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Wyatt/Weightloss Wednesday week #6

So here is week six and the blog post is one day late. That’s about right as of course it’s so damn difficult to be on time with a newborn and a toddler. However both are asleep so that suits me to slot a blog session while I tan on the sunbed. Typical mother style, ten things at once.

The weather is just so amazing for the UK right now. Can’t believe it. We have been making the most of it. I’ve been so busy the last two days I haven’t had chance to stop and eat solid set meals. It’s been when I can, so that and based upon chasing Landon around may have helped my figure this week.

I haven’t done any form of exercise in the slightest and I’m far too busy to contemplate it.

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I’m not how I was. In fact two stone over but I don’t care. I fit in my wedding dress and that will do me just fine.

My breastpump decided to break on me today. 6 weeks in and that’s two down?! No fair! Not impressed. I’m having to manually express until tommorow now.

We’ve had swimming lessons for Landon, messy playgroup, softplay meets and I even did my first back to work shoot in the studio last night which Is why I couldn’t post. Yet to get any images back but I might share πŸ™‚

Wyatt did his first real smile today… At a complete stranger. Cheers little boy. Cheeky indeed!

He’s 9lb 14oz now and still trapped between first size and 1 month clothes. The 0-3 things are just enormous. Poor boy. Glad to have an ickle baba this time though.

His routines becoming more apparent. Now I can’t decide what type of routine we have. We do baby led feeds so on demand with no set intervals. It would break my heart not feeding him when he asked for it, after all under 6 months a cry means something needs seen to. However I know everyone’s styles are different. Let me know what works for you. Nothing worse than being told what to do.

His sleeping is still amazing. Usually 8pm till 4-6am which is phenomenal for me. Not great for milk supply however.

Have sorted lots of things for our upcoming vacation! Will pack their bags over the weekend and share my travel essentials.

Xoxo

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Belated post #1 Wyatt/Weightloss Wednesday

This post is a few days late! Eek! However I couldn’t leave you all out of week five with newborn Wyatt. However at week five I’m sure he is losing that whole newborn status.

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This week I left him for the first time! 😦 just for two hours while I went to a makeshift hen party. I decided against the whole bachelorette thing just out of lack of time really. And inability to get a plethora of different kinds of people together. I couldn’t express enough milk to be sure it would tide him over. Alas! He was left one bottle of formula 😦 I’m not sure why this upsets me so much because Landon was exclusively bottle fed formula milk. But when I look back I can see how he suffered with terrible constipation and a light dose of colic and griping. When wyatt had those first few top ups of formula in the first two days he had terrible wind. Just reminiscent of Landon as a newborn. However to cheer me up about my leaving formula slump a friend told me their little quote which is quite brilliant.

‘look at it this way it’s like champagne and sparkling wine, both [breast milk and formula] will get you drunk but one is undoubtedly tastier and one is just a cheap replica’ Lisa Keech, 2013

And she’s right both do the job. Formula is just a last last resort for us but was what we relied on all the time with Landon. So I didn’t panic. I just knew what he would prefer. The noobs typical. A real man in training. He was fine as traumatising as the two whole hours were for his mummy being away.

He’s growing I can tell. We didn’t make it to weighing. But I’m imagining he’s in the nine pound range now following his growth centile. We will find out for sure on Monday at breastfeeding group!

On that note, it’s still going well. Expressing and feeding contact. I even did it in a massively public place! On a bench in a super busy shopping mall! Brave! I think so! I started out terrified of the thought and today just bolstered up to that bench and got to it. Needs must!

He’s still such a great sleeper only up once between four and five and then down for a few more hours after that. Landon slept his first whole night at around 8/9 weeks so he’s got some beating to do πŸ™‚

I’m going to start taking some fenugreek tablets just to keep my milk supply strong. I’m pretty easy to freak out about levels. It’s peace of mind really. Has anyone used those before?

The wedding is just a few weeks away now so I’m super excited!! Will have to post my essential baby packing guide for vacations

As for my weight loss I’ve actually dropped about 3 pounds this week. I’m guessing from physically chasing Landon around but I haven’t changed my incredibly unhealthy diet or done any exercise. I’m not willing to sacrifice my treats.

