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Imitating B With Grapes On Her Fingers (9th / 11th March 2022)

Grape halves have been pushed onto the fingers and thumb of my right hand. Some grape juice is dripping down my fingers and hand. The back of my hand is facing the camera.
Imitating B With Grapes On Her Fingers (9th / 11th March 2022)
 
#IHaveMentionedThisBeforeAndIAmSureISawBDoThisAMonthOrTwoAgo
#SheLikesToPushHerFingersIntoGrapeHalvesAndThenMoveThemToAndFromHerBowlAndTable
#IHaveNotDoneAnImitationPhotoInAWhileAsIWasTryingToRecordMyPregnancyWithLAsMuchAsPossible
#AndSinceSheHasBeenBornIHaveJustBeenDocumentingOtherThingsLikeMyDeflatingBumpAndBreastfeedingJourney
#AtTheWeekendWeWentToBristolToSeeLotsOfMyBAUniFriendsAndOldLondonFriends
#AFriendWasVisitingFromAbroadAndEveryoneAlwaysMakesTheEffortToSeeHim
#IWasNervousAboutTheJourneyAndStressedALotAboutWhereWeWouldAllSitInTheCar
#InTheEndLSatNextToTiagoAsIfSheCriedWeWouldNeedToStop
#WhereasIfBCriedICouldEntertainHerAndItWorkedOutQuiteWell
#WeWentAfterLunchSoThatBCouldSleepInTheCarButItTookHerHalfAnHourToFallAsleepSoSheOnlyHadAnHourNap
#LFellAsleepStraightAwayAndThereWasNoTrafficSoItWasQuiteAGoodTrip
#WeWalkedIntoTheRoomAndEveryTimeILookedFurtherISawSomeoneElseWhoIHadNotSeenInSoLongAndICriedWhichWasABitEmbarrassing
#WeHadOnlySeenThreeOfThePeopleThereInTheLastYearAndSomeIHadNotSeenForAtLeastFourYears
#ItWasLovelyToMeetACoupleOfOurFriendsKidsForTheFirstTimeAsBAndThreeOthersWereBornWithinAboutFiveMonths
#BWasShyAtFirstButThenSheWasHappyRunningAroundAndHadAGreatTime
#IWasNervousAboutPossiblyGettingCovidButWeDidTestsLastNightAndTheyWereNegative
#WeCameHomeAtBedtimeAndLTookHalfAnHourToFallAsleepWhereasBDidNotSleepUntilTheLastFiveMinutes
#BeforeWeLeftOurFriendSaidThatAllKidsFallAsleepInTheCarWhichObviouslyCursedUs
#LuckilyItWasNotTooBadThoughAndAsIWasSatNextToBIGotToEntertainHer
#IAmSoHappyWeWentAsItWasHowIThoughtThingsWouldHaveBeenDuringEarlyMotherhoodIfItWasNotForThePandemic
#HangingOutWithFriendsAndTheirKidsAndJustHavingAFunTime
#AsIAmNoLongerPregnantIWantToGetOutABitMoreNowAndLiveLife
#EarlierIWasThinkingAboutHowIfIHadNotBeenPregnantForMostOfLastYearThenIProbablyWouldHaveTakenBOutToALotMorePlaces
#IFeelLikeSheHasMissedOutOnStuffButSheIsNotReallyAwareAndAtLeastSheGotToGoToNurseryWhichIThinkSheReallyEnjoys
#ObviouslyWeNeedToBeCarefulStillBecauseWeLiveWithNanButNanGoesShoppingALotAndDoesNotSeemToBotheredAboutItAll
#LHasNotBeenSoGoodAtNappingLatelyOrIFindSheIsGoodAtNappingWhenBIsAtNurseryButNotWhenSheIsNot
#IThinkItIsBecauseIJustHopeThatLWillFallAsleepDownstairsButSheDoesNotUnlessWeHaveBeenOutForAWalk
#SoINeedToJustWatchTheTimeAndPutHerDownForANapAsSheIsQuiteGoodAtFallingAsleepByHerselfInTheCot
#SheHasSleptForSixHoursInTheNightACoupleOfTimesWhichIsGoodButThenIGetStressedAboutGettingHerToDrinkAllMyMilk
#ICanNotBeBotheredToExpressInTheMiddleOfTheNightButByMidMorningTheySeemQuiteEmptyAgainHurrah
Grape halves have been pushed onto the fingers and thumb of my right hand. My fingers and thumb are close together and it's a side view of my hand.
Imitating B With Grapes On Her Fingers (9th / 11th March 2022) II

