I can't believe our squidgy little boy is 8 weeks old! How did that happen? It's absolutely true when people tell you how quickly the time whizzes by and I'm trying to make sure I soak up every wonderful minute. Every morning his lovely face changes a little bit more and he's definitely looking more and more like his daddy.
We have finally established a little bed time routine which has worked wonders. We played around with different routines but during the last few weeks we've found something that works. We do bath time, swaddle, feed and bed by 9pm and on a good night, Bertie will sleep through until 3am. After a feed, Bertie will normally go back to sleep for another 3 hours and our morning starts around 6 or 7am. It means Mr B and I get to have dinner and do the bedtime routine together. We've popped the blackout blind up in the bedroom and this has really helped distinguish night and day for Bertie. Swaddling has also made a big difference and we are LOVING the 'Miracle swaddle blanket'! I feel like we've turned a corner with this new bed time routine and I actually feel fairly well rested when I wake up in the morning. It's a huge difference to how I was feeling in the early weeks and it took us a while to make progress on the sleep front. It's a step in the right direction!
I'm still breastfeeding and it's going pretty well. My nipples aren't as sore as they were in the beginning thankfully and we've been able to successfully introduce a bottle which has been so helpful. Bertie is a hungry boy so I do spend a lot of time feeding but we're working on spacing out his feeds to give my nipples a break! We're doing a bottle top up with his last feed of the day before bed and I always have a bottle handy for during the day to top up any feeds if he is being fussy. We go with the flow during the day but I try to make sure he naps every two hours and that seems to be working for now. The blackout blind is helping with napping when we're at home and a friend bought me a 'snooze shade' which helps him nap when we're out and about.
We've been having some lovely days out and the gorgeous weather has been wonderful! Lunches and walks in the sun have been brilliant and it's been so reassuring meeting up with my NCT friends to chat all things baby. We've really enjoyed baby cinema club at our local 'Everyman cinema' which is fantastic. You get to watch a film with a fancy cake and coffee and it doesn't matter if the babies cry as you're all in the same boat! We've signed up for baby swimming lessons which we're really excited about and we're starting baby sensory classes next week. I've also been really impressed with the free baby classes available in my local library and we're going to start making the most of them very soon.
We have our first family holiday abroad booked for the end of July so we're already starting to thinking about the logistics! I'm definitely nervous about travelling with a baby but after a weekend away in Devon visiting family it's given us a taster of 'what to pack' and 'what not to pack'. We've started a packing list so we can buy travel items in advance and be as prepared as possible. I'm most nervous about taking Bertie on a plane but I'm sure it will absolutely fine and hopefully he will spend the majority of the journey feeding and snoozing!
Next week we have Bertie's first set of vaccinations which I'm absolutely dreading! I'm hoping it will be over in a flash and nothing a spot of calpol and milk can't sort. I've been told that he could be a little 'off' for few days afterwards so I'll keep an eye on the little guy and give him lots of cuddles.
Ted the pup is coping well with the changes and is always watching over Bertie. When we're out on walks he stays close to the pram and looks concerned when Bertie cries but doesn't really come close except for an occasional sniff or lick. I have caught him casually relaxing on the play mat and making a beeline for Bertie's toys a few times but we're trying not to tell him off too much. He's getting plenty of treats and cuddles so even though he's not number one anymore, he is a very close second! He's still our fluffy baby!
Bertie is an absolute joy and my favourite part of the day is waking up to his little smiley face. He grizzles in the morning to let us know that it's time to wake up but as soon as he sees me, he breaks out in to a big smile which melts my heart! Mr B and I spend at least 20 minutes cooing over him in bed every morning as he gurgles away. I love watching Mr B and Bertie together and it makes my heart burst with pride. I think since becoming a mum I have become so much more emotional and I'm easily reduced to mush. I'm embracing it!
Life has changed on every level and everything revolves around our little man now. I wouldn't change it for the world and It's an absolute privilege to be Bertie's mummy!
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