Baby’s first haul

Baby W’s first fortnight in presents!

I know ‘haul’ posts are usually for stuff you’ve bought, but little W got given so many presents that I can’t see me buying anything for months so thought this would make a cute haul post instead… and it will help me when it comes to writing thank you cards 🙂

Let me know what you think…. (and something I learnt while putting this together is I need to improve my photo skills!)

Clothes for the baby boy

Most of these are months 0-3 and will keep us very well-stocked!

3x sleepsuits (stripes/monkeys) and a gorgeous dinosaur summer outfit from Next - from good friends Shell 'n' Lee
3x sleepsuits (stripes/monkeys) and a gorgeous dinosaur summer outfit from Next – from good friends Shell ‘n’ Lee
Cute, organic giraffe babygro from a friend's mum - from Piccalilly
Cute, organic giraffe babygro from a friend’s mum – from Piccalilly
Tigger sleeping bag, cute little outfit (both Asda) and some bibs from Great Aunt T
Tigger sleeping bag, cute little outfit (both Asda) and some bibs from Great Aunt T
Mummy blanket and fab surfing outfit (Asda I think) from Aunty Clare
Mummy blanket and fab surfing outfit (Asda I think) from Aunty Clare
Football sleepsuit and lots of babygro's from Nanna!
Football sleepsuit and lots of babygro’s from Nanna!
Cute Froggy babygro's from Daddy's work colleagues - from Tu at Sainsbury's
Cute Froggy babygro’s from Daddy’s work colleagues – from Tu at Sainsbury’s

 

Gorgeous Giraffe sleepsuits from family friends, from Matalan
Gorgeous Giraffe sleepsuits from family friends, from Matalan
Cute little bear babygros and a comforter from family friends - from Matalan
Cute little bear babygros and a comforter from family friends – from Matalan
Pirate-themed outfits from a good friend's mum - from Matalan
Pirate-themed outfits from a good friend’s mum – from Matalan
Gorgeous set from good friends down under via littlelavendertree.co.uk - gorgeous organic babygro and bib, cute bunny and natural nappy cream that we've already had to start using!
Gorgeous set from good friends down under via littlelavendertree.co.uk – gorgeous organic babygro and bib, cute bunny and natural nappy cream that we’ve already had to start using!
Welsh rugby outfits from Auntie Sioned - with these long legs he will be sporty!
Welsh rugby outfits from Auntie Sioned – with these long legs he will be sporty!
Fab babygros, sleepsuits and a cardie all from Next from Aunty Clare
Fab babygros, sleepsuits and a cardie all from Next from Aunty Clare
Bad photo but Winnie the Pooh PJ's from our neighbours (Asda I think)
Bad photo but Winnie the Pooh PJ’s from our neighbours (Asda I think)
Lush outfits from Mammas and Pappas from Aunty Sioned - 'I love my bike' and 'dream big, little one'
Lush outfits from Mammas and Pappas from Aunty Sioned – ‘I love my bike’ and ‘dream big, little one’
Some very cute bibs from Aunty Clare (not sure when to start using them?) from Next and Tesco
Some very cute bibs from Aunty Clare (not sure when to start using them?) from Next and Tesco
Amazing bib and organic babygro from friend Mel, from a fab boutique in Greenwich market called BeautyandtheBib
Amazing bib and organic babygro from friend Mel, from a fab boutique in Greenwich market called BeautyandtheBib
Muslin squares, babygros, socks and a teething toy from Aunty Clare, Mamgu (Welsh nan!) and some family friends
Muslin squares, babygros, socks and a teething toy from Aunty Clare, Mamgu (Welsh nan!) and some family friends

 

Non-clothing items

We received so many lovely gifts that I never would have thought of buying…. baby W has been spoilt rotten!

Baby W's v posh first cutlery set from Great Aunt Anne - Robert Welch at John Lewis
Baby W’s v posh first cutlery set from Great Aunt Anne – Robert Welch at John Lewis
Love this little Tractor from our next-door neighbour!
Love this little Tractor from our next-door neighbour!
Fisher-Price tummy-time play wedge from the O'shea's - can't wait til he starts using that!
Fisher-Price tummy-time play wedge from the O’shea’s – can’t wait til he starts using that!
Books from the O'Shea's - he's going to love that trunk :)
Books from the O’Shea’s – he’s going to love that trunk 🙂
Spotty blanket, nursery rhyme CD and rattly, cuddly bear from work
Spotty blanket, nursery rhyme CD and rattly, cuddly bear from work
We love these! L-R Elephant and Bear from Mammas and Pappas from Aunty Sioned, Smaller Elephant from Mamgu (Welsh nan!) at Marks and Spencers
We love these! L-R Elephant and Bear from Mammas and Pappas from Aunty Sioned, Smaller Elephant from Mamgu (Welsh nan!) at Marks and Spencers
Hand and footprint set, and cuddly rattle from an agency I work with
Hand and footprint set, and cuddly rattle from an agency I work with
Blanket and cushion knitted by W's Great-Grandma!
Blanket and cushion knitted by W’s Great-Grandma!

Huge thanks to everyone who bought/made W these wonderful gifts – we all feel spoilt and blessed, and can’t wait to use all of these presents! xx

 

 

 

 

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Week 2 update – second week of being a mummy!

Being a mummy still rocks, little W rocks my world.