Here’s a stomach shot: this is 5 weeks post partum. And yes I have been on the sunbed a few times I’m lucky enough to have my own at home.

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Till next week! πŸ™‚ xoxo

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Wyatt’s First Squiggles and Giggles

Well Mr Landon has definitely missed his squiggles and giggles sessions for the past three weeks. However it was closed for two weeks so we don’t feel like we have missed too much!

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Today was a gorgeous day so we were enjoying the sun again and had plenty of play outside. And even better is that daddy could join us! πŸ™‚

Wyatt was even awake for a lot of the session lapping up the attention and enjoying snuggles.

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Weekly Update:3 weeks old today

Three whole weeks old today. It doesn’t seem like three weeks since we welcome Wyatt into the family, it’s both flown over and felt like he’s been here a whole lot longer he’s just fit in perfectly!

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Wyatt Hudson Robert Blandford

Should be around the 7 pounds mark again after a little dip in his weight. He’s still just so dinky to me it’s adorable! He’s still in mostly all first size clothing and some of that size still has quite a bit of space in them for him.

As we were told throughout pregnancy his legs are a different centile to the rest of him. So his legs are just so delicate.

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He has got so much character already, he’s so brilliantly behaved when we go out and about you never hear a noise from him unless he’s hungry. When he’s awake he’s very alert his favourite time of day tends to be about 7pm just after big brother Landon has gone to bed, right when mummy wants to try and get the cleaning or university work done! Typical! Thank you little boy.

His neck is also already so strong, very little head and neck support is needed, much the same as it was with Landon. And when we do tummy time with wyatt he lifts his head so high all on his own.

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I’ve taken full advantage of big brother being cute with wyatt. Still he either pays attention and wants to play with his baby or ignores him and gets up to his own mischief (like climbing out of his cot at 15 months old! Thanks big boy). One thing about Landon is that he doesn’t give kisses. He can do and he knows how and why but you ask for one, beckon and get your face pushed away. Even beloved mother here. Well! Today he gave wyatt a kiss. Shock horror. And I even got one! Treasuring this moment because it won’t happen for another millennium now! The best we get is what we call “bump bump” where he likes to place his forehead against yours and bump bump it. That’s when he really shows he loves you, no kisses but bump bumps. That and when he gives you his dummy. Those are signs of true love.

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Wyatt has also met his little girlfriend. I’m deciding this, I haven’t left her family much choice in this decision. Sienna Mae is a friends daughter and she’s exactly 7 days older than wyatt. And she’s adorable! We loved meeting her and spoiling her and in turn wyatt got spoiled with gifts too. It will be so great to have a baby so close in age for him and its great for us mummies too!

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The weight loss is none existent. My stomach is flattening, it’s still wobbly and soft and squishy. But it’s better than its been and it’s amazing just to not have a bump! πŸ™‚ I should be thankful it’s getting flatter but I’m still adamant I can’t wait till I pass the 12 week safe to exercise mark! πŸ™‚ I haven’t lost any actual pounds devastatingly. Other than 7pounds in total post partum. So I’m just tightening up at the minute.

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The breastfeeding is still going well. We have just received our new medela swing pump today! It’s a dream! Can’t wait to review it properly, I feel like I struggled to search for one that was going to be right for us when all the time the most reputable brand should have been smacking me right in the face.

I even have breastfed in front of people in the last two days. And it’s not been bad at all. I just had a blanket to cover us and my friends haven’t flackered, they must think I’ve done it plenty! However in front of people I was only used to expressed bottles. I don’t know how long I will feed for but I’m glad I’m doing it and beating any obstacles that come my way with it.

Sleeping- Wyatt’s a fantastic sleeper. Waking up once in the night for a feed or not at all until early hours of the morning. Thrilled to have such a good sleeper!

He does have very sensitive skin like his brother meaning that bath products are a no go and washing powder has to be all non bio and basically fragrance free. Or as pure as we can get it.

He’s incredibly sicky so I think we’ll see our health visitor about reflux and the options for treatment. He’s improved how windy he is in the last few days with me drinking fennel tea! Added extra side effect. He’s not been grizzly on his back after a bottle and he’s been a lot easier to get wind out of.

