Two months already. E is doing really well and we are starting to find a new normal but we are far from having a routine. Every day (and night) is still different. Sometimes the unpredictability is hard or frustrating but I know it gets easier and I’m enjoying lots of newborn cuddles. She’s started smiling early this month (not much after her 4 week update) and I get the biggest, beautiful smiles which make everything worth while. I love watching her kicking her legs about, smiling and making cooing noises. We are currently on our first holiday as a family of four so she will be ten weeks when this is posted.
She has more awake periods this month but she still sleeps most of the day. She is very alert during her awake periods, though. She’s a really mummy’s girl and will follow me with her eyes. She also watches and smiles a lot at her big sister and daddy.
She was last weighed at her 6 week check and was 8lb 15oz and still on the 25th percentile. Her up to 1 month clothes still fit but most are getting a bit small. Most of her 0-3 month clothes are still really big, though.
Her 6 week GP check up went well. I’d spotted a couple of days before she had oral thrush so we got medication to sort that and it has cleared up well. My eldest seemed to have it none stop for the first few months so I’m glad the tiny one’s cleared up easily. She also had a hip scan at 6 weeks as when she was born one of the doctors thought she had a clicky hip. Thankfully the scan showed she had 2 healthy hips.
Breastfeeding is going really well. She still feeds little and often but she has started going longer between feeds in the night at least. She will normally feed on and off from 5 or 6 pm (like every 30-60 minutes) until about 10:30 pm. Then she’s going about 3 hours between feeds. Our day still starts early as she often refuses to be put down after her 5 or 6 am feed. We still have some nights where she wakes a lot more but generally, it’s twice between 10:30 and 6:00 am. This is usually around 1 am and 3:30 am. Sometimes it’s just one wake up (very rare) and again very occasionally she’ll go back in her basket after 6 am and sleep and hour or so more.
Between 10:30 pm and 6 am is pretty much the only time she will sleep if we put her down (apart from in her car seat or pram so long as it’s moving). The rest of the day we are lucky if she sleeps more than 10 minutes if we try to put her down asleep. The crying in her sleep has at least stopped. She’s not keen on being put down for long even if she is awake. I purchased a close caboo carrier this month which is helping but I quickly get back ache.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I thought she might have reflux like her big sister as she was really sick a few times a week. This seems to have stopped in the last few weeks so I think it was just one of those things. She is having her first set of immunisations at 10 weeks as our clinic canceled them for a few weeks due to staff holidays. I’m not looking forward to it as I know most babies get a high temperature after the meningitis one.
My eldest is besotted with her and spends a lot of time stroking, patting or cuddling her. However, she is struggling in other ways to adjust to her. I’ve mentioned before that she would occasionally hit the tiny ladybird but around 6 weeks it got really bad where I had times when she would literally try to hurt her at each every opportunity she got. She’s also become really clingy and only mummy will do. This has resulted in many a meltdown when I’ve been feeding the tiny one. It’s been a couple of weeks now since she’s tried to hurt her so I’m hoping that things are improving.
I’m doing well despite the lack of sleep. I’ve not weighed myself but I feel like I lost a lot of weight quickly at first and it has now stopped. I’m in a size bigger than previously which I know is ok this early on. I’d like to lose more though but I have no willpower and crave sweet foods and no motivation to exercise. Not a good combination.