Archive for January, 2010

15 weeks old already!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Well I just realised that at 2.50pm today Owen turned 15 – weeks obviously!  Hard to believe he’s been ours for that long but then at the same time I am now feeling a bit more confident as this Mummy-ing thing!  There have been quite a few “first”s since my last post – his first wee chuckle, first (and second the next day!) time going to a birthday party, first go on a bouncy castle, first attendance at a wee person’s music group, first trip to town shopping, first feed in public, first afternoon with his four cousins, first swing ride in a park, first look at a book and his first turning of a page himself.  The last thing obviously made his Librarian Mummy very proud!

Owen with his first ever party bagCara, Frankie, Maz, Blue & Berry...

Meanwhile I’ve had my first night out with a whole glass of wine, and another night I had my first beer since June 2008 when I gave up drinking and we started trying for a baby.  This is all due to the wonder of Owen now having his own bedtime.  I feed him at 7.30 and then we put him to bed and he tends to be asleep by 8.30 or 9 at the latest, so we have some time to ourselves.  He sleeps until at least 3 as a rule so its safe for me to have a wee drinkie once he goes to bed – woohoo!  The night I was out at Gill’s I was enjoying myself chatting to the girls so much that I didn’t get home until about 2am – and then Owen was awake an hour later!  That was hard, but worth it!  Nice to have some grown up chat for a change.

Form an orderly queue please

As for weight, Owen is now healthily over 15lbs and filling his 3-6 month clothes nicely.  On our shopping trip I chose him two outfits which are the first clothes I’ve chosen myself!  Everything else he’s worn has been hand downs or gifts – well except for the Manchester United clothes and the Mamas and Papas jacket that Daddy chose!  I am down to 10 stone 11 so only half a stone to loose before I get back to my pre pregnant weight – hurrah!  I’ve already past my pre trying weight as I was about 11 stone when we decided to try for a baby, got down to 10 stone 4 before I got pregnant and put on 3 stone!

Owen can now support his own head so we can now put him in his Bumbo seat, or the in door bouncer.  Its lovely that he can sit up supported and play with toys and as he can now grasp things he is enjoying playing with things – everything fascinates him and needs inspected.  It’s so cute watching him with new things, or with his favourite talking Winnie The Pooh teddy which he just loves.

Owen posing in his Bumbo seat

As I reported with his hip he now only wears his splint at night so that’s lovely as we get much nicer cuddles during the day, much closer!  His blocked tear duct seems to have cleared up so we’re not having to clean it and cream it twice a day, the down side is that when he cries we get real tears – which makes Mummy’s heart ache!!  We’ve still not managed to breast feed the “normal” way but we’re still happy using the breast shields, it doesn’t bother me anymore, I’ve just accepted that we use them and that’s that.  It does mean I’m constantly sterilising them and the machine is constantly on but such is life!  I also can’t just be lazy and stay in bed to feed him during the night, we have to come downstairs and get a shield from the steriliser – and it does leak sometimes so we couldn’t feed in bed anyway.  Never mind, small price to pay and it means I get to check email, Facebook and Twitter whilst the wee one fills his boots!  This is also why it was a big thing for me to finally feed in public, its a bit difficult to be as discrete when using shields, but it is possible!

At Lucas’ birthday party our wee guy started crying quite a lot and we were thinking he was teething but he’s only had a couple of crying bouts in total so I think it may have been his colic, or just that he was too warm or something.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell with babies.  He does like to chew or suck things but then babies like to investigate things in their mouths so it might not mean he’s teething – that will come soon enough I’m sure!

And that, I think, is that!

Cheeky chap with growing hair!

Kicky floppy baby!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Today we were at the hip specialist for a follow up appointment following the original ultrascan appointment and resulting return visit.  He is making good progress although not fully “fixed” quite yet.  So now he only has to wear his splint overnight and we can leave it in the nursery all day every day!  Hurrah!  We have another appointment mid April to check up on it and hopefully that will be our last.

It’s weird, I’d got used to holding him with the splint so he’s now less rigid – and I can’t hold him by his groin anymore!!  The splint was like a little baby holder so you could just hold it – and it kept him straight when feeding – its like I need to learn to hold him all over again!

He was just starting to get the hang of sitting upright, with assistance, so will need to relearn that as well I think.  But in the meantime he’s just enjoying kicking his legs freely!

 If the video isn’t working you can see it here, on Flickr.

To follow on from my last blog post, he continued to sleep through the night for almost a week but the last 2 nights has woken up hungry about 5am.  Not too bad, at least I’m getting a 5 or 6 hour stint of sleep and then going back to bed.  He is a good boy in so many ways!

Our snow is melting so we can start planning some trips out of the house, I think we’ll try a shopping trip in town next week with the pram.  Then in February we’re hoping to go stay with my parents for a few days whilst their hotel is closed and they can spend quality time with their grandson.  Plus Bryan can have some peaceful Man time – or maybe not peaceful as I think he’s planning a gaming weekend with some mates!  I’ll appreciate a change of scene anyway, much as I love my house!

Quick update

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

So last night Owen and I slept for 9 hours!  I think that’s the first unbroken night’s sleep I’ve had since I got pregnant.  It was wonderful and lovely – and very clever for a 10.5 week old baby!

Today we went to the doctor for Owen to get weighed (and to get some more free drugs for us both!).  He now weighs 14 pounds 10 and a half (6640 grammes).  No wonder I hurt my back when bathing him yesterday!  As we have some snow I took him in his sling rather than try and push a pram so my back was quite sore by the time I got home too – even though we cheated and took the bus both ways – well there was a blizzard on the way home so I thought it best.

