Harry’s 5 Month Update

Harry’s 5 Month Update

Harry was 5 months old yesterday and I know everyone says it but I really can’t believe how fast the last 5 months have gone! He is so big now and we are definitely well out of the newborn stage which makes me so sad, although he is so much more fun now!

Weight & Size

Harry was weighed last week and is 17lb 0oz and is still tracking on just below the 75th centile. He has grown out of some of his 3-6 month clothes and others are fitting perfectly so I’m having to get out some of the 6-9 month outfits. It’s always so sad putting away the smaller clothes! At least it’s fun dressing him in new stuff! I think it’s almost time for another shopping trip!

Feeding

Harry is still being exclusively breastfed in terms of the milk he has, however we have now started weaning! We only started a few days ago and the first time was a bit of a disaster, but he was showing all of the signs and because of his reflux we were advised to wean a bit earlier than 6 months, and he has now really taken to it. He has only had pureed carrots and a breadstick to chew on so far but he loves both of those now. We are going to try parsnips tonight so we will see how that goes! I’m not convinced by them but you never know!

I have been making all of the purees myself and freezing them and we are going to be trying lots of new foods over the next couple of months which is so exciting. At the moment, Harry just has one small portion for his dinner at about 5pm and of that he probably actually has very little because most of it seems to end up around his face and down his bib, but that seems to be the joy of weaning.

Sleep & Routine

Harry’s routine is pretty much the same as last month’s, just with the addition of food after he wakes up from his last nap.

The major change this month in terms of sleep and routine is that we have moved Harry into his own room! After a couple of awful nights last week, we’d all just had enough and it’s been working so well for us. Before I think we were all waking each other up and I was feeding Harry before he really needed to be fed so I could get back to sleep as soon as I could, and he also went through that typical phase of wanting to have a party at 2am, and 3, 4, 5 and 6! Harry is still typically waking up once in the night for a feed, which I do still expect really, however he did sleep the whole night through (from 7:30pm – 7:30am) on the third night of being in his own room which was absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened again since but I was very grateful for it (especially as it was the night before a 10k race I ran). Harry is quite a stretched out sleeper which is so cute and has meant that he has transitioned to his cot bed really well.

Milestones

Harry can now roll over! Woohoo! He has rolled both to the left and to the right but seems to prefer rolling to his left. This has made sleeping a bit more interesting as he always rolls onto his front and sleeps on his tummy. At first we would roll him back onto his back but from what I’ve read it seems to be ok to leave them on their front if they keep rolling there (and especially if they have good head control and strength on their front which Harry does have), and it’s quite funny because he sleeps in exactly the same position as his dad! Harry can also shuffle along on his front now and is often in a completely different position from where I put him down, but thankfully he isn’t moving any great distances at the moment.

We still don’t use dummies anymore and I can’t see us using them again now, as tempted as I am to use one when he’s having a mad moment, it doesn’t make sense to reintroduce them now that he’s used to coping without them. I do have to say though I don’t regret using them at all and they were great in the first couple of months.

Harry is now much better at sitting as well. He can sit unassisted for a couple of seconds but is not stable enough to last longer than that. He still hasn’t had any teeth come through but still appears to be teething like a mad man bless him.

Likes & Dislikes

Harry’s likes and dislikes are still generally the same as last month. His grey hair has now straightened out but it’s still there and I still love it. He has now finished Chapter 1 of his swimming lessons and we are about to start Chapter 2! I sewed his badge onto his swimming towel and it was a serious ‘I’m really a mummy’ moment. We’ve also now chosen a nursery for him to start in May which is pretty nerve wracking but I’m sure he will love it.

Overall, this has been another great month and it’s so lovely seeing him come into his personality.  He is a grumpy, independent little boy but he is also the sweetest little thing, and unfortunately I’m fairly sure he got the temper from me!

What My Kid Wore Wednesday #4

What My Kid Wore Wednesday #4

I’m cheating a little bit here because I’m actually writing about what Harry wore yesterday, however I feel that because yesterday was Halloween and Harry looked especially cute I can get away with it! As always, this is part of the link up by This Mama Life. 

