I’m not going to lie, the last couple of days have been rubbish and I nearly didn’t join in with little loves this week. In the end I decided it might do me good to look for the positives this week.
I think I’ve mentioned before that my eldest is struggling with the changes a new baby brings and that she has hit me and the tiny ladybird but this week’s she’s been her worst. She’s usually a lovely, well behaved little girl but the last few days I’ve had to watch her struggle with anger towards me and the tiny ladybird. One minute she will be being nice to the baby, the next she is hitting or squeezing her as hard as she can. I’m struggling with worrying she will hurt the baby and worrying about her as clearly she is really upset to be hitting out like this. The look of anger on her face at these moments is hard to watch. Yesterday was particularly bad and then the health visitor arrived, I was a mess! Not my best parenting moment.
In desperation I found myself googling “3 year old hits baby” during one of the night feeds. I found this post and I could have pretty much written the question. The answer made me cry (to be fair a lot does at the moment) but also made a lot of sense. I read a bit more of the site. I woke up in the morning to find I’d ordered her book, calm parents, happy siblings!
I can’t think what I’ve watched on tv this week. A very old episode of Grand designs with a floating house, oh and I had a good laugh at Brief encounters (currently on itv). I also found series 1 of in the club being shown on sky so I’ve recorded that as I’ve only seen series 2.
The tiny ladybird has had a lot of 6 weeks checks this week.We both saw the GP on Tuesday and got a clean bill of health. The tiny ladybird has oral thrush but we caught it early so already it looks a lot better. On Wednesday, she had a hip scan and I heard she has two health hips. Yesterday the health visitor did a home visit and well you know how that went! The health visitor ended up spending more time giving me advice on my eldest not the tiny one. To be fair I have no concerns about the tiny one, yes she is feeding frequently meaning my sleep is poor, she crys a lot if I put her down and even when she is been held in an evening but she is just 6 weeks and I know it is normal and will soon improve.
This week the tiny ladybird has worn a few cloth nappies. I won’t write a lot about it here but I have been sharing our journey on instagram and will write some blog posts soon for those who are interested.
I also purchased a new teething necklace on Monday evening. I ordered it through Little Maldod and was so pleased with the service.
Very little this week. I purchased a basic laminator a while back and this week I used it for the first time to make the ladybird a monster play dough mat. I used a free download from Picklebums. The ladybird loved it and I will be making some more in the future.
And lastly ….
Thankfully the ladybird has been good so far today but there is still time. After the tiny ladybirds next feed we are going to go to the library and swap some books. The ladybird loves a visit to the library. We are visiting my husband’s family tomorrow and my parents are visiting us on Sunday. Then the ladybird is in nursery Monday and Tuesday so hopefully keeping the ladybird busy will help her and also lower my stress levels!