#IHaveMentionedThisBeforeAndIAmSureISawBDoThisAMonthOrTwoAgo #SheLikesToPushHerFingersIntoGrapeHalvesAndThenMoveThemToAndFromHerBowlAndTable Yeah, I mentioned it in my last post. I’ve wanted to photograph it for a while but ….

#IHaveNotDoneAnImitationPhotoInAWhileAsIWasTryingToRecordMyPregnancyWithLAsMuchAsPossible

People keep asking me if we want another kid. No. I would definitely be spreading myself too thin, which isn’t fair on the kids. So I wanted to make sure I documented my pregnancy as well as possible. I probably should have been a bit more experimental with my approach at times, but oh well.

#AndSinceSheHasBeenBornIHaveJustBeenDocumentingOtherThingsLikeMyDeflatingBumpAndBreastfeedingJourney

All those important early weeks things.

#AtTheWeekendWeWentToBristolToSeeLotsOfMyBAUniFriendsAndOldLondonFriends #AFriendWasVisitingFromAbroadAndEveryoneAlwaysMakesTheEffortToSeeHim

He always sends a quite last minute message saying ‘I’ll be here on this date’ and everyone drops everything to go see him. I’d mentioned it to Tiago a week ago and he did not seem too keen and I was quite ill, but when I mentioned it again he seemed up for it and I felt better.

#IWasNervousAboutTheJourneyAndStressedALotAboutWhereWeWouldAllSitInTheCar #InTheEndLSatNextToTiagoAsIfSheCriedWeWouldNeedToStop #WhereasIfBCriedICouldEntertainHerAndItWorkedOutQuiteWell

Initially I was thinking that I should sit between them, but my Dad said if we got in an accident I’d get squashed. Then we thought B should go in the front, but she’d have to face forward and that seemed distracting for Tiago.

#WeWentAfterLunchSoThatBCouldSleepInTheCarButItTookHerHalfAnHourToFallAsleepSoSheOnlyHadAnHourNap

She usually has 2 – 2 and a half hours.

#LFellAsleepStraightAwayAndThereWasNoTrafficSoItWasQuiteAGoodTrip

I made sure L was fed before we went.

#WeWalkedIntoTheRoomAndEveryTimeILookedFurtherISawSomeoneElseWhoIHadNotSeenInSoLongAndICriedWhichWasABitEmbarrassing

I’d be like ‘oh it’s …’ then look up and see someone else and say ‘oh it’s …’ and repeat until I cried…

#WeHadOnlySeenThreeOfThePeopleThereInTheLastYearAndSomeIHadNotSeenForAtLeastFourYears

We’d met up with a couple and their kid. We were supposed to see them again in September, but their kid was ill and we decided that we didn’t want to potentially catch it as I was pregnant etc.

#ItWasLovelyToMeetACoupleOfOurFriendsKidsForTheFirstTimeAsBAndThreeOthersWereBornWithinAboutFiveMonths

It was nice to be pregnant at the same time and share tips and things. B is the oldest of the four, but not by much.

#BWasShyAtFirstButThenSheWasHappyRunningAroundAndHadAGreatTime

It was so nice to see her in the company of friends.

#IWasNervousAboutPossiblyGettingCovidButWeDidTestsLastNightAndTheyWereNegative

I knew there was a possibility that we might catch it, but I really wanted to see people. I’ve been shut away for so long and I wanted B to meet people. There are still so many people that B hasn’t met. L got to meet a lot of people within her first month – it took me a while to fill in all the names of the ‘this month I met…’ section of her baby book.

