I cannot believe that our baby girl is 2 weeks old already!
Parenthood is hard work but so worth it. Never in my life have I been so exhausted yet so happy to be awake every 3-4 hours. I’m not gonna lie, there have been moments when I am so tired that I just want to cry, and there are times when I could be sound asleep but choose to just sit and stare at her.
Alessia is a good sleeper but she does have her moments, I actually think she has a bit of silent reflux and will be speaking to the maternal health nurse tomorrow about it. She has started to vomit a bit after a feed occasionally and then gets hiccups and seems squirmish.
We seem to be in a “eat, shit, sleep & repeat” routine at the moment, it’s working well and I’ve been able to have a 90 min nap when needed in the afternoon if it’s been a rough night.
Christmas has come and gone, it’s now a new year. 2016 – you were amazing, but I’m so excited for what 2017 holds for us. There will be so many milestones this year.
Alessia was spoilt for Christmas by both us and Santa – adding lots of wonderful toys and keepsakes to her collection
I’m excited for Alessia to be measured and weighed tomorrow by the health nurse to see her progress. I can tell that she has gained weight as her clothes are fitting her better and she just feels heavier. As she is exclusively breastfed I was worried that she wasn’t getting enough milk but after expressing a very full (and sore) right breast yesterday and producing almost 100ml in 15 mins I am at ease knowing that my supply is exactly what my baby girl needs. We are getting lots of wet and dirty nappies which is a great sign.
I have been eating the Pinky’s “Boobie Bikkies” which have kept my milk supply up. They’re actually delicious and work so well. After a few hours of eating them my boobs are very full!
We had tried to add a “top up” feed of formula at night to get her used to a bottle in case I need to leave her for a feed. She doesn’t quite understand the bottle though and ends up wearing more than she consumes. I will wait until she is a little older to re-introduce the bottle, but eventually will mix feed – whether formula or just expressed milk.
Alessia loves the pram and the car, both will make her sleepy. She tends to do a 4 hour stint after a car ride, or a walk in the pram.
We have experienced a poo explosion and a soaked onesie due to wee leaking from her nappy. This is why the nappy bag is stocked with lots of changes of clothes and wraps etc. it was straight in the bath for Miss Alessia after both of her little “Accidents” , thankfully she loves the bath.
Alessia was 6 pound 9 ounces (3.16kg) at birth and size 0000 were big on her. We have since purchased some 00000 (Tiny Baby) onesies from Target which fit her perfectly – they have a gorgeous little range and very affordable at $8-$10 each, they wash up well and are great quality.
I have recovered very well from my c-section , I felt good starting the morning after delivery and was up early and showered with my hair and (light) make up done. By day 3 I started to wear my SRC Recovery Shorts which have been amazing! I feel like everything is held in place and I feel supported in the tummy area. I probably could have gone down a size in them but may even get the next size down and continue to wear them for more than the 6-8 week recommended period.
I’m currently 14 days post partum and have lost 10.1kg since delivery. Considering I only gained 6.8kg in pregnancy that makes me 3.3kg lighter than before I fell pregnant 🎉. Yay for weightloss, definitely a perk of breastfeeding. It’s nice to be back in my old clothes already and not have to go out and buy a new wardrobe.
I haven’t started exercising yet beyond walking around shopping centres and a light walk with family on Christmas Eve with Alessia in the pram. I am looking forward to getting moving and enjoying some much needed sunshine.
Adam is home for another 4 weeks which I am very grateful for, having him home for the first 6 weeks will make a big difference and allow him to form a beautiful bond with his baby girl. He is a very hands on dad, he loves cuddles, bath time and helping with nappy changes. He has been cooking dinners, tidying up and helping with the cleaning around the house. A huge help! So grateful for this beautiful man. Seeing him love Alessia absolutely melts my heart, it’s so beautiful to watch him with her. He is always able to calm her down when we are changing her (she hates being naked).
On Friday 30th December we had to take Alessia to get a blood test, as I have Hashimoto’s Disease the paediatrician ordered bloods to test Alessia’s thyroid as it is a hereditary condition. Thankfully it all came back normal, it is something that we will continue to monitor over the years. The blood test (heel prick) had Alessia screaming! She was so hysterical that I started to cry seeing my baby girl so upset. Definitely not something that I want to repeat anytime soon.
I still can’t believe that our baby girl is 2 weeks old, at this rate she will be starting school soon lol. Part of me wants her to stay this little forever, the other part of me can’t wait to watch her grow.
I have started filling in her Baby Journal, I bought it before I fell pregnant, such a gorgeous keepsake. It captures all of her milestones with photos as well as information about the year she was born such as the price of bread and milk and the top song and movie etc. we have also created photo albums for her with printed photos as well as polaroids that we are taking of everyone’s first cuddles with her. I feel like we live in a world where we no longer print photos, I love looking at the albums of me as a baby and I hope Alessia does one day too.
I am still trying to find the time to sit down and write about our delivery experience as well as our thoughts on Epworth Freemasons, I will try to get it done later this week hopefully.
I will also try and do a brief update each month which will include Alessia’s sleeping patterns, weight, length, size of clothes, milestones etc
This blog post is probably all over the shop as I am writing it whilst cuddling Alessia between bum changes and her lunchtime feed. She is currently sound asleep nestled into my chest all rugged up. She give wonderful cuddles.
We have booked tickets to go to Bali with Alessia in July 2017 for a fortnight. Soooooo excited for a little family holiday. We love Bali and can’t wait to visit our favourite places with our favourite little girl.
The last two weeks have been the best weeks of my life. Loving spending time with my husband and our baby girl, learning lots and just enjoying each other.
We are no longer just a couple, we are a family. A family that we hope to one day be able to extend but if we can’t then it doesn’t matter as we got our miracle baby and that’s all that matters. We are blessed to have Alessia, she is the baby we honestly thought we might never get.
More blogs to come either later this week or next week – being mum is my number one priority so I will get them up asap.
Apologies for this blog being so chop and change. Because I kept stopping and starting I kind of forgot what I was writing about so just changed the subject lol. Can I still blame baby brain?
Until Next Time x