Mama Mondays – 6 months post partum

6 months with Hannah

Mama Mondays – 6 months post partum update

Height/Weight: We put Hannah on the scales yesterday and it said she was weighing 7.9kg. Not sure if that’s right because she feels so much more heavier now and I just looked back at last month’s update and it said she was 7.7kg at 5 months. Not sure how long she is but her size 00 onesies are starting to get really tight on her especially at her feet! I have now started taking out the size 0 onesies for her to wear so her toes are not cramped.
I’m sitting at 63.4kg this month and after going to my first ever body building event to support a friend on the weekend, I feel like I really need to get started on exercising more regularly and not just saying I will.

Routine/Sleep: Hannah has three naps a day – a short one at around 10am or so, a long nap from around 1pm to around 3pm if I’m lucky and then another really short nap around 4:30pm. She still isn’t sleeping straight through the night and wakes a few times but then goes back to sleep after a few minutes. I still can’t wait for at least one night where I can sleep straight through a few hours.

Eating/Feeding: Hannah is now eating pureed food three times a day at breakfast, lunch and dinner. She gets really angry if I don’t have any prepared for her and she’ll want more than just breastmilk! She’s slowly starting to eat more food than she pushes out with her tongue. So far she’s liked everything we’ve given her…lots of fruits and veggies.Hannah 6 months old

Milestones: Hannah can now sit up unaided for a little while and will no longer fall left or right but will fall backwards, so I still need to make sure I’m around so that she doesn’t hit her head. She’s also sitting in her high chair now and I just can’t believe how quickly time has flown by and how strong her neck and back have gotten!
Hannah seems to be developing a really loud voice…it’s not a tiny little sound but a big sound that comes out when she’s wanting attention, bored or angry! Her colourful personality is really coming out now and is sometimes a little diva-ish – I don’t remember Daniel being like that at all!
We’ve been our first few fishing trips with her and Daniel lately as the hubby and my cousins are all starting to get into it now. We’ve been setting up one of those easy fold out tents and while Daddy and the rest of the cousins fish, Hannah I have been watching them from inside the tent and she’s been loving it! On the weekend we had the most delicious lunch of just fried fish that they caught, and fresh eggplants, green chillis and cumquats from our backyards. Partnered with rice and some dipping sauces made of fish sauce and the cumquats and chillis, we all ate so much it tasted so good. I posted a video of the lunch on my Snapchat and have been posting daily vlogs on there now for around three weeks straight – I’m finding it’s a great way to journal our days. My username is @jacq-fruit if you’re bored and want to see what we get up to 🙂

6 months front view The Urban Ma post partum updatesSorry for the messy morning hair and lack of make up! – I had to get the hubby to take a pic in the morning before he went to work because it gets dark so early these days so by the time he gets home from work, the sun is almost gone! My eczema on my tummy that flared up really bad last month is slowly getting better and I’m getting less irritated. I’ve been really trying to drink loads of water lately and getting as much sleep as is possible when you’re a mum of two little ones.
6 months side view pregnancy updates I still have a few stretch marks on the front of my belly and on the sides as you can see here. I haven’t been as diligent massaging body lotion and oil this time as I was after I gave birth to Daniel! Whoops! Obviously I’m not too fussed though…there have been more important things keeping my mind occupied these days…Hannah colourful at 6 monthsArgghhhh that smile just gets me every time!

I also attended a few exciting events in the past month and if you want to check them out, I post daily on my Instagram account. Thanks also for all your comments and for sharing one of the recent posts I wrote about advice from my mum. If you missed it you can read it here. Let me know if you would like more of these type of posts…I normally just write them in my journal but if it helps you at all then I can type it up here on the blog as well!

Hope you’re having a great week so far.

-xx-

Mama Mondays – 5 months post partum

Hannah 5 months cotton on

Mama Mondays – 5 months post partum

Height/Weight: Hannah’s next check up with the nurse will be at eight months so it feels like such a big gap in between knowing her measurements because we’ve had them quite regularly up until now. I got her on the scales at home with me and it looks like shes weighing around 7.7kgs at the moment. Not sure how long she is.
I’m sitting at 65.5kg this month and doing a little big of yoga here and there. I need to get back into doing it daily!

Family time getting easier and easier as we learn the ropes and logistics of going to the shops, parties and going on roadtrips with two little ones in tow – we took them to Geelong and Phillip Island this month, lots of Daddy time and time with her big brother who loves showering her with hugs and kisses, she loves trips in her pram.

