Baby and Body: 8 Months Update

8 month baby update

I’m writing this on the train because – as usual – I’ve run out of time and I have a proper thing about getting these update posts out on the right day. Fortunately I have one of those gargantuan iPhone 6+ things, so typing on it isn’t too bad, but my left hand does keep spasming (never written that word before!) so hopefully I’ll make it to the end of the post without causing serious repetitive strain injury. On that note, without further ado, here’s my 8 Month Baby and Body Update:

Baby

8 months! No crawling yet, but very nearly. Angelica’s rolling skills have reached quite epic levels with eight or nine-turn sequences occurring across the living room floor. It’s like watching some kind of deranged gymnastics show where the contestant has forgotten their choreography. “I’ll just have a roll about and hope nobody notices.”

8 month baby rolling

She rolls with the enthusiasm of an action hero dodging bullets; in her head I’m sure she’s imagining gangs of bank robbers chasing her – one second she’s smoothly commando-rolling to hide under a Lincoln town car, the next she’s rolling into the lobby of the corner store to await backup.. The concentration on her face is just something else! With her mouth folded over into a hard line, whole minutes of silent, intense rolling can occur before she breaks for a quick nonsense babble and munch on the chrome leg of the armchair.

What else? Oh. I’m probably a terrible parent for this, but I’ve basically been feeding my baby what I have taken to calling the “astronaut diet” which consists almost exclusively of pouches. Ella’s kitchen. Now look; I’ve tasted this stuff and the spag Bol and lamb dinner are actually pretty nice. I mean, I don’t know how much better my version would be, considering it’d be mushed up anyway, and on top of that it would take a whole load of time out of my already unmanageable day to make it. Time I’d rather spend playing and interacting. Now I’ll say this: I am at the end of my pouch craze because I have a Beaba cook machine and can’t wait to use it, but the pouches have been a total saviour. For being out and about? Perfect. I do the chunky food ones and not the “veg” purée which is about 70% fruit.

Oh and YES I have tried to give big chunks of “baby led weaning” stuff – veg and fruit and what have you – but it just goes on the floor. Every single time. So mush it is. I have my Annabel Karmel books at the ready and this weekend is cooking weekend! Fish pie (mush), pasta (mush) and sweet potato things (mushed).

When we are having feeding time, by the way, NOTHING is more interesting to the baby than Dexter the dog. Trying to secretly summon him to the side of the high chair seems to be the new game, with Dexter more than happy to play along. Sometimes the cat joins in and sits on the sideboard next to us and what a merry little band we make, the cat trying to catch the spoon, the dog waiting for debris to fall from the chair, the baby turning her head at the last second so that every mouthful ends up on her face. It’s like feeding time at the zoo!

I’m still breastfeeding; I tried a bit of formula topping-up to see if it would make a difference to the still-frequent night feeds but it didn’t. So I haven’t tried again. I don’t want to stop breastfeeding yet (I really enjoy it!) and don’t see the point in mixing unnecessarily if she doesn’t particularly seem to need the formula, because it seems to really mess with my milk production and makes it impossible for me to go anywhere on my own. I need to read up more about how to cut out a feed or two, maybe; or maybe not! I feel an immense pressure at the moment to stop breastfeeding, like I’m being silly to carry it on this long, because lots of people have been surprised that I’m still doing it.. I’ve just found it easier to do it than not, I suppose! Moving to formula would definitely free me up immensely to work in town more, but (if I’m being absolutely honest) I love the time I’m spending with the baby and quite like having an excuse to be at home as much as possible.

Posts on breastfeeding…

Baby is still in our room in her new big cot next to the bed (it’s a brilliant one from Mokee, post upcoming) but I think we will be moving her into the nursery soon because she wakes up really easily. Especially when “Mr Clonk-shoe Floor-creak Loud-sneeze” comes into bed. I will really miss her not being next to me, but I have a suspicion she will sleep far better without us falling over slippers and stepping on squeaky toys when we’re trying to navigate the bedroom in the dark.

Read about my (sort of) co-sleeping experiment…

I’m sure there’s more to report, baby-wise (new noises, new movements) but I’ll write about those things as and when they occur to me. Hair-pulling is quite a big theme, at the moment, as is doing massive trumps as she rolls around the floor. Those keep me amused no end. I could summarise the current baby experience by saying “I’m knackered, but I wouldn’t swap any of it for the world.”

