Baby G is…20 Weeks Old

Well, Baby G is 20 weeks old! Wow. Technically she was 20 weeks old yesterday, but teething is making it hard to sit down and write anything meaningful these past few days. Some people say 20 weeks is 5 months old, but I say not yet! She’ll be 5 months at the end of the month. Don’t age her before her time, people!

Here’s a little update on how she’s doing…Baby G sleeping

Weight: Baby G has officially doubled her birth weight and weighs a little over 14lbs. She’s getting too old to get weighed every week, so we’re slowing it down to every 2 weeks now. She’s not due for another weighing until next week. I can really feel the heaviness in her when I pick her up though, it’s crazy.

Sleeping: Ok. We’re not doing so well with sleep at the moment. I don’t know if it’s teething or if maybe it’s time for her to be transferred to her own room but all I know is for the past week (maybe even 10 days) she has not been sleeping well AT ALL. It’s incredibly frustrating because we did hit a good stretch of 6-7 hour stretches and now…we’re lucky if we get 2 hours. Seriously. A few nights ago she was awake every 45 minutes. I almost lost my mind. I’ve heard of the 4 months sleep regression, but that’s just crazy. I wonder if maybe she’s getting ready to start solids? I have no idea…I just hope she settles down again soon!

Feeding: Feeding is still going well. But she’s entered that new phase where she’s easily distracted – sometimes she doesn’t like when I talk. She especially doesn’t like when there’s something exciting happening because she doesn’t want to miss out. It’s making feeding in public a little…awkward to say the least! But generally, she’s feeding every 2-3 hours still. She’s always been a little and often feeder and I think she’ll stay that way (I’m very like that too).

Routine: Routines go out the window when the baby starts teething. BUT – she’s getting very good at putting herself to sleep, so long as she’s not sore at the time. Generally these days she’s awake for 2 hours (sometimes 2 and a half hours) before she needs another nap. If we’re out somewhere, she’ll generally only sleep 20-30 minutes at a time. I guess the noises and movements wake her. But if we’re home and it’s nap time, she’ll sleep for about 40-60 minutes, depending how tired she is. That means we get about 5 naps a day. Sometimes she’ll dose off in the car even if it’s not nap time and that can push sleep times off. Bed time is anytime around 7/7.30pm. But again, some nights she’ll stay down and I’ll dream feed her when I go to bed…and other nights she’ll wake after going down as if it was a nap. We’re still working on this!

Milestones:

  • Rolling over! Right before she turned 4 months old (so 4 weeks ago today actually) she rolled from her back to her tummy for the first time. It was amazing! She’d been trying for DAYS to get it right and couldn’t quite figure out the shoulder thing, but then one day it just happened! And then she napped for about 2 hours haha…it must have been exhausting. She’s still not able to roll from her tummy to her back, so she can get frustrated sometimes and I’m frequently having to get up and show her how to roll back. But I guess she’ll get there eventually!
  • Giggling!! She’s not giggling all the time yet, but she loves to be lifted up above our heads or have her daddy kiss her tummy with his beard. Her giggling starts off like a little old man grunt and then turns into a chuckle. It’s adorable. I can’t wait for her to start giggling more frequently…but the day she giggled for the first time, my heart melted. So precious.
  • Her neck control is getting much better as well. She’s really pushing herself up onto her elbows and looking around, which is wonderful. I’m looking forward to her being able to sit in a high chair soon – she loves being up and seeing what’s going on!
  • Also…We started swim classes!! It is so sweet. We sing songs and they get used to the water. The class only lasts 20 minutes and is once a week but she loves it. She’s not the biggest fan of being on her back and getting water in her ears, but otherwise she’s doing great. I think it’s helping the neck control as well because she’s learning to keep her head above water. We’ve also dunked under water a few times – she’s always surprised by that part! But she doesn’t cry, so I take that as a good sign.

Likes/Dislikes: Her thumb! She loves sucking her thumb and it’s kind of been a blessing because it really helps her put herself to sleep.