Routine/Sleep: We all usually head downstairs to start our day after the hubby has left for work so around 8.30am is when we’ve usually started to eat brekkie and get ready for the day ahead. Hannah sometimes wakes up earlier at 6 or 7am and when she does, we drive Daddy to the train station. Then she gets sleepy and has her first nap around 9:30-10:30am and if she’s in a pram or in the car because we’re out, she’ll normally sleep a long chunk until lunch time. After lunch and play Hannah will next get sleepy around mid afternoon and then have yet another nap at 4:30pm or so. I used to wait for hubby to get home so he could bathe her but these days always try to bathe her before he comes home so we’re all fresh and ready for dinner. Then it seems Hannah will sleep at around 8pm but keep waking up until she sleeps a big chunk from around 10pm – 2am.
It feels like it’s a little different each day and all the days just blur into one so I’m just taking it as it comes. Recently I tried not to feed her at all during the night and she cried and cried but the hubby kept settling her while I stayed in Daniel’s room. My boobs ended up so sore by the end of it but she actually survived the night right up until 4:30-5am without feeding. She slept quite well the next night but then we went away for the weekend to Phillip Island and she slept so soundly the whole night only waking up a couple of times. We shared a bed and I know remember why we ended up co-sleeping with Daniel – they just seem to sleep so much more peacefully and longer when they’re next to me.

hannah march 19th 2016

Eating/Feeding: Hannah has had a taste of sweet potato, carrot, and some other flavours including sucking on a chicken bone while at her grandparents house…ahhh no wonder kids always love it at their grandparents! – they get to eat things we wouldn’t normally give them lol! She loves melons and loves to eat. This month I will try to use less of the packet baby food and try to puree my own.

   3 little cousins with one on the way!

Milestones: Hannah is just rolling and moving all over the place now. I still don’t understand how she manages to change direction so quickly without even crawling – she’ll be facing one way to start with then within a couple of minutes she’ll be facing the other way! Hannah has also started to giggle a lot more now, especially when you playing peek-a-boo with her. Her face is so animated, the hubby said he feels like he can really tell what she’s thinking and feeling by the way she looks at him! Hannah also went on her first couple of trips away this month to Geelong and Phillip Island. She seemed to absolutely love watching Daniel and cousin Madison playing with each other day and night – she looked like she just wanted to join in already! Oh and she can now reach her foot to her mouth and I catch her chomping on her big toe sometimes haha!
I’ve been slowly wearing some of my pre-pregnancy clothes again but am also a little bombarded with all the clothes in this house, and keep thinking I should just clear out the whole wardrobe and start again, this time being very minimalistic with what I buy. But then every time I see pretty dresses or vibrant outfits on Instagram or in the stores, I think how can you not buy and wear all the pretty clothes that are out there. Ughhh I can’t make up my mind! My eczema continues to flare up this month and the doctor has given me a different type of ointment to try out. I’ve also stopped eating chocolate hot cross buns – maybe out one on the odd occassion! I ran for the first time in so long and it wasn’t even in runners, it was on the beach at Phillip Island as my brother, hubby and I were trying to get to The Pinnacles in a hurry before it was time for dinner. It felt good to get super fresh air and sweat it out but I really need to work on my fitness.

  My baby girl and I
Argghh I love her feet!! So cute!!!   Such big, pretty eyes!
 Chilling out in bed, crafts at home, trips to the zoos and off to see the dinosaurs!

Mama Mondays – Four Months Post Partum

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!4 month update The Urban Ma

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.4 months old The Urban Ma blog

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. IMG_9375 4 month update The Urban Ma blog

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?solids 4 months old The Urban Ma

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! 4 month check upThe 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


Rewind girls Feb 2016

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.
Andy Warhol Ai Weiwei NGVChecking out the Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibition at the NGV with all my cousins and sis for her birthday
activities for 3 year olds
Daniel getting arty at home – I loved these ones so we put them up straight away – he was so proud! 
IMG_9329Observing his aunty’s baking skills

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Hope you have a great rest of the week!

xxBrother and sister

Mama Mondays – 1 week Post Partum Update

Hi everyone! Now I’m on the other side of pregnancy here are my post partum updates! I want to keep track of how Baby and I are going throughout these first few months of getting to know each other and becoming a family of four. So if you’re interested in following along then stay tuned for my Mama Mondays posts! For now here’s a catch up post on the first two weeks with a newborn so far!

