Mama Mondays – Four months Post Partum
Height/weight: Baby – Hannah has gained 789g in the last four weeks weighing in at 6.5kg and measuring 64cms long at her 4 month check up! The nurse said she’s growing very well. I am so relieved because I thought that she might have dropped a bit of weight due to being sick but turns out she’s doing great! Yay! Go us! I’ve packed away all the 0000 and 000 sized clothing and now even some of the 00 sized onesies are getting tight.
Mama – This week I’m 66.4kg. If you’ve read some of my other pregnancy and post partum updates you’ll know that I’m not really concerned about the kilos but rather just fitting back into my old clothes so I don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe a size up! I’ve been dancing every week leading up to our gig at St Kilda Fest this year and continuing to practice Brett’s beginners yoga routine (see here). I’m still feeling a bit of jiggly bits around my middle area but I’m feeling good in general and even managed to fit into one of my old pairs of jeans! Umm, I mean super stretchy jeggings, does that count?! Haha!
Routine: Baby – Hannah is staying awake longer and starting to play with us a lot more. She still seems to sleep quite a bit especially if we’re out the whole day – she loves movement. So if I’m out the whole day running errands or catching up with friends, she’ll sleep in the car and then in the pram as long as it’s moving. Yesterday I went out for a birthday brunch and Hannah was so good letting me eat in peace and chatting with my friends before waking up right at the end to take a photo with the other babies!
I’ve found that Hannah normally gets sleepy around 9am, lunchtime and another nap in the late afternoon before having a bath. Then in the evenings she seems to be catnapping on and off until about 9.30pm and that’s when she sleeps a longer stretch.
Mama – This month was a lot easier than last month. Both kids are feeling so much better so it has made such a difference to our days…and nights. A little less yelling and a lot more smiles and outings.
Sleeping: Baby – Hannah is not sleeping through the night yet and at her 4 month check up the nurse said that she should be. The nurse said if Hannah wakes up in the middle of the night, I should try and put her back to sleep instead of feeding her (which is what I’ve been doing up until now) as she might not be hungry and just waking up because that’s what she’s used to. With the hubby working so much lately it’s been hard to try this out because if I’m the one that tries to get her back to sleep she totally sniffs around and tries to latch onto me! I really have to try and get the hubby to get up and settle her back down. I’m not too stressed about Hannah not sleeping through the night though – I know all babies are different, but I’ll try it out and see how we go 🙂
Eating/feeding: Baby – I can’t believe my baby has start solids! Hannah had her first taste of rice cereal last week and she loved it! She wasn’t too sure at first but then once she got into it she was almost grabbing the spoon from me that’s how eager she was to eat! She had those big hungry eyes staring at all the dinner on our table! Looks like she’s going to be a big eater like her big brother. I’m still breastfeeding and have tried to get the hubby to try feeding her my expressed milk from the bottle but she won’t take it. I think I might really need to be out of the house for her to do so?
Milestones: Baby – Hannah is now teething! – drooling everywhere and reaching for things to put in her mouth like my hands and the monkey that hangs from her playmat ensemble. She is reaching for toys and rolled over for the first time from her back to her tummy. We also heard her giggle for the first time yesterday- Daddy was playing with her after he came home from work. So many firsts this month and I know the next few months will see many more milestones! The 4 month information pack I received from the maternal child health nurse
Mama – I had a few firsts this month too – my first gig back with Rewind and my first time leaving Hannah with someone other than the hubby. Gosh having two kids and a break from dancing really messes with your memory! I found it really hard to remember the chorey that I learnt for the show. I really need to get to classes and slowly get it back again! I absolutely loved being with the crew again and seeing the smiles on the faces of our audience. On different note, my eczema has flared up really badly – probably not pregnancy related and more due to lack of sleep, stress or my diet. My hair has started to slowly fall out and I remember this happened around 5 months after I gave birth to Daniel. It was back to normal by the time Daniel turned one. I can totally understand why mums end up cutting their hair short. It was a little scary seeing the shower drain blocked up with all my hair when Daniel was a baby, and on top of the normal post pregnancy hair loss, babies also love pulling at your hair! That along with little to no time for yourself makes a wash and go haircut so appealing as you try to look as put together as you possibly can.
A note to new moms with long hair: Strands of hair can end up tightly wrapped around your baby’s tiny appendages, including his fingers, toes, wrists, ankles, and penis. This is called a hair tourniquet, and it can be quite painful for your little one. If you find him crying for no apparent reason, check carefully for tight bands of hair. – BabyCenter
It’s been a bit of a journey getting used to being a mama to two kids and a hubby. I’m still trying to figure out how to keep the kids happy, fed, clean and entertained while keeping a clean house and keeping the family full and nourished. I feel like I’m always in an irritated mood when things don’t go to plan and I really need to learn to let that go because with kids, things never go to plan! :/
Daniel has been such a good big brother. We’ve been so lucky that he’s so great with Hannah and very helpful. He is growing up so quickly and able to do more and more things on his own. Yesterday I got him dressed and started to button up his shirt when he exclaimed “No Mummy, I can do these (the buttons). Look I’ll show you!”. About ten minutes later, he had buttoned up all six buttons by himself.
The other day on our way home from catching up with friends, he asked where we were going and when I told him we were going home he protested and said, “No I don’t want to go home Mummy. I want to go to the cafe! Can we go to the cafe pleeeeeassee?”. Ok note to self, tone down on the eating out and make sure to pack him his own food. He’s getting too used to ordering from menus and it’s getting a little expensive. Whoops. My bad.
It’s been so good being able to get out and about with the two of them after such a difficult January! I guess we’re only given what we can handle and it takes those tough times to appreciate and embrace the good ones.
Checking out the Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibition at the NGV with all my cousins and sis for her birthday
Daniel getting arty at home – I loved these ones so we put them up straight away – he was so proud!
Observing his aunty’s baking skills
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Hope you have a great rest of the week!