Body

Nothing too much to report here. The boobs are gradually returning to their pre-baby size, I think, though I said that to a friend the other day and she raised her eyebrows, so maybe I’m delusional. (In fact I am. I tried on an old bra the other day and couldn’t even get the clasps halfway across my back! But surely they’re less melon-like than a month ago?)
My scar seems to be healing nicely; it’s very red if I have a bath but otherwise quite pale and faint. Hopefully that’s normal – I haven’t looked it up online because Dr Google is a bastard sadist who basically tells you you’re dying whatever your symptoms are. I had a small pain in my groin area (it lasted for approximately thirty seconds – a mere twinge) but by the time I’d finished Googling I was convinced I needed to go to A&E.

Right – I started writing this on the train at 9.20am and am finishing up at 22.47pm: such is the way life pans out these days. (Note: I haven’t spent all of that time writing it, clearly! That would be insane.) I have loads of posts in my drafts and will work my way through them over the next week or so – stay tuned!

*the leggings in the photos are by Blade & Rose – my Mum knitted the cardigan!

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  1. Kim
    February 17, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    On breastfeeding – so different – in the U.S. you’d be pressured to continue for at least the full first year. And longer is not looked down upon (until you are at the stage where the kid can walk over and get it for themselves – ha!). Good for you for doing what you are most comfortable with. 🙂

  2. Cath Templer
    February 18, 2016 / 8:36 am

    Try not to feel pressured to stop breastfeeding. I did it for nearly two years with my daughter, and it was so good for both of us for many reasons. You will never have this time again with her, so do whatever is right for you and your beautiful girl and be happy with whatever decision you make. Take care 🙂

  3. Shad Neupane
    February 18, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Hi Ruth! Don’t worry too much! My son is 11months old and shows no signs of weaning off from breastfeeding just yet. We are both still enjoying it. Once they stop, it will be forever. As long as you’re happy and comfortable doing it, who are they to say otherwise?xx

  4. Sara
    February 18, 2016 / 8:55 am

    Hello Ruth – I’m typing this one handed whilst trying to breastfeed my 7.5 month old daughter, so it may come out a bit goobledygook! I’ve been following both your blogs for sometime, a silent lurker, and its been lovely to read your updates especially as Angelica is only a couple of weeks older than my little girl.

    I’ve feel compelled to write though with when you say you feel under pressure to stop breastfeeding, without this turning into an epic reply, please don’t! I’m sure you’re well aware of the stats that the WHO recommend breastfeeding till 2, that the natural age for weening is between 2-7yrs old and that Britain has one of the worst extended breastfeeding rates in the world (recent Lancet report). But I’d say if you’re feeling uneasy about it, then there’s surely no reason to stop – plus all that lovely bonding time you have with her.

    Not sure if you’ve come across the La Leche League, they run groups all around the country, and I’ve found our local one to be immensely supportive. Not only with breastfeeding, but gental parenting – it’s great being around other mums who are going through similar things i.e. lack of sleep etc (it’s not just a bunch of weirdy hippies other). Also, not that this is a personal pressure, it paves the way for subsequent generations of parents to see that extended breastfeeding is biologically normal.

    Hope my reply doesn’t seem too much of a rant, and ultimately it’s only you and Angelica, Mr AMR (& the AMR pets 🙂 ), that will know what’s best for your family!

  5. Jem
    February 18, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Always enjoy an angelica update! My 7 month old still can’t roll but can move quite far when shuffling along on his bottom. I also get people being surprised that I’m still breastfeeding but it is still just so convenient in between his 3 meals.

  6. February 18, 2016 / 10:27 am

    I found this really useful.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Clevamama-ClevaFeed-Extra-Silicon-Teat/dp/B00I5JH2S6
    She might not like it, but I found it great for giving them soft foods. They can grip it and there’s not a choking risk, that I can see. Mine loved banana or avocado in it. Plus it’s easy to clean, not like the netting ones, they are crap.
    We have all done space food! Why wouldn’t you?!
    I gave up breastfeeding once my baby lost interest. That’s seemed to be a good time. You do what’s best for you both. Why are people shocked at breastfeeding ? My cousin recently encountered a lady who said that her husband must be disgusted by her! Each to their own, but that’s just ignorant. What a dick.
    Love your posts Ruth, guaranteed a lol. Xx

