Pippa’s Weekly Wardrobe

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I’ve been slacking quite a bit with Pippa’s weekly wardrobe posts, they are now more like Pippa’s monthly wardrobe so i’m having to put two together this week! Even looking back at the photos I can see she’s changed so much and these were when her body hadn’t quite caught up with her head just yet!

As it’s finally getting cold, i’ve started to get Pippa in some knitwear, so these are just a few of her winter warmers!

  1. A very cute, knitted all-in-one from GAP which I find is great for lazy days at home when she needs something a little warmer on.
  2. One of my favourites as this cardigan was knitted by my mum and goes perfectly with these floral leggings from Tu at Sainsbury’s. Unfortunately Pippa likes to eat the collar though!
  3. I think the tights are my favourite part of this outfit and they came with this knitted dress from Boots.
  4. I love this jumper from The White Company and she wears it quite a lot, simply to get the most out of it before she grows out of it!

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I actually think majority of these outfits no longer fit Pippa 😦 I suppose it is about time we moved on from her 0-3 clothes!

  1. It’s hard to see from the photo but this Next grey jersey dress has a cloud print all over. I love a cloud print, as you can see from the cloud leggings featured later, so I love this dress and the little stripy tights that came with it! Luckily this one just about still fits, so has a few more wears in it yet!
  2. This M&S checked dress was bought for Pippa when she was born (in the summer) so now that it fits her, it’s slightly out of season as it’s a thin cotton. However I just stuck a white long sleeved bodysuit underneath and added some tights to make a great little winter outfit!
  3. We have a lot of things in this print from M&S as I find it really pretty and not too pink! The pinafore dress is cord and comes with a little white bodysuit and pink tights.
  4. After putting these on Pippa this week and spending all day pulling them down to reach her ankles, I’ve had to accept defeat and admit that sadly these White Company cloud leggings no longer fit! They are still available in stores though so I think i’ll be purchasing some more in the next size up!

I promise i’ll try and keep these posts more up to date from now on!

Pippa’s First Christmas

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As a family we LOVE Christmas and look forward to it every year. Last Christmas was particularly special as we discovered we were having a baby and told our families on Christmas day with a bauble which had little ribbons of paper inside reading ‘we’re having a baby!’ This year we are even more excited as it’s Pippa’s first Christmas and although she won’t remember it, we will and it’s lovely to have the memories.

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Excuse the picture – it’s the only one I could find, taken and put together by H!

When Pippa was just 7 weeks old we created a new bauble for our tree at one of the baby groups I go to. A lady from Made by Me Mobile Pottery Painting came along and painted Pippa’s feet and then printed them onto a bauble with the words ‘Pippa’s first Christmas’ on the other side. I absolutely love it and it’s very special to me so made it to the front of the tree this year! We also had a beautiful little one made with Pippa’s name inside by a little brand run by one of H’s sister’s friends, aptly named, Pip and another from H’s parents with Christmas 2015 on.

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As I’ve been off work over the whole of the Christmas build up this year, I’ve felt so festive! I went out and about Christmas shopping a lot and had time to make sausage rolls, mince pies and a Chambord trifle! It was also nice to be able to have a mulled wine in the evening this year too! Pippa and I also got a bit creative and made some ‘mistletoes’ Christmas cards for the family.

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The Elf on the Shelf made an appearance in our household this year too. I had never even heard of it but H was on the ball and ordered Pippa one which we have named Ivy. The idea is that you adopt an elf and it appears every year on December 1st to watch over the children and report back to Father Christmas if they are being good or not – a great incentive for a few years’ time!! To make it more fun for the kids (and adults!), the elf moves around every night to be in a different place each morning. So this year H decided to jump on the bandwagon and hid Ivy the Elf in a different place each morning for me to find. It was great for putting a smile on my face at 6am getting up for the morning feeds, particularly as this year Ivy can get away with being a bit naughty whilst Pips is none the wiser!

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Although Pippa definitely didn’t have a clue, we couldn’t let her first Christmas pass without a visit to the big man himself. So one day when H was off work we took Pippa to a children’s farm nearby to see Father Christmas. Despite the extortionate price for a visit that Pippa will never remember, H and I had a great time! It was really Christmassy and we also got to go to Santa’s toy shop and pick Pippa a toy, then build a bear in his workshop and visit the reindeer. I can’t wait to make it an annual trip!

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For Christmas day itself, H and I decided to each spend £25 on Pippa (I think we both got carried away and went a little over budget!) and not tell the other what we had bought so it was a surprise for us both on Christmas day. This was a great idea that I think we’ll stick to for the next couple of years at least. We even managed to find Pippa a matching stocking to ours! My presents consisted of some sensory toys, some clothing, blankets and a couple of other toys whereas H bought lots of books and educational toys. You can see exactly what we picked (and a bit more from Christmas day) in my first vlog over on my new YouTube Channel – yes, cringe! ha!! (Embarrassed emoji!).

