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Letter to Emily – January

Dear Emily,

This month has been filled with changes and growth for you.  It seems that almost every day you are doing something new, different or better than you were the day before.

Emily eye

You’re feeding has gone through the roof for the past couple of weeks – one hell of a growth spurt – and you have put on loads of weight.  A visit to the doctor earlier this week had you weighing in at 7kg – that’s over a kilo gained in the last month and it looks like you will easily hit the 50th percentile at your six month check up.  This makes us happy as you were 75th percentile when born, then dropped back to 25th percentile with your feeding issues, it’s so lovely to see you catching back up again.

Lots of firsts this month – you rolled for the first time last weekend!  Back to front and then to prove it wasn’t a fluke you did it again.  That was over the left hip, then just to show off you rolled over the other side too.  You’ve continued to roll a couple of times a day since, but luckily for us not while you’re asleep.

Emily mat

You have also started chuckling.  While you would very occasionally laugh before when I blew raspberries on your belly, I can now tickle you or just laugh and you laugh back with me which is absolutely delightful.  You also kick your legs when excited or happy and are doing this a lot!  This is especially fun when you’re having a bath – you love the splashing noises.  The leg kicking and rolling have also made you semi-mobile and while you love your play mat, you don’t last long in the same position or even on it any more.

Your ability to grab things has also improved out of sight.  You can reach for and grab anything you put your mind to now.  On the down side, this means I have come in for a lot of hair pulling!  You love exploring faces too and if Daddy or I lay down beside you, you will spend ages reaching out and grabbing our nose, lips… whatever you can get a handle on.

Emily and Daddy

While you still spend most of your time with me since I’m home during the week, you are getting to spend more time interacting with Daddy in the evenings and weekends now as you are more playful when awake.  It’s awesome seeing the bond between the two of you getting stronger and I’m sure it will continue as you get older.

It’s been such a big month for you and I can only imagine what you will get up to in the next month.

Love you lots and lots and lots. xoxo

Emily hands

This letter is part of a “Letters to our sons and daughters” blog circle that I am a part of with a wonderful group of photographer mums.  Check out the next blog in the circle by Nicole Herda.

Letter to Emily – 5 months

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

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 - five months

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

Self Portrait

self portrait
Nothing like putting yourself out there on your first post!  I took this photo (well, ok, 2 photos…) sitting on my daggy old sofa bed that I’ve had for over ten years – the first “serious” furniture purchase I ever made.  I still love it and thought I should feature it in a photo before I get rid of it in the next year or so – doesn’t hurt that it is next to a huge window for some gorgeous natural light!

This photo was taken for a Project 52 that I’m taking part in with a fabulous group of ladies and was our first week assignment – talk about stretching yourself.  It has been a great way to get to “meet” them all, as we only know each other online and as most of us are Mum’s we are usually behind the camera, not in front of it.

I had skimmed through an ebook on self portrait photography over christmas and loved some of the photos in there.  The one of a woman jumping on her bed and only showing her legs looked all kinds of fun, so I wanted to do that, but with my own twist.  Since we are only doing the one self portrait, I thought I should actually include myself in it as well and liked the idea of one of “me” sitting on the lounge watching the other “me” jumping and this was the result.