six months of memories

The Ordinary Moments #46 – 6 Months of Memories

Sienna turned six months old last week.  It has absolutely flown.  And yet at the same time, the newborn days seem so long ago now!!  I can’t believe how much Sienna has changed over the six months.  I’ve noticed it far more than I did with Ella.  I think because her temperament has changed so much, as she has grown, and she seems like a different child to her newborn days.

My memory has really collapsed over the last 6 months, thanks in no part to not having enough sleep.  My brain really struggles to work any more!!!!  So, I really just wanted to document a few memories from the six months of Sienna!

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Siblings October

What Did Parents Do Before….?

What did parents do before

I’m sure each generation of new parents could look back at those before them and marvel at how they coped without some of the modern luxuries available to them now.  But I really do think we’ve never had as many tools as parents as we do now!

So, just what did parents do before….

  1. Google

Can you imagine a parenting world without Google?  Who would we turn to in the wee small hours of the morning with our ‘how to get my baby to sleep through’ questions?  And how could we ever decide that our baby has *insert life threatening disease* thanks to Dr Google’s symptom sorter?!

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An Obsession With Sleep

I have become sleep obsessed. Mainly because I’m just not getting enough!!!

Sienna is five months old now and still doesn’t sleep great. As soon as I feel like we’re getting somewhere, there seems to be a setback, like a cold. And we’re back to multiple night wakings instead of just the one.

When I was pregnant with Ella, I read a few books on baby sleep. And sure enough, the suggestions worked and Ella napped consistently through the day and started sleeping through at 11 weeks. 

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Maternity Leave with Number Two

MATERNITY LEAVE WITH NUMBER TWO

I’m really noticing how completely different maternity leave is this time round.

When Ella was a baby, I really enjoyed my maternity leave. Ella was one of those dream babies. Don’t get me wrong, she had her moments. But mostly she was pretty predictable in how each day would go, when she’d feed and when she’d sleep.

I run my own business, and when Ella was a baby, I started working again during my maternity leave, managing to get a few hours done every day while she was napping. I kept on top of the washing, as there were only three of us and her clothes were diddy. The house wasn’t taken over by toys, as baby Ella just had her play gym and a few small toys.

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The Ordinary Moments #42 – My Poorly Baby

Sienna has had a few colds in her short five months in this world.  Mainly helped by her sister lovingly passing them on to her!  While Ella is at an age now where a cold just makes her a bit grumbly (and even more snotty than usual!) for a few days, it obviously has a bigger impact on a little baby.

Her other colds haven’t been so bad.  She’s been bunged up and we’ve relied on the nasal aspirator to clear her nose quite a lot.  But she’s not been overly upset.  But the cold she has currently has definitely been the worst.

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Sienna at 20 Weeks

It occurred to me that I’ve not done a Sienna focused update for a while now, so I looked back over my blog, and Sienna was 10 weeks old when I last did one!!

She’s now 20 weeks old, so this seems a perfect opportunity to do an update on how she’s getting on!

She really is a different baby in some ways from that ten week old baby.  And in others, she’s exactly the same.  I can already see she is going to have a completely different personality to her older sister.  Ella was such a happy content baby, and rarely cried.  Sienna, on the other hand, can scream!!!  She definitely knows how to cry!  In her early weeks, she did a lot of screaming.  But it has really settled down now.  Her crying is usually tiredness related.  She really hates feeling tired.  But I can now quickly pick up on her tired cues.  She’ll rub her eyes mainly.  So, as soon as the hands go to the eyes, I put her down for a nap.  And getting that moment right usually means I can put her down in the cot awake, and she will fall asleep unassisted.  If you miss that window, then she does sometimes need a bit more settling, a bit of a cuddle or some music on to calm her down.  She also loves to snuggle a muslin to help settle her, and even cover her face with it.  This is particularly handy when out and about.  It’s almost magic how putting the muslin over her face sends her straight off to sleep!

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Budgeting After Baby

We were very lucky when Ella was born that so many family members had young families and were able to pass on lots of useful items and clothing.  It definitely saved us a lot of money!  We did make a few big purchases – pram, crib, cot, etc.  And all of these clothes and items have now been passed on to Sienna.  As such, I have made the odd splurge since having Sienna, as we haven’t had to make the usual baby outgoings.  Like a video monitor, which I probably wouldn’t have even considered after having Ella.

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My Favourite Moments

There are so many amazing moments in life. I don’t mean days or weeks. I mean moments. A few minutes or hours at most. Those moments we’ll never forget. That we look back on with so much fondness.

I thought I’d list 10 of the favourite moments of my life so far. I’ve probably missed some out and may need to do a follow up at some point!! They are in chronological order, but the first is from when I was 18. I’m sure I had many more before then, but maybe my memory of them is too blurry!

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Those Newborn Days Are Gone

It’s just occurred to me today that I no longer have a newborn baby.

Sienna certainly doesn’t look newborn any more.  In fact, I think she only really looked newborn for around the first week of her life, as she is a big girl!  And she no longer acts like a newborn either.

I’ve not really acknowledged it happening, but the traits of that newborn stage are long gone too.  They say the first few months of a baby’s life should be classed as the fourth trimester.  They favour the conditions they are used to in the womb – white noise, being held close, their mother’s heartbeat.  Looking back over my Instagram pictures, so many of them are with Sienna fast asleep in my arms.  She wouldn’t be put down.  She wanted the comfort, and typically that comfort had to be me.

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The End of Our Breastfeeding Journey

Sienna is just over three months old now, and our breastfeeding journey is coming to an end.

I’ve spoken a few times about Sienna’s fussiness.  She cries lots, struggles to settle, and has fussed during and after feeds.  To be honest, it was really starting to bring me down.  I was starting to feel that every waking minute had to be dedicated to her.  I could sometimes get away with putting her down once she fell asleep, but couldn’t dare leave the room, as the pram would need rocking if she stirred!

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