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Apr. 8th, 2009 03:39 pm
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On time? Early even.
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Feb. 28th, 2009 02:18 pm
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Well, last time I was a day late; this time I'm 10% late. He's 110 days old and has grown a bundle.

He finally grew into 0-3 months clothes, or at least outgrew the "newborn" clothes in the week he was three months old, as per my prediction. I think he may get to 3-6 months clothes sooner though. He's still in a limited range of the 0-3 months clothes we have - the rest being way too big. He's now 58cm long and 11lb 15.5 oz. Alex is smiling and laughing now, gurgling and cooing and it sounds very much like he's saying "now" when he wants his milk. He also looks around and smiles when one of us comes in and says something out of his sight. He's rather fond of gnawing his left hand, though there's no sign of teeth yet. He's reaching out and batting and grabbing things, even pulling them to his mouth. He's best with dangling things because their weight is supported but we do try him on things to lift. He's showing a distinct preference for grabbing with his left hand (yay), but I know that that could change easily before he settles on a handedness. He's holding his head up fairly well, but still not steady for very long, and we're encouraging him to lift it and develop his neck and core body muscles with tummy time and sitting up time. He's pretty small, so some of the physical things will take time.

I'm now in somewhat of a, well I can't call it a routine because it's not, but we get along. I have afternoon tea with the ladies from my antenatal class on a Monday, on a Thursday morning I go to "Bumps'n'Babes", and generally try to get out two more days of the week (usually just a walk into town to grocery shop, visit the library for "Rhymetime" or similar) but have a day at home to relax. We learnt baby massage for several Wednesday afternoons, for example. I'm a third of my way through maternity leave and it's hard to imagine returning to work. We've been looking at nurseries in preparation. Having picked one to register at, I have sort of volunteered to go and do some science based activities with their preschoolers; Alex would be looked after by them while I am there and I can have a look at what they're really like not just when they're showing people around. I was thinking coffee filter paper chromatography butterflies, maybe some pen lid divers, that type of thing. If anyone has any ideas (this is aimed at 3-5 year olds) then let me know.

I'm also using cloth nappies, specifically sized ones with wraps (Tots Bots Bamboozles and Flexitots with Motherease Rikki wraps). He seems quite happy in them and it's nice not to have a bin full of nappies. We're still in dispos at night or if we're going to be out for a long time. [livejournal.com profile] hsenag is a bit reluctant to use them, bit too difficult for him maybe? It's not like you need a PhD to be able to work them!

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Dec. 31st, 2008 01:04 pm
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Yesterday, Alex was 50 days old, but I was a bit busy to post.

It's been a busy 7 weeks, with many ups and downs (quite a lot of downs including the washing machine flooding the floor, two sterilisers breaking - hard water and electric steam sterilisers aren't very compatible, two bouts of mastitis, painful and with high temperatures, for me and a lot of just general OMG small baby ETIRED), and jolly hard going at times. It's getting easier though. Breastfeeding didn't get off the ground for various reasons I shall not go into here, so I expressed for a few weeks to give him the benefit of my milk, but we have switched to formula now. Expressing is the worst of both worlds, really, all the sterilising to do, time consumed in extracting the milk as well as changing and feeding leaves very little time for sleeping and a nightmare if baby wants something while you're tied to a milking machine.

Alex is now 8lb 11oz (3.94kg), up from 6lb 1oz (2.765kg) at birth, and is following the 2nd centile growth curve happily. He's small, but that is not really a surprise considering my (lack of) height, Ganesh's slimness and the rest of our families are not exactly big. He's finally fitting newborn baby clothes and outgrown the size below - I somehow doubt 0-3 months clothes will stop swamping him before he's 3 months old. We have rather a lot of 0-3 months clothes (presents mainly) which are waiting for him. He's now "woken up" and is getting more interactive. He's meeting our eyes, occasionally smiling (muscular smile, which is an advance on windy smiles but not quite social smiles). His facial expressions have always been marvellously expressive (though incomprehensible sometimes) but with the smile too he can be a delight to watch. He sometimes manages to suck his thumb, but not consistently, and has had a go at batting dangling toys though again not consistently (not quite got the depth perception perhaps). He's sometimes grouchy for hours, sometimes cheerfully playful. Out and about, he's rather a charmer - flirting with ladies of all ages even when asleep.
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...because I'm in the hospital looking after Alex!

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