#WeCameHomeAtBedtimeAndLTookHalfAnHourToFallAsleepWhereasBDidNotSleepUntilTheLastFiveMinutes

I really thought we’d have to stop for L. I think she was rooting around, but then she just went to sleep. Phew. I had fed her LOTS before we left.

#BeforeWeLeftOurFriendSaidThatAllKidsFallAsleepInTheCarWhichObviouslyCursedUs

Lol.

#LuckilyItWasNotTooBadThoughAndAsIWasSatNextToBIGotToEntertainHer

We were trying to discreetly eat snacks but B would just hear things rustling and put her hand out. I was trying to entertain her, but then giving her space to fall asleep but obviously it did not go well.

#IAmSoHappyWeWentAsItWasHowIThoughtThingsWouldHaveBeenDuringEarlyMotherhoodIfItWasNotForThePandemic #HangingOutWithFriendsAndTheirKidsAndJustHavingAFunTime

A friend pointed out that they’re only just getting to the age where they interact more, but I wanted to hang out with people and see people. I’ve met a lot of dog walkers around here, but not many people with kids.

#AsIAmNoLongerPregnantIWantToGetOutABitMoreNowAndLiveLife #EarlierIWasThinkingAboutHowIfIHadNotBeenPregnantForMostOfLastYearThenIProbablyWouldHaveTakenBOutToALotMorePlaces

One of those fun shower daydreams where I’m like ‘I could have taken B to the sea life centre and gone to the shops and blah blah blah’. To be fair with the money we spend on her nursery we could have been out doing cool activities but it felt like too much of a risk being pregnant, and I forget that I was not vaccinated for a lot of last year. Now I’m triple vaccinated I feel better about things, but I guess they are starting to wear off now.

#IFeelLikeSheHasMissedOutOnStuffButSheIsNotReallyAwareAndAtLeastSheGotToGoToNurseryWhichIThinkSheReallyEnjoys

Do I remember what I was getting up to when I was a year and a half? Nope.

#ObviouslyWeNeedToBeCarefulStillBecauseWeLiveWithNanButNanGoesShoppingALotAndDoesNotSeemToBotheredAboutItAll

She goes stir crazy when she’s in the house too much too. The weather is getting better now so at least she can go out into the garden more soon.

#LHasNotBeenSoGoodAtNappingLatelyOrIFindSheIsGoodAtNappingWhenBIsAtNurseryButNotWhenSheIsNot

It’s my fault basically.

#IThinkItIsBecauseIJustHopeThatLWillFallAsleepDownstairsButSheDoesNotUnlessWeHaveBeenOutForAWalk

When B is at nursery I’ll put L down in her cot. When B is home I feel bad running off to put L in her cot and it’s a faff if she cries and I have to go get her again etc, but I need to start doing it.

#SoINeedToJustWatchTheTimeAndPutHerDownForANapAsSheIsQuiteGoodAtFallingAsleepByHerselfInTheCot

I put her there just before writing this and she went off quite fast. If she’s like this now then hopefully sleep training will be alright. At this point B had a dummy and was a lot harder to put down for naps I think – but her wake windows were also a lot shorter. We bought dummies for L, just in case but once we changed her sleeping bag we realised we did not need them.

#SheHasSleptForSixHoursInTheNightACoupleOfTimesWhichIsGoodButThenIGetStressedAboutGettingHerToDrinkAllMyMilk

Probably not the best idea when I’ve had mastitis but I think the lecithin tablets I take now are good for helping to unclog ducts, and I’m tired. I need to sleep.

#ICanNotBeBotheredToExpressInTheMiddleOfTheNightButByMidMorningTheySeemQuiteEmptyAgainHurrah

Often I faff for ages trying to get L to drink more when she doesn’t want to, so last night I was putting her back down when she fell asleep while drinking and I fell asleep pretty quickly each time. She slept for four and a half hours (I’d tried to do a dream feed but it wasn’t successful), and then she slept for ~2 hours, ~1 hour and ~1 hour. I couldn’t really burp her though after her long feed so maybe that’s why she slept less, or because she didn’t drink as much as she normally would at the night feeds. Hmm.


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