19 July 2014

3 Week Postpartum Update!

Hey everyone! 

So Another week, another update! I'm gonna say it again, these weeks are going scarily fast! Tom and I were just saying how we can't believe Aria is a month old next week.... She'll be 18 before we know it!


I've been feeling a lot more like myself this week. The pains of labour have gone and I've started to get my strength and energy back... Even on the nights of little sleep!

Even though I've been feeling a lot more like myself, I feel like I've gone into hibernation a little. Tom is back at work now so I'm trying to get used to life at home with Aria myself... although my mum has been brilliant taking the afternoons off to help/keep me company. Apart from that, I feel like I've really wanted to limit visitors. Not that I don't love seeing my family and friends, but I feel like we've had a house full every day for the last two weeks, so I've really needed time to myself to get back to 'normal'. Has anyone else felt like that??
I've noticed my tummy has gone down a lot this week. I think this May be due to how hungry Aria has been! Breastfeeding burns around 500 calories a day, so I think this has helped me lose a bit of the belly! I'm almost back in my skinny jeans, but I'm so much more comfortable in leggings at the moment. 
I got weighed at the doctors and have lost 2lb this week. I'm really happy with this, as I was told this is a healthy amount to be losing. I was a little worried about losing too much too quickly in case it affected my milk etc. but thankfully it hasn't!

I've not taken any 'belly' shots since having Aria, but if these are something you would be interested in seeing in these updates, let me know!
Now onto This little lady!

Aria was weighed on Tuesday by the health visitor, and we were really surprised at how much this little chunk has put on! She is now 9lb 5oz! That's 1oz over her birth weight! We were told that babies at this age are usually just a couple of oz over their birth weight, so the fact she's put on 1lb is crazy. She's not overweight in the slightest, it just means she is getting plenty of milk and growing really quickly. I have to say, I was really pleased that she's put on that much from solely breastfeeding *gives self a little pat on the back* :)
We are still trying to figure out Aria's routine. She has days where she will sleep forever! Like Wednesday where she slept from 12:00-5:30pm! And then there are times where she will just fight it for ages. We  giver her a top and tail wash every day, and she is bathed every other night. We do alternate baths of just warm water, and bubbles and hair wash. We were told not to use bubbles and shampoo in every wash, as it can really dry her skin. She absolutely loves the bath and a little pamper after with her lotions! 

As mentioned, it has been pretty varied this week. On a night, she is sleeping around 4 hours or so at a time, and wakes around 11/12 for her first feed and 3/4 for her second. This is totally fine with us, and Tom and I take turns with these so we both get some sleep too. When she is awake, it is for much longer now and she is usually up for 1-2 hours, unless she is having one of those moments where she just fights it! This can be 3/4 hours... Very exhausting! 
I am still breastfeeding, and it's getting easier every day. I'm expressing two bottles a day which we use for her night time feeds, as we've noticed she sleeps better when she's had a big feed quicker, rather than on and off the boob for longer! We've started giving her Infacol before every feed, as on a night she seems to have trouble with wind. This is NOT the case during the day... My gosh this girl can pump! We've only been using it for a couple of days but it's made a huge difference already. 
Aria is still in size 1 nappies, but has grown out of some of her newborn baby grows! She's a little too small for 0-3 month clothes yet, so her up to 1 month stuff is a much better fit. 
We've noticed how alert Aria is becoming now, and is awake for longer periods, so we bought her a Fisher Price Kick 'n' Play Piano Gym, which she absolutely loves! I'm going to do a review on this soon, so keep an eye out if you are looking to get a play mat for your little on.

Fisher Price Kick 'n' Play Piano Gym
Another huge milestone is that Aria smiled for the first time!!! It was absolutely amazing, she has the cutest little grin! It makes the time she's awake so much more fun now we can see she is enjoying herself, and Tom and I are having little competitions to see who can make her smile the most. So far, we are pretty equal - we won't be singing 'Baby Got back' just yet! Haha.

I think that's all for this week. I can't believe our next update will be 1 month! :) 

Nicola xx

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