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Tiago’s First Dad Injury (28th September 2020)

A cut on Tiago's back from scraping it on a chest of drawers
Tiago’s First Dad Injury (28th September 2020)
 
#WellThisHappenedAt4ThisMorning
#BWokeUpAt2ButIManagedToGetHerToSleepABitLonger
#At4WhenSheWokeUpAgainIGotHerUpAsIThoughtWhenIWakeHerAt7ItIsAGoodGapBetweenFeeds
#OfCourseWeSleptUntil8Thirty
#Whoops
#Anyways
#TiagoChangedBsNappyBeforeIWasGoingToFeedHer
#HeStoodUpAndScrapedHisBackUpASlightlyOpenDrawer
#HeMadeSomeKindOfPainedSound
#IMadeHimGetTheAntisepticCream
#IWasThinkingAboutAskingIfCouldPhotographItButIDidNotThinkItWouldMakeMuchOfAnInterestingPicture
#ButIFeelLikeALotOfTheseProjectPicturesAreNotThatInteresting
#Around9ThirtyThisEveningHeAskedMeToTakeAPictureOfTheCutOnHisPhoneSoHeCouldSeeIt
#ISaidICanTakeAQuoteProfessionalUnquotePictureOfItAndIWasSurprisedThatHeAgreedToIt
#HeSatOnASmallTableWhilstIPhotographedHimAndHeWasOnHisPhone
#InOtherClumsyNews
#TodayWeWentToARestaurantForTheFirstTimeInIGuessAFewWeeks
#WeEndedUpSittingOnHighStools
#WeHadHadToMakeAReservationAndThanksToMyWakingUpLateWeArrivedDuringBsAwakeTime
#SoWeTookItInTurnsToHoldHerAsWeAte
#SheSeemedToLikeLookingAtEveryoneAndEverythingSoIFeltLessBadForHerMissingOutOnMoreFunPlayTime
#IWasHoldingHerButIWantedToEatABitSoIDidAndIStartedToDaydreamTheWayIDoWhenIEat
#NextThingIKnowISeeHerHandGoingForTheBowlButIWasSlowToReactAndShePouredMisoSoupOnMeAndHer
#OfCourseMeAndTheFloorGotMostOfIt
#SheJustHadABitOfAWetSleeve
#ItWasColdAsICanNotHandleHotFoodSoIHadMovedItOutOfTheWayUntilItCooledDown
#YesterdaySheWentToTheBeachForTheFirstTimeAndSheFeltSand
#IDoNotKnowWhatSheThoughtOfItButItWasNiceToDoSomethingDifferentWhileTheWeatherWasGood
#WeWalkedInSomeWoodsTooAndSheJustSpentALotOfTimeStaringUpAtTheTrees
#IAmLookingForwardToGoingCampingWithHerOneDay

I didn’t bother writing a blog post on the day as I thought it had said everything that needed to be said.

I also planned to combine the image with our next family portrait, however I realised that it makes it annoying to post when I have two sets of hashtags so they are better off being separate.

Tiago’s cut is healing quite nicely now.

We haven’t gone to a restaurant since the miso incident – not because of that, but because of the pandemic.

For those not in the know, the Liverpool region (where we live) is now in tier 3 of a new 3-tier system. Tier 3 means very high alert and at the moment we are in the only area to have these restrictions

I’m sure it won’t be long until other areas join us, but this now means we can do even less than before. I have no interest in going to pubs or casinos, but we can no longer go to our swimming slot on Saturday.

It’s a shame as this was a nice family activity to do, and only three families are allowed in the pool area at once so it was pretty safe. I get it, but it’s annoying.

Anyways, I’ll keep this post short as we’re actually in the process of moving.

I’ll talk about this more in future posts, but in the last week we’ve decided to move to Birmingham to be closer to my/our family. We’ve given notice on our flat and we’re now in our last month, though we plan to be out of here as soon as possible.

Who knows how long this pandemic will go on for? I doubt things will improve much in Liverpool anytime soon, and we’re basically just paying a lot of money to feel stuck in our flat and away from family who are missing out on B growing up.

T mainly works from home these days and if he has to drive to up North here and there, then that’s better than being up North permanently.

It’s already starting to get quite cold up here, so it makes sense to go before winter really sets in and things feel even more miserable…

Liverpool, it’s been great to live in you. We never knew how long we were going to be here, and in the end it turned out to be less than 2 years. We’ve met some lovely people, ate some great food (Liverpool has really good restaurants), and had some nice walks.