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After opening our presents at home we spent the day at my mums then went over to H’s family in the evening followed by visiting even more family on Boxing Day. I was worried that Pippa wouldn’t like all the people as she previously would get very clingy and cry in crowded situations, however I couldn’t have been more wrong! She LOVED all the attention and was all beaming smiles at everyone, barely napping as not to miss out! However this then didn’t bode so well for the few days after Christmas when the excitement had died down and all she wanted to do was be stood up, sat up or held and screamed any time she was laid down on her play mat! Luckily she received a Bumbo Seat and a Sit Me Up Cosy from her uncle and aunty which have been great for keeping her sat upright as she can’t quite sit on her own just yet! We are also awaiting the arrival of the Baby Einstein Friends Activity Jumper (basically a cheaper version of the Jumperoo!) which from what I hear from my NCT mum friends, is a godsend!

So now Christmas is over and H is back to work so we’ll be back to our usual routine, counting down until next Christmas!

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4 Month Update

  
This month started off with a lovely surprise, a little cousin for Pippa! Baby Connie was born on H’s birthday, exactly 3 months after Pips so we’re very excited for them to become best buds! Seeing them side by side however just made it so much more amazing to see how much Pippa has grown in just 3 months! 

  

This month has seen Pippa develop even more and she now loves to be sitting up or standing (with support obviously!) and looking around at everything from these new exciting angles!

 

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She’s also become more mobile and can almost roll from her back to front and just this week managed to roll from her front to back! (You can see video evidence on my Instagram page!) Considering she hates being on her front she’s becoming much better with it now that she’s realised she can roll over and escape it! All this rolling also means she now manages to shift herself around her play mat to reach all her toys and I can put her in one spot and find she’s turned 180 degrees in a few minutes!  

  
She’s now grabbing everything in sight and putting it straight in her mouth, so Sophie le giraffe has become a firm favourite, particularly now that Pippa is teething. 
A friend actually spotted the tiny white fleck on her gums and pointed out that it was in fact a tooth, which explained a lot! Pippa’s dribbling is incredible and alongside her little red cheeks she’s been quite grumpy at times this month due to her teeth. We’ve opted to use teething granules as these are homeopathic so we aren’t plying her with paracetamol all the time. They work really well and calm her down within minutes which is great.  

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Apart from the teething problems, during the day Pippa has turned into such a happy baby and smiles at everyone, worryingly, particularly at men with facial hair!! We also had her first giggle this month which both myself and H witnessed, however she hasn’t done it since!  

Always smiling at bathtime!
 

She’s now in a pretty solid routine, waking around 7.30-8.30am with naps at 10/11ish, 1/2ish and 4/5ish lasting between 20 and 40 minutes each. Unfortunately though, Pippa still likes to fight her sleep and I have to rock and pat her whilst she screams for 5 minutes before she drops off each time! She also feeds every 3 hours and although we try to push this to 4, she doesn’t eat much at a time so I really struggle to do so! We then bath her at 7pm every other night and take her into her bedroom for a story and a warm feed at 7.30 to send her off to sleep.

Her little and often way of feeding has however become a bit of a problem at night, never filling herself up enough to go more than 4 hours at a time, so we are still feeding 3-4 times a night and she is by far the worst sleeper of all the babies we know! Halfway through this month we then hit the dreaded ‘four month sleep regression’!

 I hadn’t heard of it until a friend mentioned it and after nearly a week of Pippa waking every 15-30mins and only sleeping for 1-2 hours at a time, I googled it and Pippa had all the signs! It turns out babies sleep patterns change around 4 months into a more adult cycle, taking them longer to go into a deep sleep and therefore waking whenever you put them down or move them.  

You and me both Pips!
 

Pippa’s sleeping was never good to begin with but this was hell and we were having worse nights than H’s sister with her 3 week old! I very nearly purchased a sleepyhead as I’d heard such good things however as she was already nearly 4 months and had been sleeping ok in her cot without it for a while, I decided to improvise. Instead I rolled two towels and put them under the sheet to create a little nest. I also then put my dressing gown over the top so that it smelt of me and would hopefully keep Pippa reassured that I was near.

Amazingly it worked!!! We had our best night’s sleep ever and she only woke twice for a feed. We’ve now had four nights of by no means perfect, but much better sleep. Hopefully this ‘sleep regression’ has now passed after a horrible couple of weeks and just today Pippa has started eating double what she had been so here’s to it meaning she’ll sleep a bit longer…especially with Christmas just around the corner!

