The tiny ladybird turned 4 weeks old yesterday. She is doing well. She was weighed last Friday and was 7lb 12oz which meant she had gained 12oz in a week. She’s earned herself the nickname of milk monster. Sometimes she doesn’t even go and hour between feeds. Thankfully she does go a few longer stretches, usually including one 4 hours stretch overnight. The frequent day time feeds though are making it difficult to leave the house (poor sleep isn’t helping either), particularly on my own with both girls.
This week, on my own, I have taken them to the midwife, on the nursery run twice and on a short walk near home. We also went out as a family on Saturday to do a bit of shopping (which took twice as long and saw us leaving without a few things we needed when she started screaming for her second feed in under an hour). It’s not like me at all but I know it will get easier so I’m trying to savour the little things. I’m also trying to make the most of the newborn snuggles as I know how quickly she will grow and she is definately our last baby.
I’ve actually picked my current novel up a few times this week. I’m starting to get in to it now so hopefully that will mean I continue to pick it up regularly. I’m reading Strictly between us by Jane Fallon after reading about in a few little loves posts. It’s perfect for right now, easy reading and short chapters.
I’ve also been trying to remember to share our bedtime stories over on instagram. I don’t remember every night (sometimes the chaos is just too much) and some nights we read the same book again. This week we’ve enjoyed Little riding hood and Guess how much I love you.
Tonight's bedtime story was a classic. It's a beautiful book with cut outs and flaps but I'm not sure why the ending has been changed. The wolf shallows them whole and a woodcutter rescues them by cutting it's belly open. This is followed by the grandma sewing it back up with stones inside to teach the wolf a lesson.
Whilst the ladybird was at nursery and during the tiny ladybird’s feeds I watched a few things I wanted to. On the other days we watch Peppa pig. This week I’ve enjoyed the last couple of episodes of the sewing bee and brief encounters. Brief Encounters was very funny so I look forward to next week’s. I enjoyed the sewing bee but it always leaves me wanting to get my sewing machine out which realistically isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
I bought a pair of Jeggings in sainsburys at the weekend mainly because they were cheap so will do until I fit back in my pre baby size. Not sure when that will be though as I have no willpower at the moment and I am eating too many treats! However at the moment I really don’t care (most of the time). My tummy is not that much bigger than before I got pregnant which is great (thank you breastfeeding) but I know I have put on weight on my bum and thighs which will be harder to shift. It can wait a while now though as fitting in exercise is the last thing on my mind.
Last friday, we made some frozen yogurt drops. I blended a few strawberries with some Greek yogurt and spooned drops on to a baking tray. After 20 minutes in the freezer they were frozen and ready to eat or transfer to a freezer bag. The ladybird loved them and thought they were sweets.
In between feeding the tiny ladybird I've managed to bake bread (I have a kitchenaid that does the hard work). It feels like she feeds all the time during the day but I've managed to do 3 loads of washing, change all the bedding and a few other bits of cleaning. I've been up over 12 hours now though, so ready for bed but realistically it's about 4 hours off.
On Sunday I made the effort to bake a focaccia style bread to go with my mum’s lasagna. I have a kitchenaid to do the kneading so it’s really not that hard but I enjoyed making and eating it. My family all love my homemade breads and pizzas so I hope I can find time to bake every so often.
Other than that I’ve not really made anything else. Wednesday and Thursday this week, I set up a couple of activities for the ladybird. Thursday was two activities, as we actually left the house and went on a short walk to collect flowers, leaves and twigs in the morning and in the afternoon the ladybird made a picture out of them. Yesterday’s was much simpler, painting with cotton buds. I found that making the effort to plan one activity for the ladybird made the day easier and more enjoyable especially as we ate not getting out to our usual playgroups, library trips or meeting up with friends.
I tend to listen to radio 2 whilst in the kitchen during the week. So we listen to Chris Evans in the morning, Jeremy Vine over lunch and Simon Mayo whilst cooking, eating and cleaning up after tea. Although I hear lots of tracks I love, I struggle to remember the artist.
I’ve been making an effort with instagram this week as I love photography and also find the instagram community really inspiring. If you’re not following me already over there I’m ladybirdsadventures. I’ve also got several posts in draft so I’m hoping the blog will be a little busier in the coming weeks.
We have no plans for the weekend but I’m sure I’ll attempt to leave the house at some point!