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Archive for September, 2007

Eight weeks old

Our little Buddhist monkBeside immunisation day the last week has really been a magical time. Lenny is changing so much everyday, turning into a real animated little person. He spent several play sessions staring intensely at his right hand the other day. Seemingly recognising it as part of him for the first time. He then progressed to trying to get it into his mouth. After several attempts of trying to insert it into his nose he finally found his mouth. He now gets it in first time every time! Sounds small but it’s a big step for him. Something he can control himself.

Yesterday on his playmat he made friends with the little hanging frog. He smiled and laughed at it for ages, his first (albeit stuffed) friend!

And as for Nath and I, he can’t get enough of us. He smiles and giggles and talks away. I ‘m not sure what he’s trying to tell us but it’s definitely good. It’s so nice being someone so cute’s favourite people!

His sleeping patterns are also starting to change. While we’re a long way from sleeping through the night he has started skipping an evening feed several times a week. So he goes to bed at 8pm and instead of waking at 10pm he wakes at around 1.30am. I’d never imagined how excited I could be by the prospect of five hours sleep. It’s the little things these days…

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Poor baby

Lenny had his first lot of immunisations today and I don’t know who was more upset about it, me or him.

As usual the doc was running late and Lenny fell asleep in my arms while we waited to go in. He was very unhappy when he woke up to the doctor weighing and measuring him (now 4.6kg and 58cm). Next came the rotavirus oral drops which turned tears to screams but little did he know the worse was yet to come. I had to hold him still while he got injections in both legs and he was absolutley beside himself, kicking and screaming. It’s amazing how much strength can be in such a little body.

I stayed in the surgery a while and fed him to calm him down and he had a few smiles and giggles at the end which made me think everything was ok. I  should have realised when he slept for two hours when we got home that something was wrong. When he woke up he was really upset and wouldn’t feed. He just wanted to be held and everytime I moved my hand or sat down he would cry. I took his temperature and it was 38 degrees. I had bought the baby panadol in case something like this happened but I couldn’t get my hands free long enough to get it ready for him. I ended up calling Nath to come home from work – lucky he’s just round the corner and was back in 5 mins.

He quietened down about 15 minutes after we gave him the panadol and then had a really long feed. His temperature was down to 37.5 by the time he finished and he looked up at me with a big cheeky grin. After being strong for him all day seeing him smile again is what finally made me cry!

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Early morning smiles

happy baby One thing the early childhood nurses tell you about establishing good night time sleeping patterns is to avoid eye contact during the overnight feeds. Feed and change him then put him straight back to bed without talking to him the instructions go. They even tell you to cover his eyes if you need to rock him back to sleep so he can’t see you and think “play time!”.

Well this is impossible to carry out when Lenny greets me at 3am with a big cheesy grin. As much as I want my sleep these smiles are just too damn cute to ignore! And as much as we all crave routine I’m starting to think we’ve got too many rules about raising babies in our society. More about that later …

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Lenny takes a trip

sleeping soundly at 30000 feetLenny hasn’t been much of a daytime sleeper since he was about two weeks old. He usually goes back to sleep easily after his night time feeds – which I’m thankful for – but we’re lucky if he has a couple of 20 minute catnaps between 6am and 6pm. But it seems we’ve discovered the secret of getting him to have a decent sleep in the daylight hours: flying. Unfortunately it’s a pretty expensive option. You’d think if it was movement he was after, a stroll in the pram or a drive in the car would work. It doesn’t. His eyes get heavy and close for a few seconds but he fights it and opens them back up even wider than before.

We took a trip to Queensland last week to visit aunts, uncles, grandparents, great grandma and cousins. The flights not only put him to sleep but kept him asleep. On the way home from Brisbane he slept as we got off the plane, waited for the luggage, put him back in the pram, caught the train to Central and walked home. He then awoke right as we walked in the front door ready for a nap ourselves.

Of course it’s nice for Lenny to be alert while he’s visiting the relos for the first time and when there’s that many pairs of hands around it’s no problem that he’s awake all day. But now we’re home and Nath’s back at work and I’m alone with a baby who doesn’t sleep from dawn till dusk. So much for all the advice about sleeping when the baby sleeps!

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