Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Life Lately

As you may notice since having Jacob eight week's ago I have been quieter than normal on my blog and social media. I have been busy spending time getting to know my new son (still sounds weird saying I have a son) and adjusting to life as a family of five. 

Newborn baby Jacob dressed as Batman
Baby Jacob at two week's

So how has life been as a family of five?

The first two weeks were okay, Jacob was a typical newborn who slept most of the time. This give us the chance to spend lots of time with the girls so that they did not feel left out and so that they accepted him into the family. The first week passed in a blur of visitors, feeding and nappy changes. 

The second week was harder as Sophia was acting a bit jealous, she was hitting me and her dad when we held Jacob, and pinching his things. So we spent a lot of time with her giving her attention and thankfully this seems to have worked. Also, my oldest daughter Chloe started secondary school so I was spending time with her making sure she settled in okay and was happy, which she is as she loves her new school and has made lots of new friends.

When Jacob hit two weeks old, he changed from a sleepy newborn into a baby who just screamed and wanted to be held all day long. From the moment he woke up to the moment he went to bed at night he just screamed. He wanted to be fed every two hours, day and night, he screamed when he was awake and the only place he would sleep was in my arms. We could not even take him out in the pram as he hated it and just screamed the whole time we were out anywhere. I was exhausted and it was hard, in fact, it was really hard, there were many days when I was in tears just due to sheer tiredness.

I also had Sophia to look after as well, she was only 14 months old when Jacob was born, so I could not even nap during the day. The house was very neglected and such a mess, I was neglected finding the time to grab a quick five-minute shower was a luxury!

Jacob would not settle at all and we tried everything to settle him, we even took him to the doctors and nothing much was working but suddenly when he got to seven weeks old, after five weeks of non-stop crying he changed. He stopped feeding every two hours and he stopped the constant screaming, although he does still cry a lot. He really is like a different baby he sleeps at night from 9pm until 6am and only wakes about three times during the night for a feed now.

 He is a happy little boy during the day, he smiles lots and loves sitting in his bouncer chair and he falls asleep on his own in his chair or mosses basket. I feel like I can actually enjoy him at last, as before we could not really enjoy him or do anything as he just cried all the time. I have started taking him out places and we even ventured out to a toddler group with Sophia and he has started baby massage classes. We have a little routine and I manage just fine juggling everything now, the house is looking tidier and I'm managing more than one shower a week. I actually get the chance to relax in the bath with a magazine most nights.

 Both the girls are doing great, Chloe enjoys secondary school and is settled and happy. She will be celebrating her 12th birthday next week. Sophia is her normal happy self. And me, well I am starting to feel like me again. I am feeling like I can juggle everything and I actually have time to myself. 

 Life is good andIi am loving being a family of five.

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  1. So lovely to see a post from you, don't feel bad for having a break though, enjoy your beautiful family xx

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    1. Aw thank you Emily, I know I feel like I haven't posted a normal everyday blog post in ages and they are what I love to write about the most. I can't wait to have a good catch up of your blog and see how Indianna is getting on and how the wedding planning is going xx

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  2. What a lovely post, I'm pleased life is starting to get a little bit back to normal for you.

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    1. Thank you Sam , them first few weeks with Jacob were a nightmare they were so hard but at least I know after talking to you that it does get easier as they get older . Can't wait to have a read to see what lovely places you have been eating at lately on your blog I always get hungry after seeing all the lovely places you have been too and it has given me so many ideas of place to go out too when I eventually get a night off mummy duty xx

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