Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Parenting | Taylor's 1 month update

Taylor @ 4 weeks old
A month old already!! Wow! It's just going so so fast! We've been living in our happy, perfect little bubble for a month now, and he's already changing so much!! 
Bradley loves him, although he's a bit silly around him. He likes to hold him a lot so we have to be careful, but he thinks it's fun to sing and shout loudly in his face, so I have to tell him to calm down with him a lot. 
James has been amazing, he's such a great, doting dad who has been really hands on. He's had a month off with us and is back to work on Monday, we will miss having him at home!
I honestly can't get enough of him, I'm so happy and so content right now. We went through so much to have him, and he's definitely worth the wait! :) I still just can't stop sniffing him and kissing his chubby little cheeks!!

Catch up on my Pregnancy Journey, including my TTC story, pregnancy updates & birth announcement HERE.

Having snuggles with Bradley | In his bouncy chair, with his poorly red eyes | Becoming more alert on his play mat | Lifting his head up during tummy time with Daddy 

Taylor James' 1 month Update

Taylor is doing really well. Unfortunately, he caught viral conjunctivitis from me at only a few days old. It was quite a scary time as eye infections can be dangerous in newborns. His eyes were both bright red, gunky and he struggled to open them. We were in and out of hospital with him, it was awful. But luckily it's much better now!
Other than that, he's doing great! He's pretty content the majority of the time.

I measured him [as best as I could] today and he is measuring at 56cm. 
He weighed 10lb 4oz at 2+5 weeks old, so I'm interested to know what he is now. He was 10lb at birth, lost his birth weight down to 9 lbs 10 oz and didn't put any back on for a while, so the HV kept coming back to check on him, but he'd shot up to 10lb 4oz last week so he's gaining well.

Since he was born so big, he didn't fit in the majority of his First Size clothes, if only for the first week or so, but he's in 0-3 months clothing now, although some of his trousers are still a little big. He's like his brother, tall and skinny and trousers are really hard to fit, both the long legs and skinny waist!

I breast fed him exclusively for 3 days but he would only take from one side and I ended up getting mastitis! It wasn't nice and both us of started struggling, I was in agony and he started struggling with latching on, so gradually I introduced some formula, and began combi feeding, expressing my milk and topping up on formula, gradually coming off the breast to using bottles alone. 
Being a big baby, he can get pretty hungry, especially when going through a growth spurt.
Now, he's mainly on formula, feeding on demand. I've still been expressing and giving him a little breast milk throughout the day too, but have gradually stopped this weekend as my supply was slowing down. 
He currently has, on average, 3-4oz every 2-3 hours [3-5 hours during the night]

He's starting to sleep less during the day now, and at night he usually only wakes twice for a feed and goes straight back off. Unfortunately he hasn't seemed to like sleeping alone in his moses basket and has been seeming to fall asleep on a feed, in our arms or next to me in bed. Now I always said I'd never co-sleep, I was dead against it and never ever did it with Bradley as a young baby unless he was poorly. But here I am this time round sleeping with my newborn in bed next to me! I'd never put him in-between James and I, as James only has to turn over and he squashes me, pretty much every night! But I'm a really light sleeper, my kids only have to breathe differently and I'm awake! As long as he knows I'm there next to him, he's fine and will sleep beautifully. I know I'm making things pretty hard for myself going forward, but in the middle of the night, when its apparent that he's no plans whatsoever to sleep in his own bed, sometimes it's just easier to pop him next to me, for a bit of sleep! I was much more stricter with Bradley, maybe I'm losing my touch in my old age ;).
UPDATE: Last night he slept in his moses basket by himself all night, still only waking twice for feeds and going straight back down - very proud of him!!
He's sleeping approx. 13 hours a day/night.

24/8 - Taylor was born.
25/8 [1 day old] - Taylor came home.
30/8 [6 days old] - Taylor recognised our voices.
12/9 [2+5 weeks] - Taylor recognises familiar faces.
15/9 [3+1 weeks] - Taylor lifted head up.
16/9 [3+2 weeks]  - Taylor started to give his first social smiles.

Bedtime Routine...
At about 7-9pm [he starts to get a little grumpy, tired and hungry around this time] we start winding him down for the night. We're bathing him every other night at the moment, then he has quiet time, either with a feed if he's due or just some snuggles and soft music, then I put him down in the moses basket. Last night was the very first time he fell sleep in there by himself. :)
He's sleeping anything from 3 to 6 hours at night currently. 

Mummy's post partum body...
I'm healing up pretty well from surgery to fix the 3rd degree tears I got during child birth, I'm completely comfortable now. I plan to start working on getting my body back to some kind of normality when I reach 6 weeks. I've started to watch what I'm eating now I've stopped breast feeding, no snacking, just my 3 meals a day. It's a start. I've put on 2 stone and I'm not happy with the state of my body, I'm the heaviest I've ever been and I've gained a layer of fat pretty much everywhere on my body, so I'm currently looking at options, preferably FREE, to help get that off!! Well, I did carry a 10lb baby!! :)

Mummy's Best Bits...
Thats so hard!! Every moment is amazing, I'm at the happiest in my life!! Bringing him home was amazing, spending time just staring at him is amazing, his first bath, how it calmed him down and seeing how much he liked it was lovely! I think the best times are when he stares at me and starts to smile when I talk to him, it's THE best feeling ever!! That moment when you realise it's genuine rather than just wind! ;) It's a bit special!!

