I know I keep saying that I cant believe how time is flying but I really really cant. I’m having the total opposite of my pregnancy experience haha. A baby teaches and reminds one of how we can take time for granted. Khumo aka Little-Lady/Darling is now 12 weeks old, just the other day, I was writing my 8 week postpartum update.
She’s a chatty, feisty, chubby and happy baby. She recognizes us now and is always keen to exchange smiles and try to copy facial expressions. Her big brother is enjoying her even more but complains that she’s getting heavy.
She loves: boobies, bath time, staring at curtains and interesting light fixtures and boobies (they deserve another mention cos YES I’m still happily breastfeeding and it’s a huge deal for me). I’ve noticed that she only wants feed from the left side, my friend Karabo suggested that I feed her from the right during our night feeds when she’s still drowsy.
She still hates: being swaddled and having her arms restricted.
Growth, emotions and how I’m doing:
She’s officially out of newborn clothes *tears* and we’ve moved to size 2 of our Huggies New Baby Diapers. She weighed 5,2 Kg’s at our 10 week vaccination and all is on track. By the way, the nurses told me that rubbing Vicks/Menthol on their thighs helps with the pain afterwards.
I’m sad about going back to work in about 6 weeks time. I’ve also started feeling really guilty and horrible about using some of my maternity leave to do other projects. Yes, it’s all been in the name of hustling for the long-term wellbeing of my children, but still… So I’m going to be spending the next few weeks focussed on prioritizing my household and myself. I’ve been splitting myself into a million pieces to fit in everyone and everything but that’s just not working for me anymore. I never anticipated the amount work that comes with going from one child to two. I don’t know how I would do it if my son was any younger – his maturity and independence has helped me so much along the way.
We’re on the road often and having him there to watch his sister in her carseat at the back has been given me peace of mind. He can be his protective self and I can focus on the road. If I have to travel alone with her, I prefer to use Uber Family, where you can request a vehicle with a car seat and we can enjoy the ride together at the back.
I’ve managed to spend some time with my girlfriends with spa days and dinners here and there which has also been refreshing and relaxing. These strawberries with white chocolate from our spa day were SO good:
I’ve learnt how to pick up all kinds of objects with my toes while carrying her when she’s sleeping.
Weight and sleep:
I’ve lost: 4 kg’s in the last month so I’m back in my normal STRETCHYYYY jeans. I still have a long way to go with about 6kgs to shed and LOTS of toning – baby number 2 does cruel things to the body!!
Sleeping: her patterns have improved a lot. She wakes up once or twice and has been consistent with the 4:30am wake up call – that’s usually when I let her move from her cot to our bed and she loves it. She falls asleep again for longer, but being the light sleeper that I am, it’s not that great for me. Her day time naps vary a lot – there are good (about 3 two-hour naps) and bad days (when she only takes very brief naps).
Bedtime: we haven’t quite been able to crack a routine yet. I try to keep bath and feeding times consistent, but she just wants to play after that instead of sleeping. She only ends up sleeping around 8:30/9:30 which is a concern for me because I’m aiming to get to bed at 8pm when I go back to work. If anyone has tips, pleeeease share!
We had a mini photoshoot at home last week, since I didn’t have a newborn shoot (I kept procrastinating). Looking back, I’m glad I stalled because I really like how she looks more like herself now than she did at 7 or 10 days old and her personality comes through in the pictures.
I hope that you enjoyed the update and that you’re all well Mamas; I would love to hear from you.
Modern Zulu Mom