There was a lady in the waiting room with 6 month old twin boys, apparently they don’t take naps at the same time but if one starts crying they both go – and they are too big to both get a cuddle at the same time.  Yikes!  Poor lady!  I shall think of her when Owen is crying or not sleeping and be glad there’s only one of him!

Spoilt boy strikes again!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Nope, haven’t blogged for a while, again, sorry!  Don’t know what I fill my days with…. Oh yeah, there’s a baby in the house!!

So Owen was born and loads of people very kindly sent lovely presents – actually various Twitter friends sent presents before he even got here.  Then it was Christmas and the tree at ours had tons of pressies for him under it, then Boxing Day we went to my parents’ for lunch and there was another tree load for him there!  The following day Bryan’s Dad came for dinner with even more presents. 
Hurry up and wake up, there's pressies!!Bryan, Cherry, Maria with Owen, GordonOwen with his Winnie The Pooh toys
But now its boring old January so the excitement should be over, right?  Wrong!

As I mentioned before we did the nursery with a Little Mermaid theme when we decorated it in November 2008 but if we had a boy, which obviously we have had, we would change it to Finding Nemo or Pirates of the Carribean.  So I have been working at changing it over, ready for him moving in there when he’s 6 months old and too old to sleep in his moses basket by our bed any more.  Granny and Grandad Gunn bought him Finding Nemo curtains and a lightshade for Christmas to help with this.  Also I had some frames made up, for some of the Nemo posters we had in the attic from Bryan’s time at the Disney store, to match the nursery furniture. 

Anyway I mentioned on Twitter that I was needing a name plaque for his door so Sianz one of my wonderfully artistic friends there offered to make him one.  I had no idea what she was going to make as much of her art I’ve been admiring is done on post it notes.  Well yesterday the ARTwork turned up in the post and as you can see it is most fabulous!
Owen's nursery door nameplate canvas by @Sianz, Mummy's Twitter friend
Owen considers his first own ARTworkOwen gives his first object d’art a critical look and shows off that he can now grasp things

The funny thing was that once Bryan got home he turned it upside down, unable to contain himself any longer.  You see OWEN upside down is NEMO.  You’d think we had planned that, being quite major Disney lovers and all that….  Not sure how long ago it occurred to Bryan but he was waiting for me to notice.  I’m a bit slow apparently!

Anyway getting that present reminded Owen about Santa and his reindeer and how he brings lots of presents.  So he donned a present he hadn’t had the chance to wear at Christmas (as it was waiting at my parents house so we didn’t get it until Boxing Day and then I insisted on washing it before he was allowed to wear it as all good Mummies apparently do).  He argued that there is still snow so there is still a chance that Santa and his sleigh are still doing the rounds, and he’s just too cute to argue with.  So here is him sleeping hopefully in his Rudolph babygrow (thanks Lindsey!)…
Owen dreams of Rudulph bringing Santa back

It turns out that baby knows best as low and behold the postman brought another parcel for him this morning!  I got very excited on seeing it was from the lovely lady who made my wedding dress…many years ago!  She had already sent us one of her special cushions which is in pride of place in his nursery but this is a special personalised baby cushion, which he loves as you can see…
Owen and his lovely cushion from Myra Malcolm

Whilst I’m here I should give an update on the wee guy’s progress.  He is now 10 weeks old and growing steadily.  Last night he did the most awesome thing of sleeping from 11pm to 9am – so long I had to get up and express milk part way through!!  So nice to get a decent sleep though, especially for Bryan as he has that work thing that I’ve heard some people do (maternity leave and smug non working due to end 15th June).

As well as the gorgeous smiles you can see demonstrated above he and Mummy play the sticking our tongue out at each other game.  He also sometimes “talks”, which I’ve been trying to catch on film but its quite hard..

He is getting to grips with grasping things (couldn’t resist the pun, sorry!) and when grasping a finger from each of Daddy’s hands in each of his hands he can actually sit up!  Not for very long but he does really pull himself, even though he’s still wearing his splint.  As for that, well as I reported his next appointment is coming up and hopefully after that he’ll only need to wear it overnight. And soon this whole thing should be over!

As for us, well we’re fine, thanks for asking!  Its a steep learning curve being parents with lots of new things to cope with all the time, but I think we’re doing okay.  I put on 3 stone being pregnant but only have 9.5 pounds left to loose.  All my maternity clothes have been bagged up ready for giving back, passing on etc.  And no, I don’t need to keep them for “the next one” as we are more than happy with what we’ve got thank you very much.

As well as seeing family at Christmas we spent Hogmanay with Ray, Nicole and Lucas.  It was lovely to say goodbye all together to the year both couples became families.  The boys came out of their beds briefly at midnight (not that Owen woke up!) and we had a group hug, which was very special.  We didn’t get a photo of all of us together but did get family shots.
Nicole, Ray & Lucas RobertsonBryan, Maria & Owen Robertson

Bryan has some new camera equipment to play with – his Christmas present to himself.  As its for doing portraits and Owen hasn’t fully mastered posing yet, I have to “model” for him but he has taken some lovely photos as a result.
 Maria Robertson - PortraitMaria Robertson - PortraitFamily

As with all my photos in this blog post you can click on this photo to get to our Flickr pages and see other photos, Bryan’s Flickr posts go for quality rather than quantity whereas I like to chronicle Owen’s development, even if my photos and videos aren’t very professional looking!  I may not blog regularly but I do post photos on my Flickr so interested people can see Owen grow up!

We have of course got some snow and so I will leave you with this pic I took before it got so deep, and frozen.
Snow Angel!