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Ready for dinner

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks in the Jackson household that it has taken me a while to get this post written.

Recently April hasn’t been wanting her milk, so I thought it was a good idea to go and get her weighed just in case she had started loosing weight or had stopped gaining weight.  I had no need to worry as she was 16lb 9oz.  It seems so big for how small she was – but she’s filling out in all the right places.  She has recently gone into her 3-6 month outfits, but I think by Autumn she’ll be getting into 6-9 months.

One of the reasons the Health Visitor said she might be going off her milk, is because i was still giving her premature baby milk and we should have stopped at 6 months – but hey it was free on prescription.   It’s expensive stuff!  She said it was like giving her a glass of double cream as it is very calorific.  No wonder she was refusing it.  So, we’ve changed to follow on milk, but she’s not too keen on that now either.  She must just be loving her food too much – just like Mammy & Daddy!

On the weaning side of things, I still think it’s one of the most confusing things when you have a baby.  I started following books, but then just went off my gut feeling and if you read my post here about weaning, I’d decided to ditch the food processor and embrace jars.

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Living in nappies in the heat

However, now April has started eating more lumpy foods and will pretty much eat anything I give her, I’m starting to make home cooked food for her again.  This time I’m either giving her things off my plate (she loves eating my poached egg and toast in the morning and my jacket potatoes at lunch time).  I’m also planning what we have for tea and then using the left overs, mushed/whizzed up for her the next day.

I’ve been on slimming world recently and have started making a lot of food from scratch.  previously I used to make a lot of things with jars.  I feel if I’m making it from scratch for us, I know exactly what is in it and I may as well then give it to April too.  I definitely think this will be better for her, then just using commercial baby food all the time…and cheaper.  I’ve not quite mastered it yet, so am using a lot of jars, but so far she has had beef stew, lasagna and curry!

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Medicine time

April hasn’t been so well recently.  It was like she got a cold, but there were no other symptoms other than being very wheezy and chesty.  I got up last Tuesday morning and she could hardly breath, so I took her to the doctor.  He listened to her chest and he said he could really hear the crackling in her lungs.  He gave her antibiotics and also an inhaler.  He said they don’t usually diagnose babies with asthma until they are 18 months old, but wouldn’t rule it out.  it doesn’t surprise me as I have asthma and then all the respiratory problems she had when she was born.  However, I can cope with asthma if she does have it compared to some of the things she could have had.  And she was a little angel taking her inhaler…antibiotics was a different story!!  Mostly we get away with adding her meds to her milk, but we couldn’t with this.  it was a battle every time!  We ended up buying a little dummy, which you add the medication to.  i thought ‘great’ after the first time as she took it no problem, but she got wise and knew what i was doing.  next time I think we’ll just have to put it all in the bottle.  it was fun juggling all her meds though and she was having something at every feed!

Good news is that I am also on less medication now.  My doctor has reduced the dose of my blood pressure pills which is great!  Another couple of months and we’ll see what he wants to do, but it would be nice not to have to take them any more; although i think it is something I will always have to watch now!

April’s development is really coming along nicely too.  She can almost sit up by herself, though she till needs a tiny bit of support.  She is rolling over and attempting to crawl. Shen is constantly wriggling and trying to get away from you, so I think she is going to be one of those babies where you need eyes in the back of your head as she’ll be off exploring!  She is so alert and nosey!  She is babbling away loads, is always smiling and giggling and still just has the 2 teeth!

 

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Letting your hair down

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Messy eater

Last weekend was a chance for Phil and I to let our hair down.  We went to a wedding!  The wedding was down in the Cotswolds, so it was a bit of a trek, but it was a close friend, so I really didn’t want to miss it.  April was invited, but we decided that it would be nice to spend some time as a couple and relax for a bit.

We also had Eve at the weekend, so Phil’s parents came down with us to look after the girls while we went out.  I’d not slept much the night before as April had been grouchy, so on the journey down I was out for the count.  However, April woke up when she wanted feeding, but we were struck in traffic.  It was awful hearing her scream and there was nothing much I could do about it.  Luckily the traffic was crawling and we soon made it to the services.  After that she pretty much slept the whole way.

It was like a military operation packing to go away.  Little people need a lot of things!  Luckily the room we were staying in had a travel cot, but April didn’t like it this time.  She was awake quite a bit through the night…just what I needed when I had a wedding to go to.  I wanted to feel awake and not be tiring early in the night. Needless to say with an early wake up call as well, I was pretty tired.

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Us at the wedding

I was so excited though that it was soon forgotten.  It was lovely having the grandparents step in when I was getting ready.  I could spend time having a leisurely shower, doing my make up and doing my hair.  That doesn’t happen often these days.

The wedding was lovely, but the whole time I felt like a little bit of me was missing.  I couldn’t have gone away for the weekend without April.  A couple of my other friends had their new babies at the wedding as well.  It was lovely to see them, but I felt sad I didn’t have April there.  Everyone was asking about her and really wanted to see her.  I was fine until someone asked how I was.  Not many people ask that these days, even though I was poorly and still on medication.  I couldn’t talk much otherwise I would have burst out crying and I had promised myself I wouldn’t.  It’s just I’ve not seen many of my old friends or talked about what happened to us face to face.  Anyway, it was nice to feel like my old self again.

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The girls in bed

Well, that is until 2am…we arrived back at the hotel about midnight, but April woke again several times and showed no sign of going back to sleep.  The cot happened to be by the side of Phil’s bed, much to his dismay the night before, but there was no waking him tonight.  After several times up and down, feeling like my head was going to explode, falling over chairs etc, I decided she was coming into bed with us.  This is the first time I’ve put her in with us, but I couldn’t cope being awake all night and I was also worried she’d wake Eve up.

I can’t say I got much sleep as I was paranoid Phil was going to roll over and squash her, and I was right on the edge of the bed! Needless to say as soon as we set off the next day I was catching flies and fast asleep!  I was SHATTERED!  Also, on the way back we were about an hour away from home and the M6 was shut, so we had to go all round the houses, which put extra time on to the journey…not what you want with a wee one in the back of the car.  She slept most of the time and sang to herself the rest!

It was worth it going to the wedding and seeing all my friends, but the journey was just so long and it’s so stressful going away with a baby!  She is going to be well seasoned travelling baby this year as we’re going to Majorca in 6 weeks!

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The gang