I’m back at work and the school holidays are over, so time management is getting so much harder, this 4 month baby update is already 3 weeks overdue. I’m hoping to settle into a new routine properly in the next few weeks.
I’m loving the time with my baby. There are so many moments I wish I could freeze and store so I can re-live them again. We have been very happy with her milestone and development.
Favourite things to do:
Hold objects and bring them towards her mouth
Giggle and blow bubbles with her lips
Sit on her brothers lap while he plays on his iPad
Tummy time – finally, there was a time when this was the worst thing in the world for her
Getting attention – she starts fussing and complaining when she notices that she’s alone in a room
Just when we got into a perfect sleeping schedule, teething happened. I didn’t know that babies can start teething as early as two months!! It’s only when she started showing some these signs of teething that I realised it.
The week where I went back to work was the worst. She was up almost every hour, not crying or anything, but I could tell that she was definitely not comfortable and of course, the boobies are her best consolation.
For the teething I’m using:
Baltic Amber necklace from Kids Emporium
Teething toys that I pop into the fridge
My fingers to massage her gums – she loves this so much that she cries when I stop
Now that she’s transitioning out of the teething phase, we are getting more sleep again. We have improved on bedtime, settling down around 8pm. She still loves taking a bath and it’s such a special time for the two of us to play and giggle in the evenings and I’m so possessive about it; I don’t let anyone else bath her.
We have a lovely little breastfeeding room at work, so I’ve been able to keep up a reasonable milk supply. One of the tricks to maintaining milk supply once you return to work is expressing regularly. When you breastfeed, you release oxytocin, which is a love hormone. So it helps to keep pictures and videos of baby close by and make sure that you’re in a peaceful and private environment where you can switch off and not be worried about work.
DID YOU KNOW?
“In South Africa, in terms of the Code of Good Practice on the Protection of Employees during Pregnancy and after the Birth of a Child (which forms part of the Codes of the BCEA), arrangements should be made for employees who are breast-feeding to have breaks of 30 minutes twice per day for breast-feeding or expressing milk each working day for the first six months of the child’s life” – for more info visit this website.
She wakes up for a feed at 1am and 5am so I feed then. I pump at work at 11am and 1pm and that becomes her supply for the next day. I’m only able to pump 100-150ml, which is apparently a lot. She still has 2-3 bottles of formula a day.
I’m convinced that she enjoys her brother’s company more than mine. I’m not complaining, I love seeing them love on each other. One of the things I was worried about was their 7 year age gap, I thought that he wouldn’t show any interest in a baby, but he cares so much about her and always wants to be close to her.
My body and postpartum recovery:
My tummy STILL feels very sensitive to touch, not sure how to explain it but it’s a numb-like feeling, so being compressed in girdles is not only painful but very uncomfortable. I’ve decided to not even bother and rather try the healthy-eating route, which is and has always been a big struggle for me. I’m having chocolate as I type this.
Since I’m back at work, I don’t really have time to do proper workouts so I take lots of walks with my babies or go for a run with my lil man if his sister is sleeping. It helps to have time alone with each of your children – my post on helping your older child adjust to your baby may help you if you’re in a similar situation. I still have my “I’m so fat” days but I always remind myself that I need to allow my body to heal – you know that 9 months to gain it, 9 months to lose it story? Yup, I’m on that team now.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this baby update, I’ll try and deliver month 5’s on time haha xx
Modern Zulu Mom