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Third Family Portrait (2nd October 2020)

(I wrote this on 2nd October 2020, whilst dancing in my chair to You Know Me Better by Róisín Murphy on repeat. I haven’t listened to music properly in a while and it feels really good.

I’ve been making a big batch of dance videos every 2 weeks now and I’m looking forward to hopefully making some more tomorrow.)

<19th October – I made some, but I’m not sure if it was the next day. I am planning to dance to a new Róisín Murphy song in my next bath of videos.

I’ve been trying to post this all day, but I just haven’t had the time. I’m hoping that I can now while B is supposed to be having a catnap, but I can hear her making noise…>

Me dancing to the song, whilst 3 months pregnant…

Anyways…

I think this photo sums up our family quite well in some way. Me looking at the camera, and Tiago and B not. It almost looks like two photos have been edited together or something.

Third Family Portrait (2nd October 2020)
 
#WhoopsICanNotBelieveItHasBeenAMonthAndAHalfSinceTheLastFamilyPortrait
#WeHadPlannedToDoItEarlierInTheDayButInTheEndItWasGettingLateAndBWasGettingRestless
#TypicallyIHadToldSomeoneThatHerSleepingWasNotThatBadAndThenSheTookAgesToSettleAtBedtime
#HerBedtimeIsUsuallyBetween7And8WithADreamFeedAround10
#AndTheLastFewNightsIHaveNotFedHerUntil7InTheMorning
#ThoughSheNormallyWakesUpQuiteABit
#LastNightSheWokeUpLessButIStillFeltLikeIHadOnlySleptFor5Minutes
#IHaveBeenHavingANapEverydayLately
#IAmNotSureIfItIsParentingTheWeatherLifeOrEverything
#IThinkMyPeriodMayHaveStarted
#IHaveNotHadOneSinceSeptember2019AndTypicallyWeAreGoingSwimmingTomorrow
#IWasHopingToGoWithoutThemForABitLonger
#YesterdayTiagoCommentedThatBWasLookingABitTooBigInHerBassinet
#SoLastNightIAssembledTheChairElementOfHerPushchairAndSheWentInItForTheFirstTimeToday
#NewRulesGotAnnouncedForLiverpool
#NoMeetingUpWithOtherPeopleInsideForAnyReason
#AndMeetingUpOutsideIsNotRecommended
#TheNotRecommendedStuffIsABitAnnoying
#EitherWeAreAllowedOrWeAreNot
#AnywaysWeWentToTheCityCentreTodayToGetFalafelWraps
#IFoundTheWholeExperienceSoStressfulThatIWillNotBeWalkingThereAgainAnytimeSoon
#PeopleDoNotCareAboutSocialDistancingAndIJustFeltAnxiousTheWholeTime
#ItWasTooColdToEatOutsideSoWeWalkedHomeWithThem
#TiagoAteHisWhilstIFedBAndAfterAWhileIWasSoHungryThatIDecidedToEatItOverHer
#YesterdayWeAlsoStartedToPutHerInHer3To6MonthsOnesies
#SheHasALotOfTheSamePatternsAsHer0To3MonthsOnes
#SheHadANiceNewOneOnTodayAndIGotFalafelWrapJuiceAllOverIt
#CleverMe
#IAskedTiagoIfHeHadAnythingToSayWithTheHashtagsButHeSaidNo
#IAmNotLookingForwardToHimGoingBackToWorkNextWeek

#WhoopsICanNotBelieveItHasBeenAMonthAndAHalfSinceTheLastFamilyPortrait

Time just flies by. I honestly thought we had already taken a third one, and I was trying to remember the image as I could only remember the second one that we took in August.

#WeHadPlannedToDoItEarlierInTheDayButInTheEndItWasGettingLateAndBWasGettingRestless

T said we could try again tomorrow when ‘we’re all clean and stuff’, but I’m sure one of them will do, and I want this project to be an accurate portrayal of how we look day to day.

#TypicallyIHadToldSomeoneThatHerSleepingWasNotThatBadAndThenSheTookAgesToSettleAtBedtime

I think she got overtired. We follow a schedule, but it just gets a bit messy around bedtime and I usually end up feeding her twice in that awake period.

<Her second nap was unusually bad today. I wonder if she is teething or something.

I had to go and check on her as she is definitely not sleeping now. I only want her to sleep for 20-30 minutes, but it takes more than that to try to get her to sleep at times…>

#HerBedtimeIsUsuallyBetween7And8WithADreamFeedAround10 #AndTheLastFewNightsIHaveNotFedHerUntil7InTheMorning #ThoughSheNormallyWakesUpQuiteABit #LastNightSheWokeUpLessButIStillFeltLikeIHadOnlySleptFor5Minutes

Some nights it feels like I’m up every hour settling her; last night I only woke up twice.

The second time Tiago was awake too and he said that she did one cry and I sat upright straight away. I had assumed that she had been crying for a while and I had only just woken up.