Self Settling & Sleep Training

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Those of you who know me will know that our darling Pippa isn’t really much of a sleeper and never has been. Babies in our NCT group 6 weeks younger than her are already miles ahead of her on the way to the end goal of sleeping through the night that we are all striving for…not to mention the baby 3 days older than her who’s been sleeping through for weeks now!

Pippa was regularly waking every 2-3 hours in the night, mostly for no reason. If it was nearer the 3 hour mark I would obviously feed her, but most of the time, her dummy had fallen out or she just wanted a cuddle. Our main issue was that she couldn’t self settle when she was waking each time and would only ever fall asleep being cuddled. I definitely hadn’t helped the situation as at her slightest whimper I would run in and pick her up so this is what she was now used to. 
 It was at this point we thought we better start teaching her to self settle…

 

What a tired Pippa looks like!
 
I started off by putting her in her cot for a nap when she was still awake but when I could see she was tired. By now I know exactly when Pippa has her naps and can read her tired signs like a book so off I went placing her in the cot for nap time. It seemed to work with everyone else’s babies but not mine. She just cried and cried and I know I should have probably persevered for longer and let her cry but I couldn’t. So that failed. It did work once and she drifted off watching the mobile but never since! So now we stick to my ‘sway, pat and shhh’ method of just that, swaying, patting and shhing her to sleep whilst she fights and screams until normally after about 3-5 minutes will pass out! It works so we stick with it for now!!

Night time was easier as she was already sleepy however we still needed to reduce the times she was waking. We had already now established a bit of a bedtime routine as she couldn’t stay awake past 7.30 anymore so it’s now, bath (every other night) around 7, straight into her darkened bedroom for a story with daddy then a warm feed at 7.30ish. We continued with this and then after reading up on sleep training, adopted the following: first time she wakes, pick up and cuddle back to sleep, the following times she wakes just patting and shhing her (I decided to also stroke her head as this calmed her) and only feeding when necessary. Some even suggested dropping one of the feeds so they learn they won’t get fed and therefore sleep through.

Everything I had read said that the babies would learn quickly that they wouldn’t get fed or cuddled every time and eventually be self settling and sleeping through the night (more or less) within about a week. I didn’t have such high hopes for our Pips but she has done really well and is now waking much less throughout the night, to the point she is only waking for 2 feeds at around 1am and 6am now!

 

I’ll much rather sleep in your bed thanks Mum!
 
It took a few weeks and although she still can’t initially go to sleep without a cuddle/feed, she can now be settled much easier with a stroke of the head and a reassuring hand on her tummy. Although I can’t see her sleeping through the night for a loooong time yet, particularly after last nights escapades: 

11pm – 2.5oz

Awake 1.30am until…

2.10 – 2oz…

Awake until 3am

Awake at 4.20am

4.30am – 2oz…

Awake until 5.30am (then I couldn’t take anymore and she slept in my arms until…)

8.30am – 1.5oz
Oh well, good nights and bad nights ey!

All Change – From Crib to Cot

Before i get complaints, we have since removed the cot bumpers for safety now that she is in the cot full time

At first I couldn’t imagine how I would ever not want Pippa sleeping by my side however I soon found that however well Pippa slept, I would not. Her continual moving about and loud breathing meant that I was constantly awake, waiting for her to wake up and fussing over and rocking her all night. 

By 3 months Pippa was fast outgrowing her Moses basket so we made the decision to try her in her cot. However we figured that as she had been sleeping in her cosy, enclosed environment for so long we better do it gradually.   

 

We started off by first removing her BabyMoov Cosydream (pretty much a cheap version of the sleepyhead!) and putting her in a sleeping bag. Previously she had slept with just a cellular blanket tucked in tight around her as she was too small for the bag and our flat is ridiculously hot! Luckily we found a 1.5 tog bag so we used this at first. There was no problem at all switching from the blanket to the bag and it actually made it much easier to put her down at night after a feed as she could stay warm and cosy within the bag, making the switch from my arms to the basket less chilly!  

At the same time I then started putting her down for naps in her cot in the day. Bearing in mind Pippa’s naps at this point were few and far between and mostly in the car or pram when we were out and about or in my arms if we were home this proved difficult. Having never been ‘put down’ for a nap this didn’t work at all so I had to resort to cradling her to sleep in my arms then placing her in the cot. At first she would wake immediately but on a couple of occasions we got about 10-20 minutes actually IN the cot which I found brilliant!

Even now putting her down when I can see she’s tired in the hope she will drift off nicely has only happened once. Self settling is another matter and another blog!

