Today, as Elsie turns three months old, we are in Cornwall.  Elsie is on her first holiday and we are on our first holiday as a family of five. I really couldn’t be any happier.

It’s been another big month for little Elsie. Just after Elsie turned two months old she had her first set of immunisations.  Unsurprisingly she cried when they were administered but settled quickly afterwards. A few doses of Calpol seemed to keep her in good spirits despite a raised temperature.  Within 24 hours we were over the worst of it and Elsie was back to her smiley self.

Last month we had the smiles, this month we’re getting cooey conversation and we’re almost getting a giggle, but not quite! When Elsie coos and gurgles at me I chat back.  I wait for her to finish and then start talking.  When I’m finished I wait for her to reply, which she almost always does.  I think I’ll remember these first chats with Elsie forever. She looks at me straight in the eye and its as if she’s trying to tell me something and then flashes a big smile. Elsie enjoys nursery rhymes and hearing me or her sister singing to her. Round and round the garden seems to be a big hit at the moment!

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As I type this I have just won an eBay auction for a Bumbo seat. Elsie, although only just three months, is so desperate to be sat up all the time. She is already fiercely independent, just like her sister. There’s no more cradling Elsie like a newborn – she just won’t have it (unless there’s a bottle involved)!

A big first for our little lady this month was when I took her and Florence swimming at my mum and dads house. Thank goodness we had access to their pool as I don’t think it would have been such an easy ‘expedition’ to a public pool. My mum came in to the pool too and helped with one whilst I was with the other.  We dunked Elsie’s feet bit by bit to get her used to the temperature and eventually plopped her into the Zoggs swim seat.  She was just big enough for it and actually seemed to enjoy floating around taking it all in.  I was expecting some tears when we first dunked her in but she didn’t shed one! we spent about 20 minutes or so in the water before she got hungry and so I sat on the side and fed her whilst my mum and Florence carried on splashing around. I think Elsie is going to be a water baby!

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Our daily routine is becoming more, well, routine! Elsie tends to wake around 7am and a couple of hours later is ready for a nap.  Naps tend to last for 45 minutes and then she’s ready for another bottle and more play time! The only way I can get any blogging done is to pop her in the LapBaby.  We were kindly sent the LapBaby to review and so far I’m loving it – I have my hands back!

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Bedtime is anywhere between 8-9pm and sometimes we take her up before we go to bed and other times she sleeps in her bouncy chair downstairs until we go up. During the night it can be just a 1am and 6am feed or it could be 12pm, 3am, 6am.  I think it all depends how awake she’s been during the day and how much she’s fed in the day too.  After night feeds Elsie’s as good as gold and goes straight back to sleep – long may this last!

We have started selling on all of Elsie’s newborn and 0-3 months clothing as she’s already in 3-6 months.  Actually the swimming costume she’s wearing in the pool pictures and the featured image at the top of this post is 6-9mths! Suffice to says she’s doing well!

Finally, I can’t not mention the dribble.  Throughout the last week Elsie has been a little unsettled and dribbly which I can only put down to teething albeit it seems super early!? It’s not all day every day but she does soak through the top of her vest or bib and loves sucking on her finger. We’re armed with Dentinox and Teetha so bring it on teeth – we’re ready for you!

It’s been a great month! We’re creeping closer to the weaning stage and I already notice Elsie watching me whilst I eat.  I’m excited to give her some first tastes in the Autumn.

I’ve been a bit of a naughty blogger and have struggled to find the time (and energy) to write.  I’m hoping, now we’re approaching ‘back to school’ that I’ll have a little more time on my hands.

If you missed Elsie’s two month update click here.

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Elsie, you have changed so very much since your one month update. You are no longer newborn, in my eyes, it feels as if you have been here forever. I have to remind myself that you are only just a little over 8 weeks old.

When your eyes are open they are deep blue and beautifully shiny. When they are shut I am so incredibly happy! Joke!! You rarely sleep in the day. Much like your sister, you seem to prefer a cat nap to a long sleep. Perhaps that will change as you grow.

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The last month has seen some big changes in your little world. We put you down in your Moses basket awake for the first time and you actually settled yourself. You fell asleep within minutes. I can’t begin to explain how ecstatic your Dad and I were! What’s more, a few nights later we decided to try you in the cot as you’re rapidly outgrowing your basket. Again, success! You were asleep within 30mins and I was nowhere to be seen although we did have Florence’s teddy playing music to you.