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I’m pretty sure I bought this outfit from Sainsbury’s but I can’t find it online anywhere, so sorry for not including a link. It is so cute though! I especially loved the big, puffy pumpkin and the super cute hat. He actually really enjoyed being dressed in it, contrary to the impression the last picture gives, but I had to include it because it just cracks me up! It was so much fun answering the door to trick or treaters with Harry looking so adorable and I’m really looking forward to the many times in the future when I can dress him up!

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Harry’s 4 Month Update

Harry’s 4 Month Update

This update is a little bit late as Harry was 4 months old on 14th October but I thought it would be better to write it late than not at all.

Weight & Size

Harry was last weighed on 3rd October and he weighed 15lb 8oz! He is now at almost the 75th centile so he is doing really well (he was on the 50th when he was born). He is still in his 3-6 month clothes but whereas before the legs and arms were quite long on him, they seem to be fitting a lot better now.

Feeding

Harry is still exclusively breastfed at the moment, and I have now stopped donating breastmilk and I only occasionally pump now. Thankfully, now that I have stopped pumping every day my supply seems to have settled and feeding Harry is a much more enjoyable experience. He used to pull off every 5 seconds or so and always seemed to be uncomfortable whereas now he latches properly and stays on for a lot longer. In the end, I donated about 6 litres of breastmilk to my local hospital so I’m really pleased that I did it but it was definitely time to call it a day. We haven’t started weaning yet as in the UK the recommended age to start is 6 months old, however we may start a little bit before then if Harry seems ready.

Sleep & Routine

Harry’s sleep seems to be worse than last month when I’ve looked through last month’s update. Harry has settled into a routine in the day but is still waking up every 3-4 hours overnight, which I’m starting to find so exhausting as the months go on. I’m not really strict on timings with Harry’s routine but his general routine is as follows;

7:30/8:00 – Wake up & feed. I then change his nappy straightaway as I tend not to change his nappy through the night unless it is dirty rather than wet. It is normally then quite full so needs changing straight away. We then play in bed for about half an hour and this is one of my favourite times of the day as Harry is so smiley and happy. I then move him to his room and get him dressed for the day where he then plays while I have a shower and have breakfast etc.

9:30/10:00 – Nap. Harry normally only sleeps for 45 minutes to an hour for his morning nap, it would be nice for him to have longer but he tends to have a longer nap in the middle of the day. He then has another feed when he wakes up.

10:30/11:00 – We normally do our morning activity during this time, which is usually a class or playtime at home or we go out and see friends. I’m really enjoying doing classes with Harry, the main ones we do are Hartbeeps, Monkey Music and Tots Play.

12:30 – 14:00/14:30 – Nap. This is normally when Harry has his longest nap of the day and to be honest it’s bliss. This is the time when I get most of the jobs round of the house done and get some food myself! If it’s a good day I will also take some time for myself and watch a tv programme, read a book or write this! To be honest, it’s a godsend and the days that he doesn’t nap for a long time here I really struggle. He then also feeds after this nap too.

14:30-16:30 – Afternoon activity. We normally play together again now. His favourite things to play with are his play mat, his Emily doll which he finds absolute hilarious and his jumperoo. We obviously limit the time he spends in his jumperoo but he really loves the thing! It’s so cute. We will also normally go for a walk in this time as well or family or friends come over to see Harry.

16:30 – 17:30 – Nap. Harry normally has a short nap again in the evening and then feeds after the nap. For his naps, Harry sleeps in his bedside crib as he has now outgrown his Moses basket and the monitor is set up there for when he goes to sleep at night.

17:30-19:00 – We normally play again during this time and then wind down for bedtime.

19:00-19:30 – Bedtime routine. Sometimes Harry will be tired a bit earlier than this so I just tend to adjust it to up to half an hour earlier if he needs it. We start off with a bath, then a book in bed with dim lighting and then a short feed before he is put in his crib, however I always make sure he doesn’t fall asleep during this feed.

23:00 – Feed

02:30 – Feed

05:30 – Feed.  These feeds can be at different times during the night but Harry normally wakes up every 3-4 hours during the night for a feed. Hopefully he will start to go longer soon as he does have the odd night where he goes a lot longer without a feed.