  7. Lou
    February 18, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Ruth you are so down to earth & normal! I love reading your posts! On both blogs, but every time I read about the breastfeeding I feel the same pressure I felt to give up! DO not listen to them , my little girl was 18 months when I finished ( was only at one feed at night by then) and I cried. It’s not easy with work,life , cleaning , dinners ( Ella’s kitchen rock!) but I found breastfeeding so enjoyable & easier too. I am writing this with my now two & half year old in bed beside me , while breastfeeding my 3 month old son. And already I am getting the same advice/grief? ?about how long I plan to do it for! And my nearest & dearest’s are the worst! In fact I cannot breastfeed him as long this time because I have a little girl & have to go back to work earlier but I t’s no ones business but your own! Take care of you & your beautiful little girl!

  8. Oli
    February 18, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Hi Ruth! Lovely post as always! I’m struggling with my 6 month old boy to write lol I just wanted to thank you for your posts. They are very relatable. I also wanted to recommend a book by Dr Carlos Gonzalez “my child won’t eat”. They have it on Amazon. Well, any of his books! They are all entertaining & educational. More importantly they help you to deal with uncomfortable questions about why you are still breasfeeding, why co-sleep, etc from your noisy auntie. Thanks again for the effort you put in this blog. It really helps me to feel less insane. Best wishes from Spain!

  9. Gillian
    February 18, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Hi Ruth, first off the twinge could well be ovulation, I often can feel a twingy like pain once a month a week or so before I’m due and if you feel it again and it’s on the opposite side it could well be that as your ovaries take turns!!
    Also don’t ever let anything or anyone make you feel pressured to give up breastfeeding until you and Angelica are ready. She’s still a baby at only 8 mths and I fed my 3 till they were 9.5 mths old and then gradually dropped feeds off, saving the last night feed till last. I would have carried on longer for sure but they were ready and I had to go back on my rheumatoid meds (a big no no when feeding), so I told my consultant I’d have steroid jabs in the butt until I was ready to quit feeding my babies.
    I loved feeding my babies & nothing was taking that from me. If memory serves me right I think I dropped off the morning/breakfast feed first, I know I kept the bedtime one till last for sure. Enjoy it Ruth, it’s precious time together and she sure is getting a fabulous start to a good strong immune system.

  10. February 18, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    I guess breastfeeding should go on as long as you both enjoy it. One year is considered recommended by the WHO, so eight months is perfectly fine. My daughter weaned herself off when she was five months, but I had to top her up with formula even before that because of low supply. it didn’t make any difference in sleeping throughout the night though, just in weight gain.
    It really helped her sleeping when we transferred her to her nursery at about seven months though, but when she would wake (which she did up until she was 1.5 years old) of course I had to get up and walk over to her room instead of conveniently pulling her over from the warmth of my bed. It was nice to be able to read in bed again before sleeping though, without fearing I´d wake her up.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  11. February 18, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    I totally get the feeding bit. My daughter is 1 next week (my word where did the time go?) And I’m still feeding her all myself. We bed share as she’s still a boob monster and it’s because of her love for it we have ended up this far. I didn’t see myself feeding an older baby, pre baby I actually thought it was a little weird, but now it seems perfectly normal and lovely. Do what you need to do and hopefully more new Mums seeing us first timers rocking the extended breastfeeding look will mean it’ll seem normal…

  12. Lizzy
    February 18, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    It’s sad that people are pressuring you to stop breastfeeding. I have found that any time I’ve ignored my instincts and gone with what someone else has told me that I end up with major regret. Not that you need to hear this from me, but do what you want to do with your baby. They are only young once so enjoy those special moments for as long as you can. You are doing such a beautiful job with Angelica!

    • Amandine
      February 18, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Yes and Internet is so full of those “you must do this not that”…

  13. February 18, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Hey,
    I am just going to echo what a few people have said already re breastfeeding. Try to ignore the pressure to change whatever is working for you (breastfeeding or anything else really). Try and turn it into mild astonishment that anyone should waste any of their energy even thinking about what you are doing.

    Also, please don’t feel you need to justify anything. I hear this justification all the time (and try not to enter into it myself) from mothers regardless of whether they are exclusively breastfeeding or baby led weaning or formula feeding or using pouches or pureeing their own. As long as you aren’t harming your child and they are thriving what does it matter? That said I enjoy your posts and this one would have been a lot shorter with out the justifying bits…!

