Oskar’s First Swimming Class!

Saturday 25th February 2017 we took Oskar to his very first swimming class! We take him swimming with a company called Water babies! I was so excited to take him, even though I did forget his towel.. the most obvious thing and I forget it. *facepalm* So we found the place and had the health and safety talk, the teachers are really nice!

My other half was worried that he was going to be the only man in the pool with baby but to be honest there were more men in there than women! We have decided to take it in turns to take him in each week.

The classes are only half an hour and it went by so fast! They dipped the babies in and out of the water, getting them used to water in their face by saying “Oskar, ready, go” and then pouring a little water over his face. This is getting them ready to go underwater (Eeeek!)

He did actually go under the water and he didn’t cry once! He was pretty happy in the water I think I was more nervous! My turn to take him in next weekend eek!

Here are some photos ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kirsty x

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Oskar 6 week check-up!ย 

Oskar had his 6 week check up yesterday! It didn’t take very long, she checked his eyes, ears, spine, reflexes, hips etc. He was pretty good and didn’t complain much.. he just wasn’t very keen when she checked his hips. It looked pretty uncomfortable! 

She said she was happy with his progress and he seems to be growing well! ๐Ÿ˜ she didn’t weigh him as I need to take him within the next 2 weeks! 

I had to book his 8 week immunisations yesterday too.. I am not looking forward to that in the slightest ๐Ÿ™ hopefully it all goes well.. on the other hand we have our first swim class on Saturday!! 

Here is my 6 week old baby boy!! 


                         Kirsty x 

Established a bedtime routine!

Establishing a bedtime routine was something that I was pretty nervous about doing with Oskar because he is a pretty light sleeper, we share a bedroom and usually he will fall asleep on you and then wake up as soon as you put him down!

Then I had the questions in my mind like “whats too late?” “whats too early?” etc. for times to put him to bed. Oskar sleeps pretty well and basically sleeps through the night.. So I decided to run him a bath and bath him at about 8:30pm get his pjs on etc. Then turn off the lights and give him his bottle, he usually falls asleep having his bottle and then I put him in his moses basket! By this time it is usually about 9:30 – 10:00pm but the time he actually gets to bed differs, depends onย if he wakes up when I lay him down or not!

He will then usually sleep until approx. 6:30am! We have been doing this for about 5 nights now and I feel that its going really well! He is taking to it much better than I thought ๐Ÿ™‚ (Hopefully it sticks!)

What routine do you have for your little ones?:)

Here is a picture of my smiley nearly 6 week old! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Kirsty x

Sorted the ‘Colic’? & Tummy Time?

Hellooo..

So yesterday morning I decided enough was enough for Oskar, after crying for hours on end me giving him infacol, not seeming to work I gave him gripe water once he turned 4 weeks old which constipated him. Poor child! I decided to get him in at the doctors. (a week before our 6 week check up, typical!) they managed to fit us in at 3pm and I took him down because by this point along with the crying he was being sick after literally every feed, if not then he was bringing up clear liquid along with green runny poo (tmi) but then that turned into constipation! (I think that was from the gripe water.)

By this point I was beginning to think he was intolerant to the baby formula as I was as a baby.. the doctor did all their usual tests and in the end thought he may have reflux. She gave me some baby gaviscon to put in his feeds which seems to be working! He hasn’t been screaming constantly and nappies are back to normal ๐Ÿ™‚ fingers crossed it stays that way!

I also just wanted to ask other mammas out there what age they started doing tummy time with their babies ๐Ÿ™‚ I decided to put Oskar on his tummy using his feeding pillow, he seemed quite content for about 5 minutes or so haha!

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Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Kirsty x

One month postpartum!

One month! I have a one month old! So one month on and I’m starting to feel better physically. My stitches played havoc with me and were sooo painful for about 3 and a half weeks, its just recently that I’ve come off of the paracetamol and I’m able to walk about and stand for much longer periods of time!

Post partum bleeding is still happening but its so much lighter, I’m not sure it will last much longer.. although I’m not sure how long it usually lasts???

I have felt happy in myself just the odd night where he’s crying because of colic and I generally felt like he didn’t want me because once I handed him to someone else he would stop, probably could sense I was getting a little stressed. But he’s starting to settle down now and I’m getting pretty used to it anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ I have had so much support from everyone which I am eternally grateful for.

I’m still taking my iron which the hospital prescribed for me, I still have to take it 3 times a day(yuck!) which I’m not going to lie I sometimes forget to take it!!