Milestones

Harry still isn’t rolling over from back to front! To be honest, I think that might be why this blog post is late because I think I’ve been hanging on to be able to say he can do it! He is really close but it feels like he’s been really close for ages! He is really starting to enjoy tummy time now and seems to find toys a lot more interesting. One of the major milestones this month is that we have stopped using dummies! He lost interest in them and we thought we would roll with it as we didn’t want him to have a dummy long term and so far it has made bedtimes a little bit harder but it is going ok, he just takes a little bit longer to settle so I’ve been vacuuming a lot more! He is also definitely teething, you can see his front teeth through his gums, and he has got a lot better and bringing things to his mouth, including my hands!

Likes & Dislikes

He still really likes his Emily doll which always makes him laugh. He also still really enjoys swimming and we are now almost at the end of Chapter 1 of the Waterbabies programme now! It’s something I really enjoy too and probably my favourite thing we do together! He also really likes pinching clothes, arms or holding a muslin cloth. It’s so cute and like he’s reassuring himself that something is there. Harry also still has his grey, curly hair which is one of my favourite things about him!

Harry really dislikes having his arms being put into clothes and that’s about it really. He has also cried when he has had his socks put on when he didn’t want them on and when he has had to wear a hat following swimming! He generally doesn’t like to be made to do stuff he doesn’t want to do which to be honest is very much like his dad’s personality!

Overall, I have really enjoyed this month! Harry’s personality is now coming through and it’s so lovely being able to see him develop and find things interesting. It’s also been really nice that he is having longer gaps between feeds and I’m actually enjoying feeding him now. We’ve also been looking at nurseries for when I go back to work when Harry is 1 which is so scary but I definitely think it will be great for him as he will only have to go for one day and then rest of the time he will be with my mother in law. Harry has also now had all of his vaccinations until he is 1 year old which is great because they are grim! I’m really looking forward to what the next couple of months are going to bring and I feel so lucky to have such a cracking baby!

 

 

 

Harry’s 3 Month Update

Harry’s 3 Month Update

I can’t believe Harry is already 3 months old! The time is going so fast that I thought I would write an update, so I can remember what he is like at 3 months when he is leaving home for university and I’m crying into his babygrows!

Weight & Size

Harry is only weighed once a month now as his weight has always been fine. He was last weighed on 31st August and was 13lb 8oz! He is still at roughly the 60th centile so is doing really well! He is now in 3-6 month clothes and I’m really enjoying dressing him in lots of new outfits! Dungarees seem to be a definite hit at the moment.

Feeding

Harry is still exclusively breastfed but I am still pumping once a day to donate breast milk and also to store up a bit of extra milk for Harry as he also takes a bottle of expressed milk every now and again. He is still feeding on demand but feeds roughly every 2.5 -3 hours in the day, with longer stretches between feeds at night. I still can’t believe that he has only had what my body has produced and that at the moment I am all that is keeping him going. Absolutely mad really. I’m also still having a problem with an oversupply of milk which I’m sort of continuing myself by pumping and donating my breast milk but I’m hoping to donate everything I’ve got so far this week and then call it a day. I will have donated over 5 litres so I feel like that is good going really, and seeing as it is causing problems with feeding I should call it a day really. Hopefully, then my milk will calm down a bit and Harry won’t pull off and splutter so much when feeding. That’s the plan anyway.

Sleep

Harry is sleeping so much better this month. He has always been a good sleeper in the day so is still having at least 2 long naps a day (1-2 hours each) with then a couple of shorter naps as well, especially if he is in the car or out in the pram. He absolutely loves falling asleep in the car but will usually wake up as soon as the car stops if he wasn’t due a nap. Harry is also sleeping much better at night now. He has slept through the night (from 11-5:30 which I am counting as sleeping through) a couple of times now which has been amazing, but these nights are usually followed by awful nights so nothing consistent is happening just yet. The last couple of days he seems to be sleeping until about 4/4:30 regardless of when he goes down to sleep, then he has a feed and then goes to sleep until 6am when he is awake for the day, and has some time with Mike before he comes back down for a nap with me at about 7:30am. He still has a pretty standard bedtime routine but not at a set time every night. I usually feed him when he wants a feed between 7-8pm and then we will play for about half an hour, then have a bath and then he will be put to bed on his own, in his sleeping bag with a dummy, and he will usually go to sleep within 15 minutes. If he doesn’t go to sleep straightaway he is normally happy chatting away to himself before he drifts off and I know we are so lucky that he is so good at settling himself at night so hopefully that continues!! Having some time to ourselves in the evening has been absolutely amazing and has meant that I enjoy the time when he is awake so much as well!

