September 2013 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

Emilie - Two Months Old.

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When I think about the fact that two months ago today I was in labor, it blows my mind. I can't remember what life without Emilie was like but it feels like I've blinked and missed it!


Emilie is in newborn size two nappies still and wearing 0-3 months clothes although my tiny peanut still fits into a few newborn outfits. She hasn't been weighed for a few weeks so I'm not sure on her weight but the health visitor is coming on Thursday so I'll know then. Apparently they don't like parents to become fixated on how much their babies weigh so they try not to weigh them more than once a month.

She is mostly eating 4oz every three hours. Sometimes she will only take 3.5oz and other times she wants feeding after 2.5 hours. Last week she went through a period of wanting to eat little and often so was eating every 2 hours and taking 2oz at a time. This week she seems to be back to normal though so maybe it was a growth spurt. Just like her big brother was she seems to have an intolerance to dairy and soya so we've had to try lots of different milk. We've been dealing with lots of screaming, stomach aches and explosive diarrhea but today I spoke to the health visitor and requested Neocate Formula which has no dairy or soya at all in it so hopefully that will help. It was the same formula that James ended up on in the end. It's not been a fun month with regards to eating. I was hoping that we could avoid the food allergy problems this time around but apparently not!



Emilie isn't in any kind of routine with regards to naps during the day. She is still a sleepy sleepy sleepy baby! At night I put her to bed at 7pm and she has started to go through till anywhere from 11.30pm to 2pm before she wakes for her first night feed. She is generally waking 2 times a night, occasionally three.

She is now smiling! Because of her problems with the milk she is a grumpy baby but when she does smile it lights up her whole face and is so lovely to see. Hopefully the milk we are getting today will work and my baby will become a happy smiley little girl!

She is still suffering with silent reflux but the pediatrician prescribed Ranitidine and Domperidone which seem to be helping so at least something is going in our favor!




James adores his sister. When she cries he rushes to go and put her dummy in and loves to sit on the sofa and hold her. I think it's safe to say that we have passed the jealously stage, for now anyways.


Happy two months Peanut!






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The Sunday Currently.

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R E A D I N G Entwined With You by Sylvia Day. Well I'm trying to between taking care of the kids and house. I already read it once when it was released but I love to re-read books. 

W R I T I N G Emilie's baby book. I love filling in the little milestones. I know that I am going to read it back in years to come and smile. 

L I S T E N I N G Complete and utter silence, apart from the sound of me typing. I'm in the bedroom and the baby is asleep in her moses basket next to me. 

T H I N K I N G That I need new kitchen sponges.. Seriously that's what I'm thinking at this very second. 
 
S M E L L I N G Emilie has just had a bath and has that newborn baby smell that I cannot get enough of. 

HOPING That this coming week is better than last week. Emilie is suffering with a milk and soya intolerance just as James did. The Doctor has changed her formula but it's still not the correct one so she still spends most of her day crying and in obvious pain. I am hoping that they will fix it this week. 
 
W E A R I N G Jogging bottoms and a hoodie. We've spent the whole day at home today so I didn't need to dress up :)

L O V I  N G My family. 

W A N T I N G Emilie to feel better and James to have a good week at school. He's on his third week now and some days he loves it and other days he doesn't. 

N E E D I N G Some sleep and for the cleaning fairies to come and clean my house for me in the middle of the night! 

F E E L I N G Sleepy and if I'm honest a little bit disheartened. 

C L I C K I N G Through my blog reader. 





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Miscellany Monday.

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Two posts in two days! I'm on a roll! I love the Miscellany Monday link up with Carissa though so I'm glad that I've managed to do it two weeks in a row. 

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Yesterday was the first day of Autumn and to say that I am excited for my favorite season would be an understatement. I am thankful for the gorgeous Summer that we had this year but I am also ready to say goodbye to it. There are many things to look forward to, Halloween, Fireworks Night and Christmas to name just a few. 

{In a few months when I am moaning about the freezing cold winter mornings please remind me about this post} 


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A few photos from this weekend. 





{I cannot believe how well our Sunflower grew this year.. It is MASSIVE!}

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Today Anthony started his new hours at work. 6am to 6pm, meaning that he leaves the house at 5.30am and won't get home until 6.30-7.00pm.. I think James will have the hardest time out of everyone adjusting to this.. He is constantly asking to call his Dad on the phone and I have to tell him that when Daddy is working we can only ring him if it's really important. He doesn't take to kindly to being told that! 



Happy Monday and here's hoping I can keep up my little blogging roll I have going on! 





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The Sunday Currently.

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I'm linking up today with Lauren for The Sunday Currently :) 

R E A D I N G I'm trying to catch up on the blogs on my reading list. I've started doing this on my phone during Emilie's night feeds :) It's a way of making sure I stay awake! 

W R I T I N G Oh how I miss writing. I've managed two blog updates this week which is the most I've done since Emilie was born! Whoever said that adding a second child to the family was easier than having your first was lying. 