Post Partum Week One

In the hospital
We spent the first four days post partum in the hospital followed by the rest of the week resting at home. In my post about my birth story I mentioned how amazing all the midwives and doctors were…I was a little sad to leave our comfy private room with a double bed because we were looked after so well with the wonderful staff attending to our every need. On the other hand I was really happy to be heading home because I missed Mr D. He didn’t stay over at the hospital with us as it would’ve been too hectic, so Mr D was well-cared for staying with my family. Even though he did visit during the day time I missed hugging him to sleep and waking up to his loving little hugs in the mornings so I couldn’t wait to see him again.

Hubby stayed over at the hospital with me every night I was there. He was such a big help and it was comforting to know I wasn’t on my own. We had our own room and I never really left it as I was very sore and still had the catheter in during the first 2-3 days. I’d never had one before and it was amazing how I didn’t even realise I was pee-ing – I just saw this bag filled up with fluid which the nurse had to empty it once or twice a day.

The balloon and catheter
I was recovering well according to all the blood tests and hourly checks they did on me which was good to hear.  After the trauma of having so much happen “down there”, I was so scared when the doctor said it was time for the balloon and catheter to come out – I didn’t want anyone going down there at all, not for as long as possible! The doctor explained that they would deflate the balloon by taking out half of the water that was inside (150ml) and leaving me for half an hour. Then if all was ok they would take out the rest of the water and then slowly pull the balloon out. Before pulling the balloon out they had to pull out the really long piece of gauze and I thought it was going to be so very painful…it wasn’t! Phew! I was focusing on breathing in and out while the doctor and a nurse cleared it all out. They also pulled out the catheter the next day and finally I felt free – I wasn’t connected to any machines, I didn’t have to carry around my “handbag” of pee and the two cannulas in my right and left hand had also been taken out. ALLELUIA! Finally I felt free to try and get up for a walk around the ward.

Other
While we were in the hospital, Little Miss H had a few heel pricks to get her blood checked, she also received a vitamin K injection and Hep B immunisation. Her hearing was also checked and she looked like a mini dj like Daddy!

I attended a physio class whilst at the hospital and we were given some simple exercises to help get our tummy and pelvic floor muscles get back into shape. During the last night of our stay I also took Hannah for a walk around the ward. It was nice and peaceful walking up and down the dark corridors during the night. I could see other mamas awake in their rooms, nursing and cuddling their little ones and midwives walking around. We walked to the kitchen and made ourselves a midnight snack of toast and jam and filled up our jug of water with more ice from the machine. I was so grateful again that I wasn’t alone and that Hubby was there with me to share all these little moments.

Packing up all our belongings and clearing out our hospital room in which we spent our first few days with Baby H felt like the end of an era. Hubby thinks I get a little emotional or attached sometimes but I can’t help it lol! No more midwives checking in on me, no more meals being wheeled into our rooms…it was time for the real world now. We were off to start the next part of our journey together as a mummy and daddy and, as a husband and wife needing practice and experience on how to stay connected despite the attention needed by our two little ones.

I felt so special and so lucky walking through the hospital with our tiny, baby girl all bundled up and swaddled in my arms. Our precious little gift. As soon as we got outside I immediately felt the urge to shade Baby’s face from the bright but harsh sunlight. After four days inside the ward rooms it’s funny how you feel like you need to protect your little baby from every little thing! Some random people visiting the hospital stopped us as we got into our car to congratulate us on little Hannah, they seemed so excited for us and again, I said a quick little prayer to say thanks for our beautiful blessing. We also took the opportunity to ask them to take a photo of us standing outside the hospital (we didn’t look anything like Will and Kate when they presented Baby Charlotte to the world, but we both had the same big smiles, the smiles of proud, newly-made parents!).

 Body/Recovery: Mum made me stay home for the first month after I had Mr D – she strongly believed that it would help me get as much rest as possible and heal quicker, which it did! So the week after coming home from the hospital, Little Miss H and I stayed home except for a quick trip to the hospital into pathology to get another blood test done as Hannah had mild jaundice. During the first week, Baby fed, slept and pooped and not much else so I was able to rest up, didn’t lift a thing and basically caught up on heaps of movies on Netflix. It was still a bit sore down there and it felt good every time I had a shower and emptied my bowels (it’s funny how bowel movement becomes a popular topic of conversation in the first few days after birth – a milestone for mamas!).

There was healing down under, sore and engorged breasts and tired eyes as we settled into life at home with a newborn. So overall after feeling battered from the labor and birth, my body felt tender and soft in Week One but slowly healing.5 days post partum wrapTightening up my tummy with a wrap from the hospital’s resident physio.
5 days post partumMy tummy 5 days post partum – linea nigra still quite dark and noticeable stretch markts have turned from a reddish colour to a more brownish colour.
post partum week 1Baby Hannah and I five days post partum – she’s so tiny but I still can’t believe she was inside me!

