Well October certainly delivered and in more ways than one.
I got the shock of my life when little Phoebe turned up to say hello on 7 October – when I was only 34 weeks pregnant and what a month it’s been since. It’s been the best three weeks of my life. It’s been challenging but amazing at the same time.
The first week was hard having to spend it in the hospital and sticking to their strict regime of how I needed to care for her but since we’ve been home we’ve been able to get into our own routine.
We had to get Phoebe weighed every 48 hours because of the amount of weight she lost after birth but now this has moved to weekly until her official due date. And she is putting on the weight now, which is making me super happy. She’s feeding more so she’s definitely going in the right direction.
Breastfeeding is proving more difficult than I hoped so at the moment I’m doing a bit of both – breast and bottle feeding her. The key thing for me is that I’m giving Phoebe as much of my milk as I physically can. There seems to be so much pressure to exclusively breastfeed and I’m trying my hardest to give her the most I can. It’s not what I wanted but as her weight gain is the main priority we’ve just had to do what we can to get food in her.
She’s a pretty content baby though – only crying when she’s hungry and our routine at night is now a feed at about 10pm-11pm and then she goes through until 3am-4am and then she’ll sleep again after that until about 6am-7am. It varies slightly each night but that’s it in a nutshell so not too bad. And she’s in her own room now too as I was getting no sleep whatsoever with her right next to me. So we’ve introduced that element of separation early on. I’m trying to get as much sleep as I can in between those times but as for sleeping in the day it’s just too difficult. There’s too much other stuff to do. Whoever said sleeps when baby sleeps must have been a miracle mum because it’s not easy.
I didn’t realise how many outfits she’d go through either. Sometimes she’ll only have something on for 10 minutes before it needs changing again. And as we only have a small range of clothes that actually fit her properly at this stage we’re washing her clothes daily. I can’t wait until she fits some of the 0-3 month stuff as she has a whole treasure trove of clothes waiting for her.
As for nappy changing. Phoebe really likes waiting until I’ve taken one nappy off before doing her wee getting it everywhere and beating me before I’ve managed to get another ready and on her. She even saved herself for a super wee on the midwife’s weighing scales.
I’ve mastered the art of getting her in and out of the car seat, pram and Kanga Wrap and as for me, I’m also doing better than I had expected getting out and about. My stitches seem to have healed well and I’m even going back to my gym this Saturday.
So a very busy October but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
This month I’ve:
- Spent time in hospital
- Slept ALOT
- Been born on the same day as my 10-year-old sister
- Celebrated my daddy’s birthday
- Struggled to put weight on
- Had lots of cuddles
- Fitted in clothes for a baby under 5lb
- Slept in my mummy and daddy’s bedroom at night