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Babies first… Mother’s Day weekend.

Can you believe the time of year already? I am shocked at how rapidly time is passing with this new year, as we enter those Spring months. I haven’t seen much of Spring yet, though.

Snow, rain, sleet, wind..yep..the Beast from the East got that lot covered but no hints of Spring which is a little disappointing. Here is hoping that the flowers begin to bloom and everything starts to become a little brighter. I’m so ready to be over with the Winter, to pack away the heavy duty clothing and to see the World come to life once more. I’m ready to regain the spring in my step and to watch the lambs bound around the fields nearby.

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March marks the month of Mother’s Day, an occasion that is celebrated all around the World and for good reason. March brings with it my little Sisters birthday, Females all around celebrate International Women’s day. but most importantly, March also brings to us Mothers, Mothers day. May we celebrate the women in our lives, praise our Mother’s and feel a sense of pride as we Mother our own young. March is the month of girl power, for sure. An incredible month for celebrating strong women all around.

This year round, I had the privilege to celebrate my first Mothering Sunday which I will share the details of with you. My little bebe is now six months old and in her short time with us, I’ve never felt happier. Eleanor was meant to be mine and brings with her a daring amount of responsibility. She is a privelige to Mother no matter how tough some days can be.

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My journey into Motherhood has not been easy, I’ll never deny just how tough I’ve found this time. I had a difficult labour, the cluster feeding left me feeling drained, we’ve had the crushing effects of colic and reflux, a needy baby who wants to be held and will not sleep alone or even be left in the care of anyone other than myself without a drama. I battle with a feisty, breast fed baby every day who refuses a bottle point blank and screams each time I put her down or into her stroller. I can’t get a out alone often as it’s not worth the battle or the cries that do not end, it beings too much stress.

I have to go to bed at 10pm each night wether I like it or not. I cannot watch any movies or cuddle up with Euan, I have to lay in bed awake and nurse Eleanor to sleep. I could stay up, but she will scream, it doesn’t stop. Don’t even mention control crying, we have tried and I can assure you, there is nothing controlled about it.

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My little Eleanor, my Snugs, is full of personality, full of strength, full of temper, charisma and might. Each day with her, I learn more about myself than I could ever imagine. My baby girl has taught me true love, she’s taught me patience, she’s taught me a sense of compassion and flexibility. She’s taught me how strong I can be and how amazing the human body is. Not only do I teach her, but she teaches me.

I couldn’t be more honoured or grateful to be Mother to such a strong willed little girl. It is an exceptional privilege to hold her, to nurse her, to love her and to see the love and the pureness in her eyes as she looks at me. I only wish I could see the world through her eyes.

To watch her grow will be a whole new level of amazement and I’m sure there will be many challenges to come. After six months of playing Mum, I am now confident within my Patenting abilities (to an extent) and I know that as a family we can over come any challenge together and move forward through each stage.

It’s been a busy weekend celebrating and I can finally catch a break to have a coffee and write a post. On Saturday, I headed out with the females of the family for an afternoon tea to ring in my sister’s birthday. Saturday was pouring of rain and cold, I was dropped off by Euan and I met with my Mum, Sister, Aunt and Cousin at the City centre and we then headed off to the chosen venue for our tea and a catch up. Euan went to the cinema as he waited for us to finish and got us back home after. Eleanor was with me also, though sleeping in her stroller.. this didn’t last ten minutes once we got to our seats.

We went to the Carmelite.. our Wedding reception venue, only I didn’t make the call to go here, it was my Sister’s choice. The hotel was busy with parties of Women and families, I assume celebrating Mother’s Day. The table we were placed at was rounded and made for easy communication. The tea/coffee was served promptly and we all dined on a variety of sandwiches, cakes and scones. Lush.

I had a veggie option and had tomato sandwiches, a small mug of soup and snacked on the sweet treats. The variety on display was great and we all had plenty to choose from. My Sister had a great time and that was the main thing, it was her day after all. Eleanor was a grouch, mot untypical of her right now with an ear infection and teething. Nothing would settle her when she became feisty and tired, not even a feed. I had to call it quits and leave a little early.

Though most of my time was spent trying to entertain Eleanor and stressing over her cries, I still had a lovely time and it was good to catch up in a setting away from home.Besides, I am a sucker for an afternoon tea.If you haven’t already guessed, coffee and cake is my kryptonite.

Come Sunday, I woke in a great mood next to my two best friends in the World. Happy Mothers day to me! We had morning cuddles and took it easy before heading out for a latte to kick start the day. The sun was shining so we grabbed our dog Fern too who happily obliged to come along for the walk. I do love a slow paced morning where there is no rush and no plans to commit too. Just me and my family against the World.

We got back from the trip and spent the afternoon doing chores while working through a Wedding song playlist which we have created for the day. We will have no DJ or live band but can play music from our own device freely. With the wedding just months away, we decided to get going and create the playlist to have ready and adapt if necessary.

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Late afternoon, we headed  to Tesco to grab flowers before going up to my Mum’s house for a second birthday tea. Only, I left empty handed as the shelves were stripped of any flowers. There was nothing left, it’s a good job that I had already gifted my Mum with a print or she may have been saddened by this outcome. At Mums we had a full table of snacks and goodies, Mum always goes all out on a Birthday, no matter what age,

This time there was a huge cake for the taking. Homemade carrot cake? Don’t mind if I do!! We all tucked in to juice, snacks, pizza, egg rolls.. you name it. I’ve definitely gained the lbs this weekend. Thank god for breastfeeding and the magic calories it burns, otherwise I’d not be able to maintain a slim frame. Eleanor played in her bouncer that was set up and was happy to be passed around for cuddles..until she became grizzly and wanted nothing more than milk..typical. My Grandad had a hold of her and she burst into tears! Drama Queen.

