Wow, 5 months already! Since this is my first letter to you, I’ll back up a bit… Your daddy and I were so looking forward to meeting you and once you arrived we had 5 days in the hospital just to spend getting to know you and trying to understand how to look after you. You seemed so small and fragile and we had no idea what we were in for, but just gazing into your eyes as you stared back at us made it all worthwhile.
Emily – two weeks
The first couple of months of your life were hard! To be honest, it’s all a bit of a blur now but we had a lot of problems with your feeding which affected me as well and in the end we had to give up breastfeeding after only 3 weeks. I was devastated, but it was also a blessing and a relief to have the decision made. I got to spend a lot more time with you then, just holding you and helping you and getting to know you. Feeding continued to be a bit of a struggle and we tried lots of different things and saw different people about it until we finally got it all sorted out – your little tummy didn’t like lactose and also had reflux issues. So the combination of lactose free formula and some reflux medication which we got sorted out around 2 months saw you start to increase your feeds and really start thriving!
The next couple of months were ones of constant improvement. You kept putting on weight well after your slow start and all your responses and reactions were spot on for your age. You always had really strong neck muscles which is just as well since your head is on the larger side. You started smiling at us regularly and your whole face would light up when you saw me first thing in the morning. Wonderfully, you slept through most nights from 2 months onwards – anywhere from 6-9pm start until 5-7am in the morning. I started getting my sanity back.
This month has been amazing. We started offering you solids but you weren’t real interested, so we left it for a week then offered again. This time – oh boy! You LOVED the flavours and sit in your new high chair with your mouth open like a baby bird waiting for the next spoonful making happy little sounds. We had a catch up with some other mums and bubs the same age as you and you spent the entire time watching them all. As soon as we got home, you started “talking”, adorable little burbles and you haven’t stopped since. You’ve started smiling all the time. Great, big, eye crinkling, shoulder lifting smiles! We’ve even had a few chuckles when we blow raspberries on your belly.
Over Christmas we took you up to see Grandpa and then Granny. You took the car trips in your stride and only cried when you were getting hungry or had a dirty nappy. At Grandpa’s you got to spend some time with big cousin Ben (he’s nearly 6!) and you were both smitten with each other and you couldn’t take your eyes off him. Then it was on to Granny’s and she has a puppy dog who was also very interested in you and whenever you whimpered or cried, the puppy wanted to go to you and make it all better. It was very hot up there, but again, you handled it all amazingly, although we think you were pretty happy to get home again – you slept a lot!
Emily – nearly five months and admiring Granny’s roses
Yes, you were born with a gorgeous, full head of hair, which has started thinning on top in the last month or so – looking forward to seeing if it’s a different colour when it grows back in!
Can’t wait to see what the next month will bring.
Love you lots and lots. xoxoxoxo