Friday, 22 October 2010

Week 10

This week we moved on to hungry baby milk and it seems to be working so far. Joseph is now taking one less bottle a day and going longer inbetween feeds. I've also changed his bottle teats for a bigger size which seems to have improved his wind problems. He's still not sleeping through the night though, but I don't really expect him to. It is amazing how many others expect him to though, I'm always being asked if he sleeps through yet, and get sad looks when I say no. If I was younger and inexperienced I'd probably be worrying there was something wrong. There is something special about those middle of the night quiet feeds with just me and my little man, I'll be quite sad when they stop.

Today we went to a playgroup with my friend and her baby. I know our babies are a bit too young but it's still nice to get out of the house and mingle with other mum's. They do have a nice baby area with lots of pillows and baby toys, it won't be long before Joseph will be enjoying himself there.

I was supposed to have had Joseph weighed this week but Leila had an upset tum and was off nursery. I didn't really want to risk spreading anything amongst little babies, so we kept away to be on the safe side.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

week 9

We've had a couple of moody days with Joseph this last week and couple of really good days, but nothing really special or different to report so today I want to talk about Joseph's sisters.
It's been obvious from the start that Leila (3yrs) is jealous of Joseph. She's always been really close to me and now I'm spending so much time with Joseph she's feeling left out. On the positive side she does really love Joseph and doesn't try to harm him. She doesn't tell me to put him down but she will sit really close to me while I have him and is constantly looking for reassurance that I still love her too. It could be a lot worse, but it's something I expected and I think we are both dealing quite well. The rest of the family, however, are not so tolerant. She's constantly being told to leave mummy and Joseph alone, sometimes quite angrily. I'm worried that my hard work at being tolerant will be destroyed if no-one backs me up, but we have confliction ideas as they think I should be persuading her to be less clingy. She's not that clingy, she goes to nursery every day without any problems.

Lucy is completely different. She has barely taken any notice of Joseph since he was born. If he cries then Leila will run to him but Lucy doesn't even seem to hear. She hasn't played with him, or talked to him, she's just not interested at all. But, the other day I let Leila hold Joseph's bottle for a while and suddenly Lucy wanted a turn too. I think that was probably more to do with her sibling rivalry with Leila that her wanting anything to do with Joseph. Maybe she will take more notice of him when he's older?

Cassie has surprised me the most. She was barely interested in Lucy and Leila as babies but with Joseph she has been a little different. She's picked him up for cuddles and even says nice things about him. (She used to say some horrible things about her little sisters) I think she's started to mature a little.

Craige is Craige, what more can I say.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Week 8, Almost Two Months

Stop, slow down, time is flying by so fast and Joseph is growing by the minute. He's my last baby don't ya know, I want to keep him a baby for as long as I can but at this rate if I blink he'll be at school.

Today Joseph had his 8 week check up and first immunisations. First he was weighed and measured and the little porker came in at 14lb 8oz which put him on the 91st percentile. Not much of a surprise, both Lucy and Leila were on the 91st percentile, and they were on the same line for length. Joseph, however, is a bit of a shortie, he only reaches the 50th percentile for length. So now I have to take him to be weighed every fortnight to make sure he's not gaining too much.

He was a good boy for his immunisations, the first he managed a little whimper, the second he did cry but not for long. Just four weeks and we have to do it again but I swear it's more painful for me to watch.

He's becoming more aware now, he loves to sit in his bouncy cradle and watch the lights on the playbar. His little hands are starting to reach out for things too. He's still not sleeping much but at least he is sleeping at night more than in the day. I've started to keep a record of when he sleeps and eats so I can begin working on a routine for him.

We are also getting a few gurgles from him now along with the smiles. He's becoming a real little person.