Shame it had to end like this, but B will always be our little Scouser. I look forward to bringing her back when she’s older and showing her around the first place she lived.

Time to pack up the flat, and for new adventures!


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I Smacked My Nose Round The Corner Of A Wall (9th September 2020)

I Smacked My Nose Round The Corner Of A Wall (9th September 2020)
 
#ParentingIsDangerousOrAtLeastMyOwnStupidityIs
#BHasNotBeenSleepingWellForAWeekOrSo
#SheUsedToPutHerselfToSleepForSomeNaps
#AndNowSheJustCriesWhenIPutHerInHerCot
#SoYesterdayWeWatchedSomeVideosOnSleepTipsAndSheManagedToSleepFor5HoursForTheFirstTimeInAges
#SheDidWakeUpButSheManagedToGoBackToSleep
#ItWasSayingYouShouldTryToLetBabiesHaveANapInTheirCotAtLeastOnceADay
#SoThisMorningTiagoPutHerDownForANap
#SheWasTalkingToHerselfSoIWentInToCheckOnHerAfterAWhile
#ThenIWentToLeaveButSawAMilkBottleLidOnMyBedsideTableSoILeantAroundTheCornerToPickItUpAsIDidNotWantToBeInHerFieldOfVision
#ItHasBeenThereForAWeekButObviouslyTodayIHadToPickItUp
#ThenWhenIStoodBackUpAndWentToMoveAwayAtTheSameTimeISmackedMyNoseRoundTheWallCorner
#TiagoWasInTheNextRoomSoISaidDidYouHearThat
#ThenIJustKneltDownAndPutMyHeadOnTheFloorHalfLaughingHalfCrying
#TheNoiseWasSoLoud
#TiagoSaidHeThoughtItWasTheSoundOfASwitchAndThatHeThoughtIHadBeenElectrocutedALittleOrSomething
#IWasCryingInShockMoreThanAnythingButIWasWorriedThatIHadBrokenMyNoseAndIWasLaughingAtMyStupidity
#TiagoSmashedUpSomeIceAndPutItInATowelForMe
#ITookSomePicturesStraightAwayAsBWasStillTryingToSleepInHerCot
#AtSomePointIHadTheIceTowelTiedToMyHeadToTryToWriteTheseHashtags
#IShouldHaveJustLeftBTalkingToHerselfButAsIDisturbedHerSheStartedCryingSoNowSheIsInHerCarrierOnMe
#IThinkSheGotToThePointOfBeingOverTiredWhichMakesItHarderForHerToFallToSleep
#IAmStoodWithASmallTableOnTheTableJustBouncingHerUpAndDownMakingShushingSoundsSoICanTryToDoSomeWork
#IHaveALittleCutOnMyNoseAndBHasOneTooFromScratchingHerNoseTheOtherNight
#WeHadCutHerNailsButWeNeedToGetBetterAtFilingThem
#IThinkMyNoseWillContinueToLookWorseAndItIsStartingToHurtABitMore
#TheGoodThingIsWithThisEraOfTheFaceMasksIsThatICanJustPutOneOnWhenIGoForWalksAndNoOneWillSeeMyBigRedNose
#SomeOfThePicturesFromTheShootLookLikeIHaveJustFashionedABigFaceMaskForMyselfOrLikeItIsBreathingApparatus
#IMightStillGetSomeWeirdLooksAsSomePeopleDoNotLikeToWearThemButAtLeastPeopleUnderstandWhyOthersDoWearThem
#INeedToReadMoreAboutThe3To4MonthSleepRegressionAsIThinkWeHaveHitThatPoint

(I wrote this post on 9th September.)

#ParentingIsDangerousOrAtLeastMyOwnStupidityIs

Tiago blamed sleep deprivation, but it was just me not being careful.

#BHasNotBeenSleepingWellForAWeekOrSo #SheUsedToPutHerselfToSleepForSomeNaps #AndNowSheJustCriesWhenIPutHerInHerCot

There had been a few long nights…

We usually do a dream feed, but the night before she did not sleep for hours afterwards so we thought we would skip it. She woke up by herself at 10.30pm, but at least I had got some sleep so when she didn’t go back to sleep for over two hours I wasn’t losing it like the night before. I ended up feeding her and she fell asleep on me, then stayed asleep when I put her in her cot.

