It’s a good job I don’t have to pay my sister for all her fantastic photos, as I dread to think what I’d owe her so far for a combined package of maternity, birth and newborn photography! These beautiful photos of Alice are more of her work, taken in a little makeshift studio in my sitting room last week. You can see a behind the scenes picture of the set-up over on my Instagram account (which of course you are following, right?)
Alice will be three weeks old on Wednesday which feels like a significant milestone as it’s halfway through the first six weeks, which I find are the hardest and most sleep deprived. She is noticeably more alert, has put on a little weight and is feeding well.
Jim is back at work which means I have to get out of the door by 8:40am every day with two children and two dogs. It’s a rather familiar scenario which I dealt with (minus the four year-old) in Scotland when Jim was deployed. I won’t lie, there are definitely easier ways to start the morning, but it’s good discipline and keeps me active, even if some mornings all I want to do is wallow in bed.
On the subject of sleep, with Theo we followed Gina Ford’s Contented Little Baby routine and found for us at least, that it proved very effective. Now Alice is having periods of altertness during the day and not sleeping quite as well as we’d like at night, I’ve dug it out again and found there are changes we need to make to her routine. So out goes long periods of sleep during the day and in comes the play gym and juggling on my hip whilst I sit at the computer!
Second time around I have definitely found that these challenging phases are easier to deal with when you know they pass quickly and almost as soon as you feel you are at breaking point with one thing, it’s over. So this week we will mostly be concentrating on sleep and I shall try not to spend all my time fantasising about the possibility of blocks of 4 or 5 hours of it… we shall get there eventually!
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