    Keep on doing your do. It is perfect.

  14. Una T. Tuna
    February 18, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Your breasts. Your baby. Your decision. Carry on.

  15. Carrie
    February 18, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    Currently breastfeeding my nearly 9 month old at 3.30am! Don’t give into pressure if you don’t want to. I keep getting asked when I’m going to stop breast feeding but don’t plan to until around 2 years or if she selfweans earlier. We moved our cot out of our room at 7 months and she (and me) sleeps better but I’m still getting up 2 to 3 times in the night. But I figure it’s such a small part of her life so might as well enjoy it while she still needs me like this!

  16. Amandine
    February 18, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Please don’t stop breastfeeding due to pressure 🙁
    I want to breastfeed for as long as possible, which is: as long as baby-girl wants it, actually, so that she weans off at her own time, on her decision.
    The baby’s daddy doesnt want me to breastfeed until she’s 2 years old, but right now she’s 6 months and I intend to only start THINKING about it after she is 1 year old, or even 1,5!
    So I suppose that between 1 and 2, he will start to negotiate, and I won’t listen for a while, and by the time we agree on a common solution, baby-girl will already have weaned off on her own 🙂

    For the sleep thing, I feel that babys have much better sleep (understand: longer) in their own bedroom, but that’s a personal choice as well.

  17. Anna
    February 18, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Is baby’s sleep back on track? And does anyone have any tips to get baby into their own cot at night, especially between multiple night feeds/wakings, my little one won’t go down on his own and I’m hoping the elusive magic cure is still out there… Thanks! x

  18. February 18, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Hi Ruth I really enjoyed following your blog for more than a year now. I am so glad you have the mommy and baby one too 🙂 I have a almost 8 months old myself. We are still breastfeeding but what really helped me to stop the in the middle of the night feedings is sleeping training.

    I work full time so night time feeding every 2 hours at night was really hurting my health. I got shingles in the eye and nose, multiple colds, and finally we really had to sleep train him so I can get rest and heal. OH yes I had mastitis twice. I pump 3 times a day and nurse in the morning and nurse at night. He sleeps 12 hours so check with your doctor if you think sleep training might help you. Keep the posts coming, I really enjoy reading them!

  19. Emi
    February 18, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Loved reading your update and appreciate your continued honesty. I am pregnant with my 1st at 34weeks and I am trying to learn from your blog posts about what to do, not to do, what’s ok to think and feel. It has given me lots of encouragement, especially that despite everything, everyone learns through trying and there isn’t a set answer for any of these steps, breast feeding, sleeping, weaning and alike.

    Keep up the good work & for what it is worth, even though not feeding my bub yet, it sounds as though Angelic and yourself both enjoy b-feeding so why stop? Certainly not for anyone but yourself anyway, that’s my opinion.

  20. Andrea
    February 18, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Hi Ruth. Could you tell me how you are getting on with the hairloss? Thats the bit i am not looking forward too 🙁

  21. February 19, 2016 / 11:47 am

    “Mr Clonk-shoe Floor-creak Loud-sneeze” hahahaha. I read that out loud to my fiancé and looked at him pointedly. How do men sneeze so loudly. It’s honestly incredibly impressive. Don’t feel pressured to stop breast feeding. Do what’s right for you and baby, whatever that may be 🙂 Glad you and the family are doing well!

  22. February 19, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Hi Ruth, my daughter is almost 8 months. I also have a 3 year old so this is my second time working my way through the Anabel Karmel book. I am doing kinda mush and baby lead. I give her the mush, which she seems to enjoy. This takes the edge off her hunger. Then I distract her with some fingers of toast, cooked carrot, pasta or whatever while the rest of us scoff our dinner. Then it’s a Little Yeo fromage frais for afters. I had been using petit filous, but my health visitor pointed out there’s a shocking amount of sugar in there. No wonder kids flipping love those things!

  23. Vero
    February 19, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    I remember clearly my mom feeding my little brother until he was almost 2 years as it was the only way to comfort him (he was a bit of a cry baby) and it seemed to me so natural a part of being a momma I started to sit next to them “breastfeeding” my dolls! Don’t let anyone discourage you, your body and instincts always will tell you the truth!
    Thanks for this blog, I really enjoy reading it, d I’m following since the start and it helped me a lot to be more at ease with upcoming motherhood! It’s great you allow us to get a glimpse in this great, wonderful journey of you and your beautiful family! xxx

  24. February 19, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    8 months! No crawling yet, but very nearly. And so beautiful.

