3 Month Update

  
I’m beginning to realise how much difference a month can make in a baby. Pippa has grown up so much in the last month and I can see her character and personality beginning to shine through. She’s definitely no longer a little baby and as a result she’s beginning to fall into a little routine of eating, sleeping (hmm well we try!) and play time. I can now read her like a book and can recognise her different cries and what she wants when which has made things much easier!

baby tummy time
Not impressed with more tummy time!

It seems amazing that only last month we got her first smiles and now she smiles every time she sees Harry or I and is so responsive. We’re even nearly getting some giggles – it’s so close! She’s also started babbling now which is just adorable. She now plays and interacts with her play mat, kicking and batting the various bells and rattles whilst looking intently at herself in the mirror above. She’s still not so hot with tummy time though so we’ve been trying to do that a bit more on her tummy time mat! Her head however is getting much stronger and she loves to stand on my lap or sit up, looking at everything around her from this new angle!

baby swimming lessons puddleducks

This month we have also started swimming lessons! So far we have been to two lessons, H did the first one (luckily, as I was a bit nervous myself!) and I did the second. She isn’t too sure but she’s successfully been dunked without too much of a fuss and doesn’t really mind water over her head.

3 month baby update
sleepy cuddles are the best though!

The only issue we are still having is her sleeping. This month hasn’t been great and she often wakes numerous times during the night, sometimes every hour! She developed eczema earlier in the month so she was waking herself up scratching. She also barely naps in the day, will only fall asleep on me and when she’s put down, wakes straight up. Because of this, and the fact she’s fast growing out of her moses basket, we decided to move her into her cot in her own room early at 12 weeks. I started off putting her down for naps in the cot to get used to it which was more of a success than I thought it would be and we managed a few 40 minute naps which was a miracle! However night times were a different matter and it seemed the big open space she was now sleeping in didn’t go down very well so currently she is in her moses basket, in the cot. At least it is a step in the right direction, it will just be a case of gradually getting her used to not being inside a cosy little cocoon. Once we have it mastered I’ll write a post on how it all went.

Another issue that has arisen very recently, around the 11-12 week mark, is Pippa’s clinginess towards me. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I know exactly how to soothe her or she’s just more used to being around me but she will scream and scream with H and then as soon as I take over she will stop and be all smiles! She also likes to be able to see me so I have to move her around the room with me in her bouncy chair! To go along with this clinginess, I’ve realised she doesn’t like crowds very much and becomes very upset. We had a couple of events and parties this month which she cried her way through most of but once she was taken into a quiet room and given time to kick around on her own she was fine!

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A poorly Pips!

Pippa also caught her first cold this month which has been a very sad affair! It coincided with her 12 week jabs too so she was rather unhappy for a couple of days and didn’t sleep well at all due to a blocked nose. However it was inevitable she would catch one sooner or later with all the baby groups we go to, it just so happens this one was caught from her father! A week later she is still getting over it with a slight little cough and sniffles but I’m glad she’s back to herself again!

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Pippa’s Weekly Wardrobe

  
It seems Pippa is getting used to her photoshoots now and is learning some different poses and to actually smile for the camera yay! We’ve also now moved onto 0-3 months, a surprise for me as I was convinced they would still be too big for her but it appears my little lady is growing faster than I thought!

1) This top came as a set of 3 from Boots and I also bought the matching set of 3 leggings. However I can’t get enough of her H&M navy blue leggings, they just go with everything and I love them with this top so as not to be too pink and girly. The only problem is these are newborn and just about still fit her but I’m on a hunt to find some more! 

2) Matching her pose to the outfit, this little polka dot jumpsuit from GAP kids makes Pip look as though she’s stepped out of the 80’s! Cute and easy to wear for the daytime. 

3) Another GAP kids romper, I love the print on this but once on I wasn’t sure about the collar – I think it makes her look a bit like a clown. Oops. 

4) I love this little cord dress from H&M with little black hearts and matching black tights. Unfortunately we only got about half an hour out of this outfit until we had a poonami situation… Need I say anymore. 

  
It was also Halloween this week so I couldn’t miss these out! As mentioned, Pip is now in size 0-3 and I bought this outfit about 3 weeks ago thinking she would still be in ‘up to 1 month’ hence the hat that is definitely too small! (Although I’m sure this shrunk in the tumble dryer!). Luckily we just about squeezed her into this Tesco pumpkin sleepsuit and the bib from Nanny and Grampy made a great addition!

Leaving Your Baby For The First Time

don’t worry I didn’t just leave her alone on the sofa!

I knew the time would come where I would have to leave Pippa for the first time but the thought of it terrified me, especially as she hadn’t left my side since she had been born, let alone the 9 months she was growing inside me! I missed her at night even when she was by my side so I decided rather than biting the bullet and doing it suddenly, I would leave her gradually, for longer periods each time.

I first left Pippa at 6 weeks to get my hair cut which I knew would mean I would be away for about 2 hours. Knowing how long I would be really helped as I knew if Pippa would need feeding/napping/changing in that time and I knew I would definitely be back at a certain time. This was also the first time Harry had been left with Pip on his own too so it was an experience for both of us! I think we were both quite anxious but we were able to message each other updates which meant it went well on both parts.

Being the first out of my friends to have a baby, they were still going out for dinners, brunches and lunches – something I would always participate in pre-baby and I didn’t want this to change. So at 7 and a half weeks I decided to join my friends for dinner. I don’t know if this is just me, but being out in the evening or leaving Pippa of an evening felt much harder than in the daytime. I’m not sure if this stems from the early days when she was so unsettled in the evenings that I felt we needed to be home with all the necessities around us or just that I enjoy our bedtime routine, snuggling down for the night.

In the days running up to this particular day, I was so excited. Mainly for a night off and also to feel a bit more like the old me again. However once the day came, I was very teary all day but didn’t realise why until Harry suggested it may be because I was leaving Pippa for the evening. Once it clicked I then couldn’t stop crying and actually leaving the house was really hard. I was meeting my friends in Windsor, about 40 minutes away, so the fact I wasn’t just round the corner made me more anxious than I think I would have been if it was local.

Once out I was hoping my anxiety would dissapear but unfortunately it didn’t and I couldn’t really relax. However once I got home and realised that Pippa was absolutely fine and I slipped straight back into the night feed I realised I had nothing to worry about!

It was then time to move onto the next step – H and I leaving her with someone else entirely! After some deliberation we decided that my birthday (Pippa’s 2 month birthday) would be an ideal time to get away just the two of us. So for my birthday present Harry arranged a much needed spa day for us both, complete with a post-natal full body massage for me! 

 

We were allowed at the spa from 9am – 6pm but we decided to arrive about 10am and leave about 3pm, any more time away from Pip and I think I wouldn’t of been able to relax! We roped in both sets of grandparents to share the babysitting, as they themselves hadn’t been left alone with Pippa either so were also slightly nervous! However the fact they came to us and I left lots of instructions helped me relax and I knew Pip would be fine with Granny in the morning and Nanny and Grampy for the afternoon as they all love a cuddle!

Apart from realising how tired I was after sitting and relaxing for the first time in 2 months, I really enjoyed the day and wasn’t worried about Pippa at all, especially as we were receiving lots of photos and updates the whole day. I think the key is leaving your baby with someone you trust at this stage and having them in your own home also means that everything they or the baby needs will be to hand. The next stage will be leaving Pip at the grandparents, or even an overnight stay…however i’m not sure i’m ready for that quite yet!