Yikes


It’s been ages since I’ve put a post on here, partly because we have been away for over a week. I’ll cover that trip in the next entry.

How has Ella been in the past fortnight? She is changing a great deal. Hannah thought she really looked like me today, which is a touch humbling, or amazing, or something. I hope she begins to look more attractive than me quite soon. During our trip she was a star. There was a great deal of travelling, and only once did we have to stop in a lay-by for her to be fed. All other feeds or bum changes we accomplished at chosen times. She did do a lot of sleeping the car, something she has inherited from her Mum. She was also brilliant with all the people she met during our time away, allowing many holds and photos to be taken, and being very accommodating of noisy and busy environments. I don’t think she much benefited from a tour of the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, but she can say she has been!

She has achieved many firsts: first trip to the mainland; first trip abroad; first ferry rides (essential for the first first in this list); first wedding; first hotel stay; first family stay; first funeral; first long car journey (several); first live music event (two actually if you count the band at the wedding). It has been a big period for her.

It’s been a while since she was officially weighed last, nearly two weeks ago, when she was 8 lbs 10 oz. On our travels we stopped overnight with Hannah’s Auntie Sue, who is a community midwife and has a set of scales. We popped Ella on there, but she only showed a disappointing 1 oz weight gain. Hopefully there was an error somewhere, as that would be far too small an increase, and doesn’t agree with the amount of feeding she has been doing recently.

One trait she has developed since the funeral we were at, is that she has a really big strop in the evening, lasting maybe an hour. It seems only constant feeding sorts it out, and eventually she goes to sleep. We are then rewarded with a long sleep, for example last night was 10:30 to 6:30am. She hasn’t repeated this today, but instead been feeding all day long and hardly slept. We’ll see how this develops over the next few days.

I’ll be putting more pictures of her up on Facebook in my album (accessible to everyone).

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2 Responses to “Yikes”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Do you think Ella’s strop might be colic? Joshy used to get it for about 4 hours from 4.00pm onwards for quite a while. It helped to hold him tummy down on a lap and rub his back.

  2. kieronb Says:

    It could be colic, and Hannah does employ the over the lap/pat the back trick, and it does help. We are using Infacol to relieve any colic. Whatever it is, when she settles down after it, she sleeps for hours, so there is a silver lining.

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