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Heading home we left with a full tummy, a full heart and an even fuller bag of goodies that was packed up for us, courtesy of Mum (a serial feeder). I always love to spend time at Mum’s with my Brothers and Sister, it brings a sense of nostalgia and I always feel at home, it is as though I had never left. It is comforting for me to be back in my comfort zone and childhood hang out, only in very different circumstances. I love to see my Family with Eleanor and interacting with her as she grows, the more that I age and grow, the more precious I believe family to be.

Back home, we created the last of our playlist and had a brief listen before I went off to bed with my baby for a big sleep. A weekend well spent brings a week of content. I have had a superb, family packed weekend where I was certainly not shy of love. A truly great first Mothers Day and I look forward to many more years just like this, if not better.

 

Keren x

 

The wonder weeks. Week nine.

Wow! How can my baby be nine weeks old already? Boy, time sure flies by. It really is true what they say. Time certainly is precious and not to be taken for granted. As I have just began to learn.

Oops. I came to realise that I haven’t posted any updates of Eleanor lately and as a new Mum, one very proud new Mum I feel it’s time to give you all a wee update on my little snuggle bug. At nine weeks (yes, nine weeks!) Eleanor has come on leaps and bounds, by the day I am noticing changes within her. My little lady. I can’t believe how quickly the time is passing with her. The days and the weeks have all merged into one and I often lose track of the days.

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I want to treasure and remember as much of this time with my Eleanor as I can. It is so important to me to spend as much quality time with her as I can. With that notion, I have decided that I am going to post updates of Eleanor on my blog rather frequently so I can have something to look back on and make comparisons with.

The wonder weeks.

Smiling: That’s right, we have smiles! Lots of big and beautiful gummy smiles each and every day. I love it. There is nothing better than being faced with your babies gummy smile as she stares at you and watches her surroundings in amazement. Especially waking up to those smiles, it is enough to make your day. I absolutely love it and love that she is beginning to interact so much with us. Her personality is really starting to shine and we cannot wait to get to begin to know more about her. Each day brings with it something new. Life is amazing.

Sound: Eleanor has began to pay so much attention to the noise around her and different sounds.Taking in the world around her. I’ve began playing music frequently for her in the home (all the good bands, don’t worry) and I  introduce a little play time with rattles and noisy soft toys. Though she is not so interested yet, she does watch to follow the noise and has started to grab out for items all while making little noises of her own. ADORABLE.

As we continue to introduce play and interact more I can only imagine how alert she will become. I find that interacting is so important with her and super helpful for aiding development and developing her personality.

Eleanor has also began to make little noises of her own and tell stories as it were. If I let her kick about on her mat, I watch and listen as she gaggles and babbles away. I wonder what goes through her head when she does this. What is she thinking? It amazes me. The little playful noises which she makes melt my heart.

Muscle control: By the day my little toot is becoming stronger and stronger. She can now sit and support her head for a small amount of time, she can work her arms and legs like no other. Grabbing is certainly a ‘thing’. Eleanor loves to grab! Don’t be fooled, those tiny hands are powerful! I’m glad I decided to cut off most of my hair, before long, I will be losing the necklaces and earrings too. I love to watch as she grows and becomes a little lady, she is coming on leaps and bounds and before long I am sure she will be sitting up all by herself! I have a sit and play chair just waiting to be unboxed in a short while!

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I also like to introduce some tummy time during the day time while she is alert so that she learns to try to support herself and hold her head while on her tummy. She is not the biggest fan of tummy time but I try to incorporate what I can while she allows it.

I am excited to share with you all that we begin swim lessons next week in the form of a ten week block now that Eleanor has had her jags. I am looking forward to this class a lot. Swimming is a great life skill to have and as parents we each wanted to get this started early. Not just to encourage Eleanor to be a strong swimmer and confident in the water but to incorporate this as part of an active and healthy lifestyle which we will continue to maintain as she grows.

The lessons will be great for helping her to become stronger and also for meeting other parents and babies of the same age group. This should help encourage with interaction and social skills as well as growing our bond. I’m not sure how I will get on taking her to class on my own, especially as I am not confident in the water or confident being in public if she is to kick up a fuss, as babies do! I’ll be sure to post a blog about our swimming experience through the weeks. Keep your eyes peeled.

Sleep and settling: Hurrah! Sleep is golden right? Fortunately since beginning the treatment for reflux with Ranitidine, Eleanor has began to settle and will go down for a nap in solid blocks of sleep. This is fab, it allows me so much time to get on with daily tasks and catch up. I can stop chasing my tail and guess what? I even shower without interruption. I have also started to get the time to sit down with a cuppa and read while she naps on her chair. I’m not a big TV watcher and reading is something I have missed rather dearly but slowly I’m starting to get to incorporate this into my routine once again.

In the evening Eleanor will go to sleep after her last feed of the night between 9-10 PM and thereafter she sleeps near enough right through. Cluster feeding has come to a welcome end and feeding is now in the format of a routine.

I don’t yet sleep in solid blocks as I’m forever waking to check on her and ensure she is okay but it makes such a difference to myself now that I don’t have her waking up each and every hour. I certainly feel more lively and Eleanor is more alert during the day time which I love.

“It’s just a phase and it will pass”.

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Colic: I’m glad to say I feel that the worst of our colic has began to pass. Eleanor settles so well now and the periods or sporadic crying for hours have almost came to a halt altogether which is such a life changer. We have a whole different baby it seems. Eleanor is such a happy little lady.  I love to see her this way, it’s great she can settle now and if she does cry it’s generally due to hunger these days.

I’m so proud of her progress and I can’t wait to see what is next to come. Her development is making such big steps each and every week. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated with how we are getting on.