#SoYesterdayWeWatchedSomeVideosOnSleepTipsAndSheManagedToSleepFor5HoursForTheFirstTimeInAges #SheDidWakeUpButSheManagedToGoBackToSleep

Tiago said she woke up at 2am, but he just gentled rocked B’s chest and she went back to sleep. Apparently I woke up but I don’t remember it. They tend to wake up between sleep cycles, so the tips were about not rushing to feed them and trying other things first. They also said that no one really sleeps through the night, but we just learn how to go back to sleep.

Also, it still felt like I had only been asleep for 5 minutes.

#ItWasSayingYouShouldTryToLetBabiesHaveANapInTheirCotAtLeastOnceADay

It also said the first nap of the day is usually the easiest. I have found this to be true, which is why I try to do the first one in the cot and then take her for a walk in the afternoon.

#SoThisMorningTiagoPutHerDownForANap #SheWasTalkingToHerselfSoIWentInToCheckOnHerAfterAWhile

I put her dummy back in, but I should have just left it.

#ThenIWentToLeaveButSawAMilkBottleLidOnMyBedsideTableSoILeantAroundTheCornerToPickItUpAsIDidNotWantToBeInHerFieldOfVision #ItHasBeenThereForAWeekButObviouslyTodayIHadToPickItUp #ThenWhenIStoodBackUpStraightAndWentToMoveAwayAtTheSameTimeISmackedMyNoseRoundTheWallCorner

Genius.

#TiagoWasInTheNextRoomSoISaidDidYouHearThat #ThenIJustKneeltDownAndPutMyHeadOnTheFloorHalfLaughingHalfCrying #TheNoiseWasSoLoud #TiagoSaidHeThoughtItWasTheSoundOfASwitchAndThatHeThoughtIHadBeenElectrocutedALittleOrSomething #IWasCryingInShockMoreThanAnythingButIWasWorriedThatIHadBrokenMyNoseAndIWasLaughingAtMyStupidity

It was a proper smack. I could not believe that I did it…

#TiagoSmashedUpSomeIceAndPutItInATowelForMe

I never think about things like this, so it’s good that he did.

#ITookSomePicturesStraightAwayAsBWasStillTryingToSleepInHerCot

Of course I had to do a shoot. Without the towel my nose just looked a bit pink, but I might take more photos if it gets worse. I hope it doesn’t though…

(Note: It got worse, but I didn’t take a photograph of it – well it does feature in other photos I guess.)

#AtSomePointIHadTheIceTowelTiedToMyHeadToTryToWriteTheseHashtags

I had it tied with another towel, then I tried to use a headband. Tiago replaced the ice with a bag of beans but it was too awkward, so I got something that is meant to be put on your boobs for pain relief. It shapes to my nose a bit better, but I think the initial ice was the best thing.

#IShouldHaveJustLeftBTalkingToHerselfButAsIDisturbedHerSheStartedCryingSoNowSheIsInHerCarrierOnMe

The thing with babies is you never know how they will react, so it’s so easy afterwards to say ‘I should have done this’. Also Tiago looked after her whilst I had a bit more of a sleep, so I didn’t really know how long she had been trying to sleep for etc.

#IThinkSheGotToThePointOfBeingOverTiredWhichMakesItHarderForHerToFallToSleep

I try to follow some kind of schedule, but I need to read her cues more. For me the most obvious sign is still when her eyebrows go pink.

#IAmStoodWithASmallTableOnTheTableJustBouncingHerUpAndDownMakingShushingSoundsSoICanTryToDoSomeWork

My back is starting to hurt. Will have to try to put her down to sleep in the cot next time, otherwise I’ll take her out for a walk.

#IHaveALittleCutOnMyNoseAndBHasOneTooFromScratchingHerNoseTheOtherNight #WeHadCutHerNailsButWeNeedToGetBetterAtFilingThem

I usually cover over her hands with the built in mittens in her onesies, but as she sucks her hands more now I think it is good to leave them uncovered sometimes so she can self-soothe. However, her hands get quite cold and I think this is why she wakes up sometimes.

(Note: We now swaddle her during naps/sleep at home, so we don’t have this issue so much at the moment. When she starts to roll over in her cot then we won’t be able to swaddle her anymore though.)

The nail file is so awkward, I find it harder than the scissors.

#IThinkMyNoseWillContinueToLookWorseAndItIsStartingToHurtABitMore

I should probably keep the ice on it more, but it’s a bit annoying. Okay, okay, I’ll put it back on.