Height/Weight: Little Miss H did extremely well with maintaining her weight gain in the first week. H was born at 3.09kg and left the hospital four days later weighing 3.02kgs which the midwives were really happy about. Then when the midwife came to visit us at home two days later, H was up again this time to 3.17kg. Another two days after that we had the maternal child health nurse also visit us at home and weighed H in at 3.31kg. Nice work Baby girl 🙂 Height or length wise, Little Miss H was 48cms long when she was born.1 week old Bonds peach TUMReally enjoying the bright, pretty colours of Baby’s new onesies!

Routine: Little Miss H feeds every two to three hours, poops and wees all day long (she has about 8 or more dirty nappies a day!) and sleeps snugly all swaddled up! The night time feeds were hard at the start but now it just seems like my body is used to the lack of sleep.

Sleeping: Little Miss H has a cute, little bassinet that Mr D used in his first three to four months of life so she has been sleeping in there. It is portable so we’re able to bring it upstairs or downstairs whenever we like. I’d forgotten how to swaddle but after a quick couple of tries, it all came back to me and the hubby!

 I forgot that newborns just sleep and eat. There’s no playtime yet and Daniel and cousin Madison can’t wait for playtime to come around! I also forgot how much milk comes out when it’s “let down” time – I just hear Hannah cry or think of her and I leak…our laundry load has more than doubled!

Eating/Feeding: “Breast milk is a living fluid containing antibodies to protect your baby from infection and disease, factors to help with gut and brain development and is easy to digest and absorb. Your own breast milk is uniquely matched to your baby’s needs so your baby doesn’t need any other foods or drinks for the first 6 months.” I breastfed Mr D until he was 13 months so I’m really hoping I’ll be able to do the same with Little Miss H.

Hannah has been a natural when it comes to breastfeeding so I feel lucky with the teamwork we have going and hope it continues. I didn’t get cracked nipples this time like I did with Daniel – with Daniel I was rubbing on the Lasinoh like no tomorrow! This time round my nipples are ok and it’s just the engorgement that hurts, which will get better as my milk supply regulates.

  Go team Mummy and Hannah! Enjoying the peaceful mid morning feeds despite the lack of sleep!

As for the family and I, we’ve been lucky enough to have all our relatives, especially mum and dad bringing us meals every day. I don’t know what I’d do without them – so very blessed to have a big family who love to visit. Hubby has been home too and he cooked up a vegetarian feast the other night along with my cousins – so yummy! We’ve been eating lots of soup type dishes to help get my water intake up – lots of Filipino dishes like nilaga, tinola and bulalo!  🙂 I love my family so very much.

Sizes: In Week One Little Miss H hardly filled up her onesies sized 0000. I remember with Mr D, he only wore size 0000 clothing for about a week or two, so this time round we didn’t really buy anything for H. When Hubby saw how tiny she was in the clothes we did bring for her, he went on a bit of a shopping spree while were in hospital and brought some cute tiny size 0000 onesies from the nearby Target!

 As for me, since my tummy and “down there” was still tender and healing in the first week, I just wore super comfy, light, cotton pieces. No squeezing into jeans or anything yet for me. And also because I was just at home, I felt much more comfortable not wearing constricting bras especially while my milk supply was still regulating. I did however wear those really, high and tight underwear to help bring my tummy together – the physio at the hospital also gave me a tight wrap wear.

Milestones: During the first week it felt like everything we did was a “first” and it was all so special!
– first time Little Miss H latched on straight after being born
– first time putting Little Miss H in a carseat/first car ride
– first time Mummy did a poo
– first time Hannah did a poo
– first bath time (the hubby is our bath expert!)
– first time Daniel met his Baby sister. He has been amazing with her! A few friends told us to get him a present from Hannah and the hubby secretly bought him a Monster Mutt Dalmation and he was so excited he gave his sister a soft his on the head! Mr D has been so gentle around his baby sister and loves showing her off to anyone who visits. He has also been really great playing on his own and during meal times and bed times. I love him so much and can’t wait for the day I can carry him again – I haven’t been able to do so since I got pregnant because he’s so heavy!

The Urban Ma pregnancy updatesWe missed Daniel so much while we were in hospital that we were grateful for Facetime as we were able to keep connected to him and say goodnight and “I love you” every night.

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Good night!

-xx-