Milestones

Harry started smiling at 5 weeks and started rolling from front to back at 11 weeks, which has made tummy time a lot more interesting as he just rolls straight onto his back now and has a giggle! His head control is now so much better and he is happier on his front (in between rolls) for much longer. He started laughing last week which was so lovely but he still isn’t laughing regularly. He is also getting really good at sitting up with support which makes him look like such a big boy! He seems to be finding it a lot harder to roll from his back to his tummy but in the last week I think he is getting closer because he is arching his back and swinging his legs more, but to be honest I am not in any rush for him to reach this milestone because I am enjoying being able to put him down and know he is safe and can’t go anywhere. He also loves chatting away now which is so, so lovely! Harry is also dribbling away and loves gnawing on his hands so I’m wondering if some teeth are on their way.

The first trimester (Part 2)

The first trimester (Part 2)

I wrote about how I found out I was pregnant in The first trimester (Part 1), and I thought I would carry on with talking about my first trimester by discussing the symptoms I experienced.

Symptoms

The first symptom I experienced, I actually felt about a week before I found out I was pregnant, and that symptom was really sore boobs. Even though we were trying for a baby it didn’t even occur to me that sore boobs was a hint that I was pregnant, but I remember saying to my best friends that I wanted to stick my boobs in an ice bucket! It even hurt to go in the shower and have the water touch them, and felt like they had grown to page 3 size overnight! This symptom eased as I progressed to the second trimester but my boobs will probably never be the same as they were pre-pregnancy, which is a real darn shame.

Other than sore boobs, when I found out I was pregnant (at 4 weeks) I didn’t have any other symptoms. However, about a week later I started to feel some of the symptoms that would worsen over the first trimester, one of which was tiredness. I have never felt tiredness like first trimester, pregnancy tiredness, and that is coming from someone who regularly did night shifts. It felt like I had been hit over the head and needed to sleep it off, but even after I had slept all night (and let’s be honest had at least one nap in the day) I would still be exhausted. I thought I slept a lot before I was pregnant, but I entered a whole new level in the first trimester.

Another symptom I had was lethargy bordering on laziness. Everything just seemed to take so much effort, and the week after I found out I was pregnant I rotated from a ward down to delivery suite which was so draining that I didn’t seem to be able to do anything else on my days off. The way my job worked was even though I worked full time, it would be 12.5 hour shifts but only 3 (and every 4th week four) shifts a week, so I don’t know if the laziness was worse because I was working such long days but that’s definitely the excuse I’m using. Also, I didn’t tell people I was pregnant at work until I was 14 weeks pregnant so I was trying to act as normal as possible and carry out my job without people guessing, which when you are delivering babies is pretty difficult, and probably didn’t help how I was feeling on my days off. I remember on one of my days off, making my only job be to unload the dishwasher and anything else was a bonus! Thank goodness I had an understanding husband. It was also really hard at this point because my family didn’t know I was pregnant either, so I remember one of my sisters getting really frustrated with me that I didn’t take some photographs on time for a calendar she was making for our parents, but it just seemed like an insurmountable task at the time (maybe I should add being dramatic to my symptoms list).

Another symptom I experienced was morning sickness and nausea. The nausea crept up on me gradually and wasn’t too bad to start off with but by the time I was 10 weeks pregnant I was being sick every morning as soon as I got up and occasionally in the evenings, and then I would feel nauseous for the rest of the day. Strong smells and having long gaps between eating would also make me feel worse, which obviously is not easy when you are working as a midwife, so I mastered holding my breath and I would always have a cereal bar in my pocket! I remember feeling that towards the end of the first trimester that I just could not carry on feeling sick for any longer, especially without knowing if everything was progressing as it should be, so I was very relieved when thankfully my symptoms disappeared at 12 weeks. I really do feel for anyone who suffers with hyperemesis gravidarum, because I found even just your bog standard morning sickness tough.

