28 February 2011

Grandma/ Yaya

This last weekend has been a fun-filled family visit for Theo and myself...



On Thursday I drove up to my Mum's from Bristol, and Theo stayed asleep pretty much the whole time, just having a bit of a wail when I was stuck in a traffic jam. That night was a bit of a nightmare, and the little bebe didn't go to sleep until about 5 in the morning. I'm not sure if it was because of being in a new place, of whether I was tired from driving and probably a bit stressed, but he just wouldn't settle, I even went out in the car at 2 in the morning for a drive to see whether that would work, but alas it did not. We eventually got some sleep, but he was still being unsettled the whole next morning. Finally he went off to sleep in the afternoon and we went to the farm shop where I used to work. Unfortunately Ros, the owner wasn't there and she was the one I wanted to see the most. The other people were there, and were nice, but were perhaps not as excited as I imagined they might be to meet Theo, I guess it was quite a while ago that I was there, and only worked there for a short while. Oh well!

That evening I had a bath with Theo for the very first time. It was lovely to have him in the bath with me, and he loved it! He really does love the water, and seems really content. He then had a nice spell of being awake and really alert in the evening. It's so nice to see him starting to become more aware of things around him, and recognising me more. That night we had the best night we have ever had, as he slept for 5 hours straight! He then woke up had a feed then went straight back to sleep for 3 more hours! I didn't even have to get out of bed once, and felt like I got so much sleep!

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At the moment I think the worst thing about the nights is not knowing how they are going to be. I have this sort of fear as the night approaches because I have no idea how he is going to sleep. I think if I had
an idea of when he would sleep it would be easier, but that isn't the idea of having a newborn baby!

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In the morning he had a cuddle with Grandma in her bed. He is getting to know her, and he loves her a lot already! We were getting lots of smiles, and singing nursery rhymes to him and he was happily kicking away really contented. It's so nice to see my Mummy with him, you can see that she really loves him and enjoys playing with him and giving him cuddles. She walks around and talks to him and he just stays quiet with her.








That's all for now as the little one is crying! I will update about the rest of the weekend tomorrow!



23 February 2011

The bear

Hi, so once again the week has flown by...most of the time I don't even get up until 12 or 1, let alone get to have a shower until about 4...

Things are still going well, I went to the breastfeeding group on Monday at the clinic and asked about Theo sleeping in the bed with me, and they said that it doesn't really matter about getting him into a routine until he is about 3 months, so I guess he's going to be staying with me in the bed for a bit longer.

I'm going up to my mum's tomorrow, which I'm really excited about. It's going to be my first trip away from home and without Rob. I also get to take him into the farm shop where I worked in the summer to show him off!

He's going to be 4 weeks tomorrow, I can not believe it's been four weeks already! I have been home for 3 weeks, now I know what people mean when they say it goes really quickly. He's getting so big already, he's pretty much out of his newborn clothes, and fitting into 0-3 a bit better, which means he can wear his bear suit properly, and look ridiculously cute...



I watched One born every minute earlier, and this may be weird to say, but it made me want to possibly have a baby again, to have that experience of meeting the tiny little baby for the first time...that feeling was amazing, even if I was pretty out of it at the time. But don't worry I haven't gone mad, and definitely won't be having one for a while, because I can still remember the horrible horrible pain that came before it!

That's all for now, I'm also going to Kent at the weekend to visit my sister with my Mum, which will be really nice, we'll get to go to the seaside, so it will be a weekend of firsts for the little baby.


19 February 2011

Sleep over

Hello, so once again time has flown by!

Things are still going well, we were visited by the health visitor yesterday and Theo was weighed again, this time he weighed 10lbs 5oz! What a little fatty he is becoming! Soon I think he's going to burst out of his newborn clothes! But he is still as cute as ever, just getting a little chubby around the sides, and getting longer!




