31 May 2017

SWITCHING FROM BREASTFEEDING TO BOTTLE FEEDING

Whenever I was asked how I planned to feed when pregnant with Olivia, I always said breastfeeding. I said it with a quiet confidence that this time it would be so much easier. 

I breasted Aria for 7 weeks and combined fed until she was 10 weeks, when she eventually went onto formula. I was so proud of myself for this, but felt that with this baby I could do it for longer. 

When Olivia arrived, just like her big sister she latched on straight away and our breastfeeding journey started with such ease. We brought her home and I continued to feed on demand for the next three weeks...
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26 May 2017

OLIVIA'S THREE WEEK UPDATE

Olivia is now three weeks old. Time isn't slowing down at all and it's been another big week for us all!

As always, I'll quickly start with me...



Recovery
At three weeks I feel like I'm pretty much back to my pre-pregnancy self. I've still a little jiggle to my tummy which just needs toned when I'm ready to do some exercise. My boobs are still huge with all the milk, but I'm hoping this goes down soon as we are no longer breastfeeding - more on this further down!

Now onto Olivia...
 

Weight
We haven't had Olivia weighed since her last update but she's definitely getting bigger! She feels so heavy now and is starting to grow out of her newborn clothes!

Routine
With each week that passes we're finding ourselves in more of a routine, which is great as routine and structure is something that I really need as a mum. Olivia will wake about 6:30 for her morning feed and then go back to sleep until 8 on days that Aria isn't at Playschool. She'll then feed every 3 hours or so and will go down for bed about 11 and wakes around 2/3 for a nighttime feed. It's made the nights much easier with her only really waking once!  

Sleeping
Olivia is much more settled with her sleep and is happy to be in her Moses basket and Snuzpod now, which makes life so much easier! She still loves a nap on us, but she's not dependent on it now. She wakes once/twice in the night and is much more settled when going back down, which may be a mixture of her getting used to life and her being bottle fed now.
 
Feeding
I'm going to do a full blog post on our decision to stop breastfeeding, but we are now bottle feeding Olivia and have gradually gone from expressed milk to formula. However, the change has meant the last few days she has had trapped wind and from around 6-10 she's crying in pain. It's awful as a parent to see this, but the health visitors said this is normal and should pass in a few days, and the heatwave isn't helping! Y

Size
Olivia is still in size 1 nappies but is filling out her newborn sleepsuits, so we're now in 1 month and 0-3! She's got such long legs that she fits most things in length, but her little tummy still has room to fill out. 
 
Milestones
Our biggest milestone is definitely Olivia smiling! She smiles so much first thing in the morning when she sees us and Aria, which is just the loveliest thing! We've yet to catch it on camera, but she's definitely got a big beaming smile :)

Our other milestone is me no longer breastfeeding, which was a really tough decision but the right one for our family. 
 

And that's us for three weeks! How on earth is her next update her at one month old? Time really does fly doesn't it?

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24 May 2017

STORKSAK SANDY TAUPE CHANGING BAG | REVIEW

Becoming a parent brings a whole new level of excitement to life, and preparing for that little arrival means a lot of shopping is to be done! 

There's a lot of big purchases to be made, and a variety of choices to work through, so to help narrow it down, I'm going to show you my current changing bag, the Storksak Sandy Taupe. 

This is our second baby, so I feel like I know exactly what I'm looking for in a changing bag. It needs to be lightweight, easy to access, have lots of storage, and also look good. This little beauty ticks all the boxes and more. 
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18 May 2017

OLIVIA'S TWO WEEK UPDATE

Olivia is two weeks old! Seriously, time needs to slow down just a little.

It's been another whirlwind week and we're slowing getting into more of a routine of life with a newborn and a toddler.

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15 May 2017

THE SIBLINGS PROJECT #1 MAY 2017

For months and months, I've envisioned myself writing this blog post, and joining in with a link I've been following for such a long time. The Siblings Project. 

This month has been an incredibly special month for our family, as we welcomed our daughter Olivia into the world. It's been 11 days since she arrived and already it feels like she's been here forever. 

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OLIVIA'S ONE WEEK UPDATE

One week has passed since little Olivia was born and my goodness has it gone fast!

As well as an update on my YouTube channel I wanted to write a full update too, especially as I did these with Aria!

So I'll get started quickly with me...

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12 May 2017

MY BIGGEST

From the moment we found out we were pregnant, I worried about our biggest girl. Although she has Maya, she is technically the baby of the house and the centre of all our attention. How would a new baby make her feel? 

Fast forward those nine months and we're now a week into life with our newest addition, and I'm wondering what all the worry was about.

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10 May 2017

WELCOME TO THE WORLD BABY GIRL!



Welcome to the world, baby girl! 

I'm so excited to share with you our second beautiful baby girl, Olivia Margaret, born Thursday 4th May. 

We could not be more in love with her, she has just slotted into our family like a dream and we're all loving life with our little addition! 

Thank you all so much for the lovely messages, we're so grateful for all the love! I'll be back soon with my labour and delivery story! 

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