Thursday, May 8, 2014

An update, and newborn photoshoot sneak peek!

Gosh, I had forgotten how time-consuming a baby is! There's lots that I had forgotten... How they feed every 3 hours which can take up to an hour or more each time, how they poo right out of their nappies, and how much milk they spit up.

I'm busy writing blog posts about my hospital stay after the birth, and about our first couple of days at home, but I literally just get a few minutes here and there to write, so it's taking ages.  Yes, newborns do sleep lots, but when baby sleeps, I sometimes nap too, I spend time with Mia, I try and keep the house tidy, try and prepare meals, catch up online, and send photos to the grandparents.

Ella is mostly a content baba so far.  Sometimes she's uncomfortable from tummy cramps, and sometimes she's all wide-eyed and doesn't want to go to sleep.  She currently has a snotty nose which is causing some sleep disruption and discomfort, poor body.

Wyn, Mia and I spend lots of time kissing her and staring at her! ♥  She's so teeny tiny, we're all totally in awe of this little person.

Mia's being a special big sister, helpful, interested in her baby sister, caring.  Still challenges her parents, pushes boundaries, and is disobedient sometimes - but for the most part we've been sticking to her usual routine as much as possible (besides that she doesn't want to nap in the afternoons anymore and I just don't want to fight her on it anymore), but she's definitely adjusting well to having a baby sister.

I'm doing okay, have been overwhelmed sometimes with some breastfeeding struggles, and have had a touch of baby blues - it started around 6 days after birth and only happened at night - I'd be so emotional and tearful without knowing why. Hormones! I'm doing better now. The sleep deprivation caught up to me recently, what an adjustment again to not sleep more than 3 hours at a time... But my body will get used to it, I know.  For now, I must remember to take my vitamins and a spoonful of blackthorn berry elixir every now and then, and some Rescue Remedy for when my nerves feel frayed!

Wyn helps lots with baby girl, taking turns to give her a bottle, preparing bottles, burping her, and putting her to sleep - he just doesn't participate in the pajama drill though, lucky man.  He's looked after Ella a couple of times so that I can have a nap, and last weekend I took Mia to the movies while he looked after baby girl, so that was a nice lil escape.

More updates and more pics coming soon.  For now - here's a peek at some pics from our newborn shoot:





10 comments:

  1. Ah Jess! Ella is pragtig!

    Seems that you have adjusted well so far.

    Will most definetly wait for your post about the first few days after the birth.

    Enjoy this time!

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    1. Dankie Chantal! Amper jou beurt!
      xx

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  2. Oh Jess, she's beautiful.
    People think that because you are at home you have nothing to do. Like you said, it's very time consuming, especially if you have to run the household too.
    Keep those baby blues in check and talk to us if you need to
    Hugs Jess

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    1. Thanks Helen, thanks for hugs, definitely doing much better already!
      xx

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  3. Awww Jess! Ella is just precious. I was meaning to send you a message asking how things are going and then I decided not to bother you and rather wait for you to blog about it :) And I am so glad you did! So sorry about the baby blues. I think it will be a shock to my system as well to get used to a newborn again but the difference now is that you know it will get better :)

    Good luck with everything Jess. I just know you are a brilliant mommy! Enjoy every single moment.

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    1. Thanks Kim!
      Aw you're welcome to send messages!
      Especially once baba arrives, please feel free to push my button if you ever need to share experiences or just chat!
      xx

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  4. Those pics are just to gorgeous for words, Jess! So sorry to hear you had a touch of baby blues, but you still sound so positive- so well done, mommy! Damn hormones indeed!
    Sending you big hugs xx

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    1. Thanks Debs! Definitely doing a lot better already, thankfully!
      Ooooooh amper jou beurt!!!!
      xx

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  5. She is gorgeous!! Those pics in the purple tutu are utterly gorgeous! :-)

    We do forget quickly how exhausting having a newborn is ... and sorry about the baby blues! I am glad you're doing and feeling better though. I always think it utterly unfair that us ladies are soooo sensitive to our hormones ... men have it so much easier! :-)

    Look forward to more pics of your lovely little girls!!

    Take care ...

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    1. Thanks Nusha! Thank goodness the hormones seem to have settled now!
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