Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Stressed Out

The little man is driving me nuts with his constant moaning. Surely he should be improving now? He is clingy and frustrated and just wants my attention all the time. But even then he can still continue moaning.
The lack of sleep is getting to me too. It's just like having a newborn. I look for reasons but I'm not sure. He doesn't seem poorly, isn't teething, he is eating plenty during the day so not hungry, and definitely not thirsty. It's not even his clingyness because I'm happy to have him in bed with me, but he's still not happy to sleep, not anywhere.

After five kids you'd think I'd get this baby thing by now but he's really got me beat! I need a break!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011


Joseph can now straighten his legs and put his feet on the floor when you hold him up. He's almost standing!!!

He's also getting more expert at his bottom shuffling, he can make it into the kitchen now...of course just like his sisters before him he makes a bee line for the cat food!

Other than that things are much the same, moany moany macaroni all day long. Such a shame because when he does smile he lights up the world.

His current night time routine has reverted back to exactly as it was when he was a few weeks old :-( I'm hoping it's either a growth spurt or teething. I can't not comfort him during the night as we are overcrowded and I can't risk him waking up everyone else. So it's only me who suffers, but it won't last forever. (fingers tightly crossed)

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Happy Birthday

The Little Man has had his first birthday :-)

The Cake

At the park

Joseph, now 1 yr old

Friday, 5 August 2011

One Year Review

Joseph was a little charmer for the health visitor, all smiles and flirting like he is when anyone else is around. He is slightly overweight at 26lb, and not as tall as the girls. The health visitor was concerned about his lack of mobility, his constipation and his lack of sleep. She arranged a further review in a couple of months for his mobility, told me to visit the GP about his constipation and gave me some advice to help him sleep...(yeah, you try sleeping in a room with four other people)
I took him to the GP who said he wasn't drinking enough. Oh great, thanks for that, what a waste of time. Graham reckons we should change surgeries, I'm beginning to think maybe he's right.
The last couple of days have really got me down. No sleep and crying almost all day. He's the most difficult baby I've ever had, and that's saying something considering how awful Craige was, and Lucy wasn't good either.

Anyway, worried about his mobility, and his floppiness, and the way he prefers to be lying down or upside down I decided to do some googling (I know, googling is a sin, but we all do it don't we?)  I came across Hypotonia, a floppy baby syndrome. Joseph has 9 out of the 10 symptoms. Still, it's best to talk to someone with experience so I've just posted on Babycentre to ask other mum's of their experience and giving them a complete profile of Joseph's symptoms since birth, maybe someone will be able to advise me. Then I'll take back to the chocolate teapot GP next week and demand further investigation.

There is not much that can be done for hypotonia other than physio, but you do need to get baby checked for underlying symptoms which could have caused it. Joseph is a clever little boy so I don't think there is anything else to worry about though. Or is that just me being optimistic?

By the way, the symptom he doesn't have is the inablility to feed himself. He's quite good at finger feeding, although he doesn slip down his high chair and we have to keep propping him up. I thought at first he was too young for it, but surely at 1 a child is not too small for a high chair?

Oh and as I've just been complaining about his immobility, I suppose I should add that in the last few days he's started to move!! He's bum shuffling, just a little but he's definately moving. Yeah, go little man!