When Betsy and Bee came to visit

When I was pregnant I set up an Instagram account just to document my journey and this has since spiralled into meeting lots of new people. I started by following some key accounts and then that widened and before I knew it I was in a world of following new mums, mums to be, and lots of craft people too. But in amongst all of that I met Phoebe – someone who I have a lot in common with and someone who i know i will always talk to. Not always daily but we know each other is there, if that makes sense.

Phoebe started by setting up a Whatsapp group, that had about 15 people in it and due to girls being girls this dwindled through arguments sadly but there are a few of us who have stayed in touch and one of those is me and Phoebe. Her boyfriend’s family lives in Thanet so I am also lucky enough to get to see her face to face and meet her beautiful little family.

The first time we met in 2015 I was a bit nervous because it’s one thing talking on Whatsapp and Instagram but another to actually meet. Well it was fine and her little girl Betsy is just adorable.

So this year she was down for Christmas so we met up again and the girls just ahd a lovely time playing, we had a good catch up and I can’t wait until the next time already.

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2016

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Almost walking…

On Christmas Eve Little Bee gave us an early Christmas present by walking with her walker. The first time she has done this and shown any signs of walking since she got the pram walker on her birthday back in October.

It made me light up with joy and I can’t wait for her to walk properly now.

 

Meeting Santa 2016

This year was no different to last. When Phoebe met Santa it was quick. She was not really that impressed with him and no matter how many presents he’d offered she would have cried.

I know she is still too young to know who he is or what Christmas is about but I wanted to get the photos for a nice memory.

We went over to Westwood Cross in Thanet, same as last year and I think next year I’ll try somewhere different because it wasn’t that great. The photos says it all. Not wanting to look at the camera and getting scared when he talked or looked at her.

December 2015

December is one of my favourite times of the year, because of Christmas. And this year there was even more added excitement because it was Phoebe’s first Christmas. Gahhhh too much excitement for one person.

This December we had so much going on. Rooms were being decorated, Christmas trees were being bought and decorated and there was turkeys and brussel sprouts to contend with.

I know Phoebe was only 11 weeks by Christmas but she’s not too small to know what any of it is but we still bought her presents. She got lots of lovely gifts and clothes. She even had her own Christmas cracker!

   

   

This month I’ve:

  • Got to grips with tummy time
  • Got up to 8lb 5oz
  • Enjoyed trips to the zoo
  • Had my first set of jabs
  • Celebrated my Nana’s birthday
  • Experienced my first Christmas
  • Loved playing on my play mat and shouting and cooing on it
  • Started sleeping in my cot
  • Met Santa Claus for the first time
  • Had my first New Year’s Eve

Christmas 2015

Phoebe’s first Christmas was pretty chaotic, busy but still lovely. It felt like a rushed time, I was a new mum trying to get to grips with everything. But we did. We managed to decorate the house nicely and for it to feel Christmassy. It felt a bit odd not being at work and not surrounded by the usual festivities you get in an office.

At only three months we didn’t get her many presents but we had a really nice day, with Nanny and Grandad and Uncle Glen coming over for an hour in the morning.

It was the first Christmas in our new house so it was a pretty big adjustment to our family. It was all new but it was about creating new traditions and new memories. Here’s some of our wonderful highlights.

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Meeting Santa

When Phoebe met Santa it was quick. You could say it was a fleeting visit, after all he did have to get back to work ready for the big day.

I know she was only a couple of months old but I wanted to take her to see Santa so that we could get some nice photos and for her to be able to believe in the magic when she’s older. To show her that Santa does exist and he was there when she was born.

I know that might not make sense to some, but it makes sense to me.

We went over to Westwood Cross in Thanet. I was expecting long queues but in fact, it was dead quiet and we waltzed right in. We didn’t even have to pay as she was so young. Bonus. I even enjoyed having a little chat with Santa. He was obviously taking time out of his busy schedule but he was pleased to see us.

I got the photos I wanted and the memory was made. Phoebe’s first trip to see Santa.

Phoebe things

I’m getting to grips with this parenting lark. In fact I’m going to big myself up and say I think I’m doing a damn good job. Phoebe is content, she’s fed, changed, sleeps and I feel good too so I think we’re doing well.

However, here’s some Phoebe things that I didn’t get told and I’m having to fathom out myself why she does it and what to do. Is she the only one that seems to do these things though?

#1 Hiccups
After pretty much every feed Phoebe gets the hiccups. Or she’ll have fed and then an hour later she’ll get the hiccups randomly. I wind her after every feed but she still seems to get them for some reason. She doesn’t get particularly distressed by them but they do make her a little bit sicky sometimes. Can anyone shed some light on why babies get hiccups so frequently?

#2 Jumps
This is so funny but sometimes we’ll be sitting there and she will be asleep and then suddenly she’ll just jump out of her skin. It’s so weird because sometimes I can have the hoover or hairdryer on right next to her and she doesn’t flinch but she seems to jump at other times for no reason. Haven’t got a clue why she does this either.

#3 Cold Hands and Feet
I know she’s not cold but at times her hands and feet do seem really cold. I was told in the hospital that as long as her neck is a good temperature then she’ll be OK. I’m also not convinced by the GroEgg. To me I prefer it on the orange colour, even though it says it should be yellow. It seems wayyyy too chilly when it’s yellow.

#4 Breastfeeding is harder than giving birth
I was really worried about giving birth. I was worried about the unknown and what to expect. I’m not sure what I had to worry about it was actually fine in the end. I’ll never forget the day and how I felt. I remember it so well it feels like yesterday in my head. What I have found really difficult, however, is breastfeeding and getting Phoebe to latch on and staying awake long enough to get some milk. Like I’ve said in previous posts I’m combination feeding. I would have loved to exclusively breastfeed but it hasn’t worked out that way. This is working for us though and she seems really happy so as long as she is then I am. I give her as much breastmilk as I physically can, or what she’ll take and then I do formula top ups. She’s going longer at night and is getting fed – that’s the main thing!

#5 Sick after every feed
After every feed she is always a little but sicky. I know this is probably normal but sometimes it does look like an awful lot of milk. I’m sure it looks worse than it actually is. 

#6 Sneezes
This is really cute but Phoebe sneezes… a lot. She doesn’t seem to have a constant cold, and our house isn’t full of dust but she does sneeze daily. Anyone know why this might be?

#7 Yawning and Sleeping
And as if she doesn’t get enough sleep as it is she wakes up from a long nap and then promptly yawns her head off. I’m not particularly worried about this – after all we adults seem to yawn a lot too.

I’m almost certain they’re not exclusive to Phoebe, but if you can shed some light then great.