Sienna One Year

To Sienna, On Your First Birthday

To Sienna,

My little beauty, I can not believe you are already a year old!!!  Where has that year gone?!

I vividly remember the day you were born like it was yesterday, and the amazing feeling of lying skin-to-skin with you.  I felt so incredibly bonded to you, and still do.  We have a special relationship you and I.  From only days old, you struggled to settle for anyone but me.  You spent a lot of time in my arms, while you were still light enough to hold for any length of time.  I would rock you back and forth and you found a way of nuzzling in to my chest for comfort.  The hours spent constantly feeding, chaining me to the sofa!  Those early weeks are slowly fading from my memory, but I never want to forget how you wanted to be nowhere but with me.  Especially when you’re a teenager and the opposite will be true!

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Mission Sleep Update – My Baby Can Sleep Through The Night

About a month ago, I wrote about how I was on a mission to get more sleep.  I gave myself a deadline of Sienna turning one, which happens in a mere two weeks time (wahhhh!!!).

So, I thought I’d do a little update on where we’re at.

Well, I’m super pleased to say that things have VASTLY improved on the sleep front.  Sienna has slept through a good number of times now.  Sometimes, she has woken at around 10pm.  But she has also managed full sleep throughs, from going to bed to getting up (or at the very least waking up and not needing us to go in to her).

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Mission Sleep

I’m on a mission.  My deadline is 20th May.  The mission is to….GET….MORE….SLEEP!

Why that deadline?  Well, that is the day that Sienna turns 1 year old (how the heck is she nearly one already?!).  In her 10 months on this planet, it’s safe to say that Sienna’s sleep hasn’t been great.  As a newborn she was typical, some nights just one wake up, most nights two, the odd night 3 or 4, and the even odder night, screaming all night!

As she got older, things didn’t improve.  I learnt to accept it.  With Ella having slept through from 3 months, I thought the same would happen again.  When it didn’t, I started googling like mad.  Then I decided to let her be and that she’d improve in her own time.  They’re all different after all.

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Sienna’s Christening

On Saturday 5th March, we celebrated Sienna’s christening.

We spent a while trying to figure out what we wanted to do for her christening.  When Ella was christened, we had a big party.  It was 29th December and most people were off work the next day.  We had about 70 people there, hired a venue, and had a big do!  I’ll be honest, I didn’t really enjoy it.  I found it all a bit stressful hosting that many people.  Though I did really enjoy the pub after the party!!

This time, we were moving house only a few weeks before the christening, and I just couldn’t face up to organising a big party.  There was definitely enough going on!  We decided to keep it just immediate family – our parents, brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.  And they all came back to our house for a party after.

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I Want To Take It Away For You

My dear, sweet and beautiful Sienna,

I wish I could take it away. I wish I could make you better. I wish you never had to suffer.

But that’s life. We are humans. We suffer illness. You don’t know it yet, but it will make you stronger. 

You’ve had a tough week. We’ve moved house. The environment that was so familiar to you has changed. I think you’ll love it here, but you’ve not really had chance yet to relax in to it and explore.

You’ve had a poorly tummy. You’ve brought whole bottles up, quite spectacularly. And when you have managed to keep your bottles down, you’ve lost it in the other direction. And that has been pretty spectacular at times too. You’ve got through so many vests and sleepsuits that our washing machine can’t keep up.

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Sienna at 8 Months

Sienna at 8 Months

I looked at Sienna the other day, and she just didn’t seem that little any more.  She was sat next to her big sister, and no longer looked tiny in comparison.  They were giggling together, holding hands.  Interacting and, almost, playing together.  I’ve wanted her to grow up quickly so they can play more together, particularly as Ella loves interacting with others.  Now, I want her to slow down.  I feel like I’ve blinked and she’s stopped being a baby.

Sienna turned 8 months old this week, and I feel 8 months is a real turning point for babies.  They are well and truly sat up with no issues, apart from the odd little loss of balance when reaching for something.  They are feeding much better, and no longer spitting out everything that goes in.  Or, with baby led, starting to really eat rather than just gum what they are given.  Ella started crawling when she was about 8.5 months, and that is the real turning point, when mobility is theirs!

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Weaning

Weaning – A Combined Baby Led Approach

We are now well and truly in to the weaning journey with Sienna, as she approaches 8 months old.  I’m not really one to be in a rush to start the whole weaning thing.  I know a lot of people can’t wait for their baby to have the first taste of solid food.  But for me, it’s one of those signals that the baby days are slowly coming to an end.  When they can manage proper food and not just milk.  When they suddenly seem so much more grown up, sat proud in their high chair.

With Ella, we took a mostly baby-led approach.  I fed her porridge and yoghurts, but otherwise she fed herself normal food.  I didn’t once puree anything or give her food from a jar or pouch.  As suggested with baby led, we started weaning her at 6 months.  Well actually, just before six months, as this meant her first taste of proper food was Christmas dinner!

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Christmas 2015

Our Christmas 2015

Wow does Christmas seem like a distant memory now!  I didn’t do any blogging between Christmas and New Year, so I’m on memory catch up now, getting them down before they are memories no more!

We spent Christmas at home in Manchester this year.  My family live in the Isle of Man, so we are often over there for Christmas.  Much as I missed my family, I am glad we were at home this Christmas.  I feel that December was quite a tough month, with Sienna waking lots, Ella waking some nights too, and me really not getting anywhere near enough sleep.  So, it was really nice to relax at home over Christmas, without having to pack everything up and head over the (often rough) sea!  We made the best decision ever about a week before Christmas to stop Ella napping in the day.  This meant she was flat out asleep by about 6.30pm and wasn’t waking at all until around 7am the next day!  One child sleep improved!!!  Sienna’s sleep also started to improve by Christmas week, so things really were on the up!!

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The Year That Was…2015!

A new year is once again upon us.  As the saying goes ‘the days are long, but the years are short’.  We’ve definitely had some long days in 2015, but the year has indeed been a fast one.  2015 was a bit of a strange year, but also an absolutely amazing one.  Ella started the year an only child, 1.5 years old, very active but not very chatty.  She’s ended the year a big sister, 2.5 years old, a chatterbox who is still very active!

And we are now a family of four, with the arrival of our little stunner Sienna!  She’s certainly turned things on their head!  While the jump from one child to two isn’t as drastic a life change as going from being childless to becoming a parent, it has still been a hefty jump and we’ve all had to adapt!  We’ve had to deal with a mostly unhappy baby.  A very vocal baby.  One I haven’t always been able to understand.  But also a baby that I feel so incredibly bonded to and who I love with every fibre within me.  Sienna is ending the year a much happier baby.  She giggles and smiles far more than she cries.  And, teething and illness aside, is largely a content and easy baby.

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A Little Life Update

I feel like I’ve been quieter than usual on the blog recently, other than a few reviews and giveaway stuff.  I’ve had loads of post ideas in my head, but have been lacking the energy to put fingertips to keyboard.  So, I thought I’d post a bit of an update as to what’s going on and where my head is at.

In all honesty, things feel a little tough at the moment.  Really it’s just within the last couple of weeks, though when you’re in it it feels like it’s been going on forever!  And even saying that things feel tough makes me cringe, as I know how wonderfully lucky I am to have two amazing little girls, and really am very happy with my lot.  But still, everyone needs a mini release of feelings now and again!

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