Your sleep pattern at night is still erratic. Sometimes you will have a good 4-5 hour stint but then other times you’re awake within 2 hours of us putting you down to sleep. It’s exhausting but I’m kind of in the groove now and seem to be able to manage whatever you chuck at me on the sleep front. Just please, for the love of God, do not get sick! That would tip me over the edge for sure.

This month we have had our final visit from the health visitor and your were around 11lbs 12ozs at 6.5wks which put you above the 75th percentile. At this rate you’ll be stealing your sisters clothes in no time!  We’ve also had lots of trips out now your sister has finished pre-school; we’ve been to numerous parks, splash pads and you were there when you sister visited ‘big’ school for the first time.

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As well as plenty of food going in we have plenty coming out. Month 2 has been the month of poonamis! We’ve thrown out clothes and dunked you in the bath just to wash the poo off! How does so much poo come out of someone so small?!

Finally you’ve been grinning like there’s no tomorrow. It’s definitely not wind as you save all your best smiles for when Daddy, Florence, Logan or I speak to you; especially first thing in the morning. You copy me when I poke my tongue out and if someone chats to you, you try your best to coo and gurgle back.

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You’re going from strength to strength.  Unfortunately you have your first immunisations on Friday! More about that in the next update.

 

 

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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.

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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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As expected I’m already running behind with blogging about Elsie! Matt had the first week off following her birth and we enjoyed spending time as a family and getting to know our new addition.  My blog has taken a bit of a back seat during this time but now Matt is back at work and Florence will be back at pre-school on Monday I want to make sure I keep a record of all the little changes that happen during these early weeks. Elsie is already changing so much.

Following Elsie’s birth I breastfed her, quite successfully, at the hospital and she had a good sleep.  We continued with the breastfeeding when we got home at 6:30am on Saturday 21st May and it was already feeling painful.  My boobs felt like they did in early pregnancy; anything brushing against them made me tense up. By 9pm on the Saturday evening I was frazzled. We’d been awake since Friday morning. Elsie was struggling to latch and my patience was shot.  So, we did what a lot of tired, frustrated new parents do and offered Elsie formula and we haven’t really looked back.  I have an Ardo Calypso double breast pump and so I continued to express milk and we cup fed Colostrum to Elsie until my milk came in.  The pump has been brilliant and I am so glad I persevered with it. We continued to offer a breastmilk feed to Elsie as and when I had one pumped. We ended week one combination feeding and it seemed to agree with our little lady as she only lost 4% of her body weight, dropping down to 8lb 6oz on Day 3.

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Whilst we’re talking about feeding, Monday 23rd May was a day of firsts.  We felt brave and went to the pub (that’s definitely not a first), but I did breastfeed Elsie in public, in the beer garden. She latched straight away and fed from both sides.  Success! Prosecco to celebrate!

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Elsie also had her first bath on Monday 23rd May, which she hated. She’s had two more since which she’s loved. Well, she didn’t say as much but there were no tears.  Progress.

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Thankfully Elsie’s cord dried up and fell off on Day 4 and it has left her with a lovely little belly button; however I am still unsure whether it is going to be an inny or an outty! We didn’t keep the cord as quite frankly it makes my stomach turn!

We also took the pram for a spin on Monday 23rd (gosh, we were busy). Once again, Elsie wasn’t keen but we have since enjoyed many peaceful walks so hoping it was just the shock of it all.

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Night times, during the first week, were a little hit and miss. Matt and I had been sharing the feeds so I would do the feeds until around 2am and then Matt would take over until the morning.  This seemed to work well.  We have a double bed in Elsie’s nursery so whoever is on the feeding duty stays in there whilst the other gets some much needed rest.  We started the week using a basic, cellular blanket to cover Elsie during the night but it became apparent that she quite like being smothered (not literally) in blankets and wrapped tightly so I invested in a Gro Swaddle.  We had a few successful nights in the swaddle, although she did manage to wriggle out by the morning, but then she grew up on it and it’s been in the wash since.  Washing doesn’t get done quite as quickly as it used to!

On the whole we seem to have a very content little baby.  Matt and I are both much more relaxed this time around and seem to be enjoying the early days and embracing the tiredness a little better than we did when Florence was a baby.

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