Thursday, 11 September 2008
sweetest print i bought on etsy from littlest flower. i absolutely love it and the colour is so much nicer in real life...
so, so much to say. so many thank yous i need to express for advice and commiseration that has come my way from the last couple of posts. i know they say you get bombarded with advice as a new parent, and it's true, but i really welcome any and all tips that i can soak up. with your help and what i've gleaned from books and online, i'm happy to say that mae and i have come to a place where i'm actually feeling really confident about the path we're on and how our days (and nights) are going. yes, she still has scream crying bouts but not nearly as frequently and we're learning ways to either cope with them or cut them short. i have to admit, as i'm sure has been fairly apparent, that i've found the beginning of this new life very, very hard - there have been plenty of tears from me, especially when the sleep deprivation starts to take it's toll. but this week has been, overall, good. i can't say what has changed, really, because i think it's a lot of things. mae is growing and changing herself, adapting to things that previously caused huge crying bouts (although she's still none to keen on the bath...) and i've adapted as well, learning how to be the mother she needs and how to comfort her. getting the feeding right has been the first step and really the key to all the improvements since. i think the foremilk bothered her tummy, which made her cry, which meant she wouldn't sleep, which meant she got overtired and impossible to console... and it just became this endless cycle. plus everything was new to her so it was hard for her to find comfort in anything, including us. she is still slightly fussy during some feeds, mucking around and arching her back when the milk hits her tummy so i've decided to give up dairy for a week and see if this helps at all (i love dairy. this is HARD.) but, again, i think her wee digestive tract just might need a couple more weeks to work itself out. developmentally she is doing great, gaining heaps of weight, strong as a little ox, working on the smiles and coos and generally stealing my heart with her little faces.