elsie 10 months old

I still remember the evening I went into labour with Elsie like it was yesterday yet here I am about to write all about Elsie as she turns 10 months old.

In the last few months it feels like she has changed from a baby to….well, not a toddler but something in between. She cruises along furniture like a pro (and has been for at least a month), she almost has six teeth and she eats a roast dinner better than most kids five years older than her. I’m so proud of the little person she’s becoming. The giggles are more frequent and she can now wave when she hears people say “hello” or “goodbye” – especially the Teletubbies. They hold a special place in Elsie’s heart and when we’re having a bit of a meltdown naughty noo-noo and the gang seem to sort it out!

Poor little Elsie was quite ill last week; conjunctivitis, high temperature, chesty cough and nose streaming like a tap. It turned out to be a viral infection which cleared up on it’s own but it was a tough old week with multiple night time wake ups and all the Olbas oil.

Waking up in the nighttime is still pretty common unfortunately. Once, usually twice, a night we have crying. A few ounces of milk seems to do the trick unless it’s quite close to 6am in which case she’s up for the day. I’d be reluctant to give her milk at night in case it becomes a habit but as she eats so well in the day she doesn’t really drink milk between meals so I need her to have it at night at least!

She’s pretty big for her age and we’re in 12-18mth clothing – especially in trousers as she does have a good set of thighs on her!

elsie 10 month update

I’ve been watching her a lot this month and she is getting more and more interested in what her sister and brother are doing. She loves a bit of rough and tumble on the floor and will throw herself over Florence and giggle as they roll around together. Daddy’s got a special place in Florence’s heart too and she crawls over to him as soon as she hears the front door open when het gets home from work. He scoops her up and she places her head on his shoulder for the longest of cuddles. I do feel a really strong bond with Elsie, and I think Matt does too. I guess that’s because I stay home with her instead of going out to work as I did with the other kids. Or maybe it’s just because we’re more relaxed.

I can’t believe we’re steaming towards her first birthday – it’s been a whirlwind of a year and I’m so excited to see what she makes of her little sister in just a few months time.

Elsie at 8 months old.

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How time flies when you’re tired. One month has passed since Elsie shot into our lives at 12:02am on 21st May 2016. I had intended to do weekly write-ups of her progress in the first month but I’ve barely had time to sneeze.

Matt went back to work the week after Elsie was born. It was half term and so there was no pre-school for Florence (bad timing or what), Elsie had just about found her lungs and I was feeling battered and bruised. The post labour high lasted a few days and then I felt like I’d been hit by a truck. This past month has most definitely been fuelled by Nescafé!

Elsie is now outgrowing her up to 1 month clothing and seems to best fit 0-3mths; where’s my baby gone?! Im already facing the prospect of bundling up and selling the clothes she’s barely worn and already grown out of. It makes me a little sad….and a little broody eeek! I’m not surprised though as she loves her food. We’ve just stopped combination feeding and she is solely formula fed. She’s taking around 3oz every 2-4hrs. Sometimes she takes more, sometimes less. Thankfully he reflux seems to have sorted itself out and she hasn’t projectile vomited in some time. The early days saw us covered in milk daily.

We seem to be developing some kind of routine without even trying really. Elsie has her last bottle around 9pm in the evening and then I take her up to bed whenever I go. She will usually go down ok and next wake at 12:30am, 3am and 5:30am. If I’m lucky I can get her back down again until 7am.

elsie at one month old

Matt and I have been in seperate rooms most nights since Elsie was born. Matt works 7:30am – 6pm and I feel he needs a good nights sleep to be able to work properly. Friday’s and Saturdays we tend to all sleep in the same room again which is nice.

Elsie spends a lot of the day awake which I guess helps her to sleep at night however it does not help the housework, ironing, blogging or any other task get done!

The best parts, at the moment, are seeing Elsie smile. It’s probably due to wind but she has a beautiful smile which takes over her whole face. She reserves the biggest smiles for Daddy!

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Florence is loving her little sister now and regularly asks to kiss and cuddle her. She loves to help change Elsie’s nappy or put her bib on. Logan’s taking it all in his stride, after all this is the third younger sibling for him if you include his brother on his dad’s side.

I’m loving our little family, even if I do look like death warmed up.

See you back here on 21st July for Elsie’s 2 month update!

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I’ve lost count of the number of times people ask “Are you still feeding her yourself Caroline?”

Part of me wants to be facetious and say “Yes, I pick up the bottle and feed her all by myself.”  However, I bite my tongue and tell people that we are in fact combination feeding.  This wasn’t something we planned; I couldn’t understand why people would do both – it seemed a little like sitting on the fence.  I had planned to solely breastfeed but after a traumatic and frazzled evening following her birth we turned to formula to satisfy Elsie after she struggled to latch and was becoming more upset.  Having a happy baby was far more important to me then worrying about feeling like I had failed, although it didn’t stop me feeling like I had.

I was sent an Ardo Calypso Double Breast Pump to try out and so I hooked myself up and continued to keep my supply up this way.  In the early days I was just producing small amounts of colostrum which we cup fed to Elsie and then topped up with formula.  Once my milk came in I would express the milk and she would have one or two expressed feeds a day to supplement the formula.

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It wasn’t long before we realised that my milk wasn’t filling Elsie up as much as the formula and even after 3oz of breastmilk she would be chomping her hands minutes later.  I was unable to physically pump a larger quantity and besides, Elsie’s tummy would be unable to take more than about 3oz at 2 weeks old anyway.

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Now, at just over two weeks old, we are offering Elsie formula every 2-3 hours, as she demands it, and when she has her grizzly time during the evenings I offer her my breast which she takes without any problems.  It now feels completely comfortable to feed her, she latches well and will feed for around 20 minutes on each side.  It’s also handy if she grizzles whilst we’re out and about during the day as it’s not always convenient to warm up a bottle!

I never really understood why people loved breastfeeding so much but when I’m snuggled up with her and she’s peaceful and content I feel proud. It has made our bond strong and she just looks adorable and innocent as she feeds. Florence finds it all a bit peculiar that she has my boob in her mouth but I think she’s getting used to seeing my boob now and the strange looks are becoming more infrequent thankfully!

I can see us continuing down the combination route for a while, we will take our lead from Elsie.  I should imagine as she starts to take more formula and sleep more routinely she will naturally drop the need for comfort feeds from me at random times during the day and night.  I think I will miss the sleepy night feeds so I am trying to enjoy them while they last.

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