Life with Two – The First Week

Hi D Ho and welcome to my first update on life with Little Lady. We have had a great first week and we are all still on a high from her birth! Little Man is getting on really well with his new little sister. He’s so gentle with her and loves to look at her and give her kisses. It’s strange but all of a sudden Little Man seems so grown up and so heavy – I really struggled to lift him up a few times this week!

Baby Update Week 1 - Little Man and Little Ladies First Day at Home
Baby Update Week 1 – Little Man and Little Ladies First Day at Home

Little Lady started to develop some jaundice so my main focus during this first week was  keeping her close to me to establish breastfeeding, letting her feed as often as she wants in order to help clear her jaundice and to help her start gaining weight. On her day 3 check by the Public Health Nurse she had just lost 150g – only a 3.7% drop – go boobies! (New born babies lose weight quickly after being born with up to a 10% drop being normal).  All her other checks went well too and the PHN happy with how Little Lady was doing!

Sleeping has been going really well, between co-sleeping and breastfeeding we are waking very little during the night and everyone is getting plenty of rest (very unlike when her big brother arrived). At the moment Little Lady spends most of the night curled up to me in our bed. We have a co-sleeper attached too which is great for creating extra space when Little Man tumbles in on top of us in the morning – see my previous post on how we set this up.

In relation to my own post baby update, thanks to my successful VBAC (natural delivery after c-section) I was up and about lots all week and  feeling really good and happy. No sign of the baby blues this time around either thankfully. I’m still sore from the delivery but nothing compared to the pain after my c-section. I find the pain is worse some days rather than others, I think I overdo it somedays and pay for it the next ūüė¶

Weight wise I put on a total of 26 Lbs during this pregnancy and at the end of week 1 I’ve lost 20 Lbs! Only 6 Lbs of baby weight left after the first 7 days is pretty good going! My bump has really flattened down very quickly and I’m back in some of my pre-pregnancy clothes already – check out my pre pregnancy jeans below (trust me this did not happen after my first pregnancy)!

Baby Update Week 1
Baby Update Week 1 – Bump has disappeared!

At just four days old we ventured out of the house for our first proper family trip for a new born photo shoot with the wonderful Maya Noonan. We wanted to get these done as soon as possible – new born babies are sleepiest during their first two weeks and this is the best time to do a photo shoot like this. With Little Man we left it too late, and he was closer to 3 weeks old when we went for his photoshoot. At this stage he had well woken up and he refused to co-operate for photos,  crying and crying – in fact we had to reschedule the photoshoot altogether in the end.

Luckily this time around Little Lady was posing like a professional with Maya – as was Little Man. Maya got some fabulous photos – heres sneak peak of some of my favourite images from the shoot:

Little Lady Newborn Photo Shoot - Photos by Maya Noonan
Little Lady Newborn Photo Shoot – Photos by Maya Noonan
Little Lady Newborn Photo Shoot - Photos by Maya Noonan
Little Lady Newborn Photo Shoot – Photos by Maya Noonan
Little Lady Newborn Photo Shoot - Photos by Maya Noonan
Little Lady Newborn Photo Shoot – Photos by Maya Noonan

After our photoshoot we headed out to lunch in the Huntsman. I had a couple lunches here while I was pregnant and everyone always ordered the toblerone cheesecake for desert –  it always looked so good because I couldn’t have any, so I was delighted to dig into a big piece of toblerone cheesecake at lunch. For some strange reason I’d also been craving Guinness since Little Lady was born so I finally got the glass of Guinness that I’d been dying for (thats half a pint I swear in the photo below – don’t you love the cute mini half pint glasses).

On top of satisfying a few cravings I also got to feed Little Lady for the first time while out and about. Its amazing the confidence that comes with your second baby, I did feed Little Man in public but I was a lot more conscious of it at the beginning with him and it seemed a lot harder to do back then. This time around feeding Little Lady out and about seems so easy. I think babies pick up on their mothers feelings on this, if your stressed or anxious about feeding they will be too making the whole process more difficult. Look at the photo above – you’d never realise I’m feeding Little Lady in it!