  25. Stephanie
    February 21, 2016 / 8:50 am

    I breastfed my children for 1.5 and 2 years. I went back to full-time work at 11 months. I nursed upon waking, they had water and solids during the day, they nursed when they got home, then again towards bed. No issues at all. A lot of people were incredulous that I breastfed as long as I did but I think they felt it was hard on me. I felt that they are only small and so reliant on me for a short period. My 1st child weaned herself (I was pregnant so the milk supply reduced) and I stopped when I was ready with my 2nd. You’ll know yourself when the time is right for you.

  26. Angela
    February 21, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    It’s lovely to hear how it’s all going. Try not to let outside pressures influence your choices – whatever works best for you and gorgeous Angelica is right for you. Breastfeeding is precious time, don’t stop until you’re both ready. My son wasn’t interested in chunks of food either, but I always offered him a variety of different flavours in softer/mushier form along with fingers of toast or pitta. Now at two and a half he’s a really good eater – current favourites are pitta and hummus with grated carrot, and chicken curry!

  27. Missey
    February 21, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Keep up the breast feeding as long as you like…skip the formula all together and start her on some organic whole milk from the tippy cup at a year. My son breast fed for a year ( he promptly quit me 5 days after his first Birthday. He. Quit. Me. Devastating) and I loved every minute of it. We used the tippy cup at meals, no bottles to mess with, no need for stinky formula. Try topping her off with a snack before bed, something with protein, maybe she will sleep a little longer. Then again, she may just enjoy knowing she will have your company in the wee hours 😉

  28. Clare
    February 21, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Hi Ruth. I breastfed my little girl for 16 months and don’t regret it for a moment. It was a great experience and I feel privately proud for having done it and the lovely time we spent together. We are still so close and I feel that breastfeeding really helped build our bond. It went too quickly. It’s really nobody’s business but your own how long you breastfeed for. My little girl is now 4 and I’m pregnant with my second baby. I have made a vow to give zero F’s to what anyone things regarding my feeding the baby this time round. I hope you keep on doing whats right for you and Angelica. x

  29. Stef
    February 21, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Love reading your honest posts. Just see how it goes with the breastfeeding I would say. I have bf my boys both for 13 months (at about 5, 6 in the morning, that was NOT a good idea ;-)) and suddenly i felt it was time to stop, Don’t ask me why, no idea. But I stopped without feeling guilty. I have done my best. You’re doing great!

  30. Elizabeth
    February 21, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Breastfeed as long as it makes sense for you and your baby. I breastfed both of my kids until they were two years and three months old. My youngest is six now and there are days when I still miss it. Really, few things are as good as sitting comfortably with your feet up, smuggling your baby while happy chemicals release in your brain (yes, I’m wilfully forgetting the fingers up my nose, teeth, hair pulling, etc. that all happened on occasion).

    Rant short: you’ll know when it is the time for you to wean. Everyone else can shut up.

  31. Jas
    February 21, 2016 / 7:00 pm

    “one second she’s smoothly commando-rolling to hide under a Lincoln town car, the next she’s rolling into the lobby of the corner store to await backup.”

    Ruth this made me laugh so much!! We always joke that our 4 month old thinks she’s a Bond villain when she’s sat in her Jumperoo with its swivel chair and control panel full of buttons to open secret trap doors / set off under sea explosions etc… 🙂

  32. Emma
    February 21, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    I LOVE Ella’s pouches – they are an absolute life saver and there is nothing in the ingredients I’m offended by. I cook for baby when I can and she gets lots of fruit and veg and things as snacks but you just cannot beat a pouch when life gets hectic. Or when out and about. I also like the HIIP organic jars. And so does baby (saying that she eats anything). Love your posts x

  33. Denise Barnatt
    February 22, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    8 months…. 8 MONTHS!!! Where did that time go? Although I am sure you can make a list of why it went so quickly for you.