Fortunately, I didn’t put on any weight in my first trimester, however my appetite in the morning did dramatically increase (though I found that I couldn’t eat much in the evening because I tended to feel quite bloated and full). I didn’t have any weird and wonderful cravings but in the first trimester my main cravings were water and rice krispies (not together, that would be slightly odd). Thinking about it, it was probably my body telling me to increase my fluid intake, but I remember having a sip of water and telling my friend that water was seriously underrated (not in terms of life saving needs in third world countries but in general as a drink option in the wide range mostly available to me) and how amazing it tasted. I think I even actually sighed in satisfaction!

Finally, probably the scariest symptom I experienced was a cramping feeling in my tummy. It felt like mild, but constant, almost like period, cramps and although I was reassured by many a google search saying that was normal and just your uterus preparing for growing with the baby, it was still pretty worrying. Thankfully, I didn’t have any bleeding and the cramps were never stronger than mild, and after a couple of weeks either I had got used to it or they had eased (obviously please do get checked out if you are experiencing this and are worried). I did pull a muscle in my abdomen when I was 9 weeks pregnant which was absolutely awful but I will probably go into that in a different blog post, maybe about the difficulties of working when pregnant, because I did it at work.

I was very lucky that most of my symptoms stopped by the time I was 12 weeks pregnant and it was like a fog had lifted and I could get back to being my normal self again! I really do feel for anyone suffering with severe pregnancy symptoms and I hope it gets better for you soon!

What My Kid Wore #3

What My Kid Wore #3

This is another What My Kid Wore post, connected to the link up from This Mama Life. I really enjoy doing these posts because I am a lover of collecting memories, and my first three months of motherhood has flown by, so it’s so lovely to have photos to look back on. Harry is now 12 weeks old and is doing really well. He’s now fitting into some of his 3-6 month clothes so I’ve had fun dressing him in some new outfits that I’ve been waiting for him to fit into!

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Just look at that cheeky smile! I have to admit I blimming love dungarees for Harry, especially with the very changeable English weather in Autumn! They always look so cosy and are easy to add layers to make more suitable for colder days but can also be worn with just a vest if it’s a bit warmer! This outfit is from the Disney range at Tescos, and the long sleeved vest comes with the dungarees (and is available for £12 here). Isn’t it so cute! I think his socks are also from Tescos but they were a present from my baby shower so I can’t remember for definite!

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What My Kid Wore #2

What My Kid Wore #2

Unfortunately, I missed the What My Kid Wore Wednesday link up, but I thought I would still do a blog post because Harry has grown out of one of the outfits he wore and it is a super cute one! We went to see my sister, who lives about an hour and a half away, so Harry had some comfy clothes on at first and then I dressed him in another cute dungaree set when he vommed on the first outfit! As always, the idea for these posts is from This Mama Life so make sure to check out her smashing blog!

 

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Harry’s cousin has surrounded him with toys but the outfit he is wearing is actually the same grey, long sleeved vest that he wore last week (which you can get here), and this adorable pair of dungarees from Next (however, they are currently sold out in a lot of the smaller sizes). The dungarees are made from quite a thick fabric so were perfect seeing as the weather was pretty miserable but they still seemed comfortable. They are quite pricey at £18-£19, however they were a present and they also come with a lovely black and white striped, long sleeve vest. I find Next baby clothes to be good quality and wash well and these have lived up to those expectations. I’m very sad that Harry has outgrown them. Babies grow up so fast (and he’s not even 3 months old yet. Imagine how much of a mess I’m going to be when he goes to school).

For the drive down to visit my sister I wanted Harry to be comfortable so he wore a baby grow and I also absolutely love this. Just look at those dimples!

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Harry’s baby grow is from Debenhams and he was also wearing the matching vest underneath. This baby grow is also getting a bit tight so I don’t think it’s going to last much longer either, which is such a shame because it is so soft and cosy and has also washed well. Both the vest and baby grow are available here and here. The baby grow comes in a pack of two for £14 and the other one is also a really lovely print. The vest is £8 for a pack of two, with the print matching those of both the baby grows. Although pricier than some brands, I have found these to be worth the money and have repurchased them from when I had them in the newborn size and to be honest I will probably buy them again when he grows out of them!

Hopefully I will get next week’s post up in time because I love looking back on all of his outfits and they grow out of things so quickly!