#TheGoodThingIsWithThisEraOfTheFaceMasksIsThatICanJustPutOneOnWhenIGoForWalksAndNoOneWillSeeMyBigRedNose #SomeOfThePicturesFromTheShootLookLikeIHaveJustFashionedABigFaceMaskForMyselfOrLikeItIsBreathingApparatus #IMightStillGetSomeWeirdLooksAsSomePeopleDoNotLikeToWearThemButAtLeastPeopleUnderstandWhyOthersDoWearThem

I wear masks in shops and inside places, but I don’t while walking – though I think this will change today. Shops don’t seem to tell people off for not wearing face masks. Some restaurants have all staff everyone wearing masks or visors, whilst others don’t have them on. It looks like the rules are changing again anyways.

(Note: Now we have local lockdown and we have to wear masks in communal spaces in the building we live in. A lot of people still don’t seem to, but I do.)

#INeedToReadMoreAboutThe3To4MonthSleepRegressionAsIThinkWeHaveHitThatPoint

The joys of parenthood. Everyday is a school day.


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My First Pushchair Injury (18th August 2020)

My First Pushchair Injury (18th August 2020)
 
#INeverKnowWhatToCallBsVehicle
#TheWebsiteIBoughtItFromCallsItAStrollerButIThoughtThatWasTheSameAsAPushchair
#JustHadAResearch
#APramIsForNewborns
#APushchairIsForWhenTheyAreABitOlderAndCanSitUp
#AStrollerIsSuitableForToddlersAndYoungChildren
#ABuggyCanMeanAPushchairOrStroller
#WellItIsAStrollerWithABassinetOnItRightNow
#IAmKeepingTheTitleAsPushchairAsStrollerSoundsLikeIAmStrollingAbout
#WhichIWasToBeFairButNotWhenIHurtMyselfOnIt
#WeWentToMeetSomePeopleFromOurNCTGroup
#WeHadOurCourseOnlineNearly4MonthsAgoAndWeTalkEverydayInTheMumsWhatsAppGroup
#ThereAre8BabiesIncludingB
#5OfThemWereThereAndItWasTheFirstTimeIHadMetTwoOfThem
#ItIsFunnyAsIFeelLikeIHaveMetEveryoneInRealLifeButIAmStillYetToMeetThreeOfThem
#ThereIsAbout7WeeksBetweenTheOldestAndTheYoungestBaby
#WeMetInAParkAndJustStoodAboutChattingBabiesAndTV
#ForTheRecordWeAreMainlyWatchingSellingSunsetAndThisIsUs
#IBreastfedInPublicForTheSecondAndThirdTimeYesterdayAndTodaySoThatIsGood
#TheGroupHasBeenGreatAsItIsNiceToKnowThatOtherPeopleAreGoingThroughTheSameThing
#EspeciallyWithBeingPregnantGivingBirthAndHavingANewbornInAPandemic
#EveryoneLeftAndTBAndMeWentForABitMoreOfAWalk
#IThinkMyKneeHurtsFromWalkingOnSoMuchCobbledFloor
#ItWasTheFirstTimeTakingTheStrollerInTheCar
#SoWeHaveNotPutItUpAndDownMuch
#IWentToPutItDownAndICouldSeePeopleBehindWalkingCloseBySoIFeltUnderPressure
#ItWouldNotSeemToFoldSoIPushedItABitMore
#AndThenSuddenlyItWentAndIGuessItCaughtMyFinger
#IHaveNotChosenTheImageYetButIThinkIWillGoForOneWhereMyFingerLooksABitLikeASnake
#OfCourseAsSoonAsIHurtMyFingerIThoughtIWillPhotographThisLaterAndSoIDid

 

#INeverKnowWhatToCallBsVehicle
#TheWebsiteIBoughtItFromCallsItAStrollerButIThoughtThatWasTheSameAsAPushchair
#JustHadAResearch
#APramIsForNewborns
#APushchairIsForWhenTheyAreABitOlderAndCanSitUp
#AStrollerIsSuitableForToddlersAndYoungChildren
#ABuggyCanMeanAPushchairOrStroller
#WellItIsAStrollerWithABassinetOnItRightNow

I think it is probably actually a ‘2-in-1’ system or something, but who really cares?

