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I’ve not written an update on little Elsie since she was 5 months old and that’s mainly because I’ve been feeling rotten. It’s been a season of illness in our house and along with being pregnant I’ve not really felt like putting finger to keyboard. However, reading back over Elsie’s 5 month update I realise how much she’s changed and I really want to document all these little moments.

Elsie is now a fully fledged crawler and is desperately trying to stand up. Her curiosity knows no bounds; she’s pulling herself up on furniture, putting everything in her mouth and obsessed with cables, phones and laptops (another reason I’m getting zero blogging done).

It’s been a long time coming but I think we have a first tooth on the horizon too; her bottom gum has a couple of little white specks where the tooth has just broken the skin and we’ve had some horrendous nights to go along with it.

Speaking of sleep; Elsie is still loving a milk or two during the night. I’m hoping, now she’s on three good meals ( + snacks) and crawling, that she’ll start sleeping for longer periods. She’s also loving waking up pre 6am! It’s slightly irritating for Matt and I as it’s like waking up half hour before your alarm everyday but the real problem is that it wakes Florence and Logan up too. Florence is already shattered from school and usually she’d wake up 6:30-7am but recently she’s been wandering into our room at 5:50am.

I’ve had the letter come through to book her 9-12 month review which, in a weird way, I’m looking forward too. I think our little girl is doing brilliantly and I hope the health visitor agrees. Obviously I’m no expert so they might spot something I haven’t but fingers crossed she’s doing well.

As I mentioned earlier, Elsie is now on three meals a day plus the odd snack or milk in between. Her milks during the day are hit and miss depending on when she naps and her naps are hit and miss depending on whether she sleeps in the car on the school run. Everyday’s a little bit different. Elsie’s favourite foods are….everything. I’m yet to come across something she won’t eat. She loves homemade lasagne and pasta dishes but is equally as happy to scoff an Ella’s Kitchen pouch. She loves to gnaw on pear and cucumber and feed herself but she’ll also be spoon fed if needed.

I’m so excited to see you learn and develop your own personality – we can already tell you’ve got a temper on you! You’re learning so fast too; you move your arms to help me get you out of your car seat and when I say “Elsie, no” you just grin at me and carry on!

Anyway – I’d better get this posted otherwise you’ll be nine months before we know it. Love you little one x

elsie at christmas, first christmas

weaning, happy baby

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I think I say this every month but this really has been a month of firsts for little Elsie. I’m not sure where the time is disappearing to but my baby is changing in front of my eyes. She’s doesn’t feel like a baby anymore. We’re getting to know her and her little nuances. I recognise when she’s tired or hungry and I know what will comfort her. She’s a little person now and I can almost see the thoughts whizzing through her mind.

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So firsts this month for little Elsie were;

1. First holiday – Elsie took a road trip to Cornwall for our first holiday as a family of five.

2. First boat ride – whilst in Cornwall we took a boat from Padstow to Rock. It was only a 2-3 minute journey but Elsie and the other kids loved it!

3. First aeroplane ride – she was as good as gold and fell asleep during take off and landing. We even had comments from people saying they couldn’t believe how well behaved she was.

4. First giggles whilst we were in Cornwall

That’s quite a list for someone so small!

Elsie is slowly getting to grips with her hands. If you hold something out in front of her she will slowly and shakily raise her hands up to grasp it and try and ram it into her mouth. I bought a few new small, hand held teether type toys to help her practice. Likewise when you lay her on her back she will roll into a ball and grab her toes and then start trying to roll on to her side.  I can’t explain how much I don’t want her to start moving – that’s when all the trouble begins!

I think during my last update Elsie was in a solid two feeds a night routine.  Well that’s gone completely out of the window and she could wake three times plus every night. Some nights its just twice but thats rare at the moment! My bedside table is awash with bottles in the morning.  I hear there is some kind of four month regression so perhaps that’s the cause of all these unsettled nights.  She’s generally pretty happy with it though and during the day it’s a play, feed, sleep cycle.

Elsie is certainly putting on weight as we have almost outgrown 3-6mth clothing. Well, she has outgrown some brands but annoyingly she is still too small for 6-9 mths so it’s either toe curlingly tight or she’s got acres of material hanging off her arms and legs.  I’m tempted to cut the toes off some of her sleep suits!

We bought a jumperoo this month and at first she wasn’t sure and perhaps a bit too small for it but she seems to have got the hang of it now and reaches out for the toys and bounces. I know it seems a bit young to have her in one but she is great at holding her head up and she just seemed to be getting bored and wanted to be stood up all the time.

I think that’s all I have to say about her this month.  It’s going to be lovely spending more time dedicated to playing with Elsie now Flo is at school and I am so excited to start weaning!

 

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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!

baby swimming

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.

worcester park, elsie

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.

elsie smiling

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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