This week my Word for the Week is Night-Time.
Before I had baby girl, sleep was very sacred to me. 8 or 9 hours sleep a night was completely normal to me. I was also a very heavy sleeper and nothing would wake me.
Isn’t it funny how your body changes to accomodate a new little person in your life?
Now my sleep cycle is completely out of wack. Night-Time is not the same anymore! The first few weeks baby girl was actually a very good sleeper, I was getting 3/4 hour blocks of sleep. Then the dreaded reflux kicked in! Poor baby girl, she could not get comfortable lying on her back. We rose her mattress slightly at one end but that did not help at all. The only way she would get comfortable and able to sleep was lying upright on my chest. I have spent a few weeks sleeping upright. She loved the skin to skin contact as well, its very soothing and calming to her.
The past week her reflux is much better, hopefully she is growing out of it, fingers crossed. In fact lst night she slept for nearly four hours. Then we did a nappy change and a sleepy feed and then she was back to sleep again. She is much comfortable lying on her back agin now as well.
There is something very special about Night-Time feeds. It’s that magical 2/3am time when all is quiet. I would not change my previous sleep life for anything. To see baby girl’s sleepy smile at night is worth all those glorious undisturbed sleeps. (New mummy – sleep deprived, still basking in new baby arrival, opinions my change after months of sleep deprivation!)
I hope you have all had a really good Easter!
I thought I would write a little post on what to keep in your babies changing bag. I really didn’t have a clue to start with. There is lots of information out there on what to pack in your babies bag for the hospital and your own bag, but what do you take with you when you are out and about with a newborn?
I am sure that every mum’s changing bag is slightly different but the basics will be the same.
Here is what I include in mine:
- 8 nappies
- Baby wipes
- Small pot of Sudocream ( you don’t want to be carrying around a big pot – unnecessary weight!)
- Changing Mat
- Nappy sacks ( useful for lots of other things as well as for smelly nappies – now they charge for carrier bags in most places these are ideal for carrying small bits in. I bought a little plant the other day and the bottom was earthy so just placed it in a clean nappy sack so not to get earth over the car!)
- A change of clothes – I prefer to put in a sleep suit and a vest.
- Antibacterial hand sanitizer
- Spare breast pads
- Muslin cloth
- Scratch mits
- Mummy snacks – because I’m breast feeding I get hungry all the time! More than when I was pregnant!
I would love to hear your ideas on what you keep in your baby changing bag.
Is there anything I am missing?
Before I had baby girl I felt really overwhelmed over lots of little things like what nappies or baby wipes should I buy and use on a newborn. Standing in the baby aisle at the supermarket was mind-boggling. There are lots of different brands of baby wipes and then there are the different kinds as well – scented or unscented? I really wanted to buy the correct baby wipes so as not to affect baby girl’s delicate skin. I also had been reading about just using cotton wool and water, so as a first time mum there is lots of different options out there, it’s just finding the right one for you.
Well this week has been a very busy one! It’s been fantastic to have my husband at home for the week to help me with baby girl. He’s been such a great help at night getting out to change her, little things like that mean the world to me at the moment as I am so tired! I don’t expect him to do it when he’s back to work.
On Monday it was my husbands birthday – his first as a daddy! I thoroughly enjoyed picking a card for him from baby girl! So we went to our local Brewers Fayre for lunch. It was the first time since we had baby girl that we have been out for lunch so I was feeling anxious as I’m exclusively breastfeeding and kept thinking what if she wants a feed? Well that is exactly what she wanted while we were out! They had a baby changing room there that was also the disabled toilet. I thought well that’s OK, so I changed baby girl and began to feed her.
Next thing I knew there was someone banging on the door and lifting the handle trying to get in! I said sorry there is someone in here, well I ended up with the most rudest reply! Basically saying that there is people out here needing the toilet and to hurry up! I got really upset and went back to where my husband was sitting and said I’m going to have to go to the car to finish feeding her as there was rude people knocking at the door. I was really upset and not a very pleasant experience for the first time out with her.
The rest of the week has been great! Since baby girl was born nearly 6 weeks ago I haven’t really left the house much, especially as I haven’t been able to drive so have been making the most of my husband being at home to not only get out everyday but to also catch up on a few jobs around the house and garden. This week was the first week I have been properly out in the garden since October when I nearly slipped down so haven’t risked it since then. The patio has been cleaned and I have started on making up my tubs and doing a bit of weeding.
So my week has been a really busy one.
Its been a few weeks since I have joined in with Word of the Week, because I have been a very busy mummy, with the arrival at last of baby girl. She was 14 days late in the end, so kept us waiting a long time! You can read how she arrived in My Birth Story
Its funny because while waiting for her to arrive the time went very slow, now here I am 5 weeks later and time is flying by. Baby girl is changing every day. I’m surviving on very little sleep! I now know how to change a nappy really quickly, and nappies and wipes seem to be first on the shopping list before anything else!
Becoming a mum to a very special baby is an amazing experience that my husband and I have waited for nearly 3 years. We enjoy every moment with her.
Therefore my Word of the Week is Baby