I always feel tired…

<I’ve got B up – the catnap was a failure, so I’ll just feed her shortly and then put her to bed early. T is holding her while I finish this and drink some water.

This morning I didn’t have a nap for the first time in ages, as it’s usually when she naps the best so it’s a good time to get stuff done.>

#IHaveBeenHavingANapEverydayLately

And not feeling bad about it.

#IAmNotSureIfItIsParentingTheWeatherLifeOrEverything

To be fair the coding course is quite mentally tiring, plus everything else. The weather is colder and it is getting darker earlier, which just makes me want to hibernate. Annoyingly it’s the best time of the day to work – it’s currently 20:44. I did some coding earlier in the day, so I think I will just read my book a little tonight instead. Exciting.

#IThinkMyPeriodMayHaveStarted

Just a small amount of blood. I am hoping it goes away quick and is just my body preparing for them. Fun times.

*Cue a massive cramp.* Ergh.

#IHaveNotHadOneSinceSeptember2019AndTypicallyWeAreGoingSwimmingTomorrow

My period tracker app says my period is 350+ days late.

It’s not the end of the world obviously, but to not have had one in so long and then have it start when I am going swimming for the first time in an even longer time is just bloody annoying – does that count as a pun or something?

#IWasHopingToGoWithoutThemForABitLonger

I have heard that some women have not had them for a year or so after giving birth because of breastfeeding.

<In the end it was only very light for 2 days, so was that my period? I don’t know. It was probably my body reminding itself how they work.>

#YesterdayTiagoCommentedThatBWasLookingABitTooBigInHerBassinet #SoLastNightIAssembledTheChairElementOfHerPushchairAndSheWentInItForTheFirstTimeToday

I was thinking that maybe we should ‘upgrade’ her, so when I saw that other Mum friends had moved their babies to chairs I knew it was time.

It’s weird not being able to see her so well, but hopefully she will like looking around at people and things. It’s strange putting her in it, but I guess before long it will become normal. She looks nice and snug in it.

<I am still finding it weird. There is a little flap to check on her, but as she is usually wearing a hat I can’t see what she is doing, so I have to peep around the front.

When it’s windy her footmuff blows up at the bottom where she is too short to have her feet at the moment.>

#NewRulesGotAnnouncedForLiverpool #NoMeetingUpWithOtherPeopleInsideForAnyReason

It did seem a bit dumb that I could not see someone at their house, but I could see them in a place full of other people.

#AndMeetingUpOutsideIsNotRecommended

I did not know this. I just found out tonight. Great…

I get it – they can’t just make lots of exceptions, but there are no baby groups, I can’t get support from my family and now I can’t see the few friends that I have in Liverpool. Obviously it affects everyone and not just us, but it is annoying. What can we do though?

#TheNotRecommendedStuffIsABitAnnoying #EitherWeAreAllowedOrWeAreNot

Meeting in restaurants or pubs was not recommended before, which meant some people probably didn’t but others did.

We met a couple of friends for a hot drink outside of a cafe the other day, and saw a friend for a walk last weekend. Good job we saw them as now we’re not supposed to. It’s all a bit frustrating.

<Well, we’re under tier 3 restrictions now, but it does say you can meet outside.>

#AnywaysWeWentToTheCityCentreTodayToGetFalafelWraps

We had wanted to try them from a particular place for a while. I thought we would go today rather than at the weekend as it would not be so busy in town.

#IFoundTheWholeExperienceSoStressfulThatIWillNotBeWalkingThereAgainAnytimeSoon #PeopleDoNotCareAboutSocialDistancingAndIJustFeltAnxiousTheWholeTime

I think having a pushchair makes it more difficult as you can’t just easily get away from people fast. People have no problem walking super close to you.

A preacher guy wasn’t wearing a mask and came so close to me to try to give me a leaflet. I just said ‘No!’ loudly as I was so freaked out by him coming close to me. I think he made a ‘Ooh’ sound back or something.

#ItWasTooColdToEatOutsideSoWeWalkedHomeWithThem

We just wanted to get home and B needed to be fed.

#TiagoAteHisWhilstIFedBAndAfterAWhileIWasSoHungryThatIDecidedToEatItOverHer

She usually eats for about 30 minutes and I was so hungry.

#YesterdayWeAlsoStartedToPutHerInHer3To6MonthsOnesies #SheHasALotOfTheSamePatternsAsHer0To3MonthsOnes

I remember when the 0-3 months ones were too big on her, but now they’re quite snug so it’s funny seeing her in oversized clothes again.

#SheHadANiceNewOneOnTodayAndIGotFalafelWrapJuiceAllOverIt

Typical.

<She wore another one for the first time the other day and made a mess of it pretty quickly.>

#CleverMe

I should have known it was going to happen. I should have put a tea towel over her… Fail.

#IAskedTiagoIfHeHadAnythingToSayInTheHashtagsButHeSaidNo

He is the man of many words.

#IAmNotLookingForwardToHimGoingBackToWorkNextWeek

I just want us to hang out together as a family all day everyday…


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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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