I am also able to fit back into my size 6 jeans now eeek! feels so good to wear jeans again as throughout most of my pregnancy I just stuck with leggings and jeggings as maternity jeans were just so baggy on me and I am not a fan of baggy clothes! I can’t wait to go shopping for some new clothes ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also loving that I am now able to sleep on my belly again! I missed it so much when I was pregnant!

I am currently weighing at 7 stone 2, which is still a little over my pre-birth weight but we are getting there! I’ll show you my one month postpartum belly…

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I’m not sure why my belly has gone so dark since being pregnant! The line and definitelyย ย around my belly button!

Kirsty x

Oskar’s Tongue tie appointment & One month update!

One month already!! So, Oskar had his tongue-tie appointment on his one month milestone! His appointment was at 3;30pm, I felt alright when we got to the hospital, it was when we were in the waiting room and I heard another baby that was before Oskar cry that I started to feel apprehensive.

We got into the room and he was fast asleep on me, he slept right through his heel prick test so I was kind of hoping he’d do the same, but I guess it’s hard to sleep when you’ve got someone messing around with your mouth. We did some consent forms and she went through the procedure with me and then I put him up on the bed.

It wasn’t as bad as i thought it was going to be, it literally only took a few minutes. He cried a little bit but stopped as soon as they handed him back to me. There was hardly any bleeding.. probably just as much as if your gum has bled or something. He took his feed straight away, they like them to feed before they let you go because it is meant to help the healing process.

He is healing pretty well ๐Ÿ™‚ He has a small ulcer under his tongue which is yellowy in colour, she said this would happen and is all part of the healing process. She said this will probably stay for about a week. That night, he was a little grizzly but I’m not sure whether that was because he was uncomfortable or because of his colic. We also have to be extra careful with sterilising his bottles and dummies also as he is at risk of infection.

One month milestone!

So I know he is now technically 4 weeks and 2 days, but I took him to get weighed today and I didn’t want to post his update until I knew how much he was weighing at!

Oskar is turning into a right little dude ๐Ÿ™‚ He looks so mature! he weighs 9lbs & 6.5oz and measures at 20.5 inches long ๐Ÿ™‚ He is also beginning to hate being put down! He loves his cuddles too much ๐Ÿ™‚ I made a photo to basically sum up Oskar’s first month see here….

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Heres my boy from just born to 4 weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kirsty x

Colic!?!

Hiii!

So again, tomorrow is the day! Oskar’s tongue tie appointment.. hopefully they don’t cancel on me again ๐Ÿ˜‰ but anyway, I just wanted to write a post about colic and see if anyone else’s baby suffers from colic and what their techniques are etc.

Colic is basicallyย muscle spasms and excess acid created when air bubbles form in a baby’s tummy. When the air bubbles get trapped in a baby’s stomach, the stomach think it is full of food, so acids are produced which would normally break down the food particles. These acids are not needed and can cause irritation. At the same time, because the stomach is full of air bubbles its muscles are unable to relax causing cramps and spasms.

Oskar suffers quite a bit with colic and I feel so bad leaving him to just ‘cry it out’ so I guess thats partially the reason I’m quick to pick him up as soon as he cries, I mean, I wouldn’t want to be just left to cry when I need someone – at 21. Let alone practically a month old (omg..1 month tomorrow!) So Oskar was waking up quite a lot in the night which is not like him at all he is usually a pretty good sleeper, waking up every 5 hours so thats basically only once in the night and around 11am – 1am was his worst time for colic he just screams and nothing I do seems to help!

We tried infacol, which if you’ve never heard of it its just like an orange flavour syrup (best way I can explain) and it has a little doppler thing which you squeeze to get the syrup into the syringe and basically squirt into his mouth. It is meant to help to relieve the gas in his stomach. But this didn’t seem to be working, we tried it for a week and a half or so, maybe a little longer but doesn’t seem to be helping him at all. So after a bad night last night (we didn’t sleep much!!) I’ve bought him some gripe water.

I basically have to give him 5ml of gripe water on a spoon or syringe during or after each feed, so we shall see how it goes! It smells so bad though, I feel sorry for him haha!

Gripe water can’t be used on babies under 1 month old, I know Oskar isn’t quite 1 month yet but 1 day isn’t going to make much difference haha! then babies from 6-12 months can have 10ml. You can buy gripe water at most chemists or drug stores!

This is the one we got:
http://www.boots.com/woodwards-gripe-water-150ml-10006777

Kirsty x