He has been staying awake longer, yesterday he was awake for a few hours at a time, had a little sleep and was awake again for a few more hours before having a really long sleep in the afternoon. He keeps on changing his sleep patterns, which I knew would happen. At the moment at night, the ensure that well all get the best sleep I have been feeding him in a lying down position, then letting him sleep in the bed with us. I make sure, of course, that he is on his back, not under the duvet and not likely to get rolled on or fall off the bed, but still I feel a little anxious about it. Also I feel like I'm spoiling him and not getting him into a routine of falling asleep in his own bed, and this might lead to bad habits in the future, or make it harder for him to settle by himself. But I also feel that it must be strange for a baby to suddenly have to sleep in a separate bed, where for so long they were snug and secure in the womb. I like that he can sleep close to me and feel safe and secure. So I don't really know what to do! Does anyone have any advice? Should I just try and start to introduce a routine in a few weeks, when he can sleep for longer?



He was three weeks old on Thursday, 3 weeks! I can't believe it, it seems like so long ago that I was pregnant and waiting for him to arrive. But sometimes I look at him, and especially when he is sleeping and Rob and I are just watching tv, and think how strange it is, that he is a separate human being, sort of like a stranger, who has just come into our lives, and who is there all the time. He has his own personality, which will continue to get stronger, and he will become more and more independent. He didn't have a choice as to who his parents are, and he is stuck with us for the rest of his life! Poor baby! It's really exciting, but also scary to imagine how the future is going to be with him in it, and how we are going to get to know each other more and more. It's also strange how much love I feel for the little chubber, even though he's only been here for 3 weeks. He is a little sweetheart, and very good. Also he provides us with lots of entertainment, here are a few videos that amuse us greatly, poor little baby. I know one day we will show these to him and feel bad!



Also here are some more photos from the last week or so
















15 February 2011

Friends, baths and beyond

Hello, so, once again it's been a while, I imagine it's something you'll all have to get used to! It's a rare chance that I get time to sit down in front of the computer and write!

So today is my first full day by myself! So far its going well! This morning we went to visit my friend Amy and meet her little baby Zoe, who is about 2 weeks older than Theo.

Theo is pretty much the same size as her, and weighs the same, which is 9lbs 11oz! So feeding is going really well, he's well above his birth weight which was 8lbs 15oz. My little fatty! Feeding is pretty good, it feels really reassuring that I'm feeding him and helping him grow. He feeds about every few hours, which is not so bad. The nights are going ok too, he seems to sleep for about 3 hours at a time, but sometimes I have to stay up with him for about an hour before he goes back down.

The days seem to go so quickly though! I'm not even sure what I do, but suddenly its night time again, and time for his bath! We've been trying to get him into a routine, which at only 2 and a half weeks is a word that doesn't really exist yet, as he changes so much, but it seems to work quite well, and he likes being in the bath!



video

This photo is a little bit old now, and his stump on his belly button has fallen off now, and he's got a sweet little belly button!

I try and go out and about at least once a day, and Theo loves his pram and goes to sleep instantly. I love pushing it around, in fact Rob and I fight over who's turn it is to push! Pushing him in his pram makes me feel like a mum. I don't really feel like a 'mum' at other times, which is a strange thing to say, and I can't really explain it very well. But I don't suddenly feel like a mum, because I guess I felt a bit like a mum when I was pregnant, my life certainly changed before he was here, and I was already taking care of him, through taking care of myself before he was born. Also it doesn't feel like I'm specially making an effort to care for him now, because I have to and it is just natural, so that's why I don't really suddenly feel like "I'm a Mum".

But time has gone very quickly, and this Thursday he'll be 3 weeks old! We've started to see the start of some smiles, but they're not proper yet! But it's exciting to see what it will look like when he smiles for real!

I finally got round to putting my camera pictures on my computer, so here are some more photos, some still in hospital, and a few from the last week or so.




















12 February 2011

Theo

Whoops, so I haven't really had chance to post anything since Tuesday!

We've had quite a few visitors this week, and still getting used to life with a baby. Everything is going pretty well, the nights are going ok, sometimes Theo sleeps well and sometimes like last night he was awake for 4 hours in the middle of the night.

Our days seem to go pretty quickly at the moment, I'm not really sure how. It's been lovely just hanging out with Rob and Theo though, and getting used to our new family life. Rob goes back to work on Monday, and I'm pretty scared for when that happens. I'm not really sure how I'm going to cope by myself.


So here are lots of photos of the beautiful little worm. They sort of go in order of his age. He is a sweet little thing!












































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