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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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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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Baby jenga

Lenny is a real sucker. He’s always trying to get his thumbs, fingers or fists into his mouth so we thought we’d see if a dummy could help settle him when he’s agitated. The early childhood nurse told us to make sure we remove the dummy once he’s asleep to avoid the situation down the track where he can’t sleep without it. And considering a friend was telling us the other day about someone they know who’s pleased about only getting up six times in a night to put the dummy back in their baby’s mouth, we think it’s good advice.

Anyway, it sounds pretty simple but in reality it’s a very delicate operation. You see he’s a foxy little fella and determining whether he’s really asleep or not takes skill. Then removing the dummy without waking him is all about precision and timing. It’s like removing a block from the jenga pile: one wrong move and and the whole thing comes tumbling down and you have to start at the beginning again. First you have to calm the screams so you can get the dummy back in. Then you wait for the right moment to try and extract it once more. And round it goes …

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Off to nana’s

In my car seat for the first time We reached a milestone today … Lenny had his first big trip in the car and we safely made it to nana’s and back home again!

It’s funny, even though I’ve been driving around with Lenny in my belly for the last 10 months I’ve been quite nervous about the prospect of driving with him now he’s here in his own body.

I’d been thinking about it for days and finally got the confidence up to drive the half hour to mum’s today. Turns out he really liked the car, it put him straight to sleep in no time! And even more surprising I managed to drive pretty close to the speed limit, not 20ks under, and I didn’t really feel very anxious at all.

Mum was over the moon that we finally made it to her place. With all she’s been through of late it’s quite an ordeal for her to make the trip all the way into the city to see us so now we can share the load with her so she doesn’t have to do all the travelling.

At nana'sLenny is three weeks old today and we’ve noticed that he has started to respond to us a little more in the last few days. He really locks eyes with you now and follows your movements. He is making lots of little sounds and we think he’s trying to communicate. The books say it’s too early but you don’t have to believe everything you read …

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Two weeks old today!

At two weeks little Lenny is progressing beautifully. We had our first visit to the early childhood health centre and he has regained his birth weight and grown 2cm! This means all is going well with the breastfeeding which is a big relief after a slow start.

After a feed This is how relaxed a bit of boob makes the little fella.

And I’m starting to learn to let it relax me too because as Teresa, the early childhood nurse, says “Relaxed mum, relaxed baby. Anxious mum, anxious baby.”

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