Thursday, 31 July 2014

Through the Eyes of a Newborn

You turn 6 weeks on Sunday and I can only imagine how you see this big world around you. The time is passing by so fast and in years to come, I want to be able to look back on this blog together and laugh about how it all started!

There is so much loud noise, talking, laughing, music…yelling! So many new smells, colours, textures - you must be so intrigued. Sometimes you look at me with great confusion in your eyes and I feel sorry for you, although maybe you’re just wondering what the heck I am doing. I know, if I was you, I’d be worried too!
Everything is new and unfamiliar but you are now beginning to take your surroundings in. Sometimes you stare at me when you’re in my arms, hopefully realising I am your mommy. You seem to have a particular fascination with ceiling lights and love the sound of my camera! (Which is good because it is in action a lot!) 

You love hiccupping and sneezing startles you in the cutest way. Your arms fly up in the air and cover your ears!
You like baths but hate being cold. You scream the house down when you want milk...sometimes I worry the neighbours will think I am murdering my child!   

With Monkey Monkerson (Your daddy named him!)

We are waiting on your first smile now and we can’t wait to see it! I think I may have got one this morning but I can’t be certain it wasn’t wind as a result of you downing a bottle of milk in 15 minutes like a champion. 

Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been great lately and I haven’t gotten you out for as many walks as I would have liked. Your eyes still squint with the sunlight or any natural light so I promise to make an effort to get out lots more! 

We are starting some floor ‘tummy time’ which you don’t like at all! Your neck strength is so strong when you’re lying on me, but once I put you on the floor you stay completely still, or move your legs around, leaving your head firmly on the ground.  I think you say to yourself “YOU get on the floor, Mommy, and I’ll watch you squirm around, idiot” 

I can’t believe how fast you are growing. You are now over 8 lbs. I have to put away all your clothes from the last few weeks because your legs are too long now. Either that, or make shorts out of them! It’s sad how quickly you are growing out of things. It’s a complete wake up call for me to realise this time is going to pass super fast and I need to enjoy every moment of it. 

Almost 6 weeks already and we’ve all survived…now that’s a celebration! 

A few phone pics which I think are great for capturing a moment! 
For more, check out my Instagram link at the top of the page. 

I love you, son.  

Monday, 21 July 2014

He's The Boss

After four weeks of denying it, I have finally realised my life will never be the same anymore. Not for a long time, will I be able to do things on a whim, on my own accord, without giving much thought or consideration.
Before it was so easy to just jump in the car and go shopping, go out for a meal, visit friends. Now there is this whole other mini person who needs to be consulted first. And to be perfectly honest, at the moment, he's not too agreeable.
The reality of it all is just setting in (and I say this in a good way, not in a depressed, I can't believe what I have got myself into, kind of way)
There is definitely no denying it, the power has shifted, there is a new boss and he will be my only ever real boss from here on in.
Watching tv this morning with the baby in his bassinet beside me, I instinctly reached for the remote control to turn down the sudden burst of crying. To my initial surprise, the noise did not cease!

The good days definitely out weigh the bad days; the days when all he wants to do is drink, slowly, very very slowly, then decides getting sick all over himself, me and the sofa is a cool thing to do.

Lots going on the last week..mostly behind closed doors as getting out of the house at the moment is a 3 hour marathon.

Mini birthdays...

Last week we celebrated Tic Tac turning 3 weeks old

This is my favourite pose...tongue out

Look at my long legs...I definitely didn't get them from my parents

Big toe! 

Yesterday Tic Tac turned 1 month. He is changing every day, every hour! He looks different each time he wakes up from a nap...a little more hair, a few more eye lashes, darkening eye brows, chubbier arms (although, they are not quite at chubby stage yet)
His appetite is growing massively; the only thing he is interested in is milk, milk and more milk.
He is much more alert and spends more time awake (mostly looking for milk) and is beginning to recognise there are people around him, poor shmucks waiting on him hand and foot!

We celebrated this one too...

All things small...

My first two books

Random picture: loving my curtains

I said small...

Really small

Have a great week everybody!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

What's Been Happening

Our first walk
Last week we decided to christen the buggy and take Noah out for his first walk.
We couldn't have had a more perfect day. The sun was shining, barely a cloud in the sky and lots of people out and about enjoying the fine weather.
Having been cooped up in a hospital for 3 nights and being at home for a few days without going anywhere, it was a great feeling to be outside and to breathe in the fresh air again.

Noah slept almost the entire time so we had a chance to relax a little and take in our surroundings.

We stopped off next to the Dinghy club for a mini-picnic. If we had been a bit more organised, I would have packed up a proper lunch. Unfortunately, at the moment, it takes me 4 hours to get ready to leave the house!
If the weather stays fine, that will be my excuse to buy a proper picnic basket!

We celebrated 2 weeks of life! (And almost at the 3 week mark now)

Auntie Jac and Uncle Rafa!

Skype dates
Met his Auntie Belu for the first time. Yes, it was over Skype, but we hope one day soon they will meet in real life. I'm so lucky to have such amazing friends that even though they are on different continents, they are still such a huge part of my life and now I hope of my sons.

World Cup
Since my little Tic Tac came so early, we have been able to enjoy the World Cup with him as well as Wimbledon a few weeks ago. A good time to come into the world! As he has 'family' in so many different countries, he hasn't made his mind up who he supports yet but he is with Argentina for the final!

First dinner out! 
We went out for dinner last night for the first time since Noah came. It wasn't planned, we hadn't even prepared the milk correctly, but I had a (post pregnancy) craving for a cheese burger and were right across the road from TGI Friday's. We went for it! Tic Tac behaved like a perfect gentleman all through the meal. And by 'perfect gentleman' I mean he fell asleep at the table and didn't wake up until we got home. Perfect!

I still can’t get over how tiny Noah is. His pictures make him look way bigger than he actually is. I see pictures of other new babies and can’t believe they are the same age or younger than Noah when they look so big in comparison. It’s hard for me to imagine him getting any bigger; I know he will, but at the moment, he is still my sweet, tiny little boy.
I want to embrace and cherish this time and not wish it away because of lack of sleep or being overwhelmed. He will never be as ‘new’ as he is right  now, so I want to take it all in.

I'm trying to find some good baby/mommy blogs/forums. Does anybody have any recommendations?
It would be great to get some advice and share stories with other new moms.

Have a great weekend!