I did briefly work in a baby shop many years ago, but obviously I never learned the difference then. It’s a bit weird thinking about it now as back then I don’t think I had that much interest in babies or thought I would end up having one of my own…

(I think from my early 20s or before I knew I wanted kids, but that it would not happen anytime soon.)

#IAmKeepingTheTitleAsPushchairAsStrollerSoundsLikeIAmStrollingAbout
#WhichIWasToBeFairButNotWhenIHurtMyselfOnIt

And people know what a pushchair is. I do stroll about with it a lot, but I should probably do it more…

#WeWentToMeetSomePeopleFromOurNCTGroup
#WeHadOurCourseOnlineNearly4MonthsAgoAndWeTalkEverydayInTheMumsWhatsAppGroup
#ThereAre8BabiesIncludingB
#5OfThemWereThereAndItWasTheFirstTimeIHadMetTwoOfThem
#ItIsFunnyAsIFeelLikeIHaveMetEveryoneInRealLifeButIAmStillYetToMeetThreeOfThem

We signed up to the NCT group as we had no idea about babies, but also because we wanted to meet more expectant parents in Liverpool. We knew a handful of people when we moved here at the end of 2018, and though we have made new friends we still didn’t know that many people. Some reviews did say that it was an expensive way to buy friends, but we thought we’d give it a go.

We ended up ‘meeting’ over Zoom due to lockdown and though at first I found it awkward, I eventually got over it. I was tired for weeks after the course as I think the stress of being on video to strangers stressed me out. That may sound weird as I’m in a lot of my work, but being a student on a course via webcam is a completely different thing.

I’ve since met a couple more, so there’s only one mother and baby that B and I haven’t met yet.

#ThereIsAbout7WeeksBetweenTheOldestAndTheYoungestBaby

B was born 4th, but she is not even a week younger than the oldest. The order would have been different if she hadn’t been born more than 2 weeks before her due date…

#WeMetInAParkAndJustStoodAboutChattingBabiesAndTV
#ForTheRecordWeAreMainlyWatchingSellingSunsetAndThisIsUs

I feel like I should be watching more TV and films with B, but instead I chose to write a blog and start a coding course…

(Yesterday we did watch Farmageddon though and it was very good. I say we, but B slept on my chest through all of it after feeding and T was doing other things.)

#IBreastfedInPublicForTheSecondAndThirdTimeYesterdayAndTodaySoThatIsGood

We had lunch with one of the Mums and we were both breastfeeding, then at the park another Mum was feeding. Feeding together is a good way to build confidence.

#TheGroupHasBeenGreatAsItIsNiceToKnowThatOtherPeopleAreGoingThroughTheSameThing
#EspeciallyWithBeingPregnantGivingBirthAndHavingANewbornInAPandemic

I know other people who have kids, but I think having been pregnant and had a baby in a pandemic is a different experience.

#EveryoneLeftAndTBAndMeWentForABitMoreOfAWalk
#IThinkMyKneeHurtsFromWalkingOnSoMuchCobbledFloor

We hadn’t been to that park before and not much walking had taken place, so we wanted to explore. My knee was playing up for a little bit.

#ItWasTheFirstTimeTakingTheStrollerInTheCar
#SoWeHaveNotPutItUpAndDownMuch
#IWentToPutItDownAndICouldSeePeopleBehindWalkingCloseBySoIFeltUnderPressure
#ItWouldNotSeemToFoldSoIPushedItABitMore
#AndThenSuddenlyItWentAndIGuessItCaughtMyFinger

I have since figured out where I was going wrong – there was a bit that you can push up or down that makes it easier. I did last read the instructions back in April, which is unusual for me as I just prefer to figure things out for myself unless I get really stuck.

#IHaveNotChosenTheImageYetButIThinkIWillGoForOneWhereMyFingerLooksABitLikeASnake

The other images were a bit boring. Maybe this one is too, but I do like that it looks a bit like an animal – I love finding faces in things.

Apparently it’s called pareidolia.

#OfCourseAsSoonAsIHurtMyFingerIThoughtIWillPhotographThisLaterAndSoIDid

Perhaps it’s not a normal way to think, but it seems to be how I operate these days. I guess it’s good though as otherwise I wouldn’t have a lot of images, though I don’t like being clumsy at times.

I am enjoying that I am not forcing pictures for this project though – I’m not doing random shoots and hoping something works. I usually have an idea in mind these days, which is a quicker way to work, and that is great – especially when you have a baby.


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