March 28, 2008

Izzy – 6 weeks

Posted in Baby tagged , , at 9:01 am by vicii

Izzy is now 6 weeks old and had her 6 week check yesterday.  She is spending much more time awake and if focusing really well on things, she even follows objects when they move.  She smiles much more often and gurgles loads.  Wednesday night she slept all the way through (from 10pm to 5 am) which was great for me – and she did the same again last night, so hopefully this will continue.  She beat her brother, he first slept through the night at 10 weeks!

She is now 8 lbs and is 55cm long – when I compare this to the charts that they have she is below average for her weight but spot on for her length.  I’m not worried about her weight at all since her brother was similar and both my DS and myself have slim builds.

She is also much better at holding her head up without support – and of course so is still just a cute as last week…

March 19, 2008

Izzy – 5 Weeks

Posted in Baby, General tagged , , at 9:45 am by vicii

Izzy was 5 weeks old on Saturday, I want to record how she is now so that I can look back in the future and see how she has progressed:

Izzy - 5 weeks

She now spends much more time awake and is so much more alert.  If we aren’t too far away she will focus on us and a longer distance then previously (previously she just focused on us at about a distance of arms length), she will coo when we talk to her and try to make other noises.  She has the most beautiful smile, and smiles much more often than last week when she really started to smile properly – often just when we talk to her.

Last Friday (just before 5 weeks). although she woke up in the night (around 2 am) she didn’t need feeding; normally when she wakes in the night I cuddle her for a bit whilst I summon up the energy to get out of bed and usually only get out of bed after 10 minutes when she is just about to start screaming!  However on Friday she went back to sleep… fantastic I thought, and hoped that this was the start of her beginning to sleep through…. well the good news is that since Friday she hasn’t needed feeding in the night, although she has still been waking in the night for a cuddle.  I don’t mind this, Ash was 10 weeks old before he started sleeping through the night and after-all she is only 5 weeks so just the fact that she doesn’t want to be feed is a great start – it means I don’t wake up fully and get a better nights sleep.

March 10, 2008

A Whole Weeks Work

Posted in General tagged , , at 1:31 pm by vicii

Good heavens, a whole week has passed and I’ve not written a thing – however I have been busy…

Baby Izzy

Izzy has taken up a lot of my time, it seems that we had settled into a routine and now she has decided that she doesn’t like it and so it went all to pot.  Fortunately now, she seems to have developed another routine over the last few days and thankfully this appears to be much better as she no longer needs to be rocked off to sleep and is much happier to fall asleep on her own which allows me to get on with stuff without holding her in one hand and [delete as appropriate] the duster / washing/ hoover / etc in the other!

Nappies

For an update, the nappies are proving to be brilliant.  It works out that I need to do a wash every other day – if the weather has been good and I can hang them out on the line to dry, then they have dried by the end of the day, if the weather is bad (especially like yesterday) and I have to dry them on the airer inside, then they are just slightly damp still by the end of the day BUT I have 20 which works out to be enough to last me until when they are dry (which could be up to 48 hours if drying inside).  Whatever the weather I have always had clean and dry nappies for Izzy which is the main thing!  I would definitely recommend them, especially since I would have a white wash pretty much every other day anyway with the amount of washing I now need to do with bibs, and sheets, etc

De-Cluttering

Since moving just before Christmas, the house has never really been sorted out.  I need another wardrobe since I left one at the old house when we moved, and I have lots of books and things but no shelves to put them on.  All in all the house really needs to be de-cluttered.

I started with the dining room – its not perfect yet by any stretch of the imagination however I have now sorted out the Tupperware and found space in the kitchen now (whereas previously the dining room was an overspill for where I couldn’t work out where to put things) along with my other dishes (for pies and lasagne’s, etc).  I just need to move the sideboard a little to make more use of the space, but I need two people for that job and since I also need to clean out the sideboard, I’ll leave moving it until I’m also ready to clear it out since I can do both at once then.

DS’s Room

My DS has had all his books and comics and other stuff on the floor in his room, both making his room difficult ot access and also blocking his chest of drawers so we were piling his clothes on top instead of in the drawers.  Now, we have got some shelves up in his room so he has been able to put all the stuff that was on the floor, up on the shelves – his room is looking much better now, and now all I need to do it go through his drawers to check for clothes that are two small and can either be donated to charity or sold on eBay

Our Room

Our room has also been a bit of a nightmare, we’ve had a whole wall with piles of books, DVDs, videos and Cd’s, along with clothes piled everywhere as we haven’t got the space to put them away.  Together with the moses basket in the bedroom it’s been very cluttered.  Fortunately my folks have decided to "do up" one of their bedrooms and asked me if I wanted the old wardrobe from it as they are getting a new one – obviously I said "yes".  They went out and ordered the wardrobe expecting delivery to be a couple of weeks however it’s due to be delivered today so my dad dismantled the old wardrobe and brought it round over the weekend.  Therefore I’ve spent the weekend re-organising the bedroom and the piles of books, etc and also putting stuff up in the loft which I’ve been putting off.  The bedroom still looks quite cluttered with the piles but the piles are smaller now that I have sold several books and I have moved the DVDs downstairs into the lounge – fortunately there are some shelves in the lounge which are just the right depth for them!