All in all another breeze of a week with my beautiful clan.

πŸ™‚ xoxo

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Pumping panic!

Wow, I’m turning into an earth mother, a glorified hippie! Breast out non stop! I almost answered the door with one of of the bra today. Fear not, It wasn’t intentional, I haven’t slipped that far down the path. I realised mid unlocking and popped myself back in.

It’s safe to say they’re a fair size with engorgement. So I’m sure all mums find that however they’re feeding their children that there’s the worry that you aren’t going to provide enough to have them thrive and the questions remain of , am I feeding enough? Am I getting the cues on time? Is he/she gaining enough weight? Is he/she a good size? Could I do better.

Well my worries this week revolved around pumping and milk expression!
Usually I’m able to feed on my right, I only nurse off my right, the left is painful for some reason. And then I pump from my left and then right. I can get about 3-4 from my left religiously and 4-6 from the left. I woke up on Monday and all I could manage from each was 2-3 ounces! I would astounded, what had happened. Why had my supply dropped?

So I googled and everyone knows that googling anything automatically indicated near dear or loss of limbs. Whatever you google from sniffle to rashes means imminent death, usually less than 24 hours to live! Well googling told me all sorts could be wrong, including leftover placental tissue-gross! Lets hope not.

However, with my levels of anaemia being quite bad I’m sure it’s my body being a little bit selfish and nourishing myself first and foremost, as I could still feed adequately, I just enjoy the ease of having such a good milk yield that I can express and have a good stock for bottles when we leave the house and do our errands and activities.

Panic mode sets in anyway and I had found prescription remedies to enhance prolactin release in the body, I had found dietary tips, different herbal remedies and tinctures.

I opted for oaty food, I despise oats. Anyway for the cause I bought hobnobs, cereal bars, oat baked bread and that’s all the oats I could stomach I couldn’t touch porridge if I tried, I then bought some fennel seed tea by twinings. I hate tea too! Boy was I in for a good time, I couldn’t drink the tea hot so I made 6 cups and let them cool then transferred to a bottle for the fridge to have as iced tea.

I also spoke to someone i know who is a peer consultant and she was incredibly helpful, full of wit to ease my mind and full of handy tips and reassurance!

After my little remedies whether they worked or not I’ve got 5 ounces from each side all day at every expression so far! I think I may have just boosted my mental standings and overcome a little block in my head.

Three weeks breastfeeding tomorrow! πŸ™‚
Feeling quite proud of myself if I’m allowed to.

I’m not feeling like its helping any weight loss but I feel confident I am doing what is right for my baby and my body. I am keeping on top of iron intake and will arrange an infusion shortly to keep in tip top form as I’m starting to feel the lethargy and sunken eyes set in.

My new breastpump arrives tomorrow! Medela swing to give a go. Excited by simple things! Haha!

A bonus of the fennel tea is that it’s an appetite suppressive, except its not great as I need to remind myself to eat the extra calories I need for feeding without physical cues!

Panic averted and supply great again.
I’m still not going to give up the oats/tea just yet. I want to make sure I’m still good to go! πŸ™‚

Xoxo

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Expression Confessions!

I did mention when I started my blog that my intent was only to express as I wouldn’t feel too comfortable with latch feeding, couldn’t handle doing it in front of guests or family or in public and that I was really only doing it to she’d baby weight quickly.

Boy oh boy was I wrong, I love it, I love latch feeding now wyatt’s got the hang of it. In fact I spend so much time with my boobs out the other half is going to become so desensitised to boobs and no longer appreciate them. I’m not sure how he’s coping seeing them used for their actual purpose. I haven’t actually thought a lot about a mans perspective on breastfeeding. But I’m sure mine just likes the fact it means he gets to do less chores (feeding) and more fun time playing and cooing over him. My boobs are actually out so much I nearly answered the door with one out. Baby brain or what!

I know expressing and bottles aren’t advised until 6 weeks to establish a good supply and not cause any form of teat or nipple confusion in newborns, however my yield is so great I can express the 20-24 ounces needed per day for the fridge and still have leftover to allow latch time too!