Finally we rounded off the week with some very special visitors – Grandad and Nana Marie came to meet Little Lady for the very first time along with her soon to be Godfather PJ. Little Lady happily accepted cuddles from everyone and some beautiful gifts while I happily accepted a bottle of champagne :-).

So thats the story of how our first week went with our new Little Lady. Its been a great first week and surprisingly a lot easier than we had expected, heres hoping that trend continues!

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And Baby Makes Four!

Hi D Ho! Finally we get to share the great news, our little man is all set to become a big brother!

Little Man is so excited to become a big brother!
Little Man is so excited to become a big brother!

The newest member of our little family is due arrive in early April 2016 making me 17 weeks pregnant. Recently¬†we had our first hospital appointment and scan, so now we feel happy to finally tell the world¬†(quite literally it appears seeing as I’m posting our story on the internet).

Baby #2
Baby #2

Its a little hard to tell but I promise thats a little baby in the scan picture. Second time around its still so exciting to finally see your little one on the screen and see their heart beating – amazing stuff! I think baby agrees too as they are kicking up a storm as I type ūüôā

Anyway I decided to start this little blog to track our baby journey second time round following on from our lessons learnt with baby #1.

So far the last 4 months have been exhausting, if I had my way i’d sleep all day long every day but unfortunately a full time job and a wonderful little son to cuddle when I get home keeps me busy.

Morning sickness –¬†should be renamed all day sickness¬†– has been pretty tough, lots of constant queasiness and reactions to everyday smells. Walking around the canteen at work has literally become a nightmare where my nose is assaulted at every different counter. Who knew that porridge¬†could smell so bad!

Food wise Im also gone all funny about what I can face eating. Im starving in the mornings but can’t stomach my normal boiled egg any more so I’m back to my little vice of jambons – Im counting these as my use of extra daily calories required and trying to be good for the rest of the day.

Jambons

Otherwise Im being pretty healthyish food wise, trying to stick with soup and sandwiches for lunch or plan old cornflakes when I just can’t face anything else and some fruit and yogurt¬†(also sometimes known as cake)¬†for tea at 3. Im very lucky to have dinner ready for me when I get home from work so that helps to keep me on the straight and narrow in the evening food wise.

One of my big aims with this pregnancy is to watch my weight gain, I put on a bit too much with baby #1 and really had to fight every pound off one by one afterwards. I want to ensure that I don’t have as big a battle to face after baby #2 so I have been keeping up my original exercise as much as possible. I had been going to early morning bootcamp classes at Ronan Bilbow Fitness 3 times a week so once I got the all clear from my GP I kept going. I did however have to move them to evening classes – burpies at 7am are not your friend when suffering from morning sickness! Ronan and his team have been great at modifing the regular classes with little tweaks here and there to ensure they are still safe and doable with my growing bump. ¬†Im hoping to keep up the bootcamp classes for as long as possible and maybe take up some pregnancy pilates and swimming later on.

Week 17 with bump #1 and bump #2
Week 17 with bump #1 and bump #2

Thankfully so far I have only gained 2 Lbs¬†which is great for 17 weeks. Looking back at my old notes I had gained 7Lbs by week 14 last time round so definitely getting off to a better start this time round. I have however “popped” already and am sporting a nice little bump – have a look at photos with¬†baby #1 at 17 weeks and now baby #2 at 17 weeks above.

The biggest change¬†we have made this time¬†to prepare for our little arrival is hiring a doula. A¬†doula‚Äôs purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.When a doula was present, women are¬†less likely to have pain relief medications administered, less likely to have a cesarean birth, and reported having a more positive childbirth experience. So heres hoping for an easier birth this time round (Dear Son #1 was far to comfy where he was and didn’t come out with out a fight).

Anyway thats my little update on the last 4 months, I hope you join me as I track the next 5 months documenting all the little lessons we learn along the way. Chat you soon!