February 29, 2008

Cloth Nappies

Posted in Baby, Green tagged , , , at 11:58 am by vicii

This is day two of using cotton nappies for Izzy. The first one leaked but this was my fault because I left it on for too long before changing it, but this has made sure that I change them regularly and ensure that they are fitted securely.  I don’t know whether this means that Izzy likes them or not but after having no dirty nappies for almost the first week of her life, yesterday she decided to have three in a row – yes all in cotton washable nappies instead of disposables…. lovely!  I preferred it when she just had one a day, still she appears to be going through a bit of a growth spurt at the moment and is being fed every three hours (it was four) and feeding takes approx 40 minutes… heaven knows how I manage to get anything done with a two hour window between feeds!

But I digress, I feel that I am now getting used to the cotton nappies especially now that I am in a routine of feeding then changing.  The one task I need to keep on top of is with my washing.  Apparently in the notes that came with the nappies, with the 20 that I have, this should allow me to do a wash every other day without running out…. Anyway I am happy with the way they fit and keep little one dry (no nappy rash yet!)and would thoroughly recommend them

February 26, 2008

Re-usable Nappies

Posted in Baby, Useful Sites tagged , , , at 1:27 pm by vicii

I finally pulled my finger out yesterday and ordered some washable nappies, I have been browsing Internet sites, discussion forums, eBay, etc to try and decide which were the best ones, etc, etc and eventually picked a full birth-to-potty set from Little Lamb.  OK it cost £220 but that’s it now, apparently I wont need to buy any more nappies – I just need to ensure that I keep on top of the washing so there are always some clean and dry ones ready for use.

I need to wash them before the first use, so they are currently in the machine; in fact I think the machine has finished so I need to hang them out on the line to dry – luckily it’s a perfect day for washing since it’s a bit windy and the sun keeps coming out; I’ve already got my bedding out on the line and that’s dry already so fortunately that can go back on the beds today without being ironed!

Back to the nappies, I opted for the cotton nappies instead of the bamboo ones; I liked the idea of the bamboo ones since they are from a sustainable source, and they are more absorbent than the cotton ones – however due to the fact that they are more absorbent, that also means it takes longer to dry and since I don’t have a tumble drier (and I’m not sure whether I want one) I decided to go for the standard cotton ones which are quicker to dry.  I have to say, they are really sort and I can’t wait for them to dry so I can start using them as Izzy will be even more cuddly then usual in them!!

February 18, 2008

Baby Hat

Posted in Baby, Knitting tagged , at 10:28 am by vicii

Ok, so I finished the baby hat yesterday – Izzy was fast asleep basking in the sunshine so I had a few hours to myself.  All in all the hat only took around 3 or 4 hours to complete.  I haven’t quite finished it yet, since I still need to do the cords, but it fits and that’s the main thing

February 15, 2008

Knitting Blog

Posted in Baby, Craft, Knitting tagged , , at 3:57 pm by vicii

Just been prowling the internet for a baby hat (the ones I have for Izzy are far too big and keep falling over her eyes).  Found this blog with a really sweet pattern.  I don’t have the time to browse properly now, since I want to get started on the hat whilst all is quite here (she is due a feed soon and I need to print the pattern off before closing the computer down!) so here is the link, ready to browse some other time…. http://heyjulie.wordpress.com/2007/03/20/babykids-earflap-hat/

February 14, 2008

5 Days Old

Posted in Baby tagged at 12:06 pm by vicii

Izzy is five days old today – and finally she did her first poo  Now I know this might sound a bit weird, but after she got rid of her meconium her last dirty nappy was on Sunday morning and she’s not done anything since.  Both myself and my OH were getting a bit concerned, and although the midwife reassured us that we didn’t need to worry unless it was seven days since a dirty nappy, we were still a bit unsure.  Anyway, this morning she did the business so we very both happier…. I guess that will be the one and only time that we are happy about a dirty nappy!

It seems to be getting easier to cope with the day-to-day stuff now as well; the breast feeding is going reasonably well, I’m just a bit sore but she is latching on OK and feeding properly so hopefully in a few days the soreness will pass.  The midwife recommended “Lansinoh” which is pure lanolin for cracked nipples and this seems to be helping – although they are still both sore.  Additionally one is engorged (which sounds awful) and is absolutely enormous, heaven knows how people that have boob jobs cope with the massive chests – it’s so painful – as we were walking Izzy in the pram yesterday just the motion of walking was enough to jiggle my chest enough to hurt……

The last thing that we need to work on is getting Izzy to sleep on her own; she will sleep quite happily on our chests or whilst being held, but as soon as we put her down on her own she wakes up and starts crying.  It’s so annoying, everything else is manageable, but the lack of sleep or time to ourselves is quite stressful.  Fortunately my OH is very supportive so usually one or other of is holds the baby whilst the other does whatever it is that needs doing, whether it’s just having a break or showering or cooking, or whatever else.  Obviously though, if one of is is with Izzy, we never get time together…. so just need to surf the Internet for any suggestions or tricks to get her to settle on her own.

February 13, 2008

2 Days Old

Posted in Baby tagged at 12:17 pm by vicii

baby-izzy-day-2-sml.jpgHere is a picture of Izzy aged 2 days

Baby Izzy

Posted in Baby tagged , at 9:26 am by vicii

Finally, baby Isabelle made an appearance early on Saturday afternoon following a 12 hour labour – and after the midwife saying the day before that there was no sign that labour was approaching, oh well at least she is here now – and she is absolutely gorgeous.  Dad is smitten!!

She came in weighing 6 lb 5 oz which is a perfect size as far as I’m concerned and I managed to survive the ordeal using just gas and air so I’m pleased about that. She has masses of dark brown hair and is the smallest thing I’ve ever seen (well at least since my son was born as he was also 6 lb 5 oz – but that 11 years ago!)