The baby chronicles #2: A week of firsts

Weeks old: 1
I like: Being in my pushchair, boobs (still), daddy cuddles… but only at certain times of the day
Mummy is learning: How to eat with one hand, how to sleep sitting up

wp-1467208290553.jpg

Milk coma

So we’ve officially been home from the hospital for a week and Little O, Mr O and I have had a week of firsts, including:

  • First outing/push chair trip – which was just to get lunch at Pret and to go and see my trainer who wanted to meet Little O before we move but still a milestone
  • First bus ride – to the hospital where they fixed Little O’s tongue tie. Tongue tie happens when the frenulum under the baby’s tongue is too short and it makes it hard for them to poke their tongue all the way out which affects feeding. Fortunately a plastic surgeon can repair it in under five minutes and if it’s done early it heals almost instantly.
  • First bath – which Little O was not a fan of. He generally doesn’t want to be naked. However his occasional poo/weenamis mean that now that his belly button stump has fallen off, it’s kind of essential.
  • First breastfeeding in public – not as scary as I thought it would be and much less stressful than a crying baby.
  • First outing with just mummy – where mummy almost cried trying to assemble the push chair and kept pushing it into things but survived anyway
wp-1467208307101.jpg

Mummy celebrating not having a meltdown during her first solo outing with a frappe

  • First trip in the sling – very comfy once I got over the fear that he was going to fall out the bottom
img-20160628-wa0016.jpg

Marsupial mom

So far I have been absolutely loving being a mum but I am not going to pretend it is easy. Little O does something called cluster feeding for long parts of the day and night. This means he does short burst feeds on an off for hours at a time… like you know 10pm to 2am. This means it is very, very difficult to get any sensible amount of sleep or sometimes to leave the sofa. After a few days of not sleeping very much it starts to take hold and you get a bit spaced out… and very grumpy. It can also make you feel totally overwhelmed and I have had a few tearful moments where I just wanted to be able to put Little O down for long enough to go to the bathroom or finish my shower. I am very committed to breastfeeding but it means that essentially I am the only person who can feed him and with the way he currently feeds I can’t be a way from him for more than 15 or 20 minutes at a time. It’s a lot to take in. I also didn’t realise how much of a big deal getting to lie down all the way is and how badly you want to do it after a few days of not being able to.

Fortunately for me, Mr O is very supportive and while he can’t help with feeding he does help with everything else including making food, bringing me things, doing housework, dancing with Little O while I am sneakily having a wee, snuggling with him at the specific times of day that he is not wanting a boob and packing up our flat in preparation for our imminent move. I am also fortunate that although Little O isΒ very vocal about wanting to be fed, changed or burped, we’re yet to find an unhappiness that can’t be solved by one of these remedies.

I am going to do my best to stop by your blogs when I can but I am going to have to be aΒ lot more selective over which posts I check out. I hope that you will all still continue to stop by here occasionally to say hi.

35 Comments

  1. Love love love! Glad to hear you’re coping so far. I wish I were closer to help with packing and wee breaks and whatnot.

    1. Aww bless you. Thank you! It’s one of the main reasons we are moving so that we are closer to Mr O’s family and some extra, very loving pairs of hands.

  2. Love the pictures and the reports, Abbi. Good for you and your efforts at breastfeeding. Who knows, you might decide that pumped breast milk would allow you some freedom to lie prostrate and sleep. Whatever you do, you are a fine mum! ​

    1. Thank you! I think we will definitely introduce bottles of pumped milk but I’m nervous to do it before 4 weeks in case I interfere with my supply.

      1. You’ll figure it out πŸ˜‰

  3. Pleased to see that you are doing so well, and managing to enjoy it, at least most of the time.
    Little O is following the long tradition of babies in the UK, in closely resembling Winston Churchill. Luckily, he will grow out of that.
    Best wishes to the three of you, Pete. x

    1. Thank you! Who wouldn’t want their child to look like such an iconic leader?

  4. thanks for the update again Abs. just take things easily step by step and all should work out fine. You aren’t alone! Keep us posted!

    1. Thank you! Now we have moved things will definitely calm down and we can relax a bit.

      1. Enjoy while u can… πŸ˜‰

  5. Awwww, this is so sweet! Where are you guys moving to? I see that it is out of London, but is it far out? And are you moving for Baby O? So glad to see you are loving it, and I am sure a routine will work itself out sometime soon!

    1. We’ve moved to Mr O’s home town in Essex near his parents. We’re less than an hour out of Central London which is great!

      1. Oh fantastic! I hope you love it πŸ™‚

  6. If I may ask, that is. Forgot to add that section! Sorry.

  7. Yay for the updates! I’m glad that things are going okay! He’s so adorable!

    1. Thank you! I’m aiming for one day at a time. The move was kind of overwhelming but things are calming down.

  8. Look at that beautiful little nugget! I’m smitten. He looks bigger since your last post too! Happy to hear that things are going well development-wise for Little O and that you’re managing the baby firsts as they happen. Fingers crossed that you get a good sleep soon!

    1. Aww bless you! He has gained half a pound already. We have some okay sleep nights so I’m surviving.

  9. Aww. Love the photos. Am looking forward to these updates! (But only when you can, of course). ; ) Been there on the constant breastfeeding thing. It rules your life at first! But not forever. I don’t think I left the house much at all in those early days unless it was something specifically for the baby that made me venture outside! Too much work – you have to bring a million things with you just to go to a shop around the corner.

    1. The breastfeeding does mean you at least don’t have to faff with bottles when you’re out and about. I try to go out every day even if it’s just around the block or I get cabin fever. Today it took me until 12 to get out of the house though πŸ™ˆ

  10. Have been watching the photos on your Instagram. So so so so cute.

    1. Thank you! He is a little cutie!

  11. Sigh. sigh. sigh – he is just gorgeous! I remember those days well..the abiding memory is finally finding my hairbrush in the fridge! The very best with the move – you don’t do things by halves!! xxxxxxxxx

    1. Thank you so much. I have some hallucinogenic moments and I currently have no idea where my keys are…

  12. Hello hello! Just saying hi to you and little O! He’s soooo adorable, even in his sleep he’s mesmerizing. Best of luck w/ everything Abbi!

    1. Aww bless you. I could stare at him all day.

  13. I’m happy to see you doing well Abbi. The photos are indeed very lovely.

    1. Thank you so much. I can’t stop taking photos of him!

      1. These pictures are truly special.

  14. Awww great photos abbi. I hope everything goes as smooth as possible for you πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you. For the most part we are getting everything we need to done. It really helps to have Mr O home to help.

      1. Hehe yeah I bet it helps having him about! I’m so happy for you Abbi. A child is something I won’t ever have, at least one that shares my genes, so its great to read these posts. I feel like I’m on the journey with you πŸ™‚

  15. Wow that is a busy week! I hope your move went well, you’ve certainly had a busy month! πŸ™‚ xx

    1. It’s gone really well and we are loving our new home. πŸ™‚

      1. Aw, that’s good news πŸ™‚

abbiosbiston is listening...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s