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 😦

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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Baby Update – Our First 24 Hours

Hi D Ho and welcome to my first baby update for our beautiful little girl who will be here on know as “Little Lady” in blog land 🙂 (I think its a nice match with her brothers name of Little Man). We have had an amazing* first week, her birth was a tough, exhausting, wonderful, amazing experience and we were on such a high after wards (and still are really).

*I apologise in advance for the blatant overuse of the work amazing in this post, all I can say is that it really was an amazing day 🙂

Our Beautiful Daughter
Pregnancy Update Week 40 – Our Beautiful Daughter

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Whats in my Hospital Bags

So I have finally officially packed my hospital bags – something I’ve been delaying for a while now. For weeks I had been gathering bits and pieces, putting orders in on line for things I might need and creating nice little piles of things to take with me. However; I just seemed to be reluctant to finally put all these pieces together and call my bags officially packed.

Finally Packed my Hospital Bags!!!
Finally Packed my Hospital Bags!!!

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Pregnancy Update Week 33 – Breech Baby?

Hi D Ho and welcome to my very late pregnancy update for week 33. I’m now 35 weeks pregnant but have been so exhausted the last few weeks that I’m playing catch up on my updates so apologies for the late posts. So at 33 weeks baby is the size of a pineapple and weighs about 4Lbs.

I’ve kept up my regular exercise – currently bootcamp twice week and pregnancy pilates once a week in the hope of it keeping me fit and giving me back some energy. I’m starting to see the benefits of it now – at 33 weeks with bump #1 I had put on 32 Lbs while at this stage with bump #2 Ive only put on 16 Lbs – exactly half my original weight gain at this point!

Pregnancy Update Week 33
Pregnancy Update Week 33

What do you think of the photos above? I think I look a lot healthier in the bump 2 photo.

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Pregnancy Update Week 29 – Pyjama Days

Hi D Ho and welcome to my week 29 pregnancy update. Baby now weighs about 2 1/2 Lbs, is about 15 inches long from head to heel and is about the size of a butternut squash (yum yum, I love butternut squash 🙂 ).

Pregnancy Update Week 29
Pregnancy Update Week 29

This week we were finally back in the hospital for a check up – we haven’t been in since week 12 so it feels like a life time ago! All went well at the check up, they did an ultrasound to check on baby and all is good – baby is a good size and head down so there really isn’t much to report. A lovely student doctor was present who examined me also, she was so polite and gentle – I really hope she keeps these skills when she’s fully qualified!

The day of our hospital appointment was #NoComplaints day on twitter – one whole day of no complaints. I was a bit worried that my challenge was going to go out the window at the first hurdle as most of the appointments I have had so far have been challenging to say the least but for once it was all very calm and non-confrontational.  In the end £NoComplaints day went quite well – a little positivity goes a long way!

While writing this post I looked back at photos from week 29 of my last pregnancy I found lots of lovely photos from the baby shower that my lovely sister in law Paula threw for me when I was pregnant with Little Man in 2013. They were so confident I was having a boy (even though I hadn’t found out) that they had decorated the whole house in blue (good job they were right)! It was a great party but one thing I  really noticed in the photos was how lovely my skin and hair looked, the elusive pregnancy glow – what happened since????????

Back to the reality of pregnancy #2 and I’m still battling crippling tiredness. On Saturday I brought Little Man for his swimming session at 11 am and came straight home to bed for the rest of the day once it was over. Dear Husband has been very good trying to do as much as possible and leaving me to rest – he even dared to pack away our prized Belleke Christmas Nativity set (yes there are still some Christmas decorations left up in the “good” sitting room that I just haven’t had time to take down. Luckily we don’t use this room very often so I can lock the door and remain in a happy state of denial about whats behind it 🙂 ).

Pregnancy Update Week 29 - Pyjama Day
Pregnancy Update Week 29

On Sunday Dear Husband disappeared off to rugby so myself and Little Man had a pyjama day for ourselves not leaving the house at all. At one point he was curled up to me on the couch when baby started kicking, Little Man got such a shock at being kicked by my tummy and was not impressed to say the least!

Anyway thats my little update for week 29, hope you enjoyed it! If your expecting too, let me know how you are getting on – has the tiredness got to you too?

Pregnancy Update Week 28 – The Third Trimester

Hi D Ho and welcome to my 28 week pregnancy update. Baby is now about 2.25 lbs and about the size of an aubergine (or egg plant in the US). Week 28 also officially marks the start of the third trimester.

Pregnancy Update Week 28
Pregnancy Update Week 28

This week has been a real pregnancy focused week. To start with I was back with my GP for a routine check up, all is well with baby but I’m a bit run down so she felt it was best that I take a few days off to rest. So home I tottered for a good old afternoon nap and thats where I stayed for most of Thursday and Friday. You might remember from last weeks post – Week 27 and the January Blues I was finding the first week back after Christmas tough going so I really think this extra rest did me the world of good.

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Pregnancy Update Week 27 – January Blues

Hi D Ho, heres my pregnancy update for week 27!  Baby is now 2 Lbs in weight and about the size of a head of cauliflower.

Pregnancy Update Week 27b
Pregnancy Update Week 27

Baby is kicking so strongly and CONSTANTLY. Its really distracting when your working away in a quite office trying to concentrate on some terribly interesting report and baby keeps going “knock knock, I’m still here, knock knock” and then starts playing the drums with your tummy. Even poor Dear Husband (DH) was getting bet up by bump in bed the other night, the kicks were so strong he could feel them in his side as I was trying to sleep.

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Pregnancy Update Week 20 – Half Way to Guess Date

Hi D Ho! Week 20 pregnancy update is here already, baby is now the size of a banana and we have reached a really big milestone – 20 weeks marks the half way point for the pregnancy or half way to guess date! I say guess date instead of due date as growing a baby in your tummy is not an exact science of exactly 40 weeks, instead its a bit more like baking a cake (or bun – pardon the pun) in an oven – you need to keep an eye on your cake and be prepared to give it an extra few minutes in the oven if needed. Full term pregnancy is really anywhere between 38 and 42 weeks – babies rarely arrive bang on 40 weeks.

So if you listen to my consultant baby is a week further on than they really are and my GP reckons I could be 1 – 2 weeks further on based on how high up my bump is, never mind the fact that this is my second pregnancy and dear husband is 6 Foot 2. Looks like I’ll have a fight on my hands to get my 42 weeks oven time if needs be 🙂 Going into labour yourself is really maximises the chances for achieving a successful VBAC , post section induction options are limited and have much poorer VBAC outcome rates 😦

Week 20a
20 Week Bumps
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Pregnancy Update Week 19 – Gentle Birth and Mindfulness

Hi D Ho! Week 19 pregnancy update is here already and baby is now the size of mango (or an heirloom tomatoe if you’ve been paying attention to too many US based baby websites like us 🙂 ). Babies kicking up a storm these days and certainly making their presence known.

Week 19 Bump
Week 19 Bump
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