(This was originally called Sleep Baby Sleep as I had not realised it was that time of the month already…)
Do you know how hard it is to take a self-portrait of yourself wearing an eye mask?
I do worry if she sleeps all day that she won’t sleep at night, but she seems to. Before she was awake for over 2 hours at a time during the day and I thought that she was just very alert for her age, but now I realise that she was probably just getting overtired which is why she wouldn’t sleep too well.
Sometimes when she sleeps for shorter periods at night it does seem to be because she has a messy nappy – which I wouldn’t have noticed unless I was changing her anyways.
I guess I can not be too worried as otherwise I would go and express, but I was doing that last week and it was so tiring. Before it seemed like it would take me ages to fall back asleep so I did not mind so much, but now I can fall back to sleep pretty quickly.
It’s meant to stop you getting blocked ducts so we’ll see.
She does seem to have a really good feed in the morning – well, I make sure of it.
I had turned off my 7am alarm and kept the 7.30am alarm. I got up then and put all the lights on and turned the sound machine off, but she slept. So I did a couple of things – took my iron, loaded the washing machine, hung out with B a bit, fixed the blinds – then woke her up.
As in when her naps are, but she’s quite good at going to sleep from being put down awake in her cot. Especially if I put her down when she starts yawning – before I’d see her yawning but be like ‘I’ll just eat my breakfast and do a couple of things before putting her down’ and by then she’d be overtired I think.
I just read into it a bit and for adults they say it’s best to have it in the morning with a fatty breakfast. Luckily I had already given L her full dose during a big breastfeeding session, so I’ll try to do that in future.
It’s good for my napping too, though to be honest I wear my eye mask even at night now as it helps me a lot. I should have left hashtags for my eye mask as I did the shoot before the hashtags for once, but it is what it is. I have talked before about how I never used one until after B was born. It’s great.
B’s are stuck to her window frame so they’ve been up for ages. These have suction cups, so they’re a bit of a faff but could be worse. You’re meant to help the baby distinguish between day and night, so making the room as bright as possible is good for saying ‘hello it’s daytime’. Obvious stuff I guess…
I’ve stopped posting on Twitter as it feels so self-indulgent. Posting on Instagram is obviously self-indulgent too but I feel slightly less awkward about it. This whole project is quite self-indulgent, like my whole practice has been since day 1, which I will forever be awkward about but it’s what I do.
We wouldn’t bother going out for dinner with the kids by ourselves these days as a takeaway/delivery is much less stressful. With other people it makes sense, though we were rarely all at the table together. We went out for Indian food and our initial plan had been to let B eat some of our food, but then we realised she probably wouldn’t like it so B and her friend split a kid’s meal (as they’re so massive) and I had their juice. It was Indian style fish and chips, but obviously the chips were just a massive winner.
I was relieved as I was worried she was just going to be asleep the whole day. She was asleep for a little bit but then woke up once I tried to cool her down a bit – her being too warm just makes her sleep too.
Babies know how many calories they need so if they get most of them in the day then they won’t need many at night – which is good, but obviously then ruins my plan of changing her nappy to get her to feed more. I’d rather she sleep more at night though – I just try to get her to feed a bit from each side to reduce the ‘lumpiness’.
At home I often eat fast when I have the chance. I was getting full quick from eating so slow.
Tiago said to be careful that I didn’t drop food on her, but I said ‘hey, I’ve done this before’ – remembering taking pictures of myself eating food over B’s head while she slept in her carrier as I was too worried to put her down as she didn’t sleep too well.
They were annoying people dragging them round the restaurant. They’re good with kids there (we saw a lot of people with very small babies), but it’d be nice to find places that are even more kid friendly. I guess we’ll just have to have dinner at soft play. To be fair that’s not a bad idea really though the food isn’t super quality (not that I’ve tried it – I just assume that).
Covid cases are going up again, which must be so frustrating for vulnerable people as less and less people are wearing masks. I had one in my pocket that I planned to wear if I went to the bathroom, but sitting at the table it didn’t seem necessary.
She says ‘baa’, ‘ball’, ‘book’, ‘duck’, and other things that sound like shoes (I thought she was saying juice), dog and things I’ve forgotten.
We were surprised that she figured it out (that if she stopped Tiago stopped), but we are clueless really about what kids do at her age.
I always say ‘okay, you have a go first then it’s L’s turn’ and she gets bored of it quite quick.
She coughs, chokes and cries a lot in her sleep. When I’m feeding her she can be quite dramatic with the coughing and choking, but the other night she woke up, I went to feed her, she fell asleep before feeding, I put her down and she was acting like she was drowning in milk.
I think we’re doing quite well. Let’s hope it stays this way.
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