my nails make such a difference. If I look after myself, I'll be able to provide the best for my little family.
  
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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Three Month Little Willow Update

It seems so long since I wrote about Willow's two month update but at the same time December just flew by! I hate to be 'that person' that goes on about how fast their baby is growing but it honestly is such a bittersweet thing. I love every new stage but at the same time that newborn stage was gone in the blink of an eye. 

Weight
I took her to the clinic to be weighed just before Christmas and she was 11lb 14oz. It always seems so long in between, I won't get her weighed again until 24th January and I bet you she'll be nearly 13lbs.

Routine
We've still not tackled day time naps, but I don't mind so much. Don't get me wrong an hour in the day would be absolutely wonderful though to get something done around the house. I find if we get back from being out in the car and she doesn't wake straight away I end up running round the house like a headless chicken throwing washing in the machine and tidying where I can.

Sleeping
I really don't want to jinx us but oh my goodness she is SO good at bedtime! I take her up anywhere between 7.30 and 8.30 feed her and pop her in her basket, more often than not she'll have a little moan but within ten minutes she's settled then for the night. She'll sleep then until around 7.30/8ish. It's not very often now that she wakes for her 5am feed, although the last few days she's started waking for a feed at about 6, but I think that's just because we're reaching the 3 month growth spurt.

Feeding
I'm still exclusively breastfeeding. I'm so glad we've managed so long without any hiccups like mastitis and latching problems. I expressed a few bottles for Kyle when I went to my Christmas party and she reluctantly took it but she's not keen at all. I've luckily never had any problems in public either, it's funny how normal it becomes to just whip your boob out in the middle of a restaurant. 

Sizes
She's still in 0-3 months. Some of her baby grows are on their last wears, but her clothes are still okay on her. She's still got little short legs for tights, but she's wore them a few times. She's my dainty little dot bless her.

Milestones
If you push her over onto her belly, sometimes she'll roll back over onto her back, but not all the time. I lift her up into a sitting position with her just holding onto my fingers and her head is pretty much steady. I love her little face when she's sitting, she looks so inquisitive and proud of herself. I loved it on my birthday whilst Kyle was running her a bath, I had her sat up on the bed just in her nappy, her little belly was all squashed and I could have cried how cute she looked.

She laughed the other day for the first time, my eyes were pretty much taped shut whilst I was having my eyelashes done and Kyle was playing with her on her playmat and there was definitely a little giggle, my heart burst. It's not happened since though, I doubt it will be long.

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