Time just seems to fly at the moment – mind I’m sure my Mam would say that about the last 35 years! When we were in hospital every day rolled into one and progress was slow. We were just waiting for April to grow and learn to breathe and feed on her own.
The past 3 months she has come on leaps and bounds, but it still felt like it was taking ages for her to be anything more than a newborn baby that eats, sleeps and poos. Every day I see changes in April – but not always loads to write blogs about!
In the past couple of weeks though, April has really come on and developed lots. She has discovered her hands and she now reaches out to touch things. She can’t hold anything yet, but I don’t think it will be long until she is grabbing things. At Baby sensory last week, she held a rattle for the first time and kept hold of it.
She is also very very smiley. Her little face just lights up when she smiles and it just melts your heart! She loves people and is very happy to be held by anyone…I think she saw so many nurses, she got used to people other than me. She is also starting to do a little chortle – it will soon turn into a laugh and I can tell she is going to be a little giggle bum!
There are little times of days that I love and the little rituals and routines we have. In a morning I lay April on my bed and we have a little snuggle. She generally falls asleep and that is my chance to jump into the shower and quickly get ready. I often play her baby Mozart and she generally stays chilled out until I’m ready. I also love bath time. The strength in her legs really shows in the bath as we play a little game where she pushes off the side of the bath and I whoosh her through the water. She loves it!
Last week we took April swimming for the first time. Nana Linda had bought her her first swimming cossie – size 6-9 months…the biggest thing she fits in. Everything else is newborn still!! When we got there the baby pool had been closed as it was too cold, so we took her in the big pool. She didn’t have much of a reaction – it could have gone 2 ways really…tears or giggles. Luckily it wasn’t tears. She just lay in her Daddy’s arms as we passed her through the water. A few smiles later she was loving it – she probably just thought it was a big bath. We only stayed in the water for about 5 minutes as she started shivering. If she loves swimming as much as she loves a bath, she is going to be a water baby like her big sister!
After swimming she was worn out! She had a bottle at 3pm, then slept until 6pm and then she slept right through until 3am! I couldn’t believe it…just not like her. She fights sleep every day. You maybe get an hour out of her, but that’s about it, so I couldn’t believe she slept so long!
She is generally sleeping well. We’re getting her into a nice little routine where she has a bottle about 6pm, followed by a bath, then bottle top up a snuggle and bed. We’ve also started taking her upstairs once she’s asleep. Her 10pm feed has completely dropped now and sometimes she’ll wake at 2am or 4am. It is so nice to get a little extra sleep now – thought I do love a lie in on a Sunday when Phil relives me of the 6am feed!
We think she is also starting to teethe – she constantly chews her hand and dribbles loads. I can’t feel anything on her gums yet, but it might not be long until something pops through!
We’re also debating weaning soon as well. It feels like milk might not satisfy her for too much longer and she will need something else. She sits up, but still needs support, so we’re going to wait till she can support herself a bit more. I am getting prepared though. Bought a blender the other day, loads of fruit and I’ve armed myself with a Gina Ford weaning plan and recipes. I plan on doing loads of blending this week ready for when we start. I didn’t just want to do it willy nilly – I mean how do you know what to do, so I’ve got a little plan to follow now. I tried her with some baby rice last week and she hated it, so gradually does it!
I feel so proud that 3 months ago she only learnt to breathe on her own and now she is doing all this. You always have in the back of your mind that something isn’t going to go right or she’s not going to develop properly. She had scans and checks on everything and will be closely monitored…so far so good!