I can’t believe my baby girl is 6 weeks old already! Although it also feels like the longest 6 weeks ever! It’s amazing how quickly babies grow and change and how quickly you can’t imagine your life without them.
I feel like I’m settling into motherhood now and starting to get a handle on how to do things. Although what works to settle her one day doesn’t necessarily work the next day which can be a little frustrating for me. I’m figuring out that this whole parenting thing is a lot of trial and error and just going with what works for now.
Grace and I have a nice little rhythm now that Stu is back at work. We go for a nice walk every morning, usually for about an hour, and I grab a takeaway coffee to sip on while we walk. It’s so nice to get out of the house and get some fresh air and exercise, especially as I wasn’t able to drive until last weekend. Grace loves the pram and sleeps really easily while we’re out so it’s a good way for me to get her to have a solid 1 hour sleep.
She is still getting the hang of daytime naps so that sleep in the pram is even more important!! Sometimes she’ll be great and have a couple of 2 hour sleeps during the day (which I love when it happens because it means I can do housework and have a little ‘me time’, I’m writing this during one of her lovely long naps), but sometimes she will cat nap for 20 minutes at a time all day long and not have a decent nap after our walk.
If she decides to only catnap she gets very overtired and cranky by the night and it takes a lot of work to put her to sleep which can be a bit trying for me but all in all she’s such a delightful little girl. Her night sleeps are much better than her daytime sleeps (thank goodness) and she goes back to sleep pretty easily after her nighttime feeds now which is making me very happy! She will usually wake 2 or 3 times during the night for feeds, but sometimes she wakes a lot more often if she has a wet nappy. This kid seriously hates having a wet nappy!!
Stu helps me out so much at night and after I head off to sleep (sometime between 7.30 and 9pm, depending on how exhausting the day was) he checks on her when she cries and changes her nappies until he comes to bed at about midnight so I can sleep. To be honest, I actually don’t even hear her crying until it gets to about midnight despite her bassinet being right next to my side of the bed! I’m quite a deep sleeper so her cries don’t wake me until I’ve had a couple of hours sleep.
Grace and I have so much fun during the day playing on her playmat and reading books, which to be honest has surprised me. I worried about how I would go playing with her, as that is much more Stu’s thing, but I’ve found it has been really easy and I love doing it.
I’ve been pretty lucky in the feeding department I think. Grace has an awesome latch and after the first couple of days we managed to figure out this whole breastfeeding thing. I do have a bit of an oversupply of milk which has led to a bit of discomfort (and a nasty case of mastitis at week 3) but now that we’ve hit 6 weeks I feel like my supply is levelling out a little bit.
Breastfeeding was slightly painful at times in the first fortnight but after that (and the mastitis) it’s been pain free which has been great. I really feel for women who have persistent pain when breastfeeding.
We took her out for the first time when she was 1 week old, we’ve been keeping up with our Saturday morning breakfast tradition and Grace has slotted right into this little ritual of ours. After taking her out to breakfast so soon it made me feel much more comfortable to take her out and about as well as comfortable feeding in public. I’m so glad we did it early, it’s become really easy to take her out when we eat because I don’t have any anxiety about how she will go in public. We’ve also managed to bring her along to our anniversary lunch, and to a couple of dinners out with Stu’s family.
I took her out to the shops for the first time on my own in the car last weekend and it went so well! As well as loving the pram, Grace also loves the car which is a massive relief. I have to admit I was nervous about taking her out in the car on my own, not so much about how she would go but how I would cope with the carseat and pram and manoeuvring stairs and lifts and shops on my own. It’s like a whole other world when you’re out with a pram!
I think the thing that has surprised me most about getting to know Grace and settling into being a mum is how much personality Grace has! I hadn’t been around newborns much before (and even then they were mostly asleep when I saw them!) and I was amazed at how from the time she was born she had a whole personality! She has things she likes, things she doesn’t like and makes the most hilarious and gorgeous facial expressions and noises.
I’m loving being a mum to my gorgeous little Grace and she surprises and amazes me every day. Her little smiles just fill me with so much joy and make all the hard parts so worthwhile.
Today I’m linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays)