Unbelievably Felix is now 2 weeks old. Time has flown and I really cannot imagine life without him in it. He feels like the most special baby, I just adore him! I felt the same with Violet and Ezra but I am so relaxed this time it’s reflecting really positively on my outlook. Before these newborn days become just a memory I need to record how Felix has got to grips with life on the outside.

Feeding
Felix is a little pro at breastfeeding! After the complications, worries and difficulties with Violet and Ezra I really hoped my third baby would just get it. At the hospital a student midwife took the time to help me with positioning and the latch. She helped me so much and I felt really confident that Felix also knew what he was doing. He fed every couple of hours for the first 48 hours and before I knew it my milk came in. The sense of achievement was immense!

On the 4th night he fed from 11pm until 5am! This hasn’t been repeated thankfully and nights are going pretty well. On day 5 Felix had lost 6.5% of his birth weight. The midwives told me this was really good and to carry on as we are. On day 10 he had gained 120g and on day 14 he gained a further 240g (8oz)! These figures are so rewarding and give me confidence every day that we are succeeding.

Being able to go out without bottles or concerns that he will not feed well from me is so liberating. So far I have breastfed him in a pub, in the park and during our registering of his birth appointment. As tiring as it is taking up the feeding responsibility all myself, I am really loving our journey so far.

Sleeping
The first week was pretty exhausting. Night time cluster feeds, sore breasts, a baby who wanted to be held all night…. But Felix and I have now found our way and I think we are getting maximum sleep at the moment.

Generally our routine in the evenings is for me to feed Felix until he goes to sleep some time after 9pm. I then give him to Joe while I go to bed for a couple of hours. It’s nice for me to have a bit of baby free time and also lovely for Joe to have a cuddle with his son. Joe then brings him to me when he wakes and I feed him. Felix settles nicely when he is swaddled so I do this and then we cosleep. Cosleeping was not something I planned to do but it seems to be working really well so for now this is best. He wakes around 3am and 6am for feeds. I can’t complain.

During the day Felix loves cuddles but he also sleeps really soundly in the Sleepyhead. He doesn’t seem as keen to sleep in it during the night though!

Violet and Ezra
Violet and Ezra adore their baby brother!! There hasn’t been a hint of jealousy and both have been really gentle with him. Violet asks to hold him quite a lot and if he is unsettled she sings him songs and holds his hands. It’s adorable!

Ezra asks to “see Fee-ix” all the time. He strokes him and says “ello” in a high pitched voice when he wakes from a nap. Sometimes he even wants to give him a “cuggle”.

I hope this happy state remains and Joe’s return to work next week isn’t too hard on Ezra (or me!!).

So we are happy. Life is wonderful with Felix in it. This baby moon has been blissful and I really believe I have soaked in every moment. I’ll remember these first days forever.

Dear Ezra

Things are changing. Can you sense it? The house suddenly has all this baby stuff in it and Mummy and Daddy have been busily changing your bedroom around so you can share with Sissy. There’s bunk beds and soon you’ll be moved out of your cosy cot into a great big bed! We hope you like it.

There’s lots going on.

Because in the next week or so you will become a big brother. You won’t be the baby of the house any more. You’ll have to learn to wait. And share. Mummy and Daddy will still be there for you. But for a while it will feel like the baby comes first. Don’t worry. Everything will settle down as we get to know him.

He already knows a lot about us. He has heard you and Sissy chatting, laughing, singing and shouting for the last 9 months! He knows your voice! He has felt you climbing on him and he has even felt those gentle strokes you’ve given him. But we need to learn what he likes and doesn’t like.

I will need your help. Keep giving me your beautiful smiles and kisses. Sometimes they will be just the pick me up Mummy needs. Keep making me laugh with your dancing and funny faces. They will bring me out of a low point in an instant. Keep being the amazing sunny boy you are.

We will still have our special bond. We will still cuddle and mess around like before.

Don’t resent your little brother. He will become your best friend, you’ll see. He will look up to you in the same way you look up to Violet. He will adore you.

For this short time though, don’t worry. We will find our way and our new normal as a family of 5.

Keep being my perfect Ezra.

Love

Mummy x

I collected Ezra from nursery this evening. This is the conversatin we had in the car.

Me: What did you do at nursery today Ezra?

Ezra: ‘aintin’

Me: Painting?

Ezra: Yeah!

Me: Who did you do painting with?

Ezra: Nina

Me: Edina? Is Edina your friend?

Ezra: Yeah. Nina.

Me: Who else is your friend?

Ezra: Daddyyyy

Me: Ah, who else is your friend?

Ezra: Sissy

Me: That’s lovely. Who else is your friend Ezra? <hopeful!>

Ezra:………..

Me: Am I your friend Ezra? Is Mamma your friend?

Ezra: No!!!

Coming from a real mummy’s boy I’m not quite sure how to take this!


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I’m a born and bred Greenwich girl. Literally.

I just love it. And the older I get the more and more I appreciate this beautiful pocket of London.

As a child I remember going to Greenwich Park with friends for picnics, playing ‘it’, hide and seek, sitting on our skateboards and zooming down the hills. Greenwich evokes many happy childhood memories for me. Then as I got a bit older I started discovering the vibrant village and buzzing market. I loved strolling through by all the stalls, making sure I always stopped at my favourite jewellery shop on the corner. And in more recent years I have really enjoyed the food market, my favourite being the teriyaki stand!

Yesterday we arranged to meet Joe’s sister and boyfriend at Greenwich. It had been too long since we had last been to Greenwich together so it felt just brilliant to walk through the park and look at the amazing view of the City. We met up at the Cutty Sark. Joe, Violet and Ezra played chase while I sat down for a breather  (i’m 5 weeks away from having this baby now!). Ezra enjoyed running after the pigeons, exclaiming “LOOK” as if these birds were the most amazing thing he had ever seen. To a 21 month old I guess they were!

Once my sister-in-law and her partner arrived we headed to the market to get some food.

I had my sights firmly set on the teriyaki stall and could practically taste the fresh squid in anticipation. Joe was looking forward to some fresh salmon. To my utter shock and huge disappointment the stand wasn’t there!!!! There was sushi, Portuguese pastries, gluten-free cakes, vegan and raw food but NO fresh squid!!!!!! In the end I got a chorizo bread and Joe had a lentil lasagne. They were both very good but I still feel sad that my favourite food wasn’t available. I wonder if it has gone for good or this was just a blip. Does anyone know?

For pudding I had some Nutella and strawberry pancakes!

This definitely lifted my spirits!

I also visited the drinks stand and got myself a watermelon juice. Joe had a fresh lemonade and gin!

We then walked to the park. Autumn has arrived which I’m not-so-secretly quite happy about. The 30degree heat in London was starting to get to me and I was struggling to cope. This cooler, fresher weather is certainly much more manageable. With autumn the leaves are turning crunchy and one of my favourite things to do with the children is collect conkers. Greenwich Park was abundant with conker trees and we spent a lovely time squashing the fallen shells and popping out bright, shiny conkers. Violet quickly filled any available space in the bottom of the pushchair with beautiful marbled conkers. Ezra also loved running around the trees with a conker in each hand showing anybody who would listen!

Finally we walked over to the playground. This was updated about 2 years ago. Gone are the usual metal framed swings and climbing frames and now there are huge wooden frames, swings, play houses and covered walkways.

The playground really is excellent, with plenty of picnic tables, grass areas, a little cafe and well serviced toilet facilities.

Our last stop in the playground was the sandpit. This is the same sandpit I played in as a little girl so I am fond of it despite not being a huge fan of sand! There is a water pump the children can use to get water into one area of the sand and there seemed to be a lot of buckets and spades which were for general use. Violet and Ezra both really loved pottering about in the sand.

We then trudged up the hill and headed for our car. I could easily have spent so much more time in the park, it’s so huge and there is loads to explore. But for us it was home time.

I absolutely loved our trip to Greenwich and will make sure we go back soon.
Have you been recently? What were your favourite places to visit? And any ideas where the teriyaki stall has gone?!
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