Sunday, 24 August 2014

Little L is 7 weeks

We are finally sleeping in her Clair de Lune moses basket again ( I reviewed it here). At the beginning of the week I decided to give it a go, first night L wasn't sleeping very well, but then I started putting hot water bottle in a moses basket before she was ready to sleep and it worked.
Every morning we try to have some tummy time, I can't say that little one lifts herself just yet but I'm sure we are getting there.
Sometimes it is a bit difficult to guess what her crying means, but we sort of have a routine during the day: she wakes up, tummy time in the morning, feeds, plays on her mat, sleeps and the same thing over and over again.
She is off drinking from a bottle at the moment, I have tried MAM and Vital baby both of them have a fast flow even though not suppose to as they are for newborns, Avent is opposite, but she is not into it either so every time we go for a walk I take a bottle with us and a breastfeeding cover.
If you remember I have mentioned before that L has green stool (poo explosions), this week I had a telephone consultation with a doctor as I wasn't sure if her green stool is a result of colic, we will have results in a week just in time for her 8 weeks check and immunisation.

We have sadly lost one of L's favourite toys- blue doggy somewhere in the house, thought I would never say that but we just have way too much stuff for a small house we live in.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Little L is 6 weeks old

I know many health professionals, articles and maybe even parents would say that it is impossible to have routine with a newborn, but still we try to do exactly the same thing every evening- we welcome daddy home, feeding, changing, walking, feeding, sleepy time in  a swing in a hope that L will understand when is day and night.
This week I really started to doubt myself "What if I'm doing things wrong?!", "What if her 24/7 attachment to me will cause us serious problems in the future?!". And then I started thinking of a what I'm doing wrong- feeding her as a way of comforting her, picking her up every time she cries, taking her everywhere with me or otherwise she will cry?!
Monday I started of doing things "right", but when she wakes up our day could be completely different from a previous one, she can be happy doing one things today and be fussy doing exactly the same thing the other day, she can be happy herself or she can be miserable all day long and I just can't do my things knowing that she wants and needs me, I can't ignore her crying. So I'm actually taking every day at a time and just trying to do my best in entertaining her and making her day more relaxed and happy, but she is the boss at the moment.

On Wednesday we had a 6 weeks review with a Health Visitor she confirmed that I need to feed her every hour as she is on a small side (put 400 gram in 2 weeks) comparing to other newborns. She advised me to carry on with my daily routine and if I need things to be done just to leave L in a seat, carrycot by my side for a bit while I need to go to the toilet or prepare myself a breakfast, as at the moment I am carrying her everywhere, obviously when she is crying. 
L has a green stool according to different sources it means different things, but Health Visitor thinks it is colic so we are giving her gripe water again..

During the day she has small naps 10-30 minutes or can be awake all the time, which means lots of crying.
Night time is mainly very quiet (touch wood), I can spend couple of hours soothing her to sleep but mainly it is not such a long process, sometimes she wakes up every 3 hours to feed, sometimes she cries all night long.

As I spend 24/7 I don't notice changes in little L but she is changing a lot, her ears are sticking out a bit, it is so cute and suits her. She has a nappy rash from time to time and I treat with Sudocrem and having nappy free time, but if I miss one day it's back! Finally I was brave enough to cut her nails as before was biting it or they were coming off themselves, I think I did a good job!

This week I was looking back at L's birth, remembering every bit I would definitely do it for her again! She is the sweetest girl in the world!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Little L is 5 weeks old

Our little monkey has grown a lot. She started to smile last Friday (1 August), for the first time was lifting herself properly while on a tummy which totally surprised me, I was also surprised to see that she sucks her thumb.

She is just so kissable and squishable, but as you may guess there are days when she is unhappy.

Little L has weird red spots on the face which I think might be due to the weather or allergy, but need to confirm it with a Health Visitor as well as I am slightly concern about her green stool.

She is a lovely, cute little girl but I wish I had more time to do things..I am not complaining as I'm sure somewhere there is a mum who is struggling more than me.

L has no routine yet, we are doing exactly the same thing every evening by taking her for a walk, feeding, cuddling, washing every other day, feeding but she is so unpredictable.

Still can't believe that we created her!