This week is the sixth week we’ve been home with N after his early arrival, and probably only the second or so that being home has felt completely normal. The first few weeks were a blur of adjusting, of worrying about germs and so not going out much, of worrying about heat (it was so hot – how best to keep our tiny baby cool?!) and of wanting to show him off but knowing we weren’t supposed to over expose him for a while. Recently we have had far more visitors which has been lovely.
Last week I met up with some other neonatal mums and their babies (my version of NCT I guess!) and this week I made it to my first local baby group! We still have lazy days where I’m still in pjs at 3pm but I’m going to try to make myself leave the house on any day that we don’t have guests from now on I think.
A new baby and the accompanying sleep deprivation don’t make for much reading time. I spend a lot of time on my phone; I should probably get back into ebooks as real ones require two hands and that’s a luxury I rarely have right now! I have started to dip in and out of ‘What to Expect: The First Year’ this week as it dawned on me that we are into N’s “normal” newborn stage now (he’s three weeks over his due date) and I’ve been so focused on his prematurity that I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to be doing for his normal development!
I’ve been rewatching Game of Thrones this month in anticipation of the new season! It also helps to have something I’ve seen before (and therefore don’t need to concentrate much on!) while breastfeeding. I do love the epicness of this show. V and I are also trying to finish Bloodlines on Netflix; we liked season 1 but are on 3 now and I’m struggling because I’m not really rooting for any of the characters.
I’ve also spent hours stating at my little boy and trying to soak in all the detail so I don’t forget what these early days were like. Baby feet, teeny eyelashes, little dimples. I know I’m biased but I think he’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
This week I’ve listened to lots of Adele along with the odd nursery rhyme when trying to get N to settle. Plus some baby crying of course, particularly in the evening or during nappy changes!
Not much if I’m honest! V has been in charge of dinners recently, it’s a joke in our house that N knows when it’s my dinner time and wants a huge feed, so I’ve eaten a lot of meals lukewarm or with one hand!
These days my outfits are chosen based on what’s clean and easy to breastfeed in, so nothing that special! I do love this dress which I found online – really comfy and the breastfeeding panels are hidden so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a nursing dress.
I also used this beautiful handbag for the first time which was a present from V for my birthday in May, when we were still in the hospital. It’s lovely – and big enough to fit all the baby essentials! At the moment we normally take N out in the pram but, with a changing bag that fits over the handles, but I want to sometimes take him out in the baby carrier and then I’d happily use this bag for both his and my gear.
Despite worrying about keeping N cool I am loving the beautiful weather we’re having. Last summer we were in a flat with no direct access to the garden – this summer we’re enjoying having the back door constantly open, al fresco meals and the odd barbecue!