4 months

The last 3 weeks we have seen a huge amount of change in Baby Girl. Suddenly, she can hold a toy & grasp at things; she has favourite toys; & she has the most infectious hearty little giggle.

Baby Girl’s new favourite game is Peek-a-Boo with a muslin. Every time we whip the cloth away we’re met with delight & a fresh set of smiles & giggles. So naturally, her dad & I love this game too.

She’s also started rolling over – quite a big milestone for littl’uns. She’s always enjoyed her tummy time (she can now push right off the ground) so had incentive to master the rollie-pollie. But now keeps flipping herself when we put her down in her cot to sleep. & as you can see, her new skill is really helping with day to day tasks as well…

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Apparently one of the big abilities that comes with the horrendous experience that was Leap 4 (cue despair & tears upon memory…) is that Baby Girl responds to her name. So far, we haven’t seen this, but we have noticed that if we call to her, she looks around to find us. So this seems a very good step in the right direction.

See more Finding Our Feet The Wonder Weeks posts.

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FINDING OUR FEET IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE WONDER WEEKS. WE JUST REALLY LIKE THE APP. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE INDEPENDENT AND MY OWN.
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The big move: night two

No better. Still waking up every other hour. Still shattered.

I slept in the nursery again as I said I would & went to bed at 8:30 last night in an attempt to get a block of sleep before the night began… The little terror just woke up earlier in the night! It’s like she knows.

I don’t think this is a result of changing rooms though. She knows the nursery from day time naps & changing sessions. I think this is to do with Leap 4 or what seems to be (thanks Google) a common sleep regression around four months. I should find comfort in this. I don’t. I just miss sleep.

On a positive note, however, Baby Girl does seem to enjoy having more space in the cot. I found her this morning at the opposite end (though she’d managed to take the blanket with her), at a 45′ angle, with a big smile on her face. It was like she was saying, “Mama, Mama, look what I did!”

The big move: night one

I am exhausted. Baby Girl’s first night in the nursery was long.

She took an extra 30 minutes or so to get to sleep; I had to sit humming next to the cot, which I’ve never done before even before she could settle herself. She then woke up at 1am for a brief feed. Then 3am. Then 5:15. And the day began.

I had about 4 hours sleep in total as unfortunately had gone to bed late last night getting things straight following our return from holiday. In truth, last night was no different to how she was on holiday (I slept less in that fortnight than I had for weeks at home. I’ve returned paler than ever with bags under my eyes!). I fear she’s got used to feeding during the night again after the warmer weather in France caused her to feed more often. Or perhaps she’s just unsettled because of Leap 4. Which I suppose I should be grateful it’s that rather than her being unsettled in the nursery.

But whatever the reason, I ended up sleeping in the nursery last night (which has a spare bed in it as well as we currently live in a part furnished rented apartment & the landlord refuses to remove the bed. Thankfully at the moment!) & will be again tonight as if she’s waking up this frequently, it’s just easier to be in the same room as her. Not exactly the most romantic of set ups for the other half & I though.

Fingers crossed night two is better…

How time flies

A year ago today I was peeing on a stick.

I didn’t think anything of being a week & a half late. My body doesn’t exactly run like clock work. But the future father of my child insisted I took a pregnancy test. So, that fateful Wednesday, I dutifully, if not a little begrudgingly, did so before I went to work.

Low & behold it was positive. So I went out & bought another one. It was also positive. Then I called the other half & ate humble pie. He came home from work, I called in sick & we sat staring at the two sticks for a while.

An hour later the doorbell rang. I’d completely forgotten my dad & H were picking up the airbed. We had two options. My boyfriend could hide in the bedroom while I got rid of them as quickly & non-suspiciously as possible. Or we came clean.

We chose the latter. My dad’s first words? “Oh. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree does it!” Mom’s first words a few hours later? “Oh! Congratulations! That’s a surprise!”

Well, it’s been a whirlwind year with numerous highs & lows. And as I type this, I have a little bundle breast feeding skin-to-skin with me in bed. In truth, I wasn’t prepared for how my life would change. Given the choice last year, I’d have probably chosen to get a kitten instead & Baby Girl’s dad would have got a puppy. Having only held two babies in my life I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

But so far, it beats getting a puppy. Or even a kitten.