Baby G Thumb Sucking

She’s still loving white noise for nap time (hairdryer, vacuum cleaner, music, the car, white noise from my iPhone app).

She loves standing! She wants to be held and she stands up all the time, it’s really cute. But also tiring!! She really doesn’t like sitting on my lap. She’s either being cuddled or she’s standing.

She likes watching things – up until she was about 2 months old, she wanted to held facing me the whole time. But now, she’s taking in everything and, unless she’s sad or tired, she likes to be held facing out. Also, when we’re driving I love looking back at her (we have a little mirror facing her so I can see her while I’m driving) and see her watching everything go by the window. She makes the cutest face as she takes it all in. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be that new to the world and try and make sense of everything.

Baby G watching

She loves her playmat that plays music. If the music is off, she gives out. Actually, the music has started to sound funny the last few times – I think we’re burning ti out!

She doesn’t like farting (haha) and she doesn’t like teething. Poor baby.

All in all though, she’s such a happy lovely baby. I’m loving all the smiles she’s been giving me as well. She really smiles at everything!

Baby G Smiles

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Weekend Reading Round Up

I don’t think I’d even notice it was the weekend right now except that Mr. G is sitting on the couch watching rugby with Baby on his lap and it’s the middle of the day. Funny how days just merge together when you’re home with a baby! Anyway, now that I’ve got some extra hands to help with Baby during the day, I’ve got time to read some articles I noticed during the week, but never got round to actually reading. It’s a small list again, but hey! I guess that’s a good sign that I’m starting to be able to read more these days 🙂

  1. Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt – I don’t know how I’d never stumbled across Momastery before, but there’s some really thought provoking stuff on there. Reading blogs, it’s easy to feel like you’re not quite measuring up or you need to work harder to present a beautiful happy front. This article is a nice reminder to be grateful for everything we do have and to enjoy it!
  2. Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask – I love Abigail Ahern’s design blog. It’s easy to get lost in her unusual approach to interiors. This post is for anyone thinking about or currently starting their own business.
  3. Salted Caramel & Apricot Pots – You guys, when I was about 8 months pregnant I inexplicably got a craving for salted caramel. I wish I could cook as well as Eva, but I can’t. And yet…I have to try this one out.

Any other articles out there worth reading this week?

A Baby’s Brain

I find myself continuously amazed by Baby G’s progress these past few weeks. She’s gone from this little bundle that lay there and took everything in to this slightly bigger bundle that’s gurgling at me and trying to figure out how to grab things (including my nose and mouth when I look at her) and she’s even started rolling over. (Only one way, but still!) She’s also been watching myself and Mr. G eating at meal times with huge interest just these last few days. I think she’s getting ready to make another leap…it’s amazing to watch her develop.

I came across this interesting program on YouTube today – The Secret Life of the Brain (The Baby’s Brain). So interesting how their brain works. Makes you wonder the kinds of ways that are best for helping them along…

A Great App For Life With A Newborn

I have to share this app I found a few months ago with you, it’s brilliant. It’s called Collect and is part of the Project 365 journal initiative.

When I was pregnant, I had the best intentions of documenting everything. Writing myself notes and letters; taking photos of my growing belly. I even bought myself a beautiful notebook to write it all down in. But then I was too intimidated to mess up the pretty book because I wanted it to be perfect…and then a couple of weeks had passed and I told myself I’d start my backdated thoughts one weekend when I really had the time and then before you knew it I was 6 months pregnant and taking quick selfies in the bathroom mirror while scribbling thoughts down on a scrap of paper with the best intention to finally collate everything into that book before the baby came.

And then the baby came.

And I decided that OK, I hadn’t done the best job of documenting my pregnancy (1st pang of mother’s guilt?) but now I’d document EVERYTHING about my precious daughter. Only, I was so tired and I never had a free minute let alone a free hand to write/type with. So I took quite possibly a billion photographs on my phone and my camera and used “Notes” on my iPhone to get things down quickly before I forgot.

