Archive for October, 2007

11 weeks old

Time is flying, I can’t believe it’s already 11 weeks since Lenny was born. He’s changing so much every day now. He’s a lot more settled and has started having regular daytime naps. We’ve even had a couple of two-three hour sleeps together in the afternoon. That extra sleep makes such a difference to both of us. And then on Friday he skipped two feeds in a row – not feeding after the 5.30 pm feed till 2.30 am. Now we just need to move that forward a bit. No I’m not complaining I’m sure that day will come.

CousinsWe visited his cousins up north on the weekend. They’re 6, almost 2 and 6 weeks old. The two-year-old just ran between the two babies saying “oh bubba” over and over. Very sweet.

It was really great to see how my brother and sister-in-law are with their new baby. They’re definitely way more relaxed than I remember them being with number one. They don’t drop everything and run whenever the baby makes a sound. But they couldn’t anyway when there’s two other children demanding attention.

I can see how our next baby will never get 100 per cent of our attention like Lenny does. Yes, I’m already thinking about number two!


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When you’re pregnant you get used to getting advice from everyone you know – and don’t know – about every aspect of looking after your baby. The advice is always well meaning and usually something they wish they had known first time around but it’s not always helpful.

Every baby and mother is different and specific techniques won’t work the same for everyone. Of the dozens of tips I’ve been given I found these three more general pearls of wisdom have helped the most.

  1. All you need to do is feed them, change them and love them.
    Thanks to my sister for this one. As a mother of three and grandmother of two (soon to be three) she knows that as simple as it sounds it’s true. Unless your baby has special needs that’s really all there is to it.
  2. Any bad habit can be rectified within 1-10 days so you should just do whatever you can to survive!
    Thanks to Julia I can bring Lenny into my bed to help him sleep and thanks to Louise I can give him a dummy guilt-free. Like they said there might be a few days of pain to break the habit later on but in the early days you’ve just got to do what works.
  3. You know what’s best for you and your baby.
    A few people offered me this advice and in the first week or so I didn’t get it. I looked everywhere else – the internet, the midwives, books – for the “answers” to what I should be doing. But now I understand. While you may not get everything “right” first time it’s really important to back yourself. If you question you’re own ability, your lack of confidence will turn into stress for both you and the baby.

So if you do number 1 and keep number 2 in mind, believing number 3 comes easy 🙂

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