    Trump – now that’s a word, up there with flange and plumptious!! xxxx Also big shout out to your mum for knitting a fab cardi – don’t you just love crafters / makers / knitters etc (of which I am one) – always nice to get a hand made pressie 😉

  34. Ruth
    February 25, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Hi Ruth, love your vlogs but only just popped over to the blog. You do make me laugh. I’m still breastfeeding my 2 year, 2 month old little girl anywhere between 1 and 3 times a day (not at night any more, thankfully!) and I love it and she still wants it, so I’ll stop when she’s ready, and not before! I swear she has had much less colds and general ‘kiddie’ illness than other kids her age, even whilst going to the germ haven that is nursery. People are so bloody nosey and judgemental. Tell them to p*ss right off – your boobies so your choice!

  35. Ruksana
    March 2, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Hi Ruth, my plan was to initially breastfeed my first for 6 weeks, then to 6 months, then to 8 months, then to a year, by the time he was eventually weaned he was nearly 3 ( only down to one morning feed) and his baby brother had arrived!
    With the new baby who is now one I’m just going with it until he self weans.
    I do look back at that time when my first was a baby very fondly. They are only babies for such a short time!

  36. Laura
    March 4, 2016 / 11:04 am

    I had my baby who was also breech by emergency cesarean last month and went back over your first baby post to see how your experience compared to mine. i was, and still am, extremely squeamish and couldn’t bear to look at my incision until more than 3 weeks later. Your blog is so helpful and reassuring- Thankyou!

  37. Sara
    March 5, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing so much with us Ruth, I’m not a mum myself but have so enjoyed following your pregnancy and of course the first few months of Baby A’s life. She really is so beautiful!

    I wondered if you wouldn’t mind giving me some advice. My sister’s first baby is due at the end of next month, and I really want to help her with one of the bigger purchases, so I was thinking a bouncer type thing. If you were to recommend either the Babymoov Swoon Up or the BabyBjorn Bouncer, which would you go for? I’ve read your reviews on both (thank you by the way- so helpful) but have managed to find both on Amazon for a similar price, so I’m stuck between the two!

    I would so appreciate it if you could possibly find the time to give me a hand! Thanks so much Ruth x

  38. Ianthe
    March 5, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    It can seem at 8 months that your baby will never, ever stop breastfeeding or even reduce the number of feedings, but it does happen — and happen so quickly! An 8 month old is a really a little baby, a 12-13 month old is a proper little child. They get much better at self-feeding and eating table foods, and it becomes far easier to wean them. The next four months are a period of unbelievably rapid development, so don’t stress too much about your baby’s eating habits. Neither of my girls (one 2.5, one 13 months), who are very enthusiastic and non-picky eaters, really had a proper meal until about 10 months or so.
    My older self-weaned at 15 months. We were down to 2 nursings — one at night and one in the early morning — and one night she just fell asleep in my arms before I could nurse her, and about a week later just stopped waking up for her morning feed. I guess when she ate a whole fish filet for dinner, she didn’t need the milk top-off.
    My younger is still nursing, though we just dropped down from 4 to 2-3 feedings a day in the past week. I’ll honestly probably wean her myself in the next month because I am a little bit tired after more than three years of consecutive nursing and pregnancies.
    As your daughter starts to eat more, she will need less milk, so hang in there for now! And try to offer some non-nursing comfort if you can. If she’s really, truly not hungry, can you cuddle instead of nurse? Take her for a quick walk?

  39. Terri
    March 10, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    If I have one piece of advice for you its this – do what feels right for you and your baby! Everyone is different, every baby is different. There are couple of things I wish I had ignored the “should do” advice on, and a couple of things I did stick to my guns and did what felt right, but still felt anxious about it – but in hindsignt I can see that it was the right thing for me and my baby, just wish I’d felt more relaxed with my decision at the same time. ITs really hard, wanting to do the right thing, but at the same time struggling to decide what the right thing is – everyone has an opinion! So trust your instincts! As long as you’re not offering her cigarettes/alcohol/junk food!!!!

  40. Shona Smillie
    March 12, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    “Mr clonk-shoe floor creek loud sneeze” (I must be married to his cousin!!) I was reading this with my 3.5 month old sleeping on my lap, I was literally laughing out loud!! we are having the same issue but still too early to move our little girl into her own room & like you I am in no rush to, but I can completely relate to the rediculous measures one has to take to prevent sleeping baby from awakening at night!! Haha fabulous xxxx

  41. April 1, 2017 / 2:44 am

    Hi Ruth,

    I had my baby who was also breech by emergency cesarean last month and went back over your first baby post to see how your experience compared to mine. Love reading your honest posts. Just see how it goes with the breastfeeding I would say.

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