What we’ve been up to over the last week:

  • the weekend was busy with lots of visitors from both of our families
  • we had out first drive and walk together along Barry Island – W slept the whole way there, the whole walk and the whole way back 🙂
  • he passed his hearing tests with flying colours 🙂
  • he recovered his birth weight within 10 days 🙂
  • he is getting stronger and stronger – stretching, kicking, gripping more and more every day!
  • his long legs seem to be getting longer!
  • Still feeding well
  • daddy gave him his first bath and he loved it!
  • he met his great-grandma… A v special moment 🙂
  • he met his mummy’s best friends…. and all of these visitors have absolutely adored him as he’s so cute… and so well-behaved!
Beautiful Barry Island on W's first trip to the sea
Beautiful Barry Island on W’s first trip to the sea

Routines

I know it’s too soon to worry about getting into a routine but here’s some of our current routines

  • We have big feed/change/feed sessions at about 9am, noon, 4pm, 7pm, 11pm, 3am with some snacks in between
  • He sleeps for most of the rest of the time so mid-morning and mid-afternoon are good for visitors/walks etc
  • We do a load of washing for him every other day at the moment – I can’t believe how many muslins/towels/change mat liners we get through every day!
  • We’ve hired a cleaner for a couple of hours every Friday afternoon – the best £25 a week I’m spending at the moment!
i love seeing baby clothes on the washing line :)
i love seeing baby clothes on the washing line 🙂

Any lowlights?

  • I need to improve my nappy changing skills… A couple of times he ‘s ended up with a wet back 😦 #badmummy
  • daddy going back to work sucked… I realised how much easier it is when both of us are here… But more importantly life is more fun when daddy’s home, we miss him! He did take us to Penarth Pier on Thursday after work though which we loved (and again, W slept through again!)
  • W has learnt how to spray poo across walls and how to vomit a pile of sick over himself, mummy’s hair and back, and the nursery. Nice!
  • I need to learn to nap a bit better… I’m getting by ok but a few more naps here and there would help!
Daddy walking Baby to Penarth Pier
Daddy walking Baby to Penarth Pier

Overall still loving life and can’t believe 2 weeks has already gone by!

did you read last week’s update: my first week of being a mummy?

#BabyBabble

Week 1 update – First week of being a mummy!

I can’t believe that just over a week ago I was full of excitement but also a great deal of fear and trepidation about what was ahead…. how would I get through labour? What if Bean didn’t bond with me? What if something was wrong with Bean? How would I know what to do with a newborn? Would I still love Bean if they were weird-looking?

New arrival....
New arrival….

Fears melt away

I know *everyone* says that things will just click straight away and mother’s instinct will kick in – but they really do! From the moment baby W was placed on me for skin-and-skin and latched on for his first feed, I had a feeling that everything would be ok!

Baby boy balloon
Baby boy balloon

Things I love from Week 1

  • W taking so well to breastfeeding and generally being awesome – sleeps most of the time and only really cries when he’s getting changed.
  • The way he looks around while he’s being fed – those gorgeous eyes!
  • The way he twitches when he’s sleeping – kicking his legs and arms out – he spends a lot of time with one arm covering his eyes – this is how he was in the womb (and possibly why I tore when he was coming out!)
  • The way he stretches his neck/arms/legs when he’s awake
  • His funny grimaces and smiles (people say newborns don’t smile – I’m pretty sure he does!)
  • The funny noises he makes and his hiccups!
  • Having my other half home – he’s been amazing, cooking our meals, doing the dishes, doing 99% of the nappy changes and loving being a dad – it’s been great being a proper family for the week and it will be weird when he’s back in work. He’s already taken W out for a couple of walks and over to his grandparents when I’ve been too tired and sore to – so it’s good for us all that I’ve already been apart from W for a few hours at a time (I didn’t want to be a clingy mum if I could help it!)
  • His firsts – first walk, first bath, first time sleeping outside, first trip in the car to see his grandparents
  • Seeing baby clothes on the washing line for the first time 🙂
2 fingers - no photos please mummy!
2 fingers – no photos please mummy!

I also feel like I’m starting to earn the ‘mummy badge’:

  • my food going cold while I finish feeding W
  • multi-tasking – cleaning up baby sick from underneath me while still feeding W and trying not to move him
  • wet patches in T-shirts (!)

So W is fine – perfect and adorable –  how am I feeling/looking?

2 days before, 7 days after
2 days before, 7 days after
  • Still sore – down below – after stitches – enough said!
  • Legs are still sore – been wearing support stockings all week and now I think I need to do some mild walking!
  • I have aches in places I haven’t ached before – upper arms and lower back  – probably from picking him up and cradling him etc! (And I guess my body was in some weird positions during labour!)
  • My bump is nearly gone already which I can’t believe!
  • After having great skin during pregnancy, my spots have returned!
  • When I was pregnant, I used things like body butters every time I bathed/showered – that’s now gone out the window!
  • Tired – I would say I’m tired most of the time – probably from the 2 or 3 night feeds and I’m guessing breastfeeding in general zaps your energy. I try and nap every day but think I need to nap for longer if/when I can. Also trying to get fresh air in the garden when it’s not raining!
We were given lots of flowers!
We were given lots of flowers!

So there we have it – we not only survived our first week but we loved every minute! I love how every day is like a new adventure, I’m now so excited (and a lot less fearless about what the next days, weeks and months will bring 🙂