Baby Diaries #2 – Baby Dottie’s 1 Month Update

Here we are at baby dottie’s 1 month update. It’s hard to believe she’s been with us over a month now, yes I’m a little late with this update! It feels like she’s always been with us.

Baby dottie only lost 5% of her birth weight in those first few days. Unlike baby girl who lost over  10%. I put this down to myself being more experienced with breastfeeding this time around plus my milk came in quicker. We never got her red book until she was nearly 2 weeks old, bloody health visitors!

baby diaries #2 - 1 month update

When the health visitor came around to do her checks she was such a busy body. Baby girl got on her nerves a bit as she wouldn’t stay quiet while she did baby dottie’s hearing test! What do you expect from a 2 year old? View Post

Baby Diaries #1 – Breastfeeding Second Time Around

Here is my first baby diary entry on baby dottie. It’s my thoughts and feelings on baby stuff written by me at 2am during the night feeds.

Baby Diaries #1 = breastfeeding

I thoroughly enjoyed breastfeeding my first baby girl. It was a tricky start we had because my milk was delayed in coming in, due to the emergency c-section and the unpleasant birth experience I had.

Nevertheless once breastfeeding was established it became second nature to me. In fact I only stopped breastfeeding when baby girl turned 18 months old and I found out I was pregnant.

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Birth Story Number 2 – A Planned C-Section

This time around my birth experience was going to be better. Planned. Calmer. Better for all of us. You can catch up here with my first birth story with baby girl.

Planning the birth started nearly 5 months previously. I saw a consultant who went through all the risks of a VBAC with me and we both came up with a plan much safer for baby and myself. This was to have a planned c section. My blood loss the first time around was much too high of a risk to try a VBAC and then if it happened to turn into another emergency c section was not worth it.

There and then back at the start of December I got my date through for the planned c section. I knew the date of my baby’s birthday! April seemed so far away at that point.

birth story - a planned c-section

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Explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling and how to prepare

Before the baby arrived we decided that we were going to get her some presents from her baby sister. She’s not a girly girl so not into dolls, but loves music so we got her a toy keyboard to play on. I wondered at the start how hard it was going to be explaining to a two year old they are getting a sibling.
We have been telling her for months that she’s going to be a big sister as a new baby is arriving from mummy’s tummy. She doesn’t quite grasp the idea but goes around saying “baby” quite often.
I suppose for me the hardest part was leaving her to go into hospital. I’ve never spent a night away from her. Plus being at home with her all the time when I started maternity leave leading up to the birth made her very clingy to me.
Explaining to a 2 year old they are getting a sibling

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New Mum Stories: Adventures With J

Welcome back to another installment of New Mum Stories. This time Laura from Adventures With J shares with us her story on becoming a mum and the struggles with breastfeeding.

New Mum Stories - Adventures with J

Over to you Laura….

When I first became pregnant I found the idea of breastfeeding very uncomfortable. It wasn’t something I had really thought about before but my initial considerations were to bottle feed. However, within only a few weeks of being pregnant I was bonding with my baby. I had a strong instinct very early that my baby was a girl and I had a name for her very quickly. Breastfeeding started to feel like a great way to connect with her once she was born. Sadly, my baby’s heart stopped beating and I never had that opportunity.

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The Breast Experience – One Mother’s Journey

Today I’m sharing a guest post interview with you from Charlie over at Our Altered Life. Charlie has interviewed her friend Lauren on her breast experience.

Over to you Charlie and Lauren …..

First of all, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your little one?

I’m Lauren. I’m a 27 year old Primary School Teacher and this is Eva who is 7 months old. She’s my first baby.

Lauren and Eva - Breastfeeding Experience

And how has your first experience of Motherhood been so far?

It’s been great but I think that’s because I’ve got a really good baby! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my moments and there’s been some challenging times but on the whole it’s been great.

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