 
Now that she was ‘used’ to the cot we thought we would try her in there for the first night. This first night I cried and cried that I missed her when we were getting into bed and saw her basket empty next to me. Luckily we have a video monitor, however this meant I could still watch her all night and watch her fidgeting about and where as before I would rock the Moses basket, I was now getting up every time she moved to check on her. Needless to say we had two very bad nights with Pippa waking every 2-3 hours and I was crying for a whole different reason by the morning! 
At this point we resorted back to the Moses basket but this time placing it in the cot. This worked much better and I was finding that if I could bring myself to turn off the monitor screen I would be none the wiser to her movements and would only wake when she was crying…when she actually needed me! 

This ended up working so well that we kind of put off taking the Moses basket away! After over 2 weeks we finally made the move and we are now on night 7 of Pippa sleeping in her own room, in the cot. She even appears to have now settled into a pattern of waking at the same times in the night and going down to bed at the same time so we finally have a bit of an evening to ourselves! It’s still not completely mastered and she still wakes numerous times before finally settling and wakes a few times between feeds but we are getting there. Now onto the next challenges…self settling and sleeping through the night!

Pippa’s Weekly Wardrobe

  
I’m a bit behind with the blogs and after seeing these photos, taken a month ago (oops!) Pippa looks so much smaller than she is now!

1. Pippa is just about still young enough to pull off a sleepsuit in the day, particularly this beautiful floral one from Next. This is actually the ‘spare’ outfit in the changing bag as its easy for a quick change but still pretty!

2. This is my all time favourite outfit of Pippa’s so far and she has worn this lots of times since, just so that jumper is getting the wear it deserves! Even though every time she wears this she is mistaken for a boy (there’s a pink bow can’t you see!!) the M&S panda jumper is just way too adorable and goes perfectly with her H&M stripey leggings, her wardrobe staple. 

3. This on the other hand is her dad’s favourite outfit and goes with the dress next to it. All from Polarn O. Pyret, a very cute sweedish brand I didn’t even know about until H’s sister bought us these! 

4. This dress is great, a comfortable jersey material and those bunny pockets just make it! We also have a matching hat for this which I need to dig out!

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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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!

2 Month Update

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Month 2 has definitely been sooo much easier than month 1 so things do get easier!

At the start of the month the health visitors were still slightly concerned about Pippa’s feeding as she wasn’t taking much more than 2oz and we were still struggling massively with her crying, fussing and in pain during and after feeds, not to mention the times when she would vomit it all back up again! It was at this point that she was diagnosed with reflux and referred to the doctor who put her on ranitidine and things then started to get easier almost instantly. It was as if Pippa transformed overnight and we suddenly had a happy, content baby and discovered that this was actually what a normal month old baby should be like!

This resulted in Pippa sleeping much better, without having to be upright over my shoulder and she has started to go 4, 5 and even 6 hours once throughout the night which has made us all much happier and feeling normal again. I would say that it was at about 4 or 5 weeks where I did actually start to feel normal again and with Pippa’s feeds now stretching about 3 hours, going out has also become so much easier, so much so that I find I now need to go out every day so as not to go stir crazy!

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Excuse the crusty cradle cap!
Our new happy baby also meant smiles! It was great to wake up the first morning, peer over her moses basket to see her smile back! Morning smiles are now a daily occurrence and we occasionally get little smiles throughout the day too – not long till giggles I hope!

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H also had a lot of time off work this month so it was lovely to spend time as a family now that we were all feeling much better about life! We even took a trip to get a tattoo, myself getting a P for Pippa on my wrist and H getting the number 19 (myself, H and Pippa’s birth date) in roman numerals on his inner, upper arm.

The only problem with getting out and about so much was that I barely had time to express which then meant that my milk started to dry up pretty rapidly and with Pippa now taking more at her feeds, I could barely keep up. We started to dip into our frozen supplies to make it up however I have now had to make the difficult decision to stop expressing and move Pippa onto formula exclusively. As much as I don’t want to give it up, the little milk I’m now producing isn’t filling Pippa up, therefore we have started weaning her off gradually, giving her less breast milk feeds each day until Friday when she had the last of the frozen supplies. However, I’m happy that I have given her two months’ worth of my milk and it will make things much easier for myself without having to come home or get up during the night to express.

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This month I have also managed to leave Pippa with Harry a couple of times, once to get my hair cut and another for a much needed meal out with the girls. However, as much as it was needed, I still cried all day and felt so anxious without her and couldn’t wait to come back home for some cuddles. But it had to be done and I now know that Pippa is fine without me, we are even leaving her for a whole day with her grandparents today when we go on (another much needed) spa day for my birthday.

It’s amazing how much Pippa has changed in just a month. Even at 8 weeks she doesn’t seem like a newborn anymore and the more she starts to interact the more fun it gets so I can’t wait for what’s to come in month 3!