As for nipple confusion he hasn’t had that problem at all and happily interchanges between both. He’s not fond on dummies as he can’t keep them in his mouth which works well for us. The less things to get rid of the better, however Landon never had a dummy till he started to teethe.

My breastpump was a double electric I thought the world of. Until it FAILED. That’s right two weeks use and it broke. Both motors gone, no suction. Excellent. However my luck turned when the lactation consultant came out to see us and offered us a hospital grade medela pump for a week until I picked a new pump with better reviews! The brand I picked make ameda pumps here which are really well recommended! However the EvenFlo is not one I would recommend to anyone. Especially after using a medela, the EvenFlo compares as noisy and painful. The medela hospital grade is supreme! It’s incredibly comfy and quiet! The only downside is the size of the pump itself. It’s huge and not portable. The medela swing is what I think we will be purchasing this weekend and I hope to give it a great review!

The support for breastfeeding is immense there has been a really great amount of feedback for feeding, compared to bottle feeding. And the benefits really do speak for themselves I’m going to be proud I can say I have done however long I manage and each week I complete will be a little star on a mental chart for me.

Expressing is working so well I’m really glad we were open to feeding options this time around, I feel I’m probably a bit more mature than my first pregnancy, a bit more practiced and much more open to the options there are surrounding child rearing instead of the few set ideas I initially held.

I can really feel the benefits of breastfeeding. My mood is non stop brilliant, no baby blues at the normal five day mark. A great attachment,a tum that is benefitting and a really positive overall attitude!

Hope everyone can be as flexible in their preconceived ideas as me and give things a go. You never know and certainly can’t knock it till you try it.

The enormous boobs alone are a persuasive.

Xoxo

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2 weeks old

Two weeks old 😦 it’s heartbreaking how fast time is going by! I would just like my little guy to be little forever!

He’s done a lot and been a little social bunny in his first two weeks of life. He’s gained a brother we’ve gained an angel and we’ve all lost a lot of free time.

He fits into our little household routine beautifully! He manages to nap at all the right times, sleep through or only wake once after he goes down for the evening around 10. Some days he wakes up at 4 for a feed and then goes through till 8 or some days he won’t wake up until 6 and then go back down again. How we have had two amazing sleepers is beyond me. There really is no trick. He’s just an incredibly contented little baby. It does help that we emphasise routine from the moment we come home. It’s not something we did immediately with Landon. We learned that to get things back in order we would need a strict routine and for a long time we were flexible with his bedtime until as he grew he had more and more energy and he was allowed more and more reluctance to sleep. This was quickly halted when it became a struggle to get him down for the evening now his bedtime is between 6.30 and 7.00pm and I’m reluctant to let anything interfere with that it works well for us and keeps our daytimes running smoothly.

In addition to a set and consistent routine (and of course luck) we also, I say we I mean myself as the partner gets far too grouchy if he does night feeds, it’s not worth the headache I have to endure after. During the night feeds I don’t switch any lights on or talk to wyatt. I just think it helps him know the difference between daytime and nighttime.

I’m still exclusively breastfeeding! No formula since day two! My milk yield is great! So I can express plenty as well as feed from the breast. I’m yet to feed in public still, I’m not quite sure I’m brave enough despite being relatively confident with plenty of other circumstances its something I may have to work up to. And the convenience of the expressed bottles is just a great novelty. Best of both worlds.

Weight! Wyatt’s is less than his birth weight at 6lb 11oz but more than after initial weighing at 5 days. He has gained 2oz since then and I am convinced he will gain more based on the amount he guzzles! In the evenings we have a good three hours before his bedtime where he simply cannot get enough.

My weight is a great annoyance! I’ve only lost half a stone since the birth still an excess three to shed! Incredibly frustrating. But we’re only two weeks down and I’m just being royally impatient!

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Wyatt still fits nicely in all of his first size clothes, i think when he grows out of them I might shed a little tear!

Today he got to be a tiny little tiger. He’s incredibly alert and awake when he wants to be.

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Today also marked another highlight in our calendar! First bath with no tears at all! Yey! πŸ™‚

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Landon is still enjoying being a big brother. And still being rambunctious as hell! But having a little longer nap at midday he must be wearing himself thin.

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Here’s hoping for another good week with both of my boys!

Xoxo