The Wonder Weeks: Leap 4’s a bitch

A month or so ago, I wrote how Baby Girl sometimes struggled to settle for me as the smell of milk was confusing for her & my sneaky ways to trick her into sleeping. Another Mummy-blogger commented that soon enough Baby Girl would only settle for me & to enjoy the freedom (& non-aching arms) while it lasted.

Well, with Leap 4, that time has come. Sadly for me, it’s while we’re on holiday. A time I was looking forward to having her dad here to help all day & night. Baby Girl cried for an hour this afternoon as he tried to get her to nap. As soon as I came & relieved him, she calmed. Same last night at bedtime. Same all week.

She doesn’t always go to sleep, however. She sits on my shoulder, sucking her thumb, staring endlessly into space. No amount of facing a white wall or shielding her eyes seems to help her nod off. My right shoulder is killing me. And her dad is becoming increasingly irate that he can’t give me a break.

What’s more, she’s unable to sleep through the night with the heat & wakes up at once or twice thirsty. Not quite what we’d expected, but at least I’m endlessly swaying looking out over the Provence hills instead of East London apartment buildings. And the sunrises are beautiful. Yes. I’ve seen a few of them.

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FINDING OUR FEET IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE WONDER WEEKS. WE JUST REALLY LIKE THE APP. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE INDEPENDENT AND MY OWN.

Professor X’s latest protogé

Baby Girl has just entered Leap 4 of the Wonder Weeks, in which she puts all her skills from Leaps 1-3 together & becomes a much more interactive little soul. It’s also 35 days of a grumpy little baby. God help us.

I was reading the new abilities she’s mastering to her dad & he asked why this would make her grumpy. ‘Because she might be a bit overwhelmed by her new skills,’ I replied.

‘Like X-Men.’ He said. Completely straight faced.

And so it’s dawned on me. This is the level I need to discuss all things baby on & I’ll have his full attention. So, Baby Girl is now the latest member of the X-Men crew.

We’ll call her Scream.

Mutant ability: ear piercing cry that shatters glass & bursts mere mortals’ ear drums & stops all living creatures in their tracks.

NB: Baby Girl’s dad has requested I note he’s not an absolute nerd. He’s not even really into comics. Just films. And X-box.

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FINDING OUR FEET IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE WONDER WEEKS. WE JUST REALLY LIKE THE APP. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE INDEPENDENT AND MY OWN.

App Review: The Wonder Weeks

Blurb: a calendar explaining your baby’s development based on 30 years of research. Talks about developmental ‘leaps’; eg, leap 1 is a baby’s senses becoming heightened outside the womb; leap 2 includes eyesight & hand recognition. The Wonder Weeks system uses by your due date rather than birth date so if your little one was prem or quite late, it doesn’t affect the result as your baby’s development won’t have changed.20140428-031036 pm.jpg

From the writers of the best selling book The Wonder Weeks

App Store: £1.49
Google Play: £1.25
Worth it? Every penny.

Thoughts: *****
Very clear, easy to understand & is spookily accurate. So much so, I’m convinced Baby Girl reads each leap ahead of time so she knows what to do & how to act. I cannot recommend this app enough.

The app charts how the leaps may affect your baby’s mood – will they be overwhelmed? Or maybe they’re happy as a clam because suddenly they can grasp that toy for themselves. You can also chart multiple babies at one time.

The Wonder Weeks have also introduced the Leap Alarm; an email service reminding you the week before your baby starts a leap.

You can read our full experience of The Wonder Weeks (so far) here or each leap specifically below:
Leap 4: Events
Leap 5: Relationships
Leap 6: Categories
Leap 7: Sequences, AKA a slap in the face
Leap 8: Programs
Leap 9: Principles
Leap 10: The World of Systems

The information in this post was updated in April 2016. 

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FINDING OUR FEET IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE WONDER WEEKS. WE JUST REALLY LIKE THE APP. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE INDEPENDENT AND MY OWN.