Daddy's Best Bits...
'When he makes those cute, cooing noises when he goes to sneeze, bathing him and seeing him try to smile.'

Bradley's Best Bits...
'I just love him so much, he's so beautiful. I like that I'm sometimes allowed to pick him up and walk around the rooms with him.'

Until next month...

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  1. Loved reading his update! I wouldn't worry to much about co sleeping, I've done it on and off and it never really seemed to affect Baby London. #weeklywednesday

    1. Glad you enjoyed it!
      He's so much more settled in with me! :)

  2. Awww how cute is this little guuuuy!! WHat a handsome little soul and a fabulous post hun. Great to hear that he is thriving. Thanks so much for linking up with #MMWBH xx

  3. Nice update and pleased everything is going well for you, although the conjunctivitis and mastitis we far from ideal - sounds like you coped with it perfectly though! Funny what you say about the clothes - Baby L was born at 5 pounds 14, so she's not even near 0-3 month clothes yet - we have so many so she won't need anything new until Xmas! #MMWBH

    1. I coped as well as I could :)
      Aw how lovely! We have boxes full of 3-6mths clothes, I think people thought since he was 10lb, he'd be massive lol.

  4. Oh bless so adorable. I can't believe it's been 4 weeks already. Time really is flying fast! Enjoy every moment when they are this little. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sahrewithme

    1. I know, how fast is it going!!
      Thanks for stopping by!! :)

  5. Oh I'm so happy for you lady! He becomes more and more handsome every post!

  6. Loved your pregnancy updates and now I love this updates too!



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  7. Oh he is just so, so gorgeous. I cannot believe he's been here a month already. I'm glad to hear that you're feeling comfortable again, something about that magical 6 week mark I think. :) #weeklylinky

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  8. Awww, I love updates like this! Last time I read one of your posts, you were close to giving birth. Hello again! What a cute little guy. #BinkyLinky

    1. Aw thanks for coming back to visit, Im a lot more comfortable nowadays ;)

  9. Aww, what a lovely post, new baby updates are so great to read.
    He is so cute!

  10. I miss the baby days! My twins are almost 3 now! They grow so quick. Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

  11. Aw your little boy is adorable. I love the name 'Taylor' too. Gorgeous photos. #binkylinky

  12. What a lovely update. I've gone all misty eyed for my own baby days. They are long gone but I remember the blissful early days. #familyfriday

    1. You have to make the most of it don't you! Goes too fast!!

  13. What a lovely update. I understand what you mean by sniffing him constantly. There's something about the smell of a new born baby that I can't get enough of, although their parents do give me some strange looks haha. I couldn't stop cuddling my little boy, but I had to go off with work for 7 months when he was 11 weeks old, so I used it as an excuse to never put him down. Enjoy him and best of luck for the future.

  14. Wonderful update post! Glad the transition from breast to bottle went well, never had mastitis but believe it's a horrendously painful time. Bless you xx

  15. Sounds like you are all doing so well. Glad you are being well supported - it can make such a difference.

  16. Love this post but it's made me super broody, what a gorgeous boy! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  17. He sounds so very loved and cared for it is lovely to read your post. Popping by from small steps amazing achievements

  18. A lovely update. I'm rely glad you're enjoying your time with you precious bundle. We ended co-sleeping too, even though I thought I never would. Potato wouldn't sleep in his crib or Moses basket and we couldn't fit a cot in our bedroom. On the end, you just have to do what works for you and your family.
    Thanks for linking up with #BinkyLinky

    1. Thanks lovely.
      Yes, you're right - fortunately Taylor has slept quite well in his moses the past few nights. Its when he struggles with his colic that I end up putting him in with me.

  19. Oh gosh he is so so adorable! Love the milestone cards to! I wish I had discovered them when I had my little girl. xxx PlayTravelLive via SSAmazingAchievements

  20. What a fantastic update, our little girl was 12 weeks yesterday and we had the same issue with sleep. She wanted to sleep on us or next to us but it has stopped now. She is still in the moses basket. It's nice that you enjoyed having your other half around for so long. My husband had three weeks off and I couldn't wait for him to go back to work so I could get into a routine lol

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

    1. Haha I have enjoyed getting into a routine I must admit :)

  21. awww this so makes me broody! .. he is so cute Lianne!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  22. Aww what a lovely post :) They are amazing :) #familyfriday

  23. Aww lovely pictures and a great update on your little man. It will be great for you to look back and see his progress. Thanks for linking up with #SSAmazingAchievements
    Jeannette @autismmumma


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