Just a quick update – I’m still fighting off a cold/chest infection that I’ve now had for 3 weeks… Leaves no energy for a luxury like blogging!
After hitting a big milestone in the last update (rolling over, which he hasn’t done since!) he hit another one this week… He laughed for the first time!
I didn’t even see it as I was bouncing him, facing forward in the relaxation part of our yoga class. Our teacher was bouncing another baby and was pulling faces… And he just couldn’t stop giggling! It was the cutest sound 🙂
Things he loves
Faces– he’s well into people’s faces at the moment and smiles a lot especially when funny faces are pulled!
playgym mirror – likewise, he likes checking out his own face 🙂
owl on his bouncer – loves chatting to the owl that lives on his fisherprice bouncer!
comforter – he’s still obsessed with his comforter and munches on it… A lot!
Keeping busy – I’ve learnt through the baby massage classes that he gets bored pretty easily of being in the same place/position for too long!
In my last update we were just starting our bath, bottle, bed routine. Our aim was to calm him down as he was quite often grouchy in the evenings/nights; and also we were hoping to get him to sleep through a bit longer.
It’s worked well so far, he’s asleep by 7, we dreamfeed him about 11, then he still wakes up for at least 2 nightfeeds but most of the time he’s chilled about it and goes back down easily.
It’s lovely having our evenings back, being able to watch TV in peace or have a bath, all in the knowledge that he’s more chilled because of it!
It is tough for daddy though who sees him a lot less during the week now. Oh, and it’s also very tough at times trying to keep him awake from 4 to 6 so that our routine works!
Next week will be interesting as daddy has the week off and we’re hoping to go away for a few nights, I think routine will be out the window while we’re having dinner etc… We’ll see what happens then!
He has roughly 3 daytime naps, about half hour each time – mad to think that a few weeks ago most of his days were spent sleeping! It’s absolutely lovely spending all day with him awake, chatting to him, playing with him, pulling funny faces at him but it means a lot less ‘me’ time in the day and I’ve learnt to do everything so much quicker – no faffing about! A half hour nap means a choice between a shower, laundry, dishes, catching up with messages, blogging etc etc…
You’ll know that I’ve been lucky enough to breastfeed without problem…. Until now…
My milk supply has slowed down a lot, I think due to this ongoing cold. It’s not too bad when he’s on the breast, but we’re trying to express for the evening feeds so that his dad can feed him, and I had a work keeping in touch day this week where supplies were perilously low. I’ve been trying to keep hydrated and eating plenty of oats (good for milk production apparently) but in the end we got some Aptamil to help us out and to make sure we always have some milk here for him.
He’s had it a couple of times now and took to it fine. I had mixed feelings… After breastfeeding exclusively for 3 months I was keen to try and hit 6 months… But ultimately it was about him, not me, I feel like this will keep him happy while my body fights this infection and gets back to normal!
Purchases and presents
No time for pics but I have bought Sophie the giraffe and baby nail scissors for W. (have not been very successful in cutting his fingernails with my nail scissors!)
He was given a HUGE bag of 3-6 month clothes from my friend Carys so we won’t need to buy anything else in that size which is fab and has probably saved us a fortune – so grateful!
For me, I treated myself to a scarf covered in cats from a local gift shop, and coral shoes from Dune – expensive but I HAD to have them! (to be fair I don’t think I’ve bought new shoes for at least a year now!!)
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3 thoughts on “Weeks 13-14 of being a mummy.. first laugh and formula milk”
I bought Sophie the Giraffe for Squidge too! I did a bit of a Mothercare haul the other day and got some teething toys for him – I know he’s not even born yet, but our money is going to dry up pretty quickly, so getting these things now are a necessity 🙂
Oooh hope you do a haul post, mothercare was my fave shop when pregnant and I still love it now! Hopefully you’ll be given lots of presents, vouchers and money when squidge arrives… We’ve been so lucky with that… Hardly spent any money on him since he arrived! Xx
Aww it’s so lovely to read your update – it’s like re-living my little ones early days! We also went through the Daddy sees him less when we got into a proper routine. Other half would get home ready for bottle and bed and that was it. He did find it hard but it was necessary for our little man!
Also, I started Zach on Aptamil at 5 months for pretty much the same reason as you. It was clear that he wasn’t getting enough and he became such a happier baby. I felt very pressurised that he shouldn’t be on formula but it worked out for the best, as these things always do.
If there’s one thing that I’ve come to realise it’s that our babies like to tell us when they are ready for such changes! xx