INDIA | MONTH TWO

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 So month two has finally arrived.

The newborn days are over, and boy did they pass by so quickly. India has grown so much over the last month. She is now in the 91st percentile on her growth chart, which isn’t a surprise as all she likes to do is eat (just like her mummy). We also hit some major milestones this month. It has amazing to watch her develop so well over the last few weeks. I can’t wait to see what else India has in store for me next month.

INDIA

Feeding:
She’s still feeding every 2-3 hours, sometimes more, sometimes less. I don’t keep a feeding diary as I know she’s getting enough milk and there are no concerns in terms of her weight. She feeds a lot more frequently during the night than in the day. Although it is tiring, it’s important for me to feed her during the night as this is when Prolactin (a hormone found in lactating mothers that stimulates milk production) levels are higher than normal.

Sleep:
She sleeps longer stretches during the day about 3-4 hours. She will wake up every 2-3 hours during the night for feeding, then will go back to sleep. The longest she has ever sleep for is 6 hours. Which was between 10pm to 2pm (only if it was through the night, that would have been great). I’m not really fussed about her sleep. I know some mothers stress about a routine and wanting their baby to sleep through the night. Fair play to them, but a baby is a baby. She doesn’t know anything about day/night or routines. She sleeps when she’s tired and eats when she’s hungry and that is completely fine by me.

Monthly Updates:

  • Smiled 6 weeks (yay!)
  • Laughed at 10 weeks (double yay!)
  • Will tolerate the bath, if the bathroom has been heated first
  • Goes to a weekly baby massage course and seems to like it
  • Now wears 3-6 months clothing (my little chunk)
  • Has moved onto size 3 nappies


MOTHERHOOD

As the saying goes ‘practice makes perfect’. I’m definitely far from perfect, but I know I am getting the hang of things. We had a couple rough night where India has symptom of  Colic. It was constant crying and fussing. I gave her Denitox, which seemed to work for a short period of time, but other times it wouldn’t make any difference. If anyone has a baby who regularly has Colic, then hats of to you because that shit is hard to deal with. Especially the thought of knowing you baby is in pain and you can’t find anything to help them get through it. I given some good advice by a GP (for once) who told me to try and wind India during feeds and at the end, as she may acclimate wind whilst feeding and it could be difficult for her to bring it up, That seems to be helping the situation but I still haven’t found a miracle product.

India also had her 4 week immunisations which I dreaded, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. She never developed a fever and was very fussy the next day but after that she was back to normal. I didn’t give he Call as I don’t believe in medicating babies unnecessarily, so I just had it on standby incase she came down with a temperature.

So far we have braved the bus, the tube and the overground and it has been too bad. I felt extremely anxious about taking India out on my own but I have learnt how to plan and time my journeys. I bathe and dress her before myself then I make sure I feed her just before we leave, so the chance of her getting hungry on the journey is low. I have also breastfed India in public for the first time not using a nursing cover. This was a real achievement for me, plus a little bit of boob never hurt anyone.

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