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Twenty weeks on

Here we stand almost five months on, they have to be the fasted months I’ve ever known. Genuinely time just disappears if you fancy speeding your life up have children!


Baby vest comparison

A few weeks ago I sorted through the beasts newborn and 0-3 month clothes. Looking back I can’t believe she was ever that small. Yet looking forward I can’t comprehend her being that big either. One tip I have is pick your detergent carefully when they are first born as whatever you use will register as their smell. Giving her newborn baby grows a good sniff and they smell like “her” back then but really it’s just baby detergent! Might have to start using comfort again.

I’ve kept a few of her key pieces for her memory box and I’m going to make the rest into a blanket. You send off the clothes and someone sorts it out for you. I thought about selling things but you really don’t get the return and I could keep the clothes but I enjoyed buying them and will do for the next one.

What’s new, well she had her last set of vaccinations until she’s one now and she is able to sit up for a few seconds without aid. I forgot to take the darn red book with me so I had to drop it in and hope the GP didn’t lose it, which they didn’t luckily. Possibly aided by the mass amount of post it note I stuck down on it with sellotape. We’ve really been enjoying her personality blooming out the last few weeks. She finally can hold her head up consistently as well as push up from her arms, can roll, she’s very verbal, likes to stand on her legs while supported. It’s funny to watch her grasp toys and bring them to her mouth, I think she’s teething too but it comes and goes. EDIT: Wow she is teething! What a grump.

We’ve picked up a Jumperoo so that she can learn to sit and use her legs. At the moment she needs support and help but she’s already enjoying it a lot. She likes to just lounge around in it which if you ask me seems like the thing to do and is obsessed by this weird parrot that hangs down just out of reach. I’m not a massive fan of the fisherprice plastic toys but the Jumperoo had really good reviews so we went for it. I’ll have to do a full review once it’s been well and truly used.

It’s all good fun, looking forward to watching her reach each milestone as I’m putting in so much effort to help her develop and try things. We’ve enjoyed a short summer course with Waterbabies locally, I’ve seen a huge increased in her core abilities while doing that. I highly recommend swimming for babies, it’s sad that we weren’t able to find a class suitable for the new term and have had to pick another company but hopefully it will be just as good if not slightly more private. Rather than the lessons taking place in a primary school we will be using someone’s private pool

What I’m looking forward to next

Baby led weaning! So I suppose her hitting six month and being better at sitting up. I think she has the whole food to the mouth thing sorted though

Starting the new baby sensory class, we’ve signed up to a weekly class which run activities for babies. Class one 0 – 6 months is baby sensory and the trial sessions went really well! Keep posted for next weeks update on this!

Being Mum

I crawl the night hours

Finding time to write my blog is proving difficult, as I write right now it’s late and my daughter is fast asleep on my chest. Time is a strange thing now, you still have time but finding a nice chunk of it which you can guarantee is the difficult part.

My last post was compiled over a number of days. I started writing it while sat waiting at the doctors with my feet on her travel system rocking it back and forward to keep her asleep. Babies have a funny way of knowing when they stop moving and those eyes shoot open. We parents come up with novel ways of tricking said baby into glorious slumber.

This week she will be eight weeks old, which in the world of babies means it’s vaccination week. I’ve seen her attacked with a needle so many times I’m afraid to say I’m not one of those mothers dreading it. Of course I don’t like to see a baby in pain, who does? But it’s for the greater good. She had so much blood taken while we were in hospital that I’m sure by now she’s quite used to the whole affair.

I’ve got so used to being awake at night that I often think maybe I should just squeeze everything I haven’t been able to do in the day the night hours. Burning the candle at both ends, that’s what they call it; I’m not sure that ever ends well.

While we are at it, I find myself looking back at photos. I can’t believe I was THIS big.

Might as well throw in a progression shot, that big belly has shrunk down to this.

The theme this week in the world of my circle of mums seems to be parenting advise. I’ve not had the pleasure yet of having a acquaintance lecture me on my parenting but in my circle of mums it seems to be a reoccurring theme.

Take one tired, hormonal lady and one self righteous outsider you e got yourself a beautiful explosion waiting to happen. Why is it we feel the need to push our parenting know how’s on each other as the only right way? Babies don’t come with a manual and certainly there are many ways to do things. As long as both mother and baby are safe and happy I see no reason to put down others ways.

Right adios for now!