So, the last proper update I did about Noah was at 8 weeks – so at (almost) 12 weeks I thought I’d do a little update!
First of all – where does time go?! EVERYONE said to me in the beginning just how fast time goes, and they were right!
I struck me that in pregnancy 12 weeks is a very significant time – which makes me feel a little emotional. I was SO relieved at our 12 week scan to see a healthy, moving little baby after not getting that far in our previous two pregnancies. The concept of ’12 weeks’ just seems special for this reason.
Noah at 12 weeks
It’s amazing to watch how much they come on in a matter of weeks isn’t it? Already Noah is a proper little live wire. He loves people, especially women (a flirt like his Dad). He doesn’t like beards. He loves having his nappy changed bizarrely and chats and smiles away on his changing mat.
I’m literally noticing big changes every day. He’s holding his head up really well and leaning forward in my lap.
He’s also loving his playmat – and can stare at himself in the little mirror for ages! How vain.
I’m preserving with ‘tummy time’ – which is essential for their development, even though he’s not a fan. I have found he’s better though if you get down on his level – which makes sense.
I have also noticed in the last few days he’s becoming very clingy again. He’s wanting a lot of mummy cuddles and attention. Having looked on the Wonder Weeks app this is entirely normal at this age and a sign that he’s about to go through ‘Leap 3′ in his development. If you haven’t checked out Wonder Weeks I’d really recommend it. You have to pay for the app but it’s well worth it. It often explains all the little niggles that seem to appear from no where!
He’s also gaining weight well – which is a relief after him being low birth weight and me receiving A LOT of pressure in the early days.
We’re now going for weigh-ins every three weeks, which I’m actually really happy about as it means I can keep a good track of things too.
Feeding and Sleeping
When anyone asks about your baby – they always ask about these two things – probably because babies don’t do much else!
As you may know – I wrote a little piece about sleep when Noah was just four weeks old.
I’m pleased to report that night times are MUCH better now. We’ve got a nice little massage/bath/feed/bed routine going on.
He still wakes 2-3 times in the night to feed but I’m fine with it – I think all the years of breakfast radio was excellent training!
Daytime naps are still more of a challenge – in fact I’m rubbish at getting him down. My fiancé Jay is DEFINITELY better at it than me. Perhaps I’m too emotionally invested!
He always sleeps in the car and pram though, which is a bonus.
As for feeding – I know that in my 8 week update I talked about a lot of the issues we’d had.
Well it took a LONG 8 weeks, but we’ve got there and I’m pleased to report that (touch wood) we seem to be breastfeeding with no issues now and I’m really enjoying it!
I’ve even lost another 2 pounds of baby weight this week and I’m sure it’s down to his increased appetite.
The only thing I still don’t have much confidence with is feeding in public – something that I hope to get better at.
I also hope that anyone reading this who is having feeding issues will take away from this the fact that it took me 8 whole weeks to feel good about it – but we got there in the end, and I’m so glad I stuck it out. Cracks n all!
Socialising and getting out and about
I was joking yesterday that I feel like Noah’s social secretary!
We do baby massage classes on a Wednesday – which I just love, and so does he.
In the next couple of weeks we’re starting baby yoga and baby explorers!
I must admit, before having Noah I really didn’t think I’d want to do mummy and baby classes. As a career woman it really didn’t appeal to me.
But now I’ve seen the light. Not only does it get you out of the house and breaks up the loooong days, but I also get to hang out with other women in the same boat as me.
Speaking of which we had our first NCT girls night out last night which was lovely.
As much as I LOVE being a mummy, I’ve always known that I need to also be challenged in other ways.
I was writing blogs 9 days after giving birth – it’s just what makes me happy.
Another very exciting opportunity has also recently come up.
I’ve been chosen to be a ‘Channel Mum sponsored vlogger’!!
Channel Mum is a fab new network – bringing together mums who vlog on youtube.
The idea is they will help us grow our channels while providing great videos for other parents around the world to watch.
I was so so proud that mine and Jay’s channel was chosen – it really does feel like a huge honour.
We’ve already got a MASSIVE list of ideas and topics we’re going to cover.
I’d love you to subscribe to our channel if possible – that way you’ll get to see what we’re up to.
Hit this link here – and then click on the subscribe button!
And last but by no means least – this week we took Noah to meet James, Producer Matt and all the team at Heart.
It felt really weird going back – like I’d never been away.
I realised just how much I miss being on the radio, and hope to go back to it at some point.
I’ll finish up with a picture of when Noah met James :)
Thanks for reading – oh and if you have any tips for day time napping – leave them in the comments below!