L I S T E N I N G James and Emilie have just gone to bed so it's quiet! I can hear the dishwasher in the kitchen and Anthony watching a documentary. 

T H I N K I N G About how nice this weekend has been. We've stayed at home but it was much needed after a busy week. It was lovely to just be here, re-charge and get some jobs done. I am also excited that today is the first day of Autumn! Hello crisp mornings, hats, scarves, and blankets on the sofa!  
 
S M E L L I N G The dinner that I've just cooked.. Turkey Steaks :) 

W I S H I N G That Emilie's reflux and Colic would disappear. 

H O P I N G That James has a good week at school, that his MMR scan on Wednesday goes well and he doesn't scream the place down and that Emilie starts feeling better. 

W E A R I N G My PJ bottoms and a black tank. 

L O V I  N G My family! 

W A N T I N G To eat this chocolate that is next to me but I am making myself wait until I have finished writing this and am tucked up watching Netflix. 

N E E D I N G This chocolate and sleep! 

F E E L I N G Happy, motivated, blessed. 

C L I C K I N G Some baby-related sites, Amazon and blogs. 






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This week I discovered what it's like to have two children and have one of them unwell. Last weekend James came down with what I thought was just a cold. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday he still wanted to go to school and seemed okay in himself. Wednesday afternoon he developed a temperature and despite giving him Calpol, it still climbed up until it was 40 degrees (104) He ended up in the hospital where we found out that the poor thing had Tonsillitis. 

Yesterday I was able to control his temperature with medication but as soon as it wore off his temperature climbed up again. This morning though he seems a lot better which I am so grateful for! It was tough trying to look after him whilst dealing with a high needs baby. 

Speaking of Miss Emilie.. It's a good job she is cute! The constant all-day screaming is getting a bit hard to take. She is on medication for Reflux and I also give her colic drops but nothing seems to help so yesterday I decided to try her on Soya Formula. James had an intolerance to milk and I think she might be the same. This morning she is still un-settled but seems to be a little better so I am hoping that the formula might be the answer to my prayers. Watch this space... 







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Miscellany Monday.

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In a bid to try and get back into the swing of blogging I'm linking up with Carissa for Miscellany Monday.. If you want to put your jumbled thoughts into words then head on over and link up :)


1 - James started school last Wednesday. For the first four weeks he only goes in for the morning but it feels like I've lost my right arm. It's probably a good thing that I had Emilie when I did! She takes my mind of the fact that my boy is out of the house. He loves it though and everyday he comes home and tells me how many friends he's made. His first steps into the big wide world! 





{He looks so grown up!}


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Emilie is suffering so much with Acid Reflux at the moment and it breaks my heart to see her in so much pain. I'm hoping that her new medication kicks in soon and starts to help but last night was awful. There was no sleep for me and a lot of tears from her :(



3 -  I saw this on Instagram last week and it's my new favorite quote.. 





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I might be beyond exhausted but these two make it all worthwhile.. 




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1, 2, 3 Changes.

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I've been neglecting my little space here. I was hoping that by planning to take part in the Blogtember Challenge that it would help get me back into the routine of blogging but trying to find the time to sit down and write is just not happening at the moment. The days are filled with children and household chores and by the time both kids are in bed this Mama is so exhausted I can just about muster the energy to plonk myself down on the sofa, or more often or not, the bed and that's me.. Well, until 4 hours later when Emilie wakes for the first of her three night feeds. I honestly don't think that I've ever been this exhausted! 


Off course being exhausted and not having any time to myself is totally worth it.. It just means that I am having to re-arrange my priorities. When I just had James I had gotten use to him being able to entertain himself for short periods at a time. I had gotten use to being able to leave him downstairs whilst I showered, I had gotten use to sleep! Now though, I've remembered just how demanding the baby stage is! My showers are now about three minutes long, I forget to eat and only realise that I haven't had a drink all day when my throat feels like sandpaper. Emilie is still the worlds sleepiest baby but hates being put down so she spends most of the day in my arms, plus she is suffering with Colic so when I say that she is either asleep or screaming, I'm not exaggerating. I always thought that James with his severe Acid Reflux until he was 15 months old was a tough baby to deal with but Miss Emilie has him beat, hands down. 





Yesterday she rewarded me with a smile and her first proper 'coo'. That totally made my day and happened when I needed it most. 




Also yesterday the second of our three big changes happened. (The first being Emilie's arrival!) Anthony started his new job :) I am pleased to report that he had a fantastic day. When he arrived back home my first question was, "How was it?" I will replace one word in his response with absolutely but please note that the real word starts with a F and ends with a G.. "Absolutely awesome"


Our third big change happens next Wednesday.. James starts school.. He is excited. I am nervous. His school uniform his ready, new shoes have been purchased and his lunch box chosen.. My first baby is growing up and it's scary! 





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