And then I stumbled across Collect. It allows you to take a photo a day (or 2 or 3 if you want!) and save it like a photo calendar. You give it a descriptive title (something like “Baby’s first smile!” or “3 months old today!” and then if you want you can give it a tag (like “family” or “milestones”) and you can even add notes if you have something more you want to write down. It means you can search later on for certain memories by browsing the tags. You can even upload to dropbox etc if you want to share your photos with others.

It gives me a reminder at 18:05 every single day to upload my photo (I always have plenty to choose from) and know I have a cool visual calendar of everything important over the past 3 months. (I missed it the 1st month – but maybe one day I’ll go back and enter in photos…)

I love it. It’s so easy to do and it makes me smile to flick back through photos even just 3 months ago. So much has happened in that time and you know what? Baby G has changed SO much in that time too.

You can download it for free from iTunes. You can upgrade to Pro for €1.79.

I’m using the free one.

Let me know if any of you are using it too? Or if you have any other app recommendations for quickly capturing little life moments.

Introducing….1st Time Parent Podcast

So I’m starting a podcast for first time parents.

Yep. That’s a bold statement. But it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now and hey…if I publish the idea on this blog, it’ll force me to follow through.

Below is the first episode which I’ve just finished. It’s not up on iTunes yet because I still have a few tweaks I want to make. Please feel free to listen and leave me comments! Would love your feedback. Hope you like it…

Episode One: Beginner Breastfeeding Survival Tips

Today’s episode looks at some tips that I found really useful or important when I began breastfeeding my daughter. In short, these tips are:

  1. Food & Water
  2. Breast pads
  3. Sleep Bras
  4. Breastfeeding Positions
  5. Lanolin
  6. The shower is your friend!
  7. Cabbage leaves
  8. Support groups

What did you find most useful when you were starting to breastfeed? Do you think I missed anything?

We’ve turned a corner!

For the past week, Baby G has been sleeping 5-6 hour stretches. In fact, one night she even did an EIGHT hour stretch! (Though she fell asleep at 7.30pm which meant once she woke and fed and thought it was time to get up for the day it was only 4.15am but still…progress all the same!)

I guess it’s really true that babies start to settle close to the 12 week mark? I’m just hoping she keeps it up!

Strangely I’ve been feeling a bit more tired lately, like my body remembers what it was missing (rest) and now wants me to get more of it. But overall, things are great and I feel a bit more clear headed.

We’ve turned a corner people. Here’s hoping it continues this way!

Teething at Two Months?!

You might think I’m crazy for suggesting this but I think Baby G is already teething (she’ll be 11 weeks old in 2 days).

For the last week, she just hasn’t been herself. She’s able to get to sleep, though that can be tricky sometimes, but when she’s awake she’s been crying more and more and it seems nothing we do can help her. Her symptoms include: crying and irritability, turning away from the boob, drooling, touching her cheeks and ears (with her tiny, jerky, newborn movements that I adore), sucking/chewing on her hand and anything else she can and also a change in dirty nappies.

I know…I’ve read from countless sources (like here) that teething typically occurs around 4 months. But I’ve also read that babies can be born with teeth (can you imagine?) and some sources (like here) seem to think teething can occur at any time…even as young as 2 months.

Last weekend, she was so upset we decided to give her some calpol and it actually worked. She fell asleep and when she woke up she was happy. For a few hours. Then the crying started up again.

Today, my sister gave me some Nelson’s Teetha Granules to try because they really helped when her daughter was teething. If you don’t know what they are – they’re basically camomile extract suitable for babies 1 month+. The camomile helps soothe them and calm them down. So this evening, when she really started to cry again, I put some of the granules on my finger and let her suck on them and repeated this until about half the sachet was gone. The result? She quietened down (I even got some smiles and chats!) and…SHE FELL ASLEEP. In her crib. On her own.

It may be a 1st time coincidence, but right now I feel like my suspicions